Here Comes the Blog: Location, Location, Location

The venue has been chosen! We’ll be saying our “I Dos” on a (hopefully) sunny but not TOO hot summer afternoon, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing and cocktails under the stars on Block Island, RI. Choosing the venue was one of the most difficult decisions and now that it has been decided, the real fun of planning can begin.

So why Block Island? For one, it’s a special place to us that we’d visited together early on in our relationship. Our bigger reason and why we ultimately chose it though is because of its destination wedding-like qualities, without actually being a world away.

Although we reside in Newport, RI, our families and friends are literally spread out all over the country. We wanted to not only show our guests some proper New England charm, but also provide a place that offers plenty to do and is easy to get around once there. Our thought was that once our guests take their planes, trains and automobiles to one of the Block Island Ferry terminals and board that boat, their vacation will begin and they’ll get to enjoy a few stress-free days in a seaside hidden gem – no car needed! More importantly, we’ll get to spend that time with all our guests, extending our celebrations into a long weekend of fun.

After visiting several venues on the island, we ultimately chose The Atlantic Inn for our reception. For one, it’s quintessential New England, with its blue and white exterior and Adirondack chair filled porch. The view from high atop the cliff isn’t too shabby either. What really sold us though was being able to take over the Inn for the weekend with our family and friends and the ability to work directly with the owners to really customize our event and make it special for us and our crew.

In response to telling people we’re planning a wedding on an island that’s only accessible by boat and plane, we were admittedly met with a little skepticism and the question, “Are you nuts?” by some. “What if there’s a hurricane?” said my always optimistic mother. While planning a wedding on a semi-remote island isn’t the easiest thing in the world, it’s really not so hard and the end result is sure to be an unforgettable time. I’ll be sharing plenty of advice for planning your own island wedding in coming posts, and you can read some helpful tips from event planner Sarah Daly to get you started in the meantime. And to answer the above question, yes, some would definitely say I’m nuts, but in my opinion I’m just “unique.”

Atlantic Inn, Block Island via Susan Sancomb Photography / Southern New England Weddings

 Photo Credit: Susan Sancomb Photography

Allie is a native New Yorker who fell in love with Rhode Island after studying Journalism at URI and living by the beach. After several years in Manhattan working in public relations and digital media, Allie returned to the Ocean State and currently resides in Newport. She enjoys writing, music, yoga and any activity that involves sunshine and the ocean.

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