(Closed) San Francisco post elopement wedding ideas? Something different, fun, romantic..

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
11246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@indigop: Sorry I can’t help but it sounds wonderful. Interested to see what a local bee suggests.


Post # 4
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@indigop:  I would see about hiring a local photographer for a few hours.  They can go with you to document the ceremony (SF city hall is GORGEOUS!!!) and then go to anotherspot or two in the city to take cute pics likenyoubwould fthen engagement session!  I haven’t done my epics yet, but everyone says its like a fun date with a photographer following you. I think that would be great for an elopement!  I’d suggest any of these places:

-palace of the fine art: incredible Greco/Roman dome and colum architecture. Amazing place for pictures

-golden gate park

-legion of honor

Hope that helps some!!


Post # 5
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@indigop:  I would suggest checking out wine country. Napa, Calistoga and Somoma are all beautiful. 

Post # 6
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


@Eradicatereality:  Such a great idea!!  Legion of Honor is gorgeous!

You could also go on a sailboat ride around the bay in the afternoon, or do a fancy dinner cruise at sunset.


Post # 8
11 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m a San Francisco girl! I would take a cablecar ride and go to the fairmont hotel and have dinner at the tonga room & hurricane bar. Is it the most romantic? No… Is it funny and super different? YES! There are also some good speakeasies in the city. You call head and request a time and they give you a secret password and address and then you knock on a plain door and bam! You are in an awesome speakeasy! 


I would take your SO on an adventure. 

Post # 9
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@indigop:  I live in Sonoma County California about an hour north of San Francisco. 🙂 Definitely spend some time in San Francisco. I love the suggestion of having a professional photographer follow you around the city. Then visit wine country. I highly recommend Trentadue Winery (where I was married) Coppola Winery (if you’re a Francis Ford Coppola fan) and Castello di Amorosa Winery. Any wineries up north towards Geyserville and the Alexander Valley. Last, I highly suggest a visit to Mendocino and a stay at the Little River Inn or Stanford Inn by the Sea. The ocean views are lovely, there is whale watching, and lots of peace to be found as you travel through the redwood forest to get there. Best wishes to you both!

Post # 10
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Napa is nice. Also, Santa Cruz is nice as well, they have a beach boardwalk there with rides. Really cute town, and lots to do downtown. I just eloped as well!

Post # 11
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do you want to stay just in SF? Are you going to have a car?

If you want something weird/different to do, I’d suggest the Alcatraz Night Tour. Really fun and interesting too.

If you’re looking for beautiful and romantic, I’d take a trip down to Big Sur. Pfeiffer Beach is amazing and was quite secluded when we were there. There are some really high end hotels/restaurants there if you wanted to splurge.

Post # 12
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I used to live in SF, and I miss it soooo much!! I would suggest Coit Tower (360 degree views of the city and the Bay). Also, The Cliff House restaurant… it’s on the ocean, not the bay, so it’s not downtown, but the 38 bus will get you there pretty quickly. It has a giant camera obscura, and it’s really just a lovely restaurant… oh, and they have scallops the size of your fist. Just sayin’.

Post # 13
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge

We are eloping in San Francisco as well and we are doing a “honeymoon” weekend at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo which is about 4 hours away. It is a totally over the top “disneyland for adults” hotel that offers really fantastically decorated rooms. Kind of the ultimate tacky-but-awesome honeymoon vibe. It is perfect for us because our main objective for the weekend is to make it memorable, fun, and unique. They offer a couples package that includes massages, a heart shaped cake from their bakery, champagne, and some other stuff. They have a lot of stuff on the property to keep you occupied so it is a easy choice for us to go and not have to worry about much else. 

Post # 14
7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@indigop:  My absolute FAVORITE thing to do is drive the 1 from San Francisco back home to LA. You can do it in a long day but it’s way more fun to make a 3-5 day trip of it. Stop at all the lovely beach towns, shop, play on the sand, visit the Monterey Aquarium, the cute little villiage of Solvang, some of the missions, wineries, stay at some B&Bs, hike near Julia Pfeiffer falls, go to Herst Castle, stay in Cambria & eat damn good food…. there are seriously a million things you could do on that drive all while tripping out that you drove that long and still didn’t drive through the entire state! LOL

Post # 16
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@indigop:  A lot of great ideas have been said already, but if you like nature, Land’s End Park by the water and Muir Woods North of the Golden Gate are absolutely magical. The redwoods in Muir Woods are so majestic, even on a sunny day most of the woods are in the shade, it’s like stepping into another world.

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