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I’m not much of a revisionist when it comes to my wedding (which is probably super healthy for someone who works in the wedding space). And you’ll almost never hear me say, “Oh, I wish I’d done this for our wedding.” But when we walked into The Box SF for our DIY hair & makeup shoot, I did say, “DAMN IT, this is what I was looking for in a wedding venue three years ago.” Namely, a beautiful urban venue in San Francisco that didn’t cost a total fortune, and could fit a ton of guests. Turns out The Box SF is that space, plus prettier than anything I saw before I gave up the urban part of my Bay Area venue search. But all is well! I had an awesome wedding, and now I can tell all you future Bay Area brides about The Box, and you will send me pictures of your wedding, and then we will all be happy.
First, the scoop. The Box SF is located in San Francisco’s hip and central SOMA district, and it was originally a William Randolph Hearst newspaper printing plant. (I know, right?) It still has the original 1920s windows and an industrial loft feel. The space is broken up into one very large main room, and one smaller room, with the space divided by a wall of windows. (Smaller room for the ceremony or the cocktail hour? Do you feel me?)
It’s also fits a good amount of people (which was important in my three-years-ago wedding search, argh, lucky you), with both rooms fitting 110 for a seated dinner, or 170 for a cocktail reception. The space includes a catering kitchen, bar capabilities, in-venue bathrooms, and a freight elevator, so your practical bases are all covered.
But, details! Let’s get to their current prices. The Box SF has flat-out excellent prices in overheated San Francisco. Weekend day rentals (8-4pm) are just $1,800, and weekend evening rentals (4pm-Midnight) are $2,800. Of course you can also go the all day route, and they offer additional hours for $300/hour.
In the end, the thing that impressed me the most was how well run The Box SF was. Apparently they recently got a brand new manager for the space, and she is lovely, focused, and on the ball. Also? She’s nice. And after finding a pretty venue that you can afford, the competence and pleasantness of the people in charge should be the next thing you seriously consider. The Box SF has that bit nailed.
So I didn’t end up finding a hip industrial space for my wedding. Oh well. But… for those of you still looking, cue the confetti, call The Box SF! And send me your wedding pictures, for SERIOUS.