The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado Suite 12, San Diego, CA 92101 Map · Phone number
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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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Elegant setup in ballroom
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Pretty lights in the ballroom
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Table designs in darker lighting
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Wedding cake with flower details
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Lovely, bright lights in ballroom space
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Simple table design
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The couple's table
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Black table set up
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People dancing in reception space
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Centerpiece with large white and blue flowers
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Tables and chairs set up for reception
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Understated table layout
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Wedding ceremony in garden
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Couple exchange vows in garden
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Orange flowers lining aisle
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Fountain in garden space
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Chandelier at night with candles
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Elegant setup in ballroom

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54 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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    Yasmin · Married on 06/16/2018

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    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!

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    Stephanie · Married on 11/18/2017

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    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 at Balboa Park FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • 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?
    $ 1400.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1400.00
  • 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?
    $ 16.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
    Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer?
    Cake
    Event Rentals
    Lighting / Sound
  • 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

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14 Endorsements

  • 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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    619-432-4385 (Phone number)

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