Since the wedding is in Marin County (just north of San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge), you'll be closest if you stay either in Marin County (in Sausalito or Mill Valley) or in the northern part of San Francisco. But, of course, you may be willing to give up the added convenience and stay closer to the action in San Francisco instead, so we'll cover that below as well.
By the way, even for the hotels we've blocked rooms at (especially the Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley), you may want to first check online to see if you can get a cheaper price than what was quoted to us. If you do want to take advantage of any of our room blocks, please call the hotels directly and tell them you're making a reservation for the Chung/Huynh wedding.
If you have any questions or if we can be of further help as you plan your trip, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Holiday Inn Express
160 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Of the hotels we've blocked rooms at, this is the closest to the Headlands Center for the Arts (7.9 miles). It's conveniently located right off the 101, and there's an In-n-Out nearby. We have blocked 20 rooms at $149/room, which includes free parking, free wireless internet, heated swimming pool, and all that other good stuff.
Hotel Del Sol
3100 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
This is a close second, in terms of being close to the Headlands Center for the Arts (8.5 miles). This is a bright and cheery hotel in the northern part of San Francisco, a block away from the shops on Chestnut Street in the Marina District. We've blocked 20 rooms here at $169/room. Free parking.
San Francisco Marriott -- Fisherman's Wharf
1250 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the more touristy parts of San Francisco, but there's another In-n-Out there (the only one in the city), and you can walk along the water and look at seals or hop on a ferry for a tour of Alcatraz. This hotel is 9.6 miles from the Headlands Center for the Arts. This Marriot is a 3-star hotel, and we've blocked 15 rooms here at $169/room. Parking is not included.
222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
This hotel is in downtown San Francisco in Union Square, which is a shopper's paradise. This hotel is the farthest from the Headlands Center for the Arts of the hotels we've blocked rooms at (10.8 miles), but it's also the fanciest (it's a 4-star hotel, although the reviews online are not uniformly enthusiastic). We've blocked 10 rooms here: petite queens are $159/room, and deluxe kings are $179/room. Parking is not included.
There are other fancy hotels in Marin that are spoken of highly: the Acqua Hotel and the Mill Valley Inn in Mill Valley, and the Casa Madrona in Sausalito, to name a few.
In terms of cheaper options, there are a bunch of motels on Lombard Street, e.g., Econo Lodge, the Presidio Inn, and the Marina Motel, which are all right at the northern tip of the city (the same area the Hotel Del Sol is in). Lombard Street itself is not very scenic and has lots of car traffic, but is a short walk away from nice shopping areas and is in a safe area of the city.
The cheapest option of all is the Marin Headlands Hostel (http://www.norcalhostels.org/marin). This hostel is just a stone's throw away from the Headlands Center for the Arts and it's cheap - just $18-20 a night for a dorm bed, and $54 and up for a private room. The Hostel consists of a main building with 84 beds and a smaller annex with 25 beds. We have exclusive use of the annex for the night of the wedding and we are throwing it open to one and all - please see above.