The Palace of Fine Arts is a historic waterfront wedding venue located in San Francisco, California. Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, this iconic landmark in the heart of San Francisco is a majestic and unique location for weddings and other events. With a spectacular Greco-Roman style rotunda, lagoon, stately colonnades, soaring 40-foot ceilings, space for up to 8,000 wedding guests and the expert event management of Nonplusultra, The Palace of Fine Arts offers several stunning and memorable event spaces for your wedding ceremony or reception.
Facilities and Capacity
With over 120,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, The Palace of the Fine Arts can host up to 8,000 guests. Their ground level spaces feature multiple breakout rooms, a large mezzanine and a large performing arts theater. The historic rotunda faces a lagoon surrounded by lush landscaping, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for wedding photos.
The Palace of Fine Arts offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. Wedding packages include full-service event planning and coordination services, with a day-of event team consisting of one event lead and two assistants. Event services offered include the following:
- Bridal suite and groom’s room
- Event security
- Chairs, tables and linens
- Event logistics management
- Timeline creation and execution
- Vendor confirmations and checklists
- Rehearsal prep and management
- Truck loading dock
- Power and Wi-Fi capabilities
- On-site parking
The Palace of Fine Arts is an ideal location for hosting private parties of varying sizes. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events, such as engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. This venue is also available for hosting corporate meetings, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
The Palace of the Fine Arts was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition as part of a world’s fair to honor the completion of the Panama Canal. The Palace is the work of California architect Bernard Maybeck and is inspired by a Piranesi engraving that features a Roman ruin reflected in a pool. This location is part of the National Register of Historic Places and has since been renovated to accommodate modern trade shows, corporate events and other special events, and has become one of the most photographed sites in San Francisco.
The Palace of Fine Arts is conveniently located just moments away from the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Walt Disney Family Museum, Lombard Street, Yacht Harbor and Crissy Field Beach. This location is accessed via Richardson Avenue and Marina Boulevard streets.
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