Preservation Park

Oakland , CA


1233 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA US 94612 (map)




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Occupying two blocks just a heartbeat away from Oakland’s City Center, Preservation Park is an eye-catching re-creation of a Victorian neighborhood. Sixteen Victorian homes have been... Read more
Occupying two blocks just a heartbeat away from Oakland’s City Center, Preservation Park is an eye-catching re-creation of a Victorian neighborhood. Sixteen Victorian homes have been beautifully restored and colorfully painted. The setting has been further enhanced with period park benches, ornate wrought-iron fences, old-fashioned street lamps and a bronze fountain from Paris.

The Park’s social center is the Pavilion, a graceful bandstand where ceremonies usually take place. While the bride and groom exchange vows on stage, their guests, seated on the lawn just below them, can appreciate the lovely landscaping and vintage architecture that surrounds them. Outdoor receptions are held in the adjacent Fountain Circle, a circular plaza with a large two-tiered fountain topped by the moon goddess Diana at its center. There’s plenty of room for a band, or you could have an outdoor buffet on either side of the Pavilion.

If you’re planning an indoor reception, two houses just off the Fountain Circle are available. The Ginn House, circa 1890, features two delightful light and airy parlors reminiscent of those in an English country home. Nile Hall, circa 1911, is a craftsman-style building with a sensational space for a grand and elegant party. It has a 30-foot-high ceiling, skylights, multiple windows, a stage and a theatrical lighting and sound system. This room is well designed, with soft colors, nice detailing and attractive appointments—and enough space to accommodate an extensive guest list. You can reserve one or both houses, as they’re connected by a spacious interior hallway.

The Park is not only popular for weddings, it’s hosted a wide range of events. When you reserve the outdoor spaces, the entrance gates are closed to cars so you and your guests can savor the feeling of having this charming “town” all to yourselves. For a remarkable glimpse of old-time Oakland, pay a visit to Preservation Park—it’s well worth the trip.

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We chose Preservation Park after looking through numerous venues around the bay area. We were looking for a location where we could have both the wedding and reception in the same space, a venue that gave us some flexibility in terms of catering and bar, somewhere that didn't require a long travel from the hotel and located in a city that people could go out, as well as something in our budget. Preservation Park fulfilled all of those qualities and truly turned out to be the best venue choice. The main contact person, Barbara Ackerman, is extremely warm and professional. She helps you lay out all of your plans, will work with your caterer, and even gave me a personal call before my wedding. She will truly put your mind at ease. Also, the grounds of the park are immaculate, my guests loved the open space and all of the natural beauty. We opted to have both the ceremony and reception outdoors, and it was beautiful, we played on the vintage theme and it came out perfectly. The indoor space can be a little dark and the bathrooms are a little dated, but with a few decorations, no one pays much attention. Oh they are pretty strict about the time you have to set up (about 2 hours) and to clean up (about 1), so that scheduling can get a little tight, but just need to have the right coordinator to pull it off. I loved my wedding at Preservation Park and would recommend it to any bride.
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1+ year ago
I had read that Preservation Park was beautiful and that it had an amazing wow factor but I couldn't have imagined how it had turned out and just how beautiful it was. It was absolutely beautiful on the day of and heightened the beauty of my decorations. Barbara was very helpful in the entire process. She understands that most couples have never planned a wedding before and helps to cover all the basics of planning a wedding.
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Everyone love our venue! This is the prefect site. If you are looking for an all in one ceremony and reception then this is a cute site. No need to decor the ceremony site (bandstand) because it's already got a lot of fabalous green. Parking was across the street with a low fee but it was really worth it.

The event coordinator Barbara was great. She is so patient and worked with our schedule. She response right away and work with us to get our dream wedding.

We had the reception inside and it was wonderful. The inside reception was nice and cheaper as long as you know how to dress it up. Even the business chairs didn't look so bad. Please check this place out it's a hidden treasure you do not want to miss.
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From the moment I saw Preservation Park I knew this was the place we would be getting married...it litterally brought me to tears! It sort of looks like Main Street on Disneyland with all the old fashioned homes and the cobblestone street with the little street lamps. The garden bandstand is a beautiful and intimate place to have a wedding ceremony and I loved the option of doing the appetizer hour ourside around the fountain. Nile hall was PLENTY big for our 130 guests, and Barabara was fantasic at helping to suggest ways to make even more fit into the room. As it turns out, we thought it would be fairly cramped with 130 but it was really roomy and felt intimate at the same time! The employees of Preservation Park, namely Barabara are VERY good at what they do and will give you plenty of pointers on how to make the space work best for your event. We used one room as a bridal changing room (a whole seperate house from the reception hall), and a room next to the reception hall as a child care room (a HUGE hit at the wedding), Ginn Hall held the buffet. The stairs inside Ginn were the perfect place for our formal photos and ALL the pix so far have been tremendous!!!! The thing that really helped us out with this choice was that they will allow you to choose an outside caterer (given that the caterer has the right kind of insurance), which meant we could choose one that was recommended to us and would give us a good deal. That alone made Preservation Park within our budget. They FAR exceeded our expectations. We were proud to bring our family and friends to this little-known spot in the middle of Oakland, and the fact that not to many people have been there made it a very cool place to entertain. I cannot reccomend Preservation Park highly enough!
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This was the perfect venue for our May wedding. This venue is picturesue, easily accessible and relatively afforable. Guest can sit in the shade for an outdoor bandstand ceremony. Onsite parking is available. Barbara, the site coordinator, is easily the nicest person to work with.
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Got married here 3 weeks ago and I have been looking forward to review PP b/c it was just a truly wonderful place for a wedding. It is totally the "Diamond in the Rough" and the unknown/people who have low expectations makes this place even better.

1. Barbara Ackerman is AMAZING to work with. Incredibly nice, but more importantly on top of her game, she went over every single detail, was very professional, yet also warm and friendly.
2. The site: immaculate flower and gardens. We had an outdoor ceremony, indoor/outdoor cocktail hour and indoor reception. I was not in love with Nile Hall where the reception was held, but with all the tables done and people inside it was beautiful with the high ceilings. The Ginn Parlor has AMAZING photo spots and is just adorable while the outdoor bandstand and fountain are are the truly beautiful part of PP. The people who work there really care about the place and you can tell. We had a May wedding and the flowers and trees were in full bloom (wisteria was amazing). It is also the perfect size, we had a little over 100 people but the place felt incredibly intimate and we had it all to our self. We rented the parking garage next store so parking was not a hassle for our guests.
4. Vendors: There is only a preferred vendor list for caterers--with price and cuisine options. We chose Blue Heron catering and couldn't have asked for better ( see my review). The rest (flowers, photo, cake, etc you could chose which made sticking to my budget WAY easier.
3. People's reactions said it all: They LOVED the site and had no idea there was anything like this in downtown Oakland!!!

A few misc:
This is a photographers dream, our photo's have been beautiful so far!
It is right on the freeway but you REALLY cannot hear or tell that you are anywhere close. It is like there is a sound barrier around the place or something...I swear.
It is moderately priced as far as wedding sites go. While Barbara is incredibly easy to work with, she is not very flexible in negotiating or times. She has her way of doing things (which comes from years of experience) which you have to follow. It is not like a hotel or some fancy schmancy place where they will cater to your every need....but that probably is not the type of person who would get married here!

They are re-doing the website so hopefully this wonderful place will get more business. Honestly, I was SUPER picky about our site and Pres Park was IDEAL and a good bang for the buck.
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