Maureen Thomson, owner of Blue Sky Elopements, hase been coordinating elopement weddings filled with laughter and happy tears in the Monterey Bay area of California since 2002.
On central California's western shore, Mother Nature has given us a spectacular backdrop. No further wedding decor is needed! Sunlight dancing on the Pacific, powdery sand, dramatic rock formations, lush parks and crashing waves are our outdoor "chapels."
Man (and undoubtedly Woman) picked up where Mother Nature left off in the Monterey Bay area, providing us with charming inns, colorful gardens, and an abundance of things to see, do, eat and drink. It's no wonder that we host the intimate weddings of hundreds of couples each year in this beautiful part of the world. It's a little slice of heaven!
Maureen has hand-picked her team of professional wedding vendors and they're as passionate about elopement weddings as she is. Blue Sky Elopements Monterey packages range from our starter package (help finding an elopement site, an officiant, full coordination services, and a professional photographer) all the way up to fully inclusive packages where all you have to do is show up (okay, it might be nice if you had a couple of rings--but even those aren't mandatory!).
Simply answer a few questions for Maureen and she'll put together a wedding day experience that includes all of the services you're looking for. And if you're not sure what you want yet, that's okay--we can help you figure it out. (We know what questions to ask!).
Maureen personally (thoroughly!) pre-screens our preferred wedding professionals for you and our Number One requirement (after producing work of exceptional quality, of course) is that they be head over heels in love about doing elopement weddings. Your intimate wedding (which we define as having fewer than 15-20 guests) will be treated as the once-in-a-lifetime event that it is and you'll receive the very best from anyone that works under the Blue Sky umbrella.
Maureen will work with you personally, serving as your primary point of contact, go-to person for all your wedding-related questions and dilemmas, stress-eradicator, problem solver, guide, idea-brainstormer and your total partner right from the start.
Book an Elopement Wedding Package and Save Time and Eliminate Stress While Being Assured that your Wedding Pros will be the Absolute Best
We'd love to hear from you, so send us an email telling us what you have in mind for your elopement in Monterey/Carmel. We'll ask a few questions and then send you more info.
Our elopement wedding packages for Monterey are designed to provide you with everything you want in order to have the small wedding that you're envisioning.
We make it easy for you by packaging the professional elopement services you're looking for into one bundle. You make one payment to us for the services you want and we handle the rest--lining up your vendors, making sure they get paid and coordinating all the behind the scenes details so everyone ends up where they're supposed to be on your wedding day!
Whether you're seeking something simple (an officiant to meet you at your favorite central California beach to perform a short ceremony) or whether you want us to arrange for professional photography services, flowers, etc. for you, we've got it covered. It's all about what you want.
Each elopement package is individually customized to give you only the things you want for your elopement wedding in the Monterey/Carmel area.
Having a local partner when you're planning an elopement in central California is invaluable--especially when it comes to choosing your elopement wedding venue. Many beach sites in Monterey County require a paid permit to be married there. (Yes, even if it's just the two of you!)
We can help you navigate all of that and we can fill you in on all the permit requirements as well as point you in the direction of locations that don't require a permit. We'll provide you with descriptions, permit info, photos and videos of all the sites in and around Monterey so you can make an informed decision about where you want to get married.
We know that planning a wedding--even a small one-- when you don't live here can be a challenge. Blue Sky Elopements owner Maureen Thomson will guide you every step of the way, answer your questions and serve as liaison between you and your wedding pros.
What's Included in our
Monterey Elopement Packages?
Anything you want that's elopement wedding-related.
Our most popular Monterey/Carmel elopement packages include:
We also assist with finding lodging, restaurants, transportation, childcare, pet-sitting, recreational activities as well as helping you set up unique ceremony environments (hot air balloons, hiking weddings, horseback wedding on the beach, adventure elopements, etc.) Just ask!
We want to thank you and your team for giving us such a great wedding! We are very happy with the outcome and believe we chose correctly for what we wanted to achieve on our special day. The venue your recommended was just wonderful for us.
We are very happy with the officiant and also the make up artist and photographer.
They were all very professional.
Our elopement packages for Monterey and Carmel are customized for each couple, so we can't give exact pricing prior to learning a bit more about what you want in your elopement package. However, the pricing below will give you a general idea.
Each package comes with assistance finding an elopement venue as well as your own personal elopement wedding coordinator to help you navigate the waters of your Monterey elopement.
Please contact us if you're interested in learning more. We'll ask a few questions and then provide you with a custom package and a price quote.
Our minimum package is our Starter Package listed below. We do not offer officiating, coordination, or location consulting as stand-alone services.
Prices below are examples and apply to weekday weddings with no more than 2 guests.
We'll customize a package for you based on your preferences, number of guests and date of your wedding.
Estimated - $1,795**
* See below for details of each service
A Cut Above
Estimated - $2,210**
* See below for details of each service
Estimated - $2,560**
* See below for details of each service
Estimated - $3, 975**
* See below for details of each service
The packages on this page are samples. You can mix or match services as you please. However, at minimum, you must include officiating and photography services.
We also provide the following:
We guarantee a stress-free wedding experience and do so by handling all your wedding logistics. Just let us know what you need!
*Professional Wedding Officiant to perform the ceremony, advise on obtaining the marriage license and file the license upon completion of the ceremony.
*Pre-written Ceremony Script. Choose from one of five pre-written ceremony scripts. Listen to them here. Feel free to substitute your own vows at no additional charge. We can also add additional components (such as a unity sand ceremony or vows to children). Or we can customize a ceremony script just for you.
*Photography Services include a professional wedding photographer shooting for one hour (the ceremony takes up 10-15 minutes of the hour) and all of your edited hi-resolution images provided to you with full usage rights (no watermarks!) within 30 days of the ceremony.
*Flowers include one city-hall style hand-tied bouquet in choice of colors and seasonal flowers and a matching boutonniere. 2 bouquet/2 boutonniere options also available.
*Hair & Makeup Services include light styling, makeup application in your choice of style (e.g. dramatic, elegant, natural-look, etc.) and lash application. If you have extremely long hair and/or request a complicated style, the stylist may charge a bit more. Advance photos are welcomed!
*Help Choosing a Venue We'll provide a list of venue options including descriptions, permit requirements, photos and video. You do not have to choose a site on this list if you have another site in mind. Maureen will consult with you one-on-one for as long as it takes for you to make a venue selection. We know that can seem like an overwhelming task if you're planning your wedding from afar. Don't sweat it! Maureen knows the Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove area like the back of her hand, PLUS she knows what questions to ask to help you narrow things down. She'll include location consulting, lodging and restaurant recommendations, etc. so that you can make an informed choice about where you want to be married.**
**Does not include site permit fees. If possible, we will recommend free sites if you don't want to pay for a permit.
Whether you're Envisioning Toes-in-the-Sand, an Ocean Overlook or an Intimate Garden Wedding, We'll Help you Find the Perfect-for-you Monterey Elopement Venue
Both Las Vegas and Hawaii are popular elopement locations, but they are not right for everyone. The glitz and glamour (or should we say, clamor?) of Vegas does not always mesh with a couple's idea of romance and the cost of flying to Hawaii's shores is becoming increasingly prohibitive.
A recent industry survey from The Wedding Report indicates that "destination weddings have gotten closer to home." It's no wonder, with air fares (and everything else) skyrocketing. Why not elope to the beautiful California Coast for a breathtaking intimate wedding?
Below are some samples of our favorite elopement locations to give you a feel for what the Monterey area has to offer. We'll provide you with a list of these locations and others as part of your package. The list includes a general description, photos, video and any permit requirements. We also provide optional one-on-one location consulting if our list isn't enough to help you make an informed decision.
Note: we specialize in weddings in outdoor wedding venues. However, we can provide you with a limited list of indoor venues if that is your preference. It's also a good idea to have a backup indoor venue plan in place in case of inclement weather on your wedding day. For most couples, this would be their lodging, so we encourage you to book accommodations with this in mind. Consider vacation homes, suites, a hotel room with a covered balcony or a B & B/inn that will allow you to use their common room area for a short ceremony if needed.
We'll Save You Time
No need to spend hours looking for quality wedding pros that specialize in central California elopements. Maureen will give you access to her network of hand-picked wedding professionals who are passionate about elopement weddings and deliver the highest quality services.
We'll Eliminate Stress
Blue Sky owner Maureen Thomson will serve as your personal elopement wedding coordinator; provide you with the perfect Monterey wedding professionals, coordinate all the details of your elopement package and serve as your go-to person right up to the day of your wedding.
We'll Be Your Local Resource
Maureen will help you find the perfect-for-you place to elope. She's put together a list of her favorite elopement venues complete with descriptions, photos, videos and permit requirements. You'll receive this list along with one-on-one assistance to help you sort through the options.
We'll Communicate with you Promptly
We won't keep you waiting. That's a promise. All our clients work directly with Blue Sky Elopements owner Maureen Thomson and she'll give you her personal cell phone number so she's always available to answer your questions. Maureen commits to a limited number of bookings per month so she can fully devote herself to her couples.
Start by chatting with Maureen in an initial no-strings phone consultation. Once she gets a feel for what you're envisioning for your elopement wedding, she'll answer your questions and explain how we can help make your wedding vision a reality.
Contact Maureen to schedule yours now.
Send me an email and I'll respond right away. Or give me a call at 888-464-7712.
Looking forward to hearing about your wedding plans and offering suggestions to enhance your central California intimate wedding experience!