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"Island Factor" Planning a Block Island Wedding

Block Island is an enchanting and quaint island 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island.  Planning a Block Island wedding presents challenges because of its proximity in the Atlantic Ocean.  However this location also offers breathtaking beauty and a unique spot for a destination wedding.

SE Lighthouse Bluffs Block Island by Rose Schaller


The island is only 11 square miles in total which makes transportation around the island very convienient no matter where you are staying.  Every location is close to a beach and most offer ocean views.  Ceremony locations range from a small chapel wedding,  a lawn overlooking the harbor and ocean to a barefoot beach ceremony.  Reception locations are also countless from grand Victorian hotels, beach clambakes to just about anywhere you can set up a tent.

When having a destination wedding remember that you are not the only one who needs to do advance planning.  Your guests will also need time to plan for their stay.  Hotels, B&Bs and rental homes book up many months ahead of time and for this reason save the date packages are highly recommended to be sent to your guests in the winter months prior to the wedding.

Block Island has a large positive response rate for weddings.  Normally about 65 – 80% of guests you invite to weddings will attend but for Block Island weddings that rate is closer to 95 to 100% of guests!  So make sure you have the accommodations for your guests!  Block Island offers so many activities for your guests that many like to combine their vacations with your wedding.  Besides site seeing there are 17 miles of beaches,  365 fresh water ponds and 32 miles of nature trails to explore.

As you choose vendors for your island wedding it is important to choose vendors that are familiar with the island.  There are challenges getting goods to the island as there is limited space on each ferry crossing for cargo as well as passengers.  It is also wise to make sure your vendor is watching the marine forecast so they can make sure they are on the appropriate side of the ocean for your wedding day.  Quite often the marine forecast can be different from what the weather forecast is for inland.

As will all island weddings weather is always a concern.  While everyone hopes for a spectacular day on their wedding it is best to have back up plans just in case and hope you never have to use them.  Of course there is also the “Island Factor” to be considered.  This is a term that is used on the island to pretty much explain everything from boats not running, quests being late to the islanders own sense of time.  BUT “Island Factor” is also the laid back relaxed feeling you get while on the island that in the end everything will work out.  Island weddings are always each uniquely their own and every one is wonderful! For more information on Block Island please visit the Block Island Chamber of Commerce website.

 

Rose Schaller is a wedding and portrait photographer currently residing in New York but she spends much of her time on Block Island.  Rose is available to photograph just about anywhere from the Hudson Valley through New England.