No matter whether you have your heart set on a traditional wedding, an elegant formal wedding, or a romantic beach wedding, Nantucket offers them all. The New England Island is the perfect destination for weddings of all types, religions, races, sexes, and sizes.
Nantucket, MA, is among the top-rated wedding venues in the USA. More than 200 weddings are held on the island every year and boost the local businesses with about $50 million. The wedding industry of Nantucket is booming and the average cost of having a wedding on the island of Nantucket is about $800-$1,000 per guest. This includes the wedding venues, caterers, vendors, photographers, and more.
If you’re looking to have an iconic wedding in Nantucket, you can get it all – including getting married at St. Mary’s Chapel, taking wedding pictures in the sunset at Brant Point, and asking your guests to wear Nantucket Reds!
Some of the most popular wedding venues on the island include:
The White Elephant is a romantic hotel that offers one of the most remarkable waterfront settings in the world.
The Nantucket Hotel has a Grand Ballroom that is the only venue in Nantucket that can seat up to 220 guests and host weddings and other events up to 1 am.
The Wauwinet is a famous inn with cottages, 32 guest rooms, and beautiful picturesque grounds where you can hold your wedding. You can include some more exciting wedding attractions such as lobstering, a tour of the island by bike or boat or enjoying s’mores on the beach.
The Whaling Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum celebrating the history of the whaling industry of Nantucket. The museum is in a renovated historic building – the oil and candle factory, where you can entertain your guests or take wedding photos among the rare exhibits or below the 46-foot skeleton of a sperm whale which is hanging from the ceiling. The building from 1847 has an impressive two-story exposed brick area with original wooden beams. It is perfect for holding your wedding ceremony, a cocktail party, reception, or another dinner event.
If you prefer a more luxurious and private wedding, you can book the event coordinator of the Harborview Nantucket hotel to arrange it for you. There is a private beach and spacious green lawn, exclusive hotel accommodations, and at the same time, it is located in proximity to the downtown of Nantucket, where you and your guests can go on and enjoy some drinks and dancing too.
The Harborview Room of the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket is one of the best places to host any event, including a wedding. Its terrace offers an absolutely stunning panoramic view of the Nantucket harbour, and there is a commercial catering kitchen that will prepare and serve you the wedding menu of your dreams.
Another wedding venue located in the Nantucket Harbour is the Great Harbour Yacht Club. It’s luxurious and elegant without being overly pretentious. You can organise a wedding of just about any size here.
If you’re having a small intimate wedding, then check out the Chanticleer restaurant. It was formerly a small teahouse but today is among the most romantic venues on the island. You can have your reception in the Rose garden or in one or more of the private dining rooms of this beautiful restaurant.
The Westmoor Club is another venue for stylish weddings. It offers a unique Clubhouse Terrace, along with fifteen acres of lawns, so tents can be set up to accommodate up to 400 guests. There are several elaborate gardens, a croquet lawn, and several low grass tennis courts on the grounds.
The Whales Watch Estate is another venue to choose if you want to get the best out of Nantucket’s scenic views and beauty. There is a direct oceanfront with steps that lead to a private beach. There you and your guests can enjoy a bonfire and where you can have your wedding ceremony.
The Lighthouse Inn is a historic resort on the oceanfront, which includes 80 rooms or cottages. It offers scenic views, an excellent kitchen, and its ballroom and restaurant can host weddings and other events of up to 250 people.
But there are multiple other ways to plan your wedding to fit your personal interests and preferences and make it a one-of-a-kind event that everyone will remember.
For example, you can plan a beachfront wedding at the Sandbar at Jetties Beach or rent some beautiful residential rental houses or cottages for the guests and have your wedding in any venue of your choice.
It’s important to know that there are strict local noise restrictions which don’t allow loud music after 10 pm. But the good news is that even if you want to dance all night, there is a Silent Disco in town where you and your guests can party while wearing noise-cancelling headsets!
Since Nantucket has become such a popular wedding destination, it comes as no surprise that there are some excellent local wedding planners, photographers, hair and makeup artists, floral design studios, music, catering services, an ACK gift bag company, and cake and dessert bakeries and shops on the island.
In summary, if you want a romantic, unique and beautiful wedding on the island of Nantucket, it’s well worth it. There are venues, wedding planning, and related services suitable for any preference and budget.