San Francisco offers a diverse selection of wedding venues where couples can tie the knot. There's the lavish beaux arts architecture of the Asian Art Museum, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge backdrop at Observation Post, and the historic traditional marriage book at the Swedenborgian Church, to name a few experiences unique to San Francisco weddings. These 25 wedding venues should top any San Francisco couple’s must-see list.
1. Conservatory of Flowers
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The beautiful and historic Conservatory of Flowers, located in Golden Gate Park, is a fitting setting for an elegant outdoor wedding. This venue can accommodate 300 seated guests outdoors on their Palm Terrace with views of the conservatory flowerbeds, and the white Victorian conservatory as a backdrop. As an alternative, two terrace lawns can accommodate 180 seated guests each or 350 together. Pre-dinner cocktails can be spread across the conservatory’s five exhibition spaces, accommodating up to 150 standing guests. The Orchid Pavilion is the ideal place for seated dinner for up to 150 or a cocktail-style reception of up to 300 guests. The Lily Pad is available for pre-wedding bridal preparations. Next read: Weekend Getaways in California
100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-831-2090
2. W San Francisco
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W San Francisco offers 12,000 square feet of uniquely designed reception space. For a larger wedding, book the Social Terrace featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views. Located in the lively and trendy San Francisco’s South of Market district, W San Francisco is a modern upscale downtown hotel close to all the city action – the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Moscone Center, Union Square, and numerous restaurants and bars. The contemporary rooms and suites feature sleek and streamlined décor with bright colors and all modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Some rooms have a view of the city and sitting areas, while suites also have living rooms and kitchenettes. Guests of the hotel enjoy a popular trendy lounge, a full-service spa, a cocktail bar with a nightclub-like atmosphere, and a gourmet restaurant. The hotel has a gym with a glass ceiling and both outdoor and indoor event spaces.
181 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, Phone: 415-777-5300
3.Asian Art Museum
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When it’s time to exchange vows, couples hosting classic to modern weddings will want to consider the Asian Art Museum. The lavish beaux arts-style architecture is the ideal backdrop for grand affairs or intimate ceremonies. Couples can rent a single space for the big day or opt for the entire space, moving from one area to the next for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Opulent Samsung Hall is the largest space with a capacity of 225 to 350 guests, and the Peterson Room & Garden is the most intimate space, accommodating a wedding of 30 to 50 guests.
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-581-3500
4. Bently Reserve
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The 1920s Bently Reserve is both a world-class venue and historic landmark rolled into one. The premier wedding space is the Banking Hall. This dramatic space features 25-foot-tall Doric columns, hand-painted travertine walls, Italian marble floors, and beaux arts chandeliers. A bronze grand staircase from the mezzanine makes for an exquisite entrance for the bride. This versatile space can accommodate all aspects of the ceremony and reception with a couple’s lounge, two green rooms, an outdoor balcony, and a mezzanine that’s perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. It accommodates 350 guests for a seated dinner. This is the choice for the classic lavish wedding.
301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-294-2226
5. Dogpatch WineWorks
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Wine enthusiasts have found their perfect San Francisco wedding venue at Dogpatch WineWorks. This casual establishment offers couples a blank slate for personalizing the space into their dream wedding venue. Rustic chic or casual weddings would work well here with concrete floors, industrial ceilings, Italian string lights, and walls lined with up-lit wine barrels. Their 15,000-square-foot barrel room can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 140 guests, and wedding receptions only for up to 250 guests. They also offer wedding planning services, which include lighting, florals, and catering. Dogpatch is licensed for beer and wine only, so no liquor is permitted on the premises. Next read: California Hot Springs
2455 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-525-4440
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If exclusivity is part of the wedding plan, then Cavallo Point is the location. This venue hosts a limited number of weddings, so savvy couples should move quickly. Ceremonies can be held at the historical Mission Blue Chapel, which can accommodate up to 200 guests. The Callippe Room features warm, subtle hues, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, private foyer, and large terrace with a firepit and views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It accommodates up to 140 guests for plated dinner. For a smaller onsite venue, Verbena A & B hosts intimate weddings with two fireplaces, an attached foyer, and heated porches with bridge and bay views.
601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA, Phone: 415-339-4700
7.Fairmont San Francisco
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Couples looking for that special wedding venue with a storied past should consider the Fairmont San Francisco. This historic luxury hotel offers panoramic views of the city and bay from its Nob Hill location. Its signature wedding space is the famed Venetian Room, where Tony Bennett first sang I Left My Heart in San Francisco. It features an ornate 22-foot-high ceiling, luxurious gold damask walls, and loads of light. There are five other equally opulent spaces accommodating weddings from 40 to 350 guests. Other popular choices are the lavish French provincial Gold Room and the 24th floor Crown Room, with 270-degree panoramic views. The Penthouse Suite accommodates intimate weddings.
950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-772-5000
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Novela is a trendy night spot in the hip and fashionable Yerba Buena neighborhood near Union Square. In keeping with the neighborhood’s love affair with the arts, Novela is a sophisticated literary-themed space. It features classic tin ceiling tiles, black and white geometric floor tiles, walls lined with up-lit bookshelves and real books organized by color, modern lighting, and an ornate marble topped bar. Urban-chic and vintage weddings would work well here. Novela can accommodate up to 300 reception guests. Couples can rent the entire space one hour prior to the wedding start time, and cleanup must be complete by 2:00am.
662 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-896-6500
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The award-winning Foreign Cinema restaurant is located in the artsy Mission District of San Francisco. The restaurant ambiance is based on a harmonious blend of film and art with food and cocktails, where the co-owners are also the chefs. A wedding buyout of the entire space can accommodate up to 175 seated guests. Separate venues include Modernism West, an all-white gallery flooded with light and accented with large modern art pieces, concrete floors, 18-foot-high ceilings, skylights, and a built-in bar. It accommodates 60 seated guests. The mezzanine, with wood floors, exposed beams, concrete walls, and theatrical ambiance, is suitable for 40 seated guests.
2534 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-648-7600
10.Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
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Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area along San Francisco Bay. It has two distinct wedding venues – one traditional and one modern. The traditional space is the General’s Residence. This historic venue can host weddings of up to 130 guests for dinner and dancing. The romantic space features a grand lobby with gleaming hardwood floors and a vintage chandelier. The ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of San Francisco Bay. Ceremonies can be held on the lawn. Gallery 308 has a modern, industrial-chic ambiance with large windows offering views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
2 Marina Boulevard, Landmark Building C, Suite 260, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-345-7500
11.Kimpton Sir Francis Drake
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Couples looking for a swoon-worthy wedding venue will find it at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This Union Square Hotel is the perfect place for lavish, storybook weddings. With 15 opulent spaces to choose from, couples will find the right one for them. Their signature wedding venue is the Empire Ballroom, with a gold and ivory color palette, hand-painted murals, and antique crystal chandeliers; this luxurious room accommodates 260 seated guests. The adjoining wood-paneled Walnut Room is perfect for pre-reception cocktails. The Franciscan Ballroom seats 180 dinner guests and features a 21-foot-high gold embossed ceiling, gold accented columns, and silk window coverings. The mezzanine overlooking the lobby bar is a cozy cocktail area with a fireplace.
450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-392-7755
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Log Cabin at The Presidio is an ideal wedding venue for rustic, country, and casual wedding themes. It’s also a good choice for outdoor weddings. Inside, the gleaming wood floor, arched ceiling with wagon wheel candelabras and pendant lighting, large windows, gas fireplace, and log walls create a cozy and casual ambiance. The 5,240-square-foot space is a blank slate where couples can create their magic. There is room for 150 seated dinner guests with a large hardwood dance floor. Outdoor wedding receptions have use of a covered patio with a barbecue grill and picnic tables. Catering is exclusive to Presidio Foods Catering.
1299 Storey Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-561-5444
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Observation Post at the Presidio is another wedding venue with an epic view. Both indoor and outdoor wedding spaces provide close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, and Crissy Field. Indoors, the Bay View ballroom seats 250 dinner guests in 4,250 square feet of space. The subdued ivory and white interior with floor-to-ceiling giant arched windows creates a light and airy ambiance. The lawn provides enough space for either seated ceremonies or standing receptions, with the Golden Gate Bridge making a stunning backdrop. Couples can reserve up to 10 hours of event rental, including set-up and break-down. Catering must be selected from pre-qualified caterers.
211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-561-5444
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Created in 1895 by a small group of dedicated pioneers who included California naturalist John Muir, Swedenborgian Church was established in what is now the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The National Historic Landmark has been adding names to its Book of Marriage for over a century, so every couple has the opportunity to add their name to this long tradition of documentation. Adjacent to Swedenborgian Church, the Parish House is available for receptions accommodating up to 84 seated dinner guests or 100 standing reception guests. The space includes three adjoining rooms – the Garden Room, Fireside Room, and Dining Room, plus an outdoor garden area. Same-sex couples have been welcome for decades.
2107 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-346-6468
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Terra Gallery & Events is a contemporary 24,000-square-foot, two-level, wedding venue for the modern couple. This sophisticated space is in San Francisco’s tony SOMA district. Mer, the first level, has pristine oak floors, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary white columns, an industrial style ceiling with modern pendant lighting, a built-in stage, and a stunning inlaid glass tile serpentine bar. An adjacent 3,000-square-foot outdoor space can be tented to hold up to 300 guests. On the upper level, Terra is 4,000 square feet. It has floor-to-ceiling windows, 20-foot ceilings, white walls, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors. Gallery artworks adorn the walls.
511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-896-1234
16.The Box SF
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Couples wanting to host a wedding with under 100 guests should consider The Box SF. Once a busy printing plant owned by the Hearst family, it’s now an elegant and intimate event space. It features concrete floors and columns, an open-beamed ceiling with strings of lights, two full walls of 1920s windows that flood the space with light, and burgundy draperies. Epic tables that seat 32 guests at each are made from ancient Chinese village gate doors. This wedding venue can accommodate 100 guests for ceremonies and 180 guests for seated receptions. Rentals are 8 hours, either daytime or evening. Couples must choose from the approved caterers list.
1069 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-934-6900
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17.The City Club of San Francisco
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The City Club of San Francisco is located on the 9th through 12th floors of the Stock Exchange Tower in the heart of the downtown Financial District. This stellar venue features original art deco design and interiors accentuated with black marble, gold leaf, silver, and brass. Their signature wedding space is the main dining room on the 11th floor, which seats 240 guests for dinner and dancing. The 10th floor café accommodates 220, suites on the 9th floor accommodate 120 dinner guests, and suites on the 12th floor can hold up to 100 guests. Couples can also rent the 10th and 11th floors together to accommodate up to 460 wedding guests.
155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-362-2042
18.The Hamlin Mansion
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This sophisticated San Francisco wedding venue is a 1901 Italian baroque mansion in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Formerly the Hamlin School, this extravagant mansion wedding venue has a beautiful marble vestibule that leads to the two-story Great Hall, where indoor ceremonies are held. It features oak paneled walls, towering columns, a magnificent staircase for the bride to make her entrance, and a mezzanine. Alternatively, couples may tie the knot on the Great Lawn, with views of San Francisco Bay. Receptions are held in the East or West Dining Room, or both. It has ivory walls, wood floors, and large windows overlooking the bay. The Great Hall accommodates 180 guests, and the Great Lawn and reception area accommodate 200 guests.
2120 Broadway, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-389-8069
19.The Julia Morgan Ballroom
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The Julia Morgan Ballroom is on the 15th floor of the Merchants Exchange in San Francisco’s Financial District. Guests exit the elevator directly into the luxurious bar and lounge area with two fireplaces and a 27-foot marble bar before entering the 4,370-square-foot ballroom. One full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the cityscape. The ceiling is accented with mahogany and the walls are paneled with it as well. A 20-foot stone fireplace provides the perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. This venue offers complete wedding service from wedding planning to catering. The space can accommodate 380 seated dinner guests or 750 guest for a standing reception.
465 California Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-966-0341
20.Bimbo’s 365 Club
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Bimbo’s 365 Club is one of the oldest and swankiest art deco nightclubs in San Francisco. Couples looking for a venue for their vintage wedding will fall in love with Bimbo’s. This 1930s club is reminiscent of Old Hollywood style with a dramatic deep red and black color palette, dazzling chandeliers, elegantly draped tables, terraced dining, a stage, dance floor, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Couples can rent the venue for reception only or for the ceremony too. This club accommodates 475 seated guests, and is located at the foot of Russian Hill between Fisherman’s Wharf and the North Beach District.
1025 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-474-0365
21.The San Francisco Film Centre
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The Presidio is home to the swanky San Francisco Film Center. It provides guests with views of both the Main Post and the Golden Gate Bridge, and is perfect for an indoor/outdoor wedding. Couples can host a sophisticated soirée from the lawn to the veranda to the Palm Room. An exchange of vows on the lawn with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the veranda get the big day started right. Floor-to-ceiling French doors open from the veranda into the stylish Palm Room, which is 2,775 square feet. The modern light-filled room with Australian eucalyptus wood floors, white walls, and potted palms can accommodate 180 seated dinner guests or 300 standing guests.
39 Mesa Street, Suite 107, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-561-3456
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Hotel Zoe is located in the heart of the iconic and historical Fisherman’s Wharf, the ideal destination for couples who want to design their dream wedding from start to finish. The staff at Zoe are friendly and knowledgeable with experience in creating every style of wedding, from low-key elopements to grand and opulent church ceremonies. The hotel itself features 221 guestrooms and suites, a newly redesigned event space that accommodates up to 90 guests, and the upscale Italian restaurant Pescatore. The staff work closely with each couple to find their perfect wedding venue, even if that means off-property. They provide private catering and a list of preferred, highly recommended vendors.
425 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-561-1100
23.The Winery SF
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The Winery SF is located in a 20,000-square-foot completely renovated former naval hanger. The building sits on the shores of Treasure Island and provides wondrous unobstructed views of the San Francisco cityscape and the bay. The interior features 36-foot-high soaring ceilings and is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a wealth of natural light by day and the gentle glow of the city’s twinkling lights at night. Roughly 400 wooden barrels filled with fermenting grapes line the walls, adding a level a chicness to the space. This is an excellent venue for elegant weddings that are one part vintage and one part rustic.
30 Avenue G, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-735-8423
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Trocadero Clubhouse is the dream locale for a country or pastoral wedding ceremony and reception. Built in 1892, this rustic home features Victorian detailing, hardwood floors, a grand room with a functional fireplace, industrial-sized kitchen, bridal area, and grand wrap-around porch. Adding to the home’s beauty is its surroundings, towering redwoods featuring winding pathways along a tranquil pond and a large meadow providing grills and picnic tables. This venue should only be chosen by couples who are comfortable planning their own DIY wedding and are choosing their own vendors, as it’s rented out by San Francisco City Parks and they don’t provide wedding planners.
Wawona Street, San Francisco, CA, Phone: 415-831-5500
25 Best San Francisco Wedding Venues
- Conservatory of Flowers, Photo: Courtesy of Alex Leighton - Fotolia.com
- W San Francisco, Photo: W San Francisco
- Asian Art Museum, Photo: Courtesy of Giulio - Fotolia.com
- Bently Reserve, Photo: Bently Reserve
- Dogpatch WineWorks, Photo: Dogpatch WineWorks
- Cavallo Point, Photo: Cavallo Point
- Fairmont San Francisco, Photo: Fairmont San Francisco
- Novela, Photo: Courtesy of tonefotografia - Fotolia.comkstudio - Fotolia.com
- Foreign Cinema, Photo: Foreign Cinema
- Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Photo: Courtesy of myronovychoksana - Fotolia.com
- Kimpton Sir Francis Drake, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- Log Cabin, Photo: Log Cabin
- Observation Post, Photo: Observation Post
- Swedenborgian Church, Photo: Courtesy of tommaso - Fotolia.com
- Terra Gallery, Photo: Terra Gallery
- The Box SF, Photo: The Box SF
- The City Club of San Francisco, Photo: Courtesy of DmyTo - Fotolia.com
- The Hamlin Mansion, Photo: The Hamlin Mansion
- The Julia Morgan Ballroom, Photo: The Julia Morgan Ballroom
- Bimbo’s 365 Club, Photo: Bimbo’s 365 Club
- The San Francisco Film Centre, Photo: The San Francisco Film Centre
- Hotel Zoe, Photo: Courtesy of hreniuca - Fotolia.com
- The Winery SF, Photo: The Winery SF
- Trocadero Clubhouse, Photo: Courtesy of stanislav uvarov - Fotolia.com
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