There are many reasons why the classic tune “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” speaks to us. We love this city’s unique character, charm, and not to mention the picturesque hillsides and bay views. And as one of the most iconic cities in America, it does classic very well. Although, there are newer and trendy spaces and places, (see 5 Unique Places to Get Married in San Francisco), it offers a number of true classic establishments that we think are worthy of a wedding celebration. Here we list our top 5 classic places to tie the knot in San Francisco!
When Shakespeare comes to mind, we can’t help but have romantic soliloquies on our brains. Tucked inside Golden Gate Park, entering Shakespeare Garden is like walking into a dream. Imagine as you stroll beneath a charming iron gate on a tree-lined path to marry your beloved. This exquisite garden is the perfect place to celebrate love.
You may just have it all if you're lucky enough to book the Legion of Honor for your nuptials. Not only will you be surrounded by neoclassical architecture and fine artwork, think Rodin sculptures, but you also have the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. We can’t think of anything more enchanting. If you want to immerse yourself in old-world charm and be captivated by the masterpieces of this one-of-a-kind museum, this is the San Francisco wedding venue for you.
The Julia Morgan Ballroom is one of San Francisco’s most exclusive and distinguished venues. The architecture and interior design are truly a masterpiece. Think, mahogany-honey-combed ceilings, classic gold leaf marble accents, and the grandeur of a 200-foot fireplace. And to top it all off, the windows offer sparkling city views! Every detail of this impressive space screams wedding. We just had to include it on our list.
Located in the heart of San Francisco, this Episcopal house of prayer is iconic across the world. With its 90 foot ceilings, sweeping archways, and stained glass windows, Grace Cathedral is a striking space. Known for its classic gothic architecture and majestic mosaics, the cathedral's grandness and peaceful setting makes for an unforgettable wedding venue.
San Francisco City Hall is not your ordinary municipal building. With breathtaking accents such as marble floors, soaring columns, and a grand staircase that makes for the perfect wedding centerpiece, it's no wonder that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio tied the knot here in 1954. In 1978, City Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark. If you're looking for a place that carries as much history as it does beauty, City Hall might just be the answer.