San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography Prices

We offer a variety of SF City Hall wedding photographer packages at affordable prices (see below). From our low-priced Elopement coverage to more extensive San Francisco Tours, we have a package that fits your budget. This website also provides couples with helpful information and tips they need to get married at San Francisco city hall. Our expert advice has helped brides and grooms gather all of the information they need since 2010. Included below is detailed pricing and wedding costs for your city hall marriage photography needs. Click to Book the Wedding Photographer!

Please understand that the coverage times below are approximate. We will never cut your wedding photography coverage short if we are still completing your photo session.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography Packages and Prices

Summer Discounts Available - $75 off the Package of your choice!

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


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

"Maternity Wedding Package"
2 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Edited Full Resolution Jpeg Images
Reproduction Rights of ALL Image files
Additional Maternity Photo Session
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peek" Photos upon request
$795


"San Francisco Tour 1"
2.5 Hours of Photographic Coverage
City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
1 Additional San Francisco Location
Edited Full Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peek" Photos upon request
Click here 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
Edited Full Resolution Jpeg Images
Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Downloading Images
24 Hour "Sneak Peek" Photos upon request
Click here for PACKAGE DETAILS
$1,095


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


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


How Our SF City Hall Photography Packages Work

Our 7 most popular low-cost SF City Hall wedding photography packages are listed above with pricing included. As an alternative to the listed packages, we can also provide you with a custom quote that includes the exact hours of photoshoot coverage you prefer. You do not need to limit yourself to our standard photography packages and coverage times. We will work with your budget to keep your costs down. We also offer military discounts for our service veterans or active members. Certain other discounts may be available on a seasonal basis including Cash, just ask! We are one of the true expert wedding photographers working at the Courthouse in San Francisco and have been doing so successfully for over 12 years.


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San Francisco Affordable Wedding Photography Options

We also offer full-day affordable wedding photography coverage for your San Francisco City Hall wedding or elopement. Ask us about our weekend rates and full-day packages for photoshoots. Our "Full-Day Ultimate" package provides you with up to 8 hours of photographic coverage after your San Francisco Courthouse wedding ceremony. We are committed to ensure that you receive the best San Francisco wedding photography experience at reasonable prices. The Ultimate Package is for engaged couples who want it all! To see some of our recent SF City Hall Wedding Reviews please click the link.

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Full Day Plus Wedding Reception Coverage at Amazing Prices

After taking pictures of you at City Hall and then around San Francisco, we can also cover your wedding reception or dinner party celebration with discount pricing. 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 are walking distance from San Francisco city hall. The Full-Day Ultimate package is for the couple that wants every aspect of their marriage recorded for long lasting detailed memories. We make sure you receive photographic coverage from Bridal Prep all the way to the end of the Reception! We also offer optional wedding reception coverage with our smaller packages as well. Special Pricing can be found by clicking the link for more information.

So many events occur at a wedding reception and we want to capture it all 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 the Ultimate Package is of exceptional quality and our clients love it! If you are one of those many engaged couples that love candid images, then reception coverage is the way to go after your San Francisco city hall wedding. Aside from City Hall weddings, we offer our clients full weekend coverage for large weddings. We offer the same discount pricing for Bay Area wedding photography that we do for city hall.

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Pricing Details of the "San Francisco Wedding Experience"

One of our more popular pricing 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 discounted price of $1,295 you will receive a complete wedding package that will provide you with incredible memories of your special day in the "City by the Bay".

It's not only a great way to receive fantastic pictures, but also doubles as a wonderful vacation/tourist experience. We will meet you at 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 of up to 3 San Francisco beautiful 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:

  • City Hall ceremony coverage from start to finish including the ring exchange.
  • Family and Friend formal photos after the ceremony.
  • Photo tour of the entire city hall building with the Newlyweds.
  • Emphasis on City Hall building architecture (as always).
  • Photo tour of 3 SF 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
  • Extra time to stop and "Smell the Roses!"
  • You keep ALL of the images we photograph on your special day.

See above for details on all of our San Francisco 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 with your plans for a civil union! In addition, your selected package needs to include provisions for whatever you have planned that day for your post wedding celebration. You want 4 San Francisco destinations? Just let us know and we will create a custom package to fit that desire. We know you will want to spend substantial time with friends and family and not just the wedding photo shoot.

To see a nice summary of all of our San Francisco Tour Prices and Packages available to you, click the link. We have provided additional information including a complete list of our favored SF destinations. In most cases, we even have a link so you can learn more about each SF Location. The Tour 1 and Tour 2 packages also include comfortable transportation to the locations at no additional cost (provided by us!). Check out this Video to see a good example of this very popular wedding photography package. It should also be pointed out that the 4 hour package can be difficult to pull off from Mid December until about late January. This is because of the shorter days and variable weather. We suggest you opt for the Tour 1 or Tour 2 packages during this time of the season.

Optional SF City Hall Photography Services and Prices

Portrait Photography at City Hall

We are also delighted to capture your pre-wedding shoot, engagement session, bridal portraits or Quinceanera photography at the San Francisco Courthouse. Our pricing for this coverage starts at $495, but please email us for details and low-cost options. We are also currently offering free Quinceanera photography sessions for a limited time. We have even completed family portrait sessions in the interior of the building. Consider the SF courthouse as an ideal background for many of your photography needs! The nice thing is that the venue itself doesn't cost you a dime because it is a public building! This allows us to avoid the more crowded times at City Hall. If it is raining or foggy, not a big deal because we are indoors! We find this to be an ideal backdrop for many of your personal photography needs.

Professional Wedding Albums For SF City Hall

If you are interested in purchasing a wedding album we have a full line of professional wedding books that can be custom built to your specifications. The cost for the basic book is $440, but other options are available. We have samples of the albums available to view online. Our most popular wedding album for city hall is this 8X11 book with 40 photos which you select! We offer this with each of our packages as a post wedding option and add 2 more photos.

This gorgeous album is reasonably priced and a must-have memory of your marriage. We also provide large leather professional 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.

Affordable Wedding Printing and Wall Portraits

Also consider our printing service. Yes, you pay a little more for us to make prints for you, but there are many advantages. One of the biggest advantages is the fact that all print requests, no matter if they are 4X6 or 20X24 receive another round of free Photoshop editing. This includes removing tourists and exit signs from the backgrounds at San Francisco city hall. We will also do personal enhancement retouching for those who request it on album images or prints. Pricing for prints start at $15 and we offer all sizes. Best of all, you get to keep the edited image file! Original Prints that are 11X14 or larger will be mounted on Foam Board and Mat Sprayed for protection. 11X14 prices start at $60 depending upon the treatment you are looking for. Smaller prints will be shipped safely with adequate protection from wrinkles and moisture.

Free San Francisco City Hall Wedding Consulting

We offer our brides and grooms free wedding consulting and planning 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, officiants, DJs and other important wedding vendors. We can recommend professional musicians, videographers, and Disc Jockeys and wedding photographers if we are not available.

Our many years photographing weddings here has put us in touch with some of the best photographers in the area. In addition, our own 2 associate wedding photographers are frequently available for your wedding on an individual basis. There is no charge for this consulting service and we are happy to help you plan for your big day! Even if you do not intend on booking us for your city hall wedding we are happy to provide you some online advice! We want to keep your city hall wedding experience affordable and fun. Due to time constraints we only offer this free service through email and not by telephone or in person. We can also assist you with other photography needs including, Family Portraits, Engagement sessions and Quinceanera photography.

Which City Hall Wedding 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. The Elopement Package is our lowest priced package and is designed for brides and grooms 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 for the Elopement Package is only $595. 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. The Elopement package is discounted and thus designed for couples with no guests.

"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 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 also 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 of our packages, you receive every image we photograph 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. 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.

"Maternity Wedding Package" - This new package was added because we realized that a high percentage of our city hall weddings included parents expecting a baby. We have received such great feedback from our past pregnant couples because we frequently include a few maternity photos during their City Hall photo tour. With that in mind we created this new maternity wedding package. It provides our San Francisco City Hall couples with an additional 30 minute maternity photo session. You still receive all the photos that we normally take for any City Hall marriage including family and friend pictures. If you have other children with you, we can include them in the maternity session also. The Cost for this package is $995.

"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, 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. Approximately 2.5 hours of total photographic coverage is included for the inexpensive fee of $895. The notable thing about the Tour Packages is that you will still have plenty of time to take photos of your family and friends (like the Preferred Package).

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 (with slight compression) images yourself. Also included in all of these listed packages are full reproduction rights, allowing you to print or post to Social Media any of the images files we provide you with. 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. In addition, you actually receive the enhanced image files with full reproduction rights.

"San Francisco Tour 2 Package" - This package includes everything that the "Tour 1" provides (above) 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. 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 (see above) 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. This is definitely one of our most popular City Hall wedding packages with approximately 4 hours of coverage! 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 all of things you need. As mentioned previously, this package is not recommended in the Winter between Mid December and the end of January to the short and cold days.

"Romance Album Package" - Everything included in the "San Francisco Tour 3" Collection above plus a beautiful custom made professional 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 pro-grade wedding album. You choose your favorite 42 photos and we will do the rest. It normally takes us only 3 weeks after the wedding to send you a proof of our album design 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. You Pay $1,695.

We provide all of our clients the option to request "sneak peak" photos within 24 hours after the wedding date. These full resolution image files will be emailed directly to you. This option is available for all of the above packages at no additional ;charge. Check out this YouTube Video of a couple who booked our Romance Album Package.

Best Venue in San Francisco for Affordable Weddings

Our main goal is to provide you with the best City Hall wedding photography experience possible. Beautiful, romantic, creative images of your wedding to last a lifetime. Our fun, positive approach will make your special day memorable, yet still affordable. The beauty and elegance of San Francisco city hall is unmatched for the price anywhere.

This page features our San Francisco city hall wedding photography specialty and includes detailed pricing and package information. We are one of the premier Bay Area wedding photographers shooting weddings at City Hall and have many 5 star Yelp Reviews to prove it! We photograph weddings at SF city hall at least 12 times per month, let us handle yours! We also have a City Hall Menu for people interesting in learning more about these specialized Services.

Why have Your Wedding at SF City Hall?

To Save Money! - Let's face it, getting married in San Francisco is expensive. We checked a number of sources and the average cost for a San Francisco wedding appeared to be right around $60,000. There was a broad range of surveyed responses, but nothing fell below $28,000 and of course it's quite easy to go above the average. Can most young couples just starting out afford those types of costs? In most cases, the answer is no! Especially given the high cost of living in the Bay Area these days. Yes, parents will help and couples figure out a way to get it done through loans, credit cards, etc. Do you really want to start your life together in debt? San Francisco City Hall costs around $100 for a simple ceremony (not including the Marriage License) and $1,000 for a private location that is roped off for your privacy with additional room for up to 60 invited guests (seated).

Convenience with more for your money - One of the best things about having your wedding at San Francisco City Hall is that so many things are provided for you. You can obtain your marriage license the same day as your wedding and you can do this right before the ceremony if you so desire. An experienced volunteer officiant is provided to perform your marriage ceremony at no extra cost (they are referred to as Marriage Commissioners and are not really judges despite the fact that they dress like it.) In addition, you have a safe, indoor, beautiful location to celebrate your wedding surrounded by your closest family and friends. You can easily hire a city hall wedding photographer from the many available on the internet that also specialize in shooting at this magnificent venue. Many of the best San Francisco city hall wedding photographers have been doing this for many years (us included) so you know that they have experience and will do a great job of you.

Another notable convenience is that after your ceremony you can walk to many fantastic restaurants nearby to celebrate with friends and family. Exceptional eateries such as Absinthe and Paxti's Pizza are just a few of the nearby locations close to San Francisco city hall. Both of these locations are less than a 15 minute walk and are highly rated. There are quite a few more restaurants located nearby. There are also many other exceptional places to eat within a short Uber ride from the building.

If you opt for the reserved space (Mayor's Balcony or Fourth Floor Gallery) the SF City Hall Events Department will help you with whatever set up items you need. It's all right there! They will also provide you with a free officiant if you arrange for it in advance. Most of our clients prefer to bring in their own officiant for convenience and to allow for customized vows and/or sermons. We can recommend some officiants if needed. We know the best and all of them have substantial experience here! One of them even wears the same robes as the City Hall marriage commissioners so she totally looks the part.

Beauty and History - San Francisco City Hall is well known as one of the most sought after wedding venues in the United States. People come from all over the world to visit and have their marriage in this incredible building. Built in the early 1900's, city hall possesses old world charm with modern amenities. People often ask us about the history of this building and when it was constructed. What many people don't know is that the current city hall is actually the second one built with the first one coming down in the 1906 Earthquake.

A few years ago, former Mayor Willie Brown took great pains to update and remodel the interior of the building to make it a great place for all types of events and not just weddings. Some parts of the updating included adding modern upgrades, but still retained the historic look of the building. Many of the rooms in the building had added false ceilings to help with sound obstruction, but had become run down and ugly. These ceilings were pulled out and the beauty of the building was allowed to show through.

The architecture is incredible and you are free to wander through the halls and consider all of the history that has occurred here. Don't forget, Joe Di Maggio and Marilyn Monroe got married at San Francisco City Hall! So many other famous people have spent time here and yes even married here. Recently, I photographed a Bay Area Politician's wedding that was officiated by Willie Brown, so you never know who might have their marriage here next!

If you arrive early, check out the self guided tour available on the South Court 1st floor (it is to the left of the Grand Staircase as you walk in). There is an incredible amount of SF city hall history to check out in the South Court and it is where the Official Docent tour usually begins. If you are planning on hiring a professional city hall wedding photographer, be sure they include some architecture photos in their work. We always do!

San Francisco open your Golden Gate - I remember as a kid, watching the Newlywed Game on TV and being surprised at how excited the couples were when they won a 1 week trip to San Francisco. big deal, I would think, I live here in the Bay Area, it's just San Francisco. Well, apparently I was wrong. As it turns out, San Francisco is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the whole world. It may not quite match Paris or Rome, but it's definitely in the conversation.

There is so much for a newlywed couple to do here it boggles the mind. Some of the best restaurants in the world are right here in the "City by the Bay". Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Union Square, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts are just a few of the places you can visit and enjoy during your stay. Hire a professional San Francisco wedding photographer and have them record your experience of visiting some of these iconic locations. If you do not plan on getting married here, you can still hire a wedding photographer and do an engagement portrait session. You will have fun and see some great sites travelling around San Francisco.

SF City Hall Wedding Photography - If you have read this far, you probably knew this was coming... Yes, San Francisco city hall is an amazing place to have your wedding photographed. A professional wedding photographer can escort you to any of the 4 floors (preferably all of them!) and capture some amazing images. SF City Hall's architecture and lighting has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The building is laced with natural frames for great photo composition. In addition, there are huge window that let in amazing natural light to make your photos even more memorable.

There are a number of San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers who understand this and will do an excellent job for you. Before choosing one, be sure to check out their web pages to make sure they have lots of examples of photography in the interior of the building. It takes some experience to capture the beauty here without being fooled by the lighting. Don't trust your precious memories to a friend or relative, hire a pro! More importantly, the most experienced city hall wedding photographers understand that the Grand Staircase is not the only place to obtain great images in the building. They will take you there, but also to the many other great places available for beautiful photos. Each of the 4 floors offer something different in terms of unique wedding pictures.

How to 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 right around $100 ? (It costs just over $200 if you also obtain your marriage license here). 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. For example, you can't even touch the Palace of Fine Arts as a full wedding venue for less than $5,000.

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! This saves you up to $200 or more. 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. A few of them even wear the judges robes mentioned above.


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1142 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109