San Francisco City Hall Weddings

One of the most popular and iconic venues for a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area is, of course, San Francisco City Hall. The beautiful Beaux-Arts style architecture features marble, granite, sandstone and molded plaster finishes. The building dome and sculpture give it a spectacular ambiance. People come from all over the USA, and indeed the world to have their destination wedding there. It is especially great for small weddings and elopements. It can be surprisingly affordable to have your wedding in such a beautiful venue with a spectacular design. There are many great locations for small ceremonies in City Hall, such as the Grand Staircase, the Fourth Floor Balconies, and the Mayor’s Balcony. San Francisco City Hall is open to the public, so an eloping couple can have fun scouting out the right location.

A photo of a bride reading her vows at her Wedding on the Mayor's Balcony at San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall Wedding on the Mayor’s Balcony – Photo by Scott and Dana Halvorson

How to get married at San Francisco City Hall

City Hall weddings tend to be far less complex than at a traditional venue. The first thing you will need for your San Francisco City Hall Wedding is a marriage license. One of the great things about getting married at City Hall is that you can get it at the same place as you have the ceremony. You can either get it ahead of time or the same day as your wedding. You can contact the San Francisco County Clerk for more information or make an appointment. If you want to have your ceremony the same day that you pick up your license, be sure to check my availability before you make your appointment. If you are having a larger wedding, or want to reserve your space, contact City Hall Events.

A photo of a couple applying for their marriage License
Couple applying for their marriage license. Photo by Aaron Hall

Although City Hall does offer civil ceremonies, they are often booked up weeks in advance, and only available during limited dates and times. By selecting a professional wedding officiant, you will have more scheduling flexibility and input in the wording of the service. As an interfaith Wedding Minister, I can craft personalized and customized religious or non-religious ceremonies.

If I am your San Francisco City Hall Wedding Officiant, I will meet you in City Hall. I will work with you and your photographer in choosing one of the popular locations within City Hall for the ceremony unless you have already reserved a spot. After the service, I will submit the license to the Assessor-Recorder’s Office. I will also explain how you can apply for your official marriage certificate.

Wedding Officiant Packages and Fees

Everyone wants to know what a San Francisco City Hall Wedding costs. For elopements during the week my “Essential Elopement” package is perfect. For larger Wedding Ceremonies, and/or on Fridays, that you reserve through City Hall, the “Necessary Nuptials” or “Wonderful Wedding” package is appropriate. See Packages and Fees. If you Ask for a Quote, you will automatically receive back a digital brochure. You can also just call me at 925-360-1764 for more information or questions.

A photo of a couple celebrating their marriage at the entrance to SF City Hall
A couple celebrating their marriage at the entrance to SF City Hall – Photo by Leyla Ismen

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