If you want to get married at San Francisco City Hall on a Saturday, you have to pay $5,000 for 2 hours of time. Since City Hall is closed on Weekends you end up having the whole building to yourself. Only your guests and your professional helpers. The City Hall event staff allow you to have access to nearly the whole building for professional wedding photography. The only floor they normally don't allow you is the 4th floor. Although on occasion if you allow yourself to be escorted to the various floors you may be able to hit the 4th floor North Gallery or the Mayor's Balcony. As you can see from the photo above, Saturday weddings are always on the Grand Staircase and they allow a pretty large crowd to attend. One thing to realize is that if you do want to have your wedding on a Saturday, you have to coordinate with the City Hall Event Department to choose your vendors. Any potential wedding vendor must have met the insurance requirements that the City of San Francisco requires and also must name city hall on their insurance policy. The Events Department can also provide referrals as well, to make this process easier. They also have a list of professional San Francisco city hall wedding photographers for you to choose from.
The City Hall Events department offers 2 times for these weddings. One can start at 9:00 am and the other at 12:00 noon. Very nice folding wooden chairs are provided and can seat up to 200 guests with no additional charge. If you go over 200, you will need to inquire about extra costs. As mentioned above, the use of outside vendors requires advance approval before booking. You should also inquire in advance regarding security for your event. It is highly recommended and city hall can provide this for you at a cost. Equipment rental is also available depending upon what you need. I know that many couples rent sound equipment for their wedding celebration. This might be important if you have a large group.