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If you’ve been asked to perform a wedding in San Francisco, congratulations! Officiating a wedding ceremony is a tremendous honor, though one that also comes with considerable responsibility. This guide will explain how to prepare for a wedding ceremony, how to get in touch with the relevant office in charge of marriages, how to ensure the union is legally recognized in San Francisco, and more. Buckle up, we're going to cover the process step-by-step to make sure you understand exactly how to approach this important task.

1 Become an Ordained Minister in San Francisco

Step one is an easy one: get ordained as a ULC minister (if you have already done this, great!). ULC ordination is entirely free, available online, and provides the power to perform legal wedding ceremonies! Thanks to our unique online model, the whole ordination process takes just minutes to complete. Get started by clicking the button below!

Key Info for Ministers in San Francisco

ULC Ordination Accepted:
Yes
Minister Registration Required:
No
Documents Required:
N/A
Minister's Residency:
Irrelevant
Minister's Minimum Age:
18

2 Confirm Wedding Officiant Requirements in San Francisco

Now that you're an ordained minister, your next move will be to get in touch with the office that handles marriages and marriage licenses in San Francisco. Explain that you’re a minister preparing for an upcoming wedding, and you're inquiring about what documents or information they'll need from you before you officiate the wedding in their jurisdiction.

You'll find contact information for the office in San Francisco listed below.

Office Address:
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 168
San Francisco, CA 94102
Office Phone Number:
(415) 701-2311

3 Order Necessary Documentation to Officiate in San Francisco

Once you connect with those officials, you can head over to our online catalog, where you'll be able to order any documents or supplies they require of you. While ultimately this will depend on the specific guidance you receive when speaking with local officials, we typically advise ministers in San Francisco to get the Classic Wedding Package.

4 Officiate a Wedding and Fill Out the San Francisco Marriage License

Finally, you're now ready to perform the wedding! If it’s your first time officiating, be sure to check out our wedding training center for more in-depth guides to everything related to weddings. And for those more experienced: take a look, too! There are lots of useful tools that could help make your job easier.

After the ceremony is over, don't forget to complete the final task: filling out the marriage license. In San Francisco, this license is valid for 90 days, there is no mandatory waiting period, and the completed license must be returned before its listed expiration date. Please visit our marriage license training guide to learn more about how to fill out this document.

Marriage License Waiting Period:
0 Days
Marriage License Valid For:
90 Days
Return Within:
Return within 10 days of ceremony

5 How to Write a Wedding Officiant Script in San Francisco

Wedding officiants in San Francisco regularly reach out to our support team seeking guidance on what words to use during a wedding ceremony following their online ordination.

After ensuring all the legal elements are in order, the fun phase begins – planning and conducting the ceremony itself! We certainly acknowledge that this might be a bit overwhelming, especially for first-time wedding officiants... so we've built a bunch of tools to help out officiants of any level.

For San Francisco wedding officiants, we highly recommend consulting our previously mentioned helpful wedding guides. Furthermore, we suggest making the most of the other free resources on our website, such as our wedding ceremony script generator. This unique tool empowers you to input specific details about the planned ceremony and the couple's preferences, resulting in a completely tailored wedding script.

Officiants should explore some of our online sample wedding scripts as well. These pre-written ceremony scripts can be printed and used as-is or serve as additional inspiration as you create your own script in conjunction with the couple. In any case, they are both great script resources for any wedding ceremony you're asked to officiate. And don't forget, for wedding officiant clothing or other necessities for the big day, our wedding catalog is exclusively available to those ordained by the ULC!

6 What to Know About San Francisco Wedding Ceremonies

Who wouldn't want to get married in the shadow of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge? Weddings in San Francisco are popular for a reason -- the scenery is remarkable. If you're looking for views, though, be careful planning a summertime wedding in the city, as the fog loves to roll in during those months.