What are the best wedding venues in San Francisco?

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Maria Hunt

When it comes to picking an amazing wedding venue in San Francisco, the one of the best choices in the region is just outside the city. Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito was hailed as one of the best places to get married by The Knot. Much of what makes the venue ideal for a wedding is the physical beauty; you’ll have the bay and distant view of San Francisco on one side and picturesque forests and mountains on the other. The historic buildings offer a variety of venues ranging from a chapel for ceremonies and  a ballroom lit with glowing orbs to intimate spaces with fireplaces that would be ideal for a rehearsal dinner for 20.  It wouldn’t be a wedding without fine food and drink, and Cavallo Point delivers there as well. The culinary team can create everything from muti-course, sit-down dinners to light seasonal appetizers. And the wines will be perfect, too, since Cavallo Point’s wine director Gillian Ballance is a Master Sommelier.

Katie Sweeney

With it's rolling hills, beautiful architecture, and stunning monuments like the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is great location for the city wedding of your dreams. Here are my top four favorite wedding venues:

The De Young Museum. Located in the middle of Golden Gate Park, the De Young offers brides plenty of contemporary location choices. Host the ceremony in the gardens, the cocktail hour at the 9th floor Hamon Observation Tower, and the reception in the museum's main lobby. Special events are allowed to take place daily from 6:30 pm to 1 am and amplified music is okay both indoors and outdoors.

City Hall. San Francisco's City Hall is a gorgeous historic building and classic location for urban nuptials. Although booking a ceremony at City Hall requires far-in-advance planning, the setting, especially the Rotunda, is worth the extra effort.

The Ferry Building. With sweeping views of the Bay Area, this landmark is an excellent place for an intimate wedding. The Grand Hall is the best spot for a larger party and the Port Commission is perfect for a smaller reception. The only downside of a Ferry Building wedding is that the caterers are provided and you can not select your own.

Asian Art Museum. Similar to City Hall, the Asian Art Museum is housed in a building that's filled with history: it was once San Francisco's main public library. Weddings are contracted from 5:15 pm - 1:30 am year round and amplified music is allowed.

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