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The Grand Ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center

Pasadena Wedding Venue
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, California 91101

Contact: Catering Department
Phone: 626/395-0208
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Why We Like This Place

The Pasadena Convention Center is popular for gala celebrations, but it’s also a spectacular boutique venue for weddings and special events. It has an amazing variety of event sites, so, brides, whatever type of wedding you imagine, you can have it here.

The Grand Ballroom is one of the center’s most recent additions. At 25,000 square feet, it’s the largest ballroom in the San Gabriel Valley, but it can be divided into 10 separate sections to comfortably accommodate a group as small as 100 or as large as 3,000. Its neutral, modern interior is a blank canvas on which you can paint your own event picture. At one gala, they hung oversized inflatable stars from the ceiling, creating a glittering night “sky.” Metallic linens covered the tables, special colored lighting was projected on the walls, and the room was turned into a luminous vision. The ballroom is equipped with stateof-the-art audio and lighting systems and provides internet and WiFi access. It also opens to an 11,000-square-foot lobby, with a sparkling terrazzo floor and artistic, free-form chandeliers. This prefunction space is ideal for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and can be turned into a congenial lounge area with the simple addition of couches and chairs.

Weddings can be held on the building’s lower level, which houses another chic, contemporary event space. Done in soft grays and off-white, it complements almost any color scheme. Hang swags of fabric from the ceiling for an element of softness and movement, or add a disco ball for sparkle. Brides enjoy tossing their bouquet over the sleek metal railing on the upper level.

The Civic Auditorium, crafted in the Italian Renaissance style, has always charmed visitors with its soaring archways and dramatic artistry. Exchange vows on the same stage where Pavarotti sang his arias and television stars attend award shows and TV specials. Or, with the theater’s technical elements at your disposal, hold your very own “command performance” for an audience of friends and family. You can also give your guests the star treatment and host the reception right on stage! The auditorium’s resplendent Gold Room, featuring a rosette ceiling and elaborate moldings, continues to attract smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions.

A 22,000-square-foot plaza runs in front of all three of the center’s main event spaces. Its beautiful tiled surface is perfect for your ceremony or an al fresco cocktail reception, before moving inside for the main festivities.

The Pasadena Convention Center’s in-house culinary professionals specialize in California cuisine using locally grown ingredients, and will customize your menu. The center has also implemented a host of “go green” initiatives, which should please environmentally conscious brides. And guests attending your event will have plenty to keep them happy, too: The facility is close to the Burbank and Los Angeles airports and just blocks from Old Pasadena, a historic area filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and clubs. Museums, golf, and live theater are nearby as well.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 3120
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 1000

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 2900
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 3500
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 2900
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 5000


  • Max. Seated: 5400

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Civic Auditorium holds 150 seated guests, and the Civic Terrace seats up to 1,000. The 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can be divided into 10 sections, accommodates up to 3,120 seated; the Conference Center seats up to 1,100.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Gold Room holds up to 200 seated guests. The historic Theater accommodates up to 2,900 seated guests. The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 1,656 and the Conference Center can hold up to 588 seated banquet style.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Exhibit Hall seats 5,400 guests.

Fees & Deposits

The site fee and 25% of the food and beverage minimum are required to secure your date. Wedding packages start at $85/person. A 21% service charge and tax are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided, specialty linens available for additional fee
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot, valet CBA
Accommodations: no guest rooms, premium hotels nearby
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: cityscape, mountains
Other: event coordination

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Conference Center
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside, in designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily.

Alternate Info: Pasadena Center

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