Post # 1
Can anyone provide insight into what remarks the Deputy Commissioner makes when officiating a wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall? My partner and I are getting married there on Oct 22 and are trying to decide whether to spend money to hire an officiant to oversee the ceremony, or just have it done by the Deputy Commisioner. The determining factor will be how much input we will have in preparing our own short wedding vows. The officiant will allow more direct input from us, but am wondering what exactly it is the Deputy Comissioner says and if we can add any words to his legally required remarks.
If we can add a few personal words with the Deputy Commissioner, then this will save us some money by not hiring an officiant. Just wondering if anyone has any personal experience with this. Thanks for anyone’s input
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - The Old Courthouse in Cleveland
Sorry I can’t answer your question, but that place is beautiful!!!