Indian wedding baraat at the the San Jose Marriott

San Jose Marriott

The San Jose Marriott is a large hotel in downtown San Jose. It’s great for Indian weddings because it has everything large Indian weddings need – event space for hundreds of guests (900 to be exact), hotel room block, easy to get there for locals as well as anyone flying in.

Additionally the San Jose Marriott allows outside catering, baraat – see below for more specific info for Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Sikh weddings.

Host a fun wedding week celebration with the bridal party in the Concierge Club Lounge on the 26th floor of the San Jose Marriott with a patio overlooking Silicon Valley.

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Ceremony Venue Capacity

Reception Venue Capacity

  • Indoor Ceremony: 900 guests
  • Outdoor Ceremony: N/A
  • San Jose Ballroom Reception: 600 guests
  • Outdoor Reception: N/A

One Ballroom: The San Jose Marriott has one ballroom – the San Jose Ballroom. That means the wedding ceremony and reception will both take place in that ballroom. The Marriott’s Catering staff at the San Jose Marriott will work with you to configure which sections of the ballroom will be occupied for the ceremony.

Ballroom Setup Logistics: Whichever sections are not occupied for the ceremony, will be setup for the reception and your vendors can start setting up. That way only the sections utilized during the ceremony have to flipped during cocktail hour.

This same applies if you are hosting a post-ceremony lunch.

Airport Info: The hotel is approximately 5 miles south of San Jose International Airport (SJC) and approximately 35 miles south of San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Getting To/From the Hotel: the best way to get to the San Jose Marriott from either airport is to drive or use a rideshare app. The BART doesn’t go to San Jose. Caltrain does but there are no Caltrain stations at SJC nor SFO.

Indian bride being walked down the aisle at the San Jose Marriott
All of the function space at the San Jose Marriott is indoors. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
Indian wedding reception at the San Jose Marriott
Notice the vaulted ceiling and open layout of the San
Jose Ballroom. This ballroom seats up to 600 guests with a dance floor and up to 900 for a ceremony. These chiavari chairs are not included in the reception and reception packages. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
Romantic couple photo session San Jose Marriott
Beautiful spaces near the hotel for photo sessions. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Indian couple romantic photo dressed up for their wedding reception
Indian wedding reception at the San Jose Marriott. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Photos: Lin & Jirsa Photography

{Notable Details About The San Jose Marriott}

  • This venue does not have outdoor event space. The ceremony and reception would be indoors.
  • This venue is in downtown San Jose.
  • This is a great venue for couples with large guest counts – 400+ that are looking for something more budget-friendly compared to other venues in the South Bay.
  • The San Jose Marriott has one ballroom which seats up to 900 guests for a ceremony and up to 600 for a reception.
  • Before you book any vendors talk to them about any additional setup fees. We have heard that due to the location of this venue’s loading dock, some vendors charge more setup fees.
  • See below for specific info for Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Sikh weddings
Hindu Weddings at San Jose Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, licensed and insured caterers are welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed. Remember, the ceremony is indoors at the San Jose Marriott.
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, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel which they will help you setup.
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? There are several great venues in the area where you could have your sangeet or garba. You could have it at the San Jose Marriott too, but keep in mind that it would be held in the same ballroom as your wedding ceremony and reception. Alternatively, you can have your sangeet at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas, a golf club, nearby community center, or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

The San Jose Marriott and Muhurats

The venue is happy to work with you on a ceremony time that accommodates your muhurat.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

The San Jose Marriott allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary restrictions, 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

Resources for Hindu Weddings

Jain Weddings at San Jose Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, a licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed. Remember, this venue’s event space is all indoors.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

If your guests have access to cars/transportation at the Jain Center of Northern California, a nearby community center or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

The San Jose Marriott and Muhurats

They do their best to accommodate muhurats. They may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jain Dietary Requirements

The San Jose Marriott allows you to hire an outside caterer and even allows caterers to use their kitchen.

With regards to dietary requirements 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


Jain Wedding Planning Resources

Muslim Weddings at San Jose Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
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 they help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.
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 San Jose Marriott. There are several Masjids in the area.

Mehndi Venues

Where should you have your mehndi? Depending on the number of guests, you could host a mehndi at the San Jose Marriott in one of their smaller function rooms. Alternatively look into an Indian restaurant or other banquet hall.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

The San Jose Marriott allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with the caterer to prepare halal menus.


Resources for Muslim Weddings

Sikh Weddings at The San Jose Marriott

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, a licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
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 they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, they will help you setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.

Anand Karaj at San Jose Marriott

The San Jose Marriott would be gorgeous venues for an Anand Karaj. Below are photos of other Anand Karaj ceremonies so you can see how other couples have setup a non-Gurdwara ceremony. 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 one of the many Bay area Gurdwaras. It would make most sense to have the Anand Karaj at the San Jose Gurdwara which is approximately 10 miles east of the Marriott. Did you know the San Jose Gurdwara is the largest Gurdwara in North America? And it’s beautiful as you can see from the photos below.

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The San Jose Marriott and Muhurats

The San Jose Marriott will do their best to accommodate muhurats. They may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? Host your sangeet at an Indian restaurant banquet halls or a community center.

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