Monday, December 17, 2007

Weddings in Pacific Grove California


Lover's Point in Pacific Grove has been called one of the "One of the top 10 most romantic places in America" by Sunset Magazine, and is the perfect place for an elopement ceremony or larger wedding. With such an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to see why this is such a sought-after spot for couples to tie the knot.



Not familiar with Pacific Grove? It's a beautiful little town in the Monterey Peninsula, sometimes overshadowed by nearby Monterey and Carmel.

When I visit the Monterey area I always stay in Pacific Grove because it's less crowded and less commercial than Monterey, but close enough to go visit Monterey and the surrounding areas and do the touristy things like drive the 17-Mile Drive or visit Pebble Beach. Also, it's home to my all-time favorite restaurant, Fifi's, 1188 Forest Ave.

You will need a permit to hold your wedding in Lover's Point, which you can get by calling the Pacific Grove Recreation Department at (831) 648-5730.

There are other romantic spots in Pacific Grove for your wedding as well, such as Jewell Park, close to Lover's Point, where you can have your ceremony in the Gazebo. Jewell Park also requires a permit, which you can get by calling the above number. There is a fee for permits to either Pacific Grove or Lover's Point.

If you're looking for a free spot on the beach in Pacific Grove, you might want to choose Asilomar State Beach, where you will also find a gazebo perfect for your wedding. As I recall it can get a little windy.

As for wedding packages, Centrella Bed & Breakfast Inn will put together a wedding package for you with a ceremony in their garden or at Lover's Point. For more informaiton call them at 800-653-5495 or email them at Reserve@CentrellaInn.com

Though I don't have specific knowlege of wedding officiants or wedding planners in the area, I have found a couple names you might want to contact:

Wedding Coordinator:

A Bayside Wedding: email at abaysidewedding@aol.com

Officiant:

Weddings in Paradise, Reverend Mery Ann Meagher at m_meagher@sbcglobal.net

Photo of Lover's Point by David Goehring, http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/ under a Creative Commons License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

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