Reception and Wedding Facilities

Selecting a wedding/reception facility.

There are many things to consider when selecting a site for your wedding and reception. At times all the information you gather will probably start to run together. This is why it’s a good idea to have a list of questions with you each time you view a facility or interview a representative of the facility.

Make several copies of your questionnaire so that you can start fresh at each location. And make sure you get clear answers to all your questions. If the site representative doesn’t have an answer to any one of your questions be sure they get back to you. Don’t accept an “I think we can do that” instead of a clear yes or no. You don’t want any unexpected complications on your wedding day.

Know what you want before you start looking. How many guests do you expect? Will the facility allow an outside caterer? Will you need a large or a small dance floor? Do you need a changing room for the bride and groom? The devil is in the details, so the more prepared you are the more likely you will be able to quickly narrow down your list of reception site options.

Area Favorites

Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos. One of the premiere settings on the Monterey Bay.

Nestldown Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains. Gorgeous views and rustic elegance.

Best Western Seacliff Inn, Aptos. Indoor and outdoor accommodations for up to 150.

Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. Breathtaking views of the redwoods.

Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola. A favorite setting overlookin Soquel Creek in Capitola.

Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Serene and picturesque outdoor sites in the redwoods.

Chaminade Resort and Spa, Santa Cruz. Breathtaking views.

Seacliff Inn, Aptos. Exquisite gardens and beautiful Koi pond.

Seascape Golf Club, Aptos. Garden wedding site. Indoor and outdoor reception areas.

Saratoga Springs, Saratoga. In the Santa Cruz Mountains, family owned since the late 1800’s.

Other Facilities

The Hollins House at Pasatiempo.

Peachwoods at The Inn at Pasatiempo.

Kennolyn, Soquel.

Bargetto Winery, Soquel.

Pajaro Dunes.

Michael’s on Main, Soquel.

Bay View Hotel, Aptos.

Casa Nostra, Ben Lomond.

The Darling House, Santa Cruz.

Café Mare, Santa Cruz.

Redwood Ridge Estate.

Santa Cruz Dream Inn, Santa Cruz.

The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College, Aptos.

Santa Cruz State Parks.

Bittersweet Bistro, Aptos.

Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz.

First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz.

Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, Corralitos.

Sand Rock, Aptos.

Fern River Resort, Felton.

Flora Vista Inn, La Selva Beach.

Rancho Don Bosco, Scotts Valley.

County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Spaces and Cultural Services.