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How to Plan Your San Francisco Wedding

San Francisco is for lovers. With a reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world, it is a great destination for any wedding. It is full of historic charm, there is plenty to do there to keep you and your guests entertained and there are several outdoor and indoor venues that make the perfect backdrop for saying your ‘I do’s’.

If you think San Francisco would the ideal city to host your wedding in, here are a few things to keep in mind.

When Should I Have My San Francisco Wedding?

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The average San Francisco wedding costs about $40,000 making it one of the more expensive places to get married. To keep costs low, avoid wedding during the peak months of September and October. This will also ensure that the city will be less crowded, and you will be able to have first pick when it comes to the venues and vendors and musical entertainment you want to use.


Being a major metropolitan city, San Francisco and its surrounding areas have plenty of options for getting around. Both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport are close by. Once in town, there are buses and trolleys that can take you where you need to go. Driving is also an option, but the city is crowded so it may be difficult to navigate and par


The weather in San Francisco is mild overall but it’s usually a bit overcast. September is the warmest month with highs in the 70’s. During the winter, highs range around 60 degrees. Rainfall is heaviest from November to March and it rarely rains during the summer.


There are several wedding venues to choose from in the San Francisco area. Most couples will look for venues that provide a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but there are plenty of unique historical venues and woodsy parks that make for terrific outdoor locations.

Although San Francisco weddings are generally expensive, you can shop around to find affordable options. If you are having trouble finding something that you like that’s within your budget, Oakland is located nearby, and you may have some affordable options.

Getting a Wedding License in San Francisco

With all the hustle and bustle involved in planning a wedding, it’s important not to forget the most important detail… the marriage license!

To get a license in San Francisco, you do not need to be a resident but both parties will need a valid photo ID. A witness will also need to be present to sign the certificate. There is no wait time so your license will be issued immediately, but it will expire in 90 days.

If you are wondering what city to get married in, San Francisco is definitely one of your most romantic options. There are plenty of unique venues available and it is a great place to sightsee and enjoy for guests that are planning to stay in town a couple of days. What city do you think makes the most romantic wedding destination?

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