Wedding and Private Event Venues
Charming historical structures, natural park settings, beautifully landscaped grounds or a grand mansion. The County Parks has a site perfect for your wedding, reception, party, company event, or retreat. Our flexible policies allow you to bring in your own caterer or self cater and make your event as formal or as casual as you prefer. Download and print Wedding & Event brochure.
If you are getting married, you must obtain a marriage license. The Santa Cruz County Clerk issues marriage licenses. Also, the county has a list of Deputy Commissioners of Civil Marriage who can perform your marriage ceremony, or you can have someone you know deputized for the day to perform your wedding. Download the complete list of who can perform your wedding ceremony.
For additional information, download the sites and rental fees. When you check availability, keep in mind that there is only one event per day at each facility. When you are ready to book, you can download the conditions of use for your review, and print the reservation request form, complete it and return it to the County Parks office at 979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (2nd floor of Simpkins Family Swim Center) or fax in your request form to (831)454-7940. Be sure to read the Agreement to Hold Harmless. You may phone in your reservations to (831)454-7938 during our office hours Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.
The setting is a lush, beautiful park with a clubhouse, large patio, gazebo and BBQ. Ceremonies are held on the lawn with stately trees as background or in the pretty gazebo. It is nestled between the beaches and hills of Aptos just five minutes off of Highway 1.
Highlands Park - 8500 Highway 9 Ben Lomond, CA
This popular wedding facility includes a lovely mansion with beautifully landscaped grounds and a grand room with hardwood floors for dancing. The lawn offers privacy in a park setting for a ceremony or reception. It is located in San Lorenzo Valley just 15 minutes from Santa Cruz or Highway 17.
This charming ranch is historically significant and ecologically notable for rare and diverse habitats. The ranch house and spacious lawn offer scenic views of the orchard and wooded hillsides. It is located 15 minutes from the City of Santa Cruz in the hills of San Lorenzo Valley.
Valencia Hall - 2555 Valencia Road Aptos, CA
This restored historic building resonates with charm. A lovely covered porch welcomes you to the beautifully restored hall. An orchard and towering redwoods border the facility. It is located five minutes from Highway 1 in rural Aptos.
This newly acquired former country club is now open for the public’s enjoyment. Plan your special event in this mountain retreat, which includes a welcoming clubhouse and adjoining grove picnic area. The property also serves as home to an old-growth 2,000 year old redwood tree. It is located in San Lorenzo Valley just 30 minutes from Santa Cruz or Highway 17. Please contact Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District for reservations at (831) 338-4144. Reservation requests available on their website www.bcrpd.org
If you are finalizing your plans for an existing reservation and will make changes to your reservation times, please submit the change request form by the 1st of the month preceding your reservation date (ie; April 30th for a June reservation date). All changes are subject to approval by the Facilities office.
Beach and Outdoor Ceremony Locations:
You may now reserve a ceremony location with the choice of one of these beach, or charming ceremony locations:
- Corcoran Lagoon Beach in Live Oak - on the beach (seasonal depending upon nesting season)
- Dolphin and Sumner Beach in Aptos – on the beach
- Sunnycove Beach in Live Oak - on the beach
- Scott Creek Beach in Davenport- on the platform or beach (beach use is seasonal - depending upon nesting season)
- Seascape Park in Aptos - on the bluff overlook
- Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton - on the historical bridge or in front of the bridge
- Twin Lakes Platform in Santa Cruz - on the cement overlook platform next to the State Beach area
Beach and Outdoor Ceremony Packet
Sorry, but we do not permit private parties/wedding receptions at these locations. We only require a 2 hour minimum time frame that must include all Set-up, Ceremony, and Clean-up. The resident hourly rate is $75, non-resident is $82.50. The capacity varies at each location.
The permit is for the grounds only. You may bring decorations and equipment (please no staples, tacks, nails, or screws), but all set-up and ceremony breakdown must be within your reserved time frame. The park remains open for public use, however there will not be other reservations scheduled for the same time period. Sound is limited to light acoustic ceremony music only. Alcohol is not permitted. Wedding receptions are not available at these sites however the Santa Cruz County Parks offers four Center venues: Aptos Park, Highlands Park, Quail Hollow Ranch, and Valencia Hall as beautiful reception options available by reservation. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance of the desired date.