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May 23, 2016

Get Your Marriage On at these Five Perfect San Francisco Bay Area Places

Summer means wedding season. With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage freedom, the time could not be better to tie the knot in the LGBT capital of America, San Francisco, the city of love.

In celebration of equality for law, we rounded up some unique spots around the Bay Area to exchange vows and make it official.

  • Steps of History
    City Hall is the most historical place for same-sex couples to tie the knot in the city by the bay—in some ways the birth of the marriage equality movement (inspired in part by former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom). Say I do on the front lines of same-sex marriage battlegroun by registering online.

    A great place for the reception is at one of the swanky cool nearby hotels.
  • Ocean Backdrop
    Always dreamed of getting married on the ocean at sunset? Well, you can do both in San Francisco. For a reception and ceremony, dip your toes in the sand at Ocean Beach. If you want something a little more private with the same breathtaking views, hop up the road at the lovely Park Chalet or the famous Cliff House. Another symbolic venue is across the bay in Oakland at Lake Chalet.
  • Urban Wilderness
    Just because you're in the middle of a city doesn't mean you can't find a peacefully serene location. Get married in the wilderness of San Francisco by holding the ceremony in the Presidio or in the expansive Golden Gate Park. In the Presidio, you can put guests up at the Inn at the Presidio and even get the Golden Gate Bridge in your photo backdrop if you stage it just right. In the Golden Gate Park, reserve a unique space for your reception at the de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences.
  • Wine Country
    If rolling hills and/or the best wine in the world is your thing, then look no further than to the north Bay Area. The number of resorts and vineyards eager to host your reception and ceremony are endless. Peruse GayCities' user favorites, including Domaine Carneros, V. Sattui, Buena Vista Winery, Vintner's Inn, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Auberge du Soleil and Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch.

    If you really want to gay it up though, plan it around an Out in the Vineyard event or commission the gay wine country experts to help plan one of your own. You'll want to spend plenty of time in San Francisco on your way there and back, of course.
  • Take a Cruise
    Yes, on a boat. For an intimate nautical experience, charter your own yacht or private boat for the ceremony and/or reception. The views are ever changing and the absolute best of the entire bay. (Just make sure nobody in the party gets seasick!) There's several companies to charter through, including Hornblower Cruises & Events, and nearby bars and clubs hit up after you dock.

Find a gay-approved wedding vendor in the Bay Area and beyond through Purple Unions. Or, browse the GayCities San Francisco Guide to find places and businesses for planning one on your own.

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