San Jose Wedding Venue
170 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113
For almost 100 years, the words “Fairmont Hotel” have represented the ne plus ultra in grand hotels, and the Fairmont San Jose lives up to this reputation admirably. Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, the Fairmont San Jose offers not only the elegant décor, luxurious accommodations and exemplary service that has made the chain famous around the world, but an entire floor of ballrooms and meeting spaces tailor-made for sophisticated celebrations and business functions.
Planning a sit-down dinner for 1,000 guests, or a banquet for 800? Then you’ll want to check out the 13,000-square-foot Imperial Ballroom and the 8,000-square-foot Regency Ballroom. Both of these majestic spaces feature 20-foot molded ceilings with crystal chandeliers, and the Imperial Ballroom is accompanied by a Foyer that’s lovely enough for a wedding ceremony or prefunction cocktail party. It’s full of natural light, thanks to an enormous arched window overlooking César Chavez Plaza. For ceremonies, a stage is set up beneath the fanciful wrought-iron-and-crystal chandelier that hangs from the Foyer’s vaulted ceiling, and guests are seated in a “theater in the round” configuration. A host of smaller rooms are available for more intimate gatherings, whether festive or business oriented. All are similar in décor to the Imperial and Regency Ballrooms, but with more modest 12-foot ceilings. Many of them have large windows with views of the Plaza or the trees lining First Street, giving the rooms an open, airy feel.
One of the most delightful spaces at the Fairmont is the Club Regent. Formerly a dinner theater, its octagonal shape and curtained stage give this room plenty of personality, while split-level seating makes it surprisingly intimate and versatile. It’s ideal for sit-down receptions of up to 240, since the room’s unique layout allows guests to be seated around a central head table, making everyone feel close to the “action.” But it’s also a favorite spot for bar and bat mitzvahs, since the kids can cut loose on the main floor, while adults observe the festivities from the relatively sedate upper level (the Club Regent would also be great for a graduation party, or any event where different generations might each like their own “space”).
As you would expect from an award-winning hotel, the Fairmont provides much more than just beautifully appointed ballrooms and meeting spaces. They’re one of the only hotels in the South Bay to offer kosher catering, and they specialize in Asian, Indian and Persian weddings. Perks for brides and grooms include a complimentary bridal suite and a tulle-draped stage to showcase the wedding cake. The hotel’s layout keeps large and small events separate, and solid padded walls mean that your string quartet won’t be drowned out by the DJ next door. And the Fairmont’s fabulous lobby, with its marble columns, statuary, chandeliers and floral displays, makes an opulent backdrop for your wedding photos.
With all the amenities we’ve listed above, plus a great central location in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s easy to see why the Fairmont has been awarded such high accolades. Don’t be afraid to expect perfection at this first-rate establishment—you won’t be disappointed. After all, this is the Fairmont!!
CEREMONY CAPACITY: There are 22 rooms that can accommodate 10–1,000 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel’s 22 banquet rooms hold 30–1,000 seated or 50–3,200 standing guests. In addition, the Club Regent holds 240 seated or 300 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: The hotel offers 65,000 square feet of meeting space, with 22 rooms that accommodate 28–1,400 seated guests.
For weddings, a nonrefundable $3,000 minimum deposit is required to secure your date. 50% of the anticipated total is due 45 days prior to the event, and the balance is payable 5 business days prior. Rental charges vary depending on the room size and the event time frame. There are 4 wedding packages ranging $99–120/person, which usually include hors d’oeuvres, a 2-course dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, and bridal suite. Tax and service charges are extra.
For business functions, all services are customized; call for more information and rates. The hotel has an on-site full-service business center.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house; outside caterers allowed only for Indian cuisine and must be approved
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: CBA
Meeting Equipment: full range AV
Parking: valet or nearby parking lots
Accommodations: 805 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: César Chavez Park, Circle of Palms
Other: baby grand pianos, ice sculpture, event coordination, wedding cakes
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: allowed outdoors
Music: amplified OK until 1am
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no fog machines
Year-round, daily including holidays, until 2am.