Many visitors to Amelia Island claim that they fall in love with our paradise as soon as they drive over the Intracoastal Waterway. Of course, many have discovered that its pristine beauty, including magnificent views of marsh and ocean, makes it not just a great place for a special vacation, but also an ideal setting for a spectacular wedding. While the natural beauty and friendly island atmosphere are perennial, each season on Amelia offers up a unique experience.
The holiday season is an extraordinary opportunity for an elegant winter-style wedding. Imagine experiencing The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island decorated for the season with its annual ginger bread house and spectacular fifty-foot courtyard Christmas tree, or viewing a million sparkling lights at Amelia Island Plantation from a horse-drawn carriage. For a Victorian Christmas atmosphere, downtown Fernandina Beach’s historic homes dress in their finery each holiday season for the Christmas on Centre Tour and the tree-lighting ceremony.
When springtime comes to Amelia, the marshlands come alive with rare birds and unique tropical foliage. Photo opportunities are at their peak for couples who prefer a natural setting—perhaps a wedding ceremony under the moss-draped live oak trees at The Amelia Island Williams House or The Ribault Club on Fort George Island? How about a beachside wedding at one of the island’s oceanfront hotels? World-class spring annual events like the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance might attract guests to stay just a bit longer to experience these exceptional happenings.
Summertime is fun time for vacationing families drawn to Amelia Island for its balmy ocean breezes and the mild temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean. Destination wedding guests are certain to enjoy a myriad of summer activities, including boating, fishing, and relaxing on the beach, while local restaurants and art galleries offer cool respites from outdoor pursuits.
Autumn brings forth a peaceful time on Amelia Island, as children return to school and local folks regroup for the upcoming holidays. The weather is ideal and destination wedding goers can be guaranteed a cozy, intimate resort community, with fabulous amenities like manicured golf courses and graceful receptions, catered by some of the best gourmet chefs in Northeast Florida.
No matter what the season, brides and grooms, along with their guests, will discover there are plenty of things to see and do, from horse and carriage rides, scenic boat trips, and Amelia Island Museum of History walking tours, to shopping, dining, and dancing at night. For outdoor enthusiasts, Fort Clinch State Park offers miles of hiking and biking trails, swimming, beach walking, fishing, and the opportunity to explore a Civil War fort that was once occupied by both Union and Confederate soldiers.
And, at any time of year, Fernandina Beach’s Victorian past, authentically preserved in the 50-block historic downtown area, is sure to charm wedding couples and guests alike. With its beautifully restored bed & breakfast inns, unique shops, art galleries, and outstanding restaurants, there is plenty of exploring to do, all within an intimate and cozy island setting.
As for the planning that goes into creating your dream wedding, local wedding planners, caterers, musicians, and florists, are top-notch and ready to tailor their services to your taste, from a casual wedding on the beach to a formal, two-hundred guest reception.
Each season of the year offers visitors something special. Whether you’re looking for the untouched natural beauty of the marsh and beach, or the unique events and cultural pastimes, Amelia is truly an island for all seasons!