San Francisco City Hall Elopements

Eloping at San Francisco City Hall

The Ultimate in Elegance and Architectural Beauty for your San Francisco Elopement

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Getting Married at San Francisco City Hall

If you're thinking about a wedding at San Francisco City Hall, you're not alone. Covering two city blacks, San Francisco City Hall is a monument to architectural beauty. Both the inside and the outside are spectacular and there are many places to tuck away to have an intimate wedding ceremony.

There are several options (with differing price points) to have a wedding at San Francisco City Hall. There are areas that can be rented (such as the Mayor's Balcony) and there are well-known locations (such as in the rotunda) which you may use for free.

The Advantages of Having us Coordinate your San Francisco City Hall Elopement

Our officiants can meet you at City Hall and perform your wedding ceremony. Unlike the judges at City Hall (who also perform elopement-style weddings there), our officiants are able to perform not only secular (civil) ceremonies, but nondenominational religious, spiritual and customized wedding ceremonies as well. You may use our pre-written vows, but if you prefer to write your own vows, we can do that. You're not locked in to the cookie-cutter civil ceremony mandated to be used by San Francisco City Hall judges.

Because we perform so many weddings at San Francisco City Hall and know its in's and out's, we can suggest the best times and locations for utilizing the most stunning parts of the building. We'll meet you in a pre-arranged location and lead you to one of our favorite spots to say your I do's.

San Francisco City Hall Elopement Wedding Packages

We offer packages that cover all aspects of your San Francisco City Hall wedding. A wedding in this beautiful location deserves professional photos that will offer you lifetime memories of your wedding in the city by the bay. Our photographers specialize in San Francisco City Hall weddings and as you can see from the photos are this page, the results are fabulous!

We can also provide you with flowers, hair and makeup services and anything else you want for your special day. Please read the details on our San Francisco elopement packages.

Jennifer & Travis Sept 16. 2016

Perfect day!! Thanks for making this as easy and stress-free as possible. Everyone that we worked
with was wonderful!

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Things to Know About Eloping at San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is open for weddings Monday through Friday. Licenses are issued until 3:30 PM. There is also an opportunity to reserve City Hall for weddings on a Saturday morning but that is for larger-than-elopement-style weddings. It's a government office, so it's closed on all Federal and California state holidays.

Parking can be tight for City Hall. The closest garage is Civic Center Parking Garage at 355 McAllister St. Metered parking is available on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

You'll need to obtain your California marriage license prior to the ceremony. Our officiants will provide you with info to do that.

You do not have to be a resident of the state of California, or even of the United States to be married in California. This makes San Francisco a great place for international couples who want to tie the knot here. Also a great place for Americans who find themselves in San Francisco on business or vacation who wake up one morning and say "Let's get hitched!" Easy-peasy!

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 San Francisco City Hall Elopement Options

There are several options for getting married at San Francisco City Hall.

#1 The Expensive, but worth-every-penny if you want a private venue option. The Mayor's Balcony and the Fourth Floor Galleries of City Hall are available to rent for private wedding ceremonies. Prices start at just over $1,000. Click here for details or call (415) 554-6079. 

#2 The even-more Expensive, but allows for a private weekend wedding option. The rotunda is available on limited Saturdays before 3:00 PM for a two-hour block of time. Cost is $4,000.  For more info or call (415) 554-6079.

#3. The least expensive but you-get-what-you-get option. The down and dirty cheapest way to get married at San Francisco City Hall is to schedule an appointment with one of their judges/justices of the peace. Ceremonies are available Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM through 3:30 PM every half hour. We can include this option in a package for you and make the arrangements with you.

Considerations for this type of ceremony:

  • They cannot be scheduled more than 90 days in advance.
  • You are limited to a maximum of six guests, including any wedding vendors.
  • You cannot choose your officiant; you take whomever is assigned.
  • The judge will decide where in City Hall your ceremony will take place.
  • You're limited to a 10-minute increment.
  • Once you schedule and pay for your civil ceremony, the date and time cannot be changed. According to their website: "Absolutely no changes can be made, and no refunds or credits will be given for any reason(s) including but not limited to cancellation, error, failure to show up, or any unforeseen circumstances."
  • You cannot choose your ceremony script; nor can you change the script or insert your own vows. You'll be married with the standard civil ceremony wording.
  • If you plan to purchase your marriage license on the same day as your ceremony reservation, you must make and pay for a marriage license reservation for the same day at least 30 minutes PRIOR to your ceremony reservation time. 
  • Both parties to the marriage must be able to speak and understand English.
  • These time slots book up early and so you may have to be flexible with your date and time.

#4. Our favorite option. This option--while not as inexpensive as Option 3--is still affordable, but offers a bit more flexibility. We'll include an independent wedding officiant in your package who will meet you at San Francisco City Hall and tuck away into a quiet spot to have you exchange your vows. Bear in mind that unless you book Option 1 above, your San Francisco City Hall wedding ceremony will not be private (i.e. you won't have exclusive rights to the ceremony area). However, we've been around City Hall enough to know where the best locations are to tuck into for the quietest wedding ceremony. Then, you're free to wander about City Hall with your photographer afterwards to get some fabulous photos!

Considerations for this type of ceremony:

  • There is no site fee for this option. City Hall is a public building with public access, so as long as you're a member of the public, you're in! All of our other ceremony inclusions apply. If you want to edit the ceremony script, include a religious or spiritual reference, or insert your own vows, just let us know.
  • We can almost always accommodate your desired date and time.
  • If you want a City Hall-style wedding on a weekend or in the evening (when San Francisco City Hall is closed), we can suggest other areas in San Francisco where you can get married.
  • The least-busy times to get married at San Francisco City Hall are on Monday through Wednesday mornings. Busiest times are Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Limit of six people for this option (including the couple).
  • Our minimum package includes an officiant, photographer and coordination. We do not offer officiant-only packages. For estimated pricing, see our San Francisco elopements pricing page.

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