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Asilomar Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove , CA
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800 Asilomar Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950 US (map)

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831-642-4222

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ABOUT US

Asilomar offers a variety of ceremony locations to fit your wedding style. You may hold your ceremony outdoors in our beautiful grand cypress meadow, or on the white sand of Asilomar... Read more
Asilomar offers a variety of ceremony locations to fit your wedding style. You may hold your ceremony outdoors in our beautiful grand cypress meadow, or on the white sand of Asilomar beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. If your dream wedding is a bit more traditional, our historic chapel, with its vaulted ceiling and forest backdrop may be just what you’re looking for. After your celebration, we’ll help you plan the perfect reception in one of our numerous event spaces to meet wedding party size and needs. Our event spaces offer a unique dining experience that can be customized for every taste and budget. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Beach, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Rustic, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room, Private Section
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Reh. Dinner Specific

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
When we were in the early stages of planning our wedding, my then fiance (now husband) told me that he only has 2 non-negotiables: 1) it has to be a beach wedding and, 2) dinner has to be plated. I was trying to look for beach locations that are not too common and Asilomar perfectly fit our needs.

Asilomar was the second location we visited and at the end of the visit, we already knew that this is the place where we want to get married. We were supposed to visit another location after Asilomar but decided to cancel because it really felt like we have already found the perfect location. We both loved the rustic look of the entire conference grounds (I love the Hearst Social Hall!) and my fiance especially loved the beach area. The entire area has a lot of picturesque locations where you can take post-ceremony bridal party photos and that was actually the part that my husband was most excited about. One thing to note though is that the beach is a public beach so prepare yourself that you won't have the beach to yourself on the wedding day itself. But the beach-goers are respectful of the wedding ceremony and they try not to be in the way.

Aside from a very nice beach location, Asilomar also had really nice service. The event coordinator was very responsive and very pleasant to work with. The food was amazing - a lot of our guests told us how much they enjoyed their dinner. The waitstaff was also very attentive and made sure all our guests have what they need.

We are very happy that we found Asilomar!
When we were in the early stages of planning our wedding, my then fiance (now husband) told me that he only has 2 Read more...
When we were in the early stages of planning our wedding, my then fiance (now husband) told me that he only has 2 non-negotiables: 1) it has to be a beach wedding and, 2) dinner has to be plated. I was trying to look for beach locations that are not too common and Asilomar perfectly fit our needs.

Asilomar was the second location we visited and at the end of the visit, we already knew that this is the place where we want to get married. We were supposed to visit another location after Asilomar but decided to cancel because it really felt like we have already found the perfect location. We both loved the rustic look of the entire conference grounds (I love the Hearst Social Hall!) and my fiance especially loved the beach area. The entire area has a lot of picturesque locations where you can take post-ceremony bridal party photos and that was actually the part that my husband was most excited about. One thing to note though is that the beach is a public beach so prepare yourself that you won't have the beach to yourself on the wedding day itself. But the beach-goers are respectful of the wedding ceremony and they try not to be in the way.

Aside from a very nice beach location, Asilomar also had really nice service. The event coordinator was very responsive and very pleasant to work with. The food was amazing - a lot of our guests told us how much they enjoyed their dinner. The waitstaff was also very attentive and made sure all our guests have what they need.

We are very happy that we found Asilomar! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It was a beautiful event and a beautiful day. My memories will last forever. Thank you
It was a beautiful event and a beautiful day. My memories will last forever. Thank you
It was a beautiful event and a beautiful day. My memories will last forever. Thank you Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Asilomar was a beautiful place to have my wedding. Everyone was so supportive and nice through out the planning process, and even though there were issues on the wedding day, the staff never hurried me they kept me calm and made the day one I will never forget! The grove where we had the wedding over looked the beach, so you have this amazing view but no one got dirty! The reception hall that we rented was perfect for my wedding and had the style of a $100,000 wedding, but on my beer can budget, Asilomar made my dreams come true of having a wedding I could never afford made possible! The staff and food catering was also above what I could have ever expected. The only thing I would change is that more people should know about the secret of Asilomar, so more people can have the dream wedding they never thought possible. Thank You Asilomar!
Asilomar was a beautiful place to have my wedding. Everyone was so supportive and nice through out the planning process, Read more...
Asilomar was a beautiful place to have my wedding. Everyone was so supportive and nice through out the planning process, and even though there were issues on the wedding day, the staff never hurried me they kept me calm and made the day one I will never forget! The grove where we had the wedding over looked the beach, so you have this amazing view but no one got dirty! The reception hall that we rented was perfect for my wedding and had the style of a $100,000 wedding, but on my beer can budget, Asilomar made my dreams come true of having a wedding I could never afford made possible! The staff and food catering was also above what I could have ever expected. The only thing I would change is that more people should know about the secret of Asilomar, so more people can have the dream wedding they never thought possible. Thank You Asilomar! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Pamela
Wedding:
12/30/2014
4.9/5.0
Asilomar Conference Grounds was a dream location for our wedding. The wedding coordinator, Christina, was professional and very helpful. We had a quaint ceremony in front a roaring fire. Our guests all commented on what a beautiful location it was. There were deer roaming in the field near us, which added to the natural beauty around us. The appetizers we had served were delicious, and served timely. I would highly recommend this venue. The only reason for the 4-1/2 rating on value was because the bathrooms in the rooms could use a little updating (although that put no damper on our day). Thank you, Asilomar!
Asilomar Conference Grounds was a dream location for our wedding. The wedding coordinator, Christina, was professional and Read more...
Asilomar Conference Grounds was a dream location for our wedding. The wedding coordinator, Christina, was professional and very helpful. We had a quaint ceremony in front a roaring fire. Our guests all commented on what a beautiful location it was. There were deer roaming in the field near us, which added to the natural beauty around us. The appetizers we had served were delicious, and served timely. I would highly recommend this venue. The only reason for the 4-1/2 rating on value was because the bathrooms in the rooms could use a little updating (although that put no damper on our day). Thank you, Asilomar! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Diane
Wedding:
5/9/2015
4.8/5.0
Our wedding was beautiful and everything we expected. Christina did a fabulous job working with us, providing information and making sure everything was how we wanted it. Dustin helped us with the music and set up and he was right on top of it! They were both essential to our wedding being amazing! It was so beautiful being on the beach with the waves in the background and made it great for pictures.
Our wedding was beautiful and everything we expected. Christina did a fabulous job working with us, providing information Read more...
Our wedding was beautiful and everything we expected. Christina did a fabulous job working with us, providing information and making sure everything was how we wanted it. Dustin helped us with the music and set up and he was right on top of it! They were both essential to our wedding being amazing! It was so beautiful being on the beach with the waves in the background and made it great for pictures. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/25/2014
4.4/5.0
Asilomar had some employee turn over while we were planning, so for a while it was difficult to get responses from them, or figure out who was able to help us. They are owned by a large conglomerate, Aramark, so any dealings with Aramark should be avoided at all costs. Asilomar itself, and the people on site, were just wonderful, so accommodating, so helpful. They made everything really easy on us, which most of the other venues we looked at would have charged a small fortune to do, but Asilomar was totally reasonable. Our wedding was perfect.
Asilomar had some employee turn over while we were planning, so for a while it was difficult to get responses from them, Read more...
Asilomar had some employee turn over while we were planning, so for a while it was difficult to get responses from them, or figure out who was able to help us. They are owned by a large conglomerate, Aramark, so any dealings with Aramark should be avoided at all costs. Asilomar itself, and the people on site, were just wonderful, so accommodating, so helpful. They made everything really easy on us, which most of the other venues we looked at would have charged a small fortune to do, but Asilomar was totally reasonable. Our wedding was perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.9/5.0
Perfect Beach Wedding Location! Event Quality Lacking.

This place is stunning!! We chose Asilomar to host our wedding ceremony on the State Beach just steps off of their property. The beach is gorgeous and the conference grounds are beautiful. The package with Asilomar included permit for the beach, set up of chairs and arch and use of their sound system. All in all it is a great value.

While we were planning our event Asilomar went through 3 event managers. I think that this led to our less than exceptional service. We were disappointed that the event staff was unwilling to hold any of our ceremony items and would not help in any set up of any items other than chairs and arch. We brought our own table to place out water and parasols for our guests.

Overall we really love this place and hate to have to put negative marks against them as we do see the value in their offering. We set up our own extra items and our ceremony was all that we had dreamed of.
Perfect Beach Wedding Location! Event Quality Lacking.

This place is stunning!! We chose Asilomar to host our Read more...
Perfect Beach Wedding Location! Event Quality Lacking.

This place is stunning!! We chose Asilomar to host our wedding ceremony on the State Beach just steps off of their property. The beach is gorgeous and the conference grounds are beautiful. The package with Asilomar included permit for the beach, set up of chairs and arch and use of their sound system. All in all it is a great value.

While we were planning our event Asilomar went through 3 event managers. I think that this led to our less than exceptional service. We were disappointed that the event staff was unwilling to hold any of our ceremony items and would not help in any set up of any items other than chairs and arch. We brought our own table to place out water and parasols for our guests.

Overall we really love this place and hate to have to put negative marks against them as we do see the value in their offering. We set up our own extra items and our ceremony was all that we had dreamed of. Read less
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Alisa
Wedding:
7/18/2009
3.8/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and most of the staff was friendly, quick, and very helpful. Many of our guests also had rooms to stay there and the rooms are clean and the atmosphere very relaxing. The wait staff at our reception was great and took care of everything. We were unable to taste the food before since we live about 3 hours away, but the food was wonderful!! There was some problem with communication with our event coordinator, but all turned out great. The value is amazing since this site is a state park, the costs are very reasonable and the grounds are beautiful.
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and most of the staff was friendly, quick, and very helpful. Many of our guests also Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and most of the staff was friendly, quick, and very helpful. Many of our guests also had rooms to stay there and the rooms are clean and the atmosphere very relaxing. The wait staff at our reception was great and took care of everything. We were unable to taste the food before since we live about 3 hours away, but the food was wonderful!! There was some problem with communication with our event coordinator, but all turned out great. The value is amazing since this site is a state park, the costs are very reasonable and the grounds are beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Katrina
Wedding:
10/18/2014
3.3/5.0
Our wedding was truly beautiful. The close proximity of the beach and the reception hall was a great plus. We had amazing weather, couldn't have asked for a better day.
We had a little trouble with the planning of the wedding as the coordination was always out of the office. but in the end it all worked out. I was told she would be present the day of but never saw her after the ceremony started. I was bothered by this as there was no one over seeing the flow of the reception and I had to ask the staff myself for many different tasks to happen. The wait staff did a great job prepping the reception and during as well.
I would not recommend using the facility for you wedding cake. Although you do have to pay a fee to bring in a cake from another vendor, I wish I had done this instead.
We really loved this site and would recommend it to people who aren't too high maintenance. It is beautiful but there are a tons of restrictions.
Our wedding was truly beautiful. The close proximity of the beach and the reception hall was a great plus. We had amazing Read more...
Our wedding was truly beautiful. The close proximity of the beach and the reception hall was a great plus. We had amazing weather, couldn't have asked for a better day.
We had a little trouble with the planning of the wedding as the coordination was always out of the office. but in the end it all worked out. I was told she would be present the day of but never saw her after the ceremony started. I was bothered by this as there was no one over seeing the flow of the reception and I had to ask the staff myself for many different tasks to happen. The wait staff did a great job prepping the reception and during as well.
I would not recommend using the facility for you wedding cake. Although you do have to pay a fee to bring in a cake from another vendor, I wish I had done this instead.
We really loved this site and would recommend it to people who aren't too high maintenance. It is beautiful but there are a tons of restrictions. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.0/5.0
The venue itself is GORGEOUS. The conference centre is very convenient to have a beach wedding. There is ample parking and your guests can simply take a 3 minute stroll to your beach wedding ceremony and return for the reception. Everything about the day itself was fabulous. Food, facilities, sound, etc.

HOWEVER, the planning stage was really very difficult! 1) I dealt with three different event managers in succession while I was planning my wedding so was constantly having to re-explain to a new person what i wanted 2) I had a difficult time communicating with them, I would email with specific questions and either would not get a response, would get a response that was inappropriate, or one answering only some of my questions 3) They kept asking me questions about details I had explained multiple times and wrote in detail on the event planning forms they had me fill in.

Overall I had a clear and extremely simple plan of what I wanted for my wedding and the event managers were very difficult to work with and did not seem at all experienced. But the venue itself is lovely and I would recommend to people if you are prepared to deal with the hassle.
The venue itself is GORGEOUS. The conference centre is very convenient to have a beach wedding. There is ample parking and Read more...
The venue itself is GORGEOUS. The conference centre is very convenient to have a beach wedding. There is ample parking and your guests can simply take a 3 minute stroll to your beach wedding ceremony and return for the reception. Everything about the day itself was fabulous. Food, facilities, sound, etc.

HOWEVER, the planning stage was really very difficult! 1) I dealt with three different event managers in succession while I was planning my wedding so was constantly having to re-explain to a new person what i wanted 2) I had a difficult time communicating with them, I would email with specific questions and either would not get a response, would get a response that was inappropriate, or one answering only some of my questions 3) They kept asking me questions about details I had explained multiple times and wrote in detail on the event planning forms they had me fill in.

Overall I had a clear and extremely simple plan of what I wanted for my wedding and the event managers were very difficult to work with and did not seem at all experienced. But the venue itself is lovely and I would recommend to people if you are prepared to deal with the hassle. Read less
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