Fern River Resorts Ceremony and Reception Site is available May-October. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend and UCSC Gradation Weekend are not recomended as rates and off site lodging is higher.

A unique location that speaks to brides

A destination wedding without the hassle of airfare. Fern River Resort is within an hour and a half from most places in the Bay area and only 30 minutes away from San Jose. We are 6 miles from Santa Cruz. Our location allows guests to enjoy the tranquility and splendor of the redwood forests while being a short drive from the unique beaches, restaurants and shops that Santa Cruz offers. Our property makes it easy for brides to have many of their weddings needs accommodated in one place.
We have 15 cabins of varying sizes which will allow your close friends and family a home away from home and a launch location to help host your wedding event. A sun strewn manicured meadow lined with lilacs, lilies, pear trees, wild strawberries and flanked with ivy, bay trees and redwoods will provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception site. Our custom hand milled and built redwood gazebo provides a rustic while elegant centerpiece to state your vows under. Our new river overlook area can host any part of your event and compliments our gazebo garden. To complete the atmosphere, we provide redwood and banquet tables for your reception that match the gazebo. Included in the site rental fee is exclusive use of the Gazebo Garden and River Overlook area along with chairs for the ceremony and reception, dining tables, LED uplighting, cafe lighting and use of our professional sound system.
If a bride's guests rent out all the cabins she will have exclusive use of the entire grounds and the ability to run the reception party to 10:00 PM. Other amenities at Fern River include our private river beach, community campfire ring, ping pong table, badminton court, and others.

General Information

150 wedding guests maximum and up to 62 guests may stay onsite.

Site Rental fees
Ceremony only Packages available for $500-$2500. 8 Hour events for $4000- $6500. Full Access Packages requiring 3 night rental of all cabins are $6000-$8000

Catering & Alcohol
Licensed and Insured Venders are Required. Please review our pre-approved vendor list. Outside venders add $5 per plate.

Amplified Music
Pre wired system including speakers, equalizer/ Amplifier, and wireless hand held microphones available for use. Can support laptop playlists, live music or supplement DJ's equipment. Amplified music allowed between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

Services/ Amenities:

Day of Coordinator
Inquire about availability of day of coordinator. Seperate contract required.

Kitchen Facilities
Large commercial range & oven + commercial BBQ with oven, Refrigeration, ice maker.

Event Equipment Provided
Tables and chairs for up to 110 guests. (Additional can be rented from outside vendor)

2 at event site, one in each cabin. Note: cottage 15 at wedding site has ADA improvements and can host any guests with ambulatory needs.

Depends on package type. 10-40 parking spots available depending on selected package.

Other Cooking Facilities
Small kitchen in most cottages + outdoor BBQ at each cabin.

Lushly Landscaped grounds, Private River Beach, Towering Redwoods, Handmade felled fire damaged Redwood Gazebo.

Dance Floor
20x 30 aggregate patio. Lit up by café lighting, Custom color choice LED garden lighting, and music reactive dance floor lighting.

Brides Dressing Area:
Dependent on package. All-inclusive package can host any cabin she prefers. Hourly package requires Cottage 15 onsite event area bosting a huge bathroom .

15 cabins of various sizes, can accommodate up to 62 guests total. Cottage rentals have minimum stay requirements of 3 to 7 nights dependent on date.

Outdoor Night Lighting
Grounds are Lit. You can also choose the color scheme of up lighting effects on trees and throughout gardens. Cafe lighting in both Gazebo Garden and River Overlook area Also includes dance floor lighting and moving spots if requested.

Cleanup Fern River
Breakdown of items provided.

Clean up Bridal Party
Detailed cleaning requirements in contract and kitchen cleaning specifications provided to client and catering.

Picnic areas, free Wi Fi available, Private river beach, community campfire ring, ping pong table, badminton court, tether ball, horse shoe pit, State park across the river.

Site Deposits

Half of the estimated event total is required at contract signing to hold your date and must be paid by check. The balance is due by check or money order 30 days prior to your event. A $1,500 to $3,000 security deposit is due 30 days before your event and will be returned 4 weeks following your event and after the property and items provided have been inspected for damage. In the event of additional damage, or contract breech an itemized bill will be provided. Accommodations require separate deposits and follow group policy found on our policy page.


In the event of a cancellation for any reason of a special event, all payments made to date are nonrefundable. Client is responsible for any fees associated with canceling individual vendors. Advance payments are non-transferable.

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