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Special Events, San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco , CA
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San Francisco, CA 94102 US (map)

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415-554-6068
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
1.6/5.0
We picked City Hall for our wedding. I can't emphasize this enough: This was the worst decision we could have possibly made.

We were told throughout the process that the cost to us would be $10,000 for the base rental plus $1,000 for the additional hours + $1,000 for all additional fees. Then the week before our wedding we were surprised with a non-refundable security fee of $2,880.

Our expectation in going with City Hall was the cost would be $12,000 to us total, and this was an expectation set by City Hall throughout this process, until a week before the event when we were left without any recourse. There was no set or agreed upon amount in the contract, nor was it brought up during the planning nor was it settled.

When we raised our concern to City Hall, they didn't response. When they finally did respond a couple of days before the wedding they chalked it up to a miscommunication. But do not be fooled: there was no miscommunication, this was entirely intentional. Contractually this information should have been offered during planning and settled then. This didn't happen, and there was ample opportunity for City Hall to disclose the $3,000 fee during the 18 months of planning.

Candidly, even at $12,000 we had reservations about City Hall due to the high cost; at $15,000 there's no way we would have picked this venue.

Other fun facts:
- Each vendor was required to present a $2m insurance policy.
- You have the venue from 4pm to 12am; clean-up is from 12am to 1am. You can add hours before 4pm, but you cannot extend the clean-up time.
- No flame allowed inside the building.
- This also means there is no kitchen. Since there is no kitchen, this means your caterer needs to set-up their own 30x10 foot long tent outside. This tent MUST be 30x10, no more, no less.
We picked City Hall for our wedding. I can't emphasize this enough: This was the worst decision we could have possibly Read more...
We picked City Hall for our wedding. I can't emphasize this enough: This was the worst decision we could have possibly made.

We were told throughout the process that the cost to us would be $10,000 for the base rental plus $1,000 for the additional hours + $1,000 for all additional fees. Then the week before our wedding we were surprised with a non-refundable security fee of $2,880.

Our expectation in going with City Hall was the cost would be $12,000 to us total, and this was an expectation set by City Hall throughout this process, until a week before the event when we were left without any recourse. There was no set or agreed upon amount in the contract, nor was it brought up during the planning nor was it settled.

When we raised our concern to City Hall, they didn't response. When they finally did respond a couple of days before the wedding they chalked it up to a miscommunication. But do not be fooled: there was no miscommunication, this was entirely intentional. Contractually this information should have been offered during planning and settled then. This didn't happen, and there was ample opportunity for City Hall to disclose the $3,000 fee during the 18 months of planning.

Candidly, even at $12,000 we had reservations about City Hall due to the high cost; at $15,000 there's no way we would have picked this venue.

Other fun facts:
- Each vendor was required to present a $2m insurance policy.
- You have the venue from 4pm to 12am; clean-up is from 12am to 1am. You can add hours before 4pm, but you cannot extend the clean-up time.
- No flame allowed inside the building.
- This also means there is no kitchen. Since there is no kitchen, this means your caterer needs to set-up their own 30x10 foot long tent outside. This tent MUST be 30x10, no more, no less. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
2/24/2017
5.0/5.0
We chose to go with city hall after looking at wedding photos of the location, and frankly, it's more stunning in person! We were in awe as we walked in to get the marriage license, couldn't believe how beautiful everything was. All the staff was so nice and friendly, and we were so happy with the services we received for our license and ceremony!
We chose to go with city hall after looking at wedding photos of the location, and frankly, it's more stunning in person! Read more...
We chose to go with city hall after looking at wedding photos of the location, and frankly, it's more stunning in person! We were in awe as we walked in to get the marriage license, couldn't believe how beautiful everything was. All the staff was so nice and friendly, and we were so happy with the services we received for our license and ceremony! Read less
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CHRISTINA
Wedding:
7/7/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married at SF City Hall on 7/7/16. It was amazing! We paid just under 1500.00 to and had close to 60 guests and had the spot for an hour. We could not have hoped for a better location. 4th Floor North wing.. Lighting was unbelievable.. best photos!! We both loved everything about it! Kelly is the best to work with! Chairs were set up for us and there was no clean up! DONE AND DONE!
My husband and I got married at SF City Hall on 7/7/16. It was amazing! We paid just under 1500.00 to and had close to 60 Read more...
My husband and I got married at SF City Hall on 7/7/16. It was amazing! We paid just under 1500.00 to and had close to 60 guests and had the spot for an hour. We could not have hoped for a better location. 4th Floor North wing.. Lighting was unbelievable.. best photos!! We both loved everything about it! Kelly is the best to work with! Chairs were set up for us and there was no clean up! DONE AND DONE! Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding here. Spend the money to rent this place out, Or, come during a time where there are not so many people. It was absolutely gorgeous. There is not one single area where it would be a bad picture area. The staff there were great on the day before. They helped us thru our paperwork, the lady processing our forms was very informative. Gave us envelopes for everything. Smiled, greeted us, just the works. This is why I love my home town.
We just had our wedding here. Spend the money to rent this place out, Or, come during a time where there are not so many Read more...
We just had our wedding here. Spend the money to rent this place out, Or, come during a time where there are not so many people. It was absolutely gorgeous. There is not one single area where it would be a bad picture area. The staff there were great on the day before. They helped us thru our paperwork, the lady processing our forms was very informative. Gave us envelopes for everything. Smiled, greeted us, just the works. This is why I love my home town. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
this place is so beautiful, you will be amazed when you see the actual photos.
The only problem is, unless you choose to do a wedding in a private paid area, there may be tourist watching you and it is best to choose the morning slot to avoid having tourist in your wedding photos.
this place is so beautiful, you will be amazed when you see the actual photos.
The only problem is, unless you choose Read more...
this place is so beautiful, you will be amazed when you see the actual photos.
The only problem is, unless you choose to do a wedding in a private paid area, there may be tourist watching you and it is best to choose the morning slot to avoid having tourist in your wedding photos. Read less
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susan
Wedding:
11/19/2014
5.0/5.0
This is definitely a very nice place for ceremony and to take pre-wedding pictures. Simple but special. Love it!!
This is definitely a very nice place for ceremony and to take pre-wedding pictures. Simple but special. Love it!!
This is definitely a very nice place for ceremony and to take pre-wedding pictures. Simple but special. Love it!! Read less
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Paula
Wedding:
3/19/2014
4.8/5.0
We only rented the 4th Floor balcony for an hour, which having managed even spaces myself I know is a small booking, but we were treated very well through the entire process. They were helpful and responsive to any questions we had and with the beautiful City Hall as a backdrop, it was perfect and needed no other decor.
We only rented the 4th Floor balcony for an hour, which having managed even spaces myself I know is a small booking, but Read more...
We only rented the 4th Floor balcony for an hour, which having managed even spaces myself I know is a small booking, but we were treated very well through the entire process. They were helpful and responsive to any questions we had and with the beautiful City Hall as a backdrop, it was perfect and needed no other decor. Read less
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Cherry
Wedding:
2/21/2014
4.8/5.0
I was so excited to learn that I could have a private ceremony at sf city hall. It's such a beautiful building. I was married on a Friday at noon so eventhough my ceremony location was on the 4th floor balcony and closed off to foot traffic, it was still a little loud but lively. It didn't interfere with my ceremony at all. I've heard that ceremonies held on tues/wed are quieter. The events dept was very helpful in helping me reserve my date and ceremony location. They provided me with a list of preferred vendors such as the officiant and musicians. I went with their recommendations and everything turned out wonderfully. Private ceremonies on the weekdays are an hour long. Seems like a short amount of time but it turned out to be more than enough time for the ceremony and for pictures afterwards. You can also rent chairs and tables from city hall as well. I've always wanted an outdoor ceremony but due to the temperamental weather in sf I opted for this gorgeous venue. I have no regrets. They don't make buildings like city hall anymore. I can stare at the details forever and not get tired of it. Pictures come out amazing too!
I was so excited to learn that I could have a private ceremony at sf city hall. It's such a beautiful building. I was Read more...
I was so excited to learn that I could have a private ceremony at sf city hall. It's such a beautiful building. I was married on a Friday at noon so eventhough my ceremony location was on the 4th floor balcony and closed off to foot traffic, it was still a little loud but lively. It didn't interfere with my ceremony at all. I've heard that ceremonies held on tues/wed are quieter. The events dept was very helpful in helping me reserve my date and ceremony location. They provided me with a list of preferred vendors such as the officiant and musicians. I went with their recommendations and everything turned out wonderfully. Private ceremonies on the weekdays are an hour long. Seems like a short amount of time but it turned out to be more than enough time for the ceremony and for pictures afterwards. You can also rent chairs and tables from city hall as well. I've always wanted an outdoor ceremony but due to the temperamental weather in sf I opted for this gorgeous venue. I have no regrets. They don't make buildings like city hall anymore. I can stare at the details forever and not get tired of it. Pictures come out amazing too! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/15/2013
4.3/5.0
GORGEOUS venue. We rented the 4th floor balcony, for only $1,000. The backdrop of City Hall itself is so beautiful there is no need for decorations :)
GORGEOUS venue. We rented the 4th floor balcony, for only $1,000. The backdrop of City Hall itself is so beautiful there Read more...
GORGEOUS venue. We rented the 4th floor balcony, for only $1,000. The backdrop of City Hall itself is so beautiful there is no need for decorations :) Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
There's a reason why SF City Hall is a tourist attraction. It's grand, spectacular and breathtaking. It's the most spectacular location in SF with easy access to parking. You do not need a lot of decor as the architecture is very historic. Our guests still rave about our wedding. It truly was a fairy tale wedding come true for us. Service was pretty straight forward as its a public building available for rent. Flexibility was great as we had a large wedding and they accommodated everything we needed.
There's a reason why SF City Hall is a tourist attraction. It's grand, spectacular and breathtaking. It's the most Read more...
There's a reason why SF City Hall is a tourist attraction. It's grand, spectacular and breathtaking. It's the most spectacular location in SF with easy access to parking. You do not need a lot of decor as the architecture is very historic. Our guests still rave about our wedding. It truly was a fairy tale wedding come true for us. Service was pretty straight forward as its a public building available for rent. Flexibility was great as we had a large wedding and they accommodated everything we needed. Read less
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