The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Prado at Balboa Park

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.

Services Offered

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

History

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.

Location

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.

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The Prado at Balboa Park
Grand head table
Grand head table
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A moment at the wishing well
A moment in the Loggia Room
A moment in the Loggia Room
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Bridal Party in the garden
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Simple table design
Garden at Night
Garden at Night
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Gorgeous cake with in Ballroom
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Tables design with pinspots
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Elegant setup in ballroom
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Wedding ceremony in garden
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Pretty lights in the ballroom
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The couple's table
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People dancing in reception space
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Centerpiece with large white and blue flowers
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Understated table layout
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The PRADO at Balboa Park
The PRADO at Balboa Park
The PRADO at Balboa Park
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Outdoor wedding
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Lovely, bright lights in ballroom space
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55 Reviews for The Prado at Balboa Park

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Caylyn

    Caylyn · Married on 08/31/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
  • Yasmin

    Yasmin · Married on 06/16/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Best Day Ever!

    Our wedding was like own fairy tale come to life! The venues we choose was the loggia room small yet just right for our wedding list. The wedding was beyond prefect and the staff were just amazing! Rachel (Catering sales Manager ) in particular had all the answers to any questions or concerns we had and would make sure we were not stressing over our special day. I would highly recommend the prado and their many venues!

    Sent on 10/16/2018

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The Prado at Balboa Park Pricing

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The Prado at Balboa Park FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 30000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 24000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1400
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1400
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 17
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Park
    Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Outside Alcohol
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November

Real Weddings

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14 Endorsements

  • Jukebox Wedding Bands

    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!

  • The Dapper Dames Wedding Dresses

    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.

  • Andrew Abouna Photography Wedding Photographers

    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.

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