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Big Sur is a spectacular place for your wedding, honeymoon, or special event. You'll find plenty of lodging, restaurants, caterers, photographers, and locations to provide for one of the most memorable days of your life. Coordinators can help you find many private locations for your special event.

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  • A Big Sur Affair Catering
    Cheri Gladstone
    (831) 667-1050
    Full service catering and event planning in beautiful Big Sur and the greater Monterey Peninsula. Innovative California cuisine specializing in the freshest seasonal ingredients and organic foods artistically presented by the most professional staff. Services include site selection, flowers, transportation, entertainment, photography and videography.

  • Elegant Events
    Diane Allen
    (831) 625-3523
    We strive to create fun, unique, & elegant event memories for you & your loved ones. From the very formal to the most informal occasion, from 2 to 500 and from beginning to the end we will do the work while you relax & enjoy your special day. Whether you choose full service coordination or just certain aspects you may want help with, we are the coordinators for you. We have exclusive private homes, which offer beautiful indoor & outdoor locations, oceanfronts, beaches, Red Wood groves, and garden site properties available. We offer full service coordination & specialty services, or service provider recommendations & on site coordination for the day of. All the very best Big Sur, Carmel, & the Monterey Peninsula have to offer!

  • Sea Stars Big Sur Catering & Event Design
    Jamie Jean Jarrard
    (831) 915-8477
    Sea Stars Catering & Events specializes in creating memorable events of all sizes. From elopements to special birthday celebrations to large weddings. Using organic and sustainable meats, seafood and produce from local sources. Inspired by foods foraged in the wilds of Big Sur and the bountiful farmers' markets year round, to showcase unique, seasonal menus custom designed for each client. With a style that is whimsical and fresh, yet substantial, healthy and hearty, each dish is made from scratch on site. Chef Jamie also creates custom wedding cakes of all sizes. The Sea Stars' team will work with you on planning and designing your wedding or party down to the minute detail, helping with venue acquisition as well as design, tents, party rentals, flowers, entertainment and planning. Sea Stars has a sister company, Stardust Vintage Rentals, with a unique, organic, bohemian inspired inventory of event rentals, florals and handmade design details befitting a gorgeous outdoor setting such as Big Sur.


  • Kate Healey Flowers
    (831) 667-2649
    Simple, elegant, whimsical and wild. Flowers for all occassions. Specializing in seasonal, locally grown flowers and herbs for weddings. Vintage and timeless elegance, rustic chic or minimalist designs are all possible. Also offering a large and varied collection of containers and vessels to rent. Silverplate, brass, vintage glass, bohemian rugs, lantersn, boxes, fabrics allto complement your event. Please call for a free consultation.

Locations: (Wedding, Honeymoon & Receptions

  • Big Sur Lodge
    (831) 667-3100, ext.15.
    Picture your Special Day in a lovely lodge setting surrounded by the majestic redwoods, the calming river, and the beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. At Big Sur Lodge, we offer delectable cuisine, customized banquet menus, and a choice of four lovely venues for your Rehearsal Dinners, Receptions, Day after Brunches, Bridal Showers, and more. The four venues that we have are the Santa Lucia Room, the Big Sur Lodge Restaurant, the Restaurant's Outdoor Patio, and the picturesque picnic areas in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please call our Event Coordinator for a Wedding Consultation Appointment to start planning your happily ever after...

  • Big Sur River Inn
    (800) 548-3610
    Nestled amid towering redwoods along the scenic Big Sur River lies the historic Big Sur River Inn. The Big Sur River Inn is steeped in romance, history and nostalgia without sacrificing modern convenience and comfort. The expansive riverside lawn or the sun-dappled deck  provide a spectacular setting for your special day. Our professional culinary and service staff specialize in creating a unique experience tailored to your vision of your celebration. We look forward to celebrating with you.

  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands
    (831) 622-5461
    Hyatt Carmel Hylands, a 48 room luxury property in scenic Carmel, California, offers extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime weddings. The experienced staff takes pride in handling all the details so guests can spend time on what's most important: creating memories in a stress-free environment. And what better way to exchange vows and share in this spectacular moment, than under the setting sun while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Weddings become unforgettable when they take place at Hyatt Carmel Highlands. With sweeping views of the Pacific, it offers one of the most stunning seaside wedding locations you can find. The unforgettable vistas are matched only by the gourmet cuisine and impeccable service of this luxury hotel, which seamlessly blends the amenities of a large property with the refined charm of a boutique hideaway.  

    The Hyatt Carmel Highlands is located at 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, California, USA, 93923. For more information about weddings in Carmel, please contact the hotel’s wedding consultants at (831) 622-5461 or email

  • Post Ranch Inn
    (800) 527-2200, (831) 667-2200
    Ocean view award-winning small luxury hotel hideaway. This ultra-romantic inn is a perfect escape for elopements, honeymoons, anniversaries and wedding renewals. The Elopement Experience package contains all the essentials for a small and intimate wedding held in a guest room or on its terrace. Romantically elegant elements are used in all of the arrangements from coordination services, exquisite flowers, professional photography, and a select bottle of champagne, crystal flutes, marriage license and wedding celebrant. Weddings with 25 to 50 guests are held on the terrace of Sierra Mar Restaurant.

  • Ragged Point Inn
    (805) 927-5708
    Seventeen cliff-side acres overlook the rugged Pacific, across from Sur Sur Ranch in south Big Sur. Most of our 35 rooms feature magnificent ocean views, fireplaces, decks or balconies. Cliff House has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, gourmet kitchen, private dining room, sitting room, lawn, great views. Restaurant. Wedding and conference facilities. Sandwich stand. Espresso and wine bar. Gift Shop. Minimart. Gas station. Sunday concerts throughout the summer. WiFi. Dog-friendly.

  • Ventana Inn & Spa
    (800) 628-6500, (831) 667-2331
    Celebrate your most special day in stunning style and grace along the California coast. Overlooking 50 miles of the Big Sur coastline, Ventana is the perfectly picturesque place to host an intimate gathering or a grand ceremony and reception for up to 150 guests.


  • Elopements, Big Sur & Carmel Weddings with Ken Robins
    (831) 298-7353
    I am a licensed minister in the state of California. I teach relationship and communication skills at the Esalen Institute and in private practice in Carmel and Big Sur. My main goal with any couple, is their satisfaction and delight with both the working process and the final creation, so that on the day, what unfolds is a truly heartfelt expression of the hopes and dreams they have for each other. I love my work, so please call me to see if I might be the right person to be there with you on your special day. Specializing in intimate personalized wedding ceremonies.

  • Big Sur Ceremonies by Soaring Starkey
    (831) 667-2928
    Interfaith minister performs heartfelt and personalized ceremonies for weddings, commitments, and special life events with a keepsake script of the service.

  • Life Celebrations, Rev. Brian Lyke
    831) 626-8570
    Rev. Brian Lyke is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA and has served as a college chaplain, a hospice chaplain and an interim pastor. He has been officiating weddings and vow renewal ceremonies in the Big Sur, and Monterey Bay area for 36 years.
    On the staff at Esalen Institute for 20 of those years. Brian enjoys helping couples celebrate the transitions in their lives. He is happy to work with people of faith, and with people who claim no spiritual path, creating with them a personal and heartful ceremony that they will be happy to remember. Brian has been married to Joyce for 33 years. Please contact him for an initial consultation. There is no cost and no obligation.

  • Sofanya
    (831) 626-2876
    The wisdom of love, respect, honesty and communication is the realm of commitment in relationship and in life. I enjoy creating a loving and memorable ceremony unique to each couple. My focus is on spiritual growth and conscious living, nature, love and trust. I am aware and thankful for the Blessing in having a role in such a pivotal occasion. From the moment I speak with or meet an engaged couple, we begin an adventure of Ceremony. I enjoy learning about how the couple met and grew into such a love that they chose each other with whom to spend this precious journey in life.
    I am a also a professional intuitive artist and offer an option for a very unique and colorful commemorative painting I call "Essence Portraits". This portrait is a colorful and unique painting which  depicts the deep connection to each other.

    Essence Portraits by Sofanya
    Listed online at “New Now Next" as one of the 8 things to do in Big Sur.
    Watch your inner landscape unfold in brilliant colors while discovering your Spirit Guides, Angels, Animal Spirits and Soul Mates as Sofanya paints your Essence through your unique color patterns. Call or email for an appointment Sofanya’s Dome Gallery & Studio.


  • Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism
    (831) 601-5344
    As a photojournalist, Ian believes that the best photos at any wedding are the ones that happen by themselves without his intervention. His discreet, unobtrusive approach creates photos that hold a timeless emotional resonance, that speak to what his subjects were feeling and experiencing on their wedding day. Ian is also an accomplished portrait photographer and is happy to provide traditional wedding photography to augment his documentary style. Ian is a Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography winner and his work has appeared in a myriad of publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He has photographed over 500 weddings, many of them in Big Sur at venues like Paion, Pfeiffer Beach, Glen Oaks, the Big Sur Bakery, Ventana Inn, and Post Ranch Inn.

  • Helios Images
    (415) 325-2020
    Welcome. We're Doug and Katherine, the folks behind Helios Images. For years our photographs have brought laughter and tears to lovers, artists, and friends along the Big Sur coastline and beyond. We're originally from New England, and have been delighted to call California home since 2009. Always shooting with our hearts, we have garnered international acclaim for our documentary wedding style. To date, we have photographed over 250 wedding events since 2002 from Big Sur to Bangkok. We are published in the largest blogs such as Style Me Pretty and Rock n' Roll Bride, and have Doug currently ranked as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the world by WPJA. Our mantra? For Love.

  • Peer Johnson Wedding Photography
    (805) 395-1075
    4X Knot Best of Weddings Winner 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012...has spent over 20 years behind the camera & worked for the biggest names in Fashion Photography on the West Coast. Brides say he is "very easy going, fun & professional". He's married to a top-notch Makeup Artist-Hair Stylist, has photographed over 100 weddings in Big Sur.  Peer is intimately familiar with nearly all 805 & 831 Beaches & Wineries!

Wedding Licenses:

Wedding licenses can be obtained from the Monterey County Clerks Office at 240 Church Street in Salinas, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Closed on Holidays. Information on marriage license requirements is available at (831) 755-5450. (Note: this telephone number puts you through one of those mind numbing recordings but after a little over four minutes in you get the option to speak to a person) Most information needed can be found online here:
Online information regarding obtaining Marriage Licenses in Monterey County.

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