Thanks to its unique landscape of cliffs, ocean, and forest, Big Sur has garnered worldwide fame for being one of the most beautiful regions in all of the Golden State, and engaged couples are taking note. These Big Sur wedding venues are some of the most scenic places to say “I do” if you’re planning a Central California wedding. Whether your wedding is large or small, there’s no question that your guests will be enchanted by Big Sur’s natural beauty.
Here are six Big Sur wedding venues with picture-perfect backdrops.
Ventana Inn & Spa
If you’re looking to combine the rugged aesthetic of California’s coast with top-notch amenities and modern spaces, Ventana Inn & Spa won’t disappoint! This stylish five-star resort is one of the most luxurious wedding venues on the Central Coast. It has 160 acres of stunning property, offering both ocean and forest scenery. Even the venue’s name emphasizes its unforgettable views — “Ventana” is Spanish for “window.” For weddings, Ventana Inn & Spa has eight event spaces, including an ocean meadow lawn, several terraces, and a redwood circle that’s a must-see for intimate ceremonies. In addition to all of the perks available for your actual wedding day, Ventana Inn & Spa is a dreamy place to relax pre- or post-wedding. Stay in one of the guest rooms or suites, rent one of the private cabins, or sleep in an Instagram-worthy glamping tent! The resort also has dining options, a spa, heated pools, fitness center, and walking trails onsite.
Glen Oaks Big Sur
For total seclusion among towering redwood trees, head to Glen Oaks Big Sur. Differing from the ocean scenery you’ll find at many Big Sur wedding venues, Glen Oaks has forest and river views that are equally as breathtaking. Exchange your vows with the Big Sur River and centuries-old trees as your backdrop before walking through the forest to your reception. Big Sur Roadhouse is the venue’s onsite restaurant and reception area. Choose from a private terrace or cozy indoor dining room featuring fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and hardwood floors. Glen Oaks has a capacity of 100 guests and provides in-house catering, bar services, and basic decor rentals.
Loma Vista Gardens
Built in 1937 by the descendant of an original Big Sur settler, Loma Vista Gardens is like a small slice of California’s history. It’s located along Highway 1 in the heart of Big Sur, which made it a popular gathering space for both locals and travelers — something that still rings true today! Loma Vista Gardens sits at the base of Mount Manuel, giving you and your wedding guests amazing hillside views at every turn. There are two outdoor event spaces, an upper and lower garden, which are embellished with repurposed tree branches, rocks, and lush plants that create the sense of being tucked away in the woods. Loma Vista Gardens accommodates up to 120 people and can be rented by the hour, day, or for elopements.
Big Sur Grange
This banquet hall tucked away in the forest off of Highway 1 is one of the best Big Sur wedding venues for elopements and small ceremonies. The venue’s brick red exterior stands out against the surrounding trees, creating a simple but stunning backdrop for your vows, with or without decor. The Big Sur River is just steps away, providing an opportunity for romantic wedding portraits. Hosting your wedding at Big Sur Grange will contribute directly to the community — rental fees are put toward the venue’s local events, which include fundraisers, craft fairs, theater programs, and farmer’s markets.
Wind and Sea
This ultra-private, six-acre estate hugs the Big Sur coastline, giving you panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. With a maximum capacity of 70 guests and overnight accommodation for 12, Wind and Sea is perfect for hosting a wedding getaway with your closest loved ones. You’ll have exclusive use of the 3,000 square-foot house, including a spacious oceanfront deck and cozy stone patio that are ideal for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Wind and Sea will provide basic event rentals, such as chairs, tables, and lighting. The venue can also arrange private yoga and spa sessions to help you and your guests relax completely.
Point 16 is one of the most exclusive Big Sur wedding venues — so exclusive that it doesn’t even have a website. But in our opinion, this one-of-a-kind spot is 100% worth the chase. Point 16 is located on private property, and all reservations are handled by A Big Sur Affair, a local event planning company. Along with the “pinch me” views that go on for miles, Point 16 has a built-in dance floor, spacious reception lawn, and getting ready areas.