For couples looking for a year-round wedding destination, Northern California’s coastal city of Monterey hits the mark.
The city’s mild climate means a wedding in December or June will be equally lovely. Will it be a chateau estate, a famous golf course, an oceanfront beach house, or a California Mission that captures a couple’s hearts?
This city is steeped in romance and natural beauty, so there’s no shortage of romantic wedding venues.
Whether overlooking the California coastline from a Victorian house at Gatherings, or dancing in an elegant Latin-inspired ballroom at The Club at Pasadera, couples will find their perfect spot among these 25 Monterey wedding venues.
1. Folktale Winery & Vineyards
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With the Pacific Ocean just five miles away, Folktale Winery and Vineyard offers couples a truly one-of-a-kind wedding destination that is ideal for the bride and groom who want a romantic wedding. The venue provides indoor and outdoor space for ceremonies. The Wine Garden features fire pits, string lights, and fragrant and colorful flowers. The Rose Vineyard features views of the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and the expansive vineyard. The Barrel Room features wine barrels that are stacked to the ceiling, exposed wood ceiling, and rustic double doors. The cozy Greenhouse features indoor ivy walls and tables made of Cypress.
8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, Phone: 831-293-7500
2. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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On Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is an oceanfront venue that leaves couples and wedding guest speechless at its magnificent beauty. It’s the ideal choice for couples wanting to make a splash. The Promenade overlooks the Monterey Bay, and seats 120 guests on the lower Terrace and 300 in the upper Terrace. The Cypress Ballroom is formal, grand, and elegant featuring lavish chandeliers, Brazilian teakwood, and hand-painted murals of the scenery in Carmel and Monterey. Dolphins Ballroom features glistening chandeliers, large windows allowing views of Monterey Bay and dolphins fountain. This room features a green and deep marine blue color palette.
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, Phone: 877-862-7552
3. A By the Sea Wedding & The Monterey Stone Marriage Chapel
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Providing services to Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Carmel, A By the Sea Wedding & The Monterey Stone Marriage Chapel is an ideal venue finding company that is perfect for couples wanting cost-friendly weddings at incredible destinations. This all-inclusive company offers couples access to breathtaking wedding locations at venues atop cliffs overlooking waves crashing on the California coastline. They also offer space at various parks, and in secluded, private homes to make every ceremony a special one-of-a-kind experience. For an intimate wedding location that features Redwood trees and a serene gazebo garden area, their Monterey Stone Marriage Chapel is also a dreamy choice.
2999 Monterey Salinas Highway #3, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-375-8574
4. FDES Portuguese Hall of Monterey
Monterey is home to a large Portuguese community, so it’s only fitting that there’s a home away from home at Festo do Divino Espirito Santo Portuguese Hall of Monterey. The venue is ideal for couples wanting a dream ceremony that feels like home. The chapel and main dance hall were built in the early 1950s, with the small meeting room, kitchen, dining hall, and bar added later. The dining hall has open space of over 5,000 square feet, and features a vaulted wood ceiling, white columns, and a professional grade kitchen. The Hall also has a courtyard with beautiful purple hydrangeas and manicured grounds.
950 Casanova Avenue, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-372-1913
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5. Wedding Venues Near Me: Gardener Ranch
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Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley, winner of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award, is 24 acres of natural land beside the Carmel Valley River. It is an ideal location for couples who love the great outdoors. The venue provides expansive lawns and a clubhouse for any style wedding or ceremony. The Woodland Lawn is bordered by towering redwood and oak trees, raised a little higher than the rest of the lawns, and an iconic, picturesque living arch. The Clubhouse is a 5,300-square-foot multi-functional event space that accommodates 150 guests and features three fireplaces and three large banquet rooms.
114 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA, Phone: 831-298-7360
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6. Holly Farm
Holly Farm in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and a WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner. It is a private, family-owned estate on seven acres and provides couples with romantic wedding venue like no other. This majestic farm features sun-filled cottages, winding paths that lead to beautiful banana trees, and rustic gates. A cobblestone path leads the bridal party to an opening with a large oak tree as the backdrop to the altar and surrounded by lush, green foliage and manicured grounds. Holly Farm has a barn that features a wood ceiling, cobblestone dance floor, and a large barn door.
9200 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Phone: 831-625-1926
7. Hotel 1110
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Located just minutes away from the Municipal Wharf, downtown restaurants and shops, Monterey Bay Aquarian, Carmel Beach, and Art Galleries. Hotel 1110 a quaint, boutique hotel offers uniquely designed space and is an ideal location for couples wanting a more relaxed wedding venue. Hotel 1110 offers 17 rooms so guests and the wedding party may choose to stay at the same location as the ceremony. The upper rooms feature marble enclosures and jetted tubs. The Rooftop Lounge has heat lamps, standing umbrellas, sweeping views of Monterey Bay and the wharf, cushioned seating, and a full bar.
1110 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-655-0515
8. InterContinental The Clement Monterey
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InterContinental The Clement Monterey is a three-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner. The grand, luxurious hotel with panoramic coastal views is a perfect venue for couples wanting a fairytale wedding. Couples will appreciate the Pacific Ballroom and Courtyard featuring large windows and elegant décor. It accommodates up to 230 seated dinner guests. The Ocean Terrace and Ballroom accommodates 150 guests and features fire pits, heat lamps, and comfortable lounge seating. The Clement Monterey also features infinite Bay views, calm ocean breezes, and colorful, romantic sunsets. Couples can also host weddings on the waterfront with a wood altar and an azure backdrop of coastal shoreline views.
750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-375-4500
9. La Creme Monterey
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La Crème Monterey, a luxurious catering/wedding planning company is in the business of providing upscale services to couples wanting a lavish, unforgettable ceremony. La Crème Monterey offers services to the top wedding venues in the Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel area providing them with top-notch service which allows the wedding couple to fully concentrate on other aspects of their big day. This company is driven by its owner, Tamie Aceves. Offering over 15 years of experience in this industry. La Crème Monterey offers Certified Wedding Planners that have planned weddings featured in magazines like Northern California Magazine, The Knot, and Style Me Pretty.
481 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, Phone: 831-375-1300
10. Memory Garden
Memory Garden, located in Monterey State Historic Park, is one of six gardens that provide special events with privacy and beauty, making this venue an ideal location for couples wanting a romantic wedding. An adobe wall measured at eight-feet encloses this pristine space featuring Southern Magnolia trees that provide shade, a 15-foot water fountain, and a spacious courtyard. The venue also features a large custom-built barbeque, an arbor, and historic flower garden. Memory Garden can accommodate up to 250 seated guests. This wedding venue provides chairs, tables, heaters, and allows music to be played until a certain time.
20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-649-7118
11. Mission Ranch
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Mission Ranch is a unique wedding reception and ceremony venue offering couples a space that is ideal for a one-of-a-kind rustic, romantic wedding. The venue provides two historical barns, lawns, and patio areas to host ceremonies. This 22-acre venue features views of the Pacific Ocean, Carmel River Beach, and Point Lobos. The Patio Barn offers views of the meadow that sheep graze on, whitecaps from the ocean, and Point Lobos. The Patio Barn also features wood floors, exposed vaulted ceilings, a chandelier, built in stage, and glass doors that open onto a brick patio.
26270 Dolores Street, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Phone: 831-624-6436
12. Monterey Beach House
Located steps from the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Beach House offers a California classic beach layout that is an ideal venue for couples wanting a laidback wedding. This all-inclusive venue allows the wedding party and guests to sit and walk on a sandy beach during the ceremony as waves crash against the shoreline and seagulls fly overhead. This venue can accommodate up to 220 seated guests and features a backdrop of blue water fronted by a wooden arch. White wedding chairs perched in the sand, tiki torches, and fire pits add to the relaxed, beachy vibe.
285 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-648-7240
13. Monterey Beach Weddings
DIY couples can arrange for their own small wedding for up to 50 guests through the City of Monterey. Couples who want a beach wedding may choose one of two beach areas southeast of the #2 Municipal Wharf with a beach permit from the city for celebrations with 10 or more guests. There are numerous restrictions including not being able to cordon off an area from public access, or use music, flowers, a tent, an arch, or chairs. A barbecue area for up to 50 guests is available at the adjacent Monterey Bay Park, also a permit use area. For an indoor space, couples can reserve Monterey Youth Center across the street.
447 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-647-0117
14. Monterey Dance & Event Center
Monterey Dance and Event Center in Monterey, a 2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, styled after a Grand European Palace, is closely situated near Monterey Bay and Carmel Beach. It is ideal for couples wanting an elegant wedding location. This venue provides brides-to-be with an assortment of wedding packages. The venue accommodates up to 150 guests covering 3,000 square feet. This elegant space features gorgeous arched ceilings with wrought iron chandeliers, gleaming wood floors, and a neutral color palette. Monterey Dance and Event Center offers get ready rooms for the wedding party, set up and clean up, linens, tables, Chiavari chairs, audio/sound equipment, and an event planner.
71 Soledad Drive, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-293-3000
15. Monterey Marriott
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Monterey Marriott, a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, also a WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, provides event space that is ideal for the perfect storybook wedding. The Ferrante’s Bay View Ballroom is situated on the hotel’s 10th floor. It is over 3,500 square feet, accommodating 180 guests, and features full-length windows offering panoramic views of blue skies and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The opulent San Carlos Ballroom accommodates 450 guests and features a room with recessed lighting, ornate carpeting, and a large dance floor. The outdoor Memory Garden is a more intimate setting featuring a stone fountain, bricked courtyard, and an altar surrounded by tall trees.
350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-649-4234
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16. Old Whaling Station Adobe and Gardens
Old Whaling Station Adobe and Gardens is a historic state park in Monterey that exudes Old World charm. It’s an ideal venue for the budget minded couple. This rustic, historic venue accommodates up to 125 guests on its elegant outdoor courtyard. The indoor space accommodates 50 guests and features large wood columns, an overhead rustic trellis, and stucco arches. The outdoor ceremony space takes place in a space surrounded by a rose garden that is picture-perfect, brick walkways, and colorful flowers. This space also features wood tables and chairs, and decorative centerpieces. The venue also provides bride’s and groom’s dressing areas.
Jhg391 Decatur Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-375-5356
17. Quail Lodge & Golf Club
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Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Monterey, a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, offers a picturesque wedding site that is ideal for couples wanting a romantic wedding. This idyllic venue provides outdoor and indoor event spaces totalling over 8,500 square feet. The Peninsula Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests and consists of three walls of large windows, 3,000 square feet, an outdoor terrace, and cathedral ceilings. The expansive outdoor Quail Meadows features a rustic barn, expansive lawn, and tree lined hills. Quail Meadows also provides a ceremony space that has views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, rolling hills, and a glistening lake.
8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Phone: 831-624-2888
18. Tarpy's Roadhouse
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Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey is a 1917 stone ranch house. This is an ideal location for couples wanting a vintage wedding. This gorgeous venue offers indoor and outdoor event spaces with The Library being a quaint room that features a cozy fireplace, private garden patio, and creative art, accommodating 80 seated guests. Ceremonies are held in The Courtyard, which holds up to 80 guests and features a stone wall, wood altar, flower boxes, lush garden, and draping ivy. The cozy Vintner’s Room seats up to 20 guests and features romantic gardens and large windows, while boasting the region’s finest wines.
2999 Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-647-1444
19. The Barns at Cooper Molera
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In Monterey, The Barns at Cooper Molera is a rustic late 19th century venue that has been recently renovated and is an ideal location for couples who want a country-chic wedding ambience. The ceremony is held outdoors and features distant orchards, rose gardens, and a small parcel of oak trees. The altar is made of wood and features a stone wall as the backdrop. The Barn at Cooper Molera features a Jockey’s Loft for the bridal party, exposed wood beams and piping, hardwood floors, and large windows. It opens onto a wood deck complete with heat lamps.
535 Polk Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-920-0170
20. The Club at Pasadera
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The Club at Pasadera in Monterey, a two-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, is a Latin-inspired wedding venue that is ideal for couples wanting a classic wedding. This Spanish-style venue offers three event spaces – two indoors, plus a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace. Epic views include the club’s golf course and the Santa Lucia Mountains. This area can accommodate 400 guests. The Ballroom is an elegant space featuring French doors, a grand stone fireplace, and seating for 150 guests. The Banquet room features several chandeliers and large windows with ornate curtains. It can easily accommodate up to 150 guests.
100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-647-2400
21. The Events by Classic Group: Classic Catering
The Events by Classic Group: Classic Catering in Monterey, a five-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner and also a two-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, provides experiences that are exceptional, making this venue perfect for the couple wanting an unforgettable wedding. This company offers a plethora of event spaces to exchange vows. Whether at the beach along the vast California coastline, a California ranch, an upscale hotel, or a historic home, the company provides all-inclusive packages that allow the happy couple to just sit back, pick a venue, and let the Classic Group staff do the rest.
447 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-647-0114
22. Wedding Venues in Monterey, CA: The Perry House
The Perry House in Monterey, a six-time WeddingWire Couples’ award-winner and also a two-time WeddingWire Bride’s Choice award-winner, offering couples fairytale ceremonies in this Queen Anne Victorian home. This venue features views of the Monterey Bay, lush gardens, and Monterey’s cityscape. The garden is where the outside ceremonies are held featuring a regal white pergola with a luscious floral landscape against a backdrop of sky and sea. The Carriage House offers reception space, and provides features such as an awe-inspiring dome ceiling with stained glass of pistachio and amber, a working romantic fireplace, a wall of windows, and audiovisual equipment.
201 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-920-1682
23. Wave Street Studios
Offering couples the opportunity to design the ceremony of their dreams without third party interference, Wave Street Studios in Monterey is an ideal venue for the budget-minded bride and groom. This eco-modern wedding venue provides indoor and outdoor event space with the inside featuring avant-garde décor with natural elements of brick, stone, copper, steel, bamboo and glass. Indoors, couples will appreciate a space illuminated with vintage Edison lamps, and a sprung dance floor that is 1,000 square feet. The outdoor space features natural stone accents, gorgeous foliage, a living waterfall, wind and rain protected patio, and heated benches.
774 Wave Street, Monterey, CA, Phone: 831-655-2010
24. Wedgewood Weddings Carmel
Wedgewood Weddings Carmel, a four-time WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award-winner, is located near Highway 1 and the California coastline. It’s an ideal location for a California classic wedding. The venue offers both outdoor and indoor event space inside a building that is a charming Spanish-style home featuring rustic wood accents and a tiled roof. The Fiesta Room accommodates 250 guests and features a vaulted ceiling, exposed HVACs, wood beams, dance floor, and white columns. The venue also provides couples with expansive outdoor space for ceremonies including exclusive space on white sandy beaches and on cliffs overlooking Pacific Ocean.
4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Phone: 866-966-3009
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