Provincetown is Wedding Destination Central, and its reputation is well-deserved. We have lovely seaside spaces, from Herring Cove to Race Point to Provincetown harbor. There are also beautiful non-beach venues (if you’re not “all about” sand in your shoes!): Suzanne’s Garden on Commercial Street and Beech Forest are excellent and somewhat unusual choices. Though, to be honest, Herring Cove is a perennial favorite: the sun sets into the water and the lighthouse in the background adds a special Cape Cod charm to your photographs.
It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind place to gather friends and family for your special day. Steeped in history, welcoming to all, Ptown is the perfect venue for your dream wedding—and the right place to begin your happily-ever-after.
There are any number of independent clergy in the area who specialize in celebrating weddings, and they’ll be delighted to talk with you and see if you’re a good fit for each other. (ptownie tip: we love GetMarriedinPtown.com, with a bonus: they do wedding planning and organization as well as officiating!)
The legal fine print: to get married in Ptown, you need a marriage license. Massachusetts doesn’t require witnesses to the ceremony, nor do you need to be citizens of the United States, but there is a three-day waiting period: you must apply together and in person for your license three business days before the ceremony, and then pick up the license at the same place you applied for it. To make things slightly easier, you can get a waiver for the three-day waiting period either at Orleans District Court or at Barnstable County Probate Court.
And after the ceremony… what better place to honeymoon than by the ocean in a gay resort town offering just about any activity you can imagine? Once you’ve watched the sun set into the water at Herring Cove, you’ll be hooked. This has to be one of the most romantic honeymoon venues in the world!
If just walking on the beach and watching the sun set isn’t enough, we can offer as much—or as little—activity as you could possibly desire.
Provincetown’s many art galleries and art museums appeal to art lovers; other local museums delight history buffs. You can go on whale watches to see the humpbacks and dolphins rise and fall just off your bows; if you’d prefer to charter a boat and go out without other people around, you can do that, too. You can wander through Beech Forest or take an exciting trip with Art’s Dune Tours across our famous sand dunes.
Provincetown restaurants are invariably romantic. Some offer views of the water, others have beautiful interior décor, fireplaces, or extensive wine lists; and you’ll be delighted with the amazingly fresh seafood and produce.
Making a commitment to another person is a brave and beautiful thing, and everything about your wedding can echo that awesomeness. And Provincetown loves a wedding! Once you’re dressed in your finery, you’ll find that everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted with applause, cheers, and congratulations. Truly Ptown is the best place in the world to get married!
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