Berkeley Wedding Venue
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
UC Berkeley has many picturesque settings, but the loveliest one may well be that of the Faculty Club. Located in the heart of campus, it’s quietly ensconced in a grove of redwoods, oaks and maples next to meandering Strawberry Creek. Built in 1902 by the renowned architect Bernard Maybeck in traditional Arts and Crafts style, it’s designed to create a cozy, intimate feeling.
The crowning glory of the club is the three-story Great Hall. With its vaulted ceiling, massive stone fireplace, and stained-glass windows featuring heraldic crests of the great universities of the world, it’s reminiscent of many a European cathedral. Light from the floor-to-ceiling windows warms the redwood paneling and suffuses the Hall in a golden glow.
Two charming smaller spaces are also available for functions. The Heyns and Seaborg rooms (named respectively after a chancellor and a distinguished University Nobel Laureate) both have French doors leading to a private outdoor area with a garden view. The Seaborg Room is especially striking, with its open-beamed A-frame ceiling and wisteria-framed windows overlooking the peaceful Faculty Glade Lawn.
The Faculty Club has long been a favorite site for meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, class reunions, retreats and retirement dinners. But it really comes into its own during weddings. Many couples like to have the ceremony right outside on the Faculty Glade Lawn, then move into the Great Hall for the wedding feast. (The Heyns and Seaborg Rooms also have private terraces for al fresco ceremonies.) Aside from the building itself, the staff is the Faculty Club’s greatest asset. They’ve been producing events since 1902, and they’re experienced at accommodating a wide range of special requests. Do any of your guests have particular dietary needs? The Faculty Club can provide gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes. For the ultimate in convenience, your family and friends are welcome to stay overnight in the club’s hotel bedrooms (which are often reserved for visiting scholars). From these comfortable lodgings, it’s just a quick walk down the stairs to the ceremony. Also, if the bride needs a room for changing, or for storing flowers or gifts, the club will provide one.
The Faculty Club’s full catering service handles all the food and beverages—including the bar—and they offer menus for every type of event, from a brunch buffet to a formal sit-down dinner. Their catering staff hails from all over the world, and can create authentic cuisine from many countries including India, Mexico, Peru, Greece and Spain. The Faculty Club has been serving its members and guests for over 100 years, and will do everything possible to make your event successful and enjoyable.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Faculty Glade holds 250 seated guests; indoor spaces hold up to 200 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Great Hall holds 200 seated or 300 standing for a cocktail party.
MEETING CAPACITY: The club can accommodate 300 guests seated theater-style.
The room rental fee is required as a nonrefundable deposit to secure your date; the event balance is due 14 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $1,500–3,500, depending on the room selected. Catering is provided; meal prices range $50–90/person; beverages, alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO or CBA, extra charge
Parking: pay parking on campus evenings and weekends; reserved/hosted parking is available, restrictions may apply
Accommodations: 23 guest rooms
Telephone: pay and house phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: lawn, creek and garden
Other: event coordination, baby grand and upright pianos, wireless internet connection in hotel and banquet rooms
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided or BYO wine, corkage $18/bottle
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK until 11pm
Wheelchair Access: except to Seaborg Room
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice or glitter; no nails, staples or tacks on walls
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, anytime (except days on which there is a Cal home football game).
Alternate Info: UC Berkeley Faculty Club