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Chaminade Resort and Spa

Santa Cruz Wedding Venue
One Chaminade Lane
Santa Cruz, California 95065

Contact: Wedding Planner
Phone: 831/465-3452, 831/465-3409
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Say “Cheers”  & “I Do” at Chaminade Resort & Spa
    Schedule a tour of Chaminade for your upcoming wedding and you’ll be greeted with two glasses of champagne, just for meeting with them! Contact the venue directly at or 831/475-5600 and mention this special offer from “Here Comes The Guide.”

Looking for a hot date in 2015? Chaminade has the perfect match!
    Chaminade Resort & Spa has a few HOT DATES in 2015 to host your wedding ceremony and reception! They’re looking for the perfect couple on the following dates: August 22, 29 & 30; Sept 5 & 6. If you book a HOT DATE Wedding Package with 100 or more guests, you can choose one of the following to complement your special day!

  • Complimentary upgrade to the “Taste of California Package”  or
  • One additional selection of hors d’oeuvres

Please contact Chaminade’s wedding professionals to learn more about their all-inclusive wedding packages. Email them directly at or call 831/475-5600 and mention this special offer from “Here Comes The Guide.”

Why We Like This Place

Set high on a mountain bluff overlooking forested hills, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a sublime Mediterranean-style retreat blessed with a stunning view of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The historic estate has a refreshing, contemporary flair, mingling the best of Old World elegance and modern luxury. The original Mission-style buildings, constructed in the 1930s, have been expanded into a gracious resort set in the midst of meticulously tended gardens and embraced by 300 acres of native oak, redwood and madrone.

Naturally, such romantic surroundings make Chaminade a prime spot for weddings. Have your ceremony on the Courtyard Terrace, an intimate setting reminiscent of a Spanish plaza thanks to planter walls brimming with flowers and the tranquil splashing of a tiered fountain. Couples recite their vows atop a slightly elevated stage, canopied by an arbor laced with climbing roses and seasonal wisteria. In the background, a sweeping vista of native woodland and the brilliant blue bay accents the photo-worthy moment. Another pretty possibility is the Sunset Patio, which guests enter through an archway of bougainvillea. Ornamental grasses, lavender and blooming perennials create a fragrant garden atmosphere, and as the bride and groom recite their vows they’re framed by a dramatic panorama of rolling hills and the Pacific on the horizon.

Large receptions are held in the Santa Cruz Ballroom. A high, soffited ceiling arches overhead, while windows on three sides overlook the wooded valley and the sea in the distance. The ballroom has a generous dance floor and access to its own balcony. Smaller celebrations gather in the Sunset Room, with arched floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in; another choice is the Seascape Room, which adjoins the Fireside Patio and shares the same spectacular views of the forest and ocean.

Lavish and varied wedding packages offer a number of bride-pleasing amenities, such as complimentary valet parking for all your guests and custom wedding cakes.

After the festivities wind down, you and your guests will discover that the accommodations here are as enticing as the scenery. Guest rooms have been stylishly updated with granite counters, Spanish-inspired dark wood furnishings and a bold color palette that reflects the rich beauty of the California coast. Newlyweds will also appreciate the lush views from their private patio, and dreamy featherbeds that invite late-morning lingering.

Another feel-good feature: Chaminade Resort is a certified “Green Business.” This commitment extends to their spa, which has a holistic approach to relaxation and rejuvenation, and only uses natural products. Throw a private spa party for your bachelorette gathering, or choose the “Time for Two Package” and indulge in some pampering for you and your groom; the spa also has special bridal options, including makeup consultation and application.

With an on-site pool, tennis courts and, of course, miles of beautiful hiking trails, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. And let’s not forget dinner in the Sunset Restaurant, the resort’s award-winning fine dining establishment. Off property, you can stroll on a beach, go wine tasting, rock climb or board a yacht for a sunset cruise.

You’ll be able to relax and truly enjoy yourself, knowing you’ve entrusted your celebration to experienced professionals, dedicated to providing world-class hospitality down to the tiniest detail. Along with the outstanding facilities and gorgeous location, a “dream come true” wedding at Chaminade Resort & Spa is virtually a sure thing.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 300


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Courtyard Terrace holds 250 seated and the Sunset Patio up to 200 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 250 seated indoors or outdoors.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, a $3,500–5,000 nonrefundable deposit is required (based on guest count) is required; the estimated balance is due 14 days prior to the event. For Saturday & Sunday evening events, there is a guest minimum. Please inquire for details.

All-inclusive wedding packages include site rental fees, setup, cleanup, all furniture and linens, professional event coordination, generous hors d’oeuvres, entrées (buffet or sit-down), deluxe wedding cake, and complimentary valet parking. Packages range $114–154/person; beverages, tax and service charges are additional. Special rates are available for overnight accommodations for the wedding couple, call for details.

For other types of events, please call for details.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: included in package
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: complimentary valet, on-site lot
Accommodations: 156 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: garden patio, pool area, fountain, landscaped grounds; panorama of forest, valley, Pacific Ocean and rolling hills
Other: on-site wedding cake, spa services, tennis courts, AV equipment, hiking trails, event coordination

Site Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds
Pool Area

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Conference Center
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors, acoustic only outdoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice or birdseed

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, weekends. Saturday wedding reception luncheons 11am–4pm, dinners 5pm–midnight. Friday and Sunday events, please call for hours of availability.

Alternate Info: Chaminade at Santa Cruz

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