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Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Wedding Venue
One Old Ranch Road
Carmel Valley, California 93923
Contact: Catering
Phone: 831/620-6408 or 855/687-7262

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Why We Like This Place

As we drive through the gate of Carmel Valley Ranch, a large black-tailed deer nonchalantly saunters in front of our car. It's a perfect welcome to this exclusive country hideaway, whose nearly 500 acres of rolling foothills are a breathtaking embodiment of the valley's timeless allure. Fragrant lavender wildflowers pop from green meadows, rare California condors glide overhead, and countless oak trees play host to warbling sparrows and Steller's jays. Just beyond, the tawny Santa Lucia Mountains take on a rosy-mauve glow as the sun dips below the horizon. So careful were the designers to maintain ecological harmony that the resort buildings seem almost sculpted into the pastoral surroundings by Mother Nature herself. The golf course is accredited by the Audubon Society, and native wildlife wanders undisturbed throughout the grounds.

The Ranch's fresh design puts a playful spin on Carmel's signature style: The décor is a warm expression of natural textures and earth tones, punctuated by the occasional rich, fruit-inspired hue or contemporary pattern. An extra layer of luxe has been added, making this already impressive venue keenly desirable for any celebration.

In the Ranch's hub, the Lodge, an open lobby and reception areas flow into the view-filled lounge and restaurant. Here, walls of picture windows look out to a turquoise pool and deck, framed by landscaped hillsides and a stand of oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Two sophisticated ballrooms, which adjoin a partially covered wraparound terrace, face the oak canopy. A tall stacked-stone fountain splashes water into a rectangular pool, turning the terrace into a refreshing place for cocktail mixers. Social hours can also convene beneath an adjacent pavilion. For an exciting rehearsal dinner, invite your guests into the Adventure Kitchen for a live cooking demo.

One of the resort's multiple ceremony sites is the River Lawn, a sweep of grass crowned by a froth of seashell-pink climbing roses and flanked by 100-year-old sycamore trees. A backdrop of forested hills completes the pretty tableau. And since we're in the heart of Carmel Valley Wine Country, why not wed on the resort's signature Vineyard Lawn—it's bordered by acres of grapevines and enjoys views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and a lovely water feature.

For a reception with an indoor-outdoor flow, reserve the Golf Clubhouse. It boasts its own terrace next to the Valley Lawn (another ceremony site with lush mountain and canyon views). A charming spot for an intimate al fresco dinner is the Organic Garden. Fragrant year-round with the scent of herbs, it's surrounded by lavender fields and overlooks the Santa Lucia Mountains. Wherever you celebrate on the property, you'll appreciate the staff's personalized, unobtrusive service and expertise in organizing your destination event weekend.

After the festivities, savor some alone time in your spacious luxury suite; actually, ALL the accommodations are suites with cathedral ceilings, cozy fireplaces and balconies for soaking up the valley vista. Though the rooms convey a soothing understated elegance, they include up-to-the-minute amenities embodying the latest technological advances.

If this isn't enough pampering, the resort's Spa Aiyana, a 10,000-square-foot facility, offers an exhilarating menu of services and includes a salon, fireplace suites and treetop fitness center. Ahhh, what a sublime way to round out your extraordinary Carmel Valley Ranch experience!



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 220
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The resort accommodates up to 250 seated indoors and 400 outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The resort holds 220 seated indoors and 300 outdoors; 300 standing indoors and 400 outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The resort accommodates 250 seated guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A deposit equal to the site fee plus 10% of the estimated food & beverage cost is required to reserve your date. The balance is due according to your customized deposit schedule as agreed upon in your contract. The site fee starts at $2,500, depending on the venue selection. Dinners start at $90/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

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


Catering: in-house

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: provided, portable CBA

Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: CBA

AV/Meeting Equipment: provided

Parking: large lot, self-parking, valet parking

Accommodations: 181 guest suites

Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA, pizza oven

Cleanup: provided

View: landscaped grounds, garden, forest, mountains, golf course, vineyards

Other: spa services

Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Golf Course Fairways
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Golf Course/Golf Clubhouse


Alcohol: in-house

Smoking: outside only

Music: amplified OK with restrictions

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: not required

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