This lovely seaside village of Carmel, CA, often called “a city in the forest,” has been in existence since 1903 and exudes European charm. As a world renowned city, popular for Carmel wedding venues and receptions take place in a variety of places in and around Carmel, including on the beach, in the mountains, on the river, or even at a golf course club house.
Carmel-by-the-Beach boasts its one of a kind specialty shops, excellent restaurants, comfortable lodging and wonderful scenic landscapes. For those who have always dreamed of being married on the beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea may be the perfect place. Its beaches are rated number one in the country for beauty and cleanliness. Those who visit Carmel say that is has the sophistication of San Francisco and the popularity of Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, Carmel is home to famous actor and former mayor of Carmel, Clint Eastwood. Betty White and other actors and actresses also enjoy vacationing in Carmel.
A popular wedding venue, The Wedgewood Carmel, is located on the Monterey Peninsula, has a large club house overlooking the golf course, and comfortably seats up to 400 guests. The wedding can take place on the beach or at the lovely Spanish style clubhouse. It continues to be famous for holding either large or small gatherings.
For those who wish to be married in the mountains, the Chateau Julien Wine Estate is nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The French style chateau sits on over 15 acres overlooking the ocean and can easily accommodate up to 325 guests. It is located at 8940 Carmel Valley Road.
The Big Sur River Inn also hosts weddings and receptions, both intimate or sophisticated. The Inn sits on the Big Sur River banks and is adorned by giant shade trees. The staff treats guests as family and will make them feel comfortable and cared for. Noted for its beauty, the Big Sur River Inn also continues to be a favorite Carmel wedding venue.
While the lovely old cypress tress and vast array of flowers remain a favorite among visitors in Carmel, it is also a cultural arena as artists, writers, photographers and history lovers make their home here. The Spanish Roman Catholic Mission is located in Carmel and is a historical landmark, built in 1771. With four museums displaying its fine architecture, it continues to hold religious services and wedding ceremonies. Rich in history, be sure to take time to tour this historical landmark while in Carmel.
With a variety of lodging available in Carmel, either for the honeymoon couple or for guests of the bride and groom, enjoy Carmels luxury boutique hotel, the Tradewinds Carmel, the 4 star rated Carriage House Inn or the historic Forest Lodge. Each caters to large groups and are within easy walking distance to the busy downtown area and the beaches. Noted as the perfect place for honeymooners and family and friends, they each offer comfort and affordability.
Planning a wedding and reception can be hectic but it can also be a wonderful, memorable occasion. Carmel, CA continues to hold its charm since the beginning of its existence in 1903. There are countless places to visit including walking tours of wineries, a walking tour of the Court Yard in downtown Carmel, white-sand beaches, mountain trails for hiking and mountain biking, countless shops and art galleries and museums to explore. Noted for its mild weather and Pacific breezes, numerous Carmel wedding venues, and its historical significance, visitors from all over the world love this “city in the forest.”
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