Jessica sent us to the Westin St. Francis Saturday afternoon. She had a couple of rooms that she wanted us to see. I kind of had low expectations. I already knew there wasn’t an outside space where we could do the ceremony and “outside area” was a pretty big item on my want list. But, the Westin is a historical institution in San Francisco and it faces Union Square. So I thought I’d give it a shot.How did I not know about these ceilings?! The Westin literally has the most gorgeous ceilings I’ve ever seen in all of San Francisco. The potential for awesome pictures here is huge. The two rooms at the very top of the Tower have one of the best 360 views of San Francisco I’ve ever seen. But Victor’s Palace is too lavender and pastel for me, and Alexandra’s room is too red and gold. Both are also a little out of budget.
The St. Francis Suite however, is perfect. It’s very wood-paneled, historic-feeling, grand and airy. I completely loved it and didn’t expect to. It’s a collection of rooms that flow together and I can see exactly where the dance floor could be, where the bar could serve drinks, and how it all comes together. It doesn’t hurt that the view of Union Square is pretty awesome.
Basically, my friends, we have a contender now. Fort Mason’s General’s Residence isn’t the only horse in the race anymore.
I can’t believe I liked the Westin St. Francis so much though because first of all, there isn’t an outside area for a ceremony, and second it’s a hotel and I didn’t want to do the wedding in a hotel. But oh man, the Westin is gorgeous.
Now, it’s a matter of discussing which we want to go with. Fort Mason’s outdoorsy, simpler, more view-oriented feel or the Westin’s historic, grand, and wood-heavy feel. I think Fort Mason’s still number one, but we’re going to ask Jessica to crunch some numbers and see which one is more budget-friendly.
We have two winners!