It is the industrial blank slate of your dreams: polished cement floors, white walls and huge gridded windows on three sides of the room. The windows along the back of the building look out on the marina with the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance. A historic building with new, modern touches–that is very San Francisco!
The only limit to what you can create here is your imagination. You can go modern and minimal or you can transform the room into your own completely unique creation. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests, which makes it a great option for a large reception. If you’re planning something smaller (say around 100-120 guests), you can take advantage of the space and hold your ceremony there as well. That will spare you some logistical planning and save your guests from having to park twice in SF– yes!
Either way, the newly remodeled patio provides a scenic space to host your cocktail hour. This is an especially cool feature if you have guests coming from out of town who have never seen the Golden Gate Bridge before. And don’t worry, they have outdoor heaters to keep your guests warm while they enjoy the view!
When you book your wedding at Gallery 308, there’s no restrictive vendor list. That means you get to decide exactly who you’d like to work with to create a wedding that fits you perfectly. I know being able to bring in the caterer (or food truck) of your dreams is a deal-breaker for many San Francisco foodies, so definitely add this place to your list of venues to visit if that’s important to you.
The rental includes a generous 10-hour window and setup and breakdown of their tables and chairs, if you choose to use them. However, with the ample rental time provided, you’ll have plenty of time to bring in tables and chairs that match your aesthetic. You can bring in your own booze as long as you also bring a licensed and insured bartender, which you’ll definitely want anyways to (wo)man your bar.
With all these perks you might be wondering how far in advance you need to book this venue. Gallery 308 books out as far as 15 months for fall Saturday dates. If you’re flexible on the day of the week and the time of year you’ll likely be able to get something sooner. But don’t hesitate, this place is busy.
Feeling non-traditional? Off The Grid is held in the Fort Mason parking lot every Friday. Hand out tokens to your guests and let them choose from some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite food trucks.
As with most places worth visiting in San Francisco, parking is pretty tough. There is an unpaid parking lot that runs along the water’s edge from Fort Mason to the far side of the Marina Green. However, we’re betting those spots are pretty hard to count on on a Saturday or Sunday. Solution: use Lyft Events to prepay for your guests’ rides. You can set a dollar amount per guest to either discount or cover their rides as long as they are riding to or from the location you designate. If you are planning to 1. block off rooms at a hotel, or 2. hold your ceremony elsewhere, you could also go the more traditional route of providing a shuttle bus between locations.