(Closed) British Couple to get married at San Fran City Hall -Seek reception venue for 35

posted 7 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hi Paul – I would highly recommend checking out Absinthe which is just around the corner from City Hall in popular Hayes Valley and it sounds like it might be perfect for you (www.absinthe.com/). They have an intimate and private dining room for events, make a mean drink and the food is impeccable. They have also hosted wedding parties before, so defiitely check them out.

 

Additionally, I would recommend Axis Cafe (www.axis-cafe.com/ – a small garden restaurant serving New American fare) and Dosa on Fillmore (www.dosasf.com/fillmore_home.htm – South Indian food, but the decor is more upscale international hotel).You might also want to check out some of the smaller art galleries like 111 Minna (www.111minnagallery.com/) if you are comfortable setting up the place and bringing everything in.

I did a lot of research on this for my upcoming wedding. I am going to have closer to 100 people so I eventually went a different route, but initially I thought it would be a smaller crowd, so feel free to ask me any questions.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Mark Twain had a famous quote: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  And as my husband says, “California…always colder than you think.” 🙂  The city is famous for being shrouded in fog, but as you pointed out, being British it might just be perfect for you!

Truthfully — the weather in the San Francisco Bay Area can vary widely over just a few miles (there’s even a “sunny part” in San Francisco itself), as well as over the course of the day.  My guess is that you will be fine outdoors, but definitely tell everyone to dress in layers!

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@paulmattock: Just saw your message about Zazie. Zazie is a wonderful cafe/bistro in Cole Valley. I had actually looked at them too, but they are just too small for our number of guests. They would be perfect for yours though! They have a charming garden and traditional French fare. I would be psyched to attend a wedding there and I hope it works out for you!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@paulmattock: Just saw your message about Zazie. Zazie is a wonderful cafe/bistro in Cole Valley. I had actually looked at them too, but they are just too small for our number of guests. They would be perfect for yours though! They have a charming garden and traditional French fare. I would be psyched to attend a wedding there and I hope it works out for you!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

You have received some great suggestions.  There are two resources that could help you with regard to review of potential venues. 

http://www.yelp.com

http://www.tripadvisor.com

I use them with the understanding that everyone’s likes and dislikes vary widely.  But, on the whole, they have served me well.

Oh, and the suggestion to dress in layers is serious!  When the fog comes in, it can be downright freezing!  It usually clears up by 2pm, but the dampness penetrates to the bone.  Your venue should be able to give you some guidance, because the various areas of SF enjoy microclimates that protect them from some of the fog’s penetration.

Congratulations to you and your sweetie, and best wishes for a wonderful wedding experience.

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