Located on the central coast of California lies the magnificent Big Sur. This region is best known for its rugged coastline that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, as well as the numerous forests and beaches that surround it. Because of this, the Big Sur is a prime spot for weddings as it can cater to a variety of different wedding themes, such as dreamy romantic ones to those that are more outdoorsy. If you’re interested in hosting a Big Sur wedding, you might consider one of these impressive wedding venues.
1.Ventana Big Sur
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Ventana Big Sur features a stunning mixture of the ocean, forests, and mountains. There are a variety of wedding spaces both indoors and outdoors here. For those who would like to recite their vows outdoors, there are garden arbors, courtyards, and redwood forest settings to choose from. For indoor options, Ventana Big Sur has a loft available. The venue can hold up to 200 guests and has numerous other services and features available, such as professional catering, fire pits, and pools. There is also a terrace and bar that showcases beautiful views of both the mountains and ocean for guests as they sip on drinks.
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 800-628-6500
2.La Playa Carmel
La Playa Carmel is a historic hotel that overlooks Carmel Beach and is just a short distance away from Carmel’s iconic restaurants and shops. This wedding venue gives you the option of various locations to hold your reception or wedding at, such as the courtyard, patio, terrace, garden room, and fireside room. Most of these areas provide you with stunning views of the rocky coastline which gives you a beautiful backdrop for when you say your vows or take photographs. The hotel has a wedding specialist who can help to guide you with finding the perfect spot for your event and with other planning needs.
Camino Real at Eighth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921, Phone: 800-582-8900
3.Loma Vista Gardens
Loma Vista Gardens offers a stunning backdrop of the Ventana Wilderness and is filled with many exotic plants, like cacti, fruit trees, and succulents. The grounds are also filled with beautiful outdoor staircases and pathways. Known for its earthy ambiance, Loma Vista Gardens was built in 1937 as an inn before it was eventually converted into a sought-after wedding venue in Big Sur. Weddings can be personalized with various pieces of decor and plants scattered around the grounds. There are also strung lights hanging above the stage that light up at night illuminating the marriage altar. This option is ideal for smaller weddings.
47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 831-667-2469
4.Carmel Estate by Wedgewood Weddings
Situated on Big Sur’s breathtaking coastline, the Carmel Estate by Wedgewood Weddings can hold up to 270 people and offers you the choice between being married in its quaint garden beneath a handcrafted gazebo or on its private beach. Regardless of the one you choose, it will provide you with a romantic and rustic wedding atmosphere. The venue provides dressing suites for the couple as well as multiple reception rooms. There are four wedding packages available for those who might want to avoid the hassles that often come with wedding planning. With them, you’ll be able to choose the area you’d like to get married in as well as other details, such as the type of silverware you prefer and if you’d like bar service.
4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923, Phone: 866-966-3009
5.The Perry House
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The Perry House is located in Monterey and was originally built in the late 1800s to be the home of Manuel Perry, a New England sea captain. However, during the Great Depression, the home fell into disrepair and was almost demolished had it not been saved by a local resident. Today, the home serves as a charming wedding venue. Despite being in a historic home, it has a contemporary vibe and offers a catering service for your event that serves exquisite dishes, many of which feature local ingredients. The home can hold up to 130 people and supplies seats, china, glassware, and linens.
447 Figueroa Street, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-920-1682
6.Wave Street Studios
Wave Street Studios allows you to design your dream wedding but without the common inconveniences that often plague this important event. This multi-level structure features intricate architectural details as well as a flourishing succulent garden outside. Wave Street Studios also has a dance floor that is specially designed to help the music inside the room sound perfect. This wedding venue has courtyards that can serve as the spot for your wedding or for your wedding photographs. Wave Street Studios also prides itself on letting you be in charge of your wedding rather than having to buy a certain package which can sometimes limit you.
774 Wave Street, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-655-2010
Nestled within the Carmel Valley, Holly Farm is an earthy and airy wedding venue surrounded by ancient trees and fragrant plants. Guests can choose to have their special day located in various areas around the farm, such as under massive palms or within its colorful gardens. This family-owned farm also allows you to have night-time weddings that are illuminated by strung lights and the stars. You can have guests walk to the altar down one of the many winding pathways on the grounds. The peak season for weddings at Holly Farm is April to November and the farm can accommodate both small and large events.
9200 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923, Phone: 831-625-1926
8.Glen Oaks Big Sur
Glen Oaks Big Sur is a cozy venue that offers a variety of different rooms and structures to celebrate your wedding in. One option is the Big Sur Roadhouse which is ideal for large weddings and receptions. You could also hold this special event in its garden that features fire pits and gas lamps. In addition to this, there is a small bar area surrounded by comfortable cushions and furniture for guests to lounge on. The grounds are bordered by gigantic redwood trees providing you not only with shade, but plenty of privacy as well. This wedding venue option is also situated by the peaceful Big Sur River.
47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 831-667-2105
9.Monterey Dance & Event Center
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The Monterey Dance & Event Center was created in 1985 and serves not only as a place for dancing classes, but weddings as well. This venue is ideal for those who want an extravagant and glamorous wedding. This option has a 3,000 square-foot ballroom that gives you with plenty of space for dining and dancing. The room can hold up to 150 guests and has a stage that can be used for DJs and decor. The venue provides lighting, sound systems, tables, chairs, and many other amenities. There’s also a small patio outside. The Monterey Dance & Event Center offers a few different wedding packages you can choose from.
71 Soledad Drive, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-293-3000
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10.The Barns at Cooper Molera
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The Barns at Cooper Molera were first created in the 1800s before later being restored back to their grandeur in recent years. The barns provide a chic and rustic atmosphere and are bordered by mature trees and plants. The venue will decorate itself for your big day with lanterns, farm tables, and a lot of vintage decor. There is a small section available for guests to dine and chat in the barns. You can create your own menu to serve at your wedding or reception which is usually prepared on the grounds by professional chefs. There are also plenty of great photography locations here, such as an orchard, rose garden, and historic adobe walls.
447 Figueroa Street, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-920-0170
11.Carmel Mission Inn
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Situated only a short drive away from Big Sur’s coastline, the Carmel Mission Inn is a cozy destination filled with various features, such as heated pools and gardens. The inn serves not only as a place for guests to stay, but as a prime wedding venue as well. It offers a handful of rooms that vary in their sizes and decor. The largest option is the Carmelo Room which can hold up to 300 guests. There is also a lounge that is filled with trendy furnishings and has a stunning fireplace and mahogany bar that can be used as a reception room.
3665 Rio Road, Carmel, California 93923, Phone: 800-348-9090
Spanning over 24 acres, Gardener Ranch is a fairytale-like destination thanks to its delightful buildings and colorful gardens. This wedding venue offers panoramic views of the Carmel Valley and allows you to choose from five locations around the grounds to hold your ceremony. Other amenities provided for weddings include cocktail tables, landscape furniture, fire pits, and recreational options, like a pool and bocce ball court. There are also private dressing rooms for the couple available. In addition to this, Gardener Ranch provides you with a list of approved vendors that can supply you many wedding necessities, such as food and music.
114 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924, Phone: 831-298-7360
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Monterey Marriott features panoramic views of Monterey Bay and a handful of areas for you to hold your wedding or reception in. This hotel has 31 rooms that in total span over 87,946 square-feet. There are also a handful of ballrooms available, such as the San Carlos Ballroom that can hold up to 450 visitors. In addition to this, Monterey Marriott can cater for this important event and create a customized menu that fits your preferences. The hotel also offers services to help you with finding vendors, such as florists, musicians, and photographers with the help of their certified wedding planners.
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-649-4234
14.Monterey Beach House
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This wedding venue provides you with beautiful beachfront scenery and lets you recite your vows on its private beach. This beach house offers you plenty of services and amenities to ensure your big day goes perfectly, such as catering, linens, glassware, chairs, heaters, and indoor/outdoor event spaces. The home can accommodate 300 people and also has a bar service that can concoct unique types of cocktails. The Monterey Beach House provides fire pits for the evening that can be used for staying warm or to roast marshmallows. There are wedding packages available that can help you to plan this special day with ease.
447 Figueroa Street, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-647-0117
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Holman Ranch is a historic destination surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and horse stables. Visitors can have their wedding altar placed on the grounds so the Santa Lucia Mountains can be viewed in the background. Besides this, the wedding venue has a Carmel Stone Hacienda, built in 1928, that can be used for photographs or as a place for guests to mingle in. Holman Ranch can host both small and large weddings and has a glam room, game room, and guest room that can be used for this occasion. There’s also a wine cave where you can host wine tastings for wedding guests.
60 Holman Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924, Phone: 831-659-2640
16.The Club at Pasadera
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The Club at Pasadera is located on the grounds of a private golf club and spans over 575 acres. It features numerous historic Spanish Colonial-style buildings that are extravagantly decorated, making it ideal for those who would like a romantic old-world setting for their wedding. The Club at Pasadera has many rooms for your wedding and its reception to be held in, including its dining room which can hold up to 150 people. This option also provides you with an extensive catering and wine list so you can create the perfect menu for the event. Its staff can also help with finding florists, photographers, and entertainment.
100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-647-2400
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17.Big Sur Lodge
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Situated only a short drive away from Pfeiffer State Park, this historic lodge was built by John and Florence Pfeiffer in the early 1900s as a way to welcome visitors to the area. Known for its hospitality, Big Sur Lodge offers you a rustic wedding getaway and gives you the option of indoor or outdoor seating. This venue also provides catering services, including meals for the reception or for post-wedding brunches. There are also plenty of guest rooms available for visitors to stay in when they attend the event. To help ensure that the planning goes smoothly, the lodge provides the services of a wedding coordinator.
47225 Highway One, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 855-238-6950
18.A By the Sea Wedding & The Monterey Stone Marriage Chapel
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This wedding venue allows you to plan your dream wedding but in an affordable way. Guests can wed at the Monterey Stone Chapel which is nestled within a redwood forest and surrounded by colorful gardens. You could also hold your wedding on the beach at different locations around Big Sur, such as Stuart’s Cove, Carmel Beach, Lover’s Point Park, and Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach. There are a handful of wedding packages available for you to choose from depending on the size of your wedding and any extra services you would prefer, such as photography and bouquets. Marriage licenses can also be obtained here.
2999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Ste.3, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-375-8574
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19.Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park rests along the shoreline of the Big Sur River and features numerous redwoods, conifers, and willows. While a state park, weddings can be held here with a special permit and is ideal for those who want a simple wedding. You can work alongside a special event coordinator who will guide you through the important details of hosting an event at the state park. While there aren’t many facilities on the grounds, there are a few picnic areas that can be used to hold receptions. There is also a campfire center that features a large fire pit bordered by an amphitheater.
Pfeiffer Big Sur Road, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 831-667-1112
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Memory Garden was created in 1927 and is enclosed by a thick eight-foot adobe wall that features a few access gates built into it. The garden is filled with fragrant heirloom plants and magnolia trees. It also has a 15-foot fountain in the center of it. The garden can hold up to 500 guests and has electrical outlets, restrooms, and tables available for the event. Other amenities offered include barbecue grills and arbors. Music is allowed to be played, but only until 9 p.m. Memory Garden is also near the historic Pacific House Museum that can be used for photographs.
20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California 93940, Phone: 831-649-2907
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21.Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn towers 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a cliff. Featuring natural architecture, the inn is ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway for their wedding. In addition to the ocean, Post Ranch Inn has gardens and courtyards where you can recite your vows or hold a reception. This venue has a handful of wedding packages you can choose from, including a tiny wedding option that is designed for weddings that will host around 3-8 people. Other features Post Ranch Inn has is a fine dining restaurant, bar, spa, stargazing spots, and an art gallery.
47900 CA-1, Big Sur, California 93920, Phone: 831-667-2200
22.Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings
Bordered by the Big Sur coastline and a small village lies Eagle Ridge. This option is known for its Colonial American architecture and provides sweeping views of the nearby rolling hills. This large venue can hold up to 225 people and has a grand ballroom that can serve as a reception area. There are also elegantly decorated dressing suites that can be used for both wedding parties as they prepare for the big day. Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings has wedding experts who can help you with planning all the fine details for the wedding, such as food and flowers.
2951 Club Drive, Gilroy, California 95020, Phone: 855-277-4941
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Highlands Inn is a sophisticated venue that overlooks the surrounding coastline. Weddings at the inn are held in its glass-walled gazebo that features stylish redwood flooring inside. The venue provides plenty of services for your wedding day, such as seating arrangements, decor, photography/videography, linens, flowers, and parking. There is also a vast catering menu you can pick meals off of, most of which are made with local ingredients. Highlands Inn also offers a honeymoon package you can use with your wedding. To help you with the planning, Highlands Inn has wedding coordinators who can guide you through the process.
120 Highlands Drive, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923, Phone: 831-620-1234
24.Willow Heights Mansion
Willow Heights Mansion is a majestic structure filled with marble fireplaces, glistening chandeliers, numerous verandas, and intricately carved wrought-iron railings. This venue can hold up to 300 guests on its vibrant green lawn that is surrounded by hills and vineyards. The interior of the mansion can also be used for receptions and photographs. Willow Heights Mansion has a pastry chef you can work with to create the wedding cake of your dreams. Other amenities provided include entertainment, catering, and decor help. There is also a wedding coordinator on hand to assist you with the planning. This venue can be reserved up to 18 months ahead of time.
1978 Willow Springs Road, Morgan Hill, California 95037, Phone: 408-778-1978
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25.Carmel Woman's Club
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The Carmel Woman’s Club was founded in 1925 as a philanthropic group. The club allows up to 100 guests for special events and features a massive stage that can be used for reciting vows or entertainment. Inside the club, you’ll also find a kitchen, main hall, and lobby. For photographs or receptions, there is a large brick patio outdoors. This venue is ideal for those who plan to have a somewhat small gathering and who want to have complete control over the fine details of their wedding. If you’re interested in hosting your event here, you must fill out a rental request form a few months before it is to be held.
9th Avenue and San Carlos, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93921, Phone: 831-624-2866
25 Best Big Sur Wedding Venues
- Ventana Big Sur, Photo: Ventana Big Sur
- La Playa Carmel, Photo: kostyazar/stock.adobe.com
- Loma Vista Gardens, Photo: ruslan_shramko/stock.adobe.com
- Carmel Estate by Wedgewood Weddings, Photo: Angelov/stock.adobe.com
- The Perry House, Photo: The Perry House
- Wave Street Studios, Photo: Angelov/stock.adobe.com
- Holly Farm, Photo: Igor/stock.adobe.com
- Glen Oaks Big Sur, Photo: protivnica/stock.adobe.com
- Monterey Dance & Event Center, Photo: Monterey Dance & Event Center
- The Barns at Cooper Molera, Photo: The Barns at Cooper Molera
- Carmel Mission Inn, Photo: Carmel Mission Inn
- Gardener Ranch, Photo: Dennis/stock.adobe.com
- Monterey Marriott, Photo: Monterey Marriott
- Monterey Beach House, Photo: Monterey Beach House
- Holman Ranch, Photo: Holman Ranch
- The Club at Pasadera, Photo: The Club at Pasadera
- Big Sur Lodge, Photo: Big Sur Lodge
- A By the Sea Wedding & The Monterey Stone Marriage Chapel, Photo: Wedding photography/stock.adobe.com
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Photo: Svyatoslav Lypynskyy/stock.adobe.com
- Memory Garden, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Post Ranch Inn, Photo: melnikofd/stock.adobe.com
- Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings, Photo: Laszlo/stock.adobe.com
- Highlands Inn, Photo: stakhov/stock.adobe.com
- Willow Heights Mansion, Photo: glisic_albina/stock.adobe.com
- Carmel Woman's Club, Photo: Viktar Vysotski/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: pupae/stock.adobe.com