(Closed) San Francisco City Hall

posted 8 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

San Francisco City Hall…. is a dream!

So I’m not help at all, but I just had to comment! I drool everytime I see wedding recaps from City Hall & I’m sooo jealous that you’re considering this! 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Hmmm maybe I can talk my Fiance into making it official (for immigration purposes) in San Fran *drool*!

I’ve been there before… You have to go to Fisherman’s Warf & Pier 39 (mmm the bread bowls)! You can’t go to San Francisco and not go there!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

All the SF brides are so lucky to have this place as an option for a city hall wedding! What great picture oportunities!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hi – I eloped at city hall and it’s a beautiful, beautiful venue. The weather in San Francisco tends to be mostly foggy in the summer, actually (remember Mark Twain: “the coldest winter of my life was the summer I spent in San Francisco”) and I’d recommend April-May or September – October as the sunniest, prettiest months in the area. 

Our ceremony was at 3:30 in September and it was quiet, sunny, and lovely. There wasn’t a lot of hustle and bustle. This photographer has some info about it: http://www.iqphoto.com/cityhall/index.htm and a lot of SF Bay Area photographers will give you a discount for a weekday wedding. 

PM me if you want more info.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

SF can vary widely in weather in the summer. I lived in Sacramento and every time I went to SF in the summer I would forget to bring enough layers. We went out on a boat for July 4th fireworks and I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold in my life. On the other hand I took a tour boat one summer day when it was sunny and we were all in t-shirts, even out on the water. You can check all the weather history on wunderground.

City Hall would be an amazing place for a wedding. Just bring layers 🙂

For touristing – take some of the free library-run city tours – they’re amazing. Take a boat trip out on the bay. Go to the new Cal Academy / Steinhart Aquarium. See the rest of Golden Gate park. Take photos at the Palace of the Fine Arts and maybe visit the Exploretorium.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ sweetlikcake I’m actually getting married at SF City Hall end of May.  The website mentioned by cheerful (iqphoto) is great with lots of info and tips on having your civil ceremony at City Hall. We are actually reserving the 4th FL North Gallery for the civil ceremony because we have a larger number of guests and I want everything to be private.  If you are just doing the 10 min free (well after you’ve paid the license + ceremony fee) the best time to do it is supposedly lunch time…when the various offices are closed for lunch thus not as many people walking around getting their city business done.  Friday is the busiest day.

Like everyone said bring lots of layers!  Weather is always unpredictable and there’s fog although we have been getting gorgeous weather lately after a mild winter.

If you have any questions regarding SF let me know since I work here!

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ sweetlikcake It’s pricey!  Here is the link to the weekday option: http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=4283

We are only reserving it for one hour but the cost is a bit ridiculous – you must pay the $352 for the event manager even if you’re just reserving the space for an hour.  To rent chairs it’s $3.50 per chair.  Nicer gold chairs were around $7 each to rent I think.  You can also rent a table if you want to do a champagne toast.  You have to bring in your own champagne and glasses though – which is better than City Hall’s inflated prices!

I decided to go this route because we’re gonna have 13 – 20 guests.  Apparently they’re not that strict with that 6 person rule but I’m having at least double.  Plus I want something more traditional, with our families sitting down, being able to mingle, etc. I’m also quite shy about stangers watching us when we’re getting married!  If you decide to do this you make and pay for the license and ceremony just like you normally would – the officant just goes to your reserved location to marry you.

Here is another couple who reserved the 4th FL Gallery and then had a reception at the private room of a great SF restaurant:

http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2009/12/real-wedding-ashley-michael.html

Hope this helps!

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 15
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ sweetlikcake Well on that iqphoto photographer’s city hall website (http://www.iqphoto.com/cityhall/index.htm), who btw I’m obessed about but sadly can’t afford, he said he’s witnessed many ceremonies with more than 6 guests in the rotunda area….I guess it all depends on the officiant you get and I doubt anyone would be that mean to tell an extra guest or two to go away when you’re getting married!  I guess even when they do enforce it the extra guests just have to go to a different area???  Since it is a public building…

Yeah it’s pricey for an hour!  But I really love the building’s architecture and how beautiful it looks.   My fiance and I decided to have a immediate family only wedding, doing the civil ceremony at SF City Hall followed by a lunch reception at Absinthe’s private dining room.  We’re getting married May 27 and I’ll definitely post pics, not sure if it’ll help you much since I see you’re thinking about doing it May / July.

Not getting nervous at all! Just super excited.  No stress at all since everything is small but still get to do the fun stuff like the dress, bouquet, cake, etc.

Where would you and your fiance be coming from?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Dude I wrote out this long ass response and it didn’t post.  Anyways that iqphoto photographer said on his site that he’s witnessed many ceremonies with more than 6 guests in the rotunda area…I’m sure an extra guest or two would be okay but I guess it depends on the mood of the officiant you get.  Plus it’s a public building so worse comes to worse the extra guests would just have to watch from a different area???

Not nervous at all!  It’ll be a fun day!  We’re doing the civil ceremony there and then a lunch reception at Absinthe’s private dining room.  Will just be our immediate families there so I can be myself. I’m still doing all the traiditonal stuff – bouquet, cake, photographer, etc….but because it’s small I get no stress!

Will definitely post pics.

Where would you and your fiance be coming from?

 

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