Dreaming of a beach wedding but worried about privacy, i.e., interruption from random frisbeepassing strangers? I have compiled this stunning list for you and these 10 resorts offer private or semi-private (guest-only) beaches that ensure beautiful ceremonies with minimum interference.
Vieques, a once little-known island off Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, is celebrated for its deserted beaches, sleepy fishing villages and resident population of wild horses. The island is home to a number of small, casual guesthouses, or you can add a little San Juan sizzle to your tropical getaway at the super-stylish 156-room W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island. Your beach wedding can take place on the main beach, but many couples opt for the more secluded Whisper Cove, a crescent-shaped strand with sugar-soft sand between rocky outcroppings (room for up to 50).
Say your I do’s amid romantic touches like a chiffon-draped arch, candlelit floor lanterns and oversize throw pillows matching the beach wedding color scheme. Afterward, toast your union right on the sand with the hotel’s famous Isla Nena mojitos and a Bacardi rum tasting. Then let a salsa band lead your party to the Lawn, beautifully set for dinner (think long tables dressed with calla-and-driftwood centerpieces), for a Puerto Rican-style pig roast with regional sides like rice and black beans and fried plantains.
Not ready to call it a night? Gather round the ocean-facing fire pit to rehash your blissful day. Rooms from $289; weddings from $1,000.
What do you get when you combine a breathtaking Miami Beach location, beyond beautiful blooms from Petal Productions and a fab vintage meets rustic chic vibe.
2) Marco Island, Florida
This barrier island, just below Naples and part of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands chain, is renowned for its stellar white beaches — which is probably why one of the most popular ceremony venues at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is a thatch-roof tiki hut on the beach, one of the Sunshine State’s largest private strands and just perfect for a beach wedding. If you crave something even more secluded, the resort just launched a program that lets adventurous couples marry within a national wildlife refuge on sparsely populated Caxambas Island. After a 15-minute ride (where you might spot bald eagles, dolphins or even a manatee), the resort’s 55-foot pontoon will deposit you and up to 49 guests on gorgeous Cape Romano Beach for a simple ceremony with a tiki-torch backdrop.
After the I do’s, snap photos beside an abandoned white dome home dating from the ’80s. Back at the resort for the wedding reception, enjoy sunset piña coladas and mini Cuban sandwiches, followed by Floridian/Pan-Asian fusion fare like guava barbecue-glazed pork loin and Gulf Coast red snapper. For dessert? Spongecake with Key lime custard filling, of course! Now how about that for a beach wedding? Rooms from $279; wedding packages from $85 per person, plus site fee.