|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.
- Big Sur Bakery
For many years this exhortation has graced our Bakery dinner menu in the tiniest font under the words "bill of fare." It began with us hoping our guests would "come to their senses" but we realized quickly the impossibility of doing that without first slowing down—a necessity on the 90-mile stretch of curvy Big Sur highway on which sits our tiny, converted ranch house. In all respects, Big Sur forces you to change gears, with its twists and turns and rockslide signs alongside breathtaking views; the epic beauty, grand scale and unique smells conspire to open every one your senses.
Big Sur Bakery
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.