Finding a venue is the first step in planning a wedding. It also happens to be one of the most challenging. Finding everything you want in one place isn't easy, but it can be done! (sometimes you just have to visit a billion venues, like I did).
I received an email asking for venues from Big Sur to Santa Cruz with redwoods, pine trees or gorgeous views. Not all of these fit that exact bill as I like to give options, just in case! I thought I'd share some good venue options here too!
Anderson Canyon: This one is my very favorite!
Wind and Sea: Great for smaller weddings.
Glen Oaks: Recently redone! This place looks so beautiful, although very mid-century modern.
Post Ranch Inn: Gorgeous location, but only for smaller parties up to 20 people.
Ventana Inn: This was another top contender when I was getting married! Beautiful hotel and location to get married :)
Holman Ranch: Obvi I have to throw Holman Ranch on this list. :)
Gardener Ranch: Beautiful spot and it has accommodations for up to 50 people! So you really get to make an experience out of it!
Santa Lucia Preserve: This place is a stunner! Logistically, it is a tough one as you have to have a member of the community "sponsor" your event. This was my number one location when I was getting married but I was turned off by how much of a pain it would be to try to find someone to sponsor, etc.
Nestldown: Beautiful trees, a gorgeous barn. This place sort of has it all.
Castle House and Gardens: I love this charm of this location. It takes "backyard wedding" to a whole different level!
Costanoa Lodge: This one isn't my most favorite in terms of ceremony locations, but it has some gorgeous views and a very cozy feel.