Located on the 15th floor of San Francisco’s famed Merchants Exchange, the Julia Morgan Ballroom is a piece of Bay Area history. Renowned architects Willis Polk, Daniel Burnham, and (of course) Julia Morgan designed the space in the Beaux-Arts style of the early 20th century. The ballroom is named for Morgan, who was the first licensed female architect in California and an undisputed titan of the industry. A Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding is a beautiful piece of San Francisco’s rich history.
The 4300-square foot ballroom is a stately space for your guests to gather for your ceremony and celebration. When you schedule the venue for a wedding, you have use of the entire 15th floor, with its extra rooms and nooks, which allow space for you and your wedding party to get ready.
Getting ready for the big day also marks the perfect time for a candid photography session, capturing all of the moments of your wedding day, big and small.
Mehndi, or henna tattoos, are an elegant tradition for an Indian bride. You can learn more about the hisotry and meaning of mehndi here.
Some of the rooftop gardens of the buildings surrounding the San Francisco Merchants Exchange are an excellent location for a couples photography session before or after the ceremony. You will cherish these private moments between the two of you.
The baraat is a grand Sikh and Hindu custom in which the groom rides to the wedding ceremony on a horse or elephant. Learn more about a traditional baraat here. The couple below chose to have their baraat and ceremony at the lovely San Jose Gurdwara prior to their Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding reception.
After a colorful and memorable baraat and ceremony, the Julia Morgan ballroom is the quintessential San Francisco location to toast, dance, and celebrate the bride and groom.
Outside the grand marble columns of the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco’s financial district is another iconic spot for a photo opp.
The intricate octagonal ceiling moulding, the ornate mohagony-wood paneling, and the natural light from the arched windows create an elegant space for your wedding reception. Under the grand chandeliers, up to 350 guests can celebrate your unforgettable day with you.
A Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding is a fabulous way to dance the night away, surrounded by family and loved ones.
The foyer of the Merchants Building is another picturesque location for wedding photography, with its towering, barrel-vaulted skylight, its marble walls and floors, and intricate gold-lattice detailing.
Which wedding planners and caterers are we permitted to use?
The venue requires you to use their event planner and in-house, top-of-the-line caterer for your Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding.
Does the venue provide wi-fi?
In their words, the Julia Morgan Ballroom provides “High-Speed WiFi scalable for even the most punishing technological events.”
What transportation is available for our out-of-town guests?
The San Francisco Merchants Exchange is conveniently located just two blocks from BART and Muni.
The Julia Morgan Ballroom is located on the 15th floor of the Merchants Exchange at 465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104.
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