My husband and I had our ceremony here. Hour guests were impressed by how beautifully this chapel has been maintained. There was a slight musty smell that comes with old wood, but we considered this just the nature of this historic chapel. This was definitely outweighed by the gorgeous view of the golden gate bridge on a clear a day and the lovely gardens. When we were scouting the venue, we were greeted by an eager chapel host who gave us a full tour of the different rooms and supplies they had available (candle holders, small decorative items). Sandra Pilon was very prompt in her communications with us leading up to the day and was very helpful with questions. On the day of the wedding, our chapel host (Betty) was eager, but wasn't proactive in offering us some of the amenities we had already been shown months earlier. She was very genuine, however, and we were pleased with her pleasant attitude. All in all, I would recommend this venue for the beautiful view, lovely interior, and satisfactory service.
Small white chapel on a hill was our place to tie the knot and after almost a year, me and my husband think it was the perfect place for us, the cross-cultural and cross-religious couple. Paul and Jan who are in charge of the organization was very kind and accommodated all our needs. If you want an intimate ceremony with people who really know you and love you, this is the place for you.
This chapel was very cozy and would work well for a small wedding. The lighting was very good (for professional photos) and the brides room was large and not stuffy.
They also have stained glass which adds a nice church feel to it. Overall, we liked the church and it was in a great and quiet part of the city. I'm not sure if you have to be an active member of that church to be able to have your wedding there though.
Beautiful Venue! The Presidio... do I need to say more? Natasha was the lady who help me coordinate the ceremony. She was very easy to deal with...Zero Drama! she actually refer our officiant. The doubling of bells before and after the ceremony, it made it even more special!
We had our wedding there on a Friday. It was a beautiful venue for a smaller wedding party. The bride's room is good for pictures before the wedding. The stained glass windows give a very nice light. Overall, great location and great setting.
The chapel coordinator was not accomodating at all to us in regards to time of the wedding because we had a Friday wedding (which is around $350 cheaper than Saturday) and therefore we seem to have less rights than the Saturday folks. We wanted to move the wedding time to the evening but were told the Saturday rehearsals had priority over our actual wedding.
Be aware of the strict restrictions - no throwing of anything which was disappointing for our flower girls.
The 'coordinator' they had for the day of was really high maintenance and brought her dog in the church during our ceremony. We didn't know but she kept showing the dog to us after our ceremony and generally wanted to talk about herself with us all the time right after our wedding - telling us where she was from etc, when DH and I really wanted some time alone.
They were really easy to work with and very kind and personable. The site is gorgeous - a cute little wedding chapel...in a forest...in the big city. Very unique!
The chapel is very cute and cozy - just enough space to seat 150 people. Not too expensive to rent either - around $1200. The chapel folks are genuinely friendly. We were thinking about having the ceremony at Inspiration Point but had doubts of an outdoor wedding - we just popped by the chapel because it in front of our reception venue. Now fi's parents feel a little better that it's in some sort of house of worship :) ( 10.05)
The chapel is a great venue for an intimate and unique ceremony. My dad said it was old but we thought it had character. There's no speaker system so you have to talk loud but it's not very big so the sound travels. We also rang the cool bell after the ceremony - my little brother wanted to do it too! Note: The Chapel is difficult to find - being in the winding Presidio and all - and a couple of our guests actually attended another wedding that was located in the Chapel of our Lady! Give your VIP's actual Presidio maps, circling the locations so if they get lost, they'll know how to re-route to get there. The Presidio has these maps online. The chapel host was extremely patient with us when we ran over our time during the rehearsal and ceremony. ( 09.06)
The first time I visited Presidio Chapel, I fell in love with it. It was very quaint for a smaller ceremony (150 people). They had a mural room that we were considering for a Chinese tea ceremony. They even had a wedding bell that the bride herself could ring as she was about to walk down the aisle. The chapel has their own parking lot, which is great for San Francisco.
Now the downside: The main reason we didn't choose this chapel was because when I was leaving the chapel, I looked to the left and next to the chapel is the National Cemetery. For traditional Chinese people, this is a taboo to have the cemetery next to the wedding site.
* Rental fee = $1250 on weekends, $875 on weekdays
* Small weddings are $350–500
* Rehearsals are $150/hour
* $100 surcharge for food/beverage