San Francisco City Hall Elopement/Intimate Wedding ~ Artistic Photos
City Hall in San Francisco is stunning. It is one of my favorite places to shoot. I love how grand and beautiful it is. I especially love the grand staircases!
What to expect for a San Francisco City Hall Elopement?
Firstly, you don’t have to get married there to get to take pictures inside! Everyone is allowed to come in and take pictures. All types of photo sessions happen inside. During this shoot, we saw the most beautiful quinceañera dresses. I had to photoshop out a lot of people. Be prepared to do the same!
The ceremonies are very short and not personalized.
Secondly, ceremonies only last 15 minutes. Efficiency is definitely their number one priority. So, if you want to do vows, consider doing them before. In general, there are many private spots you can find to make them special!
When can you get married there?
Bookings are only available during the week and between 9am – 3:30pm. Plan on having a weekday wedding!
What is the booking process?
Ceremony slots will need to be booked online here. A marriage license needs to be obtained before the ceremony. Make sure to reserve a time the same day before your ceremony to get your marriage license. BRING FOR THE MARRIAGE LICENSE-
- Valid identification for each person.
- A completed public or confidential marriage application.
- Proof of divorce if previously married.
BRING FOR THE CIVIL CEREMONY-
- Valid photo identification for each person
- A valid, unexpired California County marriage license.
- One witness if you are presenting a public marriage license.
- No witness is required if presenting a confidential marriage license.
How much does it cost?
Of course, it is not free. It costs $95 dollars for the ceremony. You will also need to purchase the actual marriage license.
Finally, What else do I need to know?
Due to limited space, only 6 people are allowed there to “witness” the ceremony. INCLUDING your documentation team. But, however, larger parties can book a private ceremony. Lastly, make sure to check into the clerks office 15 before your appointment!
For the most part, that is all the juicy details of how to elope in San Francisco City Hall! If you are truly interested in having me photograph your elopement, contact me! I would absolutely adore to be the one to capture it.
Enjoy all of these beautiful portraits of Ann + Brady’s Elopement. Immediately after the ceremony photos, we went to a beautiful spot overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Click here to see those photos.