San Francisco City Hall ceremony question

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve been to a wedding at the city hall. It was held in the rotunda around Christmas. There’s only 10 minutes available for the ceremony and photos. The commissioner introduced herself to the couple and witnesses. She went over the vows she was going to use and and confirmed with the couple that the wording was ok.

I can’t remember the vows now, but I do remember that it was a beautiful ceremony. In my experience everyone at city hall was super helpful. The commissioners are all volunteers and really want the couple to have great experience. From what I saw they will make exceptions within reason. For example the couple married before my friends had more than the 6 guest maximum, and there were even chairs provided for some of them. 

According to the website you can’t use your own vows and only standard vows will be used. It may be worth contacting a commissioner to see if any minor changes can be made. However, if you really want your own vows than it’s best to hire your own officiant.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Bella-Bellini.
Post # 3
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was told that the best way to have leeway in where the hold the ceremony and how it goes is choosing a time that wont be a very busy time. They told me that for instance weddings on a Friday are more “standard” (their word, not mine) than on a Tuesday morning. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - The Old Courthouse in Cleveland

Sorry I can’t answer your question, but that place is beautiful!!!

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