San Francisco City Hall Weddings

San Francisco City Hall weddings are divine! Since 2007, I photographed hundreds of weddings at City Hall.

It would be an honor to photograph your special day. I will guide you through your wedding day experience. My best advice is to just be yourself. I will take you to the best locations inside City Hall for photos.

My style is romantic, timeless, and candid. My approach is to tell your love story. Your photos will show your personalities and the moments on your wedding day.

If family and friends are joining you, I can document all of the moments of your wedding day with your guests. Or you can elope — just the two of you. And I am happy to act as your witness if needed.

If you are interested in other locations after your ceremony at City Hall, I know San Francisco very well and can suggest wonderful locations for you.

Many of my City Hall weddings have been featured in The Knot Magazine, Green Weddings Shoes, and Classic Bride.

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San Francisco City Hall Weddings

HOW TO GET MARRIED AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL

The official “how-to” info can be found on the San Francisco City Hall website.

MARRIAGE LICENSE
You must have a California marriage license to get married.

On the official City Hall website, you can make two reservations. The first reservation is for your marriage license. The second appointment is for your actual ceremony time.

If you are setting your marriage license and ceremony appointments for the same day, you only need 30 minutes between the two appointments. For example, if your ceremony is scheduled for 1pm, then you would want to schedule your license appointment for 12:30pm.

You can acquire your marriage license from any county in California.

CEREMONY LOCATION
Most couples have their wedding ceremony in the Rotunda. This is the area at the top of the grand staircase in the center of City Hall under the dome.

If you are having a large group of family and friends at the ceremony, you may want to consider reserving either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony. Contact the City Hall special events coordinator to reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your ceremony.

If you reserve either the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony for your wedding, I highly recommend hiring your own officiant for a personalized, thoughtful ceremony.

CEREMONIES
Ceremonies are available Monday – Friday from 10:00am – 3:30pm. Slots are available each half hour.

City Hall is busy throughout the day. The early morning appointments tend to be quieter.

The best days to get married are Monday – Thursday. Fridays are the busiest day for ceremonies. Expect lots of people at City Hall on Fridays.

Keep in mind that there will be two other couples also getting married in your time slot. Expect some time delays because it takes time for the marriage commissioner to check in each couple before their ceremony. Each couple is married one at a time in the Rotunda.

The ceremony is brief and lasts about 5 minutes long. Although brief, the ceremony itself is quite meaningful and well-worded.

WEDDING OFFICIANT
The official officiants at City Hall are volunteer marriage commissioners. They all do a wonderful job with the ceremony.

CITY HALL PARKING
There is limited metered street parking at City Hall. An underground parking garage is located across the street below City Hall plaza. You can enter the parking garage at 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco.

CLIENT REVIEWS

Lisa Marie + Richard
It is a complete pleasure to recommend Lilia as a wedding photographer. From the very start, we were so pleased with everything she did to make it the best choice we made… I would not change a thing!

We never met her in person beforehand. But her gorgeous portfolio & initial phone conversation were enough to give us complete confidence in her personality, talent & vision. We got married at SF City Hall, just the two of us, and Lilia knows every in and out of the process. Her guidance, hard work, patience, creativity, time, thoughtfulness and open-mindedness were invaluable to us on that very special day. She went above and beyond as our witness, creative director and photographer.

Sara + Daniel
Lilia shot our City Hall wedding this past June and I could not recommend her more. She was much more than a photographer – she was basically a day of event coordinator. She explained what was going to happen and where we needed to be at all times. She also knew all the best places around City Hall to take pictures. Even though we got married on a busy Friday afternoon in the Summer, looking at the pictures you would think we were there completely alone. She is worth every penny!