The Prado at Balboa Park

1549 El Prado Suite #12
San Diego, California 92101
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Average Base Cost: $34,000

Average base cost for a Prado at Balboa Park wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday wedding meeting a $25,000 F&B minimum. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and tax is included in our average base cost.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The Prado at Balboa Park ceremony site is located at the Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens, which is offered with a set-up and rental fee of $1,400.00 (plus a 22% service charge) only when contracted in conjunction with a wedding reception banquet. Banquet space is contracted with a Food and Beverage Minimums from $3,000 to $30,000 plus service charge and sales tax. Minimums vary upon dates, and Saturdays are higher than Friday and Sundays.

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Photo by Fonyat Photography

What’s Included: Their wedding packages include the following:

For the Ceremony

  • White outdoor padded chairs
  • Gift and guest book tables
  • Changing room
  • Scheduled rehearsal time
  • Outdoor sound system for Officiant

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Lunch or Dinner Receptions:

  • One hour of base level Bar
  • (2-4) tray passed Hors d’Oeurves
  • Wedding menu designed by Executive Chef Jonathan Hale
  • Wedding cake provided by Prado preferred vendor
  • Formal sparkling wine toast
  • Professional staff
  • Synchronized table service
  • Full length house linens
  • Dining rounds with gold Chiavari Chairs and Porcelain China
  • Silverware and Glassware

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  • 22% service charge and applicable sales tax
  • Fees over the contracted ending times can be $300 to $500++/per hour ending at 1 a.m.
  • Pinspots in the Ballroom: $35.00++/each
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The Fountain Courtyard

Food/Beverage: You must use their exclusive catering. The lunch wedding average price is $88/per person, and $108 for dinner. Bar packages are additional and will vary, though you can expect an average Saturday evening wedding cost to run around $200/pp for food and bar combined.

Outside Vendors: No outside catering is allowed.

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The Grand Ballroom

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside. The actual banquet is served indoors.

A typical wedding setup would be a ceremony in the Casa del Rey Moro Gardens, cocktail hour in the Fountain Courtyard, and reception in the Grand Ballroom. Loggia and Alhambra Rooms also have outdoor terraces.

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The Loggia Room

Bridal Suite: Yes, there is a “changing room.”

Size: Up to 300 guests. The areas can accommodate the following number of guests:

  • Ceremony in the Casa del Rey Moro Gardens: 300
  • Cocktail hour in the Fountain Courtyard: 300
  • Reception in the Grand Ballroom: 500
  • Loggia Room: 100
  • Alhambra Room: 80 all seated
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The Alhambra Room


Parking: There are over 3,000 free spaces available as well as a separate valet vendor that can be contracted.

How Will Grandma Get There? The Prado at Balboa Park is located just a few minutes away via car from downtown San Diego. Most out of town guests would most likely want to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter, which has a ton of hotel options in varying price ranges, such as the US Grant.

Party On! Events can go until 1 a.m.

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Grand Ballroom

The Report: 

The Prado at Balboa Park is a National Historic Landmark, originally built to celebrate the 1914 opening of the Panama Canal. A 3-year renovation saw it’s re-opening in 2000, restoring the building’s architecture, artwork, sculptures, alcoves, gardens and fountains in keeping with its original Spanish, Morrish and Mexican architecture. With over two dozen original, hand-painted, wooden stencil designs on doors as well as the intricate hand stenciled ceilings and beams, Prado at Balboa Park features over 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

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Woman Getting Married Says:

This wedding venue offers pretty much everything you could want: a great location, tons of space, and LOTS of charm. It’s really the perfect combination. Pricing for the quality of food you’ll get from the Cohn Restaurant Group (who runs the venue) is top-notch, and brides rave about their wedding staff. And can we also talk about how the Grand Ballroom DOES NOT have carpet?! Seriously, hooray for wood floors for EVERY venue.

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