Planning on Island Time

There is something extremely romantic about an island wedding. But there are also a few logistical things to consider when you are planning this type of nuptial, says Jessica Willi, executive director of the Block Island Tourism Council. First consideration: transportation. Whether the mode is ferry or plane, plan in advance. “I got married on Block Island and for me it was worth the risk of bad weather to have the reward of an amazing outdoor wedding on Block Island,” she says. Willi highly recommends using on-island vendors who don’t have to travel and who know the logistics of the island. Another good tip is to get advice from other couples who have gotten married on an island.

Lastly, keep in mind that islands in southern New England all have short seasons. You can save a lot of money for both you and your guests if you consider alternate days to Saturday because island hotels often have a three-night minimum for weekends in season. “Even if money is no object to you, it might be for your guests,” says Willi.

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