How to elope in San Francisco
San Francisco has something to offer for every kind of elopement vibe you may be seeking! Be it stunning redwood trees, San Francisco City Hall or Presidio Park, we offer San Francisco elopements of all types in the surrounding SF area. Beyond choosing a stunning venue, there are other components that go into planning a perfect elopement – read below for our top considerations when planning your San Francisco elopement.
Finding the right San Francisco vendors
Your wedding professionals are a key part to ensuring you feel comfortable and secure on your big day. Our recommended gauge is that if you can have an hour-long cup of coffee with your vendor and enjoy it, that’s a great sign they’re a good fit for your special ceremony! Our top cost-conscious tip is to book an elopement package as opposed to booking individual services as doing so can help you save money. This will also contribute to the planning of your elopement going smoother as you’ll have one contact as opposed to multiple!
Where should I elope in San Francisco?
From one of the most beautiful city halls in the nation to San Francisco beach weddings, San Francisco is a hub for super lovely, unique elopement destinations. Definitely plan on booking your venue prior to solidifying your hotel details as many of our San Francisco destinations are located outside of city limits. If you’re looking for glamour and practicality, San Francisco City Hall is simply unmatched. With marble interiors and columns, a grand staircase that’s something out of a fairytale, and a massive ornate dome ceiling that makes for unbelievable photos, this Bay Area building is nothing short of iconic. If nature is more your thing, take a glimpse at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, filled with 55 acres of manicured gardens and lush foliage that make you feel as though you’ve stepped into somewhere downright magical.
How do I make my San Francisco elopement legal?
Getting your marriage license in San Francisco is relatively pretty streamlined. You both will need a form of identification – official passport, Military ID or Driver’s license all work. You’ll also need an official copy of your divorce decree if either of you have previously been married. There is no mandatory waiting period between when you get your license and hold your ceremony, and the State of California only requires one witness at your ceremony, which your photographer can easily act as! Your marriage license is good for 90 days between acquiring the document and holding your ceremony.