Embrace the romantic charm and sweeping scenery of California’s Central Coast by hosting your big day at these Carmel wedding venues. With everything from beach venues to traditional ballrooms and rustic vineyards, Carmel-by-the-Sea and its surrounding valleys are magical backdrops for weddings of any style. The one thing these venues all have in common? Plenty of natural beauty, irresistible Golden State sunshine, and a welcoming sense of familiarity.
Read more about our favorite Carmel wedding venues below.
Holman Ranch Vineyards
Perched high on a mountaintop in the Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch Vineyards is an ideal location for couples looking to blend past and present on their special day. The estate, originally built in 1928, features a Spanish-style stone hacienda surrounded by 392 acres of incredible hillside scenery, vineyards, and views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Holman Ranch Vineyards only hosts one event per day, so you’ll have exclusive use of the entire property throughout your wedding. Start by exchanging your vows on the ceremony veranda before transitioning to cocktail hour on a nearby terrace tucked in a grove of olive trees. Receptions can be held on the venue’s outdoor stone patio, at the carriage house (pictured above), or a main lawn at the heart of the ranch. Holman Ranch has 13 guest rooms for couples or guests who want to stay at the venue overnight.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
The rose garden at Bernardus Lodge & Spa is straight out of a fairytale. Tall hedges and vine-covered arbors surround the ceremony lawn, which has an elevated stone terrace and chandelier to create a picture-perfect setting for your vows. Bernardus Lodge & Spa also has a French country-style ballroom with space for 150 guests. Elopement and wedding packages at Bernardus Lodge & Spa include catering, event coordination, open bar with house wines, and complimentary wedding night accommodations for you and your spouse. If guests want to stay at the venue overnight, they’ll enjoy the resort’s luxury rooms and top-notch amenities, including a spa, pool, restaurant, and bar. Organized outings, such as wine tastings, hiking, horseback riding, and sightseeing tours, will keep everyone busy during downtime!
Your dream of having a rustic elegant wedding will come true at Gardner Ranch. This venue has several outdoor event spaces, ranging from neatly manicured lawns to a rugged but serene spot along the Carmel River. There’s also an event clubhouse for up to 150 people that features three fireplaces, separate banquet rooms, full-service kitchen for catering, an outdoor patio, and a fire pit. On the big day, you and your wedding party can get ready in separate guest houses, which are also available to rent if you’d like to stay at the venue overnight. Gardner Ranch will supply various decor items, including altars, arches, tables, chairs, and a dance floor.
The Holly Farm
If you’re looking for Carmel wedding venues that will give you and your guests a totally unique experience, check out The Holly Farm. This seven-acre venue was made with destination weddings in mind, and it’s the perfect place to spend a few days with your closest loved ones in tow. The Holly Farm is a retreat-style venue that helps couples create a relaxed, intimate event that lasts for an entire weekend instead of just a few hours. Cottages at the venue are included with your rental fee and can accommodate up to 24 people. The Holly Farm will handle all the details of your wedding weekend from start to finish, including a customized event schedule, day-of coordination, in-house catering, daily housekeeping, and more. The venue is filled with lush, tropical-style gardens that will become your own little slice of paradise for the duration of your stay!
La Playa Carmel
This historic hotel is one of the most idyllic Carmel wedding venues if you’re looking to get married in the heart of town. It’s located only a few blocks from the beach and is an excellent home base for anyone exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea on foot. The hotel is decorated in Carmel’s signature Spanish hacienda style, with warm stone buildings, exquisitely landscaped courtyards, and indoor/outdoor spaces that evoke Old World charm. Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding (or both!), La Playa Carmel has several options for each. The venue can host weddings for up to 150 guests and will provide you with a personal event specialist, in-house catering, bartending, and a wedding cake. For those traveling from out of town, La Playa Carmel has 75 guest rooms, each with their own unique decor.
Folktale Winery & Vineyard
We can’t talk about Carmel Valley wedding venues without mentioning the region’s lush wine country. Folktale Winery & Vineyard is a must-see venue for anyone dreaming of saying “I do” at a vineyard along the Central Coast. Whether you’re hosting 20 guests or 200 guests, Folktale Winery & Vineyard is an undoubtedly romantic location. The venue has seven different event spaces, including two vineyards, a vineyard house, garden, greenhouse, barrel room, and wine cellar. Don’t miss the stunning gallery room, which is designed in French chateau style and features 40-foot vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and antique decor. Folktale Winery & Vineyard is situated on five acres of sustainable farmland along the Carmel River, giving you amazing views everywhere you look. The vineyards are at their most beautiful during the peak season from March through November.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
The Hyatt Carmel Highlands is our pick for couples searching for Carmel wedding venues with a more traditional aesthetic. Located about five miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, it’s an easy drive for both locals and out-of-towners who are in the Carmel area. The Hyatt Carmel Highlands has several event spaces to choose from — we personally love the seaside gazebo, which offers gorgeous ocean views as your wedding backdrop. The venue’s wedding packages have options for every budget and include catering, linens, tables, chairs, glassware, bar service, and more.
Carmel Valley Ranch
This spacious 500-acre venue has nearly every type of setting you could ever want for your Central Coast wedding, all in one place. At Carmel Valley Ranch, you’ll find everything from classic banquet rooms to romantic hillside terraces, gardens, valley lawns, and even a golf course. The venue sits within the Santa Lucia mountains, which provide fantastic scenery and natural decor. For the big day, Carmel Valley Ranch will provide in-house catering, event setup/cleanup, china, flatware, and linens, so all you’ll have to focus on after arriving is getting married!