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Your Dream Wedding Starts Here

The Dream Inn Santa Cruz is an iconic beachfront hotel perfect for your socially-distanced rehearsal dinner, wedding day and post-wedding brunch. Our venue is where modern meets coastal chic, with well ventilated and air purified spaces that boast panoramic views of Santa Cruz’s adored Boardwalk, 100-year-old Wharf, picturesque West Cliff Drive and Monterey Bay. Treat your guests to open-air ocean views while enjoying local and sustainable chef-inspired cuisine served by our well-trained, professional catering team.

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Dream Inn is available for several different ceremony options either on or offsite. Host your outdoor ceremony just minutes away at a historic cathedral, an enchanting redwood grove, or open-air expansive field. Our onsite open-air offerings include Cowell Beach or our air purified ballroom space with stunning ocean views. Make your wedding day unique with unlimited ceremony options and layouts available!

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ballroom set for a wedding with a small cocktail table and a longer dining table with garland overlooking the beach


Spanning a combined 3,500 square feet, the Dream Ballroom offers floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Wharf, West Cliff Drive and Monterey Bay. Our ballroom can hold up to 200 guests (75 in a social-distanced setting) and allows amplified music until 11pm. Work with experienced coordinators to plan the perfect day. Treat your guests to ocean views while enjoying local and sustainable chef-inspired cuisine served by our dedicated catering team. Set up a site tour to learn more information!

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The Dream Inn provides a full catering services staff as well as bar-tending services. We offer plated, service buffet or family style menus and have several vegan and vegetarian options available, as well as the ability to accommodate any other dietary restrictions. It’s not just about using fresh, organic products from local farms. It’s about supporting your local farmers and sourcing the best quality food you can find right here in the Monterey Bay. Our Executive Chef Gus Trejo not only works with over 20 farms, but also sources his eggs, chicken, duck, seafood and salt right HERE. We are proud members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, and providing the best, freshest ingredients you can find “locally” that is.

  • Our Guests Tell It Best

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    You Are Simply Not Going to Find a More Beautiful Venue in Santa Cruz

    We absolutely loved our wedding at The Dream Inn! The venue was gorgeous and the staff was incredible both leading up to and the day of the event. Let's start with the venue. We looked at a ton of venues. You are simply not going to find a more beautiful venue in Santa Cruz. All of our guests were raving about the views of the beach. There is floor to ceiling glass windows that give you a panorama view of the boardwalk, beach and ocean. Unreal. We were even able to slip out onto the beach during sunset to snap some photos in the sand. If you book the Dream Inn, you'll have the chance to work with Katie. She's wonderful. You can skip hiring a wedding planner because Katie takes care of so much. She did an unbelievable job for us coordinating everything and providing creative input. It's pretty tough trying to figure out what vendors are really legit, but she was able to give us some honest recommendations on who to use and who to avoid. She worked with them all leading up to the event which took a ton of work off of our plate. She's incredibly organized and took care of every little detail on the day of. We just had to show up and the whole place was setup exactly how we had envisioned it.

    - Susie R.
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    My beach dream wedding come true

    We had our wedding ceremony down on Cowell’s beach and the reception in the ballroom at the Dream Inn. Katie & Chelsea did an awesome job coordinating everything. Totally my beach dream wedding come true. Everything was phenomenal! The food was amazing, the views from the ballroom were spectacular, the staff was very friendly, courteous, and completely accommodating. Our guests said that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended.

    - Tiffany S.
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    We Had a Dream Wedding at The Dream Inn

    I can't rave enough about this venue. During my rehearsal, everyone in my wedding party "oohed and aahed" as they got to see the view for the first time. We chose the Dream Inn because Santa Cruz means a lot to us and we love how close it is to everything, especially the beaches and th Boardwalk . I loved working with Katie, who was super responsive to all the little questions that I had. I was very anxious about the planning, but she put me right at ease. Our ceremony and reception turned out beautiful. We had so much fun and our guests had positive feedback about the food. We stayed at The Dream Inn for the whole weekend and everyone was super helpful and made us feel special. We did a lot of the decor ourselves so we needed lots of help bringing items back and forth. Thank you, Dream Inn!

    - Marnette
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    What a Day!

    What a beautiful day! Everything was excellent. Chelsea and Katie were on top of everything. All my guests were so impressed with the professionalism and responsiveness. Such a wonderful venue. Just gorgeous. Thank you so much!

    - Priscilla M.