Coronado Wedding Venue
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, California 92118
More than a hundred years after its gala opening, The Del, as it’s affectionately called, still reigns as the Grande Dame of the California coast. A National Historic Landmark, The Del’s stunning Victorian architecture commands 28 oceanfront acres. Over the years the resort has garnered an impressive array of awards and a legion of distinguished fans, including presidents, movie stars, and numerous celebrities. With such a stellar heritage, it’s not surprising that The Del also has its share of romantic history.
Legend has it that the century’s most famous love affair began in The Del’s Ballroom. In 1920, the visiting Prince of Wales was honored by the locals with appropriate pomp and circumstance. Wallis Simpson, then a Coronado resident, may have been among the many who welcomed him. 20 years later, the Prince would give up his throne to marry the charming divorcée. Their love story inspired the names for many of the resort’s restaurants and event spaces.
One of them is the Windsor Lawn. This premier setting for weddings has landscaped walkways and seasonal gardens stretching to the Pacific. If your desire is a beach wedding, The Del’s catering staff can arrange ceremonies right on the sand, as well.
Another lovely ceremony site is the Garden Patio, a lush landscaped courtyard with a large gazebo. Or get married in the Vista Walk Garden, located near the resort’s signature red-roofed turret, and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Del offers so many reception options you’re sure to find a space that complements the style of your wedding. The Ballroom captures panoramic views of the Pacific, while ornate ceiling moldings and multitiered crystal chandeliers bestow a turn-of-the-century elegance. One of the most distinctive event spaces is the magnificent Crown Room, recently restored and refurnished. With its 33-foot-high, rib-vaulted ceiling of golden sugar pine, this richly paneled room evokes the magic of yesteryear. Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum designed the room’s unique chandeliers in the shape of crowns, which bathe the vintage furnishings and décor in a soft amber light.
Once you stroll through The Del’s quaint Victorian salons and well-tended gardens, you might not want to leave its nostalgic embrace. Enticed by The Del’s sun-drenched beaches and moonlit ocean views, many newlyweds stay on for their honeymoon. With a bouquet of seductive amenities to choose from, including his-and-her massages and breakfast in bed, couples often return for their anniversary or a second honeymoon.
To design your event, take advantage of the Catering Department’s wide range of talents. Whether you plan an intimate soirée or a formal gala, the staff will create a one-of-a-kind occasion, impressing your guests with impeccable service and award-winning cuisine.
H.L. Story and Elisha Babcock, The Del’s founders, envisioned a resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” It’s been more than a century since the hotel opened, and people everywhere are still praising its charms.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Garden Patio seats up to 375 guests, the Vista Walk up to 200 seated and the Windsor Lawn up to 600 seated. A beach ceremony is also an option with seating for 50–600 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The hotel accommodates 20–600 seated, including dance floor.
For weddings, a 25% nonrefundable deposit is required to confirm your date; the final balance is payable 30 days prior to your event. Luncheon menus run $100–125/person, dinner menus $150–175/person. Custom menus and alcohol packages are available. Tax, a 23% service charge and room rental fees are additional. For business meetings, seminars, conferences and retreats, the hotel has a business service center, an audiovisual department, and an activities department. Fees vary depending on guest count, accommodations reserved, and food and beverage services requested; call for more specific information. A day-of coordinator is required.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided by Hotel del Coronado only
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s and Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes, when available
Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: self or valet, special rates
Accommodations: 757 guestrooms and suites
Telephone: pay phones, guest phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes, special lighting at additional charge
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: ocean and bay views
Other: spa facilities, business service, fitness centers, salon, wedding amenities, concierge
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided by Hotel del Coronado only
Smoking: designated outside areas only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: wedding coordinator required
Year-round, daily, 10am–midnight.
Alternate Info: The Del