Palo Alto Wedding Venue
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94301
Picture a clear, rocky stream running beneath foot bridges, past bushy ferns and flower gardens. Sounds more like a combination of the mountains and a tropical island than Palo Alto, but that’s exactly where it is. At the Sheraton Palo Alto, you have a variety of event spaces, each with its own unique look, from the Spanish-tiled, glass-enclosed courtyard to the ballroom decorated with authentic Chinese antiques. The hotel is located on a commercial boulevard within walking distance of downtown Palo Alto, but because it’s set back off the road and imaginatively landscaped, the Sheraton maintains an air of exclusivity.
A walk through the mostly glass lobby, suffused with light from windows and skylights, takes you to the large rectangular swimming pool area. It’s the perfect spot for a splashy cocktail hour: A brick-paved patio is bordered by trees and gardenias, and at night the pool is illuminated by underwater lights and the trees glow with twinkle lights.
The Reception Room is set in its own wing, and the adjoining lawn is equally suited for ceremonies or stargazing. A semicircular wall encloses the lawn, so only your group can access it. The room itself features two large crystal chandeliers, a dance floor and vaulted ceiling, and fold-out glass doors that open onto the lawn.
Justine’s Ballroom is highlighted by a beautiful glass-enclosed interior courtyard between spacious banquet rooms. It has Spanish tile, white stucco archways, arched mirrors and a glass ceiling. The setting makes a picturesque backdrop for your ceremony, photographs and even the cake cutting. Use the banquet room that opens out onto a streamside patio for cocktails, then spread out into both dining rooms for dinner. Beneath Justine’s Ballroom is the Cypress Ballroom, an imperial room that features deep burgundy custom carpeting and royal white columns inset in the wall. Works of art from China are displayed in softly lit shadow boxes.
With its variety of event spaces, the Sheraton Palo Alto gives you plenty of options, and their creative and experienced staff guarantee to work wonders on your special day.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The hotel can accommodate 150–300 seated or 200–350 standing guests indoors, and up to 120 seated or 200 standing outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site holds 150–350 seated or up to 500 standing guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Small meeting rooms and parlors are available in addition to 3 larger spaces that seat 30–300 guests.
For weddings and special events, 25% of the estimated event total is required to secure your date. The balance is due 10 days prior to the event. Lunches start at $45/person and wedding packages start at $72/person. Alcohol, a 20% service charge and tax are extra. Bride and groom receive a complimentary room with champagne. Group rates can be arranged for overnight wedding guests. For meetings, room rental fees start at $400.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided; some ethnic caterers permitted
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable indoors or Piazza Courtyard
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: CBA
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA
Parking: large lot, valet available
Accommodations: 350 guest rooms and suites
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: flower gardens, fountain, koi ponds
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, or corkage $15/bottle, $25/magnum
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no birdseed or rice; no fog machines
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, anytime. Weddings take place on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–4pm or 6pm–midnight.