Fabulous Island Wedding Destinations in the US

us island weddingWho wouldn’t want their dream destination wedding to happen on an exotic, romantic island?

We can’t think of anyone.

While many couples opt for destination weddings in far flung destinations, there are quite a few fabulous options available for those couples who don’t want to travel thousands of miles right here in the US.  No passports required!

Of course, we talked amongst ourselves, and then hit up our favorite wedding planning professionals, so we could bring you the hottest cool islands at which to wed without leaving the country.

us island weddingThis is what we’ve got for romantic US island weddings …

The Hawaiian Islands have dozens of incredibly beautiful locations, and we pulled out our favorites to share with you.

Hawaiian destination:  Kauai

Kauai offers couples beautiful sandy bays and Hawaiian-inspired spa treatments.

Say “I do” with a view of the Pacific Ocean at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Afterwards, take a romantic walk through the hotel’s 20 acres of tropicalus island wedding gardens. Sheraton Kauai recently completed a $16 million renovation, featuring an expanded multi-level pool just above the sandy Hawaiian beach.

The open-air Ocean Courtyard lounge now has tiki torches, three fire pits and six cozy sitting areas, perfect for cocktails under the stars. The resort has a new open-air restaurant and beach bar, Lava’s on Poipu Beach. The hotel is an affordable choice for honeymooners and families.

The new RumFire offers 180-degree ocean views and Hawaiian cuisine with global influences. The restaurant has a brick oven and a menu that includes a variety of flatbreads, pork chops, roasted breadfruit and sea asparagus. For dessert, try the Peach Pineapple Cobbler with a cinnamon popcorn streusel.

us island weddingLocated on a sandy Hawaiian beach on Kauai’s South shore, the resort offers its guests elegant guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views. The hotel is set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens. Guests enjoy snorkeling right off the beach, oceanfront dining and many vacation activities.

Hawaiian destination:  Maui

The Sheraton Maui offers several scenic venues.

The Ali’i Lawn offers a romantic open-air setting with water views. Get married in the winter and watch the whales jump right off the beach.

The Sheraton Maui is a relaxing Hawaiian hotel located on the famous Kaanapali Beach in Maui.

The hotel overlooks the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

Kaanapali is a long sandy beach lined with hotels and restaurants. Thereus island wedding are several snorkeling spots in the area which you can explore with the whole family. The resort has 508 rooms and suites, many with private terraces and ocean views. Families can book one of the Ohana Suites which offer flexible layouts.

Activities include snorkeling, children’s programs, fitness and cultural experiences. There are several great golf courses nearby, as well as beautiful Maui beaches and spas.

The resort has many dining options serving a range of flavors. The Keka’a Terrace breakfast buffet is among the favorites. Be sure to ask for packages, especially in the off-season. Some of our couples have enjoyed significant discounts for their special events just for the asking!

Florida destination:  Marco Island, Florida

us island weddingThis barrier island, just below Naples and a part of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands chain, is renowned for its stellar white beaches.

This is probably why one of the most popular ceremony venues at Marco Island, Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa, is a thatch-roof Tiki hut on the beach.

It’s one of the Sunshine State’s largest private strands.

If you crave something even more secluded, the resort launched a program that lets adventurous couples marry within a national wildlife refuge on sparsely populated Caxambas Island.

After a 15-minute ride (where you might spot bald eagles, dolphins or evenus island wedding a manatee), the resort’s 55-foot pontoon will deposit you and up to 49 guests on gorgeous Cape Romano Beach for a simple ceremony with a Tiki-torch backdrop.

After the “I do’s,” snap photos beside an abandoned white dome home, dating from the ‘80s.

Back at the resort for the reception, enjoy sunset piña coladas and mini Cuban sandwiches, followed by Floridian/pan-Asian fusion fare like guava barbecue-glazed pork loin and Gulf Coast red snapper. For dessert? Sponge cake with key lime custard filing, of course.

Georgia destination: Sea Island

Southern romance gets a seaside twist on the barrier islands off the southern Georgia coast.

us island weddingSt. Simons gets loads of local visitors, so, for more privacy, look to Sea Island, an exclusive, gated community next door.

Venue options include the charming Cloister Chapel and a serene lawn shaded by 80-year-old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.

But, for many couples, only the beach — a gorgeous five-mile stretch, fronting the genteel 175-room Cloister resort — will do.

Amid tall sea grass and swaying palms, tie the knot under a wooden frame swathed with blooming vines of wisteria and confederate jasmine. When it’s time to party, experience true southern hospitality in the beachfront courtyard. Here, servers pass mint juleps and vodka lemonade in mason jars, along with sweet-potato crab cakes and southern fried lobster pops. A bluegrass band gets your toes a-tapping from the background.

Pull up a Chiavari chair on the Ocean Room Terrace to savor a plated us island weddingdinner (fried lobster tail, sweet tea-marinated pork tenderloin) in the salty sea air. Follow that up with scrumptious red-velvet cake.

Back in the courtyard, dance the night away under the stars, and cap off your coastal celebration around a huge copper fire pit (a former cane-sugar melting pot), where you can congratulate yourselves with cigars and whiskey. (Sea Island has its own blend of Woodford Reserve bourbon, which also makes a great groomsman gift.)

Florida destination:  Key West

Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is a historic wedding venue located in Key West, Florida.

us island weddingThe romantic resort hotel, conceived by American railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, first opened on New Year’s Eve in 1920. It sits on gorgeous, sprawling grounds that lead to the largest private beach in Key West, making it the perfect setting to host the destination wedding of your dreams in the heart of the Florida Keys.

From start to finish, the dedicated event specialists at Casa Marina will go above and beyond to turn all of your wedding visions into a reality during one of the most exciting times of your lives.

A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Casa Marina, can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests in its indoor and outdoor event spaces. Couples may host their wedding ceremony and reception on the shores of the resort’s private, sandy white beach, right under Key West’s sunny blue skies.

The resort’s ballrooms are ideal spaces for grand receptions, showcasing hardwood floors, beautiful arched windows and strikingly high ceilings.

Meanwhile, Casa Marina’s intimate patios are surrounded by tropical us island weddingfoliage and palm trees, offering the perfect space for your guests to enjoy refreshing cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres during your cocktail hour. The resort’s private dock offers a beautiful backdrop for photos on your wedding day.

Florida destination:  Sanibel Island

Casa Ybel Resort offers a secluded wedding venue for couples on Sanibel Island, Florida.

For over 100 years this romantic site has seen everything from elopements to grand beach-front wedding celebrations.

Couples can enjoy their union as they and their guests sip tropical drinks upon a white sand beach or watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Casa Ybel Resort is a dream-like destination that is ideal for those that us island weddingenjoy a tropical atmosphere. Its 23 acres of tranquil waterfront provide for an unforgettable getaway.

From its sandy shores to its manicured gardens, there are plenty of locations to say your vows.

The Casa Ybel Resort can cater to couples that want to have either an indoor or an outdoor wedding. Alternatively, couples can also choose to have a little bit of both. Up to 200 guests will be able to attend a wedding here.

Example locations include tropical-landscaped lawn or the lakeside gazebo. Tents may also be erected on the coastline to accommodate seaside receptions.

The Casa Ybel Resort is there to help couples prepare for their wedding day. In addition to their rehearsal dinner packages, their services and amenities include onsite parking, event rentals, ceremony accouterments, and the provision of a dance floor.

Casa Ybel Resort is conveniently beachside on the island of Sanibel. Thereus island wedding are nearby parks and recreational facilities, all within walking distance. The island itself also features museums, estates, and other attractions. Periwinkle Way is only a short hop-and-skip around the corner, allowing couples to take advantage of what the downtown location has to offer.

Hawaiian destination:  Honolulu

Honolulu Palm Weddings is an ethereal beachside farm located on the Big Island in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Their expansive, lush lawn and gorgeous secluded beachfront are tucked between the magnificent blue waters and tropical mountains.

Its scenic views and vintage charm of the on-site Hawaiian farmhouse create a magical setting for your wedding, stunning backdrops for your photos and wonderful memories that you can cherish for years to come.

Washington state destination:  San Juan Islands

us island weddingWhether you envision a grand event for 500 at a waterfront resort with a candle-lit dinner and jazz band, or an intimate sunset affair on the beach with a feast of fresh local clams and oysters, you’ll find it in the amazing San Juan Islands!

Choose from a chapel in a vineyard at harvest time, a lakeside resort in the woods, a classic historic yacht, a beachfront vacation rental home and many other venues, large and small.

Each island venue has a range of services, from full wedding planning services to gentle do-it-yourself guidance, from high-end catering at one of the island hotels, to intimate farm-to-table dinners picked right from the garden.

us island weddingMany venues are available year-round and will help you envision and plan the perfect spring, fall or winter destination wedding, anniversary or renewal of your vows.

Picture you and your sweetheart on your special day in some of the islands’ most beautiful locations in this collection of San Juan Islands Wedding Venues.

There are several county parks and state parks available for small, private events.  Contact Jennifer Allen for county park information and availability at (360)378-8420. All state parks require a special activity permit. Contact Washington State Parks at (360)902-8844 for details about permitting in the San Juan Islands.

Now for the islands themselves. 

First stop – Lopez Island.us island wedding

Lopez Islander Resort is a great place for your wedding on the waterfront.  It is located on charming Fisherman Bay and includes waterfront hotel rooms, restaurant, cocktail lounge, pool and jacuzzi, bicycle and kayak rentals, and nearby golf.  Within walking distance of Lopez Village.

The perfect place to have your wedding is on the Orcas Express. They offer a Wedding Officiate and the boat seats 48, and they are excited to help plan your Wedding at Sea.

The 56-foot Orcas Express departs next to the Orcas Island ferry landing and offers heated cabin with seats and tables inside, plus top and lower viewing decks.

Historic guided lighthouse tours, too. This is a great activity for families to bond.

us island weddingNext, we have Orcas Island – pure magic!

Doe Bay Resort and Retreat is a hidden gem of a resort, situated on 38 acres of pristine waterfront on southeast tip of Orcas Island.

With a wide range of accommodations including houses, cabins, yurts and campsites to suit the preferences of your guests. The onsite garden supplies beautiful organic produce for Doe Bay Café, which can cater your waterfront wedding for up to 200 guests.  

Doe Bay’s warm and welcoming staff is dedicated to go beyond meeting your wedding needs with an exquisitely planned event that you and your guests will cherish. Doe Bay services include on site catering, massage, a sauna and secluded outdoor soaking tubs, guided kayak tours and more.

Pebble Cove Resort is nothing short of pure magic!us island wedding

Rent a 4-acre waterfront estate for your wedding. Only you and your guests will be staying on the property. Enjoy the private beach, one-acre lawn, overlooking the water, organic garden, and farm animals. The property can be yours for the weekend, so start planning your rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, beach picnic, barbecues, brunch, etc…Make your dreams come true!

OrcaSong Lavender Farm Weddings brings all the quaint and whimsy to make for romance galore!

Are you dreaming of a quiet, natural and beautiful place for your wedding,  rehearsal dinner or family reunion?

Come to celebrate your special event at OrcaSong, a unique farm destination offering discovery, wellness, inspiration, and connection.

us island weddingThese 10 1/2 acres of sun-drenched organic lavender fields are just one of the possible locations for an exquisite wedding that OrcaSong offers.

Take a stroll through the multi-faceted walking gardens. Enjoy the soothing sounds of cascading water from the pond and the plethora of birds nesting among the deciduous trees. Inhale deeply as you explore the highly aromatic herb gardens.

Delight in the exploding colors that the spring annual flower garden and a wide array of wildflowers have to offer. Allow yourself to taste the sweetest, most delicious berries in the berry patch, or stone fruit from the orchard. Find inspiration in the demonstration gardens.

Wed in one of the three defined ceremony circles in the garden. The largest two can accommodate up to 150 guests, which can be shaded by a beautiful hand-built Bedouin-style Sky Lodge tent. us island wedding

OrcaSong provides a variety of lodging situations throughout the farm including a newly renovated Farmhouse, the Lavender Studio, a yurt, canvas tents, and camping sites.

You and your entire bridal party can stay on-site to prepare for the ceremony or use the house as a first-night honeymoon.

OrcaSong works with and can connect you with top-notch wedding planners on the island for every detail from catering to photographers to flowers. Whatever your needs, OrcaSong does their absolute best to meet them.

And last … San Juan Island!

Saltwater Farm is a venue unlike any other — 162 wild acres to call your own, set atop a breathtaking ridge overlooking the Salish Sea and the us island weddingOlympic Mountains. An unparalleled private escape, only steps from Friday Harbor.

This beautiful Inn and wedding Barn are ready to provide the stunning backdrop for a day or an entire weekend of joy and love with your family and friends.

For the quintessential San Juan Island wedding, Friday Harbor House’s stunning marina views offer an amazing ceremony site to exchange vows.

Incredible views, delicious food, and the comfort of knowing that your wedding and reception are in professional hands make Friday Harbor House the perfect place to celebrate your special day. 

Friday Harbor House’s guest services specialists are available to assist you with your reception menu selections, set up, and event coordination.

For all wedding and receptions scheduled at Friday Harbor House, theyus island wedding provide service staff, china, and stemware. Beverage fees are based upon consumption. Both plated and buffet dining options are available.

At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, summer is the best time of year for outdoor weddings, when the lavender is in bloom.

Specifically, mid-July to mid-August is the best time of year for the fields to be at their “peak of purpleness”.  This working farm is particularly suited for more casual, country-style weddings. No indoor facilities are available.

The site fee includes the use of the farm for 5 hours in pre-determined sites, use of parking and restroom facilities, and 1 (one) Pelindaba staff person for the duration of the event to help facilitate the event.

There are many ways to weave the diverse and wonderful sensory aspects us island weddingof lavender into your wedding. There are many handcrafted products that are perfect for favors, wedding party gifts, décor, etc. While the wedding party is taking photos or during a cocktail hour you might have their Lavender Lemonade and Lavender Cookies (both available in large scale quantities) available for guests to enjoy.

Guests could also be given the opportunity to cut their own bouquets of fresh lavender in our Cutting Field during the reception. There are many options we can discuss to best suit the theme of your wedding.

Please note that this venue is not equipped to cater.

There are several wonderful caterers on San Juan Island (available upon request), but they do need to be completely self-sufficient. Think of the Farm like a national park where one packs in everything they need and us island weddingthen packs it out again. Additionally, San Juan Island boasts many talented musicians, florists and photographers.

We know that planning a destination wedding can be challenging. 

We’ve brought you several options that would grant you the wedding of your dreams without having to whip out the passports. 

We’ve also put together a dynamic collection of curated wedding images to help keep the creative juices flowing.  You can visit the collections right here.  Now you just need to choose a date and a specific destination.

Then, of course, you’re going to need Save the Date cards, destination wedding invitations, invite inserts, day-of stationery, and more. 

us island weddingWe’re ready to help, too!  Reach out here, and we’ll put together a chat for you and Fran. She’s the one who makes everything come together, and you’re just going to love her. 

Your island magic destination wedding is going to be incredibly romantic and altogether a memorable event for everyone who received the honor of sharing it with you!  Congrats!

 

 

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