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Reception
$4,000 starting price
Ceremony
$900 starting price
Reception
$4,000 starting price
Ceremony
$900 starting price

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a unique and breathtaking wedding venue in Santa Cruz, California. Couples and their loved ones can enjoy the ocean view as they bask in the marine sanctuary's beauty, surrounded by rare native plants. The tranquil setting by the ocean has been the home to numerous stunning wedding receptions and ceremonies over the years.

Facilities and Capacity

Swapping vows and saying "I do" on the golden sands in front of loved ones is the perfect way to start the festivities. With the sound of the surf lapping the shore, couples can tie the knot against a background of natural beauty. Sharing a cocktail hour toast with close friends and family will shake away all those wedding day nerves before stepping inside the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The fully customizable location can comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests for an unforgettable night of wining and dining. Two outside oceanview patios and the blufftop terraces offer magnificent views of Monterey Bay as the sun begins to set. However, the party is only getting started as a DJ or band takes to the stage to play away until the early morning hours.

Services Offered

Couples and their guests will have free access to the Seymour Center, Discovery Center, and aquarium on the big day. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center allows clients to bring their own vendors, meaning they can arrange their favored florists, musicians, and decorators to personalize the celebration. Ample parking for 150 people is provided on the grounds at Seymour Marine Discovery Center so guests can party all day, knowing their property is nearby, accessible, and safe.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$900

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$900

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Museum
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What event items are available?

Chairs
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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4.7 out of 5 rating
12 Reviews
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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is praised by multiple reviewers as a perfect wedding venue with breathtaking views and exhibits that guests can enjoy. The staff, including the event coordinator Emily, are highly commended for their communication and helpfulness throughout the planning process. The venue's flexibility with vendors and the affordability of the space are also appreciated. Additionally, reviewers mention that holding a wedding at the Seymour Center supports marine science and education.

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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is praised by multiple reviewers as a perfect wedding venue with breathtaking views and exhibits that guests can enjoy. The staff, including the event coordinator Emily, are highly commended for their communication and helpfulness throughout the planning process. The venue's flexibility with vendors and the affordability of the space are also appreciated. Additionally, reviewers mention that holding a wedding at the Seymour Center supports marine science and education.

Emy
Emy H. Sent on 03/31/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Day

The Seymour Center helped make our wedding day so special! We had our wedding in the La Feliz room with ocean views! I believe it is so worth the price, especially knowing that the money goes back into the education programs and exhibits at the center. Clay helped us on the day of the wedding and they were so incredibly kind and thoughtful. They made sure everything ran smoothly and just made the whole day more special. Also huge thank you to Emily for helping us book the venue and kindly answering the hundreds of questions I had. I can go on and on about how great the venue and workers all were. I’m forever grateful.
Skye
Skye N. Sent on 10/30/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue and a good cause

We could not have asked for a more perfect location for our wedding day! The view is breathtaking, there are tons of exhibits for guests to look at during the reception, and plenty of space to hold all your guests for the ceremony and reception. Communication was always clear with the Seymour Center staff and they were super helpful whenever we had a question. Tables and chairs were provided by the venue and we had access to a kitchen right next to the reception room. I cannot put into words how perfect this location is! Added bonus: all the funds you put into this venue go straight to their education programs which furthers their amazing marine education opportunities for the whole community.
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Jennifer B. Sent on 10/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful and Unique Wedding Venue

We are so incredibly lucky we were able to get married at the Seymour Discovery Center. The venue is such a unique and beautiful place. After visiting the Seymour Center for 5 minutes, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. The ceremony took place on the breathtaking bluffs overlooking the ocean. At our rehearsal, we saw dolphins swim along the coast. We utilized the exhibit hall, class room, and all of our guests enjoyed the opportunity to see the fish and sea life. The resources, preferred vendors, and information provided by the Seymour Center staff made planning our wedding easy. Everyone was friendly and professional to work with throughout the planning process. The only challenge is the hours the Center is open to the public, I wish we could have at least set up or started the ceremony outdoors earlier. We are still grateful the money for the venue goes to education and research rather than the very pricey wedding industry! We love the Seymour Center and can't wait to bring our kids there one day. It is a magical place to have a wedding.
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