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May 1, 2009 10:29 PM

SF Cheap Wedding

DOes anyone know of an elegant reasonable place to get married in or around SF? I am from Philadelphia and have no idea where to start. My fiancee and I both have small families so we're thinking 40 people and would like a sit down dinner. Our budget is 8,000 for everything. We want a good photographer(could use suggestions for that too), good food, and a beautiful setting, preferably outside. We did see the brazilian room in berkeley but that takes half our budget right there. We prefer to have the ceremony and reception in the same place but are open if the price is right. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

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  1. Check out Wedgewood Banquet Centers - I have been there for two corporate meetings but the service and atmosphere of their locations were great for the price. They specialize in weddings for relatively low prices. While most banquet halls or restaurants in SF may charge $100-$150/pp once they hear "wedding," their centers charge $50-$60 depending on the venue, and that can include the ceremony rental (which others do an extra charge for). There are locations in Burlingame, Oakland, and San Ramon - check them out and see if they offer what you are looking for. The food is standard banquet food - nothing to write home about, but everyone was pleased.

    1. My cousin was married at Rockefeller's hunting lodge in San Pablo of all places. (Not a great area.) The lodge itself is lovely, surrounded by a beautiful garden with a gazebo. The wedding was outside, followed by a sit down dinner in the lodge. The food was fine, not amazing. The prices are quite reasonable. Take a look at their website.

      1. The Swedenborgian Church in Sf is ideal for an intimate wedding, and they have an adjacent reception site. Price is reasonable and the caterers recommended are all good.

        1. My wife and I got married in Stern Grove park in San Francisco. There's a victorian next to a small redwood grove in the park that you can rent out.

          We had our wedding outside and catered food inside. I think the venue was very cheap - around $700 (but this was 9 years ago). Our total costs were around $4000 for 60 or so people - and the vast bulk of that was spent on the catering.

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          1. re: boris_qd

            The Stern Grove clubhouse rental info is in this PDF: Looks to me like the minimum price for the clubhouse + outside area on a weekend would be >$1200 but there seem to be a lot of rule and other considerations that would probably drive it higher.

            1. re: BernalKC

              We rented for half a day. Don't remember if it was on the weekend or not. Prices have probably gone up.

          2. Since you are considering Berkeley, Cafe Zeste is located on the edge of lovely Strawberry Creek Park. They have various options and the outdoor area would be a pretty place for a wedding.

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            1. re: rworange

              Cafe Zeste is a lovely spot but it is a public park. On the weekends there are often families or people taking their dogs out.