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San Francisco City Hall Weddings

Since 2007, I have photographed over 500+ San Francisco City Hall weddings.

City Hall is one of my all time favorite locations in San Francisco. Many of my clients have traveled from all over the world to get married here.

It would be an honor to photograph your wedding! My style is modern, romantic, and timeless. My approach is to tell your love story and show your authentic self.

If family and friends are joining you, I will document all of the candid moments with your guests, and capture relaxed and natural family portraits. If it is just the two of you, I am happy to act as your witness.

Are you interested in going to another location in San Francisco? I have lived in San Francisco for 25 years so I can give you some wonderful location suggestions. Some of the top locations in San Francisco for photos are Crissy Field (view of the Golden Gate and the SF skyline), the Palace of Fine Art, the Legion of Honor, the Embarcadero area, and Golden Gate Park.

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"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 San Francisco 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."

LISA MARIE + RICHARD

HOW TO GET MARRIED AT CITY HALL

MARRIAGE LICENSE

You must have a marriage license issued by the State of California in order 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 need 1 hour between the two appointments. For example, if your ceremony is scheduled for 1pm, then you would want to schedule your license appointment for 12:00pm.

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

CEREMONIES

Ceremonies are available Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Slots are available each half hour.

You are allowed to have 6 guests join you for your ceremony in the Rotunda.

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

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 should 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.

CITY HALL PARKING + TRANSPORTATION

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.

Parking is also available at UC Hastings and the Performing Arts Garage.

Public Transportation
City Hall is located within walking distance of the Civic Center BART and Muni Station. You can use the Trip Planner or Google Maps for more info.

Ride Sharing
You can use ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft.

WEDDING OFFICIANT

If you are getting married in the Rotunda, one of the official City Hall marriage commissioners will perform your ceremony.

If you are getting married in one of the reserved areas like the Fourth Floor or the Mayor’s Balcony, I highly recommend that you hire your own officiant, or have a friend or family member perform your ceremony.

Here are some of my favorite officiants that you can hire: Cynthia Gregory, Reverend Anita Joe, Virginia Van Zandt, Irene Kane, and Lissin Lev Chaya.

RESTAURANTS NEAR CITY HALL

Are you looking for a great restaurant located near City Hall? Here are some of my favorites: Absinthe, Zuni, Lers Ros, Laguna, and Zero Zero.

This page was updated on September 2, 2019.

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