Featured City Hall Weddings
Quick City Hall Locations Diagram
follow links to specific galleries
- County Clerk Office – Most couples will have to register there before the ceremony. Except those who are bringing their own wedding commissioner.
- The Rotunda – A place where most couples with 6 guests will marry
- The 4th-floor gallery – (and Mayor’s balcony – not shown – located above the camera position) are the private areas that can be rented for a fee.
- The Grand Staircase – Most couples would want to have a picture taken there.
- Mayor’s Balcony – (located behind the camera view
City Hall Photography FAQ
For years City Hall didn’t care much how many guests couples bring. However, in May of 2019 City Hall started to enforce the 6 guests limit and couples who bring a bigger party risk getting married in a small chamber located near the county clerk’s office. It’s a nice little room but no match for the Rotunda. If you have a larger group, I highly recommend renting a space at City Hall.
Yes, you can book us before making a reservation with City Hall. All you need to do after that is to make sure to log-in into the City Hall’s booking page exactly 90 days prior to guarantee your time slot. Alternatively, you can bring your own officiant – this way you will not need to make any additional arrangements with San Francisco City Hall.
Yes, we will be happy to act as your witness. Just ask.
While the quantity of the photographs is less important than their quality, we typically deliver 120-150 images per hour of the coverage time. We delete only images that are obvious duplicates and/or images with bad facial expressions, eye blinks, exposure test shots, etc., However, if clients choose us not to delete these files, we will deliver even more photos.
On Fridays, City Hall can be very crowded. If you want to enjoy empty City Hall and get the most out of your photo session, please schedule your Ceremony on Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s mornings. City Hall is fairly empty around lunch break as well (except Friday). There is a little trick to get completely empty City Hall on a weekday but it involves some level of creativity. I also recommend checking our availability first, before making a ceremony reservation.
We don’t have favorite spots. We know each spot advantages and drawbacks. The easiest location would be the 4th-floor gallery as it provides even and soft light. Overall we consider good coverage to be a combination of images taken at different locations while working closely with a couple and establishing a connection. We don’t just give orders, we talk, share ideas and even planning ahead.
Yes, San Francisco City Hall will perform your marriage ceremony as long as you have valid passports. Your marriage certificate will be shipped to you after 2 weeks (you must complete online form & postage fees apply).
Our typical turnaround time is four to six weeks unless clients request rush processing. Clients will have 30 days to download the images from a secure online gallery and will be responsible for the photos after delivery. We recommend making multiple copies on USBs and hard drives but we also offer professional backup options.
Overall, City Hall does not require a permit for standard Rotunda weddings. However, the event department requires proof of business liability insurance. We have all current paperwork on-file including. We personally know the staff of both County Clerk Office and the Event Department which makes it easier to coordinate between our clients and the City Hall.
Our clients receive color corrected full-size digital images as a part of this package by default or request raw files instead. Images will be ready for printing and will retain natural light and tonal range. We will color correct the images and adjust many of the parameters to achieve a uniform look for the entire gallery. Editing decisions will be based on many factors such as weather, lighting, skin tones, age, etc., Clients may also request “special” editing of the entire wedding such as B&W conversion, however, this must be requested in advance.