As much as we'd like a crystal ball to tell us what life will be like in October, these are uncertain times. We hope to be able to get married with our friends and family this fall, but we understand that may not be possible. For now, we are proceeding with our wedding plans until we're better able to read the tea leaves. If the wedding moves forward and you are unable to join us because of the virus we completely understand.
Our venue is very close to UC Berkeley and there are lots of hotel and AirBnB options nearby. Cal is not hosting a football game that weekend so there should be plenty of rooms available. Hopefully this crisis will have improved by our wedding, but we understand if you are unable to attend because you are uncomfortable booking lodging. That said, here are a few options for you to consider:
The Berkeley City Club
Our venue is also a historic hotel! But being 'historic' comes with tradeoffs - there are limited rooms available, only full and queen size beds are available, and there are no televisions in the rooms. If you decide to stay with us at the venue you will need to book a room for both Friday and Saturday. When you call (you can't receive the room rate by booking online), you need to say the reservation will be under the Biehle/Kilpatrick block to get the special rate.
Hilton DoubleTree Hotel Berkeley Marina
Only 3.6 miles from the venue, the DoubleTree has a large mix of rooms/bed sizes to choose from, but you will also need to book both Friday and Saturday here to receive the special rate. Please use the following information when booking at the DoubleTree:
Group Code 601
Hotel Code JBKCADT
Group Name: Biehle/Kilpatrick Wedding
Just a few (walkable) blocks from our venue, The Graduate is a historic hotel with a few more amenities. They have various bed sizes, televisions in the rooms, and a bar that may be the backdrop for a little after party. We don't have a room block here (they had a very odd policy), but they have reasonable prices.
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Another historic hotel (are you sensing a theme?) for your consideration, the Hotel Shattuck is also just 1/2 a mile from our venue. Guests that stay here will save 30% on the cost of their room by using the following link:
This is a formal event. Please use this as an excuse to break out the good stuff! Jackets and ties are strongly encouraged, and security has strict orders to kick out anyone wearing jeans. Our wedding ceremony will be open air, but the entire evening will be under a roof and mostly indoors. Please expect temperatures from the low 70s to high 50s. Finally, the entire evening will take place at The Berkeley City Club so you won't have to walk far, and you'll have a solid footing for your shoes all night long.
We love your kids, but this is an adult party. Doesn't that sounds pretty nice right about now? A little break from the kiddos? Babies that are breastfeeding are welcome to join in on the fun, but otherwise, get a sitter and enjoy a fancy evening without your kids. We understand this may present an issue for you and understand if you are unable to attend.
Our venue has a hard cap on the number of guests we can have, so our wedding is strictly RSVP only. We will only be able to accommodate those listed on your invitation.
The Bay Area provides you lots of options to get to our venue. If flying, we recommend the Oakland airport, but SFO, San Jose, and Sacramento are all options. There is lots of street and paid parking around our venue, but unfortunately there is no onsite parking for our guests. The venue is also 1/2 a mile from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.
Our ceremony won't begin until 5:30, but please join us starting at 4:30 for a Welcome Reception. No worries if you arrive a little late, but guests arriving after 5:30 will not be seated for the ceremony. Also, please refrain from taking photos/videos during the ceremony. We will have a photographer and videographer present to capture the moment, and we'll be happy to share the fruits of their labor.