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Updated: April 15th, 2021

Elope in San Francisco

The City by the Bay; Fog City; The Golden City – there are so many names for this robust and bustling city. Whether you’re drawn to one of the bay area’s beautiful parks or the adventures offered by the nearby nature, eloping in San Francisco can be an experience you’ll never forget (in the good way). Scroll down to check out our San Francisco elopement packages!

San Francisco

Places to elope in San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall

This beautiful building is a Bay Area icon and favorite for weddings. The marble interior and massive dome make for...

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Fay Park

Fay Park

Located on the northeast slope of Russian Hill, a romantic, intimate, and quiet city park awaits. The Fay Park Garden...

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China Cabin

China Cabin

Elope on a former steamer ship that is fully grounded now. Enjoy amazing views of the San Francisco skyline and...

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Elope on a Bay Ferry

Elope on a Bay Ferry

Elope on a San Francisco Bay Ferry for an exciting water crossing with views of the city, islands, and marine...

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and...

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San Francisco Elopement Packages

Whether you’re seeking a photographer for your city hall ceremony or the full package so you don’t have to worry about a thing, we can customize our services to meet your needs to elope in San Francisco.

Take a look at our San Francisco elopement packages here. If you have any questions, click the button below and we’ll be in touch shortly!

Seed
Seed
  • Officiation services

    Personalization of vows

  • Enactment of ceremony

    Advice on obtaining wedding license

  • Advice on ceremony locations

Starting at

$500

Sprout
Sprout
  • Everything from the

    SEED PACKAGE

  • Photography of ceremony

    Brief portrait session after
    (up to one hour of photography)

  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images

    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)

Starting at

$1,100

Bloom
Bloom
  • Everything from the

    SPROUT PACKAGE

  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing

Starting at

$1,300

Oasis
Oasis
  • Everything from the

    BLOOM PACKAGE

  • 2 Hours Total of Photography

  • 1 Hour of Videography

  • Long-form video of ceremony & 1-2 Minute Highlight Reel

  • Hair & Makeup for One Person

  • On-Site Helper

Starting at

$3,650

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$500/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography

$500/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Extra Photography
Flowers

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Flowers

Engagement Shoot

$675

Engagement Shoot

$675

Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup
On-Site Helper

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

Add videography to
your San Francisco
elopement

$1,100/HR

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally-edited film of the full ceremony.

It’s No Secret…

Traditional weddings are incredibly expensive and can take years to plan. When couples choose to elope, their ceremonies can be planned quickly at a fraction of the cost. But don’t take our word for it!

I absolutely loved everything about this service. Everyone involved, Olivia and Keely, were so helpful and were able to accommodate my needs in an incredibly short amount of time. Amazing!

Wilma and Marco

Simply Eloped made everything super easy for us, our wedding was perfect!

Alicia and Collin

Thank you so much Simply Eloped. Love prevailed amongst all the uncertainty of today’s world. Largely thanks to you all!! Many many thanks!

Michelle and Tyler

Working with Simply Eloped was easy and stress free.

Fabiola and Steve

All in all it was amazing. We’re both so happy. Jeff kept saying how wonderful our fun day was (he wished it was longer lol) and the way this process was setup made it easy for the two of us to make decisions together on things. Thank you!

Jessica and Jeffrey

We couldn’t be more please with how our day went with our team; Ben and Melati. They were absolutely wonderful and made sure we got exactly what we wanted. Thank you!

Sarah and Shawn

I would recommend Simply Eloped to any couple looking for a non-traditional ceremony. Thank you!

Ellissa and Chance

Thank you for an amazing and stress free ceremony!

Anne and Nathaniel

Very happy with the process, and had a great wedding with Simply Eloped – thank you.

Benjamin and Priscilla

Meet our vendors

Bradley, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Francisco so special?

You enter into a sweet world with so few distractions other than the natural beauty of the landscape around you and your absolute closest loved ones.

What do you love about the work you do?

I love connecting with folks while finding the flavor of love they have between them and carefully photographing those small moments that make them feel alive and whole with one another.

Melati, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Francisco so special?

The Bay Area gives you a little bit of everything – a stunningly diverse urban environment (name any type of cuisine – I guarantee that we have it!), and also easy access to incredible natural hideaways, like our California redwoods or the coastline. There really is something for everyone here!

What’s a fun fact about you?

Once upon a time I was a circus kid…I can juggle, unicycle, and walk on stilts!

Sarah, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Francisco so special?

The Bay Area is unique in that within one day you can find yourself on the ocean, in a fantastic city, in wine county and in stunning redwood-forested hills. To me this region actually does have it all.

What’s your favorite elopement venue in San Francisco?

Redwood Regional Park. Hands down. It’s absolutely perfect.

Our Team

Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Sarah
Sarah
Officiant
Melati
Melati
Photographer
Collin
Collin
Photographer
Rachael
Rachael
Officiant
Ben
Ben
Officiant
Bradley
Bradley
Photographer
Rebeca
Rebeca
Officiant
Brittani
Brittani
Photographer
Luis
Luis
Photographer
Janette
Janette
Officiant
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Liv
Liv
Photographer
Charlotte Chenn
Charlotte Chenn
Videographer
Melati Citrawireja
Melati Citrawireja
Photographer
Phillip
Phillip
Officiant
Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Sarah
Sarah
Officiant
Melati
Melati
Photographer
Collin
Collin
Photographer
Rachael
Rachael
Officiant
Ben
Ben
Officiant
Bradley
Bradley
Photographer
Rebeca
Rebeca
Officiant
Brittani
Brittani
Photographer
Luis
Luis
Photographer
Janette
Janette
Officiant
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Liv
Liv
Photographer
Charlotte Chenn
Charlotte Chenn
Videographer
Melati Citrawireja
Melati Citrawireja
Photographer
Phillip
Phillip
Officiant

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.

What time of year should I elope in San Francisco?

Tourist season starts in June and doesn’t let up until early September, so if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, we would definitely recommend eloping in San Francisco mid-September to late-May. Even during these shoulder months, it’s always a good idea to ensure there aren’t any large conferences or festivals happening during the dates you are hoping to visit. For instance, the whole Bay area is packed to the brim during Pride Festival, which takes place in June. There are also tech conferences that take place that can sell out hotels, so it’s always good to check event calendars prior to booking your trip.

What time of day should I elope in San Francisco?

It’s pretty regular for San Francisco to have foggy mornings and evenings so if you’re eloping during these hours you may just prepare yourself! Though you may hit a patch of fog during these hours, the soft lighting of mornings and early evenings will definitely be the best for lighting during your portraits! We suggest avoiding the afternoon lighting, unless you’re able to elope in a park or tree grove.

How far in advance should I start planning my San Francisco elopement?

This is a question we get all of the time and it’s a great one! While we can plan ceremonies with as little advanced notice as a week, we definitely recommend giving yourself three to nine months to plan your elopement trip. It’s crucial to get additional details for your trip locked in – such as hotel, flights, reservations and marriage license – and it’s best to give yourself a bit of time to lock in all of these other details. However, whatever your time-window for planning your elopement in San Francisco, can accommodate!

Janessa White

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Janessa White

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot. She feels her happiest when building - teams, programs, ideas

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Updated: April 15th, 2021

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