10 Most Romantic San Francisco Wedding Venues
Why should you get married in San Francisco?
Having lived in San Francisco for a few years before moving to South Lake Tahoe, it’s honestly one of my favorite cities since it has so much to offer. From diverse cuisine, countless museums, feeling the cool ocean breeze, and enjoying the fun nightlife, there’s always something unique going on. Having your wedding at one of the most romantic San Francisco wedding venues will definitely be one to remember!
Which San Francisco wedding venues should you consider?
Now that you and your fiance have chosen San Francisco as your wedding destination, choosing between the hundreds of different hotels, museums, and natural settings can get quite overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help narrow down your decision and offer the most romantic San Francisco wedding venues in the Bay Area. In no particular order, here is a list of the best San Francisco wedding venues:
Since 1863, Cliff House has been known for its fine food, excellent service, and stunning ocean views. It’s primary event space is called the Terrace Room, which offers views of the Marin coastline, Seal Rocks, and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll have the chance to spot a diverse set of marine mammals including dolphins, whales, and seals.
Address: 1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco CA, 94121
Contact: (415) 666 – 4027
Capacity: 120 seated guests
Note: All food and drinks must be catered by Cliff House with the exception of a licensed bakery
Built in 1924 for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bently Reserve features Italian marble floors, a soaring hall with 34-foot tall ceiling, a beaux-arts front colonnade, and travertine walls. It’s definitely a wedding venue that will impress your guests with your dramatic entrance down the grand marble and steel staircase.
Address: 301 Battery St., San Francisco CA, 94111
Contact: (415) 294 – 2226
Capacity: 350 seated guests
Palace of Fine Arts
Could you imagine getting married under a gorgeous dome (rotunda)? If so, having a Palace of Fine Arts wedding ceremony should be on your list to consider. Constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, it’s one of the few surviving structures still standing in the original site. The elegant Greco-Roman architecture takes you back in time and makes you feel like you’re in another country. An engagement at the Palace of Fine Arts also makes an incredible backdrop for photos if you are not set on getting married there. Please inquire with the venue directly for quotes on staffing and tent rentals.
Address: 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco CA 94123
Contact: (415) 831 – 2700
Capacity: 250 guests
Note: Public park, no restrooms on site, limited parking, chairs and tables not provided with rental
California Academy of Sciences
Perfect for the science-loving couple, having a California Academy of Sciences wedding ceremony allows you and your guests to enjoy a planetarium, aquarium, and museum all in one! You can exchange vows in front of an expansive piazza with a vertical garden or a coral reef with thousands of tropical fish. This is the perfect adventure wedding venue that features world-class exhibits, a living roof, spaces for dancing, and a fun time with all your guests!
Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA, 94118
Contact: (415) 379 – 8000
Capacity: 280 guests
Great American Music Hall
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Great American Music Hall features grand architecture, rich history, and a rococo grandeur. Opened in 1907, this 5,000 square-foot concert hall is known for its ornately gilded balconies, marble columns, and elaborate frescoed ceiling. And the best part? You can have your wedding announced on their marquee!
Address: 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco CA, 94109
Contact: (415) 255 – 7395
Capacity: 350 seated guests
Legion of Honor
Featuring neo-classical architecture, Rodin sculptures, fine art, and a large grass lawn with views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Legion of Honor is a truly unique wedding venue. Can you imagine exchanging vows in front of Rodin’s Thinker sculpture and a wraparound colonnade? How about with the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean as the background? Hosting a Legion of Honor wedding ceremony boasts of luxury and fine artistic taste.
Address: 100 34th Ave., Lincoln Park, San Francisco CA, 94121
Contact: (415) 750 – 3600
Capacity: 275 guests for outdoor ceremony, 300 guest for indoor ceremony
One of the best San Francisco wedding venues located on the San Francisco Bay, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is an ideal wedding venue. They offer two spaces with dance floors to choose from – the General’s Residence and Gallery 308. The General’s Residence offers breathtaking views of Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, and Aquatic Park. Gallery 308 offers sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
Address: 2 Marina Blvd, Landmark Building C, Suite 260 San Francisco, CA 94123
Contact: (415) 345 – 7557
Capacity: 130 guests for The General’s Residence, 250 guests for Gallery 308
San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall is a Beaux-Arts monument featuring a beautiful rotunda, marble floors, a grand staircase, and soaring columns. While getting married at a municipal building may sound dull, you have to see photos of San Francisco’s City Hall to realize how beautiful of a background it actually is for a wedding ceremony. In order to have the Rotunda all to yourselves, you’ll need to rent the space.
Address: 1 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact: (415) 554 – 6079
Capacity: 200 guests for ceremony in the rotunda
Note: Ceremony-only rentals take place on Saturdays before 3 p.m.
Presidio Log Cabin
Part of Presidio National Park, the Presidio Log Cabin offers a rustic barn wedding venue with a large dance floor, log walls, wagon wheel chandeliers, beamed ceilings, and a flat lawn for outdoor ceremonies. This location is perfect for couples who want to get married in a wedding venue with a country-western vibe but don’t want to venture away from the city.
Address: 1299 Storey Ave., San Francisco CA 94109
Contact: (415) 561 – 5300
Capacity: 150 seated guests
The Ritz Carlton
With crystal chandeliers, silver-leaf wall coverings, and lavish carpeting in the 9,360 square-foot grand ballroom, The Ritz Carlton is a perfect luxury wedding venue in San Francisco. If you prefer twinkling stars and views of the city skyline, you can dance the night away on their spacious Terrace Courtyard. Couples can customize their wedding experience with wedding specialists or reserve a tailored wedding package.
Address: 600 Stockton St., San Francisco CA, 94108
Contact: (415) 296 – 7465
Capacity: 200 guests for Terrace Courtyard, 175 guests for the Ballroom
Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who offers all-inclusive wedding photography packages, engagement photoshoots, elopement photography and family portraits. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she’s more than happy to travel and capture your special event in the surrounding areas of San Francisco, Reno, and Truckee. She loves to explore the outdoors and take photos of people in front of breathtaking landscapes. Her photos craft a beautiful story of love, excitement, and emotions to be remembered for years to come.