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Carmel Mission Basilica

Carmel , CA
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LOCATION

3080 Rio Rd
Carmel, CA 93923 US (map)

PHONE

831-624-1271

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Historic, Museum, Religious
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Event Planning
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
My husband and I are Monterey locals and received the parishioner's rate, which is $500 less than the rate for non-parishioners. It was important to our families and to us to be married in the Catholic church. We love the beauty of Carmel Mission as it makes a wonderful setting for ambience and photos. The wedding coordinator, Liz, and priests can be a bit difficult to get a hold of as they are quite busy. Email is usually the best way to get a response. There was a last minute change with the priest we had been working with all year whom was transferred to another location on our wedding day. He alerted us two weeks prior, so we were able to meet with the newly assigned priest to go over special requirements at the rehearsal before he married us. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end. It is a bit pricy, and there are a few hoops to jump through in order to get married here. However, the money goes towards the restoration of the grounds, music, etc. It was worth it to us, and we were very happy with everything on our wedding day. Carmel Mission books up far in advance, so reserving a spot as early as you can is recommended.
My husband and I are Monterey locals and received the parishioner's rate, which is $500 less than the rate for Read more...
My husband and I are Monterey locals and received the parishioner's rate, which is $500 less than the rate for non-parishioners. It was important to our families and to us to be married in the Catholic church. We love the beauty of Carmel Mission as it makes a wonderful setting for ambience and photos. The wedding coordinator, Liz, and priests can be a bit difficult to get a hold of as they are quite busy. Email is usually the best way to get a response. There was a last minute change with the priest we had been working with all year whom was transferred to another location on our wedding day. He alerted us two weeks prior, so we were able to meet with the newly assigned priest to go over special requirements at the rehearsal before he married us. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end. It is a bit pricy, and there are a few hoops to jump through in order to get married here. However, the money goes towards the restoration of the grounds, music, etc. It was worth it to us, and we were very happy with everything on our wedding day. Carmel Mission books up far in advance, so reserving a spot as early as you can is recommended. Read less
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Alejandra
Wedding:
1/9/2016
5.0/5.0
The mission was the perfect ceremony for our wedding. It is absolutely breathtaking inside and out. Liz was wonderful to work with and was helpful throughout the entire process. Everything was perfect, the only thing that made our planning challenging was being from out of town but we were able to communicate well and got everything done. They remained flexible with us and got things done even when we dropped the ball, being inexperienced wedding planners :)

We also didn't need to do any decorating which was a huge plus, the mission is already perfect as is. It was definitely an expensive venue for us since it isn't our home parish, and we did opt to use the cantor and organist- but it was worth it. We were married by Fr. Miguel and he was also a hit with our guests by being so natural and friendly, and interacting with everyone. Getting married here was a dream.
The mission was the perfect ceremony for our wedding. It is absolutely breathtaking inside and out. Liz was wonderful to Read more...
The mission was the perfect ceremony for our wedding. It is absolutely breathtaking inside and out. Liz was wonderful to work with and was helpful throughout the entire process. Everything was perfect, the only thing that made our planning challenging was being from out of town but we were able to communicate well and got everything done. They remained flexible with us and got things done even when we dropped the ball, being inexperienced wedding planners :)

We also didn't need to do any decorating which was a huge plus, the mission is already perfect as is. It was definitely an expensive venue for us since it isn't our home parish, and we did opt to use the cantor and organist- but it was worth it. We were married by Fr. Miguel and he was also a hit with our guests by being so natural and friendly, and interacting with everyone. Getting married here was a dream. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.9/5.0
I could not imagine a more beautiful, historic and special place to have our marriage sacrament ceremony.
Liz Tana was delightful to work with leading up to the ceremony and was quick to respond to any questions I had.
Father Fredy was wonderful and they both made the rehearsal and ceremony perfect for us. The music and vocals were as beautiful as the Mission.

We truly feel honored and blessed to have started our Marriage at such an amazing church.
I could not imagine a more beautiful, historic and special place to have our marriage sacrament ceremony.
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I could not imagine a more beautiful, historic and special place to have our marriage sacrament ceremony.
Liz Tana was delightful to work with leading up to the ceremony and was quick to respond to any questions I had.
Father Fredy was wonderful and they both made the rehearsal and ceremony perfect for us. The music and vocals were as beautiful as the Mission.

We truly feel honored and blessed to have started our Marriage at such an amazing church. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant, Wedding Venue
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Maureen
Wedding:
4/30/2011
3.7/5.0
The Carmel Mission is a beautiful place to get married and was so fortunate to be able to have our ceremony at this church. Liz is awesome, especially for the rehearsal.

Pros:
1) beautiful historic site
2) located in Carmel
3) love the romantic feeling

Cons:
1)Cost
2) Available times for a ceremony and the fact that you don't have time before the ceremony to take pictures inside the church. You only have a 1/2 after your ceremony.
3) there are 3 ceremonies per day, the last time slot is 3:00
4) E-mails tend to take longer for a response, so make sure to call instead.
The Carmel Mission is a beautiful place to get married and was so fortunate to be able to have our ceremony at this Read more...
The Carmel Mission is a beautiful place to get married and was so fortunate to be able to have our ceremony at this church. Liz is awesome, especially for the rehearsal.

Pros:
1) beautiful historic site
2) located in Carmel
3) love the romantic feeling

Cons:
1)Cost
2) Available times for a ceremony and the fact that you don't have time before the ceremony to take pictures inside the church. You only have a 1/2 after your ceremony.
3) there are 3 ceremonies per day, the last time slot is 3:00
4) E-mails tend to take longer for a response, so make sure to call instead. Read less
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Melodie
Wedding:
10/30/2010
4.0/5.0
The church was beautiful. Wish we had more time to take pictures but overall it was great
The church was beautiful. Wish we had more time to take pictures but overall it was great
The church was beautiful. Wish we had more time to take pictures but overall it was great Read less
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CPZENGEL
Wedding:
10/2/2010
1.6/5.0
My husband and I were thrilled to have our wedding ceremony at the Mission, but unfortunately it turned out to be the one thing we regretted. It was a year-long process to get ahold of the organist to make our wedding music selections. Finally, about two weeks prior to our wedding, after our planner bugging him, we received an email. The music selection was very limited. When we met with Father John the month prior, we made special arrangements to travel to Carmel for a 5 minute interview. We were surprised that the meeting was so brief and never met the wedding coordinator Liz. At our rehearsal the night before, we were completely rushed because the wedding party prior to our time slot went over, but Liz and Father John made it seem like it was our fault. We did our part to have everyone there 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Nonetheless, we were ushered in and out. Then, worst of all, on our wedding day, Father John called me by my wrong name more than once! All in all it felt like weddings are simply a money maker for the church and in no way does the Mission make it a personal experience. This is so disappointing considering the Mission's beauty and history and the potentially wonderful experience it could be for your guests.
My husband and I were thrilled to have our wedding ceremony at the Mission, but unfortunately it turned out to be the one Read more...
My husband and I were thrilled to have our wedding ceremony at the Mission, but unfortunately it turned out to be the one thing we regretted. It was a year-long process to get ahold of the organist to make our wedding music selections. Finally, about two weeks prior to our wedding, after our planner bugging him, we received an email. The music selection was very limited. When we met with Father John the month prior, we made special arrangements to travel to Carmel for a 5 minute interview. We were surprised that the meeting was so brief and never met the wedding coordinator Liz. At our rehearsal the night before, we were completely rushed because the wedding party prior to our time slot went over, but Liz and Father John made it seem like it was our fault. We did our part to have everyone there 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Nonetheless, we were ushered in and out. Then, worst of all, on our wedding day, Father John called me by my wrong name more than once! All in all it felt like weddings are simply a money maker for the church and in no way does the Mission make it a personal experience. This is so disappointing considering the Mission's beauty and history and the potentially wonderful experience it could be for your guests. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
We actually got married just behind the Carmel Mission at the Carmel Mission Ranch. It was awesome--stunning surroundings; views of the ocean; sheep frolicking about the meadows. Our day was beautiful--even the weather cooperated. The only downsides are: a) it is not cheap! b) they are not at all flexible; there are many rules and regs that do not budge. So not for the creative bride, but in general I think all would be happy with this place...
We actually got married just behind the Carmel Mission at the Carmel Mission Ranch. It was awesome--stunning surroundings; Read more...
We actually got married just behind the Carmel Mission at the Carmel Mission Ranch. It was awesome--stunning surroundings; views of the ocean; sheep frolicking about the meadows. Our day was beautiful--even the weather cooperated. The only downsides are: a) it is not cheap! b) they are not at all flexible; there are many rules and regs that do not budge. So not for the creative bride, but in general I think all would be happy with this place... Read less
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rox2312
Wedding:
8/8/2009
4.4/5.0
It's the Carmel Mission - what's not to love??? A piece of history as part of your big day - it was wonderful. We were going to get married at a golf course & my at-the-time fiance was a big ol' grump about it: spending all of that money for an every day setting....but once we stepped foot onto the mission, he fell in love & told me that there was no doubt in his mind, that's where we were getting married! The guests LOVED it, I have to say - it partly made the wedding. We put an excerpt of the history in our programs to add to the experience. The Mission does have a lot of rules & regulations to go through & it is costly compared to other ceremony sites - but totally worth it. I was nervous because I had never heard the organist or the cantor (singer) perform before, but they were both amazing!. Long walk down the aisle lol Overall, simply stunning
It's the Carmel Mission - what's not to love??? A piece of history as part of your big day - it was wonderful. We were Read more...
It's the Carmel Mission - what's not to love??? A piece of history as part of your big day - it was wonderful. We were going to get married at a golf course & my at-the-time fiance was a big ol' grump about it: spending all of that money for an every day setting....but once we stepped foot onto the mission, he fell in love & told me that there was no doubt in his mind, that's where we were getting married! The guests LOVED it, I have to say - it partly made the wedding. We put an excerpt of the history in our programs to add to the experience. The Mission does have a lot of rules & regulations to go through & it is costly compared to other ceremony sites - but totally worth it. I was nervous because I had never heard the organist or the cantor (singer) perform before, but they were both amazing!. Long walk down the aisle lol Overall, simply stunning Read less
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Merapi36
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
The Carmel Mission is THE BEST place to have your wedding. The venue just made that day more special than I could have imagined. I had my even my non-Catholic friends tell me that the ceremony was one of the best they have seen. Father John was really great as well.
The Carmel Mission is THE BEST place to have your wedding. The venue just made that day more special than I could have Read more...
The Carmel Mission is THE BEST place to have your wedding. The venue just made that day more special than I could have imagined. I had my even my non-Catholic friends tell me that the ceremony was one of the best they have seen. Father John was really great as well. Read less
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