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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


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.

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Alan A. Married on 05/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A special day made really special!

When Marcy & I started working together & she found out I was engaged, she firmly told me that she was going to be my wedding coordinator & it became true! Thanks to marcy's experience & knowledge, my now wife & I had the wedding we never thought we could have. She really helped us with those little details that no one thinks about. Special thanks to the banquets department for all their hard work & professionalism. Their service was really detailed and on point! The whole team was able to cater to all our needs and those last minute changes that always happen (2 of my guest went from vegan to wanting the short ribs & the team made it happen :). Experience, Food, service & getting married at the center of Balboa Park made my wedding an event that we all really enjoyed and will remember for the rest of our lives!
Caitlin B. Married on 02/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Spectacular venue & team!

We had a beautiful wedding at The Prado and loved working with their team. They were incredibly flexible and able to make all our wishes and desires a reality. When it rained last minute before our ceremony, they pivoted to an indoor ceremony and cocktail hour and both were beautiful. Thank you to everyone at The Prado for all their hard work to make our wedding everything we wanted it to be! The guests all raved about how gorgeous the venue was, and how much fun they had.
Karla H. Married on 01/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Marcy and her staff take the worry out of planning with their professional staff and breathtaking venue!

We loved working with you and the Prado staff! Everything you did was professional and first class. The food was delicious and the venue was set up and maintained as promised!
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Jukebox Productions Jukebox Productions 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 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 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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