(Closed) San Francisco outdoor ceremony site

posted 8 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 4
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ohhh… just found one more place that could be perfect!

The Secret Flower Garden
2164 Union St
(between Fillmore St & Webster St)
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-1001

Garden Entrance
Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Category: Florists
Neighborhood: Marina/Cow Hollow

A beautiful world within the Union Street alley ways. A break in between two buildings leads you into a tranquil, enchanting and magical little space. Tucked behind the wall of greenery is a floral studio with minimalist vases and stunning flowers and plants. The garden courtyard is available for private events. To think…you’ll actually be able to hear your guests.

Read more on yelp here:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-secret-flower-garden-san-francisco

Post # 5
348 posts
Helper bee

Hotel Vitale also has a great rooftop space on the Embarcadero.  I also love the overlooks at San Bruno Mountain State Park – if your date is a weekday, I guarantee you it would be deserted.

Post # 8
49 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

@SerenaSF: I live a few blocks from Union Street and love this little flower store but I don’t think the layout or the size is big enough for a wedding.

@iombride: Since the Fairmont Hotel is in the Nob Hill area, I suggest you stay within the city.

Across the hotel is Huntington Park with beautiful trees and fountains. The website pictures do not do it any justice – do Google it and you’ll know what I mean.


Also across the street from Fairmont is Grace Catheral with a beautiful outdoor labyrith, perhaps the chuch would allow you to hold a small ceremony there.



About 15-20 minutes away is the Palace of Fine Arts. It has plenty of parking, it’s never too busy, and there will be some awesome photo-op. Oh, and it’s free!



Finally, I’d definitely suggest the Golden GAte Park but you’d need to drive (not too far). The park is soooo huge, there are too many secret/hidden gardens everywhere. My favorite is the Shakespeare Garden, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the AIDS Memorial Grove, the lawn or steps in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, and finally, Strybing Arboretum.


Tour the Grove




 (Feel free to PM me directly if you need any more help. I love SF so, so much!. Congratulations!)

Post # 10
49 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

@iombride: I’d say the Shakespeare Garden is the most private – it is gated (wrought-iron, very Secret Garden-like), a “stage” where your groom can wait for you and it’s rectangular in shape (so you have an “aisle” to walk down). I think you’d have to reserve the space with Golden Gate Park but since it’s a public park, it can’t cost too much!

See this blog for pictures of a wedding held there.


As for the weather, it won’t rain and usually, the sun breaks in for a few hours iin the afternoon. It will be cool for sure, as we get what we call the “Indiann Summer” in SF, i.e. warm weather in Sept/Oct instead of during the actual summer months.

How about you get married where I got married??? 🙂 It’s at the City Hall, and it is breathtakingly beautiful.  If you just want a Justice of Peace to marry you, apply for the marriage license and ceremony for less than $200. You can apply everything online, pick the time for the ceremony online. You can pick up the license first when you arrive, then book the ceremony on 3pm of your wedding day.

If you book their weekday package, it’s $1000 for a guaranteed space at the rotunda (see link below).


I too worried about onlookers, but my ceremony was almost 100% private. Until the last 5 minutes when a group of tourists arrived. They were super quiet, I didn’t even realize they were there, At the end of the ceremony, everyone cheered and clapped! It was wonderful. Once you enter the City Hall, you’d immediately feel the need to be quiet – it has that kind of effect on most people. So, I say, don’t worry about onlookers!



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