(Closed) FI says " that chapel is Ghetto "

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
3943 posts
Honey bee

Find a Justice of the Peace and do it at home 🙂

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had previously heard that the 2 witness rule is not one they enforce. I was just at City Hall to get my marriage license and everyone had WAYYYYYY more than two witnesses. One couple had, like, 12. I think you’ll be fine with 5.

Post # 6
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Actually, now that I think about it, I think only 1 couple had 2 witnesses. Everyone else had 5 – 10. Fridays are fairly busy – we probably saw 15 couples in some state of the process (getting license, getting married, taking pics, etc).

Post # 8
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ok, figured it out. You can have 2 witnesses and up to 6 guests (including the 2 witnesses). You’re good with 5 guests.


City Hall is SO gorgeous!

Post # 9
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Hespurrfect4me not sure what the jp situation is in your area but with us you can hire a martiage commissioner ($150 plus mileage) and they’ll go to pretty much any location of your choosing. We brought ours to the park, my husbands sister had hers to to the beach and cousin went to a decommissioned heritage church building. Do you not have a similar thing or have a law that a friend can get ordained?

Post # 11
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Why not get married outside in the East Bay? Like in Tilden or something? I have to agree with your Fiance, I think you can do better. The East Bay is way warmer….and someplace like Tilden is both gorgeous and FREE.

Post # 13
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have see SF city hall weddings on wedding blogs and there were more than 2 witnesses!


If you cannot do that, I’d opt for a gorgeous outdoor location instead like in a park.

Post # 15
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO – Hespurrfect4me: you said…

now i wonder if we need to have a SF mariage license or if i can just get one from san jose?

Marriage Licenses tend to be very location specific… ie for a particular city, town or county.  I suggest that you give SF City Hall a phone call for more info / confirm the Requirements.

I know that SF City Hall is gorgeous (have seen pictures from it on websites).  BUT you’ll also want to find out if they’ll let you marry just anywhere in the Building vs just the designated spot with their assigned officiant.


Post # 16
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

hi OP, i’m in the bay area; first off october usually isn’t super chilly for a outdoor wedding so you don’t have to worry about it.

secondly, marriage licenses are not county specific unless you want to have a confidential marriage license, then you have to get married in the county you applied for the license in.

you can host your ceremony anywhere; you can get a friend or relative deputized to perform your wedding ceremony if that helps open up a lot more places.

if you want to get married SF city hall; my understanding is you need to make an appointment to get your license with SF and then get it done there unless you are booking the city hall to have your reception/ceremony.


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