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San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers Prices

One of our specialties is San Francisco City Hall wedding photography. The City Hall prices and packages seen below are some of our most popular, but can be customized to fit your needs. Please CLICK HERE for our Wedding Photography Gallery. We are one of the leading SF City Hall wedding photographers currently shooting weddings at this amazing yet affordable venue. Our "San Francisco Tour" Packages include a photo tour around the city with photos at some of our most famous SF landmarks and includes up to 4 hours of coverage. We will even drive you to each location! If you are looking for something that takes less time and a lower price, you can choose our "Elopement" Package. This collection includes amazing wedding photos of both of you inside and outside of the building and it takes about 1 hour for the inexpensive cost of only $595. No matter what level of pricing you choose, our goal is to make sure you have a great day and have fun. All City Hall photography Packages include high resolution edited digital files of ALL of the photos we take and full reproduction rights. See below for details of our San Francisco city hall wedding photography prices. To answer any questions you might have about our friendly professional service, please check out our City Hall FAQ page.

Experienced San Francisco City Hall Photographers

As a native San Franciscan with over 25 years of experience as a professional wedding photographer, Mike Dubnoff and his team are uniquely qualified to cover your City Hall nuptials. No matter what options you select, we will make your wedding day fun and memorable. Most of our clients choose our smaller packages that include San Francisco City Hall coverage only, but we can take you throughout "The City" and visit some of San Francisco's romantic and famous landmarks if you prefer! Just choose one of our tour packages and enjoy the ride! Mike knows the best times of the day to photograph you at SF famous Destinations such as The Golden Gate Bridge, The Palace of Fine Arts, North Beach, The Legion of Honor, Pier 7, the Cable Cars, and Sutro Baths to name a few. To view a picture slide show of one complete City Hall marriage CLICK HERE

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Packages and Prices For Every Budget

We are one of the top rated SF City Hall wedding photographers and shoot weddings here at least 10 times per month. We offer special weekday pricing that provides different levels of photographic coverage depending on how many San Francisco landmarks you want to visit after your city hall ceremony. You can also choose different lengths of coverage time for your city hall photo tour. If you want to visit all 4 floors, then the "Preferred" package is the best choice for you at a cost of $695 and 1.5 hours of coverage. This premium package also allows plenty of time to photograph family and friend group pictures on your special day. Wedding Reception coverage can also be included, just let us know how many hours of coverage you require and we can quote you a price and create a custom package just for you. We pride ourselves in being incredibly flexible with our pricing and packages. If you need a professional wedding photographer for the full day on a weekend or weekday, we can provide that too. Weekend rates are slightly higher than what you see here but always includes 2 wedding photographers, all of the digital images, full reproduction rights (copyright release), and online viewing. When you compare our photo packages to other city hall wedding photographers make sure that they are providing you with all of the digital images they take and the full rights! We provide both! We are committed to ensure that you receive the best San Francisco wedding photography experience at reasonable prices. Our 8 popular wedding packages are listed below with pricing included. Custom San Francisco full wedding photography packages are also available, just ask! We can provide you with a custom quote that includes the exact hours of photographic coverage you would prefer including 2 hours and 3 hours since those coverage times are not included below. You do not need to limit yourself to the listed wedding photography packages and we love it when our clients tell us exactly what they want. Also please understand that the coverage times below are approximate. We will never cut you off based upon timing if we are still completing your photos. Our affordable San Francisco city hall wedding photography packages are listed below:



"Elopement"
1 Hour of Photographic Coverage
SF City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Designed for couples with no guests
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
Click for PACKAGE DETAILS
$595


"Preferred"
1.5 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image files
Time for Family and Friend Photos
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
Click for PACKAGE DETAILS
$695


"San Francisco Tour 1"
2.5 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
1 Additional San Francisco Location
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
Click for PACKAGE DETAILS
$895


"San Francisco Tour 2"
3.25 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
2 Additional San Francisco Locations
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
$1,095


"San Francisco Tour 3"
4 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
3 Additional San Francisco Locations
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
$1,295


"Romance Wedding Album"
Flush Mount Wedding Album with 42 images
4 hours of Photographic Coverage
11X14 Mounted Wall Portrait
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
3 Additional San Francisco Locations
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peak" Photos upon request
Click for PACKAGE DETAILS
$1,695


"Full-Day Ultimate Package"
30 Page Flush Mount Wedding Album with 50 images
Full Day Coverage (8 hours max)
11X14 Mounted Wall Portrait
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Unlimited San Francisco Locations if Time Allows
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
$2,995 or $2,495 with No Album

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San Francisco Wedding Options

We also offer full-day affordable wedding photography coverage for your City Hall wedding. Ask us about our weekend rates and all-day packages. Our "Full-Day Ultimate" package provides you with up to 9 hours of full-day coverage after (and maybe before if you prefer) your San Francisco Courthouse wedding ceremony for the price of $2,995 as seen above. If you do NOT want a wedding album, but still want the full-day coverage, the price comes down to $2,495. We will join you at any of the fantastic and highly rated locations in San Francisco and provide you with a multitude of creative bridal images. We can take you to Russian Hill, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Legion of Honor, Coit Tower, Twin Peaks, Crissy Fields or SF Downtown to just name a few of our favorites. Photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background are almost a must if you book this extended package (fog permitting)! There are number of different approaches to capturing wonderful shots of the bridge and we can discuss them in detail before your City Hall nuptials. We love the Baker Beach angle, but also enjoy taking bridge shots from Fort Point or the Lands End Trail head. The weather and fog on your wedding day can also impact this choice. If the fog is rolling in from the ocean then it is better to shoot from the Bay side of the bridge. If it is late in the afternoon and clear, we love to shoot from the ocean side like at Baker Beach. This gives the Golden Gate bridge a nice soft golden color from the sun setting over the Pacific ocean. It's actually important what angle and what time of the day it is for the best possible Golden Gate pictures. Our years of professional wedding photography experience in San Francisco has provided us with lots of great ideas like this to make your photos the best they can be. We also provide all of our clients the option to request "sneak peak" photos within 24 hours after the wedding date. These image files will be emailed directly to you, but must be requested.

Full Day Plus Wedding Reception Coverage

After taking you around the city, we can photographically cover your wedding reception or dinner party celebration. Coverage of your dinner or lunch party is one of our more popular options. Check out the SOMA area in San Francisco for great wedding reception locations with exceptional pricing to match! There are also a few nice places in Hayes Valley which is walking distance from San Francisco city hall. If you want us to come early, we can include bridal prep photos. We will come to your home, hotel room or bridal suite, wherever you are getting ready to document the excitement at the start of your big day! The Full-Day Ultimate package is for the couple that wants every aspect of their marriage recorded for long lasting memories from Bridal Prep to the end of the Reception! So many things occur at a wedding reception and we want to capture all of it for you. Cutting the cake, First Dance, Toasts, Father-Daughter dance and throwing the bouquet, we cover it all! Do you like candid wedding photography? Lunch or dinner Reception coverage allows us to capture all of the memorable moments from laughter to tears and everything in between. The professional wedding album that comes with this package is of exceptional quality and our clients love it! If you are one of those many couples that love candid images, then reception coverage is the way to go.

No Limit SF City Hall Wedding Photography

With this Ultimate Package there is no limit to the number of beautiful San Francisco destinations we will visit with you as long as time allows. We also never limit the amount of photos taken at a wedding or delivered to our Newlyweds. You receive them all and we never stop shooting! Be sure to check with other wedding photographers before booking to make sure they do not hold back some of your images. Clients frequently ask us how many images will be included with each package including our Ultimate Package. Every wedding is different and so it is difficult to provide an exact number. But we promise that we will cover everything thing that occurs throughout the day and deliver every magic moment to you in pictures. We also promise not to dominate your special day with wedding photography. Yes, it is our job to make sure you receive wonderful memories in pictures, but it is also important that you have a fun time on your special day. We understand that your marriage day is not just about wedding photography, but should also be enjoyable and memorable! We are actively involved in making sure you obtain amazing photos, but do it in an unobtrusive manner. We also are happy to listen to your suggestions about the type of wedding photography styles you prefer. Please let us know if there are specific areas in San Francisco city hall you want us not to miss!

candid wedding photography at San Francisco City Hall

"San Francisco Wedding Experience"

One of our more popular options is the "San Francisco Tour 3" Package. A more descriptive name for this package is the "San Francisco Wedding Experience." It IS a great experience and a fun way to spend the day of your marriage. For the discount price of $1,295 you receive a complete wedding package that will provide you with incredible memories of your special day in the "City by the Bay". Our brides and grooms that come from other parts of the world often take advantage of this incredible City Hall San Francisco Photo Tour. It's not only a great way to receive fantastic pictures, but also doubles as a wonderful vacation/ tourist experience. We will chauffeur you around to your favorite SF iconic destinations and give you time to explore and learn the history of this great city. You can choose the destinations yourself or we are happy to help you decide. We provide you with visits to 3 San Francisco locations and 4 hours of professional wedding photography coverage. If we go over on time a little it is no big deal and overtime is never charged! Your "Wedding Experience" includes incredible pictures of the following:

  • Marriage License signing by your witness.
  • City Hall ceremony coverage from start to finish.
  • Family and Friend photos after the ceremony.
  • Photo tour of the entire city hall building with the Newlyweds.
  • Emphasis on building architecture (as always).
  • Photo tour of 3 San Francisco Locations after City Hall (Cable Cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Etc)
  • Optional Wedding Reception Coverage (instead of the SF locations photo tour above)
  • 4 total hours of professional wedding photographic coverage
  • Comfortable transportation for you both to each SF Location and returning you back to city hall
  • Extra time to stop and "Smell the Roses!"

The other San Francisco Tour packages (Tour 1 and Tour 2) provide you with all of the same features above, but with less locations and coverage time. See above for details of the other tour packages or please feel free to make your own custom photography package and ask us for a price quote. We are very flexible with our pricing and packages and understand that whatever option you select needs to work for you and your plans for your civil union! To see a nice summary of all of our San Francisco Tour Packages click the link. We have provided additional information including a complete list of our favored SF destinations. The Tour 1 and Tour 2 packages also included comfortable transportation to the locations provided by us!

This video is an excellent example of our San Francisco Wedding Experience

Optional City Hall Wedding Photography Services

We are also delighted to do your pre-wedding shoot, engagement session or bridal portrait photography at the San Francisco Courthouse. Please email us for details and pricing. We have even completed family portrait sessions in the interior of the building. If you are interested in wedding albums we have a full line of professional wedding books that can be custom made to your specifications. The cost for the basic book is $425, but we have endless options and styles at different prices. Set up a meeting and we can discuss the details of your wedding and show you our high quality portfolio albums. We also have very good samples of the albums available to view online. You get to select the wedding images that will be placed in your book. Our most popular wedding album for city hall is a 8X11 book with 40 photos! We offer this book withe each of our packages as after the wedding option. This gorgeous album is priced at $425 plus tax. We also offer larger and smaller albums for those who would prefer something different or more fancy. We can even provide large leather albums for those who want it all! These albums are extremely well liked when received by our clients. We hear so much positive feedback from our newlyweds once they show their album to friends! Don't let your memories reside on some forgotten hard drive never to be seen! There is nothing better than being able to display your beautiful wedding album on your coffee table for your house guests to pick up and look at.

Free Wedding Planning

We offer our brides and grooms free wedding planning consulting to help put your marriage celebration together in a timely and detailed fashion. Many of our out-of-town clients ask us to help with choosing other wedding vendors and reception sites in the San Francisco area. We are happy to help! For some international marriages, we are asked to become totally involved in planning and helping choose vendors and making arrangements. This includes where to find bridal gowns, florists and other important wedding vendors. We can recommend professional musicians, videographers, and Disc Jockeys. We will even suggest the best professional city hall wedding photographers who we have worked with if we are not available. In addition, our 2 associate wedding photographers are frequently available for your wedding. There is no charge for this consulting service and we are happy to help you plan for your big day!

We pride ourselves on being a culturally diverse, gay / lesbian / same-sex friendly service. We have been serving the LGBTQ community from the very beginning of legal same-sex marriages. To check our availability or to receive more information please click HERE Call us at 415-350-7128 or email us at mike@dubnoffphoto.com. We have photographed over 1,400 weddings in 24 years of SF Bay Area photography plus over 450 marriages at San Francisco City Hall! We would love to photograph yours. Our wedding packages are inexpensive and easy to understand with no hidden fees or charges. Click on the link to learn more about the importance of professional wedding photography. You will not be disappointed that you hired a professional!

Staircase railing at San Francisco City Hal

Which Photography Package is Best for You?

"Elopement Package" - This package provides you with approximately 1 hour of photographic coverage inside and outside of the building. This package is best for elopements when the couple only needs photos of themselves with no guests attending. We meet with you just before the ceremony to assist you with your County Clerk's office check-in and then follow you up to the Rotunda for your nuptials. We are happy to be your witness if needed at no extra charge. Then we take you on a picture tour of the building, stopping at the most beautiful spots in SF City Hall. We end the shoot by taking you out in front of the building and shooting a few quick photographs in front of the main doorway with the "City Hall" sign in the background. if time allows, we will take you across the street to get some nice exterior photos of the city hall building. The fee is only $595 for this very popular package. As with all of our packages, you receive ALL of the digital files, not a limited number. You are also provided with a very convenient viewing site which allows you to directly download your full resolution image files. Please note, we do not keep a stopwatch during your wedding coverage. There will be many instances where the County Clerk's office is running behind and all of us will have to do some waiting. We will not abandon you no matter how late they run. We are committed to providing you the best possible professional wedding photography service. The Elopement package is discounted and thus designed for couples with no guests. We can usually fit in one additional attendant however if needed.

"Preferred Package" - Bringing family and friends? This is the wedding photography package choice for you. With the "Preferred" package you receive everything that the Elopement package offers plus an additional 30 minutes to photograph your Check-in, license signing, and your family and friends group pictures. We also recommend this package for couples who are really interested in full wedding photography coverage. The extra 1/2 hour allows us to take you on all 4 floors to make sure you obtain your favorite shots at San Francisco city hall. 1.5 hours of total photographic coverage is included for the economical price of $695. As with all packages, you receive ALL of the images we shoot at your wedding in jpeg format with full resolution. You can receive the image files by Direct Download from our site or we can Dropbox them to you. We also offer convenient full resolution Direct Downloads from your private website. Also included in all of these listed packages are full reproduction rights, allowing you to print or post any of the images files we provide you with. This is an important aspect of your wedding package, be sure you are being offered this by other professional wedding photographers at city hall. Our Preferred Package is by far our most popular wedding photography package. We strongly recommend this package for couples who have more than 1 guest or witnesses at their city hall wedding. We send this package by taking the bridge and groom outside and taking a few nice photos in front of the city hall sign.

"San Francisco Tour 1 Package" - This package is for those couples who want a little more. In addition to all that is offered in the "Preferred" collection, which includes plenty of time to take photos of your family and friends, we also let you choose one other San Francisco outside location. The Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower and The Legion of Honor in San Francisco are just a few of the locations available to photograph the happy couple. We also provide comfortable transportation at no extra cost. 2.5 hours of total photographic coverage is included for the inexpensive fee of $895. As with all packages, you receive all of the images we shoot at your wedding in jpeg format. We can send you a Dropbox file share or you can download the full resolution images yourself. Also included in all of these listed packages is full reproduction rights, allowing you to print or Social Media post any of the images files we provide you with. Use our contract to show other professional labs that you have these rights. We can also do your printing if you prefer and when we do, we provide you with free retouching and Photoshop editing of your selected images.

"San Francisco Tour 2 Package" - This package includes everything that the "Tour 1" provides but with 2 locations and 3.25 hours of total coverage. It has become one of our packages for the value-minded, because it seems to fit most of our client's time constraints. We are always willing to work with you to make sure our packages fits your needs in every way. The cost of this package is $1,095 like the other tour packages, includes comfortable transportation to each San Francisco destination. As is the case with all of our packages, we provide some preview images for those couples that request it. We can normally email you these previews within a couple of days after your event.

"San Francisco Tour 3 Package" - This package includes everything that the "Tour 2" provides plus a multi-location photo tour of San Francisco. We will take you to 3 of your favorite iconic SF landmarks and take beautiful pictures of you at each location. The 4 hours of coverage also includes comfortable transportation. We do not charge you anything for the transportation, it is part of the package! This is definitely one of our most popular City Hall wedding packages! The Japanese Tea Gardens, The Presidio, Russian Hill, North Beach and so many more iconic San Francisco landmarks can be included in your romantic SF Photo Tour. Offered at the inexpensive price of $1,295 and this includes everything! Check for hidden charges with some wedding photographers, make sure your package includes everything.

"Romance Album Package" - Everything included in the "San Francisco Tour 3" Collection above plus a beautiful custom made Wedding Album. You also receive an 11X14 Wall Portrait chosen by you to display on your wall. Don't hide your memories away on some forgotten computer hard drive. Display your images with this gorgeous professional wedding album. You choose your favorite 40 photos and we will do the rest. It normally takes us only 3 weeks after the wedding to send you a proof for your approval and then your album is shipped directly to you. Our clients absolutely love this album and we always receive lots of positive reviews. This is one of the ultimate packages offered by your San Francisco city hall wedding photographers. Click the link for a cost summary of all of our low priced City Hall Packages and some additional details. One of other amazing advantage of this wedding album is that we provide you with extra Photoshop work and retouching on your selected images. Then we send you the fixed digital image files!

Planning your San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall is a beautiful destination for planning your wedding ceremony. It's affordable, convenient, and available throughout the year. Planning your marriage at City Hall will take you a lot less time compared to a typical wedding, but there are still a number of things you will have to do ahead of time. The article below will help you plan your nuptials at SF City Hall. We have also provided you with the City Hall's Civil Ceremony General information site which shows you how to book your ceremony time/date and your marriage license appointment.

City Hall Wedding Planning Tips - 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Marriage License Appointment - You can make your Marriage License reservations by clicking HERE. If your ceremony is on the same day, be sure to book the marriage license appointment time at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. You can even do this the day before your wedding to make your day less stressful. We personally suggest you book the license appointment 1 full hour or more before your San Francisco City Hall ceremony. This allows a little more time in case things are running late and just makes your special day more relaxed and fun. You do not need a professional wedding photographer to cover this meeting. In fact, the County Clerk has recently decided to not allow any kind of photography or video during the marriage license meeting. There is honestly not that much to photograph anyway because you are mostly just completing paperwork at this meeting. Contrary to popular belief, your witness does NOT have to be at this meeting. The marriage license is not signed by your witness until your ceremony. Only the 2 of you need to be present to obtain your marriage license.

Step 2: Book your SF Courthouse Ceremony - The same link from above will enable you to choose your wedding ceremony date and time. City Hall will not accept reservations unless your chosen preferred date is 90 days or less from the time you want to reserve it. Early and late ceremony times tend to be less crowded and better for wedding photography. The exception to the 90 day rule is for those couples that are interested in booking either the Mayor's Balcony or 4th Floor for the 1 hour reserved ceremony. Reserved weddings can be booked a year in advance, see below for more details on booking a large wedding at city hall. This is also true for Saturday weddings which allow much more notice, but are much higher in cost. Prices start at $5,000 for Saturday City Hall weddings. Contact the SF City Hall Event Department for more information by calling 415.554.6079 .

Step 3: Hire a Professional City Hall Wedding Photographer - If you are going to choose such an amazing venue, why not get some great photos? There are number of excellent San Francisco City Hall photographers available. Some of the best wedding photographers in the Bay Area love to shoot at SF City Hall, this is your chance to book them for bargain prices. Many of these photographers normally charge $4,000 to $6,000 for a full wedding and you can usually book them for your civil ceremony for under $1,000. In most cases, you will probably receive more photos from a city hall photography session than a large wedding due to the time constraints built into big events. If you hire an experienced professional, they will also help walk you through much of this process.

Step 4: Invite Guests - This is the tricky part. The rule at City Hall is no more than 6 guests and until recently, it was not enforced. Due to some disruptions that occurred on the Mayor's Balcony in May of 2019, The County Clerks office is now forced to keep each wedding to only 6 guests. If you want to invite more than 6 people, it might be best to reserve the Mayor's Balcony which is designed to handle more guests. The beautiful 4th floor balcony is another location you can reserve and invite extra guests. Both of these reserved areas cost around $1,000 to rent for 1 hour. They rope off the area to give your wedding party privacy. Tourists and other people will not be able to walk through your ceremony while it is occurring! Saturday weddings at city hall can accommodate even more people, but at a much greater cost.

Step 5: Choose your Ceremony Location - Both the Rotunda and the private room are available for the bargain price of $73 (as of the year 2019). Some Deputy Marriage Commissioners will perform your nuptials at the Mayor's Balcony or on the 4th floor if you ask, but we see this wish being granted less frequently these days. Otherwise, those locations cost money to reserve (see above), but allow for more guests. Remember to bring your unexpired ID's and your marriage license on your wedding day! Make sure your Identification documents are current and not expired. You can use a drivers license, passport or other legal picture identification. Please Note: If you come to San Francisco city hall with more than 6 guests, you will NOT have a choice on where to have your ceremony. Starting in May of 2019, all couples with over 6 guests will be married in the Private Room.

Step 6: You did it, you're married! - If you hired professional city hall wedding photographers they will take you around the building and maybe even parts of San Francisco to capture some great photos and wonderful memories! If you didn't hire one, you should have! To read more About us click the link to see how important it is to hire a professional and not use your uncle!

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Helpful Hints For Your Wedding Day


  • Don't Be Late For Your Own Wedding! San Francisco City Hall is notorious for making people late. Whether it's the traffic, a special event or an unexpected closed parking garage, the engaged couple faces some challenges making it to their own ceremony on schedule. The simple solution is to allow extra time. As your professional wedding photographers, we know we can't be late so we always plan our Breakfast, Lunch or Coffee at the affordable city hall cafeteria (Mint Cafe). This puts us at SF city hall much earlier than necessary to photograph the wedding, but also gives us cushion time. If things run late, we only miss our breakfast and not the wedding! We suggest you do the same! This advice is especially important if you happen to have a 3:30 pm ceremony time. Couples that miss this time will not be able to have their marriage at city hall that day. The County Clerk's office closes at 4:00 pm and the marriage commissioners go home after their 3:30 ceremonies. I have heard others give advice that they didn't need to worry if they miss their scheduled ceremony time because they could always catch the next time slot. Not so for 3:30 weddings! if you miss it, that's it! You are not getting married. So why not arrive early and take the extra time to enjoy and learn about some of the history of City Hall or get some coffee.

  • Remember to Bring Snacks and Water. Wedding ceremonies at SF City Hall seldom occur on time and can be up to 30 minutes late on busy days like Thursday and Friday. It's important to stay hydrated on this stressful day and to also have a small protein bar handy if needed. Bring some sort of small container that can be used to carry these items and can double as a place to store your paperwork as well. We also try to provide our clients with some of these items, but you may prefer to bring your own food especially if you have dietary restrictions. Protein bars are suggested. A standard size folder will work to keep your souvenir marriage license unwrinkled.

  • Take Care of the Marriage License Before your Big Day. The County Clerk's office will allow you to obtain your marriage License and have your ceremony on the same day. We think this is not the best idea. If for some reason you experience technical problems, or documentation issues with your marriage license you will not have enough time to fix them before your ceremony. If possible, come in the day before and take care of the paperwork, it will cause less stress on your wedding day and it's one less thing to worry about! You do not need your witness when you process your marriage license.

  • Guests Don't Need to Check-in. Before every standard San Francisco city hall wedding the couple is required to check-in at the County Clerk's office prior to the ceremony. Try to check-in about 10 minutes before your ceremony time. This is when you will meet your marriage commissioner and get the marriage license signed by your witnesses. Guests do not need to be there and are not allowed in the office anyway. So when you bring your whole wedding party, it can be disruptive to others and often causes the bride and groom stress. Ask your guests to wait by the Grand Staircase or in the Rotunda area but kieep your witnesses with you. It will make life easier for everyone and they won't miss a thing! Please wait for your city hall wedding photographer before checking in! Note: City Hall is now enforcing the 6 guest maximum rule!

  • Brides Bring your Walking Shoes! Brides almost always wear new shoes on their wedding day and of course they hurt! Once your ceremony is over, we will take you throughout this beautiful building photographing you at various locations. We are more than happy to allow you the time to change back and forth between comfortable shoes and your "photo shoes". You will be very glad that you did because there is going to be quite a bit of walking to get from location to location in SF City Hall!

  • Bring a "Wedding Survival Kit". You never know what you will need on a wedding day. Wedding coordinators have created clever kits that contain many of the things that might be needed when small things go wrong on your special day. Examples of potential contents include: Sewing kits, hair pins, scissors, safety pins, cough drops, pain relievers, bandages, duct tape, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Keep your Guest Count at 6 or under. Unless you booked a reserved City Hall ceremony, the County Clerk will no longer allow large wedding parties to have their marriage ceremony in the Rotunda. All couples with large guest counts (over 6 guests) are relegated to the private room. It seems pointless to get married in the gorgeous building and be stuck in a small stuffy room. Keep the guest list low and then have a big party right after at a nearby San Francisco restaurant and invite everyone!

  • Allow Extra Time for Post Wedding Celebrations. As mentioned previously, San Francisco city hall weddings rarely occur on time. In addition, there are other factors like traffic and parking to contend with. We counsel all of our brides and grooms to allow cushion time if they are planning an after wedding lunch or dinner reception. This is especially important to us, because if things run late and the couple needs to leave early, the wedding photography session is adversely affected. The amount of times we have had to cut our photography session short because the couple had to leave for their celebration would shock you. Avoid this problem and schedule your party at least 1 hour later then you think you need to.

Wedding Photography Hint of the Month

The Month of November, 2019 - With the arrival of November the days start to get significantly shorter and we need to incorporate this into our planning for packages offered. For example, our 4 hour package can only be booked if your ceremony is around 2:00 pm or earlier. We can, in most cases start your photography before the ceremony which would help. Talk to us if you would still like a San Francisco tour but have a later wedding. We can work with you. With the temperature between SF and inland equalizing, the fog stays off the coast mostly. The resulting weather is very pleasant and photo friendly. We feel much more confident this time of year setting up Golden Gate bridge photography sessions! No worries about getting lost in the fog! As the month moves into the later part, the possibility of rain becomes reality. Our rainy season usually begins around mid November, so keep that in mind when doing your wedding planning. Another hint if for those people wanting a Christmas time wedding. If you haven't already done so, book in November! Time slots in mid to late to December disappear quickly. Don't miss out if you want to get married under the beautiful city hall Christmas Tree.

Save Money by Getting Married at City Hall!

How can you have your wedding at one of the most beautiful venues on the West Coast for under $100? You guessed it, get married at San Francisco City Hall! Yes, it's a public building, but still an incredible value for so many reasons. The gorgeous architecture and amazing history are just 2 factors to consider when contemplating the decision to have your nuptials here. San Francisco is loaded with some other great wedding venues, but most cost a fortune and don't offer the amenities present at city hall. You don't even need to pay for your wedding officiant because the County Clerk's Office supplies one as part of your wedding package for free! They even wear fancy robes and look like judges! However, if you prefer to bring in your own minister, feel free. You can actually have your ceremony anywhere you want in San Francisco City Hall assuming there are no large events occurring at the time. We have a few wonderful officiants we can recommend with affordable prices. Besides, once you get married here you will forever be compared to Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Definitely the most famous celebrity couple to tie the knot at city hall. Their Marriage is still talked about today in San Francisco.There is nothing stopping you from getting a small group of your friends and relatives together and hire you own officiant. Your ceremony may not be completely private, but you will getting married for next to nothing at a spectacular venue. We can help you find a great spot! The ultimate way to keep your wedding costs low. If you need an affordable professional city hall wedding photographer, check out our pricing above. We are offering discounts throughout the summer of 2019 and now in to the fall.

The Best SF Wedding Photographers at a Discount

However, if you do want a private civil ceremony you can rent out the Mayor's Balcony or 4th Floor North Gallery for $1,000. In these reserved locations, you have the option of paying for your own officiant or the County Clerk's office will supply one for you at no additional cost. Yes, you pay more for a private ceremony, but try to match that price anywhere in the city. It's not possible! To find out more about reserving private ceremonies locations, you can check out the City Hall Events Office. Because of the compressed schedule for civil marriages, you can hire some of the best San Francisco city hall wedding photographers in the Bay Area for 1/4 of what they normally charge for full-day weekend coverage. You receive the same great quality from these top photographers at a fraction of the expense. Not only are you paying less for these wedding photographers, but you probably will receive a lot more photographs than you would if you were doing a full day wedding celebration. So many things occur at a big wedding that it is difficult to have the time to devote to wedding photography. Not so with City Hall weddings! Planning a big reception after your ceremony? There are a number of great places at reasonable prices that are walking distance away including Absinthe and Soluna Cafe to name just a few. For more casual dining, consider one of our favorites, Patxi's Pizza. Since you are walking to your reception, there is no need for the high cost of renting a limo. Significant savings for the bride and groom in the "City by the Bay"!


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SF City Hall Wedding Photographers
Dubnoff Photography
1142 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-350-7128