San Francisco Wedding Venue
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Video by Orange Blossom Films.
The Marines’ Memorial Club is a hidden jewel in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square. This Beaux-Arts beauty was built in 1926, and in 1946 was dedicated as a memorial to the Marines who lost their lives during World War II. Today, the landmark is a nonprofit club for veterans and their families—and also a fine hotel and special event facility.
The club’s rich architectural heritage, first-class food and service, and nostalgically elegant décor bring extra dimensions to any celebration. The entire 10th and 11th floors of the building are fitted out with wonderful banquet spaces. Weddings on the 11th floor might begin with a ceremony in the exquisite, take-your-breath-away Crystal Ballroom. A vaulted hand-painted ceiling holds three massive crystal chandeliers. Their ornate prisms shimmer over the gleaming candelabra, and the ballroom’s oval shape lends a soft intimacy to the magnificent space. For ceremonies, the staff sets up a raised dais flanked by a pair of ficus trees festooned with twinkle lights. After the service, guests retire to the Crystal Lounge, connected to the ballroom by a foyer. Everyone toasts the happy couple, while taking in the sweeping city view from the Lounge’s wall of vaulted windows. (Tear your eyes away from the luminous cityscape for a moment, and admire the Lounge’s gold-leafed and frescoed ceiling.) When it is time to dine, guests return to the Crystal Ballroom, which has been transformed with white linens and silver candelabra centerpieces. The ballroom also has a built-in dance floor that runs the length of the room, so everyone has plenty of space to kick up their heels.
An equally impressive option awaits on the 10th floor. There’s a stately majesty about the Commandant’s Ballroom, thanks to a 22-foot-high intricately painted and coffered ceiling, wood detailing, and striking iron chandeliers with matching sconces. Enhancing this ballroom’s splendor are vaulted east-facing windows that capture a sparkling city vista. Just as with the Crystal Ballroom, the Commandant’s serves as the setting for both ceremonies and lavish receptions. During the cocktail hour, the nearby Heritage and Regimental Rooms, which are connected by an adjoining foyer, are set for cocktail service. Guests can get their drinks from bars set up in either room, then relax at cocktail tables holding flickering votive candles. The Regimental Room looks out toward Nob Hill, and is clad in mahogany paneling. A built-in bar comes in handy during a cocktail hour or rehearsal dinner, and a working fireplace adds to the clubby atmosphere. The Heritage Room enjoys views of Nob Hill and downtown, and Art Deco chandeliers convey a bit of whimsy. Returning to the Commandant’s Ballroom for the reception and dancing completes the evening’s revelry.
Events at the Club are catered in-house, and feature gourmet contemporary American cuisine. Renovated guest rooms and suites provide a comfortable overnight stay. Newlyweds love Suite #403’s oversized tub-for-two; its spacious living room and wall of mirrors are great for pre-wedding primping. The Leatherneck Steakhouse on the 12th floor showcases a stunning panorama with glimpses of the bay over towering skyscrapers—what a dynamic spot for a rehearsal dinner! Though shopping and nightlife is right outside the Club’s door, the Marines’ Memorial is marvelously self-contained: it also has a health club, an indoor pool, a library, a museum, and its own theater! Whether you are a veteran or civilian, you’re sure to find a warm welcome at this timeless club.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The club holds 25–270 seated guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces can accommodate 30–300 seated guests.
For weddings, a nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve the banquet room. There’s no rental fee if you meet a food & beverage minimum; however, house catering is required. A guest count along with the estimated event balance is required 7 business days prior to the event. Wedding packages, which include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine service, salad and entrée service and cake cutting range $70–152/person. Seated luncheons start at $32/person and dinners at $47/person. Hors d’oeuvres start at $22/person and buffets (min. 50 people) at $59/person. Tax and a service charge are additional.
For meetings and business functions, the rental fee for meeting rooms varies depending on the room(s) and/or services selected. Call for additional information regarding food & beverage charges.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: nearby garage
Accommodations: 138 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Nob Hill, SF cityscape and Union Square
Other: full event coordination; ethnic cuisine available upon request
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes, elevator
Insurance: required for DJs and entertainers
Year-round, daily, 7am–11pm. There are overtime charges for events running more than 5 hours.
Alternate Info: Marine's Memorial Club, Marines Memorial Club