San Francisco Budget Wedding Ideas by Meg Keene I have lots of ideas for San Francisco weddings on a budget, and, well, I’m only having one wedding. So, it occurred to me that I could *share* my bright ideas, and then maybe, if I’m very lucky, someone will steal my idea, implement it beautifully, and then send me the pictures. Deal? Deal! I have two ideas that I’ve been dreaming about. Both of them involve a small personal ceremony, a reception for 50-60 people, quite a bit of wine, and between $6,000-$7,000 dollars for the whole shebang (in San Francisco dollars, that’s something of a steal). Idea #1 Have a small personal ceremony on telegraph hill. You could get married right by Coit Tower, or in San Francisco’s hidden wonderland – the Filbert Street Steps. That evening, around 8pm, have a small cocktail reception at my favorite wine bar in the city – Hotel Biron. It’s dark, moody, and sophisticated all at once. Last time we were there we discovered you could rent it out for the whole evening for $5,000, and that includes high quality wine and tasting plates. Mmmm… if you do this, you should invite me. Wear a sophisticated cocktail dress, and of course, killer shoes. Idea #2 Have a small personal ceremony in the most beautiful building in San Francisco – City Hall. Then at 5pm, rent out one of my favorite cafes in the city, Nook, on Nob Hill. Cable cars will go by both windows of the restaurant, and the sun, or fog, will stream through the leafy trees. You’ll serve simple appetizers and sandwiches, wine, and good coffee. Wear a outfit reminiscent of a 1940’s wedding suit, a feather fascinator in your hair, and killer shoes, natch. Photos: Filbert Street Steps via Flickr, Hotel Biron via, City Hall via Flickr, Nook via Yelp, and outfit by the talented Emily at Emily Style. Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.