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The 14 most beautiful places to get married in San Francisco

Looking for a lovely wedding venue in the city? Start here.

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Destination weddings are awful. They’re only fun for the couple getting married—and no one else. Instead, treat your friends family, who are already forking over time and big bucks to honor you on your big day, to a ceremony in San Francisco.

Should you and your paramour agree to exchange vows in the city, the other big question will be: Where will you two get hitched?

Most weddings happen during the summer months. And while folks looking to get married within the 7x7-mile confines of San Francisco have limited options—City Hall being one of the easiest and most stunning—it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.

Curbed SF has pulled together some of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco where you can have a wedding, from a flower-filled conservatory in Golden Gate Park to an artisan cafe in the heart of the Mission, and everything in between.

All of these spots will also wed same-sex couples or anyone of any denomination, or lack thereof.

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1. Golden Gate Club

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(415) 561-5444
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Built in 1949, the Golden Gate Club is a former enlisted men’s service club and the site of many historic treaty signings. Today it is a popular place to say “I do.” The highlight of this Spanish Colonial R​evival building is the six-foot fireplace and the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer up views of the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge.

2. Flood Mansion

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2222 Broadway St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 292-3142
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Once the home of a silver baron, it’s now the toniest for your white (or otherwise) wedding. Working out of the Beaux Arts tradition the designers used a Italian Renaissance design for the Flood Mansion. After four rising steps, the arched entrance is flanked by two Corinthian columns. And inside, the look is sleek yet classic. Up to 9,232 square feet can be rented out for you and 300 or so of your closest friends and family.

3. Haas-Lilienthal House

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2007 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 441-3000
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The Victorian home, built in 1886, is ideal for parties of approximately 90 guests. It’s also the place to use if you want to impress out of town guests. Most impressive—the winding staircase to descend for the ultimate entrance. The Haas-Lilienthal House acts as a museum part time, too, so it’s both parts educational and entertaining.

4. The Julia Morgan Ballroom

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465 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 966-0367
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If you want to do your wedding downtown, then do it right. Do it inside one of the Financial District’s most glamorous and oh-so SF spaces. Conceived by Willis Polk, Daniel Burnham and Julia Morgan, the ballroom features floor-to-ceiling arched windows allowing views of downtown, which are nothing short of spellbinding come nightfall, as well as a signature coffered ceiling. The hand-carved wood detailing and neoclassical accents aren’t too shabby, either.

5. Under Cupid's Span

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The Embarcadero & Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 831-2700
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Not everyone can throw down an annual salary for a wedding. And not everyone has hundreds of friends and family clawing their way to but you a Tiffany’s gravy boat on your registry. Some people want a simple affair with just a handful of friends and adoptive family. Which is why getting hitched under Cupid’s Span is one of the most beautiful, cost-effective bets.

In addition to the monumental Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen ode to amour, the Bay Bridge also provides a stellar backdrop. There are also a bevy of nearby restaurants for the reception, and Hotel Vitale for the all-important honeymoon night.

6. Swedenborgian Church

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2107 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-6468
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The 100-year-old American craftsman church in Presidio Heights provides stellar spot for a wedding of 100-130 people in the chapel, or 60-80 guests in the garden. In addition to its structural beauty, this national historic landmark is is non-denominational and open to people of all backgrounds.

7. San Francisco City Hall, the Rotunda

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1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4000
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Getting married under the rotunda at City Hall is as San Francisco as sourdough bread and the Castro in June. But it’s also quite the spectacle—all eye will be on you, from invited family and friends to civil servants who work in the office and people making their way inside to complain to their supervisor. If you don’t mind an audience (it is, after all, your big day), this is the best place to go for a wide audience in a stunning setting. Also available for private weddings and receptions, but like getting most things done at City Hall, it will cost you. And one more thing, San Francisco City Hall is the birthplace of the same-sex rights movement. Doesn’t get much better than that.

8. San Francisco City Hall, Fourth Floor

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1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4000
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If you’re less inclined to show off on the steps under the Rotunda, the elegant (and more chic) fourth floor provides an ideal setting for a smaller party. This architecturally stunning to boot.

9. Conservatory of Flowers

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100 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-2090
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The Conservatory is available to rent for ceremony, cocktail hour, seated dinner, and dancing receptions. Couples can host the whole shebang all or scale it down. Best of all, wedding guests move through the landmark facility throughout the evening, being treated to the flora and flowers inside. Bonus: Reserved parking in the Dahlia Garden, where the city’s official flower is at its peak July through October.

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10. California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000
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Not for the penny-pinching couple, the average wedding cost at California Academy of Sciences runs anywhere between $50,700 and $68,300 for a ceremony plus reception for 100 guests. As for the ceremony and reception, choose from such nature-filled wonders like the Osher Rainforest, Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp, the Piazza, African Hall, the East or West Pavilions, or the Morrison Planetarium.

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11. Shakespeare Garden

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335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 831-2700
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Billed as the most popular wedding site in Golden Gate Park, Shakespeare Garden offers an inviting and literate spot for up to 200 guests. The will also leave open the bust of ol’ Dick Shakespeare himself for you and your friends to enjoy.

Reservation fee: $448, hourly rate: $128.

12. Stable Cafe

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2128 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 552-1199
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Don’t let the name fool you: This is more than just a place to grab your daily fix. The rustic yet manicured yard provides one of the most charming spots on the city to exchange vows. Nestled in the Inner Mission just off Folsom Street, this cozy, airy spot feels like someone’s backyard, but in the best way possible.

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13. Mission Dolores Park

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Dolores St & 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 554-9521
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It doesn’t get much better, or affordable, than getting hitched in San Francisco’s most popular park, with the city skyline providing a stellar backdrop. We recommend an early wedding in the weekends. Park goers are also apt at cheering you on.

14. Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse

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Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 252-6252
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In addition to a 1892 Victorian—replete with hardwood floors, a large wraparound porch, dance floor, and Victorian stylings—renting this space will also get you access to majestic redwood trees, a large meadow with picnic tables, and woodsy paths near a pond. Great place for folks on a budget, too.

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1. Golden Gate Club

San Francisco, CA 94129

Built in 1949, the Golden Gate Club is a former enlisted men’s service club and the site of many historic treaty signings. Today it is a popular place to say “I do.” The highlight of this Spanish Colonial R​evival building is the six-foot fireplace and the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer up views of the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge.

2. Flood Mansion

2222 Broadway St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Once the home of a silver baron, it’s now the toniest for your white (or otherwise) wedding. Working out of the Beaux Arts tradition the designers used a Italian Renaissance design for the Flood Mansion. After four rising steps, the arched entrance is flanked by two Corinthian columns. And inside, the look is sleek yet classic. Up to 9,232 square feet can be rented out for you and 300 or so of your closest friends and family.

2222 Broadway St
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. Haas-Lilienthal House

2007 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Victorian home, built in 1886, is ideal for parties of approximately 90 guests. It’s also the place to use if you want to impress out of town guests. Most impressive—the winding staircase to descend for the ultimate entrance. The Haas-Lilienthal House acts as a museum part time, too, so it’s both parts educational and entertaining.

2007 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. The Julia Morgan Ballroom

465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

If you want to do your wedding downtown, then do it right. Do it inside one of the Financial District’s most glamorous and oh-so SF spaces. Conceived by Willis Polk, Daniel Burnham and Julia Morgan, the ballroom features floor-to-ceiling arched windows allowing views of downtown, which are nothing short of spellbinding come nightfall, as well as a signature coffered ceiling. The hand-carved wood detailing and neoclassical accents aren’t too shabby, either.

465 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

5. Under Cupid's Span

The Embarcadero & Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Not everyone can throw down an annual salary for a wedding. And not everyone has hundreds of friends and family clawing their way to but you a Tiffany’s gravy boat on your registry. Some people want a simple affair with just a handful of friends and adoptive family. Which is why getting hitched under Cupid’s Span is one of the most beautiful, cost-effective bets.

In addition to the monumental Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen ode to amour, the Bay Bridge also provides a stellar backdrop. There are also a bevy of nearby restaurants for the reception, and Hotel Vitale for the all-important honeymoon night.

The Embarcadero & Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

6. Swedenborgian Church

2107 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94115

The 100-year-old American craftsman church in Presidio Heights provides stellar spot for a wedding of 100-130 people in the chapel, or 60-80 guests in the garden. In addition to its structural beauty, this national historic landmark is is non-denominational and open to people of all backgrounds.

2107 Lyon St
San Francisco, CA 94115

7. San Francisco City Hall, the Rotunda

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102

Getting married under the rotunda at City Hall is as San Francisco as sourdough bread and the Castro in June. But it’s also quite the spectacle—all eye will be on you, from invited family and friends to civil servants who work in the office and people making their way inside to complain to their supervisor. If you don’t mind an audience (it is, after all, your big day), this is the best place to go for a wide audience in a stunning setting. Also available for private weddings and receptions, but like getting most things done at City Hall, it will cost you. And one more thing, San Francisco City Hall is the birthplace of the same-sex rights movement. Doesn’t get much better than that.

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. San Francisco City Hall, Fourth Floor

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102

If you’re less inclined to show off on the steps under the Rotunda, the elegant (and more chic) fourth floor provides an ideal setting for a smaller party. This architecturally stunning to boot.

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Conservatory of Flowers

100 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

The Conservatory is available to rent for ceremony, cocktail hour, seated dinner, and dancing receptions. Couples can host the whole shebang all or scale it down. Best of all, wedding guests move through the landmark facility throughout the evening, being treated to the flora and flowers inside. Bonus: Reserved parking in the Dahlia Garden, where the city’s official flower is at its peak July through October.

100 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Not for the penny-pinching couple, the average wedding cost at California Academy of Sciences runs anywhere between $50,700 and $68,300 for a ceremony plus reception for 100 guests. As for the ceremony and reception, choose from such nature-filled wonders like the Osher Rainforest, Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp, the Piazza, African Hall, the East or West Pavilions, or the Morrison Planetarium.

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

11. Shakespeare Garden

335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

Billed as the most popular wedding site in Golden Gate Park, Shakespeare Garden offers an inviting and literate spot for up to 200 guests. The will also leave open the bust of ol’ Dick Shakespeare himself for you and your friends to enjoy.

Reservation fee: $448, hourly rate: $128.

335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

12. Stable Cafe

2128 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Don’t let the name fool you: This is more than just a place to grab your daily fix. The rustic yet manicured yard provides one of the most charming spots on the city to exchange vows. Nestled in the Inner Mission just off Folsom Street, this cozy, airy spot feels like someone’s backyard, but in the best way possible.

2128 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Mission Dolores Park

Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

It doesn’t get much better, or affordable, than getting hitched in San Francisco’s most popular park, with the city skyline providing a stellar backdrop. We recommend an early wedding in the weekends. Park goers are also apt at cheering you on.

Dolores St & 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse

Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

In addition to a 1892 Victorian—replete with hardwood floors, a large wraparound porch, dance floor, and Victorian stylings—renting this space will also get you access to majestic redwood trees, a large meadow with picnic tables, and woodsy paths near a pond. Great place for folks on a budget, too.

Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132