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15 Best Wedding Venues in Monterey CA

The Ultimate Guide to the 15 Best Wedding Venues in Monterey CA

Couples seeking to take advantage of the Pacific Coast’s splendor for their weddings can take a look at the 15 best wedding venues in Monterey CA. Located in the center of California’s coastline, Monterey is known for its history, architecture, seafood, and local arts scene. For Californians seeking a beautiful place to get married, Monterey provides an excellent choice for a weekend escape. Let’s take a look at some of the top Monterey wedding venues. 

Old Whaling Station Adobe & Gardens

Rental Fee: $1,900 – $2,400
Ceremony Only: $1,500

The Old Whaling Station may not sound like the most romantic spot; however, this is a beautiful space indoors and outdoors with flexible rental periods by the hour that focuses on affordable yet elegant weddings. The garden is cozy and the perfect spot for beautiful wedding photos. 

Jabberwock Inn

Rental Fee: $1,000 – $1,500 for 4 hours 
Small weddings and elopements: $350 – $750 (depends on time of year)

One of Monterey’s most popular bed and breakfast establishments, Jabberwock Inn is an elegant craftsman style house that overlooks Monterey Bay. Tall hedges and stone-lined gardens form a perfect place to exchange vows while you can relax in style with your pick of charming rooms. Jabberwock Inn is an excellent choice for a wedding venue in Monterey, CA.

The Barns at Cooper Molera

Rental Fee: $2,500 – $6,500 

Formerly part of a National Trust, this historic property is perfect for a beautiful ceremony. This is one of the more unique wedding venues in Monterey CA in that you can get married in a beautifully restored barn or outdoors beneath oak trees.  

Memory Garden (Monterey State Historic Park)

Rental Fee: $1,500 – $3,600 (depends on day of the week / number of hours)
Processing Fee: $150
Refundable deposit: $1,000

This park actually has six different gardens that are excellent choices for an elopement or small wedding. Stevenson Garden is enclosed by a rustic gated adobe wall and is named for author Robert Louis Stevenson. First Theatre Garden and Larkin Garden, in particular, also provide excellent settings for a wedding. The variety in settings makes this one of the more popular wedding venues in Monterey CA that appeals to most.

Monterey Beach House

Rental Fee: $1,500 – $5,000

Do you dream of a beach wedding? There is perhaps no better place in Monterey than Monterey Beach House. With the peninsula and ocean as a backdrop, this location provides one of the best views compared to other wedding venues in Monterey CA. Sunset ceremonies are popular here and al-inclusive packages mean you can rest assured you’ll be well taken care of. 

Perry House

Rental Fee: $1,500 – $5,000

The Perry House provides an elegant setting with an ocean view. The Victorian style home was originally built in 1860 and has lush gardens. Renovated specifically to cater to weddings, this is an excellent choice to include in your list of wedding venues in Monterey CA.

Club Del Monte

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Located on the campus of the Naval Postgraduate School and part of Hotel Del Monte, named the world’s most elegant seaside resort, this art deco facility is perfect for saying your vows whether you’d prefer the intimate La Novia Room or a spot next to the Roman Plunge Reflecting Pool. 

Monterey Stone Chapel

Rental Fees: $300 – $750 (depends on number of guests / spaces reserved)

You’ll find this chapel located amidst redwoods and gardens next to a turtle-filled pond. For a more intimate wedding, an outdoor gazebo garden wedding is an excellent decision with a quaint, intimate setting to exchange your vows. This is one of the best wedding venues in Monterey CA because the 5 star Tarpy’s Restaurant and steakhouse is right next door!

Wedding Locations Outside of Monterey

Lover’s Point Park (Pacific Grove)

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While this community park just outside of Monterey has plenty of things for the community, it also serves as a beautiful site for a wedding. With an ocean view, a small beach, and manicured lawns, there are many different settings for wedding venues in Monterey CA. A rocky outcropping on the edge of the beach makes a great place for photos. A reservation and use permit is required for a wedding. Check out this Lovers Point Park Wedding to give you an idea of what I’ve done in the past.

Lovers Point wedding photo with a bride and groom holding each other with their reflection in the water and a blue sky
lovers point wedding in pacific grove bride and groom laughing with wedding guests in the background

Big Sur Lodge – Pfeiffer State Park (Big Sur)

Packages: $599 – $1,199

Big Sur is extremely popular with nature lovers and this rustic getaway right in the middle of Pfeiffer State Park provides easy walking access to many potential sites. Reserve a cozy cabin and take advantage of a ceremony surrounded by California’s majestic redwoods. The Lodge itself has four different indoor and outdoor venues and wedding consultants. The Redwood Grove and McWay Falls are both popular location sand beautiful backdrops. 

Huckleberry Hill (Pebble Beach)

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Just outside of Monterey you’ll find Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserver, which is home to several trails with plenty of picturesque spots for an elopement. Find your and your love immersed in a wooded oasis with groves of live oak, Monterey pine, and cypress trees as well as patches of beautiful wildflowers. There is a bit of elevation gain and a short hike, so this spot is best for a small, casual no-frills ceremony for outdoor lovers. 

Leal Vineyards (Hollister)

Packages: $4,000 – $7,500

This facility has excellent options for elopements, small ceremonies, or mid-sized weddings. Leal Vineyards features three different settings. Say “I do” surrounded by sweeping hills of vineyards at the Lavanda, have a quaint candlelit ceremony in the Barrel Room, or opt for the Olea with twinkling lights and a tunnel of olive trees. 

River Road Mansion (Salinas)

Rental Fee: $5,000 for up to 7 hours
Catering Packages: $50 – $95
19% Service Fee
This Victorian mansion sports 10,000 square foot and a variety of luxury suites. Couples tend to prefer the gazebo as the setting for the ceremony, making this gorgeous mansion of of the best wedding venues in Monterey CA. 

Church of the Wayfarer (Carmel-By-the-Sea)

Ceremony Packages: $750 – $2,750 
Deposit: $750 – $1,000

The Church of the Wayfarer is the oldest protestant church in Carmel-By-the-Sea and provides two opportunities for a ceremony. Guests can get married in the beautiful sanctuary adorned with walnut wood or the garden featuring colorful flowers and shrubs with brick accompaniments. Couples may also ring the giant steeple bell afterwards to signify the occasion for all the town to hear. 

Amphitheatre of the Redwoods (Corralitos)

Rental Fee: $1,950 – $5,950

Amidst a lush redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Amphitheatre of the Redwoods provides one of the most stunning settings for a wedding. They specialize in mid-week elopement packages or can provide traditional wedding ceremonies and receptions on the weekend. A popular feature is dancing next to a bonfire in a starlit meadow afterwards. 

I hope this list of Monterey Wedding Venues helps you in your planning for the big day!

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