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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have outdoor space for a wedding ceremony?

Yes! The Rooftop Garden features a beautiful view of the city skyline, landscaped gardens and a fountain -- a hidden gem of a space to host your ceremony. For the greatest wow, the world-famous Fairmont’s Penthouse Suite balcony is the most unique venue, with its dramatic décor and sweeping views of the city from atop Nob Hill.

What are your most popular wedding reception venues at Fairmont San Francisco?

The jaw-dropping Penthouse Suite, the breathtaking Crown Room with its unparalleled 360-degree wraparound views from the 24-story Tower, the famed Venetian Ballroom (where Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”), the opulent Gold Ballroom with views of Coit Tower and the Pavilion Room paired with the outdoor Roof Garden.

Can we book a ceremony only, without having a reception at Fairmont San Francisco?

While ceremonies can be conducted in the hotel’s Specialty Suites, we unfortunately cannot accommodate event space rental for ceremonies only without your reception being hosted at Fairmont San Francisco. 

Do we need to hire a Wedding Consultant?

While it is not required to have a wedding consultant, it is highly recommended. We would be delighted to recommend preferred wedding consultants to coordinate your special day.

Do you recommend any vendors, such as photographers, florists, entertainment, lighting and more?

We have a list of several preferred vendors we recommend for your special day. We will be pleased to assist you with any contacts for your event vendor needs. We also pleased to have in-house audio visual offered by PSAV. For more information please call 415-772-5068.

Can we have our wedding portraits taken at the hotel although we don’t hold our wedding at Fairmont San Francisco?

No, we extend the privilege of wedding photography at the hotel to Fairmont San Francisco brides and grooms only.

What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?

Based on our current banquet menus, on average you may expect to spend approximately $200 - $300 per person, exclusive of service charge and sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d’oeuvres during your welcome reception, three-course plated meal, a wedding cake, wine service with the meal, champagne toast and an open hosted bar.

Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and are guaranteed 90 days in advance. Your final menu pricing will be based on your actual selection.

Can we bring our own Wedding Cake?

Our special Wedding packages include a wedding cake, but you are welcome to bring your own. If the cake is not purchased from the hotel and brought in from the outside, we charge a cake-cutting fee.

Do you allow outside catering?

Yes. Fairmont San Francisco’s culinary team provides all food and beverage at the hotel. Under some circumstances, we may allow a licensed caterer to utilize our facilities with the proper documentations under the supervision of our Executive Chef. Please contact our Catering Team to inquire about pricing and terms for these circumstances.

What is the deposit based on and when is the final payment due?

Deposits are based on the room rental and food/beverage minimum.  A non-refundable deposit, based on 25 percent of the estimated charges, is required to confirm banquet space. Estimated final balance is due 14 business days prior to your event.

When do we need to finalize our menu?

Food and beverage selections should be finalized and confirmed with your Special Event Manager at least 30 days prior to the date of your wedding.

When do we need to let the hotel know exactly how many guests will be attending?

The Hotel requires the final guarantee of attendants be communicated to the Catering Team no later than 12:00 p.m., three business days prior to the date of your scheduled event.

Do you also assist with wedding related events such as wedding showers, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches?

Absolutely! We have a host of options for all of the special events surrounding your big day, from rehearsal dinners and post-wedding parties in our world-famous Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar to wedding showers or post-wedding brunches in one of our lavish Specialty Suites, or Afternoon Tea in the Laurel Court Restaurant.

Do you provide preferred guestroom rates for weddings hosted at Fairmont San Francisco? How do I secure a wedding room block at the hotel?

Absolutely! Weddings hosted at Fairmont San Francisco receive preferred guestroom rates at the hotel for your guests, in addition to a complimentary suite for you on your wedding night. Our Sales Team works closely with our Catering Team to ensure you have all of the room block information available. 

If my dates are flexible, is there a preferred day of week that might allow for some additional flexibility in room rental fees?

Our team is delighted to work with you to advise of specific dates that might allow for room rental flexibility. Typically, Sundays provide added flexibility.

How do I schedule a site visit to see venue space?

Contact our Catering Team to schedule a preferred time and ensure that the space that you’re eyeing is available to view! 

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