Unique Outdoor Venues in Carmel, California

Outdoor Wedding venue in Carmel California

Carmel, California has a wide variety of wedding venues to suit every taste. While many of them are outdoor wedding venues, these settings aren’t for everyone. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are seeking a ceremony and reception space that is a little more out of the box and farther away from the norm, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at some of the top unique wedding venues in California below to host a wedding your guests will never forget!

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Unique Wedding Venues in Carmel

Holman Ranch Wedding Venue

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If you’re looking for a beautiful blend between vineyards and historic wedding venue in Carmel — Holman Ranch is your wedding venue! Out in the hills of Carmel Valley the private estate is 400 aces in size, secluded lawn, historic hacienda, and vineyard!

Be sure to check out our Holman Ranch Wedding post on our blog to see more of this unique outdoor Carmel wedding venue! 

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Bernardus Lodge & Spa

At Bernards Lodge & Spa, exchange your vows in a place where paradise presents the perfect backdrop for romantic Carmel Valley weddings. Overlooking an immaculate lawn, sun-dappled vineyards and fragrant rose gardens, their wedding pavilion allows you and your guests to enjoy our famed climate amid sublime views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Whether it’s a vineyard-inspired dinner or a glamorous ceremony, a chic cocktail party or a five-course reception, an intimate farewell brunch or an elaborate wedding, every facet of your wedding is tailored to suit your exquisite tastes.

Gardener Ranch Wedding Venue

Travel to the heart of Carmel Valley, where the river and rolling hills meet, for a once in a lifetime gathering at Gardener Ranch. Wide open parks and rustic indoor spaces can be transformed to fit any creative endeavor and event, from ceremonies to goodbye brunches, and everything in between. Plan to get lost for a weekend as you swim beneath starry skies and sleep in luxurious accommodations.

Quail Lodge

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Quail Lodge weddings feature naturally inspired backdrops with plush green grasses, a glistening lake, and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Offering a resort-like getaway, award-winning 18 hole golf course, and beautiful views! If you are looking for a secluded ceremony site, gorgeous property, and a romantic setting Quail Lodge is your wedding venue!

Check out this Quail Lodge blog post to get a better idea of this charming venue!

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At the top of this gated community born from Clint Eastwood’s vision, Tehama is nothing short of a romantic wedding venue! Spectacular panoramic views of Carmel Valley and Monterey Bay perfect for your wedding ceremony! Terraces are just steps away from four elegantly adorned guest suites, promising peaceful mornings after an evening of high-energy revelry. Artfully presented and exquisitely delicious gourmet cuisine is prepared for formal seated dinners in the clubhouse or alfresco receptions on terraces year-round.

Folktale Wedding Venue

The French-style Chateau Folktale Winery is nestled in Carmel Valley with well landscaped grounds, spacious terraces, covered patios, and 246-acre vineyard. Folktale offers various spaces such as the Wine garden, the Barrel Room, Vineyard House, The Greenhouse, Wine Cellar, Rose Vineyard and Provisions Gallery!

Joullian’s Vineyards Wedding Venue

Located high above Carmel Valley, Joullian Vineyards, known as the venue in the vines is a premier wedding location. Overlooking the entire Carmel Valley this venue is for the couple who loves wine, amazing views and a great time!

Mission Ranch

For the couple looking for a historic wedding venue with spectacular ocean views, Mission Ranch in Carmel is your wedding venue!

Highly sought after views of the meadow with grazing sheep, Point Lobos and breathtaking whitecaps. Ceremonies can take place on a lush green lawn, with a dramatic entrance for the bride as she crosses over the picturesque bridge and pond. The wedding reception and meal service are held inside the historic barns. The Large Barn, with its three-story high ceiling is spacious and creates a warm atmosphere!

La Playa Carmel Wedding Venue

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For the couple who would love venue that fits all their needs of ceremony and reception as well as lodging La Playa is an excellent choice! Charm and romance amidst the sights and the sounds of the pacific. A gorgeous selection of ceremony and reception venues, and a central location, just minutes from Monterey, placing serene beaches, renowned galleries, Carmel Valley wineries and scenic beauty at your doorstep.

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The Holly Farm

For something out of the box unique in Carmel Valley is Holly Farm. Walk through The  Holly Farm’s welcoming rustic gate and enter a secluded world of romantic winding paths and private sun-filled cottages tucked away among exotic palms, towering bamboo, banana trees and sweetly scented blossoms.

Carmel Valley Ranch

If you prefer the beautiful hills over coastal views, Carmel Valley Ranch may be the wedding venue for you! With the Santa Lucia Mountains as the backdrop, you can say “I do” surrounded by a hillside vineyard and rolling lavender fields, dine in a private courtyard under the stars, and celebrate with those who matter most.

Carmel Fields Wedding Venue

Carmel Fields provides couples with the option of either in the intimate garden ceremony with lush trees on site or down on the Beach for a toes-in-the-sand beach wedding ceremony with crashing waves!

Los Laureles Lodge

Love the countryside? Exchange your vows under the giant oak tree at Los Laureles Lodge. On a ten-acre ranch with three different options for settings. The largest is the Terrace Garden, a stunning area beneath cascading oak trees where guests watch from wooden pews. There is also the Hill House, a beautifully adorned home with a hillside deck. For in in door option, the Terrace Garden Banquet Room can hold a small reception or rehearsal dinner.

Want help figuring out which outdoor wedding venue in Carmel might be the best fit for your style and vision? Click here to book a complimentary venue discovery session with us! 

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