Half Moon Bay: The Ultimate Weekend Wedding Destination

For the ultimate cozy coastal weekend wedding, set your sights on Half Moon Bay. This charming seaside oasis is 30 miles south of San Francisco and an hour north of Santa Cruz. You’ll have your pick of gorgeous wedding venues from a cliffside luxury resort to a secluded garden just steps away from the beach. Stay in a lovely boutique hotel or an inviting rental home, explore the storefronts in their historic downtown, and enjoy fine dining while watching the sunset over the Pacific. Up for a little adventure? Bike along winding coastal trails, explore the dunes on horseback or hike into an ancient redwood forest. Do it all, or just take in the beautiful scenery and great weather while sipping on some of their delicious local wines with your nearest and dearest. There are endless options for entertainment and indulgence, but let's focus on the main event: finding your perfect destination-worthy wedding venue.


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: a luxurious resort with manicured grounds and panoramic ocean views • exchange vows on the bluff overlooking the water • host your reception under the stars or inside an elegant ballroom designed with vaulted ceilings and sparkling chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Long Branch Saloon and Farms

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: expansive site dotted with charming Old Western buildings and authentic artifacts • romantic ceremonies in a picturesque country chapel or lush meadow • original barn restored as a vintage saloon highlighted by a carefully carved wooden bar

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $$ • $$$

Hastings House Garden Weddings

Half Moon Bay, California

Fab Features: intimate celebrations and elopements in a garden setting • ceremonies in the enchanting half-acre lot on the edge of Miramar Beach • gorgeous photo ops among the lush landscaping, a lovely meadow, and the ocean that's just a few steps

Price: $ • $$


Venue: Valley Presbyterian Church

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