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I am getting married in San Francisco in June, I will be travelling over from Ireland 3 days before so it is proving very difficult to find a ceremony location, We have the dinner booked in the Fairmont where we are staying but the roof garden is booked out the day of the wedding.
It will be with 10 guests but we want to avoide public parks etc or anywhere there would be too many onlookers, Idealy outdoor but would look at indoor if it was nice
Thank you so much
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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
Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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
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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.
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Thank you so much for that, I seen the pics of bay garden and love it but the only info I could find that looks like it is the Art and garden cerntre in Tiburon which is a little further than we wanted to travel, But please please tell me I was wrong and that you know where that amazing bay garden is 🙂
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The mountain park sounds nice, would you know where I could find picutres of the wedding sites, have tried googling it but not had much look with pictures,
Also what is the weather like in June in San Francisco? I have had very mixed opinions so dont want to take too much of a risk with an outdoor ceremony if there is a good chance it wont be nice 🙂
Thanks for the help x
Post # 8
@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!)
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Thanks so much for all your ideas, I will defo check out the cathedral accross the road,
When we booked our wedding trough the agency over here the plan was to get married in Golden gate park or the palace of fine arts, The Japanese gardens were our fav but having looked up weddings in parks I got cold feet
Firstly that I would be surrounded by onlookers
secondly that I would have to walk around looking for the location and we want to keep it traditional in the sense that he is there waiting to see me walk down some sort of isle replacement if you know what I mean !
Do you think any of the public parks and gardens mentioned woud actually be quiet on a Wednesday at 3Pm!
I didnn’t realise how hard it would be to find a location without being in the country but im sure it will be worth it, San Fran looks so much prettier than Ireland
We dont mind driving up to 20/30 mins to get to a ceremony site but ideally not any longer
Thanks again for your help X
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@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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@cali_girl: City hall does look so pretty, Is the retunda the ircle part in the middle? iv seen weddings there but the other half didnt like how open it was and the fact that there were lifts beside it. Was your hubby able to go first and wait for you or did use arrive together? id love to see your pics if you have any on the net?
The wedding package we have trough our agency over here includes all the leagl fee and that kind of formalty and the wedding officiant so the only thing we need to decide upon and possibly pay for is the ceremony location, Funny enough thats what made us think it would be easy woopsy how wrong we were.
Thanks for the advise on the weather too, glad to hear there not too much chance of rain, will it be in the 20’s r colder? sorry for all the guestions realy appreciate the help X