Planning Your Nantucket Wedding

Historic Nantucket is the perfect place for
the wedding of your dreams!

Experience the charm, the romance and the beauty of Nantucket Island. With miles and miles of beaches, historic indoor and outdoor venues, mild weather, spectacular views, world-class restaurants, and romantic accommodations, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country.


However, an island wedding is not without unique challenges. You'll want to consider hiring an experienced on-island consultant unless you are planning on a very small wedding party.

Because Nantucket is such a popular wedding destination, you can find a number of online wedding guides that provide information on everything from florists to photographers, so we are not going to focus on those things here. Instead, we just want to give you a few tips and insights that may be helpful in the initial planning of your Nantucket dream wedding.

MARRIAGE LICENSE INFO

Nantucket County Marriage License Office
Nantucket Town Clerk
16 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
508.228.7216

Rules and Regulations:

  • Legal age is 18
  • Proper identification is required: photo ID such as drivers license
    (certified birth certificate may be required - check with licensing office)
  • License may be issued at any Massachusetts city or town hall
  • Applicants are not required to be Massachusetts residents
  • Both bride and groom must appear in person at time of application
  • Three day waiting period (can be waived for a fee)
  • Fees range from $4 to $50 depending on city or town
  • No blood test required
  • License is valid for 60 days

PLAN EARLY

Nantucket is not only a popular wedding location, it is, of course, a huge tourist destination, with an estimated 40,0000 tourists arriving every summer. That is a lot of people on a very small island! Obviously, hotels and historic venues book well in advance.

So the most important thing for you to consider? PLAN EARLY! Start making plans at least one year in advance!

HIRE A CONSULTANT

No matter how much you plan ahead, Nantucket weddings are particularly vunerable to delays, cancellations and major frustrations. Unless you are planning on a very small wedding party, you should always consider a wedding consultant, and not just anyone. You need an “on-island” consultant who has the contacts and experience to deal with any unexpected problems resulting from bad weather, flight delays, last-minute accommodations, and the list go on. Also, an on-island consultant can make recommendations about florists, photographers and other vendors, while helping you stay within your budget.

The following is a not a complete list of consultants/planners, but these do come highly recommended:

ACKtivities
508.228.6648
Email: aisling@acktivities.com
Website: ACKtivities

Nantucket Island Events
Maureen Sullivan
508.325-4756
Email: maureen@nantucketislandevents.com
Website: Nantucket Island Events

Nantucket Weddings
508.228.9165 ext 101
Website: Nantucket Weddings

Unique Nantucket
508.228.9292
Email: uniquenantucket@comcast.net
Website: Unique Nantucket

OFFICIANTS

Ordained ministers of the gospel may perform marriages, but they must have a certificate from the state of Massachusetts.

You can find numerous lists of Nantucket officiants online. Here are just a couple of websites:

Wedding Wire
Weddingbee

Officiant for a Day: We think this is really interesting!

In Massachusetts, a family friend or relative can perform your wedding ceremony. The officiant must fill out an application and submit the application with a nominal fee to to the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. You should receive a letter in 4-6 weeks granting permission for the applicant to perform the wedding ceremony.
For more information: Click here.

VENUES

I can’t imagine not wanting a beach wedding, but there are some truly incredible historic venues that may be just perfect for you.

Beach Wedding:

If you’re like me and prefer a beach wedding, start by filling out a beach event application. To find out more about the permit and to download the 13-page application, click here. You will need to provide information on the location, number of people attending, what will be brought to the beach, clean-up plans, and advise if tents will be erected.

Brant Point Beach, Nantucke

Brant Point Light
One of the most popular wedding spots on the island

Another reminder to PLAN EARLY and submit the application as soon as you have a date in mind. The best spots are booked far in advance.

***Even if you're planning a very small wedding, be sure to submit your application early. And remember this: Expect the unexpected! If you are planning a outdoor wedding on the beach, you MUST have a back-up tent on hand. The weather is usually beautiful in the summer and fall, but afternoon rainfall is fairly common. There are several tent rental companies on the island. Better to be prepared and dry, than caught in a downpour!

Historic Venues

PLAN EARLY and contact the desired venue as soon as you have a date. These popular venues book well advance, so availability may be an issue. Also, some churches may have issues with non-members, so it's a good idea to find out early if there is going to be any problems!

African Meeting House
Museum of Afro-American History
29 York Street
508.228.4819

First Congregational Church (Congregationalist)
62 Centre Street
508.228.0950

Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street
508.228.1110

Nantucket Whaling Museum
11 Broad Street
508.228.1894

Quaker Meeting House
7 Fair Street
508.228.1894

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Episcopal)
20 Fair Street
508.228.0100

‘Sconset Union Chapel (Protestant)
18 New Street, ‘Sconset
508.257.6616

Second Congregational Church (Unitarian Universalist)
11 Orange Street
508.228.5466

Summer Street Church / First Baptist Church (Baptist)
1 Summer Street
508.228.4930

The Church of St. Mary (Catholic)
3 Federal Street
508.228.0100

United Methodist Church (Methodist)
2 Centre Street
508.228.0810

Wade Cottages
‘Sconset
508.257.6308


Congratulations on your special day.
Wishing you have a lifetime of love and happiness.



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