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Chaminade Resort and Spa

Santa Cruz , CA

LOCATION

1 Chaminade Lane
Santa Cruz, CA US 95065 (map)

PHONE

831-475-5600

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Commanding breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and rolling hills, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a storybook setting for celebrating life’s cherished moments. Plan outdoor events... Read more
Commanding breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and rolling hills, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a storybook setting for celebrating life’s cherished moments. Plan outdoor events year-round beneath sunny skies, or within our elegant indoor venues. Whether a family reunion, holiday party, bridal shower or elegant wedding, Chaminade’s catering staff will make sure that your event is perfect. Special occasions at Chaminade Resort & Spa create lifelong memories. So, let the festivities begin!

Weddings
Weddings at Chaminade are utterly captivating. Take your vows amidst the seasonal floral displays and beautiful arbor of the Spanish Courtyard Terrace or gather for a sunset reception on The Sunset Patio featuring dramatic views of rolling wooded hillsides and the ocean on the horizon. Your guests will be amazed at the true natural beauty of Chaminade Resort & Spa. The happy couple will enjoy a stress-free day as our experienced wedding coordinators dedicate their time to make dreams come true!

Professional Wedding Planner
Stunning venues for weddings & special events
Panoramic views of Monterey Bay
Year-Round Outdoor Venues
Ballroom with Ocean Views & Private Balcony
Catering & Wedding Packages
Exquisite Cuisine
Complimentary Valet Parking
To discuss your wedding plans, contact our Catering Manager at 831.475.5600
Special Events - Rehearsal Dinners - Post Wedding Brunch
Chaminade Resort & Spa’s catering team is excited about helping you with any of your upcoming social functions. Our team specializes in helping plan, coordinate and facilitate memorable events. Of course, Chaminade's outstanding service staff, banquet facilities and delicious cuisine virtually assure the success of any function. Whatever the occasion, our attentive staff will make sure your experience is nothing less than perfect, down to the smallest detail. So, let the festivities begin! Make Chaminade your choice for your next big event. We promise to make it truly memorable. To discuss your upcoming event, contact our Catering Manager at 831.475.5600. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1904
When was your venue last renovated?
2011
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
230
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
17
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
156
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
114
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
114
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1904
When was your venue last renovated?
2011
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Garden / Romantic, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
17
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
156
Number of suites
44
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
114
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
114
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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samantha
Wedding:
9/9/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I decided in august of 2014 to be married on Tuesday September 9th 2014. Short notice, we know. When we first called Chaminade Resort and Spa and spoke to Laura she was extremely kind, helpful, and patient saying she'd wait for us later in the afternoon to come by and check out the place after we were finished looking at other venues. From the moment we walked into Chaminade and met with Laura my husband and I knew that was the place. It was beautiful yet simple and elegant. Laura was the best thing to have happened to us with having such a short time line to plan our wedding. From the get go she was responsive, prompt, professional, patient...i just can't even say enough great things about her. Also, her coworker Angela was very helpful the few times I spoke to her as well. Chaminade ' s attention to detail and customer service was above and beyond. Do yourselves a favor and book Chaminade through Laura for your wedding or any other event and you will not be disappointed. She is a God send.
My husband and I decided in august of 2014 to be married on Tuesday September 9th 2014. Short notice, we know. When we Read more...
My husband and I decided in august of 2014 to be married on Tuesday September 9th 2014. Short notice, we know. When we first called Chaminade Resort and Spa and spoke to Laura she was extremely kind, helpful, and patient saying she'd wait for us later in the afternoon to come by and check out the place after we were finished looking at other venues. From the moment we walked into Chaminade and met with Laura my husband and I knew that was the place. It was beautiful yet simple and elegant. Laura was the best thing to have happened to us with having such a short time line to plan our wedding. From the get go she was responsive, prompt, professional, patient...i just can't even say enough great things about her. Also, her coworker Angela was very helpful the few times I spoke to her as well. Chaminade ' s attention to detail and customer service was above and beyond. Do yourselves a favor and book Chaminade through Laura for your wedding or any other event and you will not be disappointed. She is a God send. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, , Transportation, Wedding Venue
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Alyssa
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Laura was amazing!! She did an phenomenal job of coordinating the wedding and suggesting vendors. She helped me keep on track with the timetable so that everything was done on time. She also was extremely warm, enthusiastic, supportive and fun! She helped make my experience at the Chaminade wonderful!
Laura was amazing!! She did an phenomenal job of coordinating the wedding and suggesting vendors. She helped me keep on Read more...
Laura was amazing!! She did an phenomenal job of coordinating the wedding and suggesting vendors. She helped me keep on track with the timetable so that everything was done on time. She also was extremely warm, enthusiastic, supportive and fun! She helped make my experience at the Chaminade wonderful! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Chaminade will always hold a special place in my heart for providing an absolutely perfect wedding weekend. If you get the chance to work with their wedding coordinator, Laura Manriquez, you are a lucky person! I was stressed out, not being a planner myself, and I feel like after 1 meeting with Laura she took the stress right away! She is excellent at her job. We were anticipating rainy weather for our wedding and Laura came up with 3 scenarios so we had a plan no matter what happened. It rained all day but at the last minute, as the rain stopped temporarily, we made the call to have the wedding outside and the staff made it happen! She knew it was our goal (and hers!) to get married under the beautiful blooming arbor... and we did!

It was a dream weekend. All the staff was perfectly attentive. The rooms were great. As cheesy as this sounds, Laura made our dream wedding come true. It exceeded all expectations. A huge thank you to Chaminade Staff and Laura!
Chaminade will always hold a special place in my heart for providing an absolutely perfect wedding weekend. If you get the Read more...
Chaminade will always hold a special place in my heart for providing an absolutely perfect wedding weekend. If you get the chance to work with their wedding coordinator, Laura Manriquez, you are a lucky person! I was stressed out, not being a planner myself, and I feel like after 1 meeting with Laura she took the stress right away! She is excellent at her job. We were anticipating rainy weather for our wedding and Laura came up with 3 scenarios so we had a plan no matter what happened. It rained all day but at the last minute, as the rain stopped temporarily, we made the call to have the wedding outside and the staff made it happen! She knew it was our goal (and hers!) to get married under the beautiful blooming arbor... and we did!

It was a dream weekend. All the staff was perfectly attentive. The rooms were great. As cheesy as this sounds, Laura made our dream wedding come true. It exceeded all expectations. A huge thank you to Chaminade Staff and Laura! Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
As a bride, you want everything to be perfect and thanks to Angela and Chaminade, everything was! We looked at many venues for our wedding but Chaminade made the most sense for us.
1. We held the rehearsal dinner on the Sunset Patio/Manresa Room and the weather was gorgeous (our east coast guests were jealous of CA). It allowed us the flexibility to have cocktails on the patio but have a warm spot inside to eat and have toasts. The menus were flexible so we were able to adapt our taste buds with a combo of a few different menus. Plus, our guests were able to continue the party in the bar and then walk back to their room. Win-win
2. The reception was great! I had LOTS of "extras" (pictures hung in hallway and bathrooms, cookie table with pictures,etc) that needed to be set up and Angela didn't even blink an eye. The room looked great (ordered lights from Eventscapes) and the food/wine was delicious. We had 2 chefs as guests at our wedding so we were a little nervous but the steak/lobster did not disappoint (along with the other meals too). At the end of the night, they put everything in one spot so we could gather it the next morning - made our lives so easy.
3. Angela will be your savior! She was quick to respond to all my emails/calls and put my mind at ease at every step. She actually made planning fun! She gave suggestions but never pushed and definitely did not take over at all. Tastings were set up and presented so professionally.
4. The venue: the view is spectacular but the peace of mind of having your guests able to walk back to their rooms was the best. The staff was helpful and accommodating for my guests and for me.
5. The gal that coordinated my hotel rooms was less than helpful but left Chaminade 3 weeks prior to the event so that negates my only negative feedback.
I highly recommend Chaminade!
As a bride, you want everything to be perfect and thanks to Angela and Chaminade, everything was! We looked at many venues Read more...
As a bride, you want everything to be perfect and thanks to Angela and Chaminade, everything was! We looked at many venues for our wedding but Chaminade made the most sense for us.
1. We held the rehearsal dinner on the Sunset Patio/Manresa Room and the weather was gorgeous (our east coast guests were jealous of CA). It allowed us the flexibility to have cocktails on the patio but have a warm spot inside to eat and have toasts. The menus were flexible so we were able to adapt our taste buds with a combo of a few different menus. Plus, our guests were able to continue the party in the bar and then walk back to their room. Win-win
2. The reception was great! I had LOTS of "extras" (pictures hung in hallway and bathrooms, cookie table with pictures,etc) that needed to be set up and Angela didn't even blink an eye. The room looked great (ordered lights from Eventscapes) and the food/wine was delicious. We had 2 chefs as guests at our wedding so we were a little nervous but the steak/lobster did not disappoint (along with the other meals too). At the end of the night, they put everything in one spot so we could gather it the next morning - made our lives so easy.
3. Angela will be your savior! She was quick to respond to all my emails/calls and put my mind at ease at every step. She actually made planning fun! She gave suggestions but never pushed and definitely did not take over at all. Tastings were set up and presented so professionally.
4. The venue: the view is spectacular but the peace of mind of having your guests able to walk back to their rooms was the best. The staff was helpful and accommodating for my guests and for me.
5. The gal that coordinated my hotel rooms was less than helpful but left Chaminade 3 weeks prior to the event so that negates my only negative feedback.
I highly recommend Chaminade! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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susan
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything went so smoothly. Our questions were sometimes answered BEFORE we even knew we had them! We would recommend Chaminade and our consultant Angela in a heartbeat. Beautiful location and totally professional attention to detail.
Everything went so smoothly. Our questions were sometimes answered BEFORE we even knew we had them! We would recommend Read more...
Everything went so smoothly. Our questions were sometimes answered BEFORE we even knew we had them! We would recommend Chaminade and our consultant Angela in a heartbeat. Beautiful location and totally professional attention to detail. Read less
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Thomas
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at Chaminade was amazing.

From the first day we visited the venue through the day of our wedding, Angela Edmonds our on-site wedding planner and the staff at Chaminade were terrific and very professional. Angela was always available to answer our many questions and accommodating dealing with up-to-the minute changes. The staff was always very helpful, friendly and responsive to the needs of our guests.

Our guests who stayed the weekend with us at Chaminade enjoyed the pool, tennis courts, spa, hiking trials and accommodations.

Highly recommended.
Our wedding at Chaminade was amazing.

From the first day we visited the venue through the day of our wedding, Read more...
Our wedding at Chaminade was amazing.

From the first day we visited the venue through the day of our wedding, Angela Edmonds our on-site wedding planner and the staff at Chaminade were terrific and very professional. Angela was always available to answer our many questions and accommodating dealing with up-to-the minute changes. The staff was always very helpful, friendly and responsive to the needs of our guests.

Our guests who stayed the weekend with us at Chaminade enjoyed the pool, tennis courts, spa, hiking trials and accommodations.

Highly recommended. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were married at Chaminade in early August. We want everyone to know that we highly recommend this location for the ceremony and reception. Angela and Shannon were great, and went out of their way to make our special day amazing. In fact, everyone we worked with was extremely accommodating and did what it took to make the entire experience worry free.
We were married at Chaminade in early August. We want everyone to know that we highly recommend this location for the Read more...
We were married at Chaminade in early August. We want everyone to know that we highly recommend this location for the ceremony and reception. Angela and Shannon were great, and went out of their way to make our special day amazing. In fact, everyone we worked with was extremely accommodating and did what it took to make the entire experience worry free. Read less
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sanderson
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
The Chaminade was simply outstanding in helping make our daughter's wedding the best it could be. From the first moment we met with Angela, we were treated with kindness and respect. Additionally, all of the services that they provided made planning the big event very easy and peaceful. Angela was extremenly well organized and helpful every step of the way. The food was great and the venue was spectacular!
The Chaminade was simply outstanding in helping make our daughter's wedding the best it could be. From the first moment we Read more...
The Chaminade was simply outstanding in helping make our daughter's wedding the best it could be. From the first moment we met with Angela, we were treated with kindness and respect. Additionally, all of the services that they provided made planning the big event very easy and peaceful. Angela was extremenly well organized and helpful every step of the way. The food was great and the venue was spectacular! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Highly recommend! Excellent wedding coordinators help you plan every detail. Beautiful ceremony site. Large spaces.W
Highly recommend! Excellent wedding coordinators help you plan every detail. Beautiful ceremony site. Large spaces.W
Highly recommend! Excellent wedding coordinators help you plan every detail. Beautiful ceremony site. Large spaces.W Read less
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KHatheway
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Chaminade did a great job! They kept everything moving and the wedding went incredibly smoothly! Everyone had a great time!
Chaminade did a great job! They kept everything moving and the wedding went incredibly smoothly! Everyone had a great Read more...
Chaminade did a great job! They kept everything moving and the wedding went incredibly smoothly! Everyone had a great time! Read less
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Chaminade Resort and Spa responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your great review! We are so honored that you chose Chaminade to share your special day!
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Heather
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
We had Angela as our coordinator at the Chaminade. She was very helpful and did not mind my million of questions that I had months before our wedding. The day of our wedding couldn't have been any more perfect. All staff members at the Chaminade had great attitudes, they all seemed like they enjoyed their jobs. Angela put out all my place cards, candles, napkins, crystal scatter, etc. So my mom could be with me in the room instead of putting out everything. The food was great, got a lot of compliments from our guests. Our room was perfect and we even got a piece of our wedding cake, chocolate covered strawberries, congrats card from Angela, and Champagne to end our wedding day with. Thank you to everyone at Chaminade who made our wedding day amazing!!!
We had Angela as our coordinator at the Chaminade. She was very helpful and did not mind my million of questions that I Read more...
We had Angela as our coordinator at the Chaminade. She was very helpful and did not mind my million of questions that I had months before our wedding. The day of our wedding couldn't have been any more perfect. All staff members at the Chaminade had great attitudes, they all seemed like they enjoyed their jobs. Angela put out all my place cards, candles, napkins, crystal scatter, etc. So my mom could be with me in the room instead of putting out everything. The food was great, got a lot of compliments from our guests. Our room was perfect and we even got a piece of our wedding cake, chocolate covered strawberries, congrats card from Angela, and Champagne to end our wedding day with. Thank you to everyone at Chaminade who made our wedding day amazing!!! Read less
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Robby
Wedding:
6/24/2011
5.0/5.0
The Chaminade was the PERFECT wedding venue. Everything from the ceremony to the reception was flawless thanks to the wonderful staff there. Angela was our wedding coordinator and she made sure that things were taken care of the day of and she was so responsive whenever I had any questions. There was also a "banquet manager" that on top of all the events that occured during the reception. I didn't have to think about what was next or worry about things not being taken care of. My family and all the guests were pleasantly surprised with the wonderful service.
The Chaminade was the PERFECT wedding venue. Everything from the ceremony to the reception was flawless thanks to the Read more...
The Chaminade was the PERFECT wedding venue. Everything from the ceremony to the reception was flawless thanks to the wonderful staff there. Angela was our wedding coordinator and she made sure that things were taken care of the day of and she was so responsive whenever I had any questions. There was also a "banquet manager" that on top of all the events that occured during the reception. I didn't have to think about what was next or worry about things not being taken care of. My family and all the guests were pleasantly surprised with the wonderful service. Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
4/3/2010
5.0/5.0
We are so thrilled that we decided to have our wedding at the Chaminade. We live in Tampa, Florida and found the staff to be very accommodating and efficient in planning a wedding from so far away. You are assigned a wedding coordinator who takes care of everything on their end and walks you through every step of the process. We were lucky enough to have two people helping us out. Another great thing about the Chaminade is that after you choose the package for food and for beverages, they give you a price per person. That price includes EVERYTHING - food, beverages, cake (& cutting), tax, gratuity, etc. There are no hidden fees or charges later. That made budgeting for the wedding/reception so much easier for us. The food was INCREDIBLE. The service from every staff member, from the coordinators to the wait staff, was exemplary. We were treated like royalty the whole time that we stayed there. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Shannon and Angela specifically (the coordinators). My florist did not show up to my wedding. Needless to say I was devastated, and as I didn't know this until 5 minutes before the wedding (my husband was trying to keep me in the dark, hoping he would show up in time), I was a wreck as I was about to walk down the aisle. Shannon and Angela were absolutely incredible. They found flowers around the resort for my husband to wear and to put around the "altar" area. They got a hold of the florist and had him send up a bouquet from a friend of his. Obviously, it wasn't anything like I had planned over the nine months before the wedding, but they did a wonderful job of improvising at the last minute. And they calmed me down so that I could walk down the aisle and enjoy marrying my husband without focusing on the absence of flowers. The wedding was perfect. The day was perfect. And I would, without reservation, recommend the Chaminade for your wedding.
We are so thrilled that we decided to have our wedding at the Chaminade. We live in Tampa, Florida and found the staff to Read more...
We are so thrilled that we decided to have our wedding at the Chaminade. We live in Tampa, Florida and found the staff to be very accommodating and efficient in planning a wedding from so far away. You are assigned a wedding coordinator who takes care of everything on their end and walks you through every step of the process. We were lucky enough to have two people helping us out. Another great thing about the Chaminade is that after you choose the package for food and for beverages, they give you a price per person. That price includes EVERYTHING - food, beverages, cake (& cutting), tax, gratuity, etc. There are no hidden fees or charges later. That made budgeting for the wedding/reception so much easier for us. The food was INCREDIBLE. The service from every staff member, from the coordinators to the wait staff, was exemplary. We were treated like royalty the whole time that we stayed there. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Shannon and Angela specifically (the coordinators). My florist did not show up to my wedding. Needless to say I was devastated, and as I didn't know this until 5 minutes before the wedding (my husband was trying to keep me in the dark, hoping he would show up in time), I was a wreck as I was about to walk down the aisle. Shannon and Angela were absolutely incredible. They found flowers around the resort for my husband to wear and to put around the "altar" area. They got a hold of the florist and had him send up a bouquet from a friend of his. Obviously, it wasn't anything like I had planned over the nine months before the wedding, but they did a wonderful job of improvising at the last minute. And they calmed me down so that I could walk down the aisle and enjoy marrying my husband without focusing on the absence of flowers. The wedding was perfect. The day was perfect. And I would, without reservation, recommend the Chaminade for your wedding. Read less
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Amanda Poulsen Dix
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Shannon was our wedding coordinator, and he was wonderful. He was there every step of the planning process, and he dealt easily with every one of mine and my mom's questions. The second the wedding rehearsal started, Shannon handled all 20 of our wedding party and all 6 of our parents without even breaking a sweat. He also handled all of our other vendors including my sister-in- law who made our cake, my cousin who married us and a friend who DJ'd.
The venue was so beautiful! We barely had to decorate the ceremony spot because the view of the ocean and the natural vines and flowers decorated the space perfectly.
The food was amazing! It was the best wedding food I have ever had!
Shannon was our wedding coordinator, and he was wonderful. He was there every step of the planning process, and he dealt Read more...
Shannon was our wedding coordinator, and he was wonderful. He was there every step of the planning process, and he dealt easily with every one of mine and my mom's questions. The second the wedding rehearsal started, Shannon handled all 20 of our wedding party and all 6 of our parents without even breaking a sweat. He also handled all of our other vendors including my sister-in- law who made our cake, my cousin who married us and a friend who DJ'd.
The venue was so beautiful! We barely had to decorate the ceremony spot because the view of the ocean and the natural vines and flowers decorated the space perfectly.
The food was amazing! It was the best wedding food I have ever had! Read less
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Lynda
Wedding:
6/1/2013
4.9/5.0
The staff was very helpful with our wedding process. Very flexible with our needs with the budget. On the day of they cater to our needs. Our wedding was perfect and beautiful.
The staff was very helpful with our wedding process. Very flexible with our needs with the budget. On the day of they Read more...
The staff was very helpful with our wedding process. Very flexible with our needs with the budget. On the day of they cater to our needs. Our wedding was perfect and beautiful. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
6/7/2013
4.8/5.0
The Chaminade was one of the best choices I made for my wedding. Right away while interviewing venues in the area, Angela was by far the most responsive, professional and friendly. The place is absolutely gorgeous, the food is excellent and the service is top notch. When a family member broke one of my beloved champagne flutes before the reception- the Chaminade staff sent someone out to buy new ones for us! My husband and I had our very own server that was there for just he and I, whenever we needed a drink or some late night snacks, she was always there like a private assistant- we felt very taken care of. I really believe that Angela and her staff went above and beyond for our wedding day and I wouldn't change a thing about our perfect venue. If you are considering Santa Cruz- the only choice is Chaminade!
The Chaminade was one of the best choices I made for my wedding. Right away while interviewing venues in the area, Angela Read more...
The Chaminade was one of the best choices I made for my wedding. Right away while interviewing venues in the area, Angela was by far the most responsive, professional and friendly. The place is absolutely gorgeous, the food is excellent and the service is top notch. When a family member broke one of my beloved champagne flutes before the reception- the Chaminade staff sent someone out to buy new ones for us! My husband and I had our very own server that was there for just he and I, whenever we needed a drink or some late night snacks, she was always there like a private assistant- we felt very taken care of. I really believe that Angela and her staff went above and beyond for our wedding day and I wouldn't change a thing about our perfect venue. If you are considering Santa Cruz- the only choice is Chaminade! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
We had an amazing wedding.
We had an amazing wedding.
We had an amazing wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.9/5.0
Wedding package included catering and cake, and the very knowledgeable coordinator Angela. She kept us informed about the decisions we had to make and worked out the kinks to make our wedding day run super smooth!
Wedding package included catering and cake, and the very knowledgeable coordinator Angela. She kept us informed about the Read more...
Wedding package included catering and cake, and the very knowledgeable coordinator Angela. She kept us informed about the decisions we had to make and worked out the kinks to make our wedding day run super smooth! Read less
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sammy
Wedding:
10/12/2013
0.0/5.0
I am honestly so sad to say this but I am so disappointed with the Chaminade. I had my wedding here and the Chaminade ruined it. Don't get me wrong, the ceremony came out beautiful. I married my husband and that was the most important thing.

Let me tell you a little about what went on....
The Chaminade broke my unity sand container that was performed during the ceremony. I had to pay the Chaminade more than 10,000 and they could not even take care of my items. I was suppose to cherish my unity sand for the rest of my life and now I cant. I put all of my trust in this venue and they completely broke it. Our wedding coordinator Angela Edmound was anything but helpful. She basically told me its broken and there is nothing she can do about it. The food and beverage manager told me all of this comes down to business. And now the general manager.....Kevin Herbst. He did not follow through with anything that he said. None of the employees that I worked with came through with what they said. Kevin said he would call me to treat my husband and I to a spa service in Hawaii but that never came through. He claimed it was because he didn't want to harass me yet I told him on multiple voicemails to call me back if he would still like to give us the spa treatment. We argued over the phone mulitple times and sure enough it came down to business. Kevin, Angela, and all the others we worked with are horrible. I cannot even begin to tell you everything else that went on. Just stay away from this venue and get married somewhere else.

I pray no other bride and groom has to experience what we went through. You will have to remember what they did to you for the rest of your life. Please rethink getting married here. Your wedding is supposed to be something that is amazing and something so beautiful. My ceremony was beautiful because I married my husband but unfortunately my memories of everything else was ruined because of the carelessness and the horrible disrespect.
I am honestly so sad to say this but I am so disappointed with the Chaminade. I had my wedding here and the Chaminade Read more...
I am honestly so sad to say this but I am so disappointed with the Chaminade. I had my wedding here and the Chaminade ruined it. Don't get me wrong, the ceremony came out beautiful. I married my husband and that was the most important thing.

Let me tell you a little about what went on....
The Chaminade broke my unity sand container that was performed during the ceremony. I had to pay the Chaminade more than 10,000 and they could not even take care of my items. I was suppose to cherish my unity sand for the rest of my life and now I cant. I put all of my trust in this venue and they completely broke it. Our wedding coordinator Angela Edmound was anything but helpful. She basically told me its broken and there is nothing she can do about it. The food and beverage manager told me all of this comes down to business. And now the general manager.....Kevin Herbst. He did not follow through with anything that he said. None of the employees that I worked with came through with what they said. Kevin said he would call me to treat my husband and I to a spa service in Hawaii but that never came through. He claimed it was because he didn't want to harass me yet I told him on multiple voicemails to call me back if he would still like to give us the spa treatment. We argued over the phone mulitple times and sure enough it came down to business. Kevin, Angela, and all the others we worked with are horrible. I cannot even begin to tell you everything else that went on. Just stay away from this venue and get married somewhere else.

I pray no other bride and groom has to experience what we went through. You will have to remember what they did to you for the rest of your life. Please rethink getting married here. Your wedding is supposed to be something that is amazing and something so beautiful. My ceremony was beautiful because I married my husband but unfortunately my memories of everything else was ruined because of the carelessness and the horrible disrespect. Read less
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Chaminade Resort and Spa responded with the following comments:

Although Chaminade shared on multiple occasions our sincerest apologies for the broken vase, we feel it is important to also highlight the positive comments that were shared from you and your attendees during and following the event. Chaminade serves as host to over 50+ successful weddings each year. Our talented service team- I am proud to say can be considered the “Best of the Best”! Again, we understand the importance you have placed on the vase and our staff was horrified that it cracked during transport. Unfortunately, actions taken to remedy stalled out when negotiations centered around refunds well into thousands of dollars and threats of negative online reviews, Chaminade elected to hold firm on our commitment to our employees. Chaminade had hoped the complimentary services, food and beverage, and refunds to your account would satisfy. Outside of our sincere and deep regret for the grief caused by the broken vase it was unclear what more we could do.

Looking forward, the team has/will review procedures and expectations for items left behind by our wedding parties to ensure both the proper care and liability has been established during the planning phase of the ceremony. With one goal in mind, to create lasting memories and long term friendships.

Yours in hospitality,

Kevin Herbst

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