Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, the coastal town of Monterey is tiny but beautiful, even by California’s standards. Whether you’re looking for a secluded venue tucked away in the hills or a beachfront spot in the sunshine, Monterey wedding venues have a lot to offer. This stunning region has attracted vacationers, artists, and celebrities for decades—you might even recognize Monterey as the backdrop for Big Little Lies on HBO. But Meryl and Reese aside, getting married in scenic Monterey is like something out of a dream. Read more about these must-see Monterey wedding venues to find one for your event.
If you're looking to get married in the heart of downtown Monterey, this historic spot located just steps from Fisherman's Wharf and the marina is definitely worth considering. Monterey's Memory Garden dates back to 1927 and features a large fountain, shady magnolia trees, and an adobe wall around the perimeter for privacy. The garden is part of the Pacific House Museum, which chronicles California's history from Native American settlements to Mexican governance and present-day status. Once you're married, it's just a short walk or drive to Cannery Row, where you'll have plenty of reception venues to choose from.
Old Monterey Inn
The Old Monterey Inn, which is located at the corner of Martin and Pacific streets in central Monterey, is a charming bed-and-breakfast that's perfect for eloping or hosting an intimate wedding. If you're planning a wedding weekend getaway, the venue has 10 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 40 people. The venue's Tudor-style mansion was completed in 1929 and is surrounded by more than an acre of land featuring landscaped gardens and tall redwood trees. Elopement and wedding packages include two nights at the venue, daily breakfast, and day-of coordination.
InterContinental The Clement Monterey
This luxury waterfront hotel pairs high-end style with unbeatable ocean views. Located in Cannery Row at the tip of Monterey Bay, the InterContinental is an all-inclusive event center that can host weddings for up to 240 people. The hotel has two ballrooms, an oceanside terrace, and a waterfront courtyard, giving you plenty of event spaces to choose from and transition to throughout your wedding. Tables, chairs, china, linens, and catering are all provided by the venue—and you can even indulge in some pre-wedding R&R at the hotel spa.
Carmel Fields by Wedgewood Weddings
Looking for a little more room to spread out? Venture further into Monterey County to Carmel Fields, located just six miles from downtown Monterey in Carmel-by-the-Sea. This versatile wedding venue has both beach and garden event spaces to choose from, along with a Spanish-style banquet room complete with beamed ceilings and iron chandeliers. Carmel Fields can accommodate up to 270 guests and offers wedding planning assistance, in-house catering, event setup, and rehearsal dinners.
Located along the Carmel River on 24 acres of private property, Gardener Ranch is a gorgeous wedding venue if you're into rustic elegant style. In addition to the five event spaces available for your wedding day, there are multiple cottages and guest houses throughout the property that can be rented overnight if you'd like to stay at the venue before or after your I do's. You'll have exclusive use of the venue on your wedding day, and the ranch also provides rentals and decorative items, including banquet tables, canvas umbrellas, wine barrel tables, folding chairs, lawn games and more.
Monterey Beach House
If you want to get married with your toes in the sand, look no further than Monterey Beach House. This Monterey Peninsula wedding venue has impressive mountain views, but more importantly, a prime spot just steps from the water for a beach wedding. The venue can host a maximum of 300 people and has an indoor reception space that's decorated in coastal chic style (think white beamed ceilings, vintage surfboards, and romantic string lights). Large windows and a spacious terrace ensure that you and your guests will have an unbeatable ocean view all night long. Catering, tables, chairs, linens, space heaters, and other event rentals are all provided by the Monterey Beach House, making this venue a one-stop shop for your wedding day.
The Club at Pasadera
From its stone courtyards and babbling fountains, to the adobe clubhouse and red terracotta roofing, this ornate Spanish-style hacienda is filled with Old World character. Located in a private gated community overlooking a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, The Club at Pasadera is one of the most exclusive Monterey wedding venues you’ll find. The sophisticated country club-style venue has several wedding locations onsite, including a picturesque outdoor ceremony spot with the Santa Lucia Mountains in the distance. An on-site coordinator will help you finalize all the important details of your big day, while the venue’s executive chef will create a wedding menu customized to your exact tastes. The Club at Pasadera can host weddings for up to 400 people.
The Barns at Cooper Molera
The Barns at Cooper Molera recently underwent a complete historic rehabilitation, making it one of the newest, most sought-after Monterey wedding venues. It’s also one of the best locations in Monterey if you’re planning on having a rustic wedding theme. The property dates back to the 1800s, with the original adobe residences and stone wall still standing at the venue today. Located in downtown Monterey, The Barns at Cooper Molera is an ultra-convenient venue for both locals and out-of-towners, but the surrounding oak trees, gardens, and orchards make it feel like a secluded hideaway. Along with the historic barn, there's also an event courtyard and a loft that doubles as a dressing suite. Catering is provided exclusively by Classic Catering.
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Whether you want a beach, garden, or ballroom setting for your nuptials, you’ll find it at Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey. This elegant venue has a prime waterfront location overlooking Monterey Bay and the wharf, providing you with incredible Central Coast views at every turn. Along with its nine event spaces, the venue has a full-service spa, restaurants, fitness center, and heated outdoor pool. Once you arrive, you’ll have everything you need right onsite. Portola Hotel & Spa offers in-house catering, room blocks, and a complimentary one-night stay for your wedding. The Portola Hotel & Spa is also one of Monterey's largest wedding venues, with a maximum capacity of 650 guests in one of its ballrooms.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
The views at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa are second-to-none when it comes to Monterey wedding venues. A spacious wedding ceremony terrace, which is located directly over the water, gives you and your guests unobstructed views of Monterey Bay and the coastline in the distance. The terrace is connected to an elevated plaza, which makes an ideal setting for cocktail hour or an intimate outdoor reception. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa also has several options for indoor events, including an oceanfront ballroom and various banquet rooms. Room blocks are available at a variety of price points, making it easy for you and your guests to get together pre- and post-wedding. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is located within walking distance to some of Monterey’s best attractions, including Cannery Row and the aquarium.
The Perry House
The Perry House is one of the best wedding venues in Monterey, CA if you’re looking for all-inclusive options. Rental packages at this venue include the facility fee, catering, special events staff, tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and space heaters/umbrellas as needed. The venue provides an intimate setting for Central Coast weddings, with a secluded hilltop garden overlooking Monterey Bay in the distance. String lights and tall hedges add extra charm to the outdoor space, which can accommodate up to 130 people.
Pebble Beach Resorts
Thanks to its world-famous golf courses and sweeping waterfront views, Pebble Beach is known for being one of the most beautiful and prestigious resort communities along the California coast. But luckily, you don’t have to be a resident to get married in this breathtaking locale. Pebble Beach Resorts has several venues throughout the community that can be rented for your special day, including fairway lawns, banquet rooms in the golf club lodge, and beaches. For the most luxurious experience, you can rent Casa Palermo, a 24-bedroom, Mediterranean-style villa that doubles as your wedding venue and a “home base” for you and your guests while you’re in town. Catering is provided by Pebble Beach Resorts, with each venue offering different menu selections.
Asilomar Conference Grounds
Asilomar Conference Grounds is another beautiful oceanfront wedding venue on the Central Coast. Located at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, this 107-acre venue is both beachy and woodsy. Tide pools and sand dunes surround the seaside ceremony location, while a cypress meadow and and cozy indoor chapel offer forest views with the ocean in the distance. Three wedding reception rooms each feature floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of venue’s the natural surroundings. Asilomar Conference Grounds offers wedding packages for in-house catering, event coordination, decor rentals, and bar service.