8 Fabulous Monterey and Carmel Venues for an Elopement or Small Wedding

Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur (and all the gorgeous scenery this romantic area is known for) has an almost magnetic attraction for destination weddings—especially intimate ones. Whether you dream of exchanging vows a deux among the redwoods, indulging in a luxury getaway, or celebrating with your besties at an affordable hotel, each of the venues we've highlighted will help you experience all that this stunning region has to offer.


The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, CA

Style: Beachfront ceremonies are followed by al fresco celebrations illuminated by globe lights, firepits, and a star-filled evening sky at this luxurious seaside escape nestled between the hills of Carmel Valley and the Marina Dunes.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Monterey, California

Style: Set on Historic Cannery Row overlooking Monterey Bay, this hotel offers an "Intimate Wedding Package for Two," which includes an officiant, mini-cake, photography, bouquet + bout, a delish dinner for 2 and a deluxe guest room with a romantic fireplace!

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Carmel Valley, California

Style: Exquisite boutique resort set among rose gardens, grapevines, and sunny hills, and renowned for fine wine-and-dine experiences and luxe accommodations.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Amphitheatre of the Redwoods at Pema Osel Ling

Corralitos, CA

Style: Natural haven surrounded by redwood forests, open meadows, and gardens, with magical, intimate elopements in the “fairy ring”—a circle of redwoods born from one “grandmother” tree.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Church of the Wayfarer Garden Weddings

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Style: Quaint and welcoming historic chapel and banquet room in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Catering: BYO
Price: $

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

Monterey, California

Style: Centrally located, affordable, and service-oriented hotel with pool terrace or gazebo ceremony sites.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Style: Luxury hilltop landmark with iconic views of the Big Sur Coast.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Los Laureles Lodge

Carmel Valley, CA

Style: Sun-dappled Carmel Valley refuge boasting stunning oak trees and old-fashioned hospitality.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

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