|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
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
Specializing in full service wedding catering. Sea Stars creates custom tailored menus inspired by Big Sur homestead grown and wild foraged ingredients with emphasis on wood fired entrees. Sea Stars uses only organic and sustainable foods. All dishes are made completely from scratch. Vintage and unique wedding rentals are also available through the brand new sister company, Rad Rentals. With rad items such as real handmade Big Sur barnwood tables, vintage dishes, antique silver-plated flatware, colored glass goblets, driftwood tealights, persian rugs, tipi lounges, DIY floral rentals, unique outdoor lighting solutions and so much more! Full or partial wedding design and planning services are also offered.
- 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, lantersn, boxes, fabrics allto complement your event. Please call for a free consultation.
Locations: (Wedding, Honeymoon & Receptions)
- Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant
Located in a lovely, historic ranch house set among redwoods and glorious gardens, Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant is an ideal location for Weddings and Wedding related events. Exquisite, rustic, American seasonal cuisine is prepared on site in the wood fired oven and grill by Culinary Institute of America chef's Philip Wojtowizc and Michelle Rizzolo. The finest wedding cakes are made on site by Big Sur Bakery and an eclectic wine list is also available. This is the perfect site for cozy, intimate wedding events.
- 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.
- Chappellet Studios on Rancho Rico
Perched on the edge of the Pacific, with dramatic views of the ocean and the Ventana Mountains, Rancho Rico offers a very private and beautiful retreat for your wedding celebration. Gallery by appointment.
- The Dome...Jewel in the Forest
A beautiful dome house and gallery with the lovely Carabella's Theatre surrounded by redwoods. This magical forest environment is perfect for small weddings or elopements. Conveniently located halfway between Carmel & Big Sur.
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- 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.
- 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
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.
- Life Celebrations, Rev. Brian Lyke
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.
- Weddings With Sofanya
I enjoy creating a loving and memorable ceremony unique to each couple, focusing on spiritual growth, conscious living, nature, love and trust. I am so thankful for the blessing of having a role in such a pivotal occasion. I have been an officiant in the Big Sur area for nearly a decade creating unique wedding ceremonies based on the wisdom of love, honesty and communication in relationships and in life. From the moment I speak with an engaged couple, we embark on an adventure of ceremony, learning how they met and grew into such a love that they chose each other to travel this precious Life journey together.
"Essence Portraits", which is a reading that highlights their strengths as individuals and as a couple. Please see Sofanya's Facebook Gallery listing for more information Weddings With Sofanya
- Helios Images
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 coast and beyond. We're originally from New England, and have been delighted to call California home. Always shooting with our hearts, we have garnered international acclaim for our documentary wedding style and are glad to be involved in the Big Sur wedding community. 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 400 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.