There are a few things that are very important when preparing for your San Francisco city Hall wedding!
Getting There On Time:
As you know San Francisco has a historical traffic problem, that makes getting anywhere something you have to plan for and take into account. You’ll also need to account for parking and if (God Forbid) the parking lot is closed or full, you’ll need to find on the street parking. Finally there is pretty rigorous security at the city hall, and it can sometimes get backed up. So it is very important to come early and be prepared to watch other beautiful couples get married if you get there too early.
The most convenient parking is at the under ground Civic Center Plaza garage (355 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102). If you want to take public transportation the take Bart to the Civic Center station or take Muni lines 71, F, or 42 to the Van Ness & Market stop.
The best (most romantic) locations
If you are on a budget go with the Rotunda. The Rotunda won’t cost any extra money and it is gorgeous. The downsides include foot traffic going by,the official limit is 6 guests, and the entire ceremony is limited to 10 minutes
Many people love the 4th floor it has sweeping views of the entire hall, gorgeous natural light, and has room for a up to 100 guests. Downside is that it will cost you an extra $1000.
San Francisco City Hall is one of the most popular wedding locations in the country. Extra busy days include Valentine’s day, any day in June or July, and almost all Friday’s. Weddings in the Rotunda can be booked 90 days or less in advance and private locations such as the Mayor’s balcony can be reserved up to 1 year in advance. It is recommended to make reservations as early as possible.
Valid identification for marriage license
When you get your marriage license you’ll need a valid identification that is current (not expired). Valid identifications include, a United States driver’s license, or passport (this is not an exhaustive list). You can get your marriage license within thirty days of your ceremony, and we recommend that you do not get it on your ceremony day.
Shoes & Clothing
Come prepared to do a little exercise! The building is one of the most beautiful in the world, and you’ll want to see it. Also you’ll be scouting for various locations that will bring your glorious day to the fullest photographs possible. You will want to spend some time taking pictures. The SF City Hall Wedding Photographer can get you photos that you will remember forever. Since you’ll be walking a bit (not too much), also bring some water, and maybe even some snacks, if your ceremony runs late, or you need energy, make sure you have what you need.