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Your Dream Wedding Starts Here

The Dream Inn Santa Cruz is an iconic beachfront hotel perfect for your rehearsal dinner, wedding day and post-wedding brunch. Our venue is where modern meets coastal chic, with 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 ocean views while enjoying local and sustainable chef-inspired cuisine served by our dedicated catering team.

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Dream Ballroom

Spanning a combined 3,500 square feet, the Dream Ballroom offers spectacular views of the Santa Cruz Wharf, West Cliff Drive and Monterey Bay. Our ballroom can hold up to 200 guests with floor to ceiling windows that boast panoramic views of several iconic landmarks in Santa Cruz. Start your special day with your toes in the sand at Cowell’s Beach, then walk to our ballroom and greet your guests with specialty cocktails and locally sourced cuisine. 

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Catering

The Dream Inn provides a full catering staff as well as bartending services. We offer plated, buffet or family style menus and have several vegan and vegetarian options available, as well as the ability to accommodate any other dietary restrictions. Our menus include three passed appetizers for cocktail hour, a two-course dinner, self-serve coffee and tea, and cake-cutting. Wedding cake and desserts can be ordered from a third party for no additional charge.

  • 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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    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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    The Best View in All of Santa Cruz

    Katie Hillenga was our wedding coordinator at the Dream Inn. She is a total rockstar. I can’t even imagine how we would have done it without her. She was professional, polite, and unbelievably helpful with every little thing we needed. The venue itself was amazing as well with great food and the best view in all of Santa Cruz. Couldn’t more highly recommend having your wedding here.

    - Dan R.
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    Great Place To Say I Do

    Great place to get married! As soon as I saw pictures of the reception space and the views, I knew this was the place I was going to get married. Katie H. was so great to work with. I was very specific on my vision and what I wanted for the day, and my expectation were beyond met. All the staff were amazing and helpful and more than accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay the weekend, and so did our friends and family. Great place to say I do. Would 100% do it again.

    - Leslie W.

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