(Closed) Finally made up my mind; Courthouse wedding…

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
119 posts
Blushing bee

Which courthouse are you getting married at? If you’re getting married at SF city hall (where I’m planning on getting married someday!), you should check out this website for logistical info (e.g., which days are best to get married on, what parts of city hall are available to you for a short, private ceremony, etc.):



And take a stroll through some of her images to get a sense of just how gorgeous a courthouse wedding can be! ๐Ÿ™‚


(ps. I do not know the photographer; her page is just one of the first that pops up on google for “sf city hall wedding”)


EDIT: Your profile says you’re in san jose; please disregard if you’re not or  you’re not planning on getting wed in the bay area. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m freaking excited and weve never met! LOL

I think its great to keep things intimate and real! Weddings are incredibly stressful at any size or style, and can be a big budget buster.

As far as the courthouse, it depends on the county you get married in/at. They are open 5 days a week assuming there is no federal holiday. You should pop in and talk to them and schedule a time to have the court marry you! The amount of time you need to have the license by varies!

Post # 7
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Good for you, it sounds like you’re going to have a lovely wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ What resteraunt were you going to go to? I’m from san jose too ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1140 posts
Bumble bee

Congratulations on your decision! After seeing this, I might do the SF city hall wedding as well. It seems great…no stress and gorgeous pictures…more money in the pocket too! 

Post # 10
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think this is a fantastic choice!

Post # 12
1 posts

hi lizarragad

I’m the the photographer who’s link was given to you above (thanks Azure!).

FWIW, about 50% of my clients who get married in City Hall are not from San Francisco. Many are from out of state, and even out of the country. It’s a huge “destination” wedding venue, and absolutely gorgeous on the inside.

I photograph here several times a month, and know the venue intimately. If you have any questions, feel free to visit my FAQ page on my website, or give me a jingle. I’m happy to help!

Congrats on the engagement!



Post # 13
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Just wanted to weigh in and tell you my sister-in-law was married outside of a courthouse (it was the middle of the summer) and was actually sweet and intimate. There were about 20 witnesses for the short ceremony, and we went out for italian after. Enjoy!

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