Oakland Wedding Venue
1233 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, California 94612
Receive 15% off the venue rental fee when you book a wedding or special event for May or June 2015! Please mention Here Comes The Guide when you inquire. For more info, contact Barbara Ackerman at 510/874-7581.
Occupying two blocks just a heartbeat away from Oakland’s City Center, Preservation Park is an eye-catching re-creation of a Victorian neighborhood. Sixteen Victorian homes have been beautifully restored and colorfully painted. The setting has been further enhanced with period park benches, ornate wrought-iron fences, old-fashioned street lamps and a bronze fountain from Paris.
The park’s social center is the Pavilion, a graceful bandstand where ceremonies usually take place. While the bride and groom exchange vows on stage, their guests, seated on the lawn just below them, can appreciate the lovely landscaping and vintage architecture that surrounds them. Outdoor receptions are held in the adjacent Fountain Circle, a circular plaza with a large two-tiered fountain topped by the moon goddess Diana at its center. There’s plenty of room for a band, or you could have an outdoor buffet on either side of the Pavilion.
If you’re planning an indoor reception, two houses just off the Fountain Circle are available. The Ginn House, circa 1890, features two delightful light and airy parlors reminiscent of those in an English country home. Nile Hall, circa 1911, is a craftsman-style building with a sensational space for a grand and elegant party. It has a 30-foot-high ceiling, skylights, multiple windows, a stage and a theatrical lighting and sound system. This room is well designed, with soft colors, nice detailing and attractive appointments—and enough space to accommodate an extensive guest list. You can reserve one or both houses, as they’re connected by a spacious interior hallway.
The park is not only popular for weddings, it’s hosted a wide range of events. When you reserve the outdoor spaces, the entrance gates are closed to cars so you and your guests can savor the feeling of having this charming “town” all to yourselves. For a remarkable glimpse of old-time Oakland, pay a visit to Preservation Park—it’s well worth the trip.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Ginn House holds 80 seated, Nile Hall 200 seated and the Pavilion Area 150–300 seated or 300–500 standing guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Various rooms hold 10–150 seated or 20–200 standing guests indoors. The Pavilion Area accommodates up to 300 seated and 500 standing.
A $500 deposit is required to secure your date. The rental fee is payable 120 days prior to the event. The fee for Nile Hall is $1,325; for Nile Hall plus the Ginn House it’s $2,100. The rental fee for the outdoor Pavilion Area is $1,100–2,450 without setup.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list, or BYO licensed, extra charge
Kitchen Facilities: setup only
Tables & Chairs: provided, extra fee outdoors
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided by caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: sound equipment, DVD, WiFi, microphones, flip charts
Parking: on-street or city garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: gardens and fountain
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: may be required
Choose From List
Year-round, daily, 8am–11pm. The outdoor Pavilion, May to mid-October.