San Francisco Wedding Venue
Atop Nob Hill
San Francisco, California 94108
As the first hotel to open after the 1906 earthquake, the Fairmont San Francisco became the main gathering place and grand centerpiece of the City by the Bay. Since then, this extraordinary hotel continues to be a mecca for guests from all over the world and one of San Francisco’s most treasured landmarks.
Over the last century, The Fairmont has undergone many changes, but an $85 million restoration not only brought back architect Julia Morgan’s stunning turn-of-the-century interior, it added all the modern amenities you’d expect in a world-class hotel.
The lobby is now both larger and lighter in tone, and is splendidly understated with rich plum and gold hues. The original white-and-gray marble floor (lifted out slab by slab, cleaned and meticulously replaced) has been given a high sheen. The gold leaf on the 26-foot-high ceilings has been enhanced, and the ornate moldings have been cleaned and restored. Multiple pilasters and columns, painted in a trompe l’oeil marble finish, are highlighted with gold leaf accents. Informal clusters of period-style furniture, rich in detail with lots of tassels and trim, dot the lobby. The adjacent Laurel Court has become a warm and elegant restaurant and bar where your guests will enjoy mingling over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Two of the most grand and glamorous spaces in the Fairmont are the Venetian and Gold Ballrooms. Both are light and airy, with elaborately ornamented vaulted ceilings, gold leaf detailing, and crystal chandeliers. The Pavilion Room has picture windows that overlook The Fairmont’s rooftop garden, a sublime spot for exchanging vows. The Crown Room, named for its spectacular location on the top floor of the Fairmont Tower, is a soothing environment in soft celadon, sage, pale violet and gold highlights. The room’s most remarkable feature, however, is the view. Tall wraparound windows reveal a sweeping 270-degree panorama of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Downtown and the Twin Peaks. The setting here is impressive enough, but if you really want to have the ultimate reception, opt for the Presidential Service: Each table has its own waiter, and everyone is served at exactly the same time.
The ultimate place to hold your event may be the 6,000-square-foot Penthouse, a palatial residence spanning the entire eighth floor of the main building following a $2 million enhancement. This extraordinary suite features a living room with a grand piano, a formal dining room that seats 50, a two-story circular library, a billiard room, a breathtaking terrace with sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline and bay, and three oversized bedrooms. When you reserve the Penthouse, you and your guests have exclusive use of it and are free to flow from one space to another throughout the celebration.
If your event is on a more intimate scale, the Fairmont has many beautiful smaller banquet rooms from which to choose. For a more casual rehearsal dinner or post-wedding gathering, the Tonga Room consistently receives awards for hosting San Francisco’s best happy hour and offers exceptional Pacific Rim Asian cuisine in a tropical setting.
This is one historic hotel that’s also quite forward thinking. Their Green Weddings program includes hundreds of options from organic, locally produced foods and biodynamic wines to recyclable favors and confetti. Guest rooms are also totally up-to-date, with flat screen TVs, MP3 docking stations, Frette linens and pillow-top beds. There is no question that The Fairmont’s combination of exquisite classic décor, first-rate amenities and personalized service puts this deluxe five-star hotel in a category of its own.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Seven indoor ceremony sites accommodate 50–500 seated guests. The Roof Garden holds 150 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel’s event spaces can accommodate 40–900 seated or 150–2,500 standing guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: There are 19 rooms that hold 35–1,500 seated guests theater-style or 12–1,000 seated classroom-style.
A nonrefundable deposit is required when reservations are confirmed. 20% of the estimated event total is due 90 days prior to the event. An additional deposit of 60% of the estimated total is due 30 days prior, with the remaining balance due 14 days before the event. Wedding packages range $140–350/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge is additional. For ceremonies, a $3,500–15,000 fee may be charged depending on room(s) selected and extent of setup. Bride and groom receive a complimentary suite for the night of the event. Group rates for overnight guests can be arranged.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Areas: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA
Parking: adjacent garages, valet CBA
Accommodations: 591 guest rooms
Telephone: guest phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: SF Bay, city skyline, Bay and Golden Gate Bridges
Other: event planning, on-site florist
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes, elevator
Insurance: not required
Year-round, daily, 8am–2am.