Couples who plan to tie the knot in San Jose have a great choice when it comes to finding their ideal wedding venue. The sunny California weather is great for summery outdoor weddings - there is a selection of beautiful outdoor venues where you can exchange vows in the garden and dance the night away under the stars. If you prefer a more formal reception, you can choose from several elegant hotels, country clubs, and banquet halls that provide a blank canvas for your dream décor.
1.History Park San Jose
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Couples who are looking for a wedding venue that is really different should consider History Park, a gated 14-acre park encompassing an historic old town setting complete with 32 original and reconstructed houses, gardens, streets, a trolley car, and even an ice-cream shop. The large grounds can easily accommodate bigger weddings, which can be set up under a tented pavilion. If you would like a really casual theme, you can stage a picnic-style celebration using the on-site barbecue pit and picnic tables, or you can let your imagination run riot for a more formal affair. You photographer will enjoy the dozens of unique photo opportunities in this Old World setting.
History Park San Jose, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: 408-287-2290
2.The Tech Museum of Innovation
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Ideally located in the heart of downtown San Jose, The Tech offers a unique venue for a wedding to remember. The venue has a very large floor space that is completely adaptable to suit just about any size of wedding, from an intimate family occasion to a gala extravaganza. The venue rental includes the services of an event planner, who will take all the stress out of coordinating your wedding and advise you on every aspect of the setup, catering, drinks, and more. Your guests will have access to the hands-on exhibits, which form the backdrop to your reception that is sure to please all the techies. There are several good hotels within walking distance to accommodate your out-of-town guests.
The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S> Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-294-8324
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Located in the heart of downtown Campbell, Villa Ragusa is a popular event and wedding venue in the classic, banquet-hall style, featuring a grand granite and marble staircase and a graceful mahogany bar. The Villa has several galleries, which can be linked for larger weddings or carefully contained for a more intimate reception, and each one has a private bridal suite where you can get dressed. Villa Ragusa offers several inclusive wedding packages, all of which include complimentary champagne toasts, soft drinks, two bottles of house wine per table, and much more. In addition, they offer a coordination service to guide you every step of the way in choosing suitable vendors to supply your décor, music, and other requirements.
Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone: 408-365-01900
4.Bella Vista of Almaden
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Couples wanting to tie the knot under the clear blue San Jose skies should definitely add Bella Vista of Almaden to their list of possible wedding venues. This private estate opens its expansive grounds for weddings and events during the summer months (this is a completely open-air venue) against a very scenic backdrop of rolling hills and a meandering river. You can hold your ceremony out on the lawns or in the reception area (depending on numbers) and then stage a reception to remember under the star-lit skies. The venue allows you to choose your own vendors to supply everything you need, from catering and bar to music and photography, and the use of a bridal dressing room is included in the venue rental.
Bella Vista of Almaden, Jan Jose, CA 95120, Phone: 408-380-2230
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If you are looking for something really different for your special day, you could consider hosting your wedding in the beautiful vintage California Theatre, which started life as the Fox Theatre in 1927. The venue manages to effortlessly combine elegance and fun for a most unusual and memorable wedding. Your guests can sit back in the plush red auditorium seats while you exchange vows on the stage, after which you can host your star-spangled reception in the elegant and ornate lobby. The sweeping staircase and the lovely architectural features of the venue offer marvelous photo opportunities and you and your guests can dance the night away in the beautiful enclosed patio.
California Theatre, 345 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-792-4542
6.SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant
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SP2 Bar and Restaurant is a trendy establishment located adjacent to the San Pedro Square Market that serves innovative American bistro-style food and great cocktails. SP2 has two modern spaces, which can be hired for weddings and events - choose from the chic indoor banquet room or the expansive outdoor events deck, both of which are ideal for couples who would prefer a less formal wedding. The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for an outdoor ceremony (150 indoors) and a maximum of 200 guests for an indoor reception. Every aspect of the menu, bar, seating, and planning will be taken care of by the events planning team.
SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant, 72 Almaden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110, Phone: 408-299-2000
7.San Jose Museum of Art
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The San Jose Museum of Art offers a variety of inspirational backdrops for a truly memorable wedding and can accommodate just about any number of guests. One of the best things about hosting your wedding at the Museum of Art is that you and your guests need not be confined to a single room - you can exchange vows outside in the Circle of Palms, move indoors for cocktails in one of the galleries, and then dine and dance in yet another memorable setting. The museum has dedicated event staff, who will guide you in your choice of space, preferred vendors, and everything else you need to stage an unforgettable ceremony and reception.
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-271-6840
8.Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
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Cinnabar Hills Golf Club is an award-winning wedding venue that combines wonderful views with indoor and outdoor areas to perfectly set the scene for your very special day. The venue has an elegant outdoor patio, where you can say your vows under the flower-decked teak arbor against the backdrop of the lovely gardens before moving indoors for your reception. The light-filled banquet room has two skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows and can accommodate up to 250 guests and a large dance floor. You will have the undivided attention of an events coordinator to orchestrate every aspect of your wedding so that you can relax and have the best day of your life. On-site catering and bar service complete the picture.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, 23600 McKean Road, San Jose, CA 95474, Phone: 408-323-7814
9.Club Auto Sport
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Club Auto Sport offers a sleek and modern wedding venue with an edgy industrial vibe that you can dress up or down to perfectly suit your requirements. The large venue can offer couples a variety of spaces to stage both the ceremony and reception, including the delightful indoor/outdoor TMFC Museum and Patio, which can accommodate 150 to 200 guests; larger celebrations of up to 700 guests can be staged using the entire venue. You can expect lots of glistening granite and marble and both vintage and modern cars to form part of the backdrop. Club Auto Sport offers tailored wedding packages and the services of an event specialist to help you customize every aspect of your wedding day.
Club Auto Sport, 521 Charcot Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131, Phone: 408-770-1200
10.Corinthian Grand Ballroom
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Stately and elegant, the historic Corinthian Grand Ballroom will impress your guests from the moment they step into the beautiful foyer with its painted ceiling and crystal chandelier. The spacious ballroom is the ideal space to stage an elegant and sophisticated reception and can also be beautifully set up for your ceremony. This dedicated events venue has a range of exclusive wedding packages that can be customized to suit your particular requirements and budget and you will have the services of an events planner to guide you along every step of the way. All the catering and bar services are provided by the on-site team and you can choose from a plated dinner or a buffet.
Corinthian Grand Ballroom, 196 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Phone: 408-938-2323
11.Fairmont San Jose Hotel
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The Fairmont San Jose Hotel understands that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to planning a dream wedding, and will work with you to ensure you special day is everything you have ever dreamed of. The hotel offers a selection of venue spaces suitable for both large and small celebrations and to suit the specific needs of various cultures and religions. There are a variety of inclusive wedding packages, which cover just about everything you need for your big day, including overnight accommodation in the bridal suite. The Fairmont is particularly proud of their innovative and delicious Californian menus, which are sure to impress your guests. An added bonus is that out-of-town guests can be accommodated on site.
Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-998-1900
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The historic turn-of-the-century Hayes Mansion is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, offering an ideal wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception. The venue’s dedicated wedding planners have years of experience in turning wedding dreams into reality and will be at your service to co-ordinate every aspect of your wedding. When you choose one of the venue’s fully customized wedding packages, you will receive complimentary accommodation in the Mansion Suite on your wedding night, and there is on-site accommodation for friends and family. The hotel has a beautiful garden for all your photographic requirements.
Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136, Phone: 408-226-3200
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13.Hotel de Anza
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Nestled in the heart of downtown San Jose, the art deco Hotel de Anza has long been a prominent city landmark and is inscribed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The hotel has been completely modernized to provide an ideal blend of old and new and offers an elegant venue for weddings and events. Hotel de Anza has a team of professionals with years of experience to plan and execute every aspect of your dream wedding and you can rest assured that you guests will be impressed by the excellent Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. The elegant Palm Court Terrace is ideal for both your ceremony and reception against a romantic backdrop of vines, flowers, and tinkling fountains. The hotel can accommodate all your out-of-town guests on site.
Hotel de Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-286-1000
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Located in San Mateo, (just 30 mins from San Jose), the Kingfish Restaurant is one of the most popular peninsula eateries for private events and weddings and has various rooms to suit just about any number of guests from 10 to 500. Natural brick walls, lots of wood, leather, and plush furnishings provide a warm and welcoming ambiance that you are welcome to enhance with centerpieces, flowers, and your own special touches. The restaurant has an experienced event planner to assist you in choosing a menu and drinks package and to ensure that everything goes according to plan on the day - no need to hire an expensive wedding planner. You can bring in your own wedding cake but there is a small charge for the cake service.
Kingfish Restaurant, 201 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401, Phone: 650-343-1226
15.Mexican Heritage Plaza
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Located right in the heart of San Jose, the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza has a variety of expansive indoor/outdoor spaces that are ideal for larger weddings. You can choose from the Pavilion (with retractable glass walls), the beautiful gardens, the large plaza, and a number of smaller spaces for more intimate celebrations. Many couples choose to say their vows outdoors in the gardens and then move inside for their reception. The venue has a list of preferred catering and bar vendors, and you have the freedom to let your imagination run riot when it comes to selecting your décor.
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116, Phone: 408-794-6240
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Napredak Hall has been hosting weddings and other events for decades and the dedicated staff have all the experience required to orchestrate the wedding of your dreams. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests (with a small dance floor) in the Main Hall, while the outdoor picnic area and the Main Lawn can take 250 and 1000 guests, respectively. You will have the services of an event supervisor to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day, and Napredak Hall allows you to choose your own caterer, which is a big help to couples who have a tight budget. Wedding packages include use of the venue from 7:00am to midnight and a bottle of bubbly per table for the toasts.
Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose, CA 95131, Phone: 408-435-9933
17.San Jose Clubhouse
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The San Jose Clubhouse is the headquarters of the oldest women’s club in Santa Clara County and has been a popular wedding and event venue for decades. The quaint red-brick building features hardwood floors and stone fireplaces, which provide a warm ambiance and a blank canvas for you to enhance according to your tastes. The venue provides tables and chairs but you will need to choose vendors to bring in everything else you need to transform the hall into the venue of your dreams. You are invited to provide your own catering and bar service, which goes a long way towards reducing costs. The venue can accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 125 for a cocktail reception.
San Jose Clubhouse, 15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, Phone: 408-831-1910
18.San Jose Scottish Rite Center
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The San Jose Scottish Rite Center is home to the San Jose chapter of Freemasons and has a collection of rooms that can be arranged to accommodate both large and smaller wedding celebrations. The large auditorium provides great scope for customizing the space to suit your theme and can be set up with 25 oval tables arranged around a central hardwood dance floor, comfortable seating 250 diners. The lobby area can be set up to house the bar and provide a grand entrance for the bride and groom. You can choose your own vendors to supply everything from table linen and flowers to catering and bar service, which gives you great scope to personalize the venue.
The San Jose Scottish Rite, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125, Phone: 408-978-7483
19.Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
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Couples who have their hearts set on a romantic outdoor setting for their wedding will find the San Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast really hard to beat. The farm is nestled in the heart of a wonderful redwood forest and has several indoor/outdoor spaces that perfectly combine to create an unforgettable wedding venue. Most couples choose to say their vows under the giant redwood trees and then celebrate their reception in the old barrel room, which is pure magic. Your hosts will assist with every aspect of the arrangements for your big day, including arranging a wedding planner to coordinate all the necessary vendors. There is some accommodation on site, including a wonderful bridal suite and several nearby hotels to accommodate your wedding guests.
Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast, 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone: 831-688-8005
20.Saratoga Country Club
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The Saratoga Country Club offers an ideal venue for an elegant and classic wedding for up to 250 guests. You can exchange vows at the beautiful ceremony site located on top of a small hill offering lovely views over the Santa Clara Valley and the surrounding countryside. While you have your photos taken in the beautiful grounds of the club, your guests will have a short walk to the lovely indoor reception area. The club provides couples with an event planner and there will also be a reception coordinator on hand on the day to ensure than no aspect of your special day is overlooked. The club provides tables, chairs, linen, silverware, and both catering and bar service.
Saratoga Country Club, 21990 Prospect Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070, Phone: 408-253-0340
21.Silicon Valley Capital Club
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Feel on top of the world as you walk down the aisle on the South Sky Terrace on the 17th floor of the Silicon Valley Capital Club. Located at the top of the Knight Ridder Building in downtown San Jose, the club offers unrivalled 360-degree views over the city and a dedicated event planner to take all the worry out of orchestrating your dream wedding. There are a variety of indoor/outdoor spaces that can be set up for your ceremony and reception, and both larger and smaller weddings can be accommodated. The club is famous for its fine cuisine and offers a selection of food and beverage packages.
Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 West San Fernando St, Suite 1700, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-971-9300
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The Starlight Banquets Facility is located in the Willow Glen area of San Jose and has been a popular wedding venue for many years. The classic elegant styling of the ballroom features recessed lighting, Romanesque columns, and coffered ceilings and invites you to put your personal stamp on the occasion by choosing the décor of your dreams. Your big day will be choreographed by the on-site event planner, who will ensure that no details are forgotten. You will have the use of a bridal dressing area and the venue allows outside caterers and BYO alcohol (licensed barman required). The venue has ample room for both your ceremony and your reception.
Starlight Banquets Facility, 680 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, Phone: 408-286-1050
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Couples who are looking for a light-filled, modern, and elegant venue for their wedding need look no further than The Glasshouse, located in the heart of downtown San Jose. You can stage the wedding of your dreams against the backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows and sophisticated décor in one of the venue’s stylish lounges or choose a combination of indoor/outdoor spaces including the beautiful Sky Patio. The venue lends itself to both cocktail and seated receptions and the event planner will be at your side to advise you on every aspect of your arrangements, including menu and bar options, décor, music, and everything else needed to make your wedding dreams come true.
The Glasshouse, 2 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Phone: 408-606-8148
23 Best San Jose, California Wedding Venues
- History Park San Jose, Photo: Courtesy of elitravo - Fotolia.com
- The Tech Museum of Innovation, Photo: The Tech Museum of Innovation
- Villa Ragusa, Photo: Courtesy of andrii kobryn - Fotolia.com
- Bella Vista of Almaden, Photo: Bella Vista of Almaden
- California Theatre, Photo: California Theatre
- SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant, Photo: SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant
- San Jose Museum of Art, Photo: Courtesy of Evgeniy Kalinovskiy - Fotolia.com
- Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, Photo: Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
- Club Auto Sport, Photo: Club Auto Sport
- Corinthian Grand Ballroom, Photo: Corinthian Grand Ballroom
- Fairmont San Jose Hotel, Photo: Fairmont San Jose Hotel
- Hayes Mansion, Photo: Courtesy of andrii kobryn - Fotolia.com
- Hotel de Anza, Photo: Hotel de Anza
- Kingfish Restaurant, Photo: Kingfish Restaurant
- Mexican Heritage Plaza, Photo: Mexican Heritage Plaza
- Napredak Hall, Photo: Napredak Hall
- San Jose Clubhouse, Photo: Courtesy of popovich22 - Fotolia.com
- San Jose Scottish Rite Center, Photo: Courtesy of Alex Smith - Fotolia.com
- Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
- Saratoga Country Club, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- Silicon Valley Capital Club, Photo: Courtesy of Olexandr Kucherov - Fotolia.com
- Starlight Banquets, Photo: Starlight Banquets
- The Glasshouse, Photo: The Glasshouse
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