Here are the best San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues and locations that top my list of amazing places to get married in Northern California. As a San Francisco wedding photographer, I have photographed weddings all over the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

We are blessed with a variety of gorgeous wedding venues from stately, elegant, modern, trendy, to beautiful outdoor venues surrounded by lush gardens. This list includes some of the newest San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues and locations in the Bay Area and Northern California.

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1. San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Bride and groom standing on the Grand Staircase at their San Francisco City Hall wedding

Photo: Couple standing on the Grand Staircase at San Francisco City Hall | Lilia Photography

City Hall is a San Francisco landmark, known around the world and often featured in film and television. It is a shining example of Beaux Arts architecture. It is the perfect wedding venue to host your sophisticated and elegant wedding.

San Francisco City Hall is a wonderful location for weddings of any size — from an elopement of just the two of you, intimate weddings, or large scale weddings for over 200+ guests. City Hall is open on weekdays for civil ceremonies, elopements, and private one-hour ceremonies. If you prefer a Saturday wedding, City Hall is available for morning, afternoon weddings, or evening ceremonies and receptions.

As an experienced Francisco City Hall wedding photographer, I have photographed City Hall weddings for over 17 years.

Check out my guide on “How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall” for information, tips, and ideas for your San Francisco City Hall wedding.

Website: San Francisco City Hall | Special Events
Address: 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 554-6079

2. Flood Mansion

Groom kisses his bride on the balcony at Flood Mansion San Franc

The James Leary Flood Mansion is an elegant and classical venue located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It features amazing architecture and a stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

See photos from a recent Flood Mansion wedding.

Address: 2222 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 292-3142

3. San Francisco Zoo

Bride and groom on the carousel at their San Francisco Zoo wedding

If you are looking for the most unique wedding venue in San Francisco, then the San Francisco Zoo fits the bill. You can get married on the African Savannah. There are options to have cocktail hour at the Merry Go Round, feed giraffes, or have animal guests join you.

See photos from a recent San Francisco Zoo wedding.

Website: San Francisco Zoo Events
Address: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 753-7055

4. Legion of Honor

Bride and groom walking in the courtyard at their Legion of Honor Museum San Francisco wedding

The Legion of Honor Museum is an architectural wonder and a sought after venue in San Francisco. It features a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a lovely entry courtyard with columns that has become an Instagram favorite.

Address: 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

5. De Young Museum

Bride and groom walking at their De Young Museum San Francisco wedding

The De Young Museum is an amazing example of modern architecture. It is a great place to get married and to be surrounded by fine art.

Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Berkeley City Club

Bride and groom at their Berkeley City Club wedding

The Berkeley City Club is a historic wedding venue designed by architect, Julia Morgan.

See photos from a recent Berkeley City Club wedding.

Address: 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 848-7800

7. Outdoor Art Club

Bride and groom at their Outdoor Art Club wedding under the wisteria

The Outdoor Art Club of Mill Valley is a historic Marin wedding venue designed by architect Bernard Maybeck. If you get married there in March or April, you may be lucky enough to have the iconic purple wisteria in bloom at the front gate of this venue.

See photos from a recent Outdoor Art Club wedding.

Address: 1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: (415) 383-2582

8. Shakespeare’s Garden

Two grooms raise their hands triumphantly at their wedding ceremony in Shakespeares Garden in Golden Gate Park San Francisco

Shakespeare’s Garden is the most popular ceremony location in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It is a beautiful tree lined space and an outdoor oasis in the middle of the city.

Website: Shakespeare’s Garden
Address: Martin Luther King Drive, Between Nancy Pelosi Drive & Music Concourse Drive

9. Fairmont Hotel

Bride and groom at their Fairmont Hotel San Francisco Wedding

The Fairmont Hotel is a luxury wedding venue in San Francisco. It has a beautiful outdoor ceremony area and multiple indoor ballroom options.

Address: 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Last Updated: January 4, 2023


Lilia Ahner is a San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer. Her mission is to tell your love story and capture the timeless moments, emotions, and details of your wedding day. Her photos are candid, timeless, vibrant, and true to color.

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