11 Unconventional Places to Get Married in San Francisco + Oakland

|April 23, 2017

San Francisco and Oakland residents are famous across the globe for their fun-loving spirit, quirky characters and innovative ideas. Therefore, it’s no surprise that we have some of the most beautiful and out-of-the-box wedding venues around. Celebrate your big day in Bay Area style! We found the most interesting and unique venues in San Francisco — as well as a couple must-sees across the Bay — so you can ensure your special day stands out from the crowd. Cheers!

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Big Daddy’s Antiques

Big Daddy's Antiques Wedding San Francisco

Photo courtesy of JAY TSAI Photography

Big Daddy’s Antiques is an eclectic antique and furniture showroom with locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Over the years, their huge LA warehouse has become a sought after destination for weddings and events of all kinds. But their smaller, more intimate SF store is still a bit of a hidden gem. With a capacity of just 50 people, it’s the perfect place for anyone who wants a small, one-of-a-kind day you’ll never forget — complete with conversation starters, private nooks, dining space and more!

Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema San Francisco Wedding Venue

Photos courtesy of Ghost Media

Foreign Cinema has already appeared on our round-up of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants and their cocktail bar, Laszlo, ranked on our favorite places to get a cocktail in Bay Area neighborhoods. Already, it sounds like the perfect destination for a wedding! And the intimate atmosphere and unique decor make it a stand-out venue. Concrete, wood, vine and brick elements make it a gorgeous, rustic setting with indoor and outdoor spaces.

The San Francisco Mint

San Francisco Mint Wedding

Photos courtesy of The San Francisco Mint, Nonplusultra Inc. and Danny Dong Photography

Located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, this classical revivalist venue has been renovated beautifully without losing its historical grandeur. Today, it’s a community gathering place rich with history where you can host your family, friends and most cherished memories inside its impressive walls. Or, opt for the gorgeous outdoor courtyard!

The San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo Wedding

Photo courtesy of Evonne & Darren Photography

If you’ve ever dreamed of exchanging rings in the middle of an African Savanna, look no further. At the San Francisco Zoo, you’ll be in the middle of it all as giraffes, zebras, kudus and ostriches roam together in a three-acre habitat surrounding the decked event space. You can also host your event in the Mother’s Terrace, on the Playfield Lawn or in the sunny, forested Wildlife Theater. Find more capacity and pricing details here.

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Stable Cafe

Stable Cafe San Francisco Wedding

Photos courtesy of Julie Mikos Photographer

Stable Cafe stands out in the middle of SF’s urban center. The yellow doors are the perfect backdrop for wedding photos and the quiet, secluded garden patio is the best place to escape from the hustle and bustle. And it’s already a farm-to-table staple in the city, so there’s no need to hire a caterer!

Haas-Lilienthal House

Haas Lilienthal House Wedding San Francisco

Photo courtesy of SF Heritage, photo by © Jody Stuart Photography

The Haas-Lilienthal House is the only intact, private, Victorian-style home open to the public, complete with original furniture and artifacts. It’s sophisticated; it’s beautiful; and it’s possibly the most unique venue in the city limits. Wedding parties are invited to take advantage of the entire home. The bride and groom can get ready on the second floor, hold the ceremony in the middle party, and celebrate afterward in the grand ballroom! Read the rental brochure for full details.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco Wedding

Photos courtesy of Kien Lam Photography

San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers has become one of the most popular wedding venues in the city when it comes to unique, outdoor events with dinosaurs on the guest list. And you’ll get to come back and visit the historical setting of your wedding for the rest of your lives! Exchange your vows surrounded by nature in Golden Gate Park, then venture into the wood and glass conservatory for dining, cocktails, and dancing all evening.

California Academy of Sciences

Cal Academy San Francisco Wedding

Photo courtesy of Janae Shields Photography

Whether you say your vows in front of one of the deepest coral reef tanks in the world or in majestic African Hall (witnessed by a colony of splashing penguins), the California Academy of Sciences offers a stunning setting you’ll never forget. Choose from Osher Rainforest, Steinhart Aquarium, the Swamp, the Piazza, African Hall, the East or West Pavilions or hold your ceremony in the Morrison Planetarium. Whichever venue you choose, you’re in for a standout event.

Great American Music Hall

Great American Music Hall San Francisco Wedding

Photo courtesy of Dia Rao Photography

Music lovers look no further! San Francisco’s oldest historic night club venue, Great American Music Hall, hosts weddings for musicians, eclectic connoisseurs and anyone wanting to host an unforgettable event. Celebrate love and dance the night away surrounded by Golden Age elegance — including ornate balconies, columns and ceiling frescoes!


16th Street Train Station

Feel the heartbeat of Oakland when you host your wedding ceremony and reception surrounded by history and art where the city was born. In recent years, it has been the setting of a Mumford & Sons music video, an HBO original and a number of extravagant weddings. The decor can accommodate the edgy and artsy, the chic and elegant and even the most out of the box couple!

Children’s Fairyland

Children's Fairyland Oakland Wedding

Photos courtesy of Kat Ma Photography

If fairy tales are more your speed, get married in the middle of the quaint, fun and quirky Children’s Fairyland! Anytime the park is closed to the public, you can reserve part or all of the 10-acre grounds — including Aesop’s Playhouse, the Storybook Puppet Theater and more. The venue pairs perfectly with playful families and cookie bars.

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