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The Best Spots to Get Married on the Cape & Islands

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Wednesday was the first day of spring, a.k.a. the official start to wedding season here on the Cape & Islands. While there's no shortage of venues worthy of nuptials - marinas, country clubs, churches, synagogues, inns, taverns, lighthouses, beaches, museums, and on and on - we thought we'd help those still in the planning stage by putting together a map of the best non-boring locations to get married. Since all Cape and Islands beaches are gorgeous, many betrothed naturally set their sights towards the coast. Use of public beaches is often free, or cheaper than your cell phone bill, but amenities vary widely and there are different rules and regulations for just about every town. So before dragging the Two Buck Chuck down the boardwalk, renting a tent and parking atop the dunes, it's best to make sure any of that's allowed. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other unique places to tie the knot, jump the broom or get hitched off-the-beaten beach. Here now, a guide to the best spots to get married on the Cape & Islands.

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1. Hoxie House

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18 Water Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

One of the oldest houses still standing (could be a good omen for a marriage, right?), the Hoxie House is owned by the Town of Sandwich. The circa 1675 property overlooks a pond and reservations are first come, first served.

2. Cape Cod Winery

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681 Sandwich Road
East Falmouth, MA 02536

No need to BYOB here, the barn at Cape Cod Winery has an indoor capacity of 75 and a tent is available for functions in the vineyard.

3. Falmouth Outdoor Venues

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Menauhant Road & Central Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02536

Menauhunt Beach (pictured) is one of Falmouth's 10 tie-the-knot-friendly public beaches. The town has other parks and a bandstand available for use as well.

4. Cape Cod Central Railroad

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252 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

All aboard! The vintage Cape Cod Central Railroad can host up to 175 guests on both their Dinner Train and the less-formal daytime scenic train.

5. Yarmouth Beaches

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Center Street
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508-398-2231 ex1520
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Bass Hole (pictured; call it Gray's Beach to prevent an adolescent humor attack) is one of Yarmouth's many wedding-friendly beaches. The fee is $105 and availability is handled by Parks & Recreation.

6. Dennis Beaches

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Dunes Road
Dennis, MA 02638

Dennis has 16 ocean beaches and two on freshwater lakes. The Town recommends the three largest for weddings: Corporation Beach for its bluff overlooking the ocean; Mayflower Beach for the wide open flats at low tide; West Dennis Beach for the view of Nantucket Sound and plenty of parking.

7. Scargo Tower

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152 Scargo Hill Road
Dennis, MA 02638

The current 30-foot high cobblestone tower opened in 1901 on the highest hill in the mid-Cape. There are views from Provincetown to Plymouth, but parking is limited. It's a super casual spot, but do contact the Town of Dennis to give them a heads up before planning to "I do.".

8. Cape Cod Lavender Farm

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Route 124 & Weston Woods Road
Harwich, MA 02645

Is wedding day relaxation guaranteed on a lavender farm? Probably not, but regardless, the ceremony will smell rather lovely.

9. Orleans Beaches

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239 Beach Road
Orleans, MA 02653
508-240-3700 ext.465
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The Town of Orleans provides a handy guide to outdoor wedding information including Nauset Beach (pictured), Skaket Beach and the Music Shell at Eldredge Park.

10. Wellfleet Preservation Hall

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335 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Creative reuse of a former church has turned this space into a unique hub of art, culture and community. Built in 1912, the renovated and restored venue sits in the center of "the art gallery town" and features stunning art and architecture, a commercial kitchen, a restored stage, and garden space for outdoor parties. Plus, the building is fully air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

11. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

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11 Shore Road
North Truro, MA 02652

Truro Vineyards opened in 1992, but the house and estate date back to 1813. Their outdoor Pavilion can accommodate up to 65 guests and they even rent out the Barrel Room for rehearsal dinners and/or smaller weddings. Cheers!

12. Art's Dune Tours

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4 Standish Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

To the dunes! Art's is "pleased to offer wedding and commitment ceremony services in the most beautiful all natural Cape Cod setting, the Sand Dunes of Provincetown. Amplify and strengthen the bond of your partnership in one of the most beautiful settings on earth."

13. Vineyard Lighthouses

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9 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535
508-627-4441 x110
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Since 1993, the Martha's Vineyard Museum has been in charge of the care and maintenance of the East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head Lighthouses. They "encourage the use of these facilities for weddings..." to the tune of $300 per hour.

14. The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust

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99 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust currently owns and maintains 18 properties across the island. They offer a number of the historic landmark venues for weddings, including the Old Whaling Church, Union Chapel in Oaks Bluffs and the Dr. Daniel Fisher House (pictured).

15. Cisco Brewers

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5 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554

Set in the pines, the low-key beer garden at Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery & Nantucket Vineyard can handle a toast and a crowd.

16. Nantucket Beaches

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16 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

There are 23 beaches and almost as many possible combinations of permitting authorities to sign off on sandy Nantucket nuptials (here's the 8-page application *PDF). Really.

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1. Hoxie House

18 Water Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

One of the oldest houses still standing (could be a good omen for a marriage, right?), the Hoxie House is owned by the Town of Sandwich. The circa 1675 property overlooks a pond and reservations are first come, first served.

18 Water Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

2. Cape Cod Winery

681 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536

No need to BYOB here, the barn at Cape Cod Winery has an indoor capacity of 75 and a tent is available for functions in the vineyard.

681 Sandwich Road
East Falmouth, MA 02536

3. Falmouth Outdoor Venues

Menauhant Road & Central Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02536

Menauhunt Beach (pictured) is one of Falmouth's 10 tie-the-knot-friendly public beaches. The town has other parks and a bandstand available for use as well.

Menauhant Road & Central Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02536

4. Cape Cod Central Railroad

252 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

All aboard! The vintage Cape Cod Central Railroad can host up to 175 guests on both their Dinner Train and the less-formal daytime scenic train.

252 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

5. Yarmouth Beaches

Center Street, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Bass Hole (pictured; call it Gray's Beach to prevent an adolescent humor attack) is one of Yarmouth's many wedding-friendly beaches. The fee is $105 and availability is handled by Parks & Recreation.

Center Street
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

6. Dennis Beaches

Dunes Road, Dennis, MA 02638

Dennis has 16 ocean beaches and two on freshwater lakes. The Town recommends the three largest for weddings: Corporation Beach for its bluff overlooking the ocean; Mayflower Beach for the wide open flats at low tide; West Dennis Beach for the view of Nantucket Sound and plenty of parking.

Dunes Road
Dennis, MA 02638

7. Scargo Tower

152 Scargo Hill Road, Dennis, MA 02638

The current 30-foot high cobblestone tower opened in 1901 on the highest hill in the mid-Cape. There are views from Provincetown to Plymouth, but parking is limited. It's a super casual spot, but do contact the Town of Dennis to give them a heads up before planning to "I do.".

152 Scargo Hill Road
Dennis, MA 02638

8. Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Route 124 & Weston Woods Road, Harwich, MA 02645

Is wedding day relaxation guaranteed on a lavender farm? Probably not, but regardless, the ceremony will smell rather lovely.

Route 124 & Weston Woods Road
Harwich, MA 02645

9. Orleans Beaches

239 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653

The Town of Orleans provides a handy guide to outdoor wedding information including Nauset Beach (pictured), Skaket Beach and the Music Shell at Eldredge Park.

239 Beach Road
Orleans, MA 02653

10. Wellfleet Preservation Hall

335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Creative reuse of a former church has turned this space into a unique hub of art, culture and community. Built in 1912, the renovated and restored venue sits in the center of "the art gallery town" and features stunning art and architecture, a commercial kitchen, a restored stage, and garden space for outdoor parties. Plus, the building is fully air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

335 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

11. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

11 Shore Road, North Truro, MA 02652

Truro Vineyards opened in 1992, but the house and estate date back to 1813. Their outdoor Pavilion can accommodate up to 65 guests and they even rent out the Barrel Room for rehearsal dinners and/or smaller weddings. Cheers!

11 Shore Road
North Truro, MA 02652

12. Art's Dune Tours

4 Standish Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

To the dunes! Art's is "pleased to offer wedding and commitment ceremony services in the most beautiful all natural Cape Cod setting, the Sand Dunes of Provincetown. Amplify and strengthen the bond of your partnership in one of the most beautiful settings on earth."

4 Standish Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

13. Vineyard Lighthouses

9 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA 02535

Since 1993, the Martha's Vineyard Museum has been in charge of the care and maintenance of the East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head Lighthouses. They "encourage the use of these facilities for weddings..." to the tune of $300 per hour.

9 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

14. The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust

99 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust currently owns and maintains 18 properties across the island. They offer a number of the historic landmark venues for weddings, including the Old Whaling Church, Union Chapel in Oaks Bluffs and the Dr. Daniel Fisher House (pictured).

99 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

15. Cisco Brewers

5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket, MA 02554

Set in the pines, the low-key beer garden at Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery & Nantucket Vineyard can handle a toast and a crowd.

5 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554

16. Nantucket Beaches

16 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

There are 23 beaches and almost as many possible combinations of permitting authorities to sign off on sandy Nantucket nuptials (here's the 8-page application *PDF). Really.

16 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554