Oakland Wedding Venue
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, California 94619
High in the Oakland hills, past handsome hillside residences, woodsy Joaquin Miller Park and the Chabot Space & Science Center, you’ll find a pleasant surprise just off Skyline Boulevard. When you see the sign for Skyline Community Church, turn into the drive. Let it lead you up past the two lower parking lots on a sun-splashed, flower-flanked climb to the white wooden bell tower that signals your arrival at the church. Set on the crest of a hill that borders the East Bay Regional Park District, this quiet sanctuary sits under an expanse of blue sky and sunlight. Birds sing in the treetops. Gentle breezes stir the pines. Noise and commotion seem far, far away.
It’s a charming venue for a wedding, retreat, or any other event where an open and affirming environment fits the bill. Couples of any faith or sexual orientation, are welcome, which makes it the perfect place for interfaith marriages and same-sex unions. You’re also free to invite your own priest, rabbi, or other spiritual leader to officiate.
Receptions are generally held in the picturesque circular courtyard, outfitted with teak benches flanked by urns overflowing with succulents. The courtyard provides plenty of space for your DJ or band and dance floor, and can be set up with tenting, umbrella-shaded tables or whatever suits your celebration.
On one side of the courtyard, a little path that winds through the well-kept lawn ends in a heart-shaped pattern just in front of an old-fashioned gazebo with a peaked roof and weathervane that spins with the cooling winds. From here you can look down on a hillside lovingly planted and tended, like the other nicely landscaped parts of the property, by church members. The gazebo is an attractive spot to tie the knot, but you might want to save it for the cake cutting and photos and opt instead for a ceremony in the chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard.
Accessed by four large doors, the fan-shaped sanctuary has a beamed ceiling, parquet floor and a stunning wall of glass behind the altar that frames uninterrupted views of regional parkland and the hills that roll toward Mt. Diablo. Acoustics in this hall are ethereal, making solo, a cappella, string or pipe organ (yes, this church has one!) performances sublime. Sea-blue carpeting leads down the stairs to the Meditation Room. It’s a great spot for the groom and his guys to dress and meet with the pastor. The groom can then shake off any pre-wedding jitters in the serene labyrinth garden, which is also a beautiful site for photos. It even works perfectly for a tea ceremony prior to the wedding ceremony!
The bride and her attendants can get ready in the Friendship Room off the courtyard. Often used for fellowship and community gatherings, it features big windows, a compact adjacent kitchen, and double-mirrored cabinets with stage lighting that encourage plenty of primping.
Safe, private, relaxed and family-friendly, Skyline Community Church has much to offer children, too. Kids are encouraged to ring the church bell as the newlyweds leave the grounds. It’s all so sweet and embracing…you and your guests will feel like you’ve found your own little piece of heaven.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Chapel holds a maximum of 250 seated guests; the Courtyard, 300 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 300 seated guests.
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 4 weeks prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $950–2,600 depending on the space rented.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: limited
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible CBA
Dance Floor: through caterer
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: digital projector and motorized screen with remote; WiFi
Parking: large lot, on-street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: forest, mountains, valley, garden
Other: event coordination
Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne
Smoking: outside only at gazebo trellis
Music: amplified OK until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
Year-round. Monday through Saturday, 9am–11pm; Sunday, 1pm–11pm.