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The Perry House

Monterey Wedding Venue
201 Van Buren Street
Monterey, California 93940
Contact: Event Manager
Phone: 831/920-1682

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Why We Like This Place

Overlooking the Monterey Bay, the historic Perry House—an eye-catching Queen Anne-style Victorian—is just right for an elegant yet homey celebration.

Originally built in 1860 by ship captain Manuel Perry, this popular landmark has served as an art gallery, tearoom, flower shop and even a costume museum. Embracing a fresh vision of the site's potential, The Events by Classic Group purchased the Perry House in 2010, and their stunning renovation has re-imagined the vintage home as a premier wedding venue.

Ceremonies are held in the garden, a manicured lawn bordered by the Main House and the Carriage House. A stately white pergola anchors the seaward side, framing the wedding couple as they say "I do" amidst flowery landscaping and a filtered backdrop of sea and sky.

After the vows, the cocktail hour kicks off in the Carriage House, a convivial spot complete with cocktail seating, a fireplace and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system. One wall of windows gazes into a quiet, shade-dappled corner of the garden; another wall displays sepia-toned photos of Monterey's bygone days. The highlight of the space, however, is a breathtaking dome ceiling of amber-and-pistachio-hued stained glass evoking the room's Art Deco heritage as well as a sense of occasion.

Just outside, a rustic stone and brick oven produces delicious wood-fired pizzas. In fact, all event cuisine is grilled or cooked to order, creating a savory aroma that melds with the salty tang of the ocean air. Equally inviting are dreamy panoramas of sailboat-filled harbors and wooded heights, which are best viewed from the cascade of balconied stairways of the Main House. As twilight descends, a sigh-inducing sunset gives way to a glittering skyscape of stars and city lights.

The Perry House becomes even more enchanting at night, when a profusion of fairy lights sparks across porch railings, tree trunks and rooflines. This is when the action usually shifts to the Captain's Room on the lower floor of the Main House, where receptions flow freely from bay windowed nooks out onto the terrace.

Yet another intriguing gathering place is the second-story Harbor View Lounge, a virtual sanctuary of 18th-century opulence that's also used for the bridal party's pre-wedding prep. This spacious suite has a luxurious sitting area and an adjoining boudoir with a sumptuous bed worthy of royalty. Newlyweds often retreat to the Lounge to survey the revels unfolding below, or to share some private time.

Like its sister property, Gatherings, the Perry House is an all-inclusive venue. The experts at The Events by Classic Group are known for going out of their way to produce personalized events with five-star catering and superb service. Their specialty is innovative roaming receptions, where food stations are strategically placed throughout the property to encourage a lively atmosphere and maximum mingling.

Blessed with enduring charm, the Perry House overflows with character, warmth and thoughtful touches, and is well on its way to creating a romantic, new legacy.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 80
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 130

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 80
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 130
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 100
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 130


  • Max. Seated: 60

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The garden seats 130 guests outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility holds 80 seated indoors and 130 seated or standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 60 seated guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A $2,500 deposit is required to reserve your date. 50% of the estimaed event total is due 120 days prior to the event and the balance is due 10 days prior. The rental fee ranges $1,690–6,320 depending on various factors such as season, day of week, time of day, and whether you book a ceremony with your reception. Meals range $84–99/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: some wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: provided

Bride's Dressing Area: yes

AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided

Parking: garage across street

Accommodations: no guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: yes

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: grill and outdoor pizza oven

Cleanup: provided

View: fountain, garden, landscaped grounds; panorama of cityscape, bay and harbor

Other: fire pit, speakers throughout the property, complimentary event coordination

Venue Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate


Alcohol: in-house, or BYO with corkage fee

Smoking: designated areas only

Music: amplified OK indoors

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: liability required

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