Oakland Wedding Venue
1418 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, California 94612
Gracing the shore of Lake Merritt, the Camron-Stanford House is the last of the grand Victorian homes that once ringed the lake. Constructed in 1876, it derives its name from the Camrons, who were the first residents, and the Stanfords, who occupied it for the longest period. When the building was scheduled for demolition in the late 1960s, concerned citizens formed the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association and spent the intervening years raising funds to return the home to its former splendor.
Elaborate molding and authentic wallpaper patterns and fabrics have all been used to match the originals as closely as possible. Rooms filled with period artifacts, antiques and photos take you back to the late 1800s. The only operational gas chandelier in Northern California is located here. Outside, a large rear veranda overlooks Lake Merritt. Receptions can take place in the house, on the veranda or on the expansive lawn that extends to the lake. An iron fence enclosing the site ensures privacy, while allowing guests to appreciate the colorful tapestry of boats, birds and joggers that surrounds them.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Veranda alone holds up to 90 seated guests; the veranda and lawn combined (facing the lake) hold 200 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 50 guests inside or 200 outside.
A $200 nonrefundable deposit is required to book the facility. The rental fee ranges $600–2,000. The fee varies depending on the space(s) selected and length of time rented. Additional hours are available at the rate of $200/hour.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: BYO licensed
Kitchen Facilities: moderate
Tables & Chairs: some available
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restroom: wheelchair accessible (ground level only)
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: on-street, lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: BYO
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO
View: Lake Merritt and Oakland city skyline
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK outside only
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: proof required
Other: no tacks or tape; no candles, no flame-heated chafing dishes; no confetti or rice
Year-round, weekdays until 10pm; Saturdays until 11pm.