13 Cape Cod Wedding Venues With Coastal-Chic Style
With its beaches, seafood shacks, and picturesque villages, Cape Cod is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of New England, so it's no wonder it's a popular dream wedding destination for many a couple—especially those dreaming of having a beach wedding. And the Cape certainly has no shortage of country club and resort venues boasting private beaches and tented lawns overlooking the ocean. But even if you're not planning a sandy beach wedding, Cape Cod has plenty of barn venues and historical estates to offer too. Read on for 13 of Cape Cod's most scenic spots to tie the knot.
Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts
The Chatham Bars Inn brings to life everything you'd expect of an elegant Cape Cod celebration—and more. The 1914-built beach resort hosts weddings year-round. Host your ceremony with the ocean as your backdrop on the Wedding Lawn, or get closer to the crashing waves by saying "I do" on the private beach. As for your reception, you can't go wrong with a grand tented affair on the South Lawn, or within the Boathouse with its 20-foot vaulted ceilings and ocean views. Craving added excitement? Add a clam bake or beach bonfire to the celebration. And with 217 guest rooms and 26 cottages, your whole crew can stay on-site for the ultimate destination wedding weekend.
Chequessett Club in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
For nautical-inspired ambiance, look to Chequessett Club, a golf, tennis, and sailing spot on the shore of Wellfleet Bay. There you'll find a private beach for your wedding ceremony, and the Clubhouse, a tented and raised indoor-outdoor space with views of the golf course on one side and the bay on the other. And when it's time to bust a move, lead guests into the Boathouse, a rustic barn-inspired space that's perfect for dancing and enjoying dessert.
Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth, Massachusetts
If you want to be surrounded by natural beauty on your big day, Coonamessett Farm is a great choice for a wedding venue. The pick-your-own farm, cafe, bakery, and store features beautiful gardens and farm animals like goats and alpacas. The property has a number of outdoor locations to use for your ceremony and reception, including a pavilion overlooking the property. Pitch a tent on the grounds for your reception, during which time guests can also roam the farm for a peek at the animals and gardens.
The Dennis Inn in Dennis, Massachusetts
At the Dennis Inn, a shingle style house with beachy blue shutters, couples and their guests are meant to feel like they're at home. Here, ceremonies can take place by the pool, or out on the patio. As for your reception? The sprawling yard is the perfect place to set up a tent with a dance floor. The Inn also has a recently renovated bridal suite with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and media room, and a powder room. The well-regarded Treats Catering is the exclusive caterer for this venue, making wedding planning a breeze.
Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts
For a Cape wedding that's more garden-vibes than seaside-inspired, Look to the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich. Swap vows in front of the flume fountain with dragonflies buzzing by and the sound of water peacefully rushing into the lily pad and frog-filled pond below. Then host your dinner on a tent on the lawn. Plus: Between the properties 100 acres of flowers like azaleas and rhododendrons and plus the museum's automobile gallery of classic cars, you can bet on plenty of photo ops throughout your special day.
Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Highfield Hall brings age-old romance in spades just a little over an hour drive from Boston. This historical Queen Anne-style manse was built as a summer home in 1878. Today, it is surrounded by six acres of trees and gorgeous plantings, and is encircled by a 400-acre nature preserve. Host your ceremony in the lush gardens, and then prop up a tent on the lawn for your reception.
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, Massachusetts
From Ocean Edge Resort's grand 1907 mansion to its private beach on the Cape Cod Bay, this Brewster venue truly shines. Make it official on the property's private Bay Pines Beach or on the front lawn in front of Nickerson Mansion. Then set up a tent there for your wedding reception, or take advantage of one of the resort's other spaces including a 4,500-square-foot ballroom or the Bay Pines poolside pavilion. Ahead of the festivities, the bridal party can also enjoy the Beach House Spa, with its makeup and blow dry stations, nail salon, speaker system, and sips and snacks.
Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, Massachusetts
Dennis Port's recently-renovated Pelham House offers a number of indoor and outdoor venues, each with the Nantucket Sound showcased at centerstage. There's a 400-foot private beach, a sprawling, verdant lawn, and a patio with covered and open air areas plus three fire pits. Each features ocean views. The property also has a new rooftop restaurant that can be used for events, as well as the 3,600-square-foot Sea Level ballroom, which features sliding glass walls that open out to the patio and lawn.
The Popponesset Inn in Mashpee, Massachusetts
Located at the Club at New Seabury, a private golf community, The Popponesset Inn tent is a perfectly picturesque oceanfront venue. The spacious tented structure features views of the ocean on all sides as well as direct access to the beach. It won't take much to decorate the venue given its alluring beach setting, but the tent is ultimately a blank canvas that can be dressed up with lanterns, chandeliers, drapery, and more. Want to make the most of the wedding weekend? The property also features two championship waterfront golf courses, restaurants, beach bars, tennis courts, pools, and walking trails.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Massachusetts
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel was made for beach weddings, especially since the venue is known for it's stunning sunsets and elegant-yet-laid-back air. Tie the knot with your toes in the pristine white sand in a private beach ceremony at the hotel, and then head into one of the property's sun-filled ballrooms to enjoy the rest of your celebration. Just don't forget to head back out when it's time to snap some dreamy sunset shots.
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, Massachusetts
If Chatham is your Cape destination of choice, Wequassett makes for the perfect spot to host your big day. This resort destination offers 120 accommodations for guests as well as pools, tennis courts and restaurants, not to mention not to mention more than several spaces for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. For your ceremony, the Grand Lawn awaits on the edge of Pleasant Bay, with a stone staircase from the terrace for a striking entrance. For your reception, the waterfront Garden Terrace is a 30-foot-high permanent tented structure with floor-to-ceiling accordion-style glass doors that and a terrace with ocean views. There's also the Pavilion, a ballroom with a wrap-around porch, chandeliers, birch paneling, and of course, sea sight-lines.
Willowbend in Mashpee, Massachusetts
Calling all golf-lovers: This 400-acre Cape Cod country club with a vast golf course is an ideal spot for your celebration. Exchange rings out on the course at the "Ceremony Tee" with the property's 18th green, working cranberry bog, and rustic red barn in the background. After, head into the Willowbend clubhouse, where the Grand Ballroom awaits featuring views of the golf course and its water features.
Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Take your romance to the coast at Wychmere Beach Club, where the beachy atmosphere is undeniable. The venue has a private white sand beach, as well as several other venues including the Harbor Room, a stunning space with driftwood floors, sailcloth drapers, and wrap-around sliding glass doors. There's also the Ocean Room and Rooftop: 6,000-square-feet of indoor-outdoor space, with a dining room with driftwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and Italian chandeliers. And the Hydrangea Room is the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner. In 2022, Wychmere will also debut the Dune, a shingled beachfront structure with shiplap walls and a rooftop terrace.