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How to Get a San Francisco Marriage License

Are you planning on obtaining a San Francisco Marriage License? We created a step by step guide to help you in obtaining that important piece of paper.

1. Make a reservation
Make a reservation to obtain a marriage license; reservations are availableMonday-- Friday beginning at 8:15 a.m. and every half hour between 8:30 a.m.through 3:30 p.m. You can make reservations online or in person at the SanFrancisco County Clerk's office Monday-- Friday from 8:00 a.m.-- 4:00 p.m. Bookthe appointment for your marriage license no more than 90 days before yourwedding. And remember: both the bride- and groom-to-be must be present at theappointment.

2. Visit the county clerk
San Francisco County Clerk
City Hall, Suite 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678
(415) 554-4950

3. Bring ​valid Identification

Bring valid authentic legal photo identification card containing photograph, full legal name, date of birth, date of issue, and date of expiration (Examples: passport, driver's license, naturalization certificate, resident alien card, military I.D.) If the legal picture I.D. card does not contain your full legal name you must also present a certified copy of birth certificate or social security card, showing your full legal name.

There will be a license fee of $104 collected at the time of scheduling. You can pay by cash, money order, or credit/debit card. If you are reserving online, credit card is the best form of payment.

4. After getting the license
Your marriage license expires after 90 days after the date it was issued so you need to find your wedding venue and vendors to tie the knot.

Top Three Reasons Why You Should Consider A First Look

Your wedding day is a day filled with more emotions than you may believe yourself capable of feeling. There will be excitement, nervousness, anxiousness, stress, you will feel rushed, unprepared and completely ready for this! I have found as I have been able to do first look videos with couples that these emotions have been much less debilitating and the couple is able to really enjoy the ceremony. Here are the reasons I believe every couple should consider doing a first look.

1. Being able to see your significant other before having to walk down the aisle will often have a calming effect. It can give a moment to reassure you that everything is okay and that the love of your life is in fact waiting for you as they have promised. I cannot describe the weight that seems to lift off of the bride's shoulders as she is able to gaze into her future husband's eyes, and to see his love and appreciation for her and all the work that went into making the day perfect.

Check this Instagram video teaser and see Christian's reaction of their first look!​ (Sonoma Wedding)

2. When you do a First Look it gives the couple some time to be alone, to appreciate each other and to be able to share an intimate private moment before having to jump right into the seriousness of the ceremony and the crowds of well-meaning people that will surround them immediately after. It gives them a moment to share some thoughts and endearing words, privately. The bride and groom will not have to feel rushed and can take the time to express any feelings they want to share beforehand.

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3. It gives more time not only to have pictures taken but it also gives the ability to take more personal, memorable pictures that you can later look back on with great fondness because of the time, care and emotion you were able to put into them. After the ceremony you will have many people wanting to come and say hello, congratulations and shake your hand. It can make for a long day for everyone involved when the time has to be taken immediately after the ceremony to take family pictures and even longer for those of just the couple. It can make the couple feel as though they have to rush so they can rejoin their family and friends who are waiting and in doing so they will miss out on some opportunities to really capture the emotion of the day. But when they are done during the First Look you have time to get some wonderful photos and videos, without sacrificing your time with your family and friends and the feeling of urgency and being rushed can be avoided.

At the end of the day, and days, months or even years later you able to go back and watch a beautifully created, personalized video and view pictures of your First Look it will take you back in time and remind you of those feelings you had as you gaze upon the love of your life, on your wedding day, for the first time. It will bring back memories and emotions you will never want to forget. It is a moment you will treasure and you will always be thankful for choosing to do a First Look.

Want to see a film with a first look ? We recently blogged about a Paradise Ridge Winery Wedding and we invite you to watch it as well. 

Still looking for a videographer who is experienced with first looks?

Financial Advice for your Dream Wedding

Your wedding day is likely the ultimate life celebration and it can get expensive if you’re not mindful of your spending. If you’re like many of us, you picture a perfect wedding day right down to every detail - and why shouldn’t you? It is your big day after all.

We look at wedding tips to help you have a memorable day without breaking the bank.

Stay within your budget

There are many, many luxuries out there to chose from when planning a wedding. From the dress, transport, flowers, jewelry, hair and makeup, the options are endless. Creating a realistic budget and sticking to it will help you to stay within your means. Don’t be tempted to go over budget and remind yourself that whilst it may be one of the most important days of your life, getting married is about the marriage and not the one day.

Picking the date

You can help reduce costs by choosing to get married at a less popular time of year. For example, Summer weddings tend to cost more and Winter weddings can be cheaper. Discuss with your partner the importance (if any) of the right time for your big day.

Choosing a weekday instead of a weekend will also save you big bucks and these days, many people do this.

The venue

The venue will be the most costly part of your day as you’ll need to pay for all your guests.

A big wedding held in a church, followed by a flash reception could set you back financially but if you’re less traditional opt for a beautiful garden and a relaxed dinner. The simpler you keep it, the less it’s going to cost you.


Typically, people will get a limo or other fancy cars to transport the bridal party. This can make you feel fancy on the day and will look great in the photos but hiring cars can be expensive. If you know someone who owns a nice car, you could ask them to use it and even give them a small fee.


You want your wedding video to be creative and interesting so this is one expense you shouldn’t skimp out on. There are countless companies who do wedding videos and photos but do some research to ensure you’re getting the highest quality.

A reputable videographer will be able to go through exactly what you want and show some examples of their work. It’s better to pay that extra bit and have a wedding video that will still look great, years from now and let you relive your big day, over and over.

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Flowers and decorations

Go for simple decorations or craft them yourself if you can. Having a large number of flowers can add up, so keep it simple and elegant by having a small bouquet on each table and extra flowers to decorate. Instead of ordering from a florist, getting your arrangements from the flower markets can also be cheaper.

Saving for your financial future

It’s important to remember that your wedding is about the rest of your life and not just your wedding. Avoid going over-the-top with the choices you make for the day by opting for a simple -but elegant- style.

Nobody wants to enter married life trying to catch up on bills from their wedding day. Be sure to shop around and compare prices so that you are getting the most for your money.

Whether you want a big lavish wedding or something more intimate and cost-friendly, there are ways to keep to your budget. Ultimately, your day should be about your commitment to your best friend, celebrating with those who are near and dear to you. Don’t forget to enjoy your big day.

How to Look Relaxed and Happy on Your Wedding Film

It’s a common question we get asked: how do the bride and groom ensure they look relaxed on their wedding film? If this has crossed your mind, then we can help! Follow these simple tips to ensure your wedding video is all you hoped for.

Our number one tip

We want you to act naturally. We’re creating your wedding film, so it’s important that it features the real you! If your videography package includes shooting bridal preparation, this will give you a more relaxed setting to adjust to the videographer’s presence. If you are very uncomfortable in front of cameras generally, having an engagement shoot is a great way to gain some confidence before your special day.

How to look relaxed and happy

You’re going to be happy – it’s your wedding day after all! But it’s still easy to be caught out by occasionally looking tired or overwhelmed. Here are our top tips to look relaxed and happy with on-point body language and facial expressions. Don’t worry; we keep it simple!

Body language

· Stand up straight. Good posture is flattering on everyone.

· Keep your head held high. You’ll look confident and like you really want to be there.

· Keep your body language calm. Fiddling with your hair or dress will come off as a case of nerves.

· Laugh a lot. Show your personality and really celebrate. If you celebrate by dancing, then, by all means, dance your heart out!

Facial expressions

· If you feel yourself squinting or tensing your face muscles, take a deep breath, relaxing and opening your face.

· You’ll want to smile a lot, but if you wear a huge grin the entire time, your face is bound to hurt! Don’t forget you can smile with your eyes as well. This is particularly trendy in photography and videography today!

Other helpful tips

· Make sure you get enough sleep leading up to your big day, to help you feel relaxed.

· A wedding gown that you feel comfortable in will allow you to move about freely and look very much at ease.

· Avoid shimmering or glittering makeup elements. These can sometimes look like your skin has a sheen of sweat, which does not help to achieve a composed look.

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How to interact with the videographer

It’s important to keep a balance with how much attention you pay to the camera. Ideally, you shouldn’t be preoccupied with it. Don’t look FOR the camera and don’t look AT the camera. It is the videographer’s job to find you with the camera. However, it’s important not to turn your back to the camera. You should always be facing in its general direction or giving the camera your profile.

How to showcase your love

There’s something so simple you can do to bring your love to life on your wedding film. When saying your vows, hold hands and look right into each other’s eyes. It will be so powerful and romantic, that when you watch your film, it will take you right back to that incredible moment.

One last thing

We want you to know that you are beautiful. Own it, and it will shine through in your gorgeous wedding film, preserving the happiness of your special day, forever.

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Why Should You Hire a Professional Wedding Videographer?

Why Should You Hire a Professional Wedding Videographer?

When planning a wedding, a professional photographer is often high on the list of must-have vendors, but couples can be a little more hesitant to hire a professional wedding videographer. In fact, couples often consider having a friend or family member video their wedding simply because they happen to own a video camera. But, is this wise? If you’re currently planning your wedding, we have one favor to ask as you read this: think to the future and ask yourself what would be the perfect way to be able to relive the cherished moments of your wedding?

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Keep this in mind as we share some deep insight into the world of wedding videography and look at the important reasons why you should hire a professional wedding videographer:


Hiring a professional wedding videographer means you enter into a contract. This contract gives you peace of mind that no matter what comes up, the videographer is obligated to fulfil their professional duties to you by:

· Arriving on time

· Being completely ‘in the zone’ the entire time they are at your wedding

· Always showing up and in the event of illness, they will have an alternate videographer on standby to step into their shoes


The quality of your finished video is of utmost importance to preserving your day in the most special light. A professional videographer will use the latest High Definition equipment to capture beautiful quality imagery.

It may be a surprise to you to learn that capturing sound well can often be the more technical aspect of videography. A professional videographer will have top-notch audio equipment placed at several vantage points to ensure they clearly capture key moments like the reading of vows, toasts and the music to your first dance.

Editing takes incredible skill, and this is what turns the raw footage of your wedding into a 3-5 minute highlight or 10-30 minute feature edit. Today’s wedding videographers create a much more cinematic experience than the documentary-style wedding video you may have seen before. They tell a story, building tension and emotion as the film progresses. Your professional wedding videographer will also create transitions in your wedding film that are smooth and natural.


A professional wedding videographer has a superior approach to your wedding. They will:

· Carry back up equipment so that flat batteries and failed memory cards don’t affect you for one second

· Be ready at all times throughout your event

· Be unobtrusive, but in rare moments won’t be afraid to provide direction to ensure they have the footage they need for a beautiful film

The moments

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Your videographer will capture the essence of the day so you can remember it forever. This is in the details like your guests laughing and then crying at your father’s toast, or how your partner reacts when he first sees you in your stunning gown.

There will even be moments during your special day that you miss yourself. As you gaze into your partner’s eyes while saying your vows, you probably won’t see your mother’s emotional expression. You also won’t get to see your bridesmaids walking down the aisle, but with a wedding film, you will be able to see everything special about the day and relive it whenever you like. And the best part? You can show it to anyone who wasn’t able to attend, or your future children and grandchildren.

You will put so much time and effort into planning the day that symbolizes your love, and you will enjoy it so much it will flash by in a beautiful heartbeat. We can preserve your day for eternity, and that is why hiring a professional wedding videographer is just so important.

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Tips on Finding the Perfect Wedding Videographer for your Wedding

Yes, we are back with this awesome post for you! Yes, you! We know you are probably in the process of hiring the best san francisco wedding videographer for your wedding. Whether it be a winery wedding, or a city hall wedding, we wanted to let you know that you are in the right direction. Yes, having a wedding videographer is just as important as having bay area wedding photographer at your wedding. You will probably know by now that there are many of bay area wedding videographers out there that are gonna push you to book with them. What we mean by that is they are gonna get you on the phone after initial contact and hard sell you their services. We at reb6studios, from the very beginning, have realized that we are not very good at hard selling to our potential clients. Before booking we make sure that our clients understand what we do and what we are all about and see if we are a good fit. We have been successful in doing this that our clients most likely are the best satisfied clients out there. Our most successful weapon in booking is our story telling itself.

So here are two tips that might help you…

1. Watch The Films. The very first thing you should do in finding the best wedding videgrapher for your wedding is to watch their wedding films. We find that our recent clients have researched/watched about 20-25 wedding films before they finally made a decision. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself: Does the wedding film make sense? Does it even tell a story? Is it all over the place? Are shots just plain boring? Are the colors dull? Is it just a slideshow of video clips put together inside a 5 minute video? Are you hooked on watching more films on their website? Ultimately, if it will be your wedding film, would you be able to tell your family and friends at a gathering and say “Hey, this is our wedding film, we are proud to show this one to you! Check it out!”

2. Check out their latest and greatest reviews. Oh yes, not just the old reviews you see on their yelp page. It has to be recent. Sure they can have a lot of reviews but the question is how many satisfied clients in a year do they have?

Having this as your criteria will definitely help you out narrow down your choices for wedding videographer in the bay area or in san francisco.

Before we leave, we just want to share with you our latest reviews from our clients in 2015. These are the partial number of clients since we are still editing the other projects as we speak.

Dear Reb6,
Thank you so much for sending us our video link!  The video is beautiful!  When can we expect the link to download the video?
Thank you!
Stephanie and Long


We used Reb6studios team for our wedding.

We are amazed about how great the film looks like in the end.
I definitely recommend their service!

Thanks very much for helping us capturing the greatest moment in the wedding. It means a lot to us!

I don’t know where to begin. All I know that is Sigmund and his team are amazing! Prior to our engagement, I stumbled upon their website and I fell in love with their work immediately. I couldn’t help but fall in love with his artistic work over and over again (I cried each time). My husband proposed at the happiest place on earth. Disneyland is a place where dreams do come true. Booking Reb6 was definitely on my bucket list and I am grateful to have my sister in law hire Sigmund as our wedding gift. It is worth every penny!

Prior to our meeting, I was very excited and eager to finally meet my videographer who I have been following for quite some time now. Upon the first contact, Sigmund was very professional, warm, and truly wanted to get to know us. They were responsive during the wedding planning process by text, calls, and email.
The next following day after the wedding, Sigmund surprised us in honor of Father’s Day, a short video clip of me and my father. My family and friends loved it and couldn’t help but watch it countless times. It’s crazy how we have 3k views! It’s amazing how it looks like you’re watching a movie, but of course their known as the best cinemaphotography.
Future Reb6couples, you will not be disappointed. Although, I haven’t received our feature film and complete video yet, I know the wait will be all worth it. Despite having to wait until next year, I am excited to re-live it all over again. I feel privileged to have Reb6Studios as our videographer. Thank you again for making my dreams come true by capturing our wedding and making it truly magical.

We knew we had to have Sigmund and his team do our video for our wedding when we met them way back when for my sister Linda’s wedding. They did such amazing work then and as time has gone on their videos are so breathtaking and always make my fiancé cry. I would recommend them to anyone who are looking for quality/breathtaking videos where you can save them forever and pass them on to generation to generation.thank you again ! I am excited to see a sample clips.

JUSTIN+ANGIE – 6/26/15
We love Reb6studios! To be honest, my husband and I weren’t even sure if we wanted to budget for a wedding videographer. Most times, we found wedding videos to be a bit cheesy and hastily produced and if you really wanted something good — it would cost an arm and a leg.
Luckily for us, that was not the case with Reb6studios. Sigmund, Mariane and the entire team truly are masters at what they do and for the artistry that they produce, I’d say it’s quite a reasonable price (especially since we’ve done our research in looking at other options in the Bay Area).
We absolutely *love* our wedding video and it’s definitely something we’ll continually watch as the years go by. Some of the things our friends have told us that they regret doing for their own wedding was 1.) Spend more time with guests and 2.) Getting a wedding videographer.
We’re so glad we found Sigmund & Mariane. Our wedding video was a hit — touching, candid, sweet and well-produced. Our family and friends were also so impressed that they even shared it amongst their own circle of friends. On top of it all, they were a breeze to work with and very accommodating/professional as we were planning remotely from the East Coast. Needless to say, I would recommend Reb6 to anyone without question. Thank you so much for allowing us to relive our special day. :)

Justin’s Review
Reb6 was impeccable from start to finish. Tons of love for Reb6 already but my wife and I felt an absolute need to share our wonderful experience working with Sigmund, Mariane, and the rest of their team. Our wedding took place last June 2015 at Nestldown in Los Gatos, and we have nothing but great things to say about their work.
From day 1, Reb6 was responsive and proactive in working with us. Planning our Bay Area wedding from Boston, it was critical for us to partner with vendors who were responsive and communicative.
On the day of our wedding, Reb6 showed up early for setup and had everything ready ahead of schedule. And although we didn’t meet Sigmund and Mariane until the day of our wedding, it was clear they had done a ton of preparation beforehand and had immense experience from past weddings. They knew exactly the types of shots they wanted and made sure to capture those key moments in a candid and comfortable fashion. Very rarely do you feel like someone is family when you first meet them, but on that day, that’s how we felt about Sigmund and his team.
To our surprise, we received our edited wedding highlights film way ahead of schedule. We’ve watched the video countless times and it’s impossible to have a dry eye. The video is stunningly-produced and it was truly a work of art. We were particularly impressed with the intense focus on every detail from the music, the expressions and all the scenes. You can tell Sigmund and his team put a lot of creative thought and energy into the production as the short film really does tell the story of our wedding.
If anyone is still looking for a wedding videographer, look no further! Without a doubt, my wife and I would recommend Reb6 to deliver on a beautiful, creative, and emotional wedding video.
Thank you, Sigmund and Mariane, for allowing us to relive our wedding again!

GEORGE+HUA – 8/1/15
Sigmund and his team in Reb6 are the best!! We just got our video this weekend and they did an awesome job!! We watched it over and over again, and it really brought joyful tears in our eyes! We truly LOVE their work. We are so glad that we chose Reb6 to record this precious moment in our lives, because they present it so beautifully! .
And the way they worked is very professional. They worked really well with our photographers as a team, even though it was the first time they worked together. Highly recommended.

VENICE+ALVIN – 6/14/15
Thank you!!! I finally received our beautiful video!!!Thank you Mariane & Sigmund for your hard work! Were so grateful that we chose you to capture our special day, by watching the video you made us reminisce one of the happiest moments of our lives. The video made us cry, laugh, and smile at the same time! Thank you again were so blessed to have your team in our wedding!!!
Thank you so much for capturing one of the most important event in our lives. Thank you for your patience and dedication. Sigmund’s team are always professional, quick in responding all my questions, and making sure that their customers are always satisfied. I am so greatful to have chosen you in our wedding. I believe your the Jason Magbanua of US naks! he’s actually the one who recommend me to you guys. While watching my wedding video for the first time, there are so many mix of emotions I felt and I literally cried, laughed, and fell in love again. I cant believe how they captured those special moments because their almost invisible on that day. Thank you again for everything! You guys deserve the five stars and I hope we could still afford you in our future event someday lol ! God bless love, Alvin & Venice

 GYPSEE+BRIAN – 6/11/15
My then fiancé was so against getting a video for our wedding but I kept assuring him that a video was a must! So we hired the best ( reb6studios )! I wanted to be able to re-live our wedding day, and for me, pictures weren’t enough. Hiring Sigmund and his team was the best decision we made. Our video came out beautifully and I’ve probably watched the highlight video a hundred times and it still tears me up every time. Last night my now husband said to me “You made me eat my words, that video was the best investment. Sigmund and his team are the best, he definitely has a gift”. This was coming from the guy who never admits he is wrong. VICTORY! We have had so many compliments on the video and can look back at it for years to come. I cannot thank reb6studios enough for their hard work. They are the best! HIRE THEM!!

NOELLE+BEN – 5/23/15
We received the video (we had been traveling for the last few weeks), and were finally able to watch it last night. It was absolutely perfect! Thanks so much!!

OMG you guys!! We just watched our wedding feature film…WOW! We bawled our eyes out! You captured every emotion beautifully. Thank you SO much. We will cherish this forever!

TRAN+DUY – 5/19/15
My wife and I saw the movies and we like it!
I wasn’t have time to enjoy it last week. My wife downloaded it to her pc, and I’m going to download it once again today. I’ll make sometimes to enjoy the movies again this week.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for us!

Duy & Tran

BEN+JASON – 3/14/15
Big ups to REB6STUDIOS for capturing the most tearful moments from our wedding. Press play at your own risk!

“Cried all over again! Amazing video to always have of an incredible love filled day!

“This was amazing, but damn I’m all cried out over your wedding!!!

dang it! It made me cry! I’m blaming my hormones!

Do you like to see more reviews from the past clients in 7 years? Five Star Reviews are here!