Though Monterey, CA can be a little expensive because people come from all over the country and the world to visit and get married here, it was TOTALLY worth it! April was a great time to get married because it wasn't too cold and it isn't very likely to rain then. Also, it is a little cheaper because it is technically the off season. There is plenty to do around there because it is a tourist attraction too. Getting there from out of state can be a little tricky though, and may involve not only a flight, but driving as well.
The patio is amazing! The ocean is right there, but you don't get all sandy the way you would on a beach. It's perfect!
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