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Elope at San Francisco City Hall

If you’re thinking about a wedding in San Francisco City Hall, you’re not alone. Covering two city blocks, 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. In short, a San Francisco City Hall elopement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Couple kissing outside San Francisco City Hall

Your San Francisco City Hall elopement will be documented with topnotch photography.

There are several options (with differing price points) to have an elopement 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 San Francisco City Hall allows us to use for free as long as certain requirements are met.

How our San Francisco City Hall Elopements Work

We’ll put together a package that includes everything you want for your wedding in San Francisco City Hall. We’ll think of every detail (so you don’t have to!). On the day of your wedding, your Blue Sky Elopements photographer and officiant will meet you at City Hall to perform your wedding ceremony and then take you to all of our favorite San Francisco City Hall spots for breathtaking post-ceremony photos. 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. The ceremonies that the judges perform at San Francisco City Hall are no more than three to four minutes long. If you want something a bit more meaningful, we offer a variety of ceremonies that last about 10-12 minutes.

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. If you have 6 people or less (courting the two of you) and opt to forego renting a space at San Francisco City Hall, we’ll meet you in a pre-arranged location and lead you to one of our favorite spots to say your I do’s.

If you have more than six people, we’ll be happy to assist you in reserving a room at San Francisco City Hall for your elopement.

How to elope at San Francisco City Hall with Blue Sky Elopements

  • Once you decide that San Francisco City Hall is the place where you want to elope, determine your guest count. If there are less than six of you in total, you don’t need to reserve a wedding venue within San Francisco City Hall.
  • If your total party is greater than six people (counting the two of you), then you will need to reserve a space within San Francisco City Hall for your ceremony. Contact the City Hall event planning office to book either the Mayor’s Balcony or the Fourth Floor Gallery. Prices start at $1,000 for a one-hour block of time. Phone: 415-554-6079. You can check the calendar of events at San Francisco City Hall to see their avaialbity for a reserved location.
  • Regardless of whether or not you reserve a wedding venue at San Francisco City Hall, you will need to obtain a California marriage license prior to your wedding. You do not need to obtain your license in San Francisco county, although this might be the most convenient place for you to do so. Note: San Francisco City Hall does require an appointment to obtain a marriage license.
  • Book your San Francisco City Hall elopement package with us. We’ll take it from there.
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What's Included in Our San Francisco City Hall Elopement Package?

Our San Francisco City Hall elopement packages can include anything you want that's elopement-wedding related. Our most popular elopement services include photography, officiating, flowers, bridal hair and makeup services and videography (click below for info on each separate service). We can also assist with finding lodging, restaurant and catering recommendations, additional elopement-wedding services (such as transportation, cakes, musicians, etc.) and local activities for you and your guests to enjoy in San Francisco.

Photography Services

Stunning professional elopement wedding photography to capture your special day.

Officiating Services

Professional wedding officiants performing ceremonies that reflect your personal love story.


Full-size wedding bouquets & boutonnieres in your choice of flowers and colors.

Hair & Makeup

Our professional stylists will come to you to ensure you look your absolute best.

Videography Services

A professionally made highlight video of your elopement wedding day creates a treasured memory.

Location Consulting

A Blue Sky Elopements exclusive! All the support & resources you need to confidently choose a venue.

Wedding Coordination

Your personal coordinator will work with you to oversee all the details of your wedding day.

All wedding packages include full coordination services. You’ll be assigned your own wedding coordinator who will serve as your go to person from start to finish.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with us today!

Why choose us for your San Francisco City Hall elopement?

Work only with the Best Professionals

No need to spend hours (days!) looking for quality wedding pros that specialize in intimate weddings. We'll give you access to our network of hand-picked wedding professionals who are passionate about elopement weddings and deliver the highest quality services.

Eliminate Stress

Your personal elopement wedding coordinator will coordinate all the details of your elopement package and serve as your go-to person right up to the day of your wedding. We'll bring your wedding vision to life; all you'll need to do is show up and enjoy.

Secluded Venues

We'll help you find the perfect-for-you place to elope. We've uncovered spectacular, but lesser-known outdoor sites and put together a list of our favorite outdoor elopement venues complete with descriptions, photos, videos and permit requirements. We include this as part of every package.

Free Consultation

We offer a free, no-strings phone consultation with Blue Sky Elopements owner, Maureen Thomson to get a feel for what you're envisioning for your elopement wedding, answer your questions and explain how we can help make your wedding vision a reality.