The presence of love

It is safe to say we all love a wedding.  Happiness, love and a renewed sense of joy.

You can’t deny the love and laughter here…

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Image by Gabriella Clavel

Pure joy…

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Image by Stephanie Secrest

This bride is absolutely beaming on her special day…

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Image by Stephanie Secrest

And, these ladies exude that happy glow here…

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Image by Stephanie Secrest

If you are planning your wedding or special event, we would be happy to assist you.

Contact our Events Team at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com for questions or to book a site tour.

Events galore

From weddings to memorials, birthday parties to meetings and everything in between, our Team accomplishes it with grace.

We cater to all types of events and love each and every one.

A fancy wedding in the Ballroom – love!

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Image by Anna Wu

Or, a monthly member event for fun and socializing…

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Image by Team Member, Sarah Williams

Or, a memorial done with a caring heart and beauty in the surroundings…

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Image by Noah Hawthorne

Or, this amazing buffet in the works…

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Image by Team Member, Trevor Johnson

Our Team loves the details and aims to please.

Let us make your event as special as you envision it to be.  Cheers!

Reach us at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

The Drawing Room

As beautiful as a big, fancy event is, sometimes small and quaint is simply charming.

Prepare to swoon over an affair in a room that looks otherwise unexpected in its elegance.

We love the Drawing Room…

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Nestled on the First Floor, adjacent to the newly-landscaped West Courtyard, you open yourself up to possibility for guests to move freely about and enjoy the beauty surrounding them.

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Gorgeous, right?  The room makes for a perfect fancy dinner…

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Or with the new Mr. and Mrs. enjoying their guests from the head of the table.

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It is a gem of a space with the baby grand piano and stunning fireplace.

If you have questions or wish to take a site tour to view our beautiful spaces, reach out to our Events Team at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

A sincere thank you to Danny Dong Photography for the gorgeous images featured in this post.

Easter fun

Spring will be in full effect this coming Sunday, April 5, 2015.

With our Annual Easter buffet, complimentary face painting and an egg hunt, there will certainly be fun for all!

Fresh flowers always make for a beautiful space.

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And, complimentary face painting by Coralline’s Playtime!  She is always a hit with children and her outfit is guaranteed to wow.

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And, of course the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.  Can you spot him here?

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Reservations are still available for this Sunday.  Book on Eventbrite by midnight tonight.

Face painting will be from 11:30am – 1pm

Egg hunt at 1:15pm

We would love to see you there!

All about membership

The Berkeley City Club is more than a event venue, historic hotel and fine dining restaurant.

We are proud to be a private social club – inspiring friendships, memories and fun – since our inception in 1930.

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Women enjoying the Loggia before windows & a door were added to adjoin it to the East Courtyard.

We started as a private women’s club, with the building entirely funded by Berkeley women.

In 1962, the charter was updated from Berkeley Women’s City Club to Berkeley City Club and men were welcome to join in membership.

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Women and men dressed for fun. Circa 1960’s

In the great years of our history, events, meetings and parties have been held, food and drink shared, laps swum and much more.

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Men and women at an event in the Ballroom. Circa 1970’s

We invite you to consider a membership with us.  Peruse pricing, benefits and more here.

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A member event in present day. Image by Team Member, Sarah Williams

If you have any questions, reach out to us at 510.280.1541 or email us at membership@berkeleycityclub.com.

Decades of memories

With a building almost 85 years in existence, a lot of history has been made.

The building itself is an architectural masterpiece constructed in just 11 months.

Side exterior of BCC - Neat, old pictureThe West Courtyard then and now.  The stunning flagstone has remained a constant in our landscaping repertoire.  It is certainly a favorite of many.

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The pool has always been a favorite spot for visitors to the building.  When it was dedicated in 1930, hundreds of Berkeley women attended.

Today, only Club members and hotel guests may swim in its waters.  It is a sought-after indoor pool of many due to its beauty and historic nature.

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Our beautiful lobby and staircase to the Second Floor.  A handrail was added to assist in climbing the stairs with ease.

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Did you know that our current fine dining restaurant, Julia’s, used to be a private dining room exclusively for Club Members?

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At one time in our history, the beautiful floors were covered in carpet.  Before our 2012 unveiling as Julia’s restaurant, we pulled up the carpet to reveal the (stunning) original floors.  Beautifully preserved, they stand out in all of their glory and are enjoyed by all.

If you want to see and learn more about our beautiful building, join us this Sunday (and most 4th Sundays of each month) with a complimentary docent tour.

Tours run from 1pm – 3:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

If you have questions about the tours, contact the Berkeley City Club Conservancy.

bccconservancy@att.net or via phone at 510.883.9710.

The beauty of Spring

This time of year is so beautiful.

Flowers blooming, trees showing off their finery with pops of color and the sunlight cascading in to accompany the longer days upon us.

Today, we celebrate Spring by sharing some of our favorite floral images with you!

This is definitely a favorite image around the Berkeley City Club.  Not only is the yellow stunning, but it is an unexpected pop of color, amidst the quiet elegance of the Ballroom walls.

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Image by Anna Wu

Imagine looking through the window and seeing this beauty.  Stunning.

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Image by Team Member, Darnell Stewart

Or, imagine sitting right here for Dinner and seeing the stunning beauty in all of these flowers?

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Image by Danny Dong

Something so lovely about this arrangement is that not only can you cherish those beautiful pink roses, but if you look into the mirror, you can savor the beauty of the space around you even more in the arches and columns.

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Image by Team Member, Trevor Johnson

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful flowers and we wish you a happy Spring!

Love in the details

Some of the special things that take a wedding up a notch are in the details.

We love unique things that make a statement while still carrying on a timeless, elegant feel.

We invite you to draw inspiration and ideas from these images or to just enjoy the eye candy!

Little lovebirds and flowers.  Symbols of their love…

Your guests mouths begin to water before even entering the Ballroom as they smell the amazing food from the Kitchen nearby.

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There is something about this display of macaroons that just draws you to them.

Perhaps the beautiful pastel colors or having a sneaking suspicion they will be “melt in your mouth” good.  Either way, I am going to savor one.  Only one.

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I just love knowing the story behind their choice for macaroons – and even explained eloquently for all of their guests.

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A “Wedding Wish Vase” – such a lovely idea.

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A bit about lovebirds.  We wish this couple a lifetime of happiness and a lovebird sighting!

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Cheers!

If we can assist in you with your big day or a special meeting or event, reach out to our team at events@berkeleycityclub.com or 510.280.1532.

Photography by Anna Wu

A Day in the Life

The fast-paced days (and sometimes nights) of a Sales & Events Manager are many parts exciting, with (a plethora) of details and a lot of hard work.

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Step into a typical Thursday with Team Member, Sarah Williams, who got her start in the industry by volunteering her time and energy (free of charge) to learn the ropes, because sometimes the very best experience comes in just putting yourself out there!

8:30am

A bright and early start.  Arrive to an inbox of emails (usually 15-20) and phone messages.

Most of the morning is spent responding to emails and phone calls, creating contracts and inputting information to BEO’s, (a Banquet Event Order is a document that outlines the details of your event).

It is also time to create requested floor plans or gather information to send back to the client.

11am

Site tour.  We do all sorts of events – parties, weddings, memorials (and more!)

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Image by Anna Wu

12pm

Lunch.  A great time to recharge.  The Kitchen prepares your choice of a hot (or cold) meal.

1pm

Meeting with the Banquets Manager and Banquet Captain to go over upcoming events

2pm

Managers Meeting.  An hour of connecting with other departments and how we all come together as a whole.  Fast paced and informative!

3pm

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(Another) Site tour, because, well, the venue is beautiful and lots of prospective clients are excited to see it.

4pm

Respond to missed messages and new emails

4:30pm

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Executive Chef Alaun Grimaud

Check on set-up for the evenings events.  It could be anything from a Member Mixer to a celebratory dinner or wine reception.

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The busy day is about to come to a close.  Sometimes staying late is necessary to greet a client with a smile and a handshake.

Feeling the love

Any newly-engaged brides-to-be out there?

With Valentine’s Day just passing, the day of love brings happiness & excitement into the lives of many.

Today, we admire couples in love all around the beautiful Berkeley City Club.

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

The groom seems to admire his ring too!

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

And who here doesn’t love the joy and happiness of a wedding day?

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Image by Nicole Blumberg

And, sharing in a moment of wedded bliss, on the Terrace

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Image by Luke Snyder

Or, with family and friends around a candlelit table.

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Image by Danny Dong

If you need assistance planning your own wedding or even have a date in mind, check out the homepage of our website for special offers on select dates this Spring & Summer.

You can reach out to us at events@berkeleycityclub.com or at 510.280.1532.