16 Breathtaking Hamptons Wedding Venues
The Hamptons has long been Hollywood's summer playground. Celebrities flock to the East End of Long Island for the same reason couples love it for their wedding days: The sandy shores make it a beach wedding paradise. Inns offer space for intimate weddings without the need for transportation at the end of the night. Whether you grew up on Long Island or NYC or not, the Hamptons is a destination for weddings and fun. Hosting your nuptials at a Hamptons wedding venue gives guests a chance to turn your big day into a vacation. When they're not celebrating you, your nearest and dearest can take in paintings and sculptures at the renowned Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill or surf the waves in Montauk.
But the Hamptons, like the rest of New York, is home to four seasons. Winters are cold, summer days can be sweltering, and it's rainy in the spring. Be prepared to embrace Mother Nature. The good news? Your wedding photos will epitomize whatever season you chose (Think gorgeous fall foliage and lush spring blooms). Also, the area is a popular place for NYC residents to have a summer home, so the one-lane highway turns the area into something of a parking lot on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Couples will want to encourage guests to leave early to arrive on time.
Your pros can give you more tips and insight to help you plan your perfect Hamptons wedding. You can find them on The Knot marketplace. But you'll need to set a date and nail down a venue before booking most vendors. From the Hampton Bays to Montauk, these are some of the best wedding venues the Hamptons has to offer.
Solé East Resort in Montauk, New York
Couples who want the vibe of a destination wedding in St. Tropez but wish to remain stateside will feel like they've met their match when they step foot inside Solé East Resort. The wedding venue feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of NYC, with its beautifully landscaped gardens and heated pools surrounded by luxe chaise lounges. Since Montauk is more than three hours from New York City and the nearest major airports like JFK and LaGuardia, many guests will likely want to stay the night. They can do so in style in bright and airy rooms.
The Boathouse Shelter Island in Shelter Island, New York
A quick ferry ride from Sag Harbor, The Boathouse Shelter Island is part nautical, part rustic, part contemporary and completely breathtaking. Couples will have access to 18 acres of land for their wedding ceremony and reception and can use 200-feet of private shoreline as a backdrop for photos. A 1,600-square-foot deck provides plenty of real estate for an outdoor cocktail hour. Inside the spacious dining room, exposed wooden ceiling beams add rustic charm, while the vintage chandeliers are effortlessly glamorous. And there's a bonus for boaters: The Boathouse provides couples with two slips, in case anyone wants to set sail during the wedding weekend, perhaps during the first look.
The Hampton Maid in Hampton Bays, New York
Couples hoping for a small, intimate wedding brimming with charm will feel at home at The Hampton Maid. Located in the Hampton Bays, the inn holds up to 100 for a reception. Your closest family and friends will watch as you exchange rings in front of large evergreen trees, which provide a picturesque touch to the ceremony space. Though you can get as creative as you want with Instagram installations, there's truly no need. The venue has a few built-in: the glimmering Shinnecock Bay and water mill on the property. There are also rooms with beds made for guests to sink into after dancing the night (or day, brunch weddings are an option here) away with you on the pristine lawn.
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Montauk, New York
From the sprawling private beach to the guestrooms exuding traditional nautical charm and modern luxury, Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa has long been a favorite of spare-no-expense couples on their special day. The venue includes thousands upon thousands of feet of outdoor space, including a 2,000-foot beach. Imagine saying "I do" as the Atlantic Ocean's waves softly crash onto the shore behind you. The crisp, white walls inside Latitude and Longitude, two popular reception spots, are a blank canvas for couples and their florists to go wild with design or let the unforgettable ocean views take center stage. And couples looking for the ease of an all-inclusive wedding weekend are in luck: Gurney's has plenty of options for rehearsal dinners, welcome parties and brunches.
Oceanbleu in Westhampton Beach, New York
Immaculate beaches, rolling waves, an impressive jetty and sunsets to write home about make Oceanbleu a dream venue for anyone picturing a glamorous beachside fête. On a nice day, the beach can serve as the aisle and wedding ceremony space, and couples can put a ring on it with their toes in the sand. After the first kiss, guests can linger outside or head indoors, where the banquet hall is airy and sophisticated and leaves plenty of room for dancing. Dozens of jeweled chandeliers hang from the curved ceilings, and large windows allow the natural light to pour in until the evening's memorable sunset takes hold.
Dockers Waterside Grill in East Quogue, New York
Couples looking for a no-fuss, intimate wedding but don't want to skimp on food or views will want to pay this favorite Long Island haunt a visit. Dockers Waterside Grill's event space is set on the bay, allowing couples to use the stunning waterfront and sunsets as natural backdrops for photos on their big day. Even after the sun kisses the sky good night, couples can continue to dance on the dock as the bay breeze softly blows. The caterer has curated a menu full of local ingredients, from the fish caught right in New York waters to the herbs and spices homegrown on Long Island's farms.
The ROUNDTREE in Amagansett, New York
Amagansett prides itself on its understated character. It's laidback and manages to be cool without trying too hard. Unlike some of its neighboring areas, which are famous for their nightlife, glitz and glam, Amagansett is a tranquil, somewhat hidden gem. The ROUNDTREE epitomizes the spot's personality, and it's ideal for couples looking to lean into a venue's natural beauty for decor. And there's plenty of natural beauty on the grounds, including a century-old, 10-room barn where guests can spend the night. The impeccably manicured gardens are in full bloom by late spring, and the barn, coupled with the foliage, sets a rustic-chic scene each fall.
Gurney's Star Island in Montauk, New York
The Hamptons can feel crowded in the summer months. Couples envisioning a more remote retreat for their nuptials will love the seclusion of Gurney's Star Island. Located on a private lakefront property, this Hamptons wedding venue makes even large bashes feel intimate. (And the venue can host truly big wedding parties—it holds up to 1,000 guests.) The venue looks effortlessly stylish. The interior features crisp, white walls, chandeliers and tastefully placed nautical decor. Outdoors, guests can take in water views from The Great Lawn with a signature cocktail in hand. There's also a pool to lounge by the morning after your wedding or as you await your rehearsal dinner.
Southampton Inn in Southampton, New York
Like a glitzy celebrity-filled summer gala, wedding receptions at Southampton Inn often take place under a large white tent during the warmer months. And the inn hosts wedding receptions year-round, allowing couples to experience the Hamptons in all of its glory during their favorite season. There are also about 90 rooms for your guests to book, ensuring they never have to leave the grounds, which are luscious in the summer and ethereal come winter. Bonus: It's pet-friendly, so your dog can walk you down the aisle and spend the night, too. You'll want to plan a morning-after brunch if you book this venue. The onsite restaurant, Claude's, is noted for having one of the best brunch menus on the East End.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York
Imagine toasting to your future with a glass of wine produced in the same place where you are hosting your reception. If you're an oenophile, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is your dream wedding venue. Though many Long Island vineyards call the North Fork home, Wölffer Estate Vineyard remains a popular spot on the South Fork for locals and celebrities alike. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin reportedly renewed their vows there in 2017. Your own special day will start when you tie the knot in front of 55 acres of vineyards. If the weather is nice, guests can sip local wine and spirits on the deck during cocktail hour. Then, the party heads inside for dinner and dancing in a sophisticated but never stuffy tasting room stocked floor-to-ceiling with local wine, cider and spirits.
The Hedges Inn in East Hampton, New York
The Hamptons are known for having perfectly landscaped hedges, which give homeowners a sense of privacy. But that's not what this spot got its moniker. Instead, it's named for John D. Hedges, who had The Hedges Inn built as a boarding house for his new bride to run after the two tied the knot in 1873. These days, the inn combines historic charm with contemporary luxury. The white picket fence, colonial-style decor and gorgeous gardens provide an idyllic setting for a countryside wedding ceremony. The venue also has a covered outdoor space, providing shade from the sun and protection from any other elements Mother Nature might throw your way. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities, like WiFi to post photos to social media using your wedding hashtag.
Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club in Bridgehampton, New York
Couples stuck between a country club or beachfront wedding venue will love the way Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club seamlessly blends the two. The property is situated on a 1,200-foot private beach, and couples and their guests can take in second-to-none ocean views from the dramatic wrap-around deck. Say "I do" in the sand before retreating to the dining room with crisp white walls and large windows for dinner and a chance to dance the night away. After the sun goes down, couples can head back outside to peacefully wind down the evening in front of a cozy firepit.
Navy Beach in Montauk, New York
Situated on a private beach with Navy piers still visible from the shoreline, Navy Beach possesses an unpretentious elegance and a bit of history. Couples and wedding parties get to walk down a small, exclusive boardwalk and tie the knot underneath an arbor that's steps from the water. Once the recession concludes, the party starts inside the nautical chic dining room full of tastefully chosen seafaring decor. Guests will indulge in food made with locally sourced ingredients. As serene as the dining room is, people don't have to spend the rest of the day inside. Views and ocean breezes like the ones offered at Navy Beach are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, after all. A patio with romantic string lights allows you to move between the indoor and outdoor spaces as you please.
The Pridwin in Shelter Island, New York
The Pridwin, which opened as The Pridwin Hotel in the early 1990s, is one of the best wedding venues for couples hoping for a destination-style affair. The bay views and gentle sea breeze will calm even the strongest pre-wedding jitters and provide a tranquil backdrop for a beachfront wedding. After the ceremony, which takes place on the lush lawn overlooking the water, guests can sip signature drinks on the sizeable deck or inside the dining room during cocktail hour. People can make a mini-vacation out of your big day by staying the night in one of the rooms or cottages with woodland or waterfront views. Note: The Pridwin is undergoing a renovation and plans to reopen in the spring of 2022.
Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, New York
This Bridgehampton inn offers a couple of distinct settings for an intimate East End fête. The Studio at Topping Rose House fits up to 150 people for a cocktail reception and 100 for a sit-down dinner. It overlooks the large, sparkling heated outdoor pool, which guests can also enjoy during their downtime. Its whitewashed walls and large windows create a fresh ambiance. The historic barn holds 100 guests for a cocktail reception and 60 for dinner. It's rustic yet elegant, providing a unique space for raising a glass to new beginnings. After the final song plays, guests can retire to one of the 22 individually decorated guestrooms.
The Muses in Southampton, New York
The Muses offers couples the convenience and space of a banquet hall, but it's anything but cookie-cutter. The interior not only has walls full of windows, it boasts a ceiling window, too, allowing the natural light to illuminate the ballroom. The versatile hall also has a lounge area with plush couches for guests to mix, mingle and take a breather. Outside, couples can make use of the lawns and gardens for a romantic ceremony. The Muses also offers a major perk for couples who want to host a kid-free wedding: There's a special children's room for parents to drop their little ones off and make your wedding day a date night.