Big Sur Elopement Guide: Where and How to Elope in Big Sur California

If eloping in Big Sur it is your dream but you have no idea where or how to plan this elope, this post it is definitely for you.


Want to know how to have an epic cliffside elopement day? Stick around for this post!

Big Sur California is well known for its breathtaking coastline with beautiful and cliffs. In my opinion is the best place to watch the sunrise and sunset. That said, Big Sur it is also an amazing location to have the elopement of your dreams.

Although Big Sur is an area open to daily visitors, it is private land. Which means, in order to celebrate an elopement or intimate wedding it is necessary to apply for a permit and respect the Leave No Trace principles. To apply for a permit email or call 831-667-0507. Elopement are only allowed during week days Monday-Thursday.

Ready to play your elopement? Here are so tips:

  1. Choosing the best location:

Here are some of my favorite locations for your ceremony.

  • Garrapata State Park – permit required and maximum of 10 guests.

  • Pfeiffer Beach State Park – No permit required, however the beach is closed from October to March. $10 fee per car

  • Andrew Molera State Park – Permit required and $10 fee per car.

2. Best time of the year to elope:

Doing you research you gonna find the best time to elope in Big Sur is definitely between April to November.

The wild flowers tent to pop during the spring and last for couple months adding beautiful colors to the cost line.

The summer is a great time to elope if you are avoiding the cold.

3. Which airport you should fly to:

The Monterey Regional Airport

San Jose Airport (located 1 hour away from Monterey).

4. Places to stay near Big Sur area:

I have few personal favorite ones I had have the honor to stay at.

Option #1 Seaside, CA

Option #2 Del Rey Oaks, CA

Option #3 Big Sur, CA

Option #4 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

photography: Bruna Kitchen Photography  event design: Oh So Brittnee  – florals: Oh So Brittnee  – wedding dress: Rue de Seine  – wedding dress boutique: a&bé Dallas  – hairpiece: Oh So Brittnee  – bride’s shoes: Steve Madden  – bride’s ring: Raw By Olivia Mar – hair stylist: Bride – makeup artist: Bride – groom attire: ASOS – groom’s shoes: ASOS – groom’s ring: Raw By Olivia Mar  – calligraphy: Katie Goggans Designs  – desserts: Parker Lusseau (macarons) – tabletop rentals: Oh So Britnee  – linen rentals: Oh So Britnee – white gown: Blammo Biamo – alterations: Altered for the Altar – earrings: Tasha August Studio – bracelets: Crystal Rock Shop – necklace: Bauble Sky – agate cards: The Hollow Geode – white gown boutique: Milena’s Bridal


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