Indian couple standing outside The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco wearing Indian wedding attire

The Westin St. Francis

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square is an iconic hotel for an Indian wedding. Have your baraat in Union Square, epic photo sessions in the hotel’s luxurious lobby full of natural light and a reception in the Grand Ballroom.

This famous and historic, luxury 4-star hotel has hosted several Indian weddings and you will love their staff’s expertise in making Indian weddings memorable.

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Ceremony Venue Capacity

Reception Venue Capacity

  • Indoor Ceremony: 1000 guests
  • Outdoor Ceremony: N/A
  • Grand Ballroom Reception: 900 guests
  • Outdoor Reception: N/A

These are the hotels maximum capacities. The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square has over 5 exquisite venues, each with varying capacities from 30 guests to 1000 guests, so there’s something perfect for everyone.

{Notable Details About The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square}

  • The Westin St. Francis does not have outdoor function space
  • The Westin St. Francis is in downtown San Francisco
  • Special permission required for baraat across the street in Union Square, ok in front of the hotel
  • See below for specific info for Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Sikh weddings

For large Indian weddings: The Grand Ballroom features a 16′ ceiling, inlaid chandeliers and a built in stage. The Grand Ballroom at the Westin St. Francis seats approximately 900 guests with a dance floor. When you have your reception in the Grand Ballroom, the cocktail hour is in the Italian Room which has a hand painted gold ceiling. It’s a beautiful space with a 24′ ceiling.

For more intimate events with 140 guests or less, select the Mission Bay room with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring views of the Bay Bridge, the Financial District and Oracle Park. Or the Golden Gate on the 32nd floor of the hotel, room which is bigger than Mission Bay and seats approximately 230 guests for a ceremony and also features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and Coit Tower. See a Hindu wedding ceremony in the Golden Gate room in the video above.

Airport Info: The hotel is approximately 13 miles north of San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Getting To/From the Hotel: From the airport get off at the Powell Street BART station and walk approximately .5 miles to the hotel. Alternatively drive or use a rideshare app. The Westin St. Francis does offer valet parking and there are paid parking lots in the area.

Hindu Weddings at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, licensed and insured caterers are welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes and the hotel will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel which they will help you setup.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? You could host it at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco or another venue such as the Julia Morgan Ballroom which also in San Francisco. If your guests will have access to cars, you can have your sangeet at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas, a golf club, nearby community center, or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco and Muhurats

The venue is happy to work with you on a ceremony time that accommodates your muhurat.

Hindu Dietary Requirements

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco allows you to hire an outside caterer. With regards to dietary restrictions, work directly with your caterer to prepare menus per your dietary requirements and the setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for vegetarian, Swaminarayan etc. food.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo

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Jain Weddings The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, a licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a ceremony flame allowed? Yes, the flame is allowed.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for a mandap? No, work with your decorator to design your mandap.

Sangeet and Garba Venues

Where should you have your sangeet? Have your sangeet at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco or if your guests have access to cars/transportation at the Jain Center of Northern California, a nearby community center or an Indian restaurant banquet hall.

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco and Muhurats

They do their best to accommodate muhurats. They may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jain Dietary Requirements

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco allows you to hire an outside caterer and even allows caterers to use their kitchen.

With regards to dietary requirements work with your caterer to customize a menu per your dietary requirements and setup at the venue. Often there will be a separate buffet or section of the buffet for Jain food. Ask your caterer to make dish description cards like the ones pictured below.

Mexican food served an a sangeet for an Indian wedding.
Photo: VEK Photo


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Muslim Weddings at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, any licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there an option for non-alcoholic beverages only? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and they help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the stage? No, work with your decorator to design it.

Nearby Masjids

If you prefer to have the nikah and/or shaadi at a Masjid you can follow it up with a walima at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco. There are several Masjids in the area.

Mehndi Venues

Where should you have your mehndi? You could host a mehndi at an Indian restaurant banquet hall, the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco or a community center.

Muslim Dietary Requirements

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco allows you to hire an outside caterer. Work directly with the caterer to prepare halal menus.


Resources for Muslim Weddings

Sikh Weddings at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

FAQs

Can you bring in your own caterer? Yes, a licensed and insured caterer is welcome.
Does this venue have a gazebo or pergola for the Guru Granth Sahib? No, work with your decorator to design an elevated setup. See more info below.
Is a baraat allowed? Yes
Is there space for milni? Yep!
Is there a consumption bar option? Yes
Is this a venue where the guests can stay? Yes, and they will help you set up a room block.
Is there a hospitality room available? Yes, they will help you setup a hospitality room to serve breakfast at the hotel.

Anand Karaj at Westin St. Francis San Francisco

The Grand Ballroom, the Golden Gate Room, or Mission Bay venues at The Westin St. Francisco would all be gorgeous venues for an Anand Karaj. Below are photos of other Anand Karaj ceremonies, so you can see how other couples have setup a non-Gurdwara ceremony. You may also like our guide on Tips for a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj.

Anand Karaj at Warner Center Marriott
Indoor Anand Karaj ceremony where the guests are seated on sheets in a hotel ballroom. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography
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Sub-flooring was laid down on the grass for an outdoor Sikh wedding. Your decorator will help with this. Photo: Greycard Photography
Sikh wedding at Pelican Hill Resort
Anand Karaj ceremony at an oceanfront resort. Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

At the Anand Karaj below, they gave each guest a gadda (cushion) to sit on.

Outdoor Anand Karaj wedding ceremony
Outdoor Anand Karaj on concrete with gaddas for the guests to sit on.

Closest Gurdwaras

If you prefer a traditional setting for your Anand Karaj, you could get married at one of the many Bay area Gurdwaras.

The Westin St. Francis and Muhurats

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco will do their best to accommodate muhurats. They may not be possible to accommodate early morning or late night celebrations with a baraat due to noise control, labor union policies, and city ordinances.

Jaggo and Sangeet Venues

Where should you have your jaggo and/or sangeet? You could host it at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco or the Julia Morgan Ballroom, an Indian restaurant banquet halls or a community center.

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