Dream up a summer wedding, and waterfront wedding venues featuring sweeping views, breathtaking sunsets, and calming breezes comes to mind. There's no denying the allure of a waterfront wedding—they set the stage for the dreamiest of settings. While beachside venues often take the cake as the most coveted waterfront locations, the true hidden gems are among lakes, rivers, bays, and canals—not to mention they offer an equally gorgeous alternative to the tried and true ocean blue. Say "I do" along the water whilst skipping the hassle of sand-covered shoes and windy weather at one of these waterfront wedding venues.
East River, New York
City slickers, you'll thank us for this one. The William Vale, a luxury boutique hotel in Brooklyn, New York, boasts panoramic views of the East River and stunning Manhattan skyline. It offers multiple venues to enjoy these views—choose among a 22-story high deck directly above the rooftop bar, Westlight, and a duplex penthouse suite, Vale Garden Residence, which features a wrap-around balcony.
Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
For Southern belles looking for a waterfront without sacrificing some Southern charm, look no further than HarbourView Inn in Charleston, South Carolina, the only waterfront hotel in the Historic District. You'll delight in its private, outdoor rooftop that's perfect for an intimate wedding. Flanked by 360-degree views of Charleston's Waterfront Park, historic harbor, and Fort Sumter, you can tie the knot with the Holy City's classic church steeples reflecting on the horizon.
Caloosahatchee River, Florida
The peninsula of Florida offers myriad waterfront options, but you really can't beat The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River amid 400 miles of Southwest Florida's navigable canals and waterways, it promises to provide a nautical backdrop featuring widespread waterfront views of untouched aquatic wildlife and yachts and sailboats docked at the Tarpon Point Marina.
Northern Shore, Nassau, The Bahamas
Go modern at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which allows couples to tie the knot inside a picturesque Waterside Chapel overlooking a prominent display of fountain pools. Use the venue's state-of-the-art light projectors to wow your guests by customizing the elaborate fountain shows with your own images or initials. Bonus—with 1,800 rooms, there's plenty of space to accommodate your guests!
Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, New York
Nothing beats a waterfront view like a magical waterfall. The Glen Iris Inn coordinates weddings overlooking Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park, known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," and one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. Say "I do" behind a historic stone wall with a backdrop of the Genesee River roaring through one of the gorge's three major waterfalls while guests are nestled among the lush forest surroundings.
Canal Saint Martin, Paris
Sweep off into a romantic whirlwind of a destination wedding in the city of love. Set in the trendy 10th district of Paris, the 12-room boutique Le Citizen Hotel features a picturesque backdrop overlooking the famed Canal Saint Martin. Available for a complete buyout, the hotel is ideal for an intimate wedding party, offering a private ceremony and reception with unobstructed views of the historic waterway.