Mendocino Coast Destination Weddings & Elopements

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A Romantic Mendocino Destination Wedding at Stanford Inn … overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Of the major life events, weddings are often the most joyous – the joining of two people, two families, in the company of friends. A wonderful location for destination weddings, The Stanford Inn Eco-Resort will work with you to create a tailor-made romantic wedding. Food service can include a wine and or champagne reception, appetizers, seated brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Wedding Sizes

We can accommodate elopements (we will provide the witness and officiant) to weddings of up to 40+ (depending on time of year, we can accommodate larger groups). Weddings are often stressful and we suggest that you be sure to spend time with those you may have not seen for a while.

Ceremony Locations

You may choose to have your ceremony in Mancha’s Herb Garden, among the raised beds of our organic gardens, or on the lawn. Indoors, we can arrange a ceremony in front of the fireplace in the Lobby and provide seating for up to 50 people. If you prefer, you may choose the Big River Room for up to 50 people in theatre seating or the Mendocino Room for up to 20.

Reception Locations

  • The Ravens Dining Room (available for lunch only) Seating up to 72.
  • The Big River Room Seating for up to 32 people.
  • The Mendocino Room Seating for up to 18 people.

Officiating Only

Rev. Jeff Stanford is available to officiate off-site for $350 (travel expenses may apply | subject to availability).

Contact our Wedding Coordinator, Sid Garza-Hillman, for further information: (707) 937-5615

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Basic Elopement: $575 – Includes: A lovely ceremony performed by Rev. Jeff Stanford in our Wedding Garden (Mancha’s Garden). On-site basic photography, taking home 60-80 final edited photos on USB drive.

Elopement with in-room Champagne: $650 – Includes: A lovely ceremony performed by Rev. Jeff Stanford in our Wedding Garden (Mancha’s Garden). On-site basic photography, taking home 60-80 final edited photos on USB drive. Following the ceremony, a bottle of champagne on ice awaits the newly married couple in their room.

Two + Two Elopement: $775 – Includes: A lovely ceremony performed by Rev. Jeff Stanford in our Wedding Garden (Mancha’s Garden). On-site basic photography, taking home 60-80 final edited photos on USB drive. Following your ceremony, enjoy in-room champagne and later, a 3-course dinner for two at Ravens’ Restaurant. Note: Dinners included tax/gratuity. Additional diners are $65 per person.

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Up to 12 Guests:
$1850
Includes: Mancha’s Garden site fee, Officiant – Rev. Jeff Stanford, ceremony seating for up to 12 guests.

Up to 24 Guests:
$2,100
Includes: Mancha’s Garden site fee, Officiant – Rev. Jeff Stanford, ceremony seating for up to 24 guests.

Up to 48 Guests:
$2,400
Includes: Mancha’s Garden site fee, Officiant – Rev. Jeff Stanford, ceremony seating for up to 48 guests.

mendocino coast weddings with bride and groom at stanford inn by the sea
Up to 12 Guests:  
$2600
Includes: Mancha’s Garden site fee, Rental of Mendocino Room for reception dinner, Officiant – Rev. Jeff Stanford, ceremony seating for up to 12 guests.  Note: Meal and beverage pricing is additional and based on the estimated number of guests and selected dishes. Pricing includes set-up and take-down of ceremony seating, reception tables, chairs, and all dinnerware including tablecloths. Venues may be decorated by the wedding party, and our event coordinator can assist with access to the reception area prior to event.

Up to 24 Guests:

$3,200
Includes: Mancha’s Garden site fee, Rental of Big River Room for reception dinner, Officiant – Rev. Jeff Stanford, ceremony seating for up to 24 guests.  Note: Meal and beverage pricing is additional and based on the estimated number of guests and selected dishes. Pricing includes set-up and take-down of ceremony seating, reception tables, chairs, and all dinnerware including tablecloths. Venues may be decorated by the wedding party, and our event coordinator can assist with access to the reception area prior to event.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Wedding couple must provide an official marriage license to be signed by the officiant following the ceremony.
Discounted rate not available holidays or during special events.
Food, alcohol, and gratuities are additional. Room prices include set-up and breakdown.

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WEDDING RESOURCES

M Salon Hair styling
Owner/operator Marianella Brey and her stylists do exquisite work and come with years of bridal hair experience. Call M Salon at (707) 397-1411.

Bay Area Beautiful
Bay Area Beautiful is now providing on-site professional hair and make-up artists right here on the Mendocino Coast! Call Kathryn Horen MUA/ Hairstylist at (925) 785 7681

Shani’s Sweet Creations
Gorgeous vegan wedding cakes! (707) 397-1494 or click the link to her site!

Nye Ranch Flowers
A small farm in Mendocino County that produces specialty cut flowers using organic, sustainable methods.

Mendocino Photo & Video
Nile shoots beautiful wedding videos! weddings@mendocinophoto.com or 707.397.5557.

Maria Villano Photography
All photos on this page are courtesy of Maria. She is a talented photographer and can be reached at maria@mariavillano.com or 707.478.0614.

Cassandra Young Photography
Cassandra takes beautiful shots, and has done many weddings for us. She can be reached at cassandra@cyoungphotography.com or 707.202.4622.

Glass Slipper Photography
These folks do an amazing job. Reach them at 707.937.3583 or through their website!

Leona Fern Walden Wedding Photographer
Leona Fern is an artist, photographer and good friend. Give her a call for your wedding photography and videography needs at 707-937-0900.

John Birchard Photography 707-937-4809. Professional wedding, events, fine art and commercial photography on the Mendocino Coast and throughout Northern California.

Wedding Invitations – Clo Mor Press – clo-mor-press.com (866-425-6624). This local company offers quality hand-crafted letterpress printing and specializes in the custom design and printing of invitations, announcements and special edition books.

Officiating – Reverend Jeff Stanford (800-331-8884). Ordained pastor, Jeff Stanford is happy to officiate ceremonies at the Inn or elsewhere. The most demanded service is secular, however Jeff also provides traditional Christian weddings. His ordination is from the Universal Church of the Master, founded in 1909.

Thanks to Maria Villano Photography for sharing these exquisite photos (below) from Katelyn and Dalton’s beautiful Stanford Inn elopement.

“The Stanford’s provide a truly magical setting for weddings and receptions. The beautiful gardens, ocean views, exquisite cuisine at The Ravens … and the inspired ceremony conducted by Jeff Stanford, an ordained minister, offers all the ingredients needed for a wedding extraordinaire!”
– Elegant Weddings Magazine

“I dream of coming back and have a postcard of this place on my dresser. My husband and I were married off the deck in our room in 2016. Our daughter played as we said our vows. I loved the ceremony Jeff created. It was perfect for us. We came back to celebrate our one year anniversary and I fell even more in love with the place. Fun watching hummingbirds from the bed. I am looking forward to spending our second anniversary here as well!”
– Ashley Curtis Frink