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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
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
Kristinne · Married on 09/30/2017
Marcy Malley at the Prado went above and beyond in helping us secure the Prado for our dream wedding! We had our ceremony at the Casa Del Rey Moro garden and reception in the grand ballroom - everything was superb and beyond our expectation! We had toured other venues at similar (if not, more expensive) price ranges, and we chose the Prado for its amazing service and staff (and food DUH! But more on that later). During our visit with the Prado, we saw the staff in action preparing for a wedding later that day. Boy did they impress us! Everything they did was so professional, personable, calm, and beautifully well done – especially behind the scenes! The Prado knows how to do weddings and boy do they do it right! Marcy was so accommodating with us – we wanted to serve champagne before the ceremony and it was such a big hit! And the FOOD! THE FOOD IS SOO GOOD! It was all so delicious! From drinks to cocktail hour appetizers to dinner entrées – everything they offer is amazing. The bartenders and service staff treated us and our guests so well – everyone had such a great time. Also, the synchronized service at dinner was so beautifully done. We highly recommend the Prado for weddings and the beef short ribs too! =)Sent on 11/02/2017
AMELIA · Married on 06/24/2017
Ask for Rachael, she was awesome.Sent on 07/10/2017
Everything went perfect. The food was magnificent. We received a lot of compliments on the food.
Marcella · Married on 04/07/2017
I cannot recommend this place enough the coordinator Rachael was incredible how well they took care of our guests was incredible our guests still talk about the Prado buffett menu we chose they let us get furniture in and brought us food and cake so we actually got to eat during our reception. Cocktail hour was great and it was a beautiful place for picturesque views in the loggia room . Even the day before our in laws surprised us with a rehearsal dinner and the food was so greatSent on 04/27/2017
Kathleen · Married on 03/25/2017
Words cannot describe how amazing our experience at The Prado was! After our ceremony at the St. Francis Chapel we had our reception in the Loggia Room at The Prado. It could not have been a more spectacular venue. My now husband and I didn't want the more traditional ballroom look and the tile floors, wooden beams, windows, and balconies of the Loggia Room could not have been more perfect or beautiful. Our guests could not stop talking about how gorgeous our setting was - or how phenomenal the food was. We had a handful of fantastic appetizers and then the Taste of the Prado buffet and it truly was delicious! What really made our experience so great however, was The Prado team. We worked with Marcy to plan our reception and I cannot say enough great things about her. Leading up to our big day, Marcy was so on top of everything. She was incredibly patient with all of our questions and last minute adds/changes and was so flexible - letting us store decorations in her office the few days before and even letting us substitute in our own cava for the evening. We were on a fairly tight budget and Marcy really worked with us to make sure we stayed on track. On top of being amazing at what she does, Marcy is just a very nice, genuine person who wants to make sure couples have the day they imagined. We absolutely loved working with her! The rest of the staff at The Prado were equally delightful and amazing. They were so pleasant and attentive, always making sure everyone, not just my husband and I, were well taken care of the night of our reception. My mom told me that her champagne flute was always stealthily and magically filled the whole evening! The entire team went above and beyond to make our night perfect. I needed a few hugs from some of the ladies by the end of it! We cannot thank or recommend The Prado enough! One closing note: I was initially not sure The Prado would be in our budget but it was so reasonable!Sent on 05/07/2017
Marissa · Married on 02/25/2017
The Prado at Balboa Park was a dream come true for us! Marcy Melley is nothing short of incredible! She was so patient, professional and helpful helping our wedding day details come true! The Prado exhibited incredibly professionalism and watching them in action on our actual wedding day serve, cater to us and our guests was 5 star! We had our wedding cocktail hour and dancing in the Alhambra Room and our actual dinner in the Loggia Room. We had a complex wedding plan and the Prado knocked it out of the park and our wedding day was absolutely perfect. Thank you to the Prado and Marcy for an unforgettable wedding reception!Sent on 03/14/2017
Gabriella · Married on 01/07/2017
We had our wedding reception in the Loggia Room, looking out over both The Prado courtyard and the magnificent views of Balboa Park. I was surprised that the minimum costs for the Loggia were not actually any more expensive than other venues we toured yet the Loggia has the benefit of its beautiful décor, amazing location, and, of course, the awesomeness of The Prado catering.Sent on 01/20/2017
We worked with Marcy Melley through the process and she definitely is “the boss” as many vendors we talked to said. Marcy did not only work out an order which kept The Prado’s high standards for their business, she organized an event which would provide our guests and us with lasting joyous memories. I was impressed that Marcy not only listened to our worries about other parts of the day but also was first to recommend how we could alleviate those worries. She worked with us wanting to bring in outside wine (fitting with The Prado’s regulations) from my dad’s favorite winery and even got us the scallops (add-on side dish for entrée) as a plated appetizer while respecting those who cannot eat shellfish by providing a beet salad.
Speaking of the food, The Prado’s white-glove service came through at the reception. Guests were served their plates simultaneously and those who had dietary restrictions received a pleasant surprise when the staff placed their customized dishes in-front of them without asking questions or bringing attention to it (Marcy was right – place cards with specific symbols help!). Everyone kept mentioning how impressed they were with the service and how elegant each course was (four, in all: plated appetizer, soup, entrée, cake). Also, and probably most enjoyed, everyone was happy that the staff never left a glass empty yet were never pushy to serve more alcohol. It was the perfect balance.
We have always loved The Prado for their professionalism and enjoyable food, all situated in my favorite park in San Diego. It was such a special and memorable experience!
deborah · Married on 11/20/2016
Marcy was truly amazing, knowledgeable and helpful in so many ways. Thank you for all the advice. Your help and knowledge was invaluable! As well as access to a more accessible room for me. Allowing us to practice our adaptive dance in the room made all the difference for our dance during our reception.Sent on 03/15/2017
The location for the ceremony was beautiful! I only wish it hadn't been raining so that we could have gotten more pictures there!
Marie · Married on 10/08/2016
The Prado is hands down one of the absolute BEST venues where you could host your San Diego wedding. The service is top notch. Rachael responded to every single question right away. We knew we were in great hands and the event was run like a well oiled machine by her staff. When I walked into the ballroom and saw the tables setup with decor and the pin lights, it took my breath away. Everyone raved about the food and loved the hand passed appetizers during cocktail hour. The price, while not cheap, is reasonable considering the quality of food, venue, and service. You will not be disappointed if you have your wedding here, especially in the ballroom. You don't even need decor since the venue and ceremony site is so beautiful itself. Everyone loved Balboa park and said it was one of the best weddings they had ever attended. Thank you Rachael and team for making our wedding a dream.Sent on 12/06/2016
Doug · Married on 09/02/2016
I recently had the pleasure of working with the Prado for my wedding this past Labor Day Weekend. Not knowing San Diego well enough to pick a wedding venue off the top of our heads, we did a lot of searching online and visiting venues. Each venue had it's plus and minus aspects till we reached The Prado. Everything we read on line about the Prado was positive and, after going through the whole wedding process with them, I completely agree. Here is the most organized summary I could give: 1) The Prado Catering Manager (Marcy) was incredible- We worked with her from our first on-site visit/tour till her hugging us right before we walked down the aisle at the ceremony. She was warm, sweet, funny, and enthusiastic about making this the perfect day for us. She wanted to hear about our proposal and was excited to see our engagement photos when we got them done. Marcy was never pushy or trying to up sell things beyond what she thought was right with what we wanted. Anytime we had a question, I knew Marcy would get back to us immediately with a clear answer. She also provided us with a list of their frequently used vendors which helped us narrow down our search for flowers, day of coordinator, etc. 2) The Venue- The venue is beautiful (which is pretty much what you expect in Balboa Park). We had our ceremony in the Casa del Rey Moro garden, the cocktail hour in their courtyard, and then reception in the grand ballroom. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful wedding with each of these sites. 3) The Staff- They were amazing. Everyone was so polite and gave impeccable service throughout the evening. 4) The Food- Incredible, everyone said it was the best wedding dinner they ever had.Sent on 09/08/2016
Anna · Married on 01/17/2016
We had our wedding reception at The Prado at the beginning of December and it was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious, the space was incredible and the service was great - we could not have asked for anything more. Getting married in Balboa Park was a blast and we highly recommend this wedding venue to anyone looking to get married in San Diego. We had a lot of out of town guests who were blown away by the space. Additionally, their recommended vendor list was extremely helpful and most of the vendors we used were from this list. It really helped us out with narrowing down all the thousands of options for vendors in the San Diego area. Such a perfect day, and everyone was extremely accommodating throughout the entire planning process.Sent on 12/31/2015
Dawn · Married on 09/19/2015
Mary and her staff were an absolute pleasure to work with every single step of the way! They helped us pull off the perfect-for-us wedding and we couldn't be happier about our decision to get married there!! We had our ceremony at the Casa del Rey Moro Garden and then our reception in the Loggia Room, which were both beautiful; the food was delicious; and our service was outstanding. As an added bonus, there really is no way that you will not have gorgeous wedding photos :)Sent on 01/09/2016
User4010157 · 2+ years ago
My husband I got married February 15, Valentines Day . Marcy Melly was our venue event manager- she is FABULOUS!Sent on 03/02/2015
We were so amazed by their service, and the beauty of Balboa Park, truly just adds to the magic of a wedding.
Our wedding is in the Loggia Room, which is spectacular for a small wedding of 80 guests. Beautiful view of the park, and absolutely delicious food.
I HIGHLY recommend this venue!
Bergis · Married on 11/09/2014
We are from Canada and decided that we wanted to have a destination wedding. From the first moment we stepped onto the venue, we fell in love with the beauty of the Prado. We met with Marcy Melley and I knew right away that this was the place we wanted to get married. Marcy was WONDERFUL! She worked with me to make sure I was happy with the vision I had. She would always email or call me to chat about the wedding details. She always responded back promptly. Planning a destination wedding can be quite hard but Marcy made everything run smoothly, sent me pictures when needed, and even recommended me to amazing vendors (ask about her day of planners, Jamie Rury is fabulous). The day of my wedding as corny as this may sound was a dream come true. It was a perfect day. Our guests (we had a 100 people fly down for our wedding) couldn't stop raving about the Prado. They loved the food, the ambience, the staff. Its been 2 weeks and our guests still tell us how much they loved our wedding. Marcy's staff were amazing to work with. During the night, my husband and I were so busy saying hello to everyone, the head person who runs the catering crew during the night, she asked if she could get us our food. I thought it was so thoughtful of her to ask and it ensured that we actually ate during the night! We had a buffet and everyone loved our choice. We added the Paella and it was the hit of the night (definitely add this on, it's worth it). All of the food is gluten free. We had a few vegetarians that the Prado generously offered to do plates for and they absolutely loved the risotto. The Prado also includes a wedding cake in their package. We chose Grove Pastry and we were not disappointed. I appreciate that Marcy and her team only work with high quality vendors. We just received samples of our wedding pictures and it looked like we were in this magical world because of the beauty of the Prado. I highly highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed.Sent on 11/24/2014
Lauren · Married on 10/04/2014
Rachael was our event coordinator and was such a pleasure to work with. She was always available by email or phone for any questions or concerns. She made sure everything was available to us on our wedding day and helped our coordinator to make sure everything went smoothly. It was well worth every penny!Sent on 10/11/2014
Sarah · Married on 09/05/2014
We chose the Prado Grand Ballroom based on the great reviews and the beautiful pictures we found online. The room is just gorgeous and we were drawn by the fact that it had a stage because we intented to use it for our reception program. We worked with Marcy, and she was great to work with. She made sure we understood everything during all of our meetings, and kept us on top of our planning efforts. One of our concerns was the wedding food because we have been to quite a few weddings, and the food is usually not so great. But the wedding food at the Prado is excellent! Just eat at the restaurant, and know that the food you will be served on your wedding day will taste just as amazing! All of our guests complimated the reception venue and said that it was one of the nicest receptions they had been to.Sent on 09/11/2014
User3782865 · 2+ years ago
I just can't say enough good things about the Prado. We had a pleasure of working with Marcy who is just amazing and so flexible. She responds to emails right away, gives you her suggestions but does not push you in any direction.I know she does lots of weddings there but she made us feel like we were her only customers. She always had the time to meet with us and discuss the last minute changes. The food at the Prado is AMAZING!!! Best food I've ever had at a wedding. People say they don't have the time to eat at their weddings, I ate everything because it was soooo delicious. We got tons of compliments from our guests. They loved the venue, the food, the service.... One couple even went back to eat at the Prado the next day because they loved the food so much!!! Thank you, thank you for making our day so special!!!!Sent on 07/09/2014
Ayami · Married on 06/17/2014
The event coordinator Mary was extremely helpful in making sure we made the most informed decisions about both the location and our food choices. She was wonderful about keeping us on track with deadlines and was completely understanding about all of our questions and concerns! And the catering team for our wedding reception at the Prado provided the best service ever!! They definitely treat you great at the Prado!! As for the location, we had the Loggia room and it's a beautiful venue!! It has a patio where we had our cocktail hour and the view overlooking the plaza was amazing!! The food was so delicious and the service was beyond perfect!! It absolutely became one of the best memories of our lives and we are so glad we had our special night at the Prado.Sent on 07/31/2014
Tyler · Married on 05/03/2014
Marcy was fantastic to deal with, the venue was stunning (perfect weather of course), and the food was phenomenal. What more could you ask for? Justine and I are so happy we chose the Prado to celebrate our special day.Sent on 05/14/2014
Karis · Married on 02/15/2014
The Prado was fabulous! From the appetizers to the meal, I could not have been more pleased. The food was absolutely delicious! The venue is beautiful and made a wonderful background for our photos. The staff is very professional and is very attentive! I would book the Prado again in a minute and so glad we chose it for our wedding!Sent on 04/13/2014
Lisa & Mark · Married on 10/20/2013
My wedding at the Prado could not have been any better. The venue is classically beautiful, the atmosphere is magical, the food is delicious and Marcy (the event coordinator) was so wonderful to work with! Thank you the Prado for making my dream wedding a reality!Sent on 10/21/2013