Palo Alto Wedding Venue
520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, California 94301
The Garden Court Hotel is one of the few venues on the Peninsula where you can host your wedding ceremony and reception and your guests can stay. Recently remodeled, the hotel provides a warm, relaxed atmosphere combined with modern sensibilities and five-star personalized service.
Designed around a beautiful open-air European-style courtyard, the hotel is visually impressive. The large central fountain and tiers of flower-laden balconies create the feeling of an old Mediterranean town square. Arches abound, planters and urns are filled with colorful flowers and evergreen foliage, and trees are lit with twinkle lights. Celebrations often begin around the fountain in the courtyard with butler-passed champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Then guests are invited into the spacious Courtyard Ballroom for the main event.
The Grove Ballroom on the second floor is another favorite reception space. Floor-to-ceiling arched windows wrap around the room and overlook a lushly landscaped balcony. Here, guests may enjoy an al fresco cocktail hour out on the balcony followed by dinner and dancing inside. Both ballrooms are popular for their indoor/outdoor flow and inviting ambiance.
There are many benefits that contribute to the complete guest experience at the Garden Court. A few of them are exclusively available to wedding couples with a guaranteed guest list of 75 or more: preferred room rates for guests staying at the hotel; a complimentary guestroom for the wedding couple on the night of the event; and a complimentary seven-night “Honeymoon in Spain” that the couple may split between multiple sister hotels. What more could you ask for?
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Grove Ballroom accommodates 225 seated or 300 standing. The Courtyard Ballroom holds 120 seated or 200 standing.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Various rooms can accommodate 8–230 seated or 8–300 standing for a reception. For a meeting, the hotel seats 8–60 conference-style or 8–200 theater-style. Removable dividing walls can vary the room size.
For weddings, a $1,000–3,000 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking, an additional $3,000 nonrefundable deposit is due 6 months prior to your event date, and the final estimated total is due 10 days prior to the event. All deposits are applied to the total cost of the event. Facility fees start at $1,000 and vary depending on the day of the week and space reserved. Menu and beverage packages range $65–95/person. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. All pricing is guaranteed 90 days prior to the event date, with some specialty items subject to market change.
Facility fees for meetings and corporate events vary based on group size, room(s) selected and catering requirements. Please call for more details. Customized estimate and an event packet will be emailed or mailed directly.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA, extra fee
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA, extra fee
Parking: complimentary valet, large lot
Accommodations: 62 guest rooms and suites
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Mediterranean courtyard and downtown Palo Alto
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided or wine and champagne corkage $20/bottle
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors only, outdoors acoustic music only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no birdseed or rice
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, 8am–midnight. Please call for specific time frames for events.