Beach Weddings Long Island

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What is more romantic than a beach wedding on Long Island? Saying I do while the sun sets over the ocean and the waves crash against white sand beaches – the picturesque ceremony of a bride’s dreams.  Just miles from New York City, Long Island is surrounded by water, and has some of the world’s most pristine and beautiful beaches – perfect for your wedding nuptials. Whether it is a casual sand-in-your-toes ceremony with the ocean as your backdrop, in a beachside pavilion or garden, or if an elegant formal venue in a historic mansion is more your taste, your choices for beach weddings are limitless on Long Island.

 

Gold coast state park preserves offer unique and historic venues for your beachside wedding. The Sands Point Preserve located on 216 acres, boasts the Hempstead House known as Castle Gould, and offers a  stunning castle-like wedding venue just steps from Long Island Sound. A second mansion on the Sands Point Preserve, Falaise, was the magnificent cliff side waterfront home of Harry Guggenheim, can be rented for weddings and wedding photography by Nassau county residents with proper permits.  
 

The Vanderbilt Museum includes the historic mansion that was once home to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and offers brides the opportunity to use the perfectly manicured gardens and grounds for photography and small wedding parties of no more than 30 people.The waterfront Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale and the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, just minutes from the beach, offer various options ranging from photography on their enchanting acres to fully catered wedding receptions in the gardens or within the halls of their mansions. Proper permits must be filed in advance at all state park preserves, as availability is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Many of the state parks on Long Island have beautiful beaches and welcome wedding ceremonies and photography. Notable beachside state parks include the Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses State Park which offers access to the terrace of the keeper’s quarters at the Lighthouse for wedding ceremonies, Hither Hills State Park or Montauk Point State Park on the South Fork, Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, and Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. Orient Beach State Park on the North Fork rents covered pavilions for private parties for 80-100 (up to 120 people in total). Contact the park directly via (631) 323-2440 or using this link for your permit applications, to reserve the pavilion and for a list of recommended catering vendors.

Other state parks on Long Island with covered pavilions available for rent include Bethpage State Park, Heckscher State Park and Hempstead Lake State Park, all of which have access to a beach or lakefront area, and can be rented for wedding ceremonies and receptions. All state park pavilion rentals are available on a first come first serve basis and must be properly reserved in advance to ensure availability. For more information on group use permit applications see New York State Parks website.  
 

Additional Resources:

The Long Island Wedding Guide
Long Island Wedding Photography
Long Island Beaches

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