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.


Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Style: Gorgeous cliffside sanctuary with spectacular vistas of the Big Sur coast, world-class dining, and plush suites include a private balcony, wood-burning fireplace, and Jacuzzi tub with even more gorgeous views.

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: $$ • $$$

Quail Lodge

Carmel Valley, California

Style: Lakeside ceremonies overlook tree-covered hills in sunny Carmel Valley, and receptions in the Oak Room, which boasts three walls of windows and an adjoining terrace, showcase the spectacular surroundings.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Los Laureles Lodge

Carmel Valley, CA

Style: Relaxed vintage lodge in sun-dappled Carmel Valley boasting stunning oak trees, charming gardens, and old-fashioned hospitality.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

Monterey, California

Style: Centrally located, affordable, and service-oriented hotel with a lovely lawn, spacious pool terrace, and a one-of-a-kind octagon-shaped ballroom with multiple windows framing treetops and a peek-a-boo bay view.

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: $$ • $$$

Church of the Wayfarer Garden Weddings

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Style: Quaint and welcoming historic chapel outfitted with 18th-century hand-carved walnut wainscoting and ornately carved altar, along with a garden, and banquet room in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Catering: BYO
Price: $

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: $$

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