There are a lot of reasons that couples choose to have a City Hall elopement. Big-ceremony nerves, families spread out over the world, an upcoming destination wedding, and a million other things that lead people to elope. San Francisco City Hall is in itself an icon, and many couples have chosen to to use the excuse for a vacation to a fun city and get married in the process.
While the process is mostly painless, there are some logistics to know about. I’ve shot over 50 ceremonies at SF City Hall so I’ve seen a thing or two! Here are some thoughts in no particular order.
Bring some friends!
Weddings can be full of family politics, plus-ones, and cutting down the parts of the guest list that you’d rather keep. The nice thing about a quick City Hall elopement is that you can invite a few local or non-local friends who may be free on a Wednesday at 11am, spend an hour with them, grab lunch, and worry less about accidentally insulting a specific family member.
P.S. The City Hall website says you can bring a maximum of six guests. Nobody follows that rule.
Keep belongings to a minimum.
It can be tempting to bring in props, wardrobe changes,