Tying the knot at any of these iconic destinations is sure to be magical
From breathtaking beaches to historic hamlets, the Hamptons have a little something for everyone. The romantic backdrops, abundant hotel and restaurant scene, and the luxurious locale make the East End an idyllic choice for weddings, and couples clamor each year to secure one of the exclusive venues to celebrate their big day. The options vary from beach weddings held in the sand to ceremonies overlooking Long Island wine country, with many other special spots in between. The East End’s famous twilight makes for magical pictures no matter the venue, and the popularity of the destination makes it an easy ask for traveling guests to come to.
Backyard at Solé East
Sure, the Backyard at Solé East is in Montauk, but it’s not the wild beach party scene you might think of. Still within walking distance from the beach and about a mile from the Village downtown, this pristine plot borders Fort Pond and features a calming, country-club vibe. Hosting a wedding in the Backyard is a bit of a misnomer, unless the backyard you’re picturing also features pristine landscaping and a heated pool surrounded by oversized pool beds. With plenty of space for a tent, the property also features extensive opportunities to make it your own—from glowing paper lanterns in the trees around the property to frequent use of the sprawling lawn before, during, and after the wedding. Guests can stay in comfort in the Tudor- style hotel, enjoy the zen den and private massage room, and dine at the acclaimed restaurant. It’s just like having a down-home wedding in the backyard…of your dreams. (90 2nd House Rd., Montauk)
Picture this: A couple taking wedding photos among the vines of a gently rolling vineyard, abutted by a charming apple orchard and a rambling green lawn. A picturesque ceremony in a cathedral roofed pavilion. A boisterous reception, filled with guests dancing on a mahogany deck overlooking acres of vines in the summer sun. It may sound like Napa Valley, but this dream-like scene is actually a snapshot of a beautiful wedding at Bedell Cellars tucked away in the countryside of Cutchogue. The other benefit of a vineyard wedding? The wine! Charged by consumption with no minimum and a healthy discount, the hand- crafted wines famously reflect the North Fork’s signature style, and will delight guests. (36225 NY-25, Cutchogue)
Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf
If a beach wedding is in store, Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf provides one of the most perfect backdrops, and an ideal venue in terms of versatility no matter the weather. Located where Mecox Bay meets the Atlantic, the property’s 1200 feet of private beachfront is one of the most beautiful stretches on the East End, with sensational sunset views and calm water. The panorama isn’t restricted to the beach itself. If the weather darkens, your guests can head inside to the large ballroom, where huge windows still feature a 180-degree ocean view, with access to a wrap-around porch deck at every turn. Many couples choose to get married right on the beach, where you can celebrate with your feet in the sand before heading to the deck for sunset cocktails in the breeze and a lavish feast inside the glowing ballroom. (231 Midocean Dr., Bridgehampton)
Trumpets at the Gate
While its 120-person capacity may be smaller than other venues in the area, what Trumpets at the Gate lacks in volume it makes up for in charm and ambiance. With a nautical but unpretentious feel, the space is beachy, without the beach—reminiscent of an elegant luxury Hamptons cottage. Boats float by the deck regularly, and the building is lined with beach grass and hydrangeas. Couples who celebrate their nuptials here rave about the service— white-glove but unaffected, with staff who are warm and professional. Catering is done on the premises, with restaurant- quality food that feels like it’s being served by a professional private chef. It’s the highest-level of entertaining, done in a warm and intimate setting that will make couples and guests feel right at home. (58 S Bay Ave., Eastport)
Atop a hill overlooking where the Atlantic Ocean meets the horizon, a wedding at Montauk Manor offers striking views, both of the ocean and within the facilities themselves. The vaulted ceilings of the lobby and the extensive (12 acres) estate add a heightened and majestic feel to the lofty a air. Guests can overlook sweeping views of Gardiner’s Bay from one of many terraces, and the expansive lawn leaves many options for a tent for a night of revelry atop the bluff. With a day spa and restaurant on the property and an affordable range of rooms, this is a destination that will feel special for the wedding couple and their guests alike. Fun fact—the property has long- term property available for purchase, so couples who really fall in love with the location can buy a spot on site to celebrate anniversaries year after year. (236 Edgemere St., Montauk)
Hosting a wedding within a world- class sculpture garden is not without its challenges—such as picking which of the unique and picturesque backdrops is the best background for a ceremony. The most popular spot at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton is Hornbeam Allée, aptly named for the two rows of birch trees that border it. Other options include scenic stone bridges, a lawn spotted with flowering trees, and Council Ring—a special round ring surrounded by rough-hewn wood benches and giant ferns. Guests have no shortage of mystical winding pathways and secret gardens to explore, and there’s no better way to end a long celebration than huddled around a re pit in the middle of a beautiful property. (133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton)
Whether you’re seeking an intimate setting for close family and friends or searching for the ultimate party venue, the East End’s diverse sceneries o er up a great selection of wedding locales. Long after the sun has set, the last toast has been made, and the reception music has waned, breathtaking photos of Hamptons sunsets and memories of unique and special celebrations will live on for the thousands of couples that wed here each year.