Getting married in San Francisco City Hall is quite an experience. This beautiful building has an elegance and atmosphere that seems tailor made for events as important as your wedding day. And, it is a wedding photographer’s dream, its architecture providing the backdrop for spectacular wedding pictures. So how to get married at City Hall? There are several options to consider if you are planning a San Francisco City Hall Wedding. The simplest of these is the basic civil ceremony. In order to set the wheels in motion for this option, you’ll need to make two reservations, which can be made up to 90 days in advance of your wedding day. The first reservation is for your marriage license, the second is for your ceremony.
You can make San Francisco City Hall Wedding reservations for both on the same day, but be sure to space them at least an hour apart to ensure you are on time for your wedding. Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date issued, so you can get your marriage license ahead of time. Ceremonies can be booked on weekdays between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm and are held every 30 minutes. Reservations must be paid for when they are made, which can be done online or in person.
The location in which ceremonies are held is decided by the commissioner. Generally, they are performed in a private ceremony room or the Rotunda, according to availability. Your wedding party will be limited to a maximum of six people and your time for both ceremony and photos limited to 10 minutes. You will need one witness present—your photographer will do if he is willing. Since the space is public, you may not have much privacy, as other couples who are to be married may be waiting nearby.
If the basic ceremony is not for you, City Hall offers a weekday wedding package at a cost of $1,002. Ceremonies can be performed on the Mayor’s Balcony or on City Hall’s fourth floor, an option that allows you an hour of time and up to 100 guests. Saturday wedding packages are also offered at a price of $4,000. This package includes a two hour rental of the Rotunda for up to 200 guests, 200 chairs and 3 tables, as well as an event manager, custodian, engineer, deputy sheriff and insurance for 200 guests.
Whether your ceremony will be just the two of you, or you plan to go a bit larger with a City Hall wedding package, don’t forget to book your wedding photographer. After all, it would be practically criminal to marry in such an extraordinary location without wedding pictures to mark the occasion.