SF CITY HALL DETAILS
Here's some general info that you'll find via sfgov & also some tips I have for you.
Ceremonies are on Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
CEREMONIES UNDER THE MAIN ROTUNDA
1- schedule an appointment to obtain your marriage license, pay an administrative fee.
2- Set up a second appointment for the actual civil ceremony. Your officiant will be a city hall wedding commissioner, and the whole thing takes about 5 minutes.
You may only book your civil ceremony appointment no earlier than 90 days in advance, and a 6-guest limit is officially imposed at least according to the City Hall regulations.
WHERE TO MEET ME AT CITY HALL:
If you are having a civil ceremony under the main rotunda, I can meet you in the line outside the clerks office. I typically arrive 15mins before your appointment time & wait with you. You will check in to the Information Desk in Room 168, 10 mins before your ceremony. That can often take longer than 10 mins, so that's why there's no need for me to arrive any earlier.
If you’re getting your license the same day as the ceremony, make sure to schedule your license appointment at least 30 minutes before your ceremony appointment. Or do it another day before.
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THE 4TH FLOOR GALLERY (NORTH OR SOUTH) OR THE MAYOR'S BALCONY
The reserved balconies guarantees you a more private ceremony space. You will have the space for one hour, which means that no other couples, photographers or tourists will be right in your space. It will also mean that you can comfortably accommodate many more guests. Chairs and a table will be provided, and this allows your guests to formally seated for the ceremony, as well as for a champagne toast and snacks to be served afterwards. Also, you can bring your own officiant. And we can use the space to do family photos.
WHERE TO MEET ME AT CITY HALL:
I will arrive 20-30mins before your ceremony start time, so you know I'm there & I can usually find someone from the wedding party or the groom to tell me where the bride is etc.
• If possible get your marriage license on a different day then your actual ceremony day. That way we don't have to spend part of your wedding coverage waiting. Sometimes it takes 20-30 minutes or more before you get a chance to sign in to the clerks office. Especially on Fridays.
•If City Hall already booked for the date you prefer to get married, you can always hire an independent wedding officiant who can perform (and even customize) your Ceremony. Among other benefits, you won’t have to check in with the County Clerk office and officiant will file all the paperwork on your behalf.
•If you are planning to get married at San Francisco City Hall from across the world, all you need is valid passports. City Hall commissioner will perform your ceremony while we can act as your witness.
•If you’re planning a dinner reception the last civil ceremony is at 3PM.
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For brides, you might want to bring walking shoes (if we are going to the woods or beach), something warm and easy to put on/take off.
Pack light when we are on location, so we don't have to watch our bags when taking photos. And don't leave anything temping visible in the car, this is a urban city and we have to be street smart. ;)
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