The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101 Map · Phone number
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About The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center

A recent $150 million expansion has transformed the already popular Pasadena Convention Center into a spectacular venue for weddings and special events. Its amazing variety of event sites includes brand new options along with updated favorites. So, brides, whatever type of wedding you imagine, you can have it here.

The Grand Ballroom is one of the center’s latest additions. At 25,000 square feet, it’s the largest ballroom in the San Gabriel Valley, but it can be divided into ten separate sections to comfortably accommodate a group as small as 100 or as large as 3,000. Its neutral, modern interior is a blank canvas on which you can paint your own event picture. At one gala, they hung oversized inflatable stars from the ceiling, creating a glittering night “sky.” Metallic linens covered the tables, special colored lighting was projected on the walls, and the room was turned into a luminous vision. The ballroom is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems and is wired for the internet with future plans for WiFi access. It also opens to an 11,000-square-foot lobby, with a sparkling terrazzo floor and artistic, freeform chandeliers. This prefunction space is ideal for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and can be turned into a congenial lounge area with the addition of couches and chairs.

The original Conference Center Building received $1.9 million that renovated its interior and gave it a whole new façade. Weddings can be held on the building’s lower level, which houses another chic, contemporary space for events. Done in soft gray and white, it complements almost any color scheme. Hang swags of fabric from the ceiling for an element of softness and movement, or add a disco ball for sparkle. Brides enjoy tossing their bouquet over the sleek metal railing on the upper level.

The Civic Auditorium, crafted in the Italian Renaissance style, has always charmed visitors with its soaring archways and dramatic artistry. Exchange vows on the same stage where Pavarotti sang his arias and television stars attend award shows and TV specials. Or, with the theater’s technical elements at your disposal, hold your very own “command performance” for an audience of friends and family. You can also give your guests the star treatment and host the reception right on stage! The auditorium’s resplendent Gold Room, featuring a rosette ceiling and elaborate moldings, continues to attract smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions.

A new 22,000-square-foot plaza runs in front of all three of the center’s main event spaces. Its beautiful tiled surface is perfect for an al fresco cocktail reception, before moving inside for your main celebration.

The Pasadena Convention Center’s in-house culinary professionals specialize in California cuisine using locally grown ingredients, and will customize your menu. The center has also implemented a host of “go green” initiatives, which should please environmentally conscious brides. And guests attending your event will have plenty to keep them happy, too: The facility is close to the Burbank and Los Angeles airports and just blocks from Old Pasadena, a historic area filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and clubs. Museums, golf, and live theater are nearby as well.

For more information, please contact us at 626-395-0208 or tmok@pasadenacenter.com.

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3 Reviews for The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center

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3.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 3.3
  • Professionalism 3.0
  • Flexibility 4.2
  • Value 4.2
  • Average response time 3.8
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    Shirley · Married on 08/11/2012

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Pasadena Convention Center is a great venue to consider for your wedding or special event. With so many rooms and different spaces to choose from, there is a space available for you for both small and large receptions.

    The decor and building is sleek, minimal, clean, and modern, which serves as a good clean palette for you to bring in a lot of different florals, lighting, and rentals, so you can go either way with design whether its saturated with color, or just kept clean and simple.

    The staff is also great, their responsiveness is quick and professional and the staff is very on top of things. From booking, to planning your wedding, to the execution on the day-of your event, they are responsive and quick to action.

    As a planner, and also a guest who has attended events at this venue, it is a great value and the food is also really great too! I highly recommend it for any wedding reception, corporate party, or special event!

    Sent on 06/26/2013
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    ryan · Married on 07/10/2010

    3.4
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      2.5
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      5.0
    • Value:
      3.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.5
    • Professionalism:
      2.5

    The food was not really that good. It could have been better. I didn't feel like i got the right amount of food for the price its worth.

    Sent on 11/05/2010

    The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center's reply:

    2013- We welcome all comments; with feedback, we grow and improve.
    In 2011, Pasadena Magazine profiled our Executive Chef Arnold Preciado who takes substantial pride in the preparation, quality and the presentation of all of his dishes. Chef Arnold is a graduate from The Pasadena Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and with his culinary team, has consistently taken The Pasadena Convention Center to an extraordinary level of excellence.
    Catering events from 10 to 1000 guests, Executive Chef Arnold Preciado has catered for some of the most prestigious events in Pasadena.
    Thank you for your feed back; it is very important to us.
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    meredith · Married on 07/14/2007

    2.6
    • Quality of service:
      2.5
    • Responsiveness:
      1.5
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      3.0
    • Professionalism:
      1.5

    the chef is very inconsistent.. sometimes she makes really great food from scratch and other times she just uses left overs or frozen food... for the money, it was a good deal, but i only got the great deal because i used to work there.

    Sent on 11/27/2007

    The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center's reply:

    2013- We welcome all comments; with feedback, we grow and improve.
    In 2011, Pasadena Magazine profiled our Executive Chef Arnold Preciado who takes substantial pride in the preparation, quality and the presentation of all of his dishes. Chef Arnold is a graduate from The Pasadena Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and with his culinary team, has consistently taken The Pasadena Convention Center to an extraordinary level of excellence.
    Catering events from 10 to 1000 guests, Executive Chef Arnold Preciado has catered for some of the most prestigious events in Pasadena.
    Thank you for your feed back; it is very important to us.

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The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center FAQ

  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 1600
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception
  • What event services do you offer? Event Planner

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    6263950208 (Phone number)

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