San Jose Wedding Venue
75 South Eleventh Street
San Jose, California 95112
With its façade of tall arched windows and imposing entryway, the San Jose Woman’s Club building makes a graceful impression. Completed in 1929, the Spanish-style structure has hosted a wide variety of events over the years, and many couples continue to be married here.
The foyer, with its fireplace niche and tiled stairway, is often used for small ceremonies; the stairs serve as both an entrance for the bride and a convenient spot for photos. It’s also a relaxed space for sipping champagne and mingling.
The Ballroom, however, is the building’s pièce de résistance. A high, slightly vaulted ceiling spans the enormous room, and light from a wall of tall arched windows brings out the shine on the maple floor. The floor itself is unusual in that it has a special “spring” construction to enhance dancing. Up above, the beams crisscrossing the ceiling are all hand-stenciled, and the ornate parchment-and-wrought-iron chandeliers glow amber when lit. You can exchange vows on the curtained stage, while your favorite tune is played on the Steinway baby grand piano.
The Ballroom has plenty of space for a large reception, but if you need additional seating, the adjacent Tea Room comes in very handy. Separated from the Ballroom by two sliding glass pocket doors, it has easy access to the kitchen via a pass-through counter at one end. Like the Ballroom, its pastel unadorned walls make a neutral backdrop for potted plants and flowers. The club offers a great deal of flexibility, not only for weddings, but for private parties, seminars, concerts or lectures—and its fees are very affordable.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The club holds 400 seated theater-style.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds 350 seated guests, and the Tea Room holds 100 seated banquet-style.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds 400 seated theater-style and the Tea Room holds 125 seated theater-style. The Fireside Room holds 25 seated conference-style.
A $1,000 refundable security deposit is required to hold your date, and is returned 21 days after the event if the site is left in good condition and all the rules are followed. The rental fee, which is payable 90 days prior to the event, is $1,750 for weekday events, Monday–Thursday; $2,350 on Friday or Sunday; and $2,950 on Saturday. These prices cover a 5-hour event; each additional hour runs $250. Smaller rooms may be available; call for pricing. Security personnel are required at $46.50/officer:1 off-duty police officer for up to 150 guests, 2 for over 150 guests.
For weekday business functions or meetings, the rental rate varies depending on the guest count and event duration. Call for specifics.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list or BYO, extra fee
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: in Ballroom
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: podium, stage with lights
Parking: adjacent lot, on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house or BYO, licensed server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions; amplification not required in many cases as acoustics are superb
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required; special event insurance available
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti; no tacks or tape on walls
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