Mandap at Santa Clara Marriott

Santa Clara Marriott

{Indian Weddings at the Santa Clara Marriott}

The Santa Clara Marriott is a very popular venue for Indian weddings and for good reason – nice, large space, convenient location, reasonably priced. Moreover the hotel was recently renovated and remodeled with new meeting spaces, lobby, hotel rooms, as well as a new restaurant and lounge.

As you can see in the photos below, this hotel is fantastic for your guests arriving from across the globe. The newly redesigned lobby called, The Great Room, is very Silicon Valley (see the photo) with lots of open seating, great coffee, house made pastries and snacks for your guests to enjoy in-between wedding events.

After the wedding ceremony, host lunch in the Pavilion.

This venue is a popular location for South Asian Indian weddings and events largely due to the reasonable pricing options, courteous associates and spacious, comfortable accommodations. 

On multiple occasions, we have utilized the entrance and portion of the parking lot as the baraat assembly and processional space and then hosted a myriad of events (breakfast/lunch and ceremony) in any one of the large ballrooms available on property.

{Capacity, Info, Airports Santa Clara Marriott}

  • Capacity: Indoor ballroom space for up to 1100 for a ceremony and 900 for a reception. The California Ballroom features a 16-foot ceiling and the Grand Ballroom 14-feet.
  • Event Parking usually free
  • Approximately 10 miles north of San Jose International Airport (SJC).
  • The best way for guests to get to the Marriott is by car/Rideshare app.
  • The rental cars at SJC are right across from baggage claim, so guests can get a car and be on their way seamlessly. The hotel charges a daily parking fee.

{Tips From a Wedding Planner and Designer}

We partnered with Amrit from Anais Events to share her insights from her over 15 years of experience planning weddings in the San Francisco Bay area and at the Santa Clara Marriott.

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Venue Advantages: This hotel is large, flexible, and able to accommodate large groups and variable event needs. It is centrally located in the South Bay and right next to the Great America Adventure Park. In house restaurants with Starbucks and other dining options is also a big plus for multiple day stay.

Comparative Venues: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara; Hilton Santa Clara; Doubletree by Hilton San Jose; Fairmont San Jose.

Policies/Restrictions: In-house beverage and bar offered; outside catering allowed; venue offers all standard hosting amenities (tables, chairs, risers/stages, AV etc); facility rental fee ranges from $2K-$18K; Parking is complimentary usually for event guests.

Insider info: The hotel is great and the staff is friendly. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and customizable for the needs of the typical South Asian wedding – from sangeet to baraat, breakfast to ceremony followed by lunch, and then reconvene for cocktails and dinner. Hotel management is also flexible with pricing and hosting options.

Sangeet Venue(s): Most couples book the Santa Clara Marriott for their sangeet as well as wedding and reception. Alternatively couples host their sangeet or garba at a local community center, banquet hall, or Indian restaurant banquet hall.

Real Stories From This Venue: The Santa Clara Marriott is a popular location for South Asian Indian weddings and events largely due to the reasonable pricing options, courteous associates and spacious, comfortable accommodations. 

On multiple occasions, we (Anais Events) have utilized the entrance and portion of the parking lot as the baraat assembly and processional space and then hosted a myriad of events (breakfast/lunch and ceremony) in any one of the large ballrooms available on property.

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Hindu Weddings at Santa Clara Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and they can help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can setup a hospitality room or work with you on another solution for serving breakfast to guests.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? Have your sangeet at the Santa Clara Marriott, a nearby community center, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas or Indian restaurant banquet halls.

Santa Clara Marriott and Muhurats

The Santa Clara Marriott may not be able to accommodate muhurats that are at off peak times such as very early morning (before 10am) or late at night. Use the form below to request more info.

Santa Clara Marriott and Open Flame Ceremonies

The Santa Clara Marriott charges a fire watch fee of $850++ (with service charge and tax, comes out to approximately $1160). This is in addition to the facility rental fee.
Venue policies for open flame ceremonies

Hindu Dietary Requirements

The Santa Clara Marriott allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with your caterer to prepare menus per your dietary requirements and the setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for vegetarian, Swaminarayan etc. food.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo

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Jain Weddings at Santa Clara Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can discuss that and other options for serving breakfast to guests that are staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? Have your sangeet at the Marriott, the Jain Center of Northern California, a nearby community center or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

Santa Clara Marriott and Muhurats

The Santa Clara Marriott, may not be able to accommodate muhurats that are at off peak times such as very early morning (before 10am) or late at night. Use the form below to request more info.

Santa Clara Marriott and Open Flames

The Santa Clara Marriott charges a fire watch fee of $850++ (with service charge and tax, comes out to approximately $1160). This is in addition to the facility rental fee.
Venue policies for open flame ceremonies

Jain Dietary Requirements

The Santa Clara Marriott allows you to hire a caterer. Work with your caterer to customize a menu per your dietary requirements and setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for Jain food. Ask your caterer to make dish description cards like the ones pictured below.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo


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Muslim Weddings at Santa Clara Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there an option for non-alcoholic beverages only? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, the hotel can discuss this as well as other options to serve breakfast to guests staying there.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the stage? No, work with your decorator to design it.

Nearby Masjids

If you prefer to have the nikah and/or shaadi at a Masjid you can follow it up with a Walima at the Santa Clara Marriott. There are several Masjids in the area.

Mehndi Venues

Where should you have your mehndi? You could host a mehndi at the Marriott, an Indian restaurant banquet halls, or a community center.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

The Santa Clara Marriott allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with your caterer to prepare halal menus.


Resources for Muslim Weddings

Sikh Weddings at Santa Clara Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the Guru Granth Sahib? No, work with your decorator to design an elevated setup. See more info below.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there space for milni? Yep!
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, they can share options for serving breakfast for guests that are staying at the hotel.

Anand Karaj at the Santa Clara Marriott

Below are photos of other outdoor Anand Karaj ceremonies, so you can see how other couples have setup the ceremony. An Anand Karaj at the Santa Clara Marriott would be indoors in one of the ballrooms. You may also like our guide on Tips for a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj.

Anand Karaj at Warner Center Marriott
Indoor Anand Karaj ceremony where the guests are seated on sheets in a hotel ballroom. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
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Sub-flooring was laid down on the grass for an outdoor Sikh wedding. Your decorator will help with this. Photo: Greycard Photography
Sikh wedding at Pelican Hill Resort
Anand Karaj ceremony at an oceanfront resort. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

At the Anand Karaj below, they gave each guest a gadda (cushion) to sit on.

Outdoor Anand Karaj wedding ceremony
Outdoor Anand Karaj on concrete with gaddas for the guests to sit on.

Closest Gurdwaras

If you prefer a traditional setting for your Anand Karaj, you could get married at a Gurdwara followed by the reception at the Santa Clara Marriott. There are Gurdwaras in the area.

Santa Clara and Muhurats

The Santa Clara Marriott, may not be able to accommodate muhurats that are at off peak times such as very early morning (before 10am) or late at night. Use the form below to request more info.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? You could host it at the Marriott. Alternatively, Indian restaurant banquet halls or a community center.

Wedding Planning Resources

{Santa Clara Marriott Pricing}

Ceremony pricing varies based on guest count:

101-250 guests $3,000 facility fee
251-350 guests $4,000 facility fee
Over 350 guests $5,000 facility fee

Fire Watch Fee: $850++ (with service charge and tax, comes out to approximately $1160).
Venue policies for open flame ceremonies

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Cover image: Lin & Jirsa Photography