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Hello! Welcome to the San Francisco City Hall Wedding Guide. One of the first weddings I ever photographed was for a friend at SF City Hall, and over the last five years – I’ve really gotten to know this location like it’s my second home. The best thing about City Hall is that is truly so beautiful even after many weddings there, it’s still one of the most creatively inspiring building to photograph. You’re not just hiring a photographer; you’re gaining a friend, guide, and sometimes even a witness to your vows!
I hope you enjoy this extensive guide to hiring a wedding photographer for San Francisco City Hall.
San Francisco City Hall isn’t just a building; it’s an emblem of history, an architectural masterpiece, and an epitome of love for many couples. Its Beaux-Arts architecture and grand dome make it an exquisite choice for an unforgettable wedding backdrop. In this guide, I delve into every aspect of tying the knot at this iconic location.
San Francisco City Hall offers three main ceremony options:
Costs vary based on your chosen ceremony:
Remember, these costs are exclusive of additional services such as photography, floral arrangements, etc.
The beauty of a civil ceremony lies in its simplicity. After some administrative steps, the officiant will guide you to the ceremony location. With the grand dome overhead and an intimate group of loved ones around, you’ll exchange vows in a 4-6 minute ceremony.
The early slots around 9AM are generally quieter. Therefore, late afternoons, especially during weekdays, can also offer a serene atmosphere.
Designated spots usually host civil ceremonies. However, City Hall is a vast space, and there’s always a chance to find a quiet corner for post-ceremony photos.
City Hall’s elegance welcomes all forms of attire. Whether it’s a traditional tuxedo and gown, or a more casual ensemble, ensure you’re comfortable and feel fabulous.
With ceremony, administrative work, and a photo tour, set aside a minimum of 2 hours.
Located at 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, it’s accessible via public transportation. Although, for comfort and ease, consider a private vehicle. Parking options are available.
Ready to top off your big day with a great meal? San Francisco has awesome spots for large groups. Check out Wayfare Tavern—think yummy American dishes in a super cozy setting, perfect for laughing and chatting with family and friends. If you’re into a chill atmosphere, Stable Café is your place. It’s got a gorgeous outdoor area and an irresistible menu that’s all about local ingredients.
Now, if you’re all about those ocean vibes, you can’t skip Waterbar Restaurants. Imagine this: stunning views of the Bay Bridge, delicious seafood that’s all about sustainability, and all your favorite people in one spot. Just a heads-up, these places are hotspots, so be sure to book a table early. Trust us, the food and the memories are totally worth it!
Chris & Kelsey: “We never imagined our wedding day could be as magical as it was. From the moment we entered City Hall, we felt like we were in a fairy tale. Having Shannon as our photographer was the best decision we made. Not only did they guide us through every step before the ceremony, but they also captured every laugh, tear, and, most importantly, the love that surrounded us. Looking through our photos, we’re instantly transported back to those precious moments. We can’t recommend them highly enough!”
Christina & Joey: “Planning a wedding can be stressful, but the moment we hired [Your Name], we knew we were in good hands. They were there for us, answering our late-night worried texts and helping us pick the perfect spots for our photos. On the big day, they were not just a photographer but a calming presence, making us smile and capturing it in the most authentic way. When we received our photos, we were in awe. Each shot told a part of our story, filled with emotion and the unique beauty of City Hall. Thank you for being more than a photographer, for being a part of our journey, and for giving us memories that we’ll cherish forever!”
Starting your marriage journey at the iconic San Francisco City Hall deserves a celebration as unique as your love story. Your special moments captured with authenticity and joy, and that’s where I come in — not just as your photographer but as a guide and friend. With a deep understanding of this venue’s magic and years of experience, I’m here to help you navigate your big day seamlessly. Above all, let’s make your dream a reality; reach out today and let’s start planning! Your unforgettable City Hall wedding awaits, and I’m here to capture every second of it.