|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.
Caterers/Coordinators | Locations | Officiants | Photographers | Licenses
- A Big Sur Affair Catering
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 is the founder of Elevant Events by Big Sur Weddings. She has been planning and facilitating weddings and events before it was even hip. Big Sur's original and most seasoned event coordinator and design team assists local and destination couples in bringing their wedding dreams to life. Elegant Events will partner with you to plan and orchestrate a picture-perfect day. From full service planning, design, and coordination to just day of coordination and everything in-between we give you the freedom to remember what this process is all about... LOVE!
- Sea Stars Catering & Events
Specializing in full service catering and planning from private elopement to a large wedding. Sea Stars is a zero waste catering company, using only 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. Sea Stars also provides talented mixologist bartenders to create custom cocktails for your event. Chef Jamie also creates custom wedding cakes in any size, handmade chocolates and dessert bars for any occasion.
Sea Stars' team will work with you on full service or day of wedding coordination and designing your wedding or party down to the last detail, helping with venue acquisition and design, tents, party rentals, flowers, entertainment and timeline with a custom package tailored to your needs.
Sea Stars has a sister company, Stardust Vintage Rentals, with a unique, inspired inventory of event rentals, florals and handmade design details befitting a majestic outdoor wedding setting such as Big Sur. Stardust and Sea Stars combined have everything you need to easily host the party of your dreams including catering, planning, rentals, decor and florals.
- Kate Healey Flowers
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, lanterns, boxes, fabrics all to 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
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.
- Big Sur Roadhouse and Glen Oaks Big Sur
Big Sur Roadhouse and Glen Oaks Big Sur offer an intimate evening ceremony package for up to 100 people. This package includes a one-hour ceremony in our exclusive redwood grove along the banks of the Big Sur River with views of a lush grove encircled by redwood trees and a reception at the Big Sur Roadhouse. Big Sur Roadhouse is also available for brunch, lunch, and dinner receptions of up to 100 people. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Sur Roadhouse
- Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 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 email@example.com
- Loma Vista Gardens
Located in the heart of Big Sur along California Highway 1, adjacent to the Big Sur Bakery and Shell Gas Station, the historic gardens offer breathtaking views of Mount Manuel and the Ventana Wilderness. The gardens currently serve as a venue for weddings, parties, and gatherings. Loma Vista Inn was built in 1937, the same year Highway 1 was constructed along the Big Sur coastline.
Loma Vista, which translates to "view of the hill" in Spanish, was developed by Alice Jaeger, granddaughter of W. B. Post (one of the original settlers of Big Sur) and her husband Steve. Built to function as an inn, diner and gas station, this property became a central meeting point for those living in the area and for travelers passing through. Today, Loma Vista Inn still holds its place as the town center.
- 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
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
A year-round Inn that offers elegant but casual accommodations. There are 60 guest rooms whose private terraces overlook mountain or ocean. Heated swimming pools. Hot baths, saunas & private hot tubs.
- Elopements, Big Sur & Carmel Weddings with Ken Robins
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
Interfaith minister performs heartfelt and personalized ceremonies for weddings, commitments, and special life events with a keepsake script of the service.
- Weddings with Sofanya
I am an artist, mother, grandmother, godmother and proprietor of a magical property between Big Sur & Carmel. It has been a blessing to live and work here in this magical redwood forest for over 20 years holding beautiful wedding ceremonies as well as art & creativity workshops, and community gatherings. I have been officiating weddings for over ten years with loving couples from all over the world who come to this stunning area to marry.
It is a joy to meet and get to know each couple and to assist in creating a marriage ceremony aligned with who they are and in their vision for a meaningful and memorable wedding. I focus on spiritual and conscious living, our connection to nature, love and trust, and the importance of respect & communication.
Initially I'll send a simple questionnaire to assist you in clarifying your vision and help me to create your ceremony. When ready we can go over an outline and make adjustments as needed. I look forward to
chatting with you and creating your very loving and special ceremony!
- Experience Media
John and Jen Senften have been capturing magical moments in The Sur for decades. Trusted by local wedding coordinators, this award winning team offers custom photo/video packages and extra services such as aerial coverage and social media edits. The duo has traveled the world to film weddings for happy clients, but Big Sur has their hearts. If your looking for a friendly, professional team that will provide a fun, upbeat video to showcase your love and the beauty of Big Sur, call Experience Weddings. Hurry to reserve your event date today!
- Helios Images
Welcome. We're Doug and Katherine, the folks behind Helios Images. For years our photographs have brought love and laughter throughout the Big Sur coast and beyond. We 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 300 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 30 wedding photographers in the world by Wedding Photojournalists Association. Our mantra? For Love.
- Ian Martin Wedding Photojournalism
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.
- Lorinda K Photography
Candid, original, artistic, fun, natural light photographer with a bohemian, airy style.
- Peer Johnson Wedding Photography
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!
- Terry Way Photography
Experience counts. With 25 years of wedding photography under his belt, Terry Way is a master of the craft. Extremely personable, he puts his subjects at ease and brings out the best a day can offer. One of the first in the area to specialize in documentary style wedding photography – long before digital came on the scene. His images capture the true spirit and fun of a wedding from a real artist perspective. A local to the Monterey Bay area, Terry has explored much of the Big Sur coastline and knows many of its "secret" places. This knowledge can prove invaluable when portraits are involved. See more on the web:
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.
Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.