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Eight San Francisco Wedding Venues That Won't Break the Bank

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For many just-betrothed (and glowing) San Francisco sweethearts, all is hearts, butterflies and salted-caramel cupcakes. Until, that is, the happy couple gets down to the real business of trying to find an affordable and desirable wedding venue. But there are several locations in the Bay Area that tick off both boxes. Indeed, all the spots in this roundup, including everything from a zoo to a park and everything in between, will leave you with enough money to upgrade your flowers. Locations are listed alphabetically and most are priced under $2500 for the ceremony and reception rental.

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*Prices based on weekend ceremonies and receptions.

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Golden Gate Park

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For true San Franciscans, getting married at the city's most iconic park is the perfect place to become husband and wife. Ceremony locations include the Shakespeare Garden, Queen Wilhelmina Garden, Fuchsia Dell (Fuchsia Garden), Chain of Lakes, Lloyd's Lake, and the Stow Lake Chinese Pavilion. Indoor/Outdoor ceremony packages start at $1,995 for up to 25 guests. Prices vary per setting. [Photo]

Shin Dig

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Those who eschew tradition may want to opt for an intimate dinner at Shin Dig's trendy, contemporary space. At around 1,000 square feet, the cozy venue allows for a low-key celebration, seating 22 guests for dinner or 40 guests standing. Rental fees range from $1,250 to $1,600 for a daytime or evening ceremony and reception. [Photo]

Forest Hill Clubhouse

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The newly renovated historic Trocadero clubhouse is an architect lover's dream venue. Built in 1919 by the award-winning architect Bernard Maybeck, the unique clubhouse blends architecture with natural beauty. Guests are sure to be smitten by the gorgeous tree-lined courtyard, charming mezzanine, and gas fireplaces. The clubhouse offers phenomenal weekend rental rates for members, starting at $1,250 for up to 100 guests. [Photo]

Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse

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Surrounded by towering redwoods, the rustic Stern Grove Clubhouse evokes a vintage and earthy feel for lovebirds who want to tie the knot in a natural setting. Its affordable price makes the Clubhouse a popular spot so be sure to book far in advance. Rates start at $950 for a six-hour weekend rental. Additional charges for a mandatory security guard apply. [Photo]

San Francisco City Hall

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The beautiful 1915 Beaux-Arts building gets our vote as the best option for a short, simple, and elegant ceremony. Locations include the Rotunda, the fourth floor, the Mayor's balcony or a private ceremony room. Due to popular demand, the Rotunda has begun offering Saturday wedding packages. Fees range from $100 for a simple ceremony to $5,000 for a Saturday reception package, accommodating up to 200 guests. [Photo]  

The Plant Cafe

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For foodies who enjoy fresh, locally grown food, a wedding reception at The Plant is the way to go. The downtown location offers classic design and an open layout for a seated dinner for 60, or a standing reception of 80. Guests can nosh on local seasonal fare with a large selection of fresh sustainable seafood. Nary a rental fee but a food and beverage minimum applies for five hours of event time. A reception including food and beverage for 50 guests starts at $2,700. [Photo]

Oakland Zoo

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A memorable wedding experience for animal lovers awaits at the Oakland Zoo, a little less than 30 minutes from San Francisco. Couples have two ceremony options: the Marian Zimmer Auditorium and the Snow Building. Located on the lower level, the Marian Zimmer Auditorium sits in a beautiful tree-lined valley, while the Snow Building is located atop a hill and affords spectacular bay views. The rental fee ranges from $230 to $1,150 for ceremony and reception, and includes five hours of event time. [Photo]

The Palm Pavilion

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Located on the charming Alameda County Fairgrounds, the Palm Pavilion offers a full-service option for couples seeking ease and convenience. It has a catering team, and soon-to-be marrieds can say their vows in the peaceful Wine Garden, the modern Wedding Pavilion, or the romantic Pavilion Oasis. Rental fees range from $800 to $1,400 for ceremony and reception, and includes nine hours of event time. [Photo]

Golden Gate Park

For true San Franciscans, getting married at the city's most iconic park is the perfect place to become husband and wife. Ceremony locations include the Shakespeare Garden, Queen Wilhelmina Garden, Fuchsia Dell (Fuchsia Garden), Chain of Lakes, Lloyd's Lake, and the Stow Lake Chinese Pavilion. Indoor/Outdoor ceremony packages start at $1,995 for up to 25 guests. Prices vary per setting. [Photo]

Shin Dig

Those who eschew tradition may want to opt for an intimate dinner at Shin Dig's trendy, contemporary space. At around 1,000 square feet, the cozy venue allows for a low-key celebration, seating 22 guests for dinner or 40 guests standing. Rental fees range from $1,250 to $1,600 for a daytime or evening ceremony and reception. [Photo]

Forest Hill Clubhouse

The newly renovated historic Trocadero clubhouse is an architect lover's dream venue. Built in 1919 by the award-winning architect Bernard Maybeck, the unique clubhouse blends architecture with natural beauty. Guests are sure to be smitten by the gorgeous tree-lined courtyard, charming mezzanine, and gas fireplaces. The clubhouse offers phenomenal weekend rental rates for members, starting at $1,250 for up to 100 guests. [Photo]

Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse

Surrounded by towering redwoods, the rustic Stern Grove Clubhouse evokes a vintage and earthy feel for lovebirds who want to tie the knot in a natural setting. Its affordable price makes the Clubhouse a popular spot so be sure to book far in advance. Rates start at $950 for a six-hour weekend rental. Additional charges for a mandatory security guard apply. [Photo]

San Francisco City Hall

The beautiful 1915 Beaux-Arts building gets our vote as the best option for a short, simple, and elegant ceremony. Locations include the Rotunda, the fourth floor, the Mayor's balcony or a private ceremony room. Due to popular demand, the Rotunda has begun offering Saturday wedding packages. Fees range from $100 for a simple ceremony to $5,000 for a Saturday reception package, accommodating up to 200 guests. [Photo]  

The Plant Cafe

For foodies who enjoy fresh, locally grown food, a wedding reception at The Plant is the way to go. The downtown location offers classic design and an open layout for a seated dinner for 60, or a standing reception of 80. Guests can nosh on local seasonal fare with a large selection of fresh sustainable seafood. Nary a rental fee but a food and beverage minimum applies for five hours of event time. A reception including food and beverage for 50 guests starts at $2,700. [Photo]

Oakland Zoo

A memorable wedding experience for animal lovers awaits at the Oakland Zoo, a little less than 30 minutes from San Francisco. Couples have two ceremony options: the Marian Zimmer Auditorium and the Snow Building. Located on the lower level, the Marian Zimmer Auditorium sits in a beautiful tree-lined valley, while the Snow Building is located atop a hill and affords spectacular bay views. The rental fee ranges from $230 to $1,150 for ceremony and reception, and includes five hours of event time. [Photo]

The Palm Pavilion

Located on the charming Alameda County Fairgrounds, the Palm Pavilion offers a full-service option for couples seeking ease and convenience. It has a catering team, and soon-to-be marrieds can say their vows in the peaceful Wine Garden, the modern Wedding Pavilion, or the romantic Pavilion Oasis. Rental fees range from $800 to $1,400 for ceremony and reception, and includes nine hours of event time. [Photo]