The Top 13 Beach Wedding Venues in the U.S.

There's something so romantic about saying "I do" near the ocean.
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
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Updated Jun 03, 2021

If you live for summer, and your go-to vacation spot includes sun, sand and salt water, you might consider a beach wedding venue. Or, perhaps you and your partner have a romantic connection to a beach—for example, you got engaged at a beach resort or you first said "I love you" during a Florida sunset. Whatever the reason may be, you probably don't have access to a private beach (if you do, lucky!), so it can be hard to know where to begin your search for a beach wedding venue or how the heck to plan a beach wedding. Whether you're thinking of having a destination wedding on an island or something on the California coast, we've rounded up some picturesque venues where you can say "I do". Head over to The Knot to explore beach wedding venues and read below for a few of our favorites.

Baker's Cay Resort in Key Largo, Florida

This resort is located in a 15-acre nature sanctuary at the northernmost part of the Florida Keys. Exchange vows right under the waterfront Pergola or the "Love Tree" arch on Hammock Beach with a stunning backdrop featuring the turquoise Florida Bay. Hold your reception in the sand or in one of the resort's elegant ballrooms. The best part? All of your guests can stay on-location in one of the beach resort's 200 rooms, all of which feature open-air balconies. Whether you're seeking a more intimate wedding or a big celebration with all of your friends and family, Baker's Cay Resort is an ideal place for your big day.

Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut

If you're in search of a classic east coast beach wedding venue, look no further. This beach resort is located right on the Connecticut shoreline, with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound serving as the backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception. Whether you say "I do" on the expansive oceanfront lawn or in one of the grand ballrooms with sweeping ocean views, there's no bad option when it comes to this beach wedding venue. Make your wedding day a breeze by taking advantage of the in-house wedding planner that will coordinate your big day and onsite wedding caterer to serve you and your guests a delicious meal. Make it a whole wedding weekend by inviting your guests to stay in one of Water's Edge Resort & Spa's 150 hotel rooms, suites or villas throughout the property.

Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palm, South Carolina

Looking for the perfect combination of southern charm and beachside elegance?This beach wedding venue is worth a glance. With 1,600 acres of oceanfront scenery, this is an ideal venue for the beach wedding you've always dreamed of. Tie the knot with your toes in the sand or in the picturesque garden, no matter your vibe, this beach wedding venue is full of options. The new Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort offers a one-of-a-kind oceanfront rooftop ballroom. With sweeping views of the ocean and Lowcountry marshes, you won't find a wedding backdrop quite like the one at Wild Dunes Resort.

Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas, California

Jaw-dropping ocean views and luxury become one at this upscale beach resort on the southern coast of California. This spectacular beach resort allows you to say "I do" in a 300-person ballroom with stunning chandeliers while feeling the ocean breeze in your face when the sliding partitions open up onto an outdoor lounge, perfect for an indoor outdoor cocktail hour. If you're torn between something luxe and something with a beachfront destination for your big day, we've found your solution. At the Alila Marea Beach Resort you'll get all the perks of a beachside venue from the oceanfront views and salty breeze with the glitz and glamour of a regal event space.

Monterey Beach House in Monterey, California

Soak up the sun as you exchange vows with the Monterey Peninsula as your backdrop. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the oceanfront terrace and take memorable photos on the sandy beach while the sun sets. Move inside for a reception featuring views of the Santa Lucia mountains and breathtaking Pacific Ocean. Not only do you get a picturesque event space complete with jaw-dropping views, but the wedding packages include full-service catering and bar service. Your wedding weekend is complete with event coordination and upgraded decor rental options if you choose. Get ready to say "I do" at the Monterey Beach House, your dream beach wedding venue.

Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine

Classic east coast charm is all-consuming at this waterfront destination resort. The seaside backdrop and iconic Maine lighthouse makes this the perfect venue for someone whose dream wedding means being surrounded by natural beauty. Another perk of this beach wedding venue? You can build a tent right on the lawn and design your ideal outdoor wedding from scratch. Host a welcome party or after party in one of the three different restaurants at the resort or invite guests to enjoy a scenic boat tour. Guests can stay at the beach resort after a full night of celebrating in one of the 109 guestrooms on site. What are you waiting for? Book Nonantum Resort for your dream wedding today.

The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Florida

Sophistication meets a laid-back vibe at this beachfront resort and spa. With easy beach access, expansive gardens and tropical nature, there is no shortage of swoon-worthy locations to exchange "I dos" at this beach wedding venue. You can have an romantic wedding ceremony in the sand, in the tropical garden under a gazebo or in the regal reception space. Brides don't need to worry about hair and make-up, they have services onsite. Looking for an after-party venue? You're steps away from the South Beach entertainment district. The Palms Hotel & Spa is all-inclusive wedding venue as a little bit of everything for those that want it all of their wedding day.

Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in Bridgehampton, New York

Enjoy the peace and serenity of over 1,200 feet of beachfront property in Long Island. Tie the knot with the sounds of waves in the background and the ocean breeze blowing through your hair. After you exchange vows on the sandy beach, move to the one-of-a-kind wrap-around porch with sweeping oceanfront views for cocktails and appetizers. Move to the reception venue inside for dinner and dancing, but don't worry about sacrificing the view. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to enjoy the beauty of the the Long Island Sound without feeling too chilly—and there's a 2,000 square foot dance floor to keep your guests rocking all night. Keep in mind the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club is only open May through October.

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington

This northwestern beach wedding venue offers gorgeous ocean views paired with scenic mountain views. The beach resort offers a variety of choices for the ceremony, including the seaside terrace overlooking the water, a two ballrooms or a wedding tent, the options are endless for your dream wedding. The self-dubbed casual beach resort offers an all-inclusive wedding package complete with a dedicated planner, set-up and tear-down of rentals and table decor. From intimate gatherings to a 400-person guest list, this beach wedding venue can accommodate all wedding styles. Invite your wedding guests to stay for the weekend and enjoy a serene seaside retreat at Semiahmoo Resort.

Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina

Tie the knot on a pier in the Outer Banks overlooking the stunning Atlantic Ocean. This unique perspective of the Nags Head shoreline serves as the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. The covered deck attached to Oceanview Hall offers panoramic views of the sandy beaches and serves as a picturesque location for cocktail hour. The cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplace in the private reception room is a lovely event space for your wedding reception. It comes fully equipped with tables, chairs and a full-service catering kitchen. Jennette's Pier is a unique beach wedding venue that's sure to be filled with lifelong memories.

Surf Club in Paia, Hawaii

Look beyond the continental United States and you'll be pleasantly surprised with the beach wedding venues you find. This wedding venue holds up to 60 guests, an ideal seaside setting for the couple craving an intimate celebration. The pristine lawn overlooking the breathtaking white sand beach and the Pacific Ocean is a stunning location to have a romantic wedding ceremony. Whether you hold your reception outside under the stars or in the elegantly decorated event space inside, this is the ideal location for your dream wedding. Having a relaxing wedding weekend or week in a relaxed and casual atmosphere at the Surf Club.

Duke's Malibu in Malibu, California

Take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean in the uniquely situated Ocean Room, which is built directly over the water. Watch the of the waves crashing into the shore underneath you through two oceanfront windows as you share vows in front of family and friends. After tying the know, take some time to enjoy your first few moments as a married couple on the private balcony. Take pictures on the rocks below with one of Malibu's famous sunsets in the background and create memories at Duke's Malibu that you and your guests will be talking about forever.

Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Tie the knot with the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean and soft sand as the background for your special day. The hotel is situated right on the boardwalk, steps away from the beautiful beach. Get hitched in the sand and celebrate your love in the elegant ballroom that offers stunning seascape views. With private bar access, a customizable stage and full-service, on-site catering, you won't have to lift a finger while you prepare for the big day in the wedding suite. The wedding suite features a private jacuzzi with oceanfront views, perfect for relaxing before saying "I do". At the Sands Hotel & Conference Center you'll find everything you need to have your dream wedding.

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