Member Since: 12/19/2010
This venue is the perfect blend of beauty and elegance with histroy and beer drinking fun! The architecture is absolutely amazing inside, you can fit all of your guests into one room, they have the perfect stage, there is an amazing balcony to walk down for your entrance, plus an upstairs that looks over the entire room. They work with you on the set up of the room, and help organize the vendors, they are wonderful. The only slight down side is that you do have to get vendors for EVERYTHING. Right down to the napkins, and plates! Some people like that felxibility but it is just expensive to rent the pearl and doesn't come with anything other than the building, tables and some chairs. All in all, I LOVE LOVE LOVED having my wedding there! The pictures are amazing!
Member Since: 6/19/2012
I just had my wedding at the Pearl and received so many compliments on our choice of venue! When we first reached out to the Pearl, there were no openings for more than a year out so we looked into and toured other venues. However, we couldn't stop comparing each one to the Pearl and we made the decision to take a longer engagement so that we could have our dream wedding at the Pearl!
My person of contact was initially James, who left the Pearl, and I began working with Mesha. Mesha is fantastic! She's organized, accommodating, friendly, and timely.
The venue itself is spacious. We had plenty of space for our 150 guests. You must use a caterer from their approved list - we went with Heavenly Gourmet, which did a great job at a great price. All alcohol must go through the caterer as well. You must use their privately contracted AV company for any special lighting or slideshows, etc. I personally didn't require those services so I can't comment on the company; I used battery LED candles to light my tables and some string/icicle lights on other tables for emphasis. I was able to obtain and use a GOBO through my DJ.
My day- of on-site coordinator was Sharyl and she was a blessing! She worked with my coordinators to make everything prefect and you can tell she loves her job.
I'm so happy we were able to have our wedding at this historic site. We look forward to bringing our children by some day to show them where we were married!
Member Since: 2/10/2013
We had our wedding reception at the Pearl Brewery in March of 2014. Overall, we loved the venue and the location. The stable is a beautiful historical room where every detail has some type of historic meaning. It kept our guests intrigued as they took in the beauty of the facility, especially for out of state guests.
The Pearl has a lot of very strict rules that you must follow which can be annoying. But with some out of the box thinking you can really make it your own. It is a bit cumbersome to have to get all of your printed materials approved by them but they turned around approval within hours in some cases. The staff we worked with was great until the day of the event. A new lady stepped in to help and she tried to make up new rules and change things on us. We argued with her enough to finally get what had been agreed to in the pre-planning meetings.
You must use the vendors that are on their approved list, but we found most of them are very good. We went with Page Barteau for the carter and they were great. They only have one AV vendor and they are incredibly expensive for simple things. Our DJ package came with up-lighting but the AV vendor has sole rights so we didn’t get to have up-lighting because they wanted $800 for a couple lights.
Member Since: 6/18/2012
I recently got married and had my reception at the Pearl Stables. I did not even look at other venues, it was perfect.
The architecture and inside of the stable is beyond beautiful so we didn't feel the need to decorate that much. We kept the natural lighting, which paired wonderfully with the navy and gold theme of the wedding and the glittery candlelight on the tables.
We worked with James Pope, who was incredibly accommodating, helpful and fun. It can be expensive since you must chose from their caterers and extra fees go to them. Also, while this didn't apply too much to us, you can't put anything on the walls. I don't think you need to but it does limit decorating.
I would absolutely recommend doing any event at the Pearl. It was everything we wanted and more!
Member Since: 9/12/2013
The Pearl Stable was absolutely my dream venue for my wedding reception. I love the history and the location of the building. Be prepared to pay extra for everything- lighting, caterer fee, access to video, etc.
Member Since: 2/7/2009
Pearl Stable was the perfect venue for our wedding. Our wedding was an out of town wedding for nearly all of our guests and it was such a fun place for everyone to see! The history behind Pearl is why we picked it and the staff was amazing! James was our point of contact with Pearl and he was there every step of the way to answer questions, help out in any way, and offer suggestions! Our guests still RAVE about it's beauty, ambiance and character.
Member Since: 2/29/2012
We used Pearl Stable for a setting of 25 tables and one head table of 16. The atmosphere was perfect for our wedding and we bought tree images for the walls from them to go with our theme. Thank you so much Pearl Stable.
Member Since: 5/9/2012
Lots of space, has built in bars which I thought made it look really nice and rental included tables and chairs. LOVED the venue and he staff that you work with is great as well.
Only downfall is you cannot use sparklers for your exit due to the risk of damage.
Member Since: 4/30/2012
The Pearl Stable was a dream come true for us on our wedding day. The staff is very helpful every step of the way, from the booking to the end of the night. There is so much beauty and history in the building and its size helps accommodate large parties very well.
Member Since: 12/30/2009
The Pearl Stable was the perfect reception hall for me and my guest. It has history, enough space for 500 people, high ceilings, huge dance floor, grand stair case for an entrance, and is extremely picturesque day or night.
I had to take away a star for the last minute change they made on me. The Pearl hired their own audio and visual company and you can only use them for visuals (i.e. slideshow, lights on the wall, etc). To rent the venue is quite expensive...to add insult to injury; their audio and visual also costs you an arm and a leg (ex. a slideshow is $700--just to hit play).
Other than the audio and visual mishap, the venue itself and the people are GREAT!
Member Since: 4/5/2011
My husband and I started looking for a wedding venue even before we were engaged. We went to one of the Sunday open houses at the Pearl and we fell in love with the place instantly. The host during the open house was extremely helpful in answering our millions of questions and even offered some suggestions. Closer to the wedding, we worked with James Pope, and he was very nice and professional. He also attended our walk-through with us which provided me with peace of mind. Thanks to all the staff at the Pearl who made our wedding planning easy and made our wedding day a hit! Thanks!
Member Since: 3/30/2010
Thanks to the Pearl, I truly had the fairy tale wedding I always wanted. All the out of town guests were so impressed with this unique venue. It is perfectly situated next to downtown so all my guests stayed on the Riverwalk and we had shuttles at very little cost transport everyone. There really is no place like this in San Antonio. Also, my husband's grandmother lost a very valuable diamond earring, and the staff found it and returned it the next week! I expected nothing less from them, but still, it is a small example of the excellent service you will receive from everyone at the Pearl.
Member Since: 1/2/2009
The venue is wonderful, watch out though because they charge you an additional percent from your caterer's costs.
Member Since: 3/6/2010
I love the charm and ambiance of this facility. I just had my wedding here and it looked fabulous and easily held my 300 guests. Only disapponitments were all the extra fees, and some difficulty getting my calls returned. Also had a few hiccups with the audio visual set up.
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Pearl: Local Flavor Since 1883
Pearl is a community gathering place where you can plan any event in an elegant historic Stable, a modern industrial warehouse, or along the banks of the San Antonio River complete with the iconic Brewhouse in the background.
Pearl Stable: The Knot 2009 and 2011 Best Of Weddings winner!
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Outside Caterers Allowed, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011