San Francisco City Hall Wedding Venue

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Large And Small Wedding Ceremony Venue

A San Francisco City Hall wedding offers an economical stress-free elegant venue for your wedding ceremony. Your San Francisco City Hall wedding can take place on one of the four floors that open to the grand staircase on the main floor.

San Francisco city hall was built-in 1915 as the palace for the people, it is the crown jewel of classical American Architecture. With its ornate dome resting atop the 500,000 square foot structure and ten acres of Tennessee pink marble and 50,000 blocks of limestone lining the walls and floors. It is dressed to impress.

What Is The Cost Of A San Francisco City Hall Wedding 

The marriage license fee is $93.00 for a civil marriage license and $124.00 for a confidential marriage license, no witness is required for a confidential marriage license which works well when the couple has no witness with them.

In San Francisco, both the bride and groom need to appear in person to apply for their marriage license. Each person will need to show identification and to sign the marriage license. San Francisco city hall is by appointment only, an appointment is needed to apply for your marriage license.

A couple can use any California marriage license for their San Francisco City Hall wedding.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Venues

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place on any of the four floors that open to the grand staircase. This is available for a small wedding with Six (6) guests per couple. Included in the 6 guests are your witnesses, children, photographer, officiant, etc… Couples bringing more than 6 guests need to rent the Mayor’s Balcony or the Fourth Floor.
  • San Francisco City Hall Wedding On The Mayor’s Balcony~overlooks the Rotunda at the top of the grand staircase. 40 seated or 100 standing.
  • San Francisco City Hall Wedding On The Fourth Floor~provides a semi-private venue. 60 seated or 100 standing. Rental fees apply.

How A San Francisco City Hall Wedding Unfolds~

When you book a private ceremony with MY SF Wedding, we will meet at the foot of the grand staircase. From that vantage point, we can see the movement on the four floors. At that time we will select the exact spot for your wedding ceremony depending on the flow of activity taking place, if the Mayor’s balcony is not booked we can use that as well as the fourth floor when not booked.

The general flow of activity increases in the afternoon to avoid busy times select a time near 11 am.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Venue History

There are well over 2,000 weddings in San Francisco City Hall a year. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married here in 1954. In 1978, City Hall and the entire Civic Center was designated as a National Historic Landmark. In 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake severely damaged the building. San Francisco voters spent $300 million to restore the building. To protect against future earthquakes, an innovative base isolator system was installed below each support pillar.

The entire building is now separated from the ground and can sway up to 27 inches in any direction as a unit.The South Light Court features a variety of interesting historical and community exhibits. The ground floor hosts a rotating exhibit operated by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Package Offered by My SF Wedding

Experience a private ceremony at city hall with My SF Wedding as your host. Packages begin at $499 and include location, ceremony & officiant. Designed for 6 guests. (The bride, groom, and officiant plus 6 guests which includes children, video and photography people.) We can get you in when they are already fully booked. Just give us a call.

Larger size weddings can select from the Mayor’s Balcony, 4th Floor north or south gallery. Site fee $1,005 + fees for tables and chairs. Available Monday-Friday before 4 pm for up to 100 guests

Weekend two-hour package ($5,000.00) is available on Saturdays before 3:00 pm.

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