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May 16, 2019

San Francisco Wedding Planning Tools

How to Get Married in San Francisco

So you're here to get hitched. Congratulations! Here's a round-up of all the services you might need to make your big day as easy, fun, and memorable as possible for you, your special someone, and your honored guests.

Marriage License and Civil Ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall

To make an online reservation to apply for and obtain your Marriage License or host your Civil/Commitment Ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, click here. Separate appointments are required for obtaining a marriage license and/or for the ceremony. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.

Requirements to be legally married in California

  • Couple must apply for and pay for a marriage license issued by a County Clerk.
  • Ceremony must take place in California within 90 days of when the marriage license is issued.
  • Ceremony must be performed by an authorized person under CA Family Code Sections 400-401.

For complete marriage requirements, click here.

San Francisco Marriage License and Civil Ceremony Fees

Marriage license and ceremony appointments are available online or can be made in the Office of the County Clerk.

For current fees and payment methods, click here.

Changing Your Name in San Francisco

If you choose to change your name, the new name must be included in the marriage license application.

For complete information on how to make a marriage-related name change, click here.


Finding the Perfect Venue

Need some assistance finding the best venue for your big wedding day? Maybe you're also looking for photographers or caterers in San Francisco. Check out our many partners who offer these services here.

If you need help reserving room blocks or a large event venue, please contact our Convention Services team. They'll be glad to provide more information.

Need a hand getting acquainted with some of the most popular venues in San Francisco? Click here for a few of our favorites. And don't forget that we can help you find great venues beyond the bridge.

Wedding Guest Materials

Whether your guests are traveling to San Francisco from near or far, you'll want to make sure they have the tools they need to know where to go and what to do. Check out our trip itineraries to ensure that your guests make the most out of their stay in San Francisco!

Visitor's Planning Guide

Our official Visitor's Planning Guide is packed with everything from maps to apps and plenty of must-see, must-do, and must-eat San Francisco attractions. We also publish seasonal guides, which feature an in-depth look at specific events and festivals, and our annual culinary guide, which will make sure you get to taste everything San Francisco has to offer.


Visitor Information Center

The official go-to spot for maps, tickets, tours, and any question you could possibly need answered. Located in The Moscone Center (749 Howard St.), San Francisco's Visitor Information Center has been in operation for more than 30 years and has just reopened with an innovative facelift which includes interactive touch screens. Other San Francisco Visitor Center locations include Macy's Union Square (170 O'Farrell St.), the Chinatown Visitor Information Center (625 Kearny St.), and the California Welcome Center at PIER 39.


Unique San Francisco Gifts/Favors

Give your guests a piece of the San Francisco experience to take home with one-of-a-kind gift items. View our shopping partners here and explore these quirky gifts you can only find in San Francisco.


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