San Francisco Wedding Venue
465 California Street
San Francisco, California 94104
The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange is an architectural treasure and one of San Francisco’s most coveted private event spaces. Designed by Willis Polk and the renowned Julia Morgan, its classic Beaux-Arts style echoes that of Hearst Castle, Morgan’s most famous building.
As you pass through the street-level doors, you’re immediately transported to another era, one of lavish detail and impeccable taste. The barrel-vaulted lobby sparkles with marble, gold leaf and bronze, while the curved glass ceiling washes the space in abundant natural light.
An elevator takes you up to the 15th floor, where that sense of time travel continues in the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Here, there are no busy hotel corridors to contend with, no intrusions from the outside world. Looking out across the city, the elegant 4,300-square-foot ballroom envelopes you with warmth and sophistication.
You enter via a classic foyer and proceed naturally through the richly appointed bar and lounge, featuring gilded ceilings and fireplaces of carved stone at each end. The 27-foot curved marble bar sweeps you toward the ballroom and a breathtaking reveal: Light flows in through a wall of soaring floor-to-ceiling arched windows that afford a view of the heart of San Francisco’s skyline, while mirrors on the opposite wall reflect the light. The overhead view is also impressive—the ceiling is a honeycomb of painstakingly crafted mahogany octagonals. The paneled walls continue this aesthetic commitment with classic columns worked directly into the wood. At the far end, a 20-foot stone fireplace provides an iconic backdrop and a final touch of grandeur.
When you reserve the Julia Morgan Ballroom, you enjoy use of the entire 15th floor including the bar and lounge, coat check, full catering kitchen, and several smaller rooms that are perfect for bridal dressing areas or other activities. Exclusive access to these fluid spaces affords the utmost flexibility in planning your event, as well as complete privacy.
The ballroom’s professional production team boasts decades of combined experience in producing the finest San Francisco weddings. In addition, they’ve hosted numerous successful high-level events, from lunches with both First Lady and President Obama to galas showcasing the brightest stars of film, music and sports. With its incomparable setting and distinguished track record, the Julia Morgan Ballroom offers more than a remarkable wedding venue; it also offers peace of mind.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Ceremonies and receptions can be held in the Lobby, Ballroom or Lounge. The Julia Morgan Ballroom holds up to 350 seated or 800 standing. The Lounge area holds 60 seated or 350 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: For large meetings, the Ballroom holds approximately 450 theater-style or 350 conference-style. There are 2 smaller seminar rooms that can accommodate 12–20 seated conference-style.
25% of the rental fee plus the food & beverage minimum is required to secure your date. The rental fee for use of the entire 15th floor starts at $10,500. The rental fee for only the Lounge area is $4,500; for smaller meeting rooms, the fee starts at $600. There is special pricing for Friday and Sunday celebrations; call for details. Meals start at $75/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: by in-house chef
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided, mahogany Chiavari chairs and barstools available
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided (mahogany)
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: available
Parking: street parking, nearby garages or valet
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: downtown San Francisco cityscape
Other: full-service event production, WiFi, event lighting, stage, setup and breakdown
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: no rice, birdseed, glitter or sparklers
Year-round, daily. Hours are by arrangement.