Is Sanibel Island your happy place? Maybe you got engaged on the shore at sunset when your partner surprised you with a ring while you were searching for seashells. Or maybe the only place you can see yourself saying the words “I do” is on the water. Walk down the aisle with us as we help you find some casual yet elegant Sanibel Island destination wedding spots.
On the Beach
Our first recommendation for a wedding spot on Sanibel Island has to be the white sandy beaches. Consider a sunset wedding on the shoreline of the island, with the sound of the shallow waves lapping the shore. Plan your beautiful beach wedding today at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Let the seagulls be your background music as you say your vows to your partner with the sand beneath your toes.
Sanibel Island treasures its wildlife and its protected parks and conservatories. If you’re a lover of all things nature, consider getting married on one of the many nature trails on Sanibel Island.
Spots like the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which are full of natural habitats like marshes, mangroves and lakes, provide a beautiful backdrop to profess your love to your wedding party outdoors. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is also a great spot with four miles of walking trails covered with views of tropical flowers and wetland habitats.
Read our blog on the best places to take pictures on Sanibel Island for some more wedding backdrop inspiration.
Chapel by the Sea
Are you seeking to get married on Sanibel Island in a church but still want to pull off a casual beach-setting wedding destination? The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is the perfect spot for you and your wedding party. Built in 1903 as a school house on Captiva Island, it’s still used today for weddings and baptisms. Hold your reception on the grounds after the ceremony and enjoy the waterfront scenery in a quaint chapel setting.
Are you and your partners fishers at heart? Then getting married on a Sanibel Island pier where you both feel at home is a wedding location spot to consider. Piers can accommodate small wedding parties and provide a great waterfront backdrop. Places like Port Sanibel Marina can accommodate a small wedding, which can be followed by a wedding reception on the pier, on a rental boat or while on a chartered sunset tour with your family and friends.
On a Boat
For lovers of the water, it’s a no brainer to get married on the water. You can rent a boat or schedule a boat cruise or a charter to set sail for the open seas where you can profess your love for one another at sunrise or sunset and raise a toast with your family and friends on the water. You are very likely to even see a few dolphins jump out of the water to celebrate your wedding with you. The wedding can be followed by a fishing charter celebration or a fishing and shelling charter that will take you and your wedding party on a shelling excursion and to lunch on Cabbage Key.
Now you can plan your trip and book all your pre- and post-wedding water sport activities at Port Sanibel Marina. You and your wedding party can relax on Sanibel Island for as long as you like by reserving fully furnished condos at Royal Shell Vacation Rentals. Explore the island and pick up wedding trinkets and wedding souvenirs at places like Coastal Outfitters. Call us at (239) 437-1660 to plan your trip today!