Located in San Diego, California, the Prado at Balboa Park is a historic wedding venue that has the feel of another time and place. The building and its adjoining grounds demonstrate exquisite elements of Latin-inspired design. This sophisticated venue offers an enchanting setting for a special wedding event.
Facilities and Capacity
The combination of indoor and outdoor spaces in the Prado at Balboa Park spans over 22,000 square-feet. Between 20 and 20,000 individuals can be accommodated at this location. Couples can host their weddings inside the naturally lit Grand Ballroom, with its lofty and intricately detailed ceiling. Features found throughout the rest of the estate and ground’s architecture includes French doors, terraces, artfully tiled floors, and blossoming gardens. The Casa del Rey Moro Gardens, the outdoor venue, is nestled amongst swaying palms and lofty trees, under which couples can say “I do”. Up to 320 guests may experience this manicured space.
The Prado at Balboa Park offers both ceremony and reception packages. For ceremonies, they can provide chairs, access to a get-ready room, sound equipment, and allotted time for a rehearsal. Supplied for receptions are linens, chairs, and china. Full-service catering is also available, with passed hors d’oeuvres, a wedding cake, and bar services. Over 3,000 parking spaces are available for guests and valet services can be organized to make the evening run smoothly
This building was initially constructed for the Panama—California Exposition which commemorated the inauguration of the Panama Canal in 1914. It is now a National Historic Landmark and a hotel. It underwent three years of renovation and refurbishment by The House of Hospitality before being reopened in 2000 for its current purpose.
This event center is located near an array of local attractions and beaches. Wedding guests can look forward to visiting the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and Legoland. Balboa Park itself plays host to 15 museums, a plethora of art galleries, and the famous Old Globe Theatre.
56 Reviews for The Prado at Balboa Park
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Leslie · Married on 08/01/2020
Amazing Wedding Option!
We just had the most amazing wedding celebration at the Prado! After many cancelled versions of our wedding due to the pandemic, the Prado delivered the most magical day! Had I known this is how it would turn out, the Prado hands down would have been our plan A! We were blessed with working with Marcy who was amazing throughout the entire process and made sure the evening was flawless! Fortunately because the Prado has a beautiful outdoor space, Marcy was able to offer a ceremony and dinner for an intimate wedding for 40 of us, while still keeping it safe for everyone and complying with all COVID related guidelines. We were not sure what it would look like or how it would all play out with it being during a pandemic and a 3 week timeline...but it was absolutely perfect and we would not changed it for anything the world. The garden was beautiful and romantic, the food was delicious, and there is not one of my guests that has not commented on how amazing Marcy and the staff was. Everyone was blown away and even have said it is one of the best and most memorable weddings they have attended, and even more so under the circumstances it had to be planned. Marcy went above and beyond and helped through every detail to ensure our day was perfect! We are so grateful for the Prado.Sent on 08/22/2020
Emilie · Married on 05/02/2020
Professional team at an iconic venue!
Rachael and her team at the Prado are top-notch and wonderful to work with! Although we had to cancel our wedding at the Prado due to covid-19, we worked with Rachael for almost a year leading up to the wedding and she is absolutely great! She was extremely responsive to all our questions and made sure everything was planned exactly how we wanted for our 200+ guest wedding. She addressed every question and detail with such professionalism and we felt super confident that everything was taken care of. Thank you so much Rachael!Sent on 07/02/2020
Caylyn · Married on 08/31/2019
BEST VENUE, Dream Wedding Come True
First and foremost, Marcy is absolutely the best there is. Marcy is who we worked with for our wedding day and she took the stress out of a lot of things by answering every single question right away... it was very refreshing to have someone so dependable and so caring and this is what you would want especially when planning your reception.
Next, the venue itself is one of a kind. The Prado Ballroom sits in the heart of Balboa park, a place rich with San Diego history and beautiful architecture. I was born and raised in San Diego and had family from all over flying in so my husband and I wanted a place that highlighted the beauty of San Diego. It is not another hotel ballroom, which we truly appreciated. The ballroom has beautifully carved high ceilings with iron chandeliers and continuous wooden floors. Its gorgeous inside!
Another big reason we went with the Prado is for their FOOD! I've been to many weddings where I know they spent a lot on the food and its mediocre or the beef is super dry. Here, everything was delicious from the appetizers to the main course! For the main course we had braised beef, salmon, or ravioli and our guests kept saying how they downed it all in minutes because it was so good. Its awesome that the chef from the Prado restaurant also does the weddings so you know you are getting quality food.
Overall everyone from Marcy to all the amazing staff members who worked that night made our experience beyond what we could have imagined. I would recommend anyone contemplating on the Prado to DO IT! It is so worth it! Also we had 215 guests so anyone looking for a larger venue this is it... they also have an upstairs venue for smaller weddings that is gorgeous as well so they can do it all! Thank you again Marcy & the Prado staff, we will remember you always.Sent on 09/13/2019
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The Prado is an absolute Gem in the middle of one of my favorite parts of San Diego, Balboa Park. If you want Old School charm, an historic venue with soul, an awesome stage, excellent staff and great catering, this is the place for you! We've played The Prado on too many occasions to count and the result is always perfection. I highly recommend the Prado to anyone looking for a timeless event space!
Balboa Park is a beautiful place to celebrate any occasion so we decided to have my son'd rehearsal dinner at The Prado. Food delicious and a great venue, everyone had a great time, very special.
I really like photographing here and have shot a couple of events at this lovely property a few times. I've noticed that the staff are very wonderful and attentive to their clients whom I've photographed, and the staff have also been really accommodating at helping me get great shots for my clients, too. Thank you. Andrew Abouna Photography, San Diego, CA.