First Unitarian Church of Oakland
I love, love love this Venue!! The staff at FUCO (as the church is known shorthand) are friendly, helpful, flexible and totally supportive especially to detail-oriented brides like me! The church is fairly small but beautiful, and the reception hall is gorgeous, with fully restored antique stained glass windows, a lovely outdoor patio, and a great no-smoking policy that keeps all the smokers in the front of the church away from all the kids and your guests. It takes a while to book with them (thus the three stars for responsiveness), but once you're booked, Stefan is great at getting back to you and is super-awesome about receiving rental deliveries, providing staff for cleanup, etc. And the prices is extremely cheap for downtown Oakland. Stefan will even make sure the parking garages in the area stay open late for your event!