14 Cool Northern California Coastal Destination Wedding Venues

Dreaming of a destination wedding on the misty shores of Northern California? From a charming inn nestled on a dramatic cliff at the edge of a redwood forest to a luxurious resort in beautiful Big Sur, find all the romance you'll ever need in these quaint and cozy seaside towns peppered along this rugged coastline.



REDWOOD COAST | HUMBOLDT



Humboldt Bay Social Club

Samoa, California

Fab Features: rustic-chic boutique hotel on the shores of Humboldt Bay • the grounds include 22 acres of sandy beaches, eucalyptus groves, and meadows • variety of event locations from the Oyster Beach to a former WWII Hanger to the cozy Clubhouse

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Inn of the Lost Coast

Whitethorn, CA

Fab Features: a charming inn situated on a cliff overlooking Shelter Cove • exchange vows on the black sand beach, or high up on the cliffs with unobstructed ocean views • cozy accommodations and endless activities like exploring the Avenue of the Giants, golfing, whale watching, and more!

Catering: BYO
Price: $$ • $$$


NORTH COAST | MENDOCINO



Warner Point

Gualala, CA

Fab Features: secluded oceanfront beach cottage on a private cove • exchange vows perched on a cliff with unobstructed views of the Pacific • watch the sunset as you dine and dance on the expansive marine terrace

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$ • $$$

Switzer Farm

Westport, CA

Fab Features: 1884 Victorian farmhouse perched on a striking bluff overlooking the Pacific • the 22 private acres provide unfettered ocean and headland views, a private meadow, a garden cottage, historic barn, and garden • the rental includes 3 nights lodging for up to 27 guests in plush yet cozy accommodations

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Spring Ranch

Little River, California

Fab Features: historic ranch set on the coast near Mendocino • exchange vows the oceanside bluff or beneath towering eucalyptus trees • enjoy exclusive use of the property with lavish accommodations for up to 23 guests in the Grand Victorian and chic barn loft

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


NORTH BAY | MARIN



Slide Ranch

Muir Beach, California

Fab Features: breathtaking ceremonies on a grassy bluff overlooking Muir Beach • glamping and late-night celebrations on the adjoining campground • intimate, laid-back receptions in the Yurt, a circular canvas structure with a clear skylight, wooden floor, and wood-burning stove

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

China Cabin

Belvedere, CA

Fab Features: one-of-a-kind first-class social saloon extracted from a 19th-century steamer nestled on Belevedere Cove • the ornate interior boasts a crisply painted arched ceiling highlighted with gold leaf, etched glass windows, and crystal chandeliers • decks on three sides offer jaw-dropping views of the San Francisco skyline and the colorful boats berthed nearby

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$


SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA | HALF MOON BAY



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: $$ • $$$

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 away

Price: $ • $$

The Moonraker

Pacifica, California

Fab Features: chic waterfront restaurant in Pacifica serving classic seafood with a modern twist • ceremonies on the attached patio while waves crash below • the indoor event spaces boast floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay

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


SANTA CRUZ



Seascape Beach Resort

Aptos, California

Fab Features: bluff-top resort with sweeping ocean vistas • lawn ceremonies and beachfront receptions against a bay backdrop • luxe accommodations offer decks, patios, fireplaces, and ocean or forest views

Catering: In-house
Price: $$


MONTEREY | CARMEL



Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Fab Features: historic hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the Big Sur Coastline • ceremonies on the open-air redwood deck with panoramic views of the Pacific • customized menus prepared with fresh and sustainable local fare by award-winning chefs

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Ventana Big Sur

Big Sur, CA

Fab Features: lavish resort surrounded by 160 acres of natural splendor • variety of event spaces from the Redwood cathedral to the Ocean Lawn Meadow to Sur Vista lookout point • the versatile venue can accommodate everything from romantic elopements to extravagant galas

Catering: In-house
Price: $$$

The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, CA

Fab Features: luxurious seaside escape nestled between the hills of Carmel Valley and the Marina Dunes • ceremonies on the scenic beachfront deck are followed by a celebration overlooking the coast • gourmet cuisine delights your friends & family, and a star-filled evening sky creates a magical ambiance • be lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves in a choice of plush cottages or villas

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Club Del Monte at Monterey's Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, CA

Fab Features: Art Deco jewel set amongst 25 acres of landscaped grounds • European-inspired rose gardens and the Peacock Lawn provide beautiful outdoor celebration backdrops, while the glamorous ballroom sparkles with historic details • private beach ceremonies at the secluded Crocker's Cove

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


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