When the Wedding Style team paid a visit to Georgia’s privately owned Sea Island, three things were clear: the service was impeccable, the food was delectable, and there were more than enough activities to fill an itinerary for a full destination wedding weekend. Most importantly, for couples planning a Georgia wedding, Sea Island caters to celebrations of all sizes and styles, offering a multitude of unique and scenic locations for ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, and any other event. There’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter wedding” here, as brides and grooms can customize their special day to transition between their own selection of Sea Island wedding venues.
For ceremonies, The Cloister offers wedding spaces ranging from rustic to glamorous. The quaint and romantic Cloister Chapel is perfect for up to 100 guests, while the Cloister Garden can seat up to 300 in an enchanting outdoor setting. Intimate ceremonies for 40 may also be held on the Black Banks Lawn – an idyllic place for a sunset ceremony overlooking the river. Grand Georgia weddings practically beg to be hosted in the Cloister Ballroom and Patio, while the Mizner Ballroom adds a touch of glitz with crystal chandeliers set against the wood beamed ceilings.
With strolling receptions becoming increasingly popular (guests are served tiny tastes instead of a seated dinner), the Black Banks Terrace makes for a beautiful outdoor celebration for 250 guests. Alternatively, the Spanish Lounge is an historic and charming strolling reception for 80, and the pristine Clubroom and Patio are perfection for those dreaming of a more sophisticated Georgia wedding with Southern elegance.
Since casual doesn’t mean unforgettable, Rainbow Island is a scenic location for chic yet rustic outdoor weddings, accommodating 300 guests for a strolling reception or 50 for a plated dinner. Welcome dinners, wedding rehearsals, and intimate receptions for 20 are well-suited for the Wine Cellar, where a sommelier is available upon request. And, of course, there’s the Sea Island Explorer – a three-level yacht that can treat 49 guests away for an evening on the river with, complete with a bespoke menu of food and drinks.
The Lodge area of Sea Island sets the stage for beautiful Georgia weddings, with the Avenue of the Oaks being a popular spot for couples to tie the knot under the shade of hanging Spanish moss and oak trees. Transition guests to the Terrace Dining Room and Veranda for cocktail hours and receptions that can accommodate up to 75 guests. The recently renovated Trophy Room is another pristine space for an intimate seated dinner of 55 guests, and the Wine Cellar boasts a speakeasy ambiance for an unforgettable dinner for 20.
The Beach Club
Whether couples and their planners are in search of indoor spaces, tented spaces, or a combination of both, the Ocean Room, Patio, and Courtyard can host a ceremony and reception for 200 guests. Palm trees and Atlantic Ocean views bring a chic and coastal feel to any Georgia wedding, and the wrought iron light fixtures and dark wooden beams add warmth and character.
The Retreat Clubhouse
As one of the most flexible wedding venues of Sea Island, the Retreat Ballroom and Lawn feature panoramic views, a sprawling lawn, and a back patio – so guests can easily be ushered between the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception without having to leave the vicinity. The venue seats up to 200 guests for a plated reception, but larger guest lists may be hosted with a spectacular tented wedding on the lawn.
Visit seaisland.com for more information about hosting your Georgia wedding at this unforgettable destination!