Pomona Wedding Venue
601 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, California 91768
The Sheraton Fairplex, set on 543 park-like acres, already boasts one of the largest varieties of event spaces we’ve seen in one venue. Yet, this full-service hotel, recently named one of the top five Sheratons in the country, is about to kick it up a notch with the debut of its much-anticipated Conference Center. A modern complex of glass-clad buildings, landscaped pathways and views of the San Gabriel Mountains, it’s sure to add cachet to this conveniently located property.
What this means for anyone planning a wedding or special event is an even more dazzling range of options…from a brand new, palatial-sized ballroom to an exposed-brick dining room loaded with charm to an aromatic herb garden where guests dine al fresco.
You’ll find two delightful outdoor ceremony sites here. The newly created Champagne Court is a lush lawn bordered by flowering hedges and a myriad of oak, palm and evergreen trees. Plus, there’s ample room for celebratory cocktails following the service. Smaller groups can reserve the more intimate McKinley’s Grille Patio, an enclosed flagstone courtyard at the front of the hotel. It features a stone fireplace and a graceful ash tree, beneath which you can exchange vows. Afterwards, invite your guests to the library off the main lobby for a champagne toast.
Within the Sheraton there are several choices for receptions, including the Vineyard Ballroom, which is decorated in a neutral palette of cream and soft greens with gold chandeliers and a hardwood dance floor. For something quite different, consider the Meritage, a unique vintage-style pavilion with brick walls, pressed tin ceilings and archways framing glass doors that open to a patio. A polished concrete floor and long, dark wood built-in bars make it feel more like a hip, city restaurant and club than anything you’d usually find in a large hotel.
If, however, you prefer a sleek, modern setting, then head to the new Conference Center, just up the road past the hotel. You arrive at a large, circular plaza dotted with tall palms and native plantings, with the mountains visible in the distance. The main building’s glass façade and domed roof create an open, airy atmosphere inside. When you enter the prefunction area, you can fully appreciate the striking design: One wall curves seamlessly from floor to ceiling in an elegant 158-foot-long arc, while lots of natural light streams in through a wall of windows. The adjoining California Ballroom, warmed by rich tones of sustainable wood used in the wainscoting and trim adorning the walls, has the kind of grand proportions that make it ideal for a spectacular gala. Overhead, reflective panels in the coffered ceiling amplify the soft glow from dozens of contemporary chandeliers.
Whichever location you choose for your reception, your menu will showcase fresh, organic ingredients with much of the produce and herbs grown on site. In fact, one of the most intriguing possibilities at this property is booking a cozy reception or rehearsal dinner at “The Farm,” the picture-perfect, one-acre garden where the chefs actually pick those herbs and veggies. Your meal will be served country-style at long rustic tables set beneath a wooden canopy strung with lights. As night falls and the stars start to shine above, what could be more romantic?
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The hotel holds 1,000 seated guests indoors and 400 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel can accommodate 1,000 seated or 1,500 standing guests indoors and 1,000 seated or 500 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 700 seated guests.
20% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 14 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $5,000–20,000. Meals range $31–72/person. Tax, alcohol and a 22% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 247 guestroom suites
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: garden patio, landscaped grounds, pool
Other: complimentary event coordination, picnic area
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Alternate Info: Sheraton Fairplex Resort