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Most people have no idea where Cape Cod is located and haven’t got a clue at how large the area actually is.   When telling people the location of our wedding, common questions would be “is that a suburb of Boston?” or “is that an island off the coast of Maine?” or “can I walk from one end of the Cape to the other?”  In simple terms: Cape Cod is the ‘hook’ of Massachusetts and can take multiple hours to drive from one end to the other.  For this reason it is important to think about travel time for your guests before booking your wedding location.

Below I have listed the different regions of Cape Cod, popular wedding venues in those areas, and highlights for each area.  Stay tuned for venue spotlight accompanied by featured weddings…

Upper Cape – Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee:     The Upper Cape’s proximity to the mainland yields slightly less-brutal traffic than elsewhere on the Cape.  This region’s beaches are more intimate and most of its attractions (freshwater ponds, conservation areas, and small museums) are inland.

Author’s Picks:  Bourne Farm, Nauticas Marina, and Highfield Hall

Brookside Club - http://www.thebrooksideclub.com/index.php/weddings

Bourne Farm - http://www.saltpond.info/wedding.shtml

Coonamesset Farm - http://www.coonamessettfarm.com/id346.html

Coonamessett Inn - http://www.capecodrestaurants.org/coonamessett/weddings-events

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa - http://www.danlwebsterinn.com/cape_cod_wedding/

Falmouth Yacht Club - http://www.falmouthyachtclub.com/Functions.htm

Flying Bridge Restaurant - http://www.capecodrestaurants.org/flyingbridge/weddings-events

Hemisphere Waterfront Dining - http://www.hemispherecapecod.com/index.php/functionsandweddings

Heritage Museums & Gardens - http://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/plan-your-visit/event-rentals/

Highfield Hall - http://www.highfieldhall.org/

Nauticas Marina - http://nauticusmarina.com/cape-cod-weddings/waterfront-weddings-events-location

Popponesset Inn - http://209.18.100.21/Weddings/Popponesset-68.html

The Beachmoor - http://www.beachmoor.com/index.php?pg=weddings

The Beach Club - http://www.tbc1927.com/events

The Country Club at New Seabury - http://www.newseabury.com/Weddings.aspx

Wianno Yacht Club - http://www.wiannoclub.com/web/guest/welcome

Willowbend - http://www.willowbendcountryclub.com/tying-the-knot

Mid Cape – Barnstable, Hyannis, Dennis, Yarmouth:     The Mid Cape is the most heavily populated (and touristed) part of the Cape region.  It’s fairly easy to get to and is filled with amazing attractions that will leave your guests satisfied with their Cape Cod experience.

Author’s Picks:  Lighthouse Inn, Dennis Inn, and Borsari Gallery

Borsari Gallery Cape Cod - http://www.borsarigallerycapecod.com/Weddings/tabid/83/Default.aspx

Cape Cod Museum of Art - http://www.ccmoa.org/Facilities-Rental.asp

Dennis Inn - http://www.dennisinn.com/weddings-dennis-inn.php

Lighthouse Inn - http://www.lighthouseinn.com/cape-cod-beachfront-rental-summer-rentals-cape-cod-weddings.asp

Lower Cape – Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans:     The Lower Cape is known for its elegance with a quiet sense of history and simple purpose.  Travel time can be lengthy, but it is so much Cape Cod flavor to make the trip worthwhile.

Author’s Picks:  Winslow Estate, Chatham Bars Inn, and Wychmere Beach Club

Captain Linnell House and Gardens - http://www.linnell.com/cape-cod-weddings.htm

Chatham Bars Inn - http://www.chathambarsinn.com/weddings/locations

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club - http://www.oceanedge.com/weddings/

Old Sea Pines - http://www.oldseapinesinn.com/weddings.html

Orleans Inn - http://www.orleansinn.com/Wedding.htm

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club - http://www.wequassett.com/weddings

Winslow Estate - http://www.win-estates.com/heritage.htm

Wychmere Beach Club - http://www.longwoodevents.com/Venues/wychmere-beach-club.shtml

Outer Cape – Provincetown, Wellfleet, Truro:     Much of the Outer Cape is undeveloped, protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Long, dune-backed beaches appear to go on forever while trails wind through inland scrub forests.  Locals will tell you that this is where “the real Cape” begins.  The Outer Cape is undeniably beautiful, but the distance from the mainland may be a drawback for most out-of-town brides.

Author’s Picks:  Holden Inn and Pamet Yacht Club

Chequessett Yacht & Country Club - http://cycc.net/?page_id=119

Holden Inn - http://www.theholdeninn.com/

Pamet Yacht Club - http://www.pametclub.com/rentals.html

On the Edge – Plymouth and beyond:     Plymouth and surrounding areas still embody the Cape Cod charm with a lower price tag and travel time.  It also boasts some of the most unique and beautiful wedding venues on the Cape.

Author’s Pick:  White Cliffs

Plimouth Plantation - http://www.plimoth.org/dining-functions/wedding-packages

White Cliffs Country Club - http://www.whitecliffscc.com/

The Islands – Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket:     Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are two of America’s “storybook islands” that are not to be missed.  The islands are saturated with white-sandy beaches, quaint towns, and New England charm.  The islands define Cape Cod’s beauty.  It can be very difficult to plan and host a wedding on these islands for out-of-town brides.

Author’s Picks: Captain Flanders House, Menemsha Inn, and The White Elephant

Captain Flanders House (Martha’s Vineyard) - http://www.captainflandersinn.com/weddings.html

Harbor View (Martha’s Vineyard) - http://www.harbor-view.com/weddings.asp

Lambert’s Cove (Martha’s Vineyard) - http://www.lambertscoveinn.com/weddings.html

Menemsha Inn (Martha’s Vineyard) - http://www.menemshainn.com/events.html

Jared Coffin House (Nantucket) –  http://www.jaredcoffinhouse.com/special/

The Summer House (Nantucket) - http://www.thesummerhouse.com/weddings.html

The White Elephant (Nantucket) - http://www.whiteelephanthotel.com/weddings/index.php

Regardless of where you choose to say “I Do”, it’s going to be a Beautiful Day!