Clang, Clang, Clang Goes The Trolley…

Ring, ring, ring goes the (wedding) bell…

SO. We’re having our ceremony in a different place than our reception. And unfortunately, there’s no parking at Crissy Field (the ceremony location). Which means… we have to provide transportation to and from the ceremony for our guests. Which means… TROLLEY CARS!!!!

Yes, that’s right, people: we have reserved four trolley cars to cart our guests around the city. How much more San Francisco can you get? I’m so excited! The trolley cars have a three-hour minimum charter, but our ceremony isn’t going to be that long. So we’re planning to take an hour-long mini-tour of the city after the ceremony, before we head back to the Green Room for the reception! I am so excited. We’re going to get off in random places to take fun pictures (and thanks to a bit of forethought, we have two “day of” coordinators who will be managing all the guests). Have I mentioned how excited I am?

Last week I talked to Kris over at Cable Car Charters (they’ll be providing us with our wedding-day transportation). I asked him if the trolleys can drive down Lombard Street. After all, how awesome would it be to have a photo of four trolley cars, all decorated, going down Lombard? Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen. Turns out, no tour vehicles are allowed anywhere in Russian Hill. Sad. 🙁 Here’s how awesome it could have been:


Yet another hackjob from Photoshop! Original photo here, and trolley here.

Oh well, I’m over it. San Francisco has plenty of amazing places to take photos. I’ve been thinking about the Palace of Fine Arts ever since we came up with the idea of a trolley tour. Everyone gets their wedding pics taken there for a reason. It’s gorgeous!

Photo from here.

And when I talked to Kris, he suggested the windmill at Golden Gate Park:


Photo from here.

Which also got me thinking about the many amazing places in Golden Gate Park, like the BUFFALO (did you know that? There are buffalo in Golden Gate Park!)! Or the Conservatory of Flowers! Or the Japanese Tea Garden!


Photo from here.

He also suggested Fort Point (for good pictures in front of the Golden Gate Bridge), the Legion of Honor (gorgeous) or Alamo Square (where the Painted Ladies, aka “the Full House Houses” are). There are so many awesome places to go!

No matter what, those trolleys are going to be decorated. I’m going to make one sign myself, but I was thinking about having the bridesmaids come over a couple of nights before the wedding for a little pizza party/trolley sign decorating party. We would have three to make, and I bet we’d have a great time making them beautiful or heinous, whichever we’re in the mood for (I suggested the groomsmen, too, but Mr. Cream Puff didn’t think they’d want to participate).

I’m so excited!


Mrs. Cream Puff

San Francisco Bay Area
Wedding Date:
August 2016
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    emileee 596 posts, Busy bee @ 7:48 pm

    that is a super awesome idea! do you mind sharing the pricing info with us?

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    starjas, Guest @ 7:54 pm

    Your photoshop pic is hilarious. I enjoyed that sitting here on my desk. Its too bad you can’t go on Lombard but from my own childhood experience going on that street…not too good, I felt queasy the whole afternoon afterwards.

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    Susan, Guest @ 9:33 pm

    Sara, you are the bomb!!!

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    Mrs. H, Guest @ 11:23 pm

    I got married last August at the Windmill and there are a ton of flowers at that time. You picked a great month!

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    Miss P, Guest @ 11:46 pm

    Hi, love the idea of all your guests going to your different spots! I’m going to be getting married in SF too and have been looking at trolleys. Is Cable Car Charters the best price?

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    Jessica, Guest @ 1:31 am

    Not to rain on your parade, but as a fellow San Franciscian, I *think* you need permits to at least shoot in parts of GG Park. You might want to double check on that though, I might be wrong.

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    Kyle, Guest @ 2:29 am

    That sounds like a unique experience for your guests, and a great solution to the parking problem. But have you considered whether or not all of them will really enjoy it?

    I remember being forced on a trolley tour of Cleveland on a class trip in high school that was excruciatingly boring. And if there are any younger children along for the ride, I’d feel badly for the parents and anyone else who has to listen to the incessant where-are-we-goings and are-we-there-yets (not to mention the bathroom hassles).

    It sounds like a fun idea for pictures and for those who want to see more of the city that the two of you love, but maybe you could consider making it optional? (That is, if it isn’t already; I wasn’t sure from your post.)

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    creampuff 227 posts, Helper bee @ 10:15 am

    Hi everybody!!

    emileee–the pricing is on their website–$713/trolley. I was able to negotiate $25 per trolley because we were getting four (not too great of a deal, but at least it’s something).

    Miss P–yes, I found Cable Car Charters to be the cheapest. And they were really cool when I talked to them on the phone. Ask for Kyle-he was really nice.

    Jessica–you would only be raining on my parade if you’d told me this two days before my wedding. Thanks for preparing me! I’ll look into it. 🙂

    Kyle–the trolley ride isn’t optional, as it’s the only way to the ceremony site. I’m really not worried about people being bored, though–I’ve been to Cleveland, and SF is much more exciting! Plus, the guests that know about it are all really excited, and there won’t be any kids. And it’s only an hour.

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    katya, Guest @ 5:57 pm

    I think everyone will have a blast on the trolleys. And for those visiting SF for the first time, they can check the places off from their places to visit list.

    I love the Japanese tea garden bridge idea (I’ve always LOVED that bridge). It would be cool if you could photograph all your guests on the bridge (would work maybe if you had 40 guests), or just your wedding party there. (See if you can get a group admission discount ahead of time – $2 or $5 or whatever it is adds up.)

    Also love the picture idea in front of the Painted Ladies.

    You could do a group photo at the base of the Lombard Street hill…

    Other landmarks:

    -Golden Gate Bridge (you could take it from Crissy Field or the Marin Headlands – like we did – and have everyone jump in the air)

    -Cupid’s Bow sculpture on the Embarcadero

    -One of those big heart sculptures you see around town (like at Union Square)

    -Ghiradelli Square sign?

    -Chinatown gate

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