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The Monterey area offers Beautiful Beach Locations for Wedding Ceremonies

Monterey  Beach Weddings has been helping clients with their romantic beach or ocean view ceremony for several years. Choosing the best location for your wedding is very important. When selecting a site, you will want to consider whether or not you actually want your toes in the sand, or would prefer to be on a grassy knoll with the “million dollar view” in front of you. As well, you should also be mindful of the number of people the location will accommodate.

Please look through our Tips & Information section for more helpful guidelines for having a ceremony on the beaches and parks of Monterey County. Since Monterey County is a desirable destination wedding location and because weather does factor in, it is advisable to contact us as soon as possible to book your ceremony and reception venue. Prime dates book up to a year in advance.

The map below shows the general location of our favorite ceremony sites (which are also shown below with other important information about each site), as well as showing the location of our unique and intimate wedding reception venue, Gatherings. You can click on the individual balloons to get addresses and directions to the site.


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Red Balloon Gatherings

Green Balloon Berwick Park

Blue Balloon Lover's Point

Aqua Balloon Carmel Beach

Purple Balloon Carmel River State Beaches

 

 

Please Note: Fees and regulations for all beaches and parks of Monterey County are determined by the respective Cities or State Park System, NOT Monterey Beach Weddings. Monterey Beach Weddings has made all attempts to keep this information accurate and up-to-date, but it is possible that changes could be made without our immediate knowledge, and we do not accept any responsibility for such changes, therefore, please double-check and confirm all of the information given below with the appropriate agency for the location of your choice

Lover's Point Park

Sunset Magazine called Lover's Point “One of the Top 10 Most Romantic Places in America.” It is the perfect beach wedding location from small elopement ceremonies to larger gala weddings. With such an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to see why this is such a sought after spot for couples to tie the knot.

Location: Ocean View Blvd. at the foot of 17th Street, Pacific Grove, California.
Permit: $400 weekends; $300 weekdays (2-hour slot)
Deposit: $150 refundable cleaning deposit.
Maximum Guests: 100
Check for Availability: Pacific Grove Recreation Department (831) 648-3100.
Other Notes: $30 fee for a sound permit, parking is limited, alcohol is prohibited, public restrooms are nearby.

Berwick Park

A very lovely park with large cypress trees overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. For beach wedding sites, this park is a perfect option with a large grass area and stunning ocean views for beautiful photos.

Location: Ocean View Blvd. near 7th Street, Pacific Grove, California.
Permit: $400 weekends; $300 weekdays (2-hour slot)
Deposit: $150 refundable cleaning deposit.
Maximum Guests: 100
Check for Availability: Pacific Grove Recreation Department (831) 648-3100.
Other Notes: $30 fee for a sound permit, ample street parking, alcohol is prohibited, closest public restrooms are located at Lover's Point.

Carmel Beach

Fine white sandy beach in a lovely cove setting perfect for a small beach wedding, or off-tourist wedding season (October - May).

Monterey Beach Weddings has a surcharge for this location due to varying factors such as parking issues, distance from van to set-up & break-down area, and the extra time needed to be at this site in advance of the ceremony time to attempt to set-up in the most desirable location.

Location: Scenic & 13th St., Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Permit: Permit is required if service of any type is used (chair set-up, officiant). Permit includes 2 parking spaces at the top.
Fees: Application Fee: $155; Permit: $400 Beach Use Fee and $200 Damage Deposit (returnable if area is clean), $27 for music
Check for Availability: Carmel-by-the-Sea City (831) 620-2020, ask for Margie.
Maximum Guests: Undeclared (but parking is a major issue).
Other Notes: Parking is very limited, alcohol is permitted on the beach only, public restrooms are available. Music or sound equipment is allowed for small fee, but not to exceed a range of 25 ft. Check tide chart for available beach area on the day of your wedding. No specific area is "reserved," it is first come, first served. Tents, canopies, or similar structures not allowed; however, arches or Chuppah is allowed.  Permit must be posted at top of stairs and at event.

Carmel River State Beaches

Carmel River State Beaches are located south of Carmel and offers scenic views, sandy beaches and bluffs overlooking the beach. The beaches include Riverside, Stewarts Cove, Rock Outcropping "Wedding Rock" (50 person capacity) and Monastery Beach, all of which are beautiful beach wedding sites.

Monterey Beach Weddings has a surcharge for these locations due to varying factors such as parking issues, distance from van to set-up & break-down area, and the extra time needed to be at this site in advance of the ceremony time to attempt to set-up in the most desirable location.

Location: Click for map of locations
Permit: Ranges from $150 to $500 depending on length and complexity (props involved) for no more than 100 guests. For over 100 guests (or 50 if alcohol is being served), a monitor is required at $79/hour/4 hour minimum.
Deposit: $150 non-refundable processing fee and additional $100 to $1000 (depending on complexity/size of wedding) refundable "Event Deposit," which is a damage deposit and could be forfeited if their terms of the permit are not upheld.
Maximum Guests: 50 for Wedding Rock, all other sites, up to 200.
Other Notes: State Parks require a million dollar liability insurance policy and that you hire their "monitor" for events over 100 people or for 50 or more with alcohol. There is parking, it is more "private" than other beaches, alcohol is permitted and there is a restroom at Monastery Beach and adjacent to the parking lot at the mouth of the Carmel River.