Venues and Reception Sites in the SF Bay Area

Wedding Experience Counts!

As a wedding photographer working in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the most common question I am asked is "Have you ever photographed a wedding at _____________?" With over 1,600 weddings photographed in Northern California, the answer is usually "YES!" Most engaged couples rightly feel better if their carefully chosen wedding photographer has experience at the venue they have selected for their wedding. Though it is very possible to do a great job without prior experience, it's a tremendous advantage to have this previous background. I thought it would be useful to document and describe the various Bay Area venues that Dubnoff Wedding Photography has been invited to be wedding photographer over the years. This page will feature some of the most popular and beautiful Venues and Reception sites that Dubnoff Wedding Photography has photographed. I will also attempt to gradually add comments about each site to help interested couples understand the advantages of each location from a purely photographic standpoint. I also welcome questions from viewers about any of these venue sites. Please feel free to email me: or call. I am happy to help you select the most appropriate venue whether or not you choose me to be your Bay Area wedding photographer.

All sites listed below have been photographed by Dubnoff Wedding Photography

Bridal Party having fun at the Palm Event Center

Venues Photographed by Dubnoff Wedding Photography

San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall
The Palace of Fine Arts
The Legion of Honor
St Francis Yacht Club
The Presidio Officers Club
Golden Gate Park
University of San Francisco
The Fairmont Hotel
Japanese Tea Gardens
The Argonaut Hotel
The Saint Francis Hotel
The Cliff House
Italian-American Social Club
The City Club - San Francisco
The Palace Hotel
Golden Gate Bridge - Photos Only
Bently Reserve
The University Club
Most San Francisco Catholic Churches
Clift Hotel

Contra Costa County

Grand Island Mansion
San Ramon Golf Club
Old Marsh Creek Park
Lone Tree Golf Course - Antioch
Shadelands Art Center - Walnut Creek
Round Hill Country Club- Alamo
Diablo Country Club - Diablo
San Ramon Country Club
Endeavor Hall - Clayton
Oakhurst Country Club - Clayton
Crow Canyon Country Club - San Ramon
Lafayette Park Hotel
The Concord Hilton
Contra Costa Country Club - Pleasant Hill
Blackhawk Country Club Danville
Walnut Creek Marriot
Blackhawk Auto Museum - Danville
Wildwood Acres Resort - Moraga
Bridges Restaurant - San Rmaon
Hacienda De Las Flores
San Ramon Marriot Hotel
Boundary Oaks - Walnut Creek
Heather Farms - Walnut Creek
Centre Concord
Brentwood Country Club
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Concord
Delta View Golf Course - Pittsburg
Wedgewood - San Ramon
Pleasant Hill Community Center
Postino Italian Restaurant
Crockett Community Center
Humphrey's on the Delta - Antioch
Scotts Gardens - Walnut Creek
Saint Mary's University

Alameda County

Palmdale Estates
Chabot Space Center
Mills College - Oakland
Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Wente Vineyards
Murrieta's Well - Livermore
Palm Event Center - Livermore
Ruby Hill Golf Club
Horn Blower Cruises
Ravenswood Historical Site
Garre Vineyards - Livermore
Rios-Lovell Winery - Livermore
Ardenwood Historical Preserve
Elliston Vineyards - Sunol
Brazilion Room - Tilden Park
The Claremont Hotel - Berkeley
Stony Ridge Winery - Pleasanton
Los Positas Golf Course - Pleasanton
Little Brown Church of Sunol

How to Choose a Reception Site

Choosing a great wedding reception site is harder than it seems. There are many factors to consider and it would take a whole book to go over all of them. There are a few important things that must be considered and we would like to discuss them here. These ideas apply to San Francisco weddings or any other parts of the Bay Area.

  • Food Choices and Flexibility are important. Make sure that your wedding reception does not have restrictions on who can cater the event. They may insist that you use their own companies and not allow you to really check the quality. These are important questions to ask before you put down your deposit. You should not be restricted to a select few caterers.
  • Size and spacing of the tables with respect to your own guest count needs to be discussed. Many venues will tell you that they can handle your capacity, but don't show you the set up. Then when you show up for your wedding the tables are too close together for comfort. Of course at this point it is too late to make a substantial change (although I have seen disappointed couples try it anyway!) Ask the coordinator to show you examples of various table set ups with your guest count.
  • Parking can be an issue especially for San Francisco weddings. Make sure that some sort of accommodation is available whether it is a nearby affordable parking lot or Valet Parking. Your guests should not be forced to spend big bugs on parking or have to walk miles to get to your party!
  • Ask your booked wedding vendors for recommendations. Be sure to ask them why they are suggesting the particular reception site. You can also check Yelp for ideas and suggestions.
  • You might be surprised that some reception sites actually have Curfews. Talk to your coordinator to make sure that you know in advance when it will be time to quit. Some places have noise restrictions or other limitations that could affect your fun party in a negative way. I was a wedding photographer at one particular venue and things ran a bit late. By the time they started the dancing, they quickly discovered that they only had bout 30 minutes before the DJ had to shut down!
  • Access is important for your vendors. If this is a San Francisco venue, make sure equipment can easily be brought in (not always the case).

San Francisco City Hall Weddings

Consider San Francisco city hall as an alternative to a large full scale wedding. Yes, it is just a simple civil ceremony, but the building is beautiful and their exists many fine places to celebrate your nuptials nearby. The wedding photography possible here is just amazing and we specialize in providing it for you. To check out our pricing go to City Hall Wedding prices.

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