Are You Dreaming Of A Big Sur Elopement?
Updated June 8th, 2019
Are you dreaming of a Big Sur elopement with the one that you love and want to spend the rest of your life with? Big Sur is a rather rugged stretch of land located in the central coastal region of California, facing the Pacific Ocean. It generally runs north to south on the map between San Simeon and Carmel, although it does stretch inland to some degree. Its eastern border is the Santa Lucia Mountains, of course with the waves of the Pacific being the western boundary. The main thoroughfare is the pair of lanes making up State Route 1, itself famous for its winding turns around seaside cliffs, offering frequent views of the misty coastline.
This is a sparsely populated region with a number of state parks. Visitors and enthusiasts alike use them for camping, hiking, and beachcombing, but having a Big Sur elopement is certainly something that you can do here too. Whether you choose to have a ceremony with the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean or something amidst the majestic redwoods, you can have a truly memorable moment that has significant meaning both at the time and in the videos. Imagine the Pacific being symbolic of your endless love for one another, or consider starting your marriage between two tall redwoods that signify your shared roots for a love that will stand the test of time.
Of course, for all the many natural settings that Big Sur might offer for the magical moment itself, your Big Sur elopement is still likely to need locations for receptions, accommodations, and maybe even the actual ceremony. Fortunately, there are several that you should consider.
The first place that you should consider checking out is the Big Sur Lodge. It’s a lovely place nestled between a calming river, the towering trees, and the amazing beauty preserved in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Enjoy delectable cuisine crafted into tailor-made banquet menus, and choose from four different venues for your various ceremonies, be it a rehearsal dinner or reception or the bridal shower or day-after brunch, not to mention the actual main event. Enjoy all these in the Santa Lucia Room, the lodge restaurant or its outdoor patio, or even the pretty picnic areas in the state park. They even have an on-site event coordinator that you can do a wedding consultant with over the phone.
Second, for an intimate evening for as many as 100, look at the Big Sur Roadhouse and Glen Oaks Big Sur. You can have an hour-long ceremony in an exclusive grove of between redwoods but also along the Big Sur River banks followed by a roadhouse reception.
Third, consider the 17 cliff-side acres of the Ragged Point Inn that overlook the magnificent Pacific Ocean in south Big Sur. Many of the 35 rooms have great views that you can enjoy from balconies or decks, or you can rest in comfort in front of the fireplaces. The Cliff House is a five-bedroom, six-bathroom guest house with great views from its lawn and sitting room windows. It also has a gourmet kitchen and private dining room. This dog-friendly inn also has WiFi, a restaurant, gift shop, and conference and wedding facilities. If that weren’t enough, you can also take advantage of a sandwich stand, wine and espresso bar, and even a minimart and gas station. To top all that off, there are Sunday concerts all summer long!
The fourth place you should consider checking out is the Big Sur River Inn. As the name implies, it sits along the always scenic Big Sur River, but it’s also comfortably nestled among the surrounding redwood towers. Enjoy the ultimate balance of history, romance, and nostalgia along side modern comfort and conveniences. Choose from two settings for your ceremony. The expansive riverside lawn is just as spectacular a setting as the sun-dappled deck is. The culinary team and service department are both staffed with professionals who can come up with a distinct experience that fits the celebration you envision.
Are you looking for something other than the redwoods or beautiful beaches for your ceremony or party? After all, everyone might be seeing those anyway at some point in all the travel and festivities. The Loma Vista Inn is a change of pace with its historic gardens. Loma Vista Inn is also conveniently located right off of Highway 1 in the beating heart of Big Sur, making it a great base of operations for anyone and everyone wanting to venture out on day trips and adventures around the area.
The sixth and final entrant on this list of locations you should look into certainly not the least of them. The Post Ranch Inn is right on the ocean. Don’t let the size of this small hideaway fool you in regards to its award-winning level of luxury. It’s a tremendously romantic escape that’s well-suited, not just for elopements, but also honeymoons. Many couples come back for their anniversaries or wedding renewals. The Post Ranch Inn offers an Elopement Experience package that comes with every essential you would need for a small or intimate wedding. These can be held either in a guest room or on their terrace of their Sierra Mar Restaurant. Entertain as many as 50 guests, and trust the whole package to handle all the arrangements. It includes coordination services, professional photography, exquisite flowers, a choice bottle of champagne with crystal flutes, and even a wedding celebrant and marriage license. Of course you can always substitute professionals of your own choosing, should you wish to use your own photographer (hi!).
These are far from the only possibilities in terms of activities, locations, and accommodations for a Big Sur elopement, but hopefully they’re enough to get you started in planning a magnificent beginning to your life of love together. Remember, there’s nothing stopping you from using one place for your family, friends, and guests before the two of you sneak off to another place of your secret choosing to start your honeymoon without them knowing where you are.