How to Planning Guide – The Legion of Honor Wedding

Ultimate Guide to the Legion of Honor Wedding Planning Guide
(complete with pricing and photos)

Why a Wedding at The Legion Of Honor

The Legion of Honor Museum is the ideal venue for the sophisticated couple who wants everything about their wedding to be cultured and elegant. With the backdrop of this popular San Francisco museum, your guests will naturally find themselves entertained and inspired by the numerous artifacts and artwork surrounding them. Having The Legion of Honor wedding is one of the more important choices you can make so read below for more planning help to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch!


– A Legion of Honor wedding ranges from $9,000 – $29,000 + caterer, entertainment, tent costs
–  Room sizes at the Legion of Honor can accommodate anywhere from 250 – 600 guests.
– Events must end at 11pm, caterers must be approved by the museum
– The Legion of Honor is one of the best places to shoot engagements photos in SF

The Legion Of Honor Wedding Cost

Rental Fee : $9,000-$29,000
Additional costs include the caterers and entertainment, as well as the use of a tent in the Court of Honor. 
Capacity: up to 600 guests

How to Book a Legion of Honor Wedding


Legion of Honor Wedding Locations

When you’re booking spaces at the Legion of Honor, occupancy ranges anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred. Some spaces, like the Court of Honor, can accommodate up to 600 people. Others, like the Balustrade Lawn and the Rodin Galleries, fit between 250 – 300 guests. Another thing to prepare for is certain ceremony spaces must be rented out with separate reception areas. The Balustrade Lawn is one example. If you book this space for your ceremony, you must also book one of the other rooms for your reception.

Court of Honor

At the very entrance of the Legion of Honor lies its stunning Court of Honor, completely surrounding you with elegant white columns and Rodin’s famous “The Thinker” statue acting as a fun security guard. The largest space for up to 450 – 600 guests that must be tented for receptions.

Balustrade Lawn

The large lawn in front of the Museum offers unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands for ceremonies only up to 250 guests. Ceremonies can only be started at 6PM earliest to allow for the Museum to close properly and all patrons to leave. 

Rodin Galleries

With several of Rodin’s sculptures surrounding you, this room is perfect for small weddings and receptions for up to 80 seated guests or 200 standing guests.

Terrace Level

The Terrace Level is one of the more common venues to rent for a wedding at Legion of Honor since it allows for three different areas of the Museum to be used, which includes the cafe which naturally acts as a reception ready location.

The Legion Of Honor Wedding Restrictions

The biggest potential restriction of holding a wedding at the Legion of Honor is the fact that the party might end sooner than you would like (11PM) given the priceless pieces around you. You have to choose a caterer from their list but otherwise any other vendor must be approved by the museum beforehand. 

The Legion Of Honor Engagement Photos

The Legion of Honor is a popular location to visit for the interior, but arguably more impressive photographically on its exterior. With gorgeous white columns in their front courtyard, you can easily visit during and after business hours for photos. The architecture of this museum makes it one of the best places to shoot an engagement shoot in San Francisco.

Best Times for a Legion of Honor Wedding

San Francisco doesn’t have a consistently hot period of time (mid 80s for a short time September and October though) so it is pretty consistent year round. See the graph below for a more accurate outline of the yearly temperatures.

The Legion Of Honor Wedding Photos

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