Wedding Tips & Advice

Luxury Wedding Ideas for a Wedding in San Francisco Bay Area

August 5, 2021

San Francisco Bay Area has approximately 6,900 square miles of land and is home to several picturesque landscapes, including beautiful beaches, historical places, and gorgeous venues. In this article, we give you some luxury wedding ideas in the Bay Area.


Get married in an elegant ballroom.

San Francisco is home to the iconic The Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange. Connect to the city’s rich history while being mesmerized by outstanding architecture. This place has hosted several U.S. presidents, foreign VIPs, business tycoons, and Hollywood A-listers.


Designed by Willis Polk, Daniel Burnham, and Julia Morgan, this venue offers unique features, including a 27-foot curved marble bar, a classic foyer, a barrel-vaulted lobby with marble, gold leaf, and bronze accents, and a curved glass ceiling that washes the room in nice ambient light. Without a doubt, this natural light will give you and your love gorgeous portraits! The Julia Morgan Ballroom is perfect for your luxurious San Francisco wedding.


Choose an old town setting for your nuptials.

The History Park in San Jose is a gated 14-acre park that gives you a completely opulent background for your Bay Area wedding. With 32 original and renovated houses, gardens, streets, a trolly car, and an ice cream shop, you will never run out of amazing backdrops for your photos. Whether you’re hosting a large wedding or an intimate elopement, this place is oozing with rustic charm and natural beauty.

You can level up the experience by giving your guests’ escort cards and signature drink butlers. They will surely love the luxury experience and the fact that they no longer have to wait in line to get their drinks.


Exchange vows overlooking Lake Merritt.

Luxury wedding ideas are complete without a lake view event. The Gardens at the Oakland Museum is an urban oasis that gives you just that. It offers several ceremony locations for you to choose from, depending on your guest count. Treat your guests to breathtaking views, including a serene lake, striking sculptures, creative landscaping, and a reflecting pool, koi pond.


Hire a live painter on-site to capture your first dance or the ceremony! Not only will this wow your guests, but it will also give you a timeless memento of your big day.


Tie the knot with the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop.

The Golden Gate Club in San Francisco highlights a revival-style architecture that takes you back in time. Its Ventana Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that give you stunning views of the Bay, lush greenery, and a mature forest.


The venue has an elevated stage where you can give your guests live music to liven up your big day. Speaking of music, you might want to consider taking things up a notch. Bring in an acapella group and have them seated among guests or around the room. As they sing as a choir, the whole place will be wrapped in beautiful music. Imagine the look on your guest’s faces as they sing along to your favorite songs! Now that’s what an awesome San Francisco wedding looks (or sounds) like!


Do you want more luxury wedding ideas? Contact us and let’s talk about your dream event.





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