A destination wedding on an exotic beach is the dream of many of today’s savvy brides and their grooms. While it’s true that many couples hop a plane to a tropical Caribbean destination, there are many, many more who opt for the “local” choice – a romantic, magical beach destination right here in the states! The team here at Invitations by R Squared has combed the beach destinations for the best of the best … Here’s what we found …
What better place to marry than a place with the name “beautiful place by the sea”? Ogunquit, Maine is that place! It’s been an artist’s enclave for over a hundred years and is a perfect location for a beach destination wedding. The town itself pretty much offers it all – standard seaside activities, wonderful museums and art galleries, hiking and fishing for the more adventurous and breathtaking beauty. Check it out for yourself here. Choose one of many beach locations for your romantic event, perhaps at sunset, followed a post-ceremony feast featuring the local favorite – Maine lobsters.
Couples seeking an historic location with plenty of charm for their stateside destination wedding are looking toward Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Watch Hill has been around since the Revolutionary War and the area is about as historic as you can get! Located on a peninsula, surrounded by the sea, you can find Watch Hill between Boston and New York. Aside from its very obvious charm, Watch Hill also boasts the oldest carousel in the nation, The Flying Horses. You can find out more here.
It may take a bit of doing to get there, but that ferry trip or private boat ride to Ocracoke Island is well worth the effort. This pristine island, located at the very southern tip of the Outer Banks in North Carolina is the perfect spot for a private and intimate ceremony. The island boasts sixteen miles of beach, largely unspoiled. A western location would be perfect for a sunset wedding! The pearl of Ocracoke Island is the lighthouse. Lighthouses are so symbolic for a wedding – lighting the way to home and safety! This one was built in 1823 and is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the U.S. Learn more here.
Florida offers a lot as far as beach destination wedding locations. Really a lot. But one of our favorites is the Caladesi Island State Park, near Dunedin. This park is actually a series of six barrier islands and is undeveloped. Time your ceremony with the low tide and you and your party could walk through the white sugar sand from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi. Choosing the correct time of the year is vital with this location, and make sure to have some flexibility and a plan B in the event that Mother Nature has other ideas for your day at Caladesi Island. Plenty of stellar local vendors means a wonderful, memorable and truly magical event. Check out this, and other Florida state park locations, here.
If a west coast destination wedding is your cup of tea, look no further for romance and glamour than California’s Coronado Island. The fabulous Hotel del Coronado is accessible by traversing an amazing bridge with spectacular views from the city of San Diego. The sunsets on Coronado Island are unparalleled and seriously nothing short of breathtaking. Find out more about this glorious destination here.
The crown jewel of our top picks for beach destination wedding locations in the United States is Kapalua Bay in Hawaii. Lots of today’s smart brides love the idea of a Hawaiian beach wedding and there are many gorgeous locations from which to choose at Kapalua Bay. The Kapalua Bay beach itself is sheltered between a couple of lava points, resulting in calm surf and making it the perfect spot for a romantic and intimate ceremony. This beach is popular with beachgoers during the daytime hours, but is still perfect for a truly memorable sunset beach wedding. Do yourself a favor, if a Hawaiian beach wedding is your dream, and visit this website for more information.
We are always thrilled to share the best information available regarding romantic destination wedding locations, and beach weddings are truly a favorite of ours. The team at Invitations by R Squared has compiled some fantastic ideas for your special day over at Pinterest. Do visit our boards here. You’ll find a lot of inspiration there, not just for a beach wedding, but for many types of destination weddings, as well as more localized themed weddings. We love love and we love being able to help you plan your most special day!