If you’re planning a wedding and you love vintage architecture like I do, you’ll want to check out our picks for The Top 10 Historic Wedding Venues in San Francisco. Whether you’re looking for a rustic farmhouse, or an elegant Victorian, we’ve got you covered.
A gorgeous location and beautiful outdoor setting makes Lyford House a popular Marin wedding venue. The imposing yellow Victorian with its classic watchtower sits on a hill overlooking the Tiburon, CA shoreline, with views of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline. Lyford House is on an Audubon sanctuary, and the expansive grounds offer plenty of possibilities for both your ceremony and reception. If the tide is out, you can pop down to the small beach for couple’s portraits. Cocktail hour on the terrace is also a favorite.
Built in the 1920s by famed architect to Julia Morgan, the Berkeley City Club is a landmark building conveniently located in downtown Berkeley. Fans of vintage architecture will love its Gothic Moorish details and the grand ball room with its high ceilings and lovely chandeliers. The courtyard is the most popular spot for couples’ wedding portraits.
This elegant Sonoma home was a wedding gift from the famed General Marian Guadelupe Vallejo, military commander, politician, rancher, and founding father of Sonoma, to his daughter. Today the owners of the national recognized Ramekins Culinary School own The General’s Daughter. Their creative menu showcases the best of what Sonoma has to offer, including organic produce from their own 5th Street Farm. The General’s Daughter promises a picturesque location and fresh, local culinary delights. As you dance away the evening under the stars, perhaps you’ll hear the echo of laughter from General Vallejo’s grandchildren.
Located on the 16th floor of the merchants exchange building on California Street in downtown San Francisco, the Julia Morgan Ballroom is one of the most stunning examples of her genius. It’s hard not to salivate over the gorgeous details! Gargantuan stone fireplaces, hand-carved rosewood panels, and polished marble floors offer amazing backdrops for wedding photos around every corner. As an added bonus, take the elevator downstairs to pose for a classic wedding portrait with the cable cars just outside the front entrance.
This stately Victorian mansion sits along the banks of Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. Cameron Stanford House offers beautiful views of the lake, and a charming garden area for ceremony and reception. There are lovely spots for couples portraits both on the property, and a short walk away along the shoreline, including a scenic bridge.
Once considered as the spot for the headquarters of the United Nations, the Seminary at Strawberry in Mill Valley, CA has it all: gorgeous views, extensive grounds, vintage architecture. It also has–wait for it– ample parking, a huge plus in the Bay Area. If you are planning an intimate ceremony, check out the Grove. Skyline Terrace is a perfect spot for couples portraits, cocktail hour, or dinner.
Architect Bernard Maybeck chose an idyllic spot in downtown Mill valley for the location of the Outdoor Art Club. The building has a lovely, intimate feel, while the outdoor terrace is a perfect choice for your ceremony. Do you love of redwood trees? Consider having your ceremony down the road at Old Mill Park then have your reception here.
The San Francisco Mint is easily recognizable from a distance by its iconic stone columns and grand stairway. Many couples love to take portraits near (or inside) the old vaults, but there are plenty of other vintage details to admire. Wandering around the rooms is like traveling back in time, and it’s fun to imagine all of the currency–related activities that took place here back in the day.
This Beaux-Arts Building is San Francisco’s best kept secret when it comes to wedding venues. Not only is it one of the most gorgeous venues in San Francisco, it’s also one of the most reasonably–priced. You can have a civil ceremony here any day of the week for $85, or choose one of the more private options beginning at $1000 for the mayors balcony. San Francisco City Hall is a dream for wedding photography. Definitely include some couple’s portraits on the grand staircase!
It’s a well-known fact that generals always got the best housing. The General‘s residence at Fort Mason in San Francisco is no exception. There’s so much to love about this wedding venue! You’ll wonder at the opulent furnishings of the grand foyer and ballroom, and the breath-taking views of Aquatic Park, Alcatraz, and the far reaches of San Francisco Bay. You might choose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn, then move indoors for the reception.
We hope you’ll take a look at the historic San Francisco wedding venues on this list that speak to you. If you’ve found this list helpful, or have a suggestion you think we should add, please comment below!
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