Have you always dreamed of a beach wedding? We don’t blame you. Getting married by the water with the salt air in the breeze is ah-mazing. Views, natural scenery, and everyone that you love—what could be better? The thing is, having the beach wedding you envision depends on finding a beach wedding venue you absolutely love.
For East Coasters (or anyone who wants to get married there), this article is for you. We’ll cover 10 of the most beautiful and unique beach wedding venues on the east coast, from the top of New England all the way down to the tropical beaches of the Florida Keys.
Where: Portland, ME
If you want to go big, House Island in Portland, Maine could be the beach wedding venue for you. It’s a private island—you read that right—featuring luxurious waterfront villas and a cottage, set against the gorgeous backdrop of Casco Bay. The entire island embodies tranquility and exclusivity, perfect for any couple seeking an intimate celebration.
Wedding guests can enjoy activities such as bird watching and lobster boat tours, adding a touch of local charm to the wedding festivities. The island’s serene natural beauty coupled with the luxury of the venue creates a memorable and unique setting for a wedding.
Where: Block Island, RI
If you want a classic New England beachside feel, the Spring House Hotel has what you’re looking for. A historic landmark on Block Island, the hotel offers a picturesque setting with lush green lawns and a majestic colonial building, which houses the main reception area. The Seaside Veranda and East Overlook Patio provide idyllic spots for outdoor celebrations, blending elegance with a relaxed island vibe.
The combination of endless New England charm with breathtaking beach views make Spring House one of the most sought-after venues in the region for couples dreaming of a classic beach wedding.
Where: Sagaponack, NY
There aren’t many east coast destinations that scream upscale quite like the Hamptons, and the Wölffer Estate Vineyard embodies every bit of that vibe. Spanning 55 acres, the Estate combines the elegance of the winery with the natural beauty of its beach-adjacent surroundings.
It features tons of rustic charm, and the reception areas are designed for a feel of sophisticated elegance. The entire atmosphere feels romantic and whimsical—and quite a bit fancy—making it the perfect venue for couples who want a beachside wedding that still feels formal.
Where: Avalon, NJ
Who says the Jersey shore can’t feel magical?! The Icona Windrift feels more like a breezy Florida beach destination than one right in South Jersey. It features a newly constructed banquet facility and completely renovated hotel.
Icona’s prime oceanfront location features breathtaking beach views while the Seaglass Ballroom offers a sophisticated indoor reception setting. The outdoor bar and spacious social areas allow guests to enjoy the waterfront ambiance. The combination of modern luxury and cozy New Jersey beachside charm make the Icona perfect for a stylish and memorable beach wedding.
Where: Kent Island, Maryland
Located on Kent Island in Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club offers a blend of rustic charm and coastal elegance. Its waterfront setting, luxury boutique hotel, and spa provide an end-to-end upscale beach wedding experience. The club is also known for its award-winning cuisine, offering customizable menu options created with the guidance of their in-house planners.
One of the best things about Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is its versatile event spaces. Couples can choose from four different ballrooms and several sites on the property for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and reception areas.
Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Situated along the stunning Virginia Beach Oceanfront, The Attic at Waterman’s stands out as a venue of choice for couples desiring a blend of coastal charm and refined elegance. This unique beach wedding venue offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, setting a breathtaking backdrop for ceremonies and receptions.
The Virginia Beach area is also known for its beautiful beaches and lively boardwalk, offering additional entertainment options for guests who want to extend their stay in the area.
The Attic’s ability to combine the relaxed vibe of a beach wedding with the sophistication of an upscale reception venue makes it a great choice for couples looking for a wedding location with a simultaneously romantic and festive feel.
Where: Hilton Head, SC
Beach House is the only beachfront reception space on Hilton Head Island, and it offers the absolute best of both worlds when it comes to beach wedding venues and creating the perfect vibe for your big day. If you prefer an indoor setting, the venue’s newly renovated ballroom features a stylish, modern space with large windows that flood the room with natural light and ocean views.
If you prefer a true toes-in-the-sand experience, you can hold your ceremony and/or reception on the beach under the stars. The venue’s tent setup creating a totally dreamy beach wedding feel.
And let’s not forget Hilton Head Island itself, which is renowned for its natural beauty and tranquil beaches. Beach House captures the relaxed and serene spirit of the island while also providing the kind elegant, romantic wedding amenities couples want.
Where: Tybee Island, GA
Tybee Island is a charming little island just 30 minutes’ drive from Savannah, Georgia. The Tybee Island
Wedding Chapel & Grand Ballroom, situated on its pristine beachfront, offers the perfect blend of a historic 1908 seaside chapel and a modernized grand ballroom, combining the quaintness of the Island with the luxury of a grand celebration.
Its unique combination of tradition and coastal beauty makes it an ideal setting for a beach wedding with a touch of elegance. This venue is perfect for couples seeking a picturesque and beachy outdoor location for their wedding day while staying close enough to enjoy city attractions in nearby Savannah.
Where: St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is one of Florida’s best kept secrets, often overshadowed by more quintessentially “tropical” spots like Miami and the Big Mouse attractions in Orlando. But St. Augustine is absolutely rich in history, architecture, and gorgeous Floridian beaches.
The Casa Monica Resort & Spa, built in 1888, is situated in the heart of St. Augustine and embodies all the best things about the city. The resort’s luxurious facilities and romantic ambiance make it ideal for couples seeking an elegant beach-adjacent wedding. At the same time, its rich history and opulent design, combined with its prime location, provide an unforgettable setting for coastal weddings.
St. Augustine itself also offers plenty to enjoy and explore. The city’s vibrant cultural scene and historic landmarks coupled with great entertainment, shopping, and restaurants provide an enriching experience for wedding guests.
Where: Islamorada, Florida
If you want to have a wedding in tropical paradise but don’t want to leave the U.S., the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, FL is a great choice. Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or a full-on beach gala, Cheeca’s variety of event spaces, including outdoor areas with panoramic ocean views and formal indoor ballrooms, cater to a range of wedding visions.
The venue’s commitment to luxury is evident in every aspect of the resort and its amenities, including a full-service spa and gourmet dining options. This ensures you and their guests not only enjoy a beautiful wedding day but also an exceptional stay that feels like a luxurious vacation.
We’ve covered some pretty awesome beach wedding venues in this article. But the truth is that the right one for you totally depends on a few important factors:
As a general rule, make sure you actually visit the venue before you book it. Even the best photos and videos can’t capture the full feel of a venue that you get in person.
And before we go, remember this—your favorite Philly photographers travel! There’s nothing quite like hiring a photographer you can get to know during your engagement photos and who will stick with you to capture your big day exactly as you envision it.
At Perennial, it’s our mission to capture every beautiful moment authentically as it happens. That way, you can stay present on your wedding day and relive the memories later!
Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can travel with you to your beach wedding.