The 20 Best Beach Wedding Venues for a Relaxed and Romantic Big Day (2022)

What could be dreamier than getting married with your toes in the sand, listening to the waves, and feeling the breeze in your hair? Beach wedding venues often have a relaxed ambiance, ideal for lively celebrations that feel like a true vacation.Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or are looking for beach venues closer to home, there are plenty of beach wedding destinations both in the U.S. and abroad. Check out our 20 favorite beach wedding venues to start planning your sand-and-surf celebration!

Sanderling Resort
Duck, North Carolina

The Outer Banks is a popular East Coast vacation destination, full of breathtaking natural beauty, and an ideal setting for a relaxed beach wedding. The Sanderling Resort offers private beach access for a sand-between-your-toes ceremony, or if you’d prefer, there’s also an event lawn and deck for ceremonies. The Oceanside Event Deck is also a lovely setting for outdoor receptions, and there’s a light-filled indoor pavilion as well. Smaller venues are also available for rehearsal dinners and other pre-wedding events.

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SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant
Pismo Beach, California

This Central California beach wedding destination can accommodate up to 200 guests for weddings in the sand. There are several indoor banquet rooms for receptions, and theall-inclusive packages, including catering, DJ, flowers, officiant, rentals, and more, will make planning stress-free. Your guests will also love staying on premises for a destination wedding sans passport!

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Casa Marina Key West
Key West, Florida

The Florida Keys are a favorite spot for U.S. destination weddings, and this historic resort is a truly special beach wedding venue. Casa Marina, a multi-yearWeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award winner, can host ceremonies on the white-sand beach, and fully-outdoor beach wedding receptions, as well—imagine your guests dining and dancing under the stars! There are several beautiful ballrooms as indoor ceremony and reception options, as well.

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Villa Montana Beach Resort
Isabela, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the best beach wedding destinations—your guests won’t need to bring their passports, and there are some truly spectacular venues, including this resort in Isabela. The oceanfront gazebo is the perfect ceremony location, with sound of the ocean as your backdrop. Cocktail hour can be held on the lawn, and receptions take place in one of three locations: Eclipse Restaurant, O Lounge, or the Garden Ballroom. In fact, all of your wedding events can take place on premises, and your loved ones can stay on premises and enjoy all of the onsite activities. This venue can host up to 160 guests for a wedding.

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Bonita Springs, Florida

Located in Southwest Florida, this beautifulbeach wedding venue has 26 acres of property and 21 different event spaces to choose from, including beachfront weddings on the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re hosting a larger wedding, this may be the wedding destination for you — the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point can accommodate up to 1,400 guests. And with several Florida beach wedding packages to choose from, planning will be a total breeze!

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Rod 'N' Reel Resort
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

A beach wedding venue located less than an hour from Washington, DC? Yes, it does exist! The Rod 'N' Reel Resort has a unique tropical feel, and can host ceremonies on the beach or in the romantic waterside gazebo and receptions in one of two classic ballrooms—the Chesapeake Ballroom for up to 250 guests, and the smaller Bay View Ballroom with space for 100. This all-inclusive venue’s package price includes food and rentals, plus your guests can stay on premises for a fun and convenient wedding weekend.

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Secret Harbour Beach Resort
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Looking to travel for your beach wedding? Head to St. Thomas and experience the lush natural beauty on the island. The Secret Harbour Beach Resort offers affordable wedding packages, which can include everything from food and rentals, to a celebrant, photography, cake, videography, and more. And with so many direct flights to St. Thomas from the U.S., plus the wide variety of rooms at the resort, your guests will love staying here, too!

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This resort venue on Florida’s East Coast has one of the most unique ceremony locations we’ve seen and is ideal for couples who desire a more glamorous beach wedding. The circular Sunrise Terrace offers views of the Atlantic Ocean and a contemporary feel—we love the idea of a ceremony “in the round”. Receptions can be held in the Del Sol ballroom or on the outdoor BalQony. This venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and has plenty of guest rooms for your posse to stay on-site.

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Seabrook Island Club
Seabrook, South Carolina

Dreaming of a beach wedding venue that oozes Southern charm? This Lowcountry beach club and venue features breathtaking natural beauty, exemplified in the gorgeous ceremony site, surrounded by palm trees and with ocean views. There are several indoor options for receptions, as well. Couples rave about this Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue, particularly the helpful staff and delicious food.

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Casa Ybel Resort
Sanibel Island, Florida

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this resort specializes in customizable beach wedding packages. You can host your wedding ceremony on the secluded white-sand beach or in the lush tropical garden, and your reception outdoors or in. Casa Ybel can accommodate up to 200 guests, and is an ideal place for your loved ones to stay, as well.

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Navy Beach
Montauk, New York

Montauk is known as a laid-back beach town, and this restaurant totally reflects that vibe. Located on a 200-foot private beach, ideal for ceremonies, Navy Beach also offers indoor or tented reception space. Your guests will love the casual seafood, and your photographer will love the gorgeous scenery and sunset views.

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Mansion by the Sea
Aransas Pass, Texas

This beach wedding venue is located just 25 minutes outside of Corpus Christi, but feels like worlds away. We love thetropical vibeof this coastal mansion, which can accommodate up to 250 guests for a wedding. Say “I do” on the private beach with the sand between your toes and the waves crashing behind you, and then celebrate with your loved ones on the outdoor deck with string lights twinkling overhead. Mansion by the Sea has won the Couples’ Choice Award for five years, and offers an on-staff wedding planner, DJ, décor, and more with their packages.

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Carillon Weddings at Carillon Beach
Carillon Beach, Florida

This gated community near Panama City Beach features a mile of private beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, and offers 13 (yes, 13!) different venues to fit any couple’s style. Of course, there’s the beach itself, ideal for relaxed ceremonies, as well as a light-filled lakefront Meeting House chapel if you’re looking for a more traditional space. Receptions can be held in the Meeting House, as well, or tented on the Village Green or Bellview Park Green. There are also several venues downtown, including the Downtown Lofts and the Carillon Pier, among others.

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Sea Crest Beach Hotel
North Falmouth, Massachusetts

There’s something so chic about a Cape Cod wedding, and this is one of the bestbeach wedding venues in the area. Located in North Falmouth, you can host your ceremony on the beach and your reception in one of the well-appointed ballrooms. This all-inclusive venue is known for delicious food, and can accommodate over 500 guests, if you’re planning a larger beach wedding.

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The Don CeSar
St. Pete Beach, Florida

If you’re looking for a venue that combines a relaxed beach feel with avintage vibe, look no further than The Don CeSar (otherwise known as “The Pink Palace”) in St. Pete Beach. This Couple’s Choice Award-winning, all-inclusive venue has a variety of wedding packages, as well as unique locations for your ceremony and reception. Say your vows right on the beach or in the romantic courtyard, and then host your reception in one of several ballrooms, including the light-filled King Charles Ballroom and the majestic Grand Ballroom. There’s also a covered pavilion with views of the water. The Don CeSar can host up to 250 guests for your big day.

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The Sunset Restaurant
Malibu, California

Southern California is known for its dreamy beaches, and this restaurant is among the most beloved beach wedding venues in the area. The restaurant has that relaxed beach bungalow feel, and can host ceremonies right in the sand (the sunsets are particularly amazing!). The event room is bright and airy, and can accommodate up to 120 guests for a seated dinner with a dance floor. The all-inclusive package includes a beach permit (one less worry there!), as well as rentals, food, and more.

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Congress Hall
Cape May, New Jersey

A multi-year Couples’ Choice Award winner, this Victorian beachfront resort is known for hosting luxurious weddings. It’s a fun-filled place for your guests to stay (hello, amazing pool!) and a gorgeous place to host your special day. Whether you desire to say your “I dos” on the beach or the Grand Lawn, Congress Hall has got your covered. Receptions are held in the Grand Ballroom, and you’ll love all of the photo ops around the property, from the charming porch area to the beach itself.

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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico

Want your wedding to be a party from start to finish? The Dreams Riviera Cancun is just the place for your beachdestination wedding. With several affordable packages to choose from and with the on-site coordinator totally on top of things, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your weddingday without worry. There are several venues available, including the unique gazebo, the Grand Lobby staircase, the Mayan Tree garden, and the beach itself. Receptions can be held on the Pool Terrace, on the deck, inside the ballroom, among others. This venue also specializes in South Asian beach weddings.

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa
Westbrook, Connecticut

For a beach wedding with that New England preppy vibe, look no further than the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Southern Connecticut. This all-inclusive venue wins raves from couples about the accommodating staff, delicious food, and stunning wedding locations, from the scenic beach to the luxe ballroom. This venue also specializes in hosting pre-wedding events, like showers and rehearsal dinners.

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Loulu Palm Weddings
Haleiwa, Hawaii

If you’re dreaming of the ultimate beach wedding venue, you may want to consider hosting a Hawaiian destination wedding. This beachside farm on Oahu is a Couples’ Choice Award winner, and can host weddings of up to 225 guests on its gorgeous waterfront property.

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FAQs

What is the number 1 wedding destination in the US? ›

What is this? Hawaii always tops the list of best destination wedding locations. And with good reason. Black sand beaches, mountain peaks, beach access to a private beach, and stunning sunsets all make gorgeous backgrounds for wedding photos.

Where is the most popular wedding destination? ›

Paris, France. The most romantic city in the world is just the place for a destination wedding.

What state has the cheapest wedding venue? ›

The least expensive states to get married in are Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. If you get married in Utah instead of New Jersey, you could save yourself more than $30,000.

What's the cheapest month to get married? ›

The cheapest months to get married are January, March, April, and November. If you're looking to save money on your wedding ceremony, avoid the peak summer wedding season in favor of one of these less popular dates.

What is the most romantic place to get married? ›

Read on to learn more about 10 of the world's most romantic places to get married:
  1. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun. Cancun, Mexico. ...
  2. El Dorado Maroma. Riviera Maya, Mexico. ...
  3. Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. ...
  4. Couples Tower Isle. ...
  5. Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel. ...
  6. Jade Mountain Resort. ...
  7. Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. ...
  8. The Caves.
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How old is the average bride? ›

The median age at first marriage for women was 28 years in 2015-2019, up from 26.3 in 2006-2010. The median age at first marriage for men was 29.9 years in 2015-2019, up from 28.1 in 2006-2010. Age at first marriage also varies widely across states and local areas.

What is the best age to get married? ›

A new study suggests that people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32 if they don't want to get divorced, at least in the first five years.

What is the average cost of a destination wedding? ›

Prices depend on location, the number of days, the number of events, the U.S. dollar to local currency exchange rate, the time of year, the number of guests, and more. That said, the average estimated baseline cost of a destination wedding hovers around $35,000.

How can I get a cheap destination wedding? ›

7 Tips to Plan an Affordable Destination Wedding
  1. Combine Your Destination Wedding with Your Honeymoon. ...
  2. Plan as an Elopement and Consider Guests Later. ...
  3. Book Your Reception at a Restaurant as Opposed to a Reception Hall. ...
  4. Consider All Your Ceremony Options. ...
  5. A Bridal Party Isn't a “Must” ...
  6. Avoid Peak Season.
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What is the wedding capital of the world? ›

Las Vegas is known as the Marriage Capital of the World in part due to the ease and low costs of acquiring a marriage license. As a result, Las Vegas hosts more weddings than any city in the world – 92,000 in 2012 alone!

How much should groom's parents pay for wedding? ›

Parents of the bride and groom collectively contribute about $19,000 to the wedding, or about two-thirds of the total cost, according to WeddingWire. The bride's parents give an average $12,000, and the groom's, $7,000. Just 1 in 10 couples pays for the wedding entirely on their own, according to TheKnot.com.

What is the hardest state to get married in? ›

Georgia

How much does a wedding cost for 50 guests? ›

In general, a 50 person wedding costs $11,000-$17,000 or around half the cost of an average wedding. Of course this range can be higher or lower depending on where you get married and the type of reception you have. The average wedding cost for 2021 according to The Knot is $33,931.

What is the luckiest day to get married? ›

Tuesday, which is believed to bless the marriage with prosperity and happiness is a good day to get married, as well as Sunday. The months of December and February are also favorable, as well as getting married under the waxing moon, which is available in the first fifteen days of each month.

What is the best month to have a beach wedding? ›

October, November, December (Mid Peak-Season)

This period is actually an ideal time to host a destination wedding in the Caribbean. It is not as hot and humid as the three months prior and even though resort prices and occupancy are starting to go back up, they have not yet hit their peak.

What is the most expensive month to get married? ›

Typically, during peak wedding season of May to October, and especially during the height of summer, wedding services and venues will be at their most expensive. When it comes to the hour of the day you want to get married, how much you'll pay really comes down to food arrangements.

Are beach weddings expensive? ›

A local beach wedding package can range anywhere from $200 to $5,000. Exotic destination weddings on average end up costing $17,000, compared to $25,000 for traditional weddings. It is safe to conclude that beach and destination weddings are less costly than traditional weddings – most of the time.

Where is the easiest place to get married? ›

The 5 Easiest States to Get Married In
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #1: Colorado. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #2: Idaho. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #3: Wyoming. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #4: Utah. ...
  • The Easiest States to Get Married In #5: Montana. ...
  • Finding Your Perfect "I Do" Location.

How much does a Bora Bora wedding cost? ›

Budgeting 101: How much does a wedding in Bora Bora cost? Briefly, you can expect the cost to start at 3000 USD per person. However, this depends on your preferences, resort, wedding package, season and how many extras you'll want.

What do destination wedding guests pay? ›

The Guests

“The best way to think about it is that everything they'd pay for on a vacation is what they'd pay for at the destination wedding,” says Chang. For the most part, guests will be responsible for booking and paying for airfare, hotel rooms and any other additional expenses, like food or shopping.

Are destination weddings worth it? ›

And while destination weddings certainly do require travel and quite a bit of logistical planning, for many couples, it's all worth it. Nothing compares to the experience of a destination wedding, especially if you and your partner have a love for adventure.

Where is the best place in the US to get married? ›

1. La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, CA. For a seaside wedding with Mediterranean vibes, the elegant La Valencia hotel in La Jolla has been an iconic romantic venue for decades and decades.

Which state hosts the most destination weddings? ›

1. California: 14 percent of U.S. destination weddings

It's hard to decide which part of California is more beautiful: the wineries of Napa Valley, the Big Sur coastline, the beaches of southern California, or the redwood forests in northern California.

What city has the most weddings? ›

It comes as no surprise that the most popular wedding city in the United States is Las Vegas, with an average of 114,000 weddings per year.

What is the most popular month to get married? ›

The most popular months to get married are from the months of May to October. More specifically, September takes first place at 16 percent, followed by June with 15 percent, and lastly October, at 14 percent. This means that the most popular wedding seasons are Fall/Autumn, and Summer.

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