San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer Prices

One of our specialties is San Francisco City Hall wedding photography.  The City Hall prices and packages seen below are some of our most popular, but can be customized to fit your needs. We are one of the leading SF City Hall wedding photographers currently shooting weddings at this amazing yet affordable wedding venue. Our "San Francisco Tour" Packages include a tour around the city with photos at some of our most famous SF landmarks and includes up to 4 hours of coverage. We will even drive you to each location! If you are looking for something that takes less time and a lower price, you can choose our "Elopement" Package. This collection includes amazing wedding photos of both of you inside and outside of the building and it takes about 1 hour for the inexpensive cost of only $695. No matter what level of pricing you choose, our goal is to make sure you have a great day and have fun. All Packages include high resolution edited digital files of ALL of the photos we take and full reproduction rights. See below for details on our city hall wedding photography prices.

City Hall Wedding Photography Grand Staircase

Experienced San Francisco City Hall Photographer

As a native San Franciscan with over 25 years of experience as a wedding photographer, Mike Dubnoff is uniquely qualified to cover your City Hall Event. No matter what options you select, Mike will make your wedding day fun and memorable. Most of our clients go with our smaller packages that include San Francisco City Hall coverage only, but Mike can take you throughout the city and visit some of San Francisco's romantic and famous landmarks if you prefer! He knows the best times of the day to photograph you at places such as The Golden Gate Bridge, The Palace of Fine Arts, North Beach, The Legion of Honor, Pier 7, and Coit Tower to name a few. To view a slide show of a recent City Hall wedding CLICK HERE

San Francisco Wedding Picture

Packages and Prices For Every Budget

We are one of the premier SF City Hall wedding photographers and shoot weddings here at least 8 times per month. We offer special weekday pricing that provides different levels of coverage depending on how many San Francisco landmarks you want to visit after your city hall ceremony. You can also choose different lengths of time for your city hall photo tour. If you want to visit all 4 floors, then the "Preferred" package is the one for you at a cost of $795. Wedding Reception coverage can also be included, just let us know how many hours of coverage you require and we can quote you a price. If you need a wedding photographer for the full day on a weekend or weekday, we can provide that too. Weekend rates are slightly higher than what you see here but always includes 2 wedding photographers, all of the digital images and online viewing. We are committed to ensure you receive the best San Francisco wedding photography experience at affordable prices. Our 6 popular City Hall wedding packages are listed below with pricing included.

2nd Floor Bride and Groom at City Hall Wedding Photography Back-Lit Bride

SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL PACKAGES

"Elopement"

1 Hour of Coverage
 SF City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$695

"Preferred"

1.5 Hours of Coverage
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image files
Time for Family and Friend Photos
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$795

"San Francisco Tour 1"

2.5 Hours of Coverage
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
1 Additional San Francisco Location
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$995

"San Francisco Tour 2"

3.25 Hours of Coverage
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
2 Additional San Francisco Location
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$1,150

"San Francisco Tour 3"

4 Hours of Coverage
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
3 Additional San Francisco Locations
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$1,295

"Romance Album"

24 Page Flush Mount Wedding Album
4 hours of Coverage
11X14 Mounted Wall Portrait
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
3 Additional San Francisco Locations
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$1,795

"Full-Day Ultimate"

30 Page Flush Mount Wedding Album
Full Day Coverage (9 hours max)
11X14 Mounted Wall Portrait
 City Hall Interior and Exterior Photos
Unlimited San Francisco Locations
USB of Fully Edited High Resolution Jpeg Images
Full Reproduction Rights of ALL Image Files
Private Website for Viewing and Ordering Images
$2,995

 

San Francisco City Hall Architecture 

We also offer full-day affordable wedding coverage for your City Hall wedding. Ask us about our weekend coverage and all day packages. Our "Full-Day Ultimate" package provides you with up to 9 hours of full-day coverage after your San Francisco City Hall Wedding ceremony. We will join you at any of the fantastic and historic locations in San Francisco and get some creative photos. We can take you to Russian Hill, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Legion of Honor, Coit Tower, Twin Peaks, Crissy Fields or SF Downtown to just name a few. After taking you around the city, we can cover your reception or party. We will even include bridal prep photos if you so desire.  This package is for the couple that wants every aspect of their marriage recorded for long lasting memories!

candid wedding photography at San Francisco City Hall

Our "San Francisco Wedding Experience"

One of our more popular options is called the "San Francisco Tour 3" Package. For the affordable price of $1,295 you receive a complete wedding package that will provide you with incredible memories of your special day in the "City by the Bay". Ask about our military discount for this premium package. We will drive you around to your favorite SF iconic destinations. You can choose the places yourself or we are happy to help you decide. We provide you with 4 hours of professional wedding photography coverage and include pictures of the following:

  • Marriage License signing by your witness.

  • City Hall ceremony coverage from start to finish.

  • Family and Friend photos after the ceremony.

  • Photo tour of the building with the bride and groom

  • 3 San Francisco Locations with 4 hours of photography coverage

  • Comfortable transportation to each SF Location

  • Discount prices

The following video is an excellent example of our San Francisco Wedding Experience

City Hall Wedding Photography Services

We are also happy to do your pre-wedding shoot, engagement session or portrait  photography at San Francisco City Hall. Please email us for details and costs. If you are interested in wedding albums we have a full line of professional books that can be custom made to your specifications. The cost for the basic book is $425, but we have endless options and styles.  Set up a meeting with the photographer and we can discuss the details of your wedding and show you our high quality portfolio albums. We offer our brides and grooms free wedding planning consulting to help put your wedding together in a timely fashion. Many of our out-of-town clients ask us to help with choosing other vendors and reception sites. We are happy to help!   For some international weddings, we are asked to get totally involved in planning and helping choose vendors.    We can recommend musicians, videographers,  Disc Jockeys and yes, even wedding photographers if we are not available.

We pride ourselves on being a culturally diverse, gay / lesbian / same-sex friendly service. We have been serving the LGBT community from the very beginning of legal same-sex weddings. To check our availability or to receive more information please click HERE Call us at 925-686-4960 or email us at mike@dubnoffphoto.com. We have photographed over 1,200 weddings in 20 years of Bay Area photography plus over 250 marriages at San Francisco City Hall! We would love to photograph yours. Our wedding packages are affordable and easy to understand with no hidden fees or charges.

Staircase railing at San Francisco City Hall

Which Package is Best for You?

"Elopement" - This package provides you with 1 hour of photographic coverage inside and outside the building. It's best for elopements when the couple only needs photos of themselves with no guests attending. We meet you just before the ceremony to assist you with check-in and then follow you up to the Rotunda for your nuptials. We are happy to be your witness if needed. Then we take you on a picture tour of the building, stopping at the most beautiful spots. We end the shoot by taking you out in front of the building and taking a few quick photographs in front of the main doorway. if time allows, we will take you across the street to get some nice exterior photos of the city hall building. The cost is only $695.

"Preferred Package" - Bringing family and friends? This is the choice for you. With the "Preferred" package you receive everything that the Elopement package offers plus an additional 30 minutes to photograph your guests. We also recommend this package for couples who are really interested in full wedding photography coverage. The extra 30 minutes allows us to take you on all 4 floors to make sure you get your favorite shots. You only pay $100 more for this service.

"San Francisco Tour 1 Package" - This package is for those couples who want a little bit more. In addition to all that is offered in the "Preferred" collection, we also have time to take photos of your family and friends. Then we take you to the San Francisco landmark of your choice! The Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower and The Legion of Honor are just a few of the locations available to photograph you. We also provide comfortable transportation at no cost. 2.5 hours of total photographic coverage is included for the economical price of $995. As with all packages, you receive all of the images we shoot at your wedding in jpeg format. We can send you a DVD, USB Drive or Dropbox the images to you. Also included in all of these listed packages is full reproduction rights, allowing you to print or post any of the images files we provide you with.

"San Francisco Tour 2 Package" - This package includes everything that the "Tour 1" provides but with 2 locations and 3.25 hours of total coverage.  It has become one of our  packages for the value-minded, because it seems to fit most of our client's time constraints.  We are always willing to work with you to make sure our packages fits your needs in every way including costs and time issues. 

"San Francisco Tour 3 Package" - This package includes everything that the "Tour 1" provides plus a multi-location photo tour of San Francisco. We will take you to 3 of your favorite iconic SF landmarks and take beautiful pictures of you at each location. The 4 hours of coverage also includes comfortable transportation. One of our most popular City Hall wedding packages!  The Japanese Tea Gardens, The Presidio, Russian Hill, North Beach and so many more iconic San Francisco landmarks.

"Romance Album Package" - Everything included in the "San Francisco Tour 3" Collection above plus  a beautiful custom made Wedding Album. You also receive an 11X14 Wall Portrait. Don't hide your memories away on some forgotten computer hard drive. Display your images with this gorgeous professional wedding album. You choose your favorite 40 photos and we will do the rest. It normally takes us only 3 weeks after the wedding to send you a proof for your approval and then your album is shipped directly to you. Our clients absolutely love this album and we always receive lots of positive feedback. Pricing starts at $1,795 with our base wedding album.

San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

Planning your San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall is a beautiful destination for planning your wedding ceremony. It's affordable, convenient, and available throughout the year. Planning your marriage at City Hall will take you a lot less time compared to a typical wedding, but there are still a number of things you will have to do ahead of time. The article below will help you plan your nuptials at SF City Hall.

City Hall Wedding Planning Tips - 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Marriage License Appointment - You can make your reservations by clicking here. If your ceremony is on the same day, be sure to book the marriage license appointment time at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. You can even do this the day before to make your day less stressful.  We personally suggest you book the license appointment 1 full hour before your San Francisco City Hall ceremony. This allows a little more time in case things are running late.

Step 2: Book your Ceremony - The same link will enable you to choose your wedding date and time. City Hall will not accept reservations unless your preferred date is 90 days or less from the time you want to reserve it. Early and late times tend to be less crowded and better for wedding photography.  The exception to the 90 day rule is for those couples that are interested in booking either Mayor's Balcony or 4th Floor for 1 hour.  Reserved weddings can be booked a year in advance, see below for more details on booking a large wedding at city hall.

Step 3: Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer - If you are going to choose such an amazing venue, why not get some great photos? There are number of excellent San Francisco City Hall wedding photographers available. Some of the best wedding photographers in the Bay Area love to shoot at SF City Hall, this is your chance to book them for bargain prices. Many of these photographers normally charge $4,000 to $6,000 for a full wedding and you can usually book them for your civil ceremony for under $1,000. In most cases, you will probably receive more photos from a city hall photography session than a large wedding due to the time constraints built into big events.

Step 4: Invite Guests - This is the tricky part. The rule at City Hall is no more than 6 guests, but it's rarely enforced. Does this mean you should bring 100 people? No, of course not, there just isn't the room and it can be disruptive to others. If you want to invite more than around 20 people, it might be best to reserve the Mayor's Balcony which is designed to handle more guests. The beautiful 4th floor balcony is another location you can reserve and invite extra guests. Both of these reserved areas cost $1,000 to rent for 1 hour.

Step 5: Choose your Ceremony Location - Both the Rotunda and the private room are available for a cost of $73. Some Deputy Commissioners will let you do your Ceremony at the Mayor's Balcony or on the 4th floor if you ask. Otherwise, those locations cost money to reserve (see above), but allow for more guests. Remember to bring your ID's and your marriage license on your wedding day!

Step 6: You did it, you're married! - If you hired a wedding photographer they will take you around City Hall to get some great photos! 

Legion of Honor San Francisco Wedding

Helpful Hints For Your Wedding Day

  • Don't Be Late For Your Own Wedding!  San Francisco City Hall is notorious for making people late.  Whether it's the traffic, a special event or a closed parking garage, the engaged couple faces some challenges making it to their own ceremony on schedule. The simple solution is to allow extra time. As your wedding photographers, we know we can't be late so we always plan our Breakfast, Lunch or Coffee at the city hall cafeteria (Mint Cafe). This puts us at city hall much earlier than necessary to photograph the wedding, but also gives us cushion time. If things run late, we only miss our breakfast and not the wedding! We suggest you do the same!

  • Remember to Bring Snacks and Water.  Wedding ceremonies at SF City Hall seldom occur on time and can be up to 30 minutes late on busy days like Thursday and Friday. It's important to stay hydrated on this stressful day and to also have a small protein bar handy if needed. Bring some sort of small container that can be used to carry these items and can double as place to store your paperwork as well.  We also try to provide our clients with some of these items, but you may prefer to bring your own food especially if you have dietary restrictions.

  • Take Care of the Marriage License Before your Big Day.  The County Clerk's office will allow you to obtain your marriage License and have your ceremony on the same day.   We think this is not the best idea.  If for some reason you experience technical problems, or documentation issues with your marriage license you will not have enough time to fix them before your ceremony.  If possible, come in the day before and take care of the paperwork, it will cause less stress on your wedding day and it's one less thing to worry about!

  • Guests Don't Need to Check-in.  Before every standard San Francisco city hall wedding the couple is required to check-in at the County Clerks office prior to the ceremony.  Try to check-in about 10 minutes before your ceremony time. This is when you meet your marriage commissioner and get the marriage license signed by your witnesses.  Guests do not need to be there and are not allowed in the room anyway.  So when you bring your whole wedding party, it can be disruptive to others and often causes the bride and groom stress.  Ask your guests to wait by the Grand Staircase or in the Rotunda area.  It will make life easier for everyone and they won't miss a thing!

  • Brides Bring your Walking Shoes!  Brides almost always wear new shoes on their wedding day and of course they hurt!  Once your ceremony is over, we will take you throughout this beautiful building photographing you at various locations.   We are more than happy to allow you the time change back and forth between comfortable shoes and your "photo shoes".  

  • Bring a "Wedding Kit" . You never know what you will need on a wedding day.  Wedding coordinators have created clever kits that contain many of the things that might be needed when small things go wrong on your special day.  Examples of potential contents include:  Sewing kits, hair pins, scissors, safety pins, cough drops, pain relievers,  bandages, duct tape,  and other miscellaneous items.

Save Money by Getting Married at City Hall!

How can you have your wedding at one of the most beautiful venues on the West Coast for under $100?  You guessed it, get married at San Francisco City Hall! Yes, its a public building, but It's still an incredible value for so many reasons.  The gorgeous architecture and amazing history are just 2 factors to consider when contemplating the decision to have your wedding here.  San Francisco is loaded with some great wedding venues, but they all cost a fortune and don't offer the amenities present at city hall.   You don't even need to pay for your wedding officiant  because the Clerk's Office supplies one as part of your wedding package for free! They even wear fancy robes and look like judges!  However, if you prefer to bring in your own minister, feel free.  You can actually have your nuptials anywhere you want in San Francisco City Hall assuming there are no large events occurring at the time.

If you want a private ceremony you can rent out the Mayors Balcony or 4th Floor North Gallery for under $1,000.  In these reserved locations, you have the option of paying for your own officiant or the County Clerk's office will supply one for you at no additional cost.  Yes, you pay more for a private ceremony, but try to match that price anywhere in the city.  It's not possible!   Because of the compressed schedule at city hall, you can hire some of the best San Francisco city hall wedding photographers in the Bay Area for 1/4 of what they normally charge for full-day weekend coverage.  You receive the same great quality from these top photographers at a fraction of the expense. Planning a big reception after your ceremony? There are a number of great places at reasonable prices that are walking distance away including Absinthe, Soluna and Jardiniere to name just a few. Since you are walking to your reception, there is no need for the high cost of renting a limo. More savings!

 

SF City Hall wedding photographer window shot

 

Legion of Honor bride image              Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco

 

 Baker Beach view of Golden Gate Bridge         silhouette wedding photography         zzz

 

    married couple walking at Painted Ladies        Fort Point wedding splash in San Francisco       groom dips bride at San Francisco City Hall

 

Beautiful bride waiting on the front steps of SF City Hall