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Big Sur River Inn

Big Sur , CA
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46840 California 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 US (map)

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831-667-2700

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Weddings, Parties & Events

Casual to elegant...large parties or intimate gatherings...With a full bar, a wide variety of menu offerings and onsite lodging the Big Sur River... Read more
Weddings, Parties & Events

Casual to elegant...large parties or intimate gatherings...With a full bar, a wide variety of menu offerings and onsite lodging the Big Sur River Inn is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays with your staff, friends and family.

Our Special Events Staff takes great pride in attending to every detail of your special day, working with you and our many talented friends in the Big Sur Community to provide full service catering, lodging, music, flowers and photography. Read less

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Kay
Wedding:
5/7/2016
4.8/5.0
We recently had our daughter's wedding at Big Sur River Inn and it was more than we could have imagined...so beautiful and wonderful! Our guests enjoyed the lodging, food (the steak was fabulous) at both receptions and the wedding was absolutely stunning!
I cannot say enough about the Wedding Planner, Cara, and the staff! They were attentive, friendly and willing to do what was needed both Friday night through Saturday night to make the wedding a special weekend event for everyone. The staff at Big Sur Inn made our daughter's dream of a beautiful wedding become a reality.
We recently had our daughter's wedding at Big Sur River Inn and it was more than we could have imagined...so beautiful and Read more...
We recently had our daughter's wedding at Big Sur River Inn and it was more than we could have imagined...so beautiful and wonderful! Our guests enjoyed the lodging, food (the steak was fabulous) at both receptions and the wedding was absolutely stunning!
I cannot say enough about the Wedding Planner, Cara, and the staff! They were attentive, friendly and willing to do what was needed both Friday night through Saturday night to make the wedding a special weekend event for everyone. The staff at Big Sur Inn made our daughter's dream of a beautiful wedding become a reality. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Loren
Wedding:
5/7/2016
4.8/5.0
We recently had our wedding and rehearsal dinner here and I could not have been happier! I can't say enough ice things about Kara and her staff. They were so acccomodating to our guests and even when some last minute storms showed up, made sure that both days went smoothly. Kara took great care of everything and made my day stress free. We had a great time, it's a beautiful venue, and was truly the wedding of my dreams.
We recently had our wedding and rehearsal dinner here and I could not have been happier! I can't say enough ice things Read more...
We recently had our wedding and rehearsal dinner here and I could not have been happier! I can't say enough ice things about Kara and her staff. They were so acccomodating to our guests and even when some last minute storms showed up, made sure that both days went smoothly. Kara took great care of everything and made my day stress free. We had a great time, it's a beautiful venue, and was truly the wedding of my dreams. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jo
Wedding:
11/15/2015
4.8/5.0
In terms of finding a venue experience that is less conventional and very personal,
BSRI is charming, rustic, and most of all, SO accommodating. The staff here is incredible, from food service to banquet arrangements. We booked out the property for our wedding weekend and received tons of comments on how beautiful it was, how nice it was for our family to stay on-site with us, and how incredible the food was. Kara Stout and Andrew with the Events team didn't bat an eye at all of our suggestions (could the kitchen make us a pancake stack instead of a wedding cake? could we do brunch for the reception? how about customizing our signature drinks?) or our last-minute changes due to weather. From the moment we and the party began arriving on Friday evening, through the welcome dinner full of demanding family and incessant requests, till we left on Sunday (and hubby and I returned for lunch the day after), the staff treated us with kindness and professionalism. All in all, we can't say enough about BSRI being the right choice for us!!
In terms of finding a venue experience that is less conventional and very personal,
BSRI is charming, rustic, and most Read more...
In terms of finding a venue experience that is less conventional and very personal,
BSRI is charming, rustic, and most of all, SO accommodating. The staff here is incredible, from food service to banquet arrangements. We booked out the property for our wedding weekend and received tons of comments on how beautiful it was, how nice it was for our family to stay on-site with us, and how incredible the food was. Kara Stout and Andrew with the Events team didn't bat an eye at all of our suggestions (could the kitchen make us a pancake stack instead of a wedding cake? could we do brunch for the reception? how about customizing our signature drinks?) or our last-minute changes due to weather. From the moment we and the party began arriving on Friday evening, through the welcome dinner full of demanding family and incessant requests, till we left on Sunday (and hubby and I returned for lunch the day after), the staff treated us with kindness and professionalism. All in all, we can't say enough about BSRI being the right choice for us!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Carissa
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
We chose the Big Sur River Inn as our ceremony and reception venue because it has always been such a special place to us. We grew up in the area and knew it was the perfect location for our wedding.
Let me start by saying that Selena and her assistant Andrea are awesome. I tend to be one of those brides that stresses out A LOT. From the very beginning they were calm, attentive, and very professional. They answered every email promptly and always made me feel as though I was in good hands. They share my obsession of tiny beautiful details and helped bring my ideas to life.
On one of our meetings they even took the time to show me secret spots that would be nice places to take our wedding photos. Needless to say, I love these girls. I will never forget all the hard work they put in and how special the day and experience was for us.
Thank you thank you thank you!!
P.S. The food was fantastic also. All of our guests were very satisfied :)
We chose the Big Sur River Inn as our ceremony and reception venue because it has always been such a special place to us. Read more...
We chose the Big Sur River Inn as our ceremony and reception venue because it has always been such a special place to us. We grew up in the area and knew it was the perfect location for our wedding.
Let me start by saying that Selena and her assistant Andrea are awesome. I tend to be one of those brides that stresses out A LOT. From the very beginning they were calm, attentive, and very professional. They answered every email promptly and always made me feel as though I was in good hands. They share my obsession of tiny beautiful details and helped bring my ideas to life.
On one of our meetings they even took the time to show me secret spots that would be nice places to take our wedding photos. Needless to say, I love these girls. I will never forget all the hard work they put in and how special the day and experience was for us.
Thank you thank you thank you!!
P.S. The food was fantastic also. All of our guests were very satisfied :) Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Big Sur River Inn responded with the following comments:

Carissa,

You melt my heart, thank you so much and really it was such an honor to work with you. You and Tony are fabulous and we cant wait for your return.

Best,
Selena
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Rachel
Wedding:
3/17/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married on St. Patrick's day 2013 at Big Sur River Inn and I am sincere when I mean this place is magical. Big Sur has a very special place in my heart, growing up about an hour away, I have had the extreme pleasure of being able to visit frequently. The day my husband and I went to look at River Inn as our potential wedding venue, we instantly knew this was the place we wanted to get married. It had a magical, beautiful feel to it, and at the same time was really affordable. The wedding coordinators, Selena and Andrea, were a joy to work with, always tending to my needs during the planning process and in a very timely manner. The food was amazing as well as the venue itself (you can't go wrong with either an indoor or outdoor wedding here!). We had around 120 guests attend our wedding. Andrea was a huge help the day of the wedding, helping set up and coordinate everything. All of our 120 guests told us that our wedding was the most beautiful, relaxing, FUN wedding they had ever attended. I feel like this review does not do River Inn justice and that we cannot say enough good things about the place. If you are looking for a venue that is affordable, beautiful, and bound to make an impression on you and your guests, this is DEFINITELY the place for you!
My husband and I were married on St. Patrick's day 2013 at Big Sur River Inn and I am sincere when I mean this place is Read more...
My husband and I were married on St. Patrick's day 2013 at Big Sur River Inn and I am sincere when I mean this place is magical. Big Sur has a very special place in my heart, growing up about an hour away, I have had the extreme pleasure of being able to visit frequently. The day my husband and I went to look at River Inn as our potential wedding venue, we instantly knew this was the place we wanted to get married. It had a magical, beautiful feel to it, and at the same time was really affordable. The wedding coordinators, Selena and Andrea, were a joy to work with, always tending to my needs during the planning process and in a very timely manner. The food was amazing as well as the venue itself (you can't go wrong with either an indoor or outdoor wedding here!). We had around 120 guests attend our wedding. Andrea was a huge help the day of the wedding, helping set up and coordinate everything. All of our 120 guests told us that our wedding was the most beautiful, relaxing, FUN wedding they had ever attended. I feel like this review does not do River Inn justice and that we cannot say enough good things about the place. If you are looking for a venue that is affordable, beautiful, and bound to make an impression on you and your guests, this is DEFINITELY the place for you! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Kristi
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
The Big Sur River Inn hosted both our rehearsal cookout, our wedding ceremony and reception for 130 friends and family. We worked closely with Selena and Andrea during the 9+ months leading up to our big weekend. Their expertise and calming nature contributed immensely to our own confidence going into the event. Every detail was considered and planned for. Although the Big Sur River Inn hosts a number of weddings each year and is well-versed on all the coordination necessary, we still felt that each decision and detail was very much customized to the way we imagined it and not to a "standard package". They remained flexible and understanding as we and our parents pieced all of our decisions together. Having traveled from Berkeley to the Inn a number of times for planning purposes, we felt by the time October arrived, that it held a sense of home to us.

All of our guests were able to stay at the Inn both Friday and Saturday nights. The Big Sur Pub just next door was an easy and perfect 'after party' venue. Our guests and families were extremely complementary of the Big Sur River Inn staff and overall experience. We could not imagine a better venue for ourselves and highly recommend it to others.
The Big Sur River Inn hosted both our rehearsal cookout, our wedding ceremony and reception for 130 friends and family. We Read more...
The Big Sur River Inn hosted both our rehearsal cookout, our wedding ceremony and reception for 130 friends and family. We worked closely with Selena and Andrea during the 9+ months leading up to our big weekend. Their expertise and calming nature contributed immensely to our own confidence going into the event. Every detail was considered and planned for. Although the Big Sur River Inn hosts a number of weddings each year and is well-versed on all the coordination necessary, we still felt that each decision and detail was very much customized to the way we imagined it and not to a "standard package". They remained flexible and understanding as we and our parents pieced all of our decisions together. Having traveled from Berkeley to the Inn a number of times for planning purposes, we felt by the time October arrived, that it held a sense of home to us.

All of our guests were able to stay at the Inn both Friday and Saturday nights. The Big Sur Pub just next door was an easy and perfect 'after party' venue. Our guests and families were extremely complementary of the Big Sur River Inn staff and overall experience. We could not imagine a better venue for ourselves and highly recommend it to others. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Trish and Sean
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding experience was with the Big Sur River Inn. It is reasonable in price and includes so much! Selena and Andrea(the wedding planners at the BSR), and the rest of the staff are great! We still visit and are greeted with smiles; they still treat us like we are the bride and groom. We even went back for our one year anniversary and they set up a special dinner and room for us! They are like family! From the planning to the special day we were treated with so much patience, respect and love. I have listed the highlights for us below!

Selena, Andrea, and staff: Selena and Andrea are the best at what they do! They will create the special vision you have for your special day. They made a wildflower walkway, decorated the trees by the rivers with lily's and made wildflower bouquets by hand for us! They checked in with us all the time to see how we were and what we needed. They are so nice and we were so lucky to have them by our side on our special day. The staff in the dining room, at the bar, and the general store are so nice and accommodating. We even invited them to join in and dance at our wedding!

The food: We are vegetarian! The staff and chefs worked so hard to make our menu and appetizers veggie and delicious! The deep-fried artichokes, the butternut squash raviolis and EVERYTHING else were soooooo goood! They made sure to make it perfect! They even ordered our favorite coconut beer on our special day for our signature drink!

The location: The river is beautiful and we got married barefoot with our toes barely touching the water! The sun came through the trees and with the wildflowers that Selena and Andrea added made it a dream wedding! The hotel is awesome because our whole family could rent the entire hotel. When it came to "after-party time", we had the entire area to ourselves! It was awesome to party late into the night without worrying about waking anyone up! Thank you BSR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our wedding experience was with the Big Sur River Inn. It is reasonable in price and includes so much! Selena and Read more...
Our wedding experience was with the Big Sur River Inn. It is reasonable in price and includes so much! Selena and Andrea(the wedding planners at the BSR), and the rest of the staff are great! We still visit and are greeted with smiles; they still treat us like we are the bride and groom. We even went back for our one year anniversary and they set up a special dinner and room for us! They are like family! From the planning to the special day we were treated with so much patience, respect and love. I have listed the highlights for us below!

Selena, Andrea, and staff: Selena and Andrea are the best at what they do! They will create the special vision you have for your special day. They made a wildflower walkway, decorated the trees by the rivers with lily's and made wildflower bouquets by hand for us! They checked in with us all the time to see how we were and what we needed. They are so nice and we were so lucky to have them by our side on our special day. The staff in the dining room, at the bar, and the general store are so nice and accommodating. We even invited them to join in and dance at our wedding!

The food: We are vegetarian! The staff and chefs worked so hard to make our menu and appetizers veggie and delicious! The deep-fried artichokes, the butternut squash raviolis and EVERYTHING else were soooooo goood! They made sure to make it perfect! They even ordered our favorite coconut beer on our special day for our signature drink!

The location: The river is beautiful and we got married barefoot with our toes barely touching the water! The sun came through the trees and with the wildflowers that Selena and Andrea added made it a dream wedding! The hotel is awesome because our whole family could rent the entire hotel. When it came to "after-party time", we had the entire area to ourselves! It was awesome to party late into the night without worrying about waking anyone up! Thank you BSR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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tahoebabycakes
Wedding:
3/28/2012
4.8/5.0
We chose to hold our wedding at the Big Sur River Inn because we were able to do the ceremony and reception in one location, plus they offered accommodations for our guests. Selena and Andrea were great, and made sure everything was taken care of and ran smoothly. They took care of everything, even putting together our bouquets and flower arraignments, so we were able to buy flowers wholesale and save some money. The venue is so beautiful naturally that we really didn't need much for decorations. It was absolutely magical, and I cant imagine a better place to get married. Plus we used the excuse of getting married in Big Sur to sneak away to "nail down the details" when the planning process got a little too stressful. It was the perfect excuse to visit one of my favorite places in the whole world!
We chose to hold our wedding at the Big Sur River Inn because we were able to do the ceremony and reception in one Read more...
We chose to hold our wedding at the Big Sur River Inn because we were able to do the ceremony and reception in one location, plus they offered accommodations for our guests. Selena and Andrea were great, and made sure everything was taken care of and ran smoothly. They took care of everything, even putting together our bouquets and flower arraignments, so we were able to buy flowers wholesale and save some money. The venue is so beautiful naturally that we really didn't need much for decorations. It was absolutely magical, and I cant imagine a better place to get married. Plus we used the excuse of getting married in Big Sur to sneak away to "nail down the details" when the planning process got a little too stressful. It was the perfect excuse to visit one of my favorite places in the whole world! Read less
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Kelly Scott
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.8/5.0
My husband and I got engaged in Big Sur and knew we wanted to get married there. We looked at a few places for our wedding but knew immediately that we found the place when we saw the Big Sur River Inn. It was exactly what we were looking for. We were able to have our ceremony along side the Big Sur River, dinner out on the huge redwood deck, and dancing inside the restaurant. To top it off, we were able to stay there and so was our wedding party and family. It was nice to have our wedding in one spot and not have to worry about driving. The manager, Selena, was very accommodating. We asked to have our reception extended another 30 min and had no problems.

This is a beautiful venue for anyone who loves Big Sur and the outdoors. The staff is amazing and it was such a relaxed environment for our wedding day. We had NO STRESS because we got married there.
My husband and I got engaged in Big Sur and knew we wanted to get married there. We looked at a few places for our wedding Read more...
My husband and I got engaged in Big Sur and knew we wanted to get married there. We looked at a few places for our wedding but knew immediately that we found the place when we saw the Big Sur River Inn. It was exactly what we were looking for. We were able to have our ceremony along side the Big Sur River, dinner out on the huge redwood deck, and dancing inside the restaurant. To top it off, we were able to stay there and so was our wedding party and family. It was nice to have our wedding in one spot and not have to worry about driving. The manager, Selena, was very accommodating. We asked to have our reception extended another 30 min and had no problems.

This is a beautiful venue for anyone who loves Big Sur and the outdoors. The staff is amazing and it was such a relaxed environment for our wedding day. We had NO STRESS because we got married there. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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lovesredwoodtrees'nwine
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
I used to visit the Big Sur River Inn as a girl with my family in the summer. There, I would dream of being married on the lawn in the back of the resort, just inches away from the river, under the giant, cooling trees. Still, when my now-husband proposed to me in Cambria, CA (on one of our many trips out to the west coast as adults—we are East-coast dwellers now) we had to look at every wedding site on the Big Sur Coastline. I am so glad that we returned and were later married at the Big Sur River Inn on a warm summer afternoon.

The afternoon, like almost every summer afternoon at the Big Sur River Inn, was warm and gorgeous (it’s true—the coastline can be fogged in to the North and the South and the sun is out at the River Inn). The trees created striking shadows for pictures as well as a perfect breeze through the passage between the buildings of the resort and the trickling waters of the Pheneger Creek as we walked down the aisle. The imposing majesty of this place in my childhood quickly morphed into a romantic setting, perfect for our big day. The wedding planner, Selena Perez, her assistant, Andrea, and their team of people made my husband and I feel that they wanted to create the wedding that we wanted on the property. They left nothing to chance as they worked tirelessly to ensure that everything went smoothly. All the way through, thanks to these efforts, we felt as though we were a part of the River Inn family.

The twenty rooms on the property were filled with wedding guests making this a “wedding destination weekend” for many them. The rest of the Big Sur River Inn staff was great too in responding to any needs that our guests had during their stay. Even at breakfast in the mornings, staff welcomed our guests by remembering their names and greeting them with a smile.

After the wedding ceremony, we ate dinner on the lower deck just before dark. The food (choice of steak, salmon or “marathon pasta”—yuummmm) was prepared expertly and in a timely manner. Then, we all moved inside the restaurant area, where (a stark contrast from the breakfast table set up) the DJ had set up a make-shift-dance-floor and a large screen to showcase pictures from the years my groom and I had spent together. From there, the restaurant provided the perfect space for us to get-down-Big-Sur-style all night long. We cut cake, had the bouquet toss, even provided late night munchies (Selena’s idea) for our guests a few hours after dinner. When people left, they remarked about how beautiful the site was, how effortless it all looked, how exquisite the flowers were and how much fun they had.

Looking back, our wedding was so much more than I ever could have imagined. I am so happy that we trusted Selena, the staff and the Big Sur River Inn, to host this special day for us. For the years to come, I will have new memories to one day share with my children about such a special place in the heart of Big Sur. And who knows, maybe one day, we will have another family wedding there.
I used to visit the Big Sur River Inn as a girl with my family in the summer. There, I would dream of being married on the Read more...
I used to visit the Big Sur River Inn as a girl with my family in the summer. There, I would dream of being married on the lawn in the back of the resort, just inches away from the river, under the giant, cooling trees. Still, when my now-husband proposed to me in Cambria, CA (on one of our many trips out to the west coast as adults—we are East-coast dwellers now) we had to look at every wedding site on the Big Sur Coastline. I am so glad that we returned and were later married at the Big Sur River Inn on a warm summer afternoon.

The afternoon, like almost every summer afternoon at the Big Sur River Inn, was warm and gorgeous (it’s true—the coastline can be fogged in to the North and the South and the sun is out at the River Inn). The trees created striking shadows for pictures as well as a perfect breeze through the passage between the buildings of the resort and the trickling waters of the Pheneger Creek as we walked down the aisle. The imposing majesty of this place in my childhood quickly morphed into a romantic setting, perfect for our big day. The wedding planner, Selena Perez, her assistant, Andrea, and their team of people made my husband and I feel that they wanted to create the wedding that we wanted on the property. They left nothing to chance as they worked tirelessly to ensure that everything went smoothly. All the way through, thanks to these efforts, we felt as though we were a part of the River Inn family.

The twenty rooms on the property were filled with wedding guests making this a “wedding destination weekend” for many them. The rest of the Big Sur River Inn staff was great too in responding to any needs that our guests had during their stay. Even at breakfast in the mornings, staff welcomed our guests by remembering their names and greeting them with a smile.

After the wedding ceremony, we ate dinner on the lower deck just before dark. The food (choice of steak, salmon or “marathon pasta”—yuummmm) was prepared expertly and in a timely manner. Then, we all moved inside the restaurant area, where (a stark contrast from the breakfast table set up) the DJ had set up a make-shift-dance-floor and a large screen to showcase pictures from the years my groom and I had spent together. From there, the restaurant provided the perfect space for us to get-down-Big-Sur-style all night long. We cut cake, had the bouquet toss, even provided late night munchies (Selena’s idea) for our guests a few hours after dinner. When people left, they remarked about how beautiful the site was, how effortless it all looked, how exquisite the flowers were and how much fun they had.

Looking back, our wedding was so much more than I ever could have imagined. I am so happy that we trusted Selena, the staff and the Big Sur River Inn, to host this special day for us. For the years to come, I will have new memories to one day share with my children about such a special place in the heart of Big Sur. And who knows, maybe one day, we will have another family wedding there. Read less
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