San Francisco Wedding Venue
135 Fisher Loop, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129
Something magical must have come over the army architects who designed the many fine structures that dot the Presidio of San Francisco. Instead of fashioning plain barracks or no-frills buildings for the enlisted men and officers, they constructed some of the most exciting examples of Mission-style architecture on California’s northern coast.
The Presidio’s Golden Gate Club—which once functioned as the Non-Commissioned Officers Club—is no exception. With its red-tiled roof, white stucco walls and arcaded courtyard, it’s the very picture of rich, Spanish-inspired design. Today, weddings and special events take place in this well-preserved 1940s-era club, and the sense of history and period details add real pizzazz to each celebration.
Nestled amongst towering cypress trees, the club’s white-and-red exterior pops in sharp contrast to the deep greens that surround it. As you approach, the wide-open courtyard of the U-shaped building reveals palm trees and a fancy, tropical tile-and-grass patio. When it’s set up with cocktail tables covered in bright linens, this area can accommodate a standing reception beautifully.
After the mingling and champagne sipping have concluded, guests drift past large white columns and through double-glass doors into the stately Ventana Room, undoubtedly the property’s most dazzling asset. A two-story wall of windows overlooks a grove of trees, and the bay shimmers in the distance. When you dress up this ballroom for dinner and dancing, that incredible view remains the focal point. Here, you’ll also find a cathedral ceiling, a sizable wood dance floor, and a huge fireplace at one end. As you look around and experience the warmth of this space and your closeness to nature, you feel an overwhelming sense of serenity.
If you want to split up the party or you need more room, the Hawthorn and Cypress rooms are at your disposal. They provide two more options for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions, as well as quiet areas for children to play and older guests to relax. They’re also ideal for hosting a dessert and/or espresso bar. Up on the second floor, there are breakout rooms for additional space and a small mezzanine that overlooks the Ventana Room.
It’s worth mentioning that two charming chapels are within walking distance of the Golden Gate Club. Saying “I do” at either one of them and then proceeding with all your guests over to the club is fun and exhilarating—plus you can take advantage of photo opportunities along the way.
Although it may be hard to imagine soldiers once partying in such an elegant place, it’s quite easy to picture your own festivities here. Whether you’re planning a wedding, an anniversary bash or another special event, consider yourself lucky that the Golden Gate Club has passed out of army hands and into the public domain, where you can fully appreciate its tranquil, sophisticated setting.
And when your fabulous wedding has ended, extend your stay through the weekend at the new Inn at the Presidio. Formerly the bachelor officers’ quarters, this historic 1903 Georgian Revival-style building has been remodeled into an upscale lodge. It features an inviting front porch with rocking chairs, a dining room, and an outdoor deck with a fire pit. From here you can enjoy everything the Presidio has to offer, including miles of hiking trails, wild open spaces and public and cultural events.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Golden Gate Club holds up to 200 seated guests depending on room selection and layout.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: With a buyout, the Golden Gate Club can accommodate up to 460 seated or 945 standing guests. Many configurations are available to accommodate groups of varying sizes; call for details.
MEETING CAPACITY: There are 7 rooms with 8,580 square feet of conference and event space that hold 20–280 seated theater-style, 20–180 banquet-style, or 10–60 conference-style.
A nonrefundable $350 booking fee is required to secure your date and will be applied to the total rental fee. 50% of the event rental fee is due with the signed permit. Balance of event rental fee, insurance fee and security deposit are due 90 days prior to the event date. The rental fees range $400–7,700 depending on the space rented and the type of the event.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house or BYO, licensed and insured
Kitchen Facilities: for in-house caterer. Others have access to prep area only
Tables & Chairs: BYO or limited CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes, in Ventana Room
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: BYO or limited CBA
Parking: 60 spaces and large lot nearby, restrictions may apply
Accommodations: Inn at the Presidio
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer, vendors or renter
View: SF Bay, Golden Gate bridge, cypress trees
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO, licensed and insured server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors with volume restrictions until 11:30pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability required
Other: decorations require prior approval
Year-round, daily, 8am–midnight. Event rentals are held in 10-hour blocks. Not available on national holidays, Christmas Eve or Day, New Year’s Eve or Day, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July.