|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
- Big Sur Weddings
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
Kate is a boutique farmer florist and a connoisseur of all things botanic. She is Big Sur's original petal pusher creating one of a kind arrangements for weddings, elopements and special events. As an artistic free spirit she custom grows, forages and arranges the unique, romantic and old fashioned flowers she uses in her award winning designs. From seed to bouquet with love and always with the guiding mantra of SIMPLE, ELEGANT, WHIMSICAL AND WILD.
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 Melissa@glenoaksbigsur.com.
- Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Unforgettable Carmel Weddings
Envision saying your vows under the setting sun, the fresh sea air caressing your hair as you proclaim your love in our seaside gazebo. Weddings become unforgettable when they take place at Hyatt Carmel Highlands at Big Sur. Our ceremonies take place in a gazebo on an open-air redwood deck, surrounded by glass, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Celebrate your special moments surrounded by a truly picturesque setting.
We believe your Carmel Highlands wedding should be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event. We take pride in handling the details so you can spend time on what's most important - creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. Our dedicated team of wedding coordinators takes joy in handling every detail with style and making each wedding special in its own way, from seating arrangements to centerpieces.
- Loma Vista Inn
Weddings, parties, and gatherings in the historic gardens located just off Highway 1 in the heart of Big Sur.
- 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.
- Weddings at Ventana Big Sur
Exchange your vows under an enveloping canopy of redwoods, or perched above the canyons and coast with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Revel with loved ones as the sun sets over the Pacific. And dance under the stars as your new journey together begins. This is Ventana Big Sur—the ultimate place to say “I do.”
- 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.
- 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.
- Helios Images
We love Big Sur. Over the last fifteen years, Helios Images has covered near 500 wedding events from Big Sur to Boston to Bangkok. The natural beauty and rustic charm of California's Central Coast floats to it's high point in Big Sur, and we aim to warmly reflect that. Our style is documentary with drops of relaxed portraits and details. We prefer photographing within the circle, like a longtime family friend, to be close and comfortable while also being near invisible as we zip about your event. Doug of Helios Images has been ranked as one of the top 30 wedding photojournalists in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association, and honored onto many wedding planner and venue short-lists throughout the Big Sur coast. Our (your) events have been published on NPR to Brides and Style Me Pretty. Whether you are having an intimate bluff, beach or forest elopement or a lavish estate wedding with hundreds of guests, we are excited to connect and hear all about it.
- 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.
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.