San Jose, California 95136
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Why We Like This Place
There must be 1,001 places for romantic photographs in the award-winning Hayes Mansion. The front of the impressive mansion is an obvious choice, but there are picturesque inglenooks, gorgeous doorways with beveled glass insets and shining wood trim, graceful archways, mysterious stairways lit with art deco fixtures, and lawns and flowers a-plenty. And that's just in the daytime—by night it's a completely different and dramatic experience.
Built in 1905 for Mary Hayes Chynoweth and designed by architect George Page, it's a marriage of Queen Anne, Mission and Mediterranean styles. Oddly enough, these diverse architectures meld together well, resulting in a beautifully preserved jewel of a building.
Hold your ceremony on the front lawn and let the entire mansion, with its grand entryway and four-story central tower, create the backdrop. Or get married at one of the entrances to the East or West Lawns, each with a carved archway and sweeping steps. If an intimate indoor wedding is your preference, exchange vows in the Willow Glen Room, standing in front of a marble fireplace beneath a gleaming wooden arch. These are just a tiny sampling of your many ceremony options.
Reception possibilities range from several smaller rooms like the Parlors, all the way up to the Grand Hayes Ballroom, which enjoys its own separate building. Serve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the vast foyer of the ballroom, whose French doors open to a vista of the lawn and Mansion. Then dine elegantly in the ballroom, with its 20-foot ceilings, chandeliers, stage, drop-down screens, projectors, sound system, dance floor—the works.
Hayes Mansion offers several banquet packages with an amazing array of delicacies. Some of the featured dishes are: mini beef wellingtons with mushroom duxelles and a truffle reduction; dungeness crab crusted Pacific salmon; and pepper crusted filet mignon with lobster tail. The selection of vegetarian dishes is equally enticing.
Wedding packages include a luxury guest room in the mansion for the bride and groom (minimum guest count applies). Relaxing in your plush surroundings, you could easily imagine you're the privileged guest of Mary Hayes Chynoweth, enjoying the good life at the turn of the 20th century. There are also 214 spacious rooms for your guests, many with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. For a delightful twist on bridesmaid gifts, surprise your entourage with a day at the spa. All the stresses of planning a wedding will slip away as you unwind with a soothing massage, manicure and pedicure, or indulge in a multitude of other beautifying treatments.
One of the charms of the Hayes Mansion is its lack of restrictions. The facility once hosted a wedding with a live elephant, so it's unlikely you can come up with anything that they can't accommodate (though the management says you're welcome to try). The range of event spaces runs the gamut from grand and impressive to intimate and homelike, and from enormous swaths of lawn and scenery to small, sun-dappled patios. The only problem you'll have is trying to choose between so many seductive possibilities.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 200
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 600
- Max. Seated Indoors: 450
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 800
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 900
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1200
- Max. Seated: 720
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The San Jose Room, Westwood Patio and Guadalupe Room each seat up to 140 guests; the Edenvale Room seats 200, and the East Lawn up to 600 seated or 900 standing.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Various rooms hold 10–450 seated or 50–900 standing; the entire mansion can accommodate 1,200 for a standing reception. Patio areas seat 10–100, and the East Lawn holds 800 seated or 1,200 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: There are 24 rooms, some of which seat up to 720 guests theater-style.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, the entire facility fee is required to book your date. 50% of the estimated total is due 60 days prior to the event and the balance due 14 days prior (however, a customized payment schedule can be arranged). The facility fee starts at $750 and pricing varies depending on the room selected. Customized wedding packages for 100 guests range $125–225/person and include: hors d'oeuvres, salad, 2 entrées, wedding cake and overnight accommodations for the bride and groom. Ceremony packages start at $250 for 30 minutes and include padded chairs, rehearsal and setup.
For other special events and business functions, 50% of the estimated total is required to confirm reservations; another 30% is due 60 days prior to the event; and the remaining event balance is payable 14 days prior. The rental fee ranges $1,500–9,000 depending on the guest count and space(s) selected. Meals start at $75/person. Alcohol, tax and a 23% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, outside specialty cuisine caterers ok with approval
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped, extra fee
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Area: provided, extra fee
AV/Meeting Equipment: computer networking capabilities and wireless, high-speed internet service provided; extra fee for video conferencing equipment, lighting packages, LCD packages, and microphones
Parking: complimentary valet; large lots
Accommodations: 214 guest rooms and suites
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Santa Cruz Mountains
Other: outdoor pool, tennis, volleyball; full-service day spa, fitness center
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house packages available
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK, outdoors until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no birdseed, rice, glitter or confetti
Alternate Info: Dolce Hayes Mansion