Often couples choose Big Sur because it is their special, evocative place. There are many sites in nature with an almost overpowering pristine beauty which are nature’s temples worthy of a wedding. We have hidden forests with tall redwoods growing in fairy rings, gnarly cypress trees shaped by wind, wildflower meadows, burbling creeks and the dappled shade of the Big Sur River, cliffs where you can see to the seemingly infinite horizon, and sandy beaches and rocky coves.

Pfeiffer Beach

An iconic and immensely scenic beach, due to its popularity and limited parking, the only practical time to have a wedding there is in the morning. Contact the Parks Management Company to reserve your date and time.

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State Parks

The parks offer a wide variety of natural settings. Weddings may be held on a beach or a cliff overlooking the sea, next to a river or creek, or in a meadow or forest.

The California State Park system requires a permit for weddings and events. For Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, call 831 667.0507. For weddings in Garrapata State Park, Monterey State Beach, and Carmel River State Beach, call 831 624.9423. 

Redwood Forests

Big Sur has lovely groves of the southernmost redwood forests in California. In addition to the sites listed below, weddings can be held under the redwoods in the state parks and campgrounds and at private residences.

Post Ranch

Contact the wedding coordinator at 831 667.2200 or

Glen Oaks

Contact the wedding coordinator at 831 667.2105 or

Big Sur Grange

Big Sur's community building is sited in a redwood grove next to the river with enough parking for a large wedding. Contact either of these wedding coordinators:
Diane Allen at 831 625.3523,, or
Jamie Dolan at 831 915.8477,

Ocean View Sites

Post Ranch

Contact the wedding coordinator at 831 667.2200 or

Private Sites

There are several private residences available for weddings on the coast with a variety of scenic settings. To find a place that fits your preferences, I suggest you consult with a wedding coordinator. See Links.

Ventana Inn

Contact the wedding coordinator at 831 667.2331 or 800 628.6800.