Berkeley, California 94720
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Why We Like This Place
Whether you're a Cal alum who wants to rekindle great college memories, or you're just looking for a unique wedding location in the East Bay, UC Berkeley offers some truly exceptional event spaces and services.
The iconic Campanile, the soaring clocktower that symbolizes this university, can turn your wedding ceremony into a one-of-a-kind experience. A long brick walkway, which runs down the center of the Campanile Esplanade, is lined with London Plane trees that form a lush canopy overhead during spring and summer. The bride makes her grand entrance down this natural aisle, joining her groom at the base of the Campanile where vows are exchanged as guests look on from their seats in the shade. Afterwards, cocktails are often served at a wide section of the walkway, and as night falls twinkle lights strung in the trees add sparkle to the entire Esplanade. If you want to give your guests a real thrill, rent the clock tower itself and invite everyone to ride the elevator to the top for a spectacular panorama of the East Bay as well as San Francisco, the bay and its bridges in the distance.
Another prime spot for al fresco ceremonies is Faculty Glade, an expansive lawn next to the historic Faculty Club. You can say "I do" under a spreading oak or in front of a stone bench, and then pose for photos among the redwoods at nearby Strawberry Creek. The setting is so lovely couples frequently host their reception here, too, at tables set up on the grass. Versatile and easily accessible, this area is equally popular for graduation parties, corporate bashes, outdoor banquets, and picnics.
For indoor celebrations, you have two completely different choices. The Anna Head Alumnae Hall, just off the main campus, will transport you back in time. Formerly a girls' school, this 1927 brown shingle gem comes with its own patio for mingling, and has an all-wood interior with a high, open-beamed trussed ceiling and a large stage. Although the building has been completely renovated to include plenty of audiovisual aids and adjustable lighting, period details like hand-painted stenciling and the original chandeliers have been retained.
In contrast, Pauley Ballroom is a modern space in the heart of Sproul Plaza. Paneled in oak, it boasts a 30-foot ceiling, hardwood dance floor, a view of the Campanile, and an extended patio that's perfect for a cocktail hour or barbecue. The star feature is a row of floor-to-ceiling windows that let guests peer over leafy treetops to far-reaching vistas of rolling hillsides and historic buildings. A divider wall allows you to split the room in two: Couples often have their ceremony in East Pauley (one third), and use West Pauley (two thirds) for the reception. Brides can also reserve a changing room that's conveniently located on the conference level.
Planning an event at UCB is easy on you, thanks to UC's Event Services staff. With their "one-stop shopping" approach they'll handle all the details, from catering and table décor to extra AV equipment and rentals. Hosting your celebration here is easy on your guests too: This gorgeous campus is close to everything—hotels, public transportation, and lots of local attractions—so friends and family can spend more of their time celebrating with you.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 450
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 550
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 600
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated: 900
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors, Anna Head holds up to 275 seated guests. East Pauley Ballroom seats 250 and West Pauley Ballroom seats 450. Outdoors, the Campanile Esplanade accommodates 144 seated and Faculty Glade seats 200.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Anna Head holds up to 152 seated guests at round tables and 379 standing. Pauley Ballroom holds up to 550 seated when used in its entirety; East Pauley Ballroom holds 150 seated at rounds or 250 standing, and West Pauley holds 300 seated at rounds or 600 standing. Outdoors, the Campanile Esplanade accommodates 144 seated or 200 for a standing reception and Faculty Glade holds 200 seated or 600 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: Anna Head seats up to 275 guests theater-style; East Pauley holds 250, West Pauley holds 450, and Pauley Ballroom in its entirety holds 900.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A deposit plus a signed contract and credit card on file are required to secure your date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The rental fee starts at $500 and varies depending on the space(s) reserved. Meals range $15–60/person and up. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided by ASUC SU Catering
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided indoors, CBA outdoors
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, extra fee
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: full-range indoors, CBA outdoors
Parking: on-street or on-site and nearby garages; guest passes available for purchase
Accommodations: nearby hotels
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: cityscape and rolling hills
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: CBA or BYO
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors; OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability and proof of insurance required
Alternate Info: MLK, Jr. Student Union, Martin Luther King Student Union, MLK Student Union, ASUC Student Union