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I’m in the middle of a wedding overhaul – after spending the last 12 months planning a wedding for others (my mom, my Future Mother-In-Law, etc…) I decided to take it back – and take it over – for me.
I’ve lived in the same small town in northern CA my whole life, and spent my childhood and adult life enjoying the amazing locations that this area has to offer. Through my 26 years of norcal travel I have decided that I should say my vows in one of my three fave cities to visit: Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.
Since the FH wants a beach wedding…. I need some advice from some real-life Santa Cruz brides and locals!! I am very familiar with the city as a tourist – I visit a few times a year, have had a few friends attend UCSC, but do not know the intimate ins-and-outs of the local wedding biz….
I am attempting the following: A small (80 max) beach ceremony on a public beach. Followed by, a fun local reception…. hosted at an amazing restaurant, bar, or other private venue. Does not have to be full-service. I am date/time flexible. And here’s the catch – I don’t want to spend more than $5000 for my reception.
Any ideas, input, or thoughts is appreciated, as I’m kinda starting from scratch 🙂
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@Nikii_Luv: bumping for you bcus its 2 am on the east coast, so posting is starting to slow down. hopefully someone sees this in the morning if they dont now
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@Nikii_Luv: Not super familiar with weddings in Santa Cruz in terms of what beaches are available for public use. I’m more familiar with the mtn biking trails there! Sorry!
I know this restaurant does banquets and do events. The food isn’t too bad either, and taking peek on their pricing, the costs aren’t outrageous.
Also you can look into Dream Inn near the Boardwalk.
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I looked into the Crows Nest a few months ago, and they are a top contender! I haven’t eaten there yet, so the input on food is appreciated!
My reception location is about 20% of my worry – I’m primarily concerned with the ceremony detail… and really hoping that a bride with real SC public beach ceremony experience can shed some light on this situation!
Post # 6
Do the Davenport Roadhouse!
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- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Wow, I’m from Berkeley and went to school at UC Santa Cruz! Weird!
I haven’t spent much time in SC in ages, but I can ask around…
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Check out Shadowbrook in Capitola as a reception option.
Dream Inn in Santa Cruz is the perfect location to be able to do a beach wedding and then indoor reception, but they are a bit pricey (they used to have I think a $12,000 weekend food and beverage minimum). The beach they are on is a city beach and you would have to make arrangements through them and not the hotel.
Contact the City of Santa Cruz Park and Rec. The city used to have the form to fill out to have a beach ceremony, so check there about getting a permit. If I recall correctly, it is a few hundred dollars to reserve/rent the beach area. At least with a permit, you have a spot reserved for your ceremony, but the public will still be able to use the other areas of the beach.
You could look for a reception venue through the park and rec too.
Hula’s could be neat for a fun reception location if you aren’t looking for something traditional. Not sure how many people the private room holds, but could check into renting the restaurant out for a certain amount of time.
Michael’s On Main in Soquel for a reception.
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This was my husband and I’s Santa Cruz beach wedding, but we eloped, so I don’t know how much that will help. We said our vows on the beach, married by our friend, and went to the beach boardwalk afterwords and played on the rides. For a large party you would need a permit I would bet. (Also, our location would not have fit that many people, or chairs). We went to The Buttery after for food (brunch). They also make cakes in case you’re interested. I don’t know if they take reservations or not, or would be able to accomodate so many people, but you could ask. They are a very popular place to eat brunch. I don’t think they do dinner though.
If you are looking for a pub, I like 99 bottles a lot.
I don’t remember the name of it, but there was some art/b&b/shared space sort of venue that you can rent out to host parties. I don’t remember the name of it unfortunately.
The Darling House hosts receptions, but their yelp reviews aren’t the best. But maybe they have gotten better.
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Oh, and we went early in the morning so we didn’t have too many gawkers.
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We’re probably getting married at the Cocoanut Grove. They have a old, historic event space that you can rent. It’s a bit old, but the location is prime. You can get married on the same beach the Dream Inn does weddings at. Bonus, the Cocoanut Grove is affordable!