How to get married at the City Hall in San Francisco? 

Getting married in a magnificent setting is the dream of every romantic couple. You can turn your dream into reality by opting for an SF City Hall wedding ceremony. This iconic North Californian location is truly an embodiment of romance, elegance, and glamor.

I've had the pleasure of capturing loving moments at its lovely foyer so many times, so if you are wondering about the requirements to host an SF City Hall wedding ceremony, I am here to help!

Marriage license

Prepaid wedding licenses that are issued usually expire within 90 days after the issuance date. If you are eloping here, you will be able to obtain your marriage license from the San Francisco county clerk. You can even obtain it on the same day, just make sure it is at least 30 mins before the ceremony. Acquire the official information and requirements here.

Appointment timings

Appointments for the public SF City Hall wedding ceremony are available from 8.15 AM to 3.30 PM on weekdays. Once you have booked your slot and paid for the license - you are good to go! Make sure to check the ceremony calendar before making the reservation to avoid any clashes.

Arrive early on the day of your wedding

On the day of your ceremony, be sure to arrive early on location. Why? Because it will give you ample time to wander around the big city hall, take stunning wedding portraits, and will save you from the stress of parking. Trust me, it happens! Planning ahead enables you to curate intimacy and makes the whole day even more special for you.


A maximum of six guests is allowed to join you for public nuptial celebrations. 

Comparison between the public civil ceremony cost and private

The public SF City Hall wedding ceremony takes place on a grand staircase. The cost of the civil ceremony ranges from $90 to $95. These nuptials are quite common and popular amongst couples.

You can also host a private wedding at the stunning Mayor’s Balcony or Fourth Floor Gallery. The former allows the accommodation of 40 guests while the latter provides a comfortable setup for up to 60 guests. You can have the marriage ceremony of your dreams for just $1000.

If you are looking for an experienced photographer to capture the special moments at the SF City Hall wedding ceremony, feel free to contact me. I know some amazing spots and gorgeous backdrops to capture pictures that you and your beloved will cherish forever.