The day you’ve dreamed about is getting close and you’re on the hunt for the perfect coastal wedding venue.
With its pristine beaches, grassy dunes and shimmering waters, Amelia Island has long been a popular option, offering an intimate, luxurious and stunning setting with something to offer for every happy couple. To help narrow down your search, we’re featuring eight top places to say “I do” on this wonderfully picturesque island.
Best Nautical Nuptial
Amelia Island’s beautiful beaches offer a romantic and effortless setting with the sound of the surf and sea breeze in the background. Couples do not need a permit to create their fairytale venue and can choose from over 40 public beach access points for their ceremony for the perfect beach wedding. A variety of reception options around the island can be found by visiting ameliaisland.com/weddings.
Best Versatile Venue
Looking to sit back and relax? Let the on-property wedding consultants at Omni Amelia Island Resort
take care of you every worry-free step of the way. They make expert use of the resort’s seven different wedding spaces, ranging from a 16,800 square feet indoor ballroom to a breathtaking oceanside terrace. Located on the marsh side of the resort, Walker’s Landing has a grand deck that overlooks a magnificent sunset view of the Intercoastal Waterway. For couples wanting magnificent and manicured golf views, the Oak Point Lawn is carefully placed between Spanish moss-covered oak trees and the beautiful marsh. The list of possibilities for a spectacular wedding celebration is virtually endless.
Best “Blank Slate” Wedding
Featuring undeniable natural beauty, the Ocean Club of Amelia Island
is a tastefully renovated beach cottage on the shores of Amelia Island. The venue’s two-story coastal chic interior is accompanied by natural stone patios, driftwood chandeliers and plenty of open space to customize to your liking. The large, covered dining patio overlooks the ocean dunes and allows the sea breeze to be felt throughout your entire day.
Best Classic Ceremony
If you’re not a toes-in-the-sand kind of bride, you’ll appreciate the lush tropical landscaping and graceful three-tiered fountain at The Addison on Amelia Island Bed & Breakfast
. Located downtown, the 15-room property sets the tone for an enjoyable and stress-free wedding day with private, semi-private and public porches overlooking the historic homes of Ash Street.
Best Luxury Experience
Set among 13 miles of beachfront, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
will leave your guests speechless. From crystal chandeliers and dynamic floral arrangements, to lush palm trees and dune-lined beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island creates a luxurious setting for an elegant Southern wedding. The resort also has an extremely talented catering team that can craft a menu based on your personal preferences, as well as advisors who can assist with flowers, linens, music, décor and more.
Best Vintage Vibe
The Florida House Inn
is best described by three words: nostalgic, classic and timeless. Built in 1857 and renovated in 2009, the Inn is the only hotel in Fernandina Beach to offer a beautiful courtyard with a mermaid fountain, and a 350-year-old live oak draped with twinkling lights – the perfect stage for your first dance! The Florida House Inn also has a team of wedding specialists who can guide and support couples through their entire planning process.
Best Private Celebration
Known as the “most romantic place to elope on Amelia Island,” the Fairbanks House Bed & Breakfast
has a special elopement package
for just you and your partner. That’s right – no guests. The package features a romantic ceremony under the gazebo in their private gardens, professional photography, an intimate wedding dinner for two, a wedding cake, bottle of champagne, and more.
Best Off-Island Ventures
For those looking to travel off-island, the Oyster Bay Yacht Club
is located on the northern tip of Oyster Bay Harbour and features more than 7,500 square feet of venue space, waterfront views overlooking the marina, lush natural surroundings, and southern coastal architecture. Your guests will swoon over the breathtaking ceremony and reception backdrops, and just imagine how beautiful your photos will be! Another great option is Sugar Pointe Estate
, this private piece of natural beauty was established in 1862 and is surrounded by gorgeous 100-year-old oaks, sugar maples, magnolias and palms. Couples can enjoy their special day in the Estate House, “Sugar Shack” Barn, Boat House or a manicured pasture. This venue also features an arched bridge above a gushing waterfall… the idea spot for a first look!
for more information on the romantic side of Amelia Island and other wedding locations.