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.
54 Reviews for The Prado at Balboa Park
Recommended by 96% of couples
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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
Yasmin · Married on 06/16/2018
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
Stephanie · Married on 11/18/2017
We had a lovely little ceremony by the wishing well followed by a reception in the Alhambra Room. The wishing well area was absolutely gorgeous. Even though there was a mariachi band playing in the courtyard, the sound didn't carry through to our reception which was quiet and beautiful. The park was very busy on a Saturday, but during our ceremony we could still hear the trees rustling and the calls of gulls circling overhead. The event still felt private. The Alhambra Room was perfect for our small group of 50 people, and the view from the terrace was stunning at sunset. Rachael was very helpful throughout the planning process and quickly answered any questions I had. The food was excellent, and the the Prado's wedding package made planning easy. I have no regrets and highly recommend the Prado for a beautiful and romantic wedding and reception.Sent on 11/22/2017
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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.