Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in September 2009 in San Francisco. We already have our date (a Friday) and reception site locked down, but have been having some issues with the ceremony location.
We thought about the Shakespeare Garden at Golden Gate Park, but there are some logistical problems (the biggest one being getting the chairs delivered, set up and picked up all within the rental time).
We also considered city hall, but they told us that only 20 would be allowed to sit on the Mayor’s Balcony (we have approx 75 or so guests) and that we could get bounced from the balcony if the mayor needs to use it. In that case, we would get moved to the 4th floor which is also very nice, but the total cost would be quite expensive (rental fee, the required coordinator with a three hour minimum, rental of chairs, and set-up/break-down of the chairs brings the total to almost $2K!).
We’re on a pretty tight budget which is why we’re looking at a lot of outdoor and park sites. Ideally, we’d like to find a ceremony site that costs us less than $1K (including site rental, set up, chairs, any required park rangers/coordinators, etc..) b/c our total wedding budget is only around $8K.
We’re considering taking a look at Crissy Field. Has anyone been married there/gone to a wedding there? Any other ideas? Any help or insight would be GREATLY appreciated!
Post # 3
Hey Kristay – a good resource for this kind of info is indiebride. One of the members got married there last year (http://kvetch.indiebride.com/index.php?t=msg&goto=749623&rid=18546&S=10f67bec31de19b94d65675b31af0d92#msg_749623) (sorry for the ugly link). The consensus on Crissy Field seems to be that you take your chances with the wind, but that it is otherwise lovely. Good luck with your search!
Post # 4
Read through Mrs. Creampuff’s old posts before she left, she got married in Crissy Field:
That’s It For Me!
And I believe this is her blog still: http://www.stinkerpants.com/blog/
Post # 5
Thanks for the help! I’m definitely going to look at that forum and Mrs. Creampuff’s old posts!
Post # 6
Hi, I don’t know if you’ve already ruled out the Shakespeare Garden. I attended a wedding there ths past summer and it was gorgeous. They rented cable cars to transport us from Union Sq. As I recall, when we arrived they were still setting up the chairs. We all waited a bit before being seated, but it wasn’t really wasn’t an issue for us guests. And the venue itself is gorgeous and surprisingly private. I don’t know if that’s helpful.
I’ve also been to a wedding at the Legion of Honor which has an *incredible* view. I have no idea about costs, though, it might be possible to do only the ceremony there.
All this said, though, I think Crissy Field sounds like the prettiest venue of all these. I don’t know about the logistics, but I imagine if you don’t mind that it can’t be completely private something can work.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
One place we really wanted to get married was Inspiration Point. So beautiful. But you do take a chance with the weather, and you will still have set up logistics to worry about. http://www.presidio.gov/event/rental/inspirationpoint/Ceremony.htm
As for other Golden Gate Park settings:
Check out this link.
Sorry, I don’t think I am much help.
Where are you holding the reception? There is always the Chapel in the Presidio that I am pretty sure is non-denominational.
Post # 8
Thanks for the insight, fizicsgirl! Perhaps I will have it at Shakespeare Garden and figure out all the set-up/chair stuff at a later date (one step at a time, right?)
Peeptoe, Inspiration Point is GORGEOUS! I definitely wish we could have it there…but they only rent on Saturdays! Such a gorgeous view, though.
We’re having our reception at the Firehouse at Fort Mason. We have started looking into some churches (mostly non-denominational and unitarian since I’m Catholic but my fiance is not and we couldn’t find a Catholic church to marry us). We were actually hoping for something outdoors…but in SF there’s always the chance of rain or fog.
My biggest concern with park venues was arranging for my own chair rentals and coordinating the delivery and pickup within our rented time (not sure how else I would transport 80 chairs to and from the venue if I got the chairs delivered to my apartment instead!).
Thanks so much for the GGP link!
Post # 9
Hi Kristay, I am actually having my ceremony in the Shakespeare Garden in 2 weeks (April 18). The logistics took some planning, since they only give you the Garden for 2 hours; we have it from 4 until 6pm, ceremony at 5. I was able to find a reasonably-priced chair rental place out of San Mateo called Your Party Rental Company, (http://www.yourpartyrentalcompany.com/) and have them deliver and set up the chairs as well as take them down within specific time windows. For me, they will deliver and set up between 4-4:15 (so things should be done if there are any early birds) and they will come break down and collect between 5:45 and 6pm. I am getting the white wooden chairs and a small table and umbrella for the musicians from them, all delivered and set up and collected, and the total comes to just over $400 – which is really good compared to some of the other places I called around to, who were charging double that! FYI, Im paying $1/chair extra for the set-up and break-down but you may be able to enlist people to do that. You also save a BUNDLE if you can have someone pick up and drop the stuff off – Im from out of town and couldnt do that though. Lastly, the white plastic chairs are quite a bit cheaper than the wooden. Abbey Rentals was another place I spoke with at the lower-price end of the scale, and they do deliveries to GG Park regularly which is a plus.