Why You'll Love This Place
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Just four miles from downtown Carmel, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands is perched on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Big Sur coastline. This historic property has been making couples’ dreams come true for the last 100 years—and today it’s still an epic wedding destination that takes pride in their impeccable service, world-class cuisine, and dramatic ocean views.
Imagine your wedding ceremony on a romantic, open-air redwood deck that’s sheltered by glass. Exchange vows framed by a modern gazebo that’s been embellished with your own personal touches, such as lanterns, greenery, or draping. As the waves crash on the rocky bluff below, your guests take in the stunning panorama of the blue Pacific, edged with lush hillside gardens. It’s hard to imagine a dreamier spot!
For your reception, you can dine and dance the night away in your choice of their elegant spaces—the Yankee Point Room; the Surf Room; or the spacious Oceanside Ballroom. Each option has floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean cliffs (and sunsets and starscapes!). The views are only rivaled by the extraordinary fresh and sustainable local fare served up by the hotel’s experienced culinary team. They’ll create a custom menu just for you (including delicious desserts!) and also help you choose your service style, such as a cocktail + hors d'oeuvres reception, food stations, or plated meals.
The Hyatt Carmel Highlands is a full-service venue that includes a limited day-of coordinator to assist with bringing your unique vision to life, from overseeing your wedding rehearsal to those little details like placing individual menus at each guest’s seat. You’ll appreciate the steady hand at the helm of your big day.
But don’t stop at the wedding: Why not host your rehearsal dinner in their award-winning restaurant, California Market at Pacific’s Edge? We’ve had a memorable meal here ourselves and trust us when we say that your friends and family are in for a truly elevated dining experience. In fact, Hyatt Carmel Highlands makes any landmark occasion special—engagement parties, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, and even post-wedding brunches.
Equally memorable is an overnight stay in this "Category 7" property, a designation given to only the most luxurious hotels in the world. A Room Block for your wedding guests is available for 5–25 rooms and comes with garden or ocean views, and exceptional contemporary comforts—like a private balcony, wood-burning fireplace, a Jacuzzi tub…and we recommend arranging for breakfast in bed the next morning!
With its idyllic setting and personalized amenities, this stunning hilltop sanctuary is sure to deliver on its promise of happily ever after.
Highlands Elopement & Proposal Packages
Proposal or Vow Renewal Package
Designed to pop the question or renew your love on the romantic ocean view gazebo deck, this package includes:
- One-hour use of the gazebo deck overlooking the Big Sur coast
- Floral Bouquet + petals sprinkled
- Background music
Monday–Thursday proposals are $1,000, and weekend proposals are $1,500, excluding service charge and tax. The package is available to book within 30 days of the proposal or vow renewal. Enhancement options includes rose petals in your hotel suite.
Designed for 2–20 people, couples exchange vows under a romantic gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This package includes:
- Limited day-of coordination to assist with the implementation of the event
- Wedding changing room for makeup, hair, and first look
- White folding chairs & cocktail tables with house linens
Elopements are available Thursday–Sunday. The site fee starts at $3,000, is limited to 1.5 hours of event time, and may be booked only within 90 days of saying "I Do."
Available add-ons include officiant, photographer, florals, hors d'oeuvres, and more!
Virtual or In-Person Tours available by appointment. Please call to schedule your tour with their Events Department at 831-622-5461. For other inquiries, please contact Emily Plascencia, Emily.Plascencia@vacationclub.com
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Welcomes Same-Sex Weddings:
The iconic Hyatt Carmel Highlands overlooking the Big Sur coastline invites same-sex couples to take advantage of the hotel’s extraordinary setting and services. Professional wedding specialists will guide you through the planning process, whether you envision an intimate gathering of close friends and family, or a lavish gala.
Please contact the Hyatt Carmel Highlands catering department, and let them customize your celebration, 831-622-5461, Emily.Plascencia@vacationclub.com
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Space reserved
- Package chosen
The rental fee includes:
- 5.5 hours of event time
- Wedding changing room for hair & make-up prep
- Tables, linens, napkins, flatware, glassware, china
- Choice of ceremony chairs (two color options) & reception chairs (three style options)
- Ceremony rehearsal the day before
- Two outdoor heaters on the Gazebo Deck
- Set-up and tear-down of the event site
- Hotel stay for the newlyweds on the wedding night (when $10,000 catering minimum is met)
There is an option to add on a sparkling send-off & glowstick dance party for an additional fee.
Meals (when priced separately)
- $140/person and up
Plated, buffet, and family-style menus are available (hors d'oeuvres are additional).
Food and beverage minimums apply.
Beverage packages range $68–80/person for a full bar throughout your event.
Service Charge or Gratuity
A 75-guest minimum applies on Saturdays April–November. Ceremony-only rentals are available April–November, Sunday–Thursday only, concluding by 1pm.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 120.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The outdoor gazebo accommodates 150 seated guests. In case of inclement weather, your wedding coordinator can offer options.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The property can accommodate 10–150 seated guests indoors. The gazebo and deck hold up to 150 seated outdoors.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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BYO with corkage fee
Year-round, daily, anytime. The outside music curfew is 9pm and the event curfew is 11pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Inn / Lodge
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Beach / Ocean
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
- Ocean / Bay
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range CBA, extra fee
Parking: complimentary valet
Accommodations: 48 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: ocean, coastline panorama at the gateway to Big Sur
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified restricted
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: may be required
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