The Palace Hotel
It's name says it all -- The Palace Hotel provides a sparkling setting fit for a king or queen. Decked out in twinkling antique chandeliers, rich red and gold carpeting and elaborate crown molding, the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 600 guests (or be divided for smaller weddings). For couples looking to take elegance to the extreme, The Palace Hotel's Garden Court's domed glass ceiling and superb detail brings new meaning to grandeur. The room is also San Francisco's only indoor historic landmark. It doesn't get more romantic than that.
Westin St. Francis
The original vision of the Westin St. Francis during its conception at the turn of the century was to bring a taste of European style and architecture to the west. More than 100 years later, with several exquisite ballrooms to choose from, the classic elegance of the hotel is still intact. With marble columns, ornate balconies, Golden Gate Bridge views, an award-winning culinary staff, it's no surprise royalty has exchanged vows in this grand hotel. Accessed by glass elevators, the Imperial Floor boasts spectacular wraparound views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. Originally the hotel chapel, the Borgia Room is a jewel-bo chamber perfect for small ceremonies before moving onto a ballroom reception. Go ahead...swoon. Photo by Gustavo Fernandez Photography.
The Fairmont San Francisco
No ballroom list would be complete without the Fairmont, and The Fairmont San Francisco is no exception. Just ask Tony Bennett, who first sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in the Venetian Room. Or the delegates from 40 countries who drafted the charter for the United Nations in the historic Garden Room in 1945. The Crown Room, aptly named for its location on the top floor of the Tower, was designed specifically for weddings with delicate gold detail and one of the most stunning backdrops in the city. If you really want to give your guests the royal treatment, opt for the Presidential Service, where each table has its own waiter. Or book the world-famous Penthouse Suite and its circular library crowned by a rotunda covered in consetellations of the night sky. Don't be surprised if your guests refuse to leave.
Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
Located in the heart of Union Square, the classic Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel is dedicated as a "living memorial" to the U.S. Marines -- and weddings are the hotel's specialty. The Crystal Ballroom is exactly how it sounds, with original crystal chandeliers twinkling from the room's 17-foot ceilings. The Commandant's Ballroom's 20-foot-ceilings, iron chandeliers and gold leaf stencil detailing brings a touch of regal elegance for larger parties.
Sir Francis Drake
The Sir Francis Drake Hotel isn't difficult to find -- just look for the doormen in bright red Beefeater costumes welcoming guests into the Renaissance-inspired hotel. Located just a half block from Union Square and directly on the cable car line, the hotel was a frequent retreat for celebrities in the heart of the roaring 1920's. Today, it's gorgeous salons and timeless ballrooms provide the perfect venue for a classic San Francisco wedding. Harry Denton's Starlight Room, a true testiment to old-school glamour, sits 21 stories above the Sir Francis Drake adorned in elegant red and gold. Simply fabulous.