New Jersey Shore Weddings: The Ultimate Guide

Everything you need to know about getting married where Philly goes to the beach.

new jersey shore beach wedding portrait

Photograph by MLE Pictures

Those that go, know. Year after year, we pack up our cars, battle traffic on the A.C. Expressway, and jockey for a spot in the sand. Traditions are born, memories are made, and, if you’re lucky enough, a summer fling down the Shore turns into the real deal. Or, you know, maybe it doesn’t, but you still want to hear the water lap while you say your vows and pose for pictures on a pier or two. Behold: our comprehensive guide to your New Jersey Shore wedding.

For the next two weeks, we’ll be sharing everything you need to know about getting hitched where Philly goes to the beach. New articles will publish daily, so bookmark this page and check back regularly for everything from our comprehensive list of New Jersey Shore wedding venues to fresh beach wedding decor ideas and insider wedding planning info.

The Best New Jersey Shore Wedding Venues

bonnet island estate

Photo by Brianna Wilbur

Some old, some new, these Shore wedding venue favorites all exude their own brand of coastal charm.

Decor Ideas for Shore Weddings That *Aren’t* Seashells

flamingo wedding decor

Photo by Breanne Furlong Photography

Expected: Conch shells and starfish. Unexpected: These creative alternatives.

How to Successfully Pull Off an On-the-Beach Ceremony

beach wedding ceremony

Photo by DOLA Photography

Crystal Hunt of Cape May’s Shore Thing Event Services shares her tips.

Real Talk: You Can’t Marry Into My Family Until You Survive A Week at the Shore With Us

Photo via Getty Images

For one Philly Mag editor, a week down the Shore is the ultimate relationship litmus test.

How to Turn Your Shore Wedding Into a Mini Vacation For Your Guests

Beach Plum Farm

Beach Plum Farm. Photo via Cape Resorts

Are some attendees staying a few extra days? Add these (mostly new) activity ideas to your hotel welcome cards.

Why A Spritz is The Best Cocktail for a Shore Wedding

spritz wedding cocktails

Spritz cocktails by Pelago Pop-Up Kusina. Photo by Brett Thomas

Plus: Four unique riffs on this festive, fun and easy-on-the-alcohol drink.

Real Shore Weddings and Engagement Shoots

Photo by Haley Richter

Get inspired by these real celebrations from real couples!

A Modern Everly at Railroad Wedding at the New Jersey Shore
• This Cape May Farm Makes for the Dreamiest Engagement Photo Backdrop
This Cape May Couple Threw a Romantic Shore Wedding Where It All Began
This Shore Wedding Went Modern With Palm Leaves and Ombre Signage
This Fun Wedding Shoot Makes Us Want to Get Married in Cape May ASAP
• A Nautical Pink and Blue Wedding at Cape May on the Jersey Shore
This Classic Avalon Yacht Club Wedding Is Just So Gosh Darn Pretty

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