Planning a Nantucket wedding: resources and vendors

So many people have heard of the tourist destination of Martha’s Vineyard, but I’m going to tell you all about one of my favorite places: Nantucket Island for weddings. a short ferry trip and an even shorter cessna ride from the continent lies a sand bar called Nantucket. Long ago, the little island was the world’s leading whaling port but when that industry came to a halt, many left the island. Local historic district commission ensures architectural preservation and development is done with the strictest care to preserve the history and character of the island. What makes they “grey lady” extra special is that most of the homes and buildings on island date back from before the civil war. Total time warp! Cobblestone streets and dirt roads dotted with white cedar shingle cottages… A picturesque harbor, shell-paved walks, lighthouses and expansive nature preserves and golf courses…. Oh I almost forgot: dolphins in the sunset at Madaket Beach…  All this makes “ACK” one of the most desirable places to live, vacation, and have a destination wedding.

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As with many island towns, nantucket’s population soars in the summertime and has become a very popular location for destination weddings.

Nantucket isn’t as hectic as Martha’s Vineyard is in the summer, and is far less saturated with tourists. There’s no traffic lights on island and year round, its quite peaceful. If you get seasick from ferries and you can’t stomach the idea of hopping on a 10 passenger prop plane (and telling them your weight), you might be out of luck. If you do happen to make it on island, you can rent a car or bicycle easily. If you rent a scooter (not really a moped) do be careful because inexperienced riders on winding dirt roads not only annoy the locals but can be an unsafe combo.

As far as resources for Nantucket weddings, there are quite a lot, whether you choose to use island resources or bring your own from the mainland. As far as theme and decorating goes, there are blogs and wedding planners to help. Some popular elements Nantucket lightship baskets, sailor knots, star fish and seashells, hydrangeas, and a nautical / navy color theme are all very popular design ideas to add to a Nantucket event. When planning your island wedding, give yourself extra time and book far in advance since warm months on the island give way to wedding venues and accommodations, inns, and hotels booking up fast for your out of town guests. Since weather is unpredictable on Nantucket, always have a backup plan in store in case of inclement weather. One thing to note though is that so many mornings on Nantucket start out very grey just due to the fog rolling over the island and the clouds often pass for a sunny day.

On island there are a few popular areas for weddings including looking right in town and east over in Siasconset (also known simply as ‘Sconset). below you will find my not so big list of resources for Nantucket weddings

Ceremony Venues and Nantucket beach information

First Congregational Church 62 Center Street (508) 228-0950
St Paul’s Episcopal Church 20 Fair Street (508) 228-0916‎ (stone church famed for its Tiffany & Co. stained glass windows, somewhat strict rules for marriage)
South Church / Unitarian Universalist Church11 Orange Street (508) 228-7597
Shirat Ha Yam Jewish services at the Unitarian Church
United Methodist Church 3 Liberty Street (508) 228-1882
St Mary’s Our Lady of the Isle3 Federal Street (508) 228-0100‎ (i believe you have to be a member)
First Baptist Church 1 Summer Street (508) 228-4930
Union Chapel 18 New Street (508) 257-6616‎ (over in ‘Sconset) The Sconset Chapel
Beach Wedding Ceremonies – while beaches are public property you still need to contact the Board Of Selectmen, I love Jetties Beach
Brant Point light is a very popular location for wedding ceremonies as well
Altar Rock is the second highest point on the island and also a favorite location
Catherine Stover is the Town Clerk and a Justice of the Peace
Wedding venues and rehearsal dinner locations
Nantucket Whaling Museum check out the rooftop observation deck!
Brotherhood of Thieves about 50 seated or 100 for passed h’orderves
A Taste of Nantucket Kimberly Reed (offers planning services as well)
Wedding Cakes and Bakeries
Flowers on Chestnut (508-228-6007) Michael Molinar
Soiree Floral Dawn Kelly
Wedding Photographer
Wedding Planners, Consultant and misc. resources
Unique Nantucket Nicole Whelden
Dress Pressing/Ironing on ACK Roni Roberts Pressed for Time
Music: Bands, DJ’s, soloists:
Jeffrey Ross & The Atlantics (508-228-2825)
Ceremony Musicians
Ceremony Music : Harp by Harpist Mary Keller
Wedding Transportation:
Vintage cars: Highland Drivers
Cranberry Transportation
Gifts, Favors, and Decor
Blue Beetle Nantucket on Main for monogrammed bags and other personalized goodies
Beach Glass on straight wharf, lots of glass and jewelry
Nantucket Gift Basket Company
Aunt Leah’s Fudge opens back up in april i think
Salons on Nantucket for Bridal Hair and Makeup Best place to buy Cenforce USA, UK, AU.
R.J. Miller Salons 508-228-4672
Andrea Marie Salon for bridal styling 508-228-0042
Tresses & The Day Spa 508-228-0024 (hair, makeup, spray tanning)
The Calming Room (makeup and spray tanning) 508-325-8920
Darya Salon & Spa 508-228-0550