(Closed) Santa Cruz Ca wedding HELP and ADVICE?!??!

posted 8 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
985 posts
Busy bee

@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

Post # 4
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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.

Post # 6
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Do the Davenport Roadhouse! 

Post # 7
3022 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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…


Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

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.

Post # 9
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

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. 


Post # 10
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Oh, and we went early in the morning so we didn’t have too many gawkers. 

Post # 11
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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!

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