WEDDINGS + CELEBRATIONS
San Francisco’s Most Iconic Event Venue
The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange is more than San Francisco’s most iconic event venue; it is a link to the city’s unique and compelling history. Located at the heart of the bustling Financial District, the building radiates elegance from the street to the lobby and beyond. With an unparalleled design pedigree from three of America’s most celebrated architects, an unmatched legacy of hosting the city’s most important events, and state-of-the-art technological amenities, the Julia Morgan Ballroom is at once quintessentially San Francisco and fully tailored to your unique vision.
The experience begins on California Street with cable cars whirring up Nob Hill behind you. Pass through the street-level doors and into an immaculately maintained era of lavish detail and impeccable taste designed by Willis Polk, Daniel Burnham and Julia Morgan, three titans of American architecture. The barrel-vaulted lobby shines with marble, gold leaf and bronze, while the curved glass ceiling washes the space in abundant natural light.
Gleaming new elevators whisk you quickly up to the 15th floor and the landmark Julia Morgan Ballroom. The space is fully dedicated to your vision; there are no busy hotel corridors to contend with, no intrusions from the outside world.
Before entering the ballroom, guests move through a classic foyer and proceed naturally through the opulent bar and lounge, featuring gilded ceilings and fireplaces of carved stone at each end. The 27-foot curved marble bar sweeps you toward the ballroom and a breathtaking reveal…
Light flows into the elegant 4,060 square foot ballroom through a wall of soaring floor-to-ceiling arched windows that afford a view of the twinkling cityscape, while mirrors on the opposite wall reflect the light. The view overhead is equally impressive – the ceiling is an intricate honeycomb of painstakingly crafted mahogany octagonals. The rich, paneled walls continue the refined aesthetic with classic columns worked directly into the wood. At the far end, a 20-foot stone fireplace provides an iconic backdrop and a final touch of grandeur.
Weddings at the Julia Morgan Ballroom are not simply planned; they’re designed. In a building that has hosted U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, business legends and the brightest stars of film, music and sports, our staff has an unmatched legacy to honor and protect. Our dedication to excellence, discretion and personal touch ensures that your wedding will unfold as a truly unique experience for you and your guests, as well as a poignant entry in our own celebrated history.
Strategically positioned amid fine hotels, notable restaurants, cultural attractions and the energy of the City’s financial nerve center, the ballroom offers event-goers the best of everything San Francisco has to offer, including numerous public transportation options and abundant evening parking.
Because we own and operate our own venues, we are able to focus on the total guest experience, from gourmet food and beverage service down to the smallest detail of event production. When you reserve the Julia Morgan Ballroom, you enjoy use of the entire 15th floor including the bar and lounge, coat check, and several smaller rooms that are perfect for bridal dressing areas or other activities. Exclusive access to these fluid spaces affords the utmost flexibility in planning your event, as well as complete privacy.
The Ballroom’s professional production team boasts decades of combined experience in producing the finest San Francisco weddings. In addition to the City’s most celebrated venue, we provide one of the most valuable elements of your wedding day: peace of mind.