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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 trip 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 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 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 is uniquely qualified to cover your City Hall nuptials. No matter what options you select, Mike 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 Mike can take you throughout the city and visit some of San Francisco's romantic and famous landmarks if you prefer! He knows the best times of the day to photograph you at places 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 slide show of one complete City Hall wedding 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 12 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 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. This premium package also allows plenty of time to photograph family and friends. 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. 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, and online viewing. We are committed to ensure you receive the best San Francisco wedding photography experience at affordable prices. Our 8 popular wedding packages are listed below with pricing included. We recently included a Ceremony Only package for only $495. Custom San Francisco 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. 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.

Ceremony Only Coverage
1 City Hall location of Photographic coverage
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images

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
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images

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

"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

"San Francisco Tour 2"
3.25 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
2 Additional San Francisco Location
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images

"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

"Romance Album"
24 Page Flush Mount Wedding Album
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

"Full-Day Ultimate"
30 Page Flush Mount Wedding Album
Full Day Coverage (9 hours max)
11X14 Mounted Wall Portrait
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Unlimited San Francisco Locations
Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images

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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 City Hall 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 $2,595. We will join you at any of the fantastic and highly rated locations in San Francisco and get some 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. Photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background are almost a must if you book this extended package! After taking you around the city, we can cover your reception or dinner party celebration. Check out the SOMA area for great wedding reception locations with exceptional pricing to match! If you want us to come early, we will even include bridal prep photos if you so desire. We will come to your home or the hotel room where you are getting ready to document the excitement at the start of your big day! This 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! There is no limit to the number of San Francisco destinations we will visit with you if time allows. We also never limit the amount of photos taken at a wedding or delivered to our brides and grooms. You receive them all! Be sure to check with other wedding photographers before booking to make sure they do not hold back some of your images. We also promise not to dominate your special day with taking wedding pictures. 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. You are getting married and it should be great and memorable!

candid wedding photography at San Francisco City Hall

"San Francisco Wedding Experience"

One of our more popular options is called the "San Francisco Tour 3" Package. Our 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 affordable 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 San Francisco photo tour. It's not only a great way to get some fantastic pictures, but also doubles as a wonderful vacation experience. We will drive 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 places 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. Your "Wedding Experience" includes 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 building with the bride and groom or partners.
  • Emphasis on building architecture (as always).
  • Photo tour of 3 San Francisco Locations after City Hall
  • Optional Wedding Reception Coverage
  • 4 total hours of professional wedding photographic coverage
  • Comfortable transportation for you both to each SF Location
  • 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.

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

Optional City Hall Wedding Photography Services

We are also happy to do your pre-wedding shoot, engagement session or portrait photography at San Francisco City Hall. Please email us for details and pricing. If you are interested in wedding albums we have a full line of professional 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. You get to choose 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! This 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 get so much positive feedback! Don't let your memories reside on some forgotten hard drive!

We offer our brides and grooms free wedding planning consulting to help put your marriage celebration together in a timely fashion. Many of our out-of-town clients ask us to help with choosing other wedding vendors and reception sites. We are happy to help! For some international weddings, we are asked to become totally involved in planning and helping choose vendors. This includes where to find bridal gowns, florists and other important wedding vendors. We can recommend musicians, videographers, Disc Jockeys and yes, even professional city hall wedding photographers if we are not available. Even if we are available, you may want a different style of wedding photography, that is OK too!

We pride ourselves on being a culturally diverse, gay / lesbian / same-sex friendly service. We have been serving the LGBT community from the very beginning of legal same-sex weddings. To check our availability or to receive more information please click HERE Call us at 415-350-7128 or email us at We have photographed over 1,400 weddings in 20 years of Bay Area photography plus over 350 marriages at San Francisco City Hall! We would love to photograph yours. Our wedding packages are affordable 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!

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Which Photography Package is Best for You?

"Ceremony Only" - For the couple who mostly wants a photographic memory of their wedding ceremony, this package is ideal. We meet you before the ceremony and cover the entire process of checking in, signing the marriage license and meeting with the Officiant. In addition, we will take advantage of any waiting time to get some candid shots of both of you in and around the County Clerk's office. Once we head up to the Rotunda and record your nuptials, we will then take you to one location at San Francisco City Hall and get some quick shots of both of you. As with all of our packages, you receive ALL of the image files and not just the ones we choose. The cost is $495 and the average coverage time is usually about 40 minutes.

"Elopement Package" - This package provides you with 1 hour of photographic coverage inside and outside the building. It's best for elopements when the couple only needs photos of themselves with no guests attending. We meet you just before the ceremony to assist you with 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. We end the shoot by taking you out in front of the building and taking 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. As with all of our packages, you receive ALL of the digital files, not a limited number.

"Preferred Package" - Bringing family and friends? This is the package choice for you. With the "Preferred" package you receive everything that the Elopement package offers plus an additional hour to photograph your Check-in, license signing and your family and friends. 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 get your favorite shots. 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. You can receive the image files by Direct Download from our site or we can Dropbox them to you. We also offer convenient Direct Download from your private website. Also included in all of these listed packages is 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 wedding photographers at city hall. This is by far our most popular wedding photography package.

"San Francisco Tour 1 Package" - This package is for those couples who want a little bit more. In addition to all that is offered in the "Preferred" collection, we also have time to take photos of your family and friends. Then we take you to the San Francisco landmark of your choice! The Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower and The Legion of Honor are just a few of the locations available to photograph you. 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 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.

"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 including costs for the amount of $1,095.

"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 party of the package! 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. Priced at $1,295 but this 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. 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. Pricing starts at $1,795 with our base wedding album. The ultimate package offered by your San Francisco city hall wedding photographers.

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 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 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 during the marriage license meeting.

Step 2: Book your 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 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 for much more notice.

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.

Step 4: Invite Guests - This is the tricky part. The rule at City Hall is no more than 6 guests, but it's rarely enforced. Does this mean you should bring 100 people? No, of course not, there just isn't the room and it can be disruptive to others. If you want to invite more than around 12 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.

Step 5: Choose your Ceremony Location - Both the Rotunda and the private room are available for a cost of $73. Some Deputy 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.

Step 6: You did it, you're married! - If you hired a professional wedding photographer they will take you around San Francisco City Hall to capture some great photos! If you didn't hire one, you should have!

Legion of Honor San Francisco Wedding

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 wedding photographers, we know we can't be late so we always plan our Breakfast, Lunch or Coffee at the city hall cafeteria (Mint Cafe). This puts us at 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. Why not arrive early and take the extra time to enjoy and learn about some of the history of City Hall.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. It will make life easier for everyone and they won't miss a thing!
  • 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!
  • Bring a "Wedding 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.

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 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 couple to tie the knot at city hall. 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.

However, if you do want a private ceremony you can rent out the Mayor's Balcony or 4th Floor North Gallery for under $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 top wedding photographers, but you probably will receive a lot more photographs than you would if you were doing a full day wedding celebration. Planning a big reception after your ceremony? There are a number of great places at reasonable prices that are walking distance away including Absinthe, Soluna Cafe, and Jardiniere 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. More savings for the bride and groom!

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Dubnoff Wedding Photography
1142 Sutter Street
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