With a pervasive boating culture, glorious golf courses, and the ability to find seersucker everywhere you look, the Hamptons & North Fork are the most exclusive locale for high-class, pastel-hued parties.
Featuring a handful of remarkable local vineyards, wine country in the East End is beyond compare. North Fork or South Fork, it’s a pleasure to raise a glass when you’re in the Hamptons & North Fork.
On the cusp of both land and sea, Hamptonites make use of their natural resources by incorporating local produce and freshly caught seafood into nearly every dish. Consider your tastebuds happy.
While a classic waterfront wedding might be a no-brainer, the Hamptons & North Fork also offer tons of alfresco venues on dry land. From sprawling farmlands to whimsical gardens to graceful country clubs, there is no better place to host your open-air wedding.
Ballgown or sheath? Lace or tulle? Simple or sparkly? These are just a few of the gajillion questions you might face when trying to pinpoint what kind of wedding gown speaks to you, which is a daunting task even for the most style-conscious bride. Luckily, dress experts in the Hamptons are at the ready to help you weed through the racks of shapes and sizes, so get yourself to a local bridal shop and let the Great Try-On begin. Just remember to keep an open mind and a trustworthy second opinion by your side (two aunts, five cousins, and three work colleagues are not encouraged). After you’ve honed in on the dress, it’s time to consider your entire wedding ensemble from head to toe, including shoes, accessories, and jewelry...yep, that means bling, baby. Hie thee to a wedding ring and jewelry shop to find the ideal frosting for your bridal look, whether that be a pair of demure pearl studs or some serious sparkle action. Guys can get in on the goods, too: what better time to splurge on a pair of legit-fancy cufflinks or wristwatch? And of course, you’ll both need wedding bands; otherwise that whole “ring exchange” part of your ceremony will fall rather flat. These purchases will be some of the most fun and memorable of your whole wedding planning experience, so dive in and get to shopping.
We have no doubt that you’ve got your daily beauty routine down to a science, but for a wedding day look that you’ll wear well into the night, get the professionals involved. Book a pre-wedding trial appointment with hair and makeup stylists in the Hamptons so you can lock down a style that suits you to a T. These experts will help you show off the loveliest version of yourself so that your natural beauty shines from every angle. Even if you’re more the DIY sort, consider bringing in beauty pros just this once; trust us, on the day of your wedding, it will feel amazing to have that “look super hot” aspect checked off the list. This is your time to shine, so indulge a little...why not be utterly unencumbered and ready to go by the time the big day rolls around? Warm up for your wedding with a trip to one of your local spas for a massage and mani/pedi. Whether you bring friends for a facial or treat yourself to a bit of alone time, relaxing before the main event will go miles towards focusing your mind on your person and your vows, instead of those pesky little details.
Thanks to spectacular seaside spots, outstanding natural lighting, and a maritime climate to boot, the Hamptons afford some of the most gorgeous ceremonies on the East coast. Which is a good thing because, as far as we’re concerned, the “I do” moment is the foundation of your entire day. These ceremonies come in a variety of different flavors: everything from a sandy, bohemian vow exchange on the beaches of Montauk to a timeless church ceremony in the architecturally stunning St. Andrew's Dune Church in Southampton. But it’s not just style or location that are important; you’ll need an East End wedding officiant to beautifully communicate the true meaning behind the ritual practices you choose. As for the soundtrack to that momentous walk down the aisle? Local ceremony musicians are here to help. No matter your style, your locale, or your favorite musical vibe, have no fear when planning your wedding ceremony in the Hamptons—local “I do” experts are just a click away.
Get excited, because your wedding reception = time to party, Hamptons style. Granted, that term can mean a few things: a fabulously preppy, pastel- and seersucker-ridden soirée; a vibrant, nautical-themed celebration on the water; or an elegant black-tie ballroom wedding. Once you’ve got your style decided, it’s time to pull together your dream team of rockstar professionals. Choose among the best local florists to enliven your tablescape, find the finest of Hamptons wedding caterers to fill your plates, and nail down a killer band or DJ to keep the party going all night long (and of course, hire a wedding planner to make sure it all goes down without a hitch). Luckily, the Hamptons has some of the best pros in the business, so after making a few well-placed calls, you can kick back in your flippy floppies knowing that every detail is covered.
Offer the perfect prequel to your wedding day with an amazing rehearsal dinner the night before. This is your chance to calm those pre-wedding nerves (hello, champagne) while telling the story of culinary charm here in the Hamptons. Moby’s in East Hampton boasts a huge indoor/outdoor space, a choice of family-style prix fixe menus for large parties, and plenty of drinks to fuel the party. Alternatively, the French plates at the swanky Pierre’s in Bridgehampton really stack up, and their Upstairs is perfect to reserve for a private event. And we’d never pass up an unapologetically casual seafood feast at Bostwick’s Chowder House. Luckily, the Hamptons offer amazing flavor around every corner, so wherever you end up is sure to give your guests an impressive first taste as they prepare for the main dish (hint: it’s your wedding).
Brunch is a weekend ritual in the Hamptons (maybe because there’s no better hangover cure for all that East End partying). Embrace the local culture and head straight for one of the Hamptons’ hottest brunch spots the morning after your big day: The Hampton Maid overlooking Shinnecock Bay has basically branded adjectives like fresh-squeezed and home-fried; Estia’s Little Kitchen serves up breakfast plates with a serious Mexican twist, and The Backyard Restaurant at Solé East is a purveyor of poolside plates with a Brazilian influence and plenty of 10am cocktails to match. With your closest friends and family in tow, any of the delicious brunch spots in the Hamptons will serve as the best pick-me-up after a night of revelry—and an even better farewell before they all head home. Check out our recommendations below for local spots with scrumptious spreads that can help you plan brunch for a crowd.
Let’s be real: the next best thing to getting married is getting an invitation to a wedding. Tearing through the thick paper, anticipating a meaningful event on the horizon, opening mail addressed to you that isn’t a bill...we could go on. Your save-the-dates and invitations are your guests’ first glimpse into the world of your wedding, so it’s best to involve the experts. Head to a local invitation and paper goods boutique to get started. The Hamptons’ calligraphy and paper pros will help design a suite of paper goods to reflect the tone and flavor of your wedding, as elegant or earthy as you like. Your invitation set is the place to drop hints (or broadcast info outright) about the dress code, if you’ll be offering a meal or cocktails, or if there is an opportunity to get in on a reserved block of hotel rooms. With local specialists on your side, printing up an invitation suite that suits your affair will be a cinch.
The Hamptons’ culture is unique, to say the least, and something you’ll want to share with your out-of-town guests. Showcase the best of local offerings with edibles from Tate’s cookies and North Fork potato chips (rosemary-and-garlic-flavored for the win), drinkables from Montauk Brewing Co., and smellables from Southampton Soap Co. (they even offer customizable soaps allowing you to select the color, size, and wrapper details—perfect for tying in your wedding date and monogram). But besides spreading the love Hamptons-style, a wedding welcome bag is as much for you as it is for your visitors—you know, for passing along the necessities, such as a detailed wedding itinerary and a map of the area so your guests show up at the right place at the right time. As practical as they are considerate, locally inspired wedding welcome bags are a must for your wedding in the Hamptons.
Make sure your wedding guests leave the Hamptons with more than just a memory. This is where wedding favors come in: pick out local treats and tokens that represent the best of what the Hamptons have to offer. Package up some locally sourced sea salt to hand out at your nautical wedding, tie some ribbons around half bottles of vino for guests attending your celebration among the vines, or offer a fill-your-own-bag cookie bar (stocked by Tate’s, of course) to end the evening on a sweet note. Anyway you slice it, you’ll be sending your guests home with a memento to last, from the Hamptons with love.
It doesn’t take a bunch of tabloid-documented celebrity escapades for you to know that the Hamptons are a place to see, be seen, and do even more. This place is bursting with life, and compelling experiences fall into two general categories. Embrace outdoor adventures by taking a nature walk en route to Montauk Point Lighthouse, playing volleyball on Cooper’s beach, or surfing Ditch Plains Beach. Or slick back your hair, don your finest white pants, and step into the social scene: shop the boutiques in Southampton, grab drinks at 75 Main, and party all night at Sienna in East Hampton. Whichever you choose to indulge in, the activities are plentiful—check out TripAdvisor’s list of the top things to do in the Hamptons and suggest some of the highlights to your visiting guests—or take a gander below at some of our recommendations.
With an abundance of locally grown produce and a huge emphasis on ocean-to-table seafood, the Hamptons is a culinary gem. Trust us when we say that you’ll never have fresher, more succulent seafood anywhere else. Wolf down the shrimp tacos at La Fondita, take a cue from The Lobster Roll and stick to their famous, eponymous dish—or skip the seafood and go for the classic Hamptons experience with the refined, Old World French plates at American Hotel. In either case, the flavors of the Hamptons are something you—and your guests—won’t want to miss. To help steer you in the right direction, take a look below at some of our well-researched, tried-and-true spots to indulge your senses and fill your belly.
Unless you have a summer house in the Hamptons that sleeps dozens (and if you do, can we come stay?), you’ll need to suggest some accommodations for where your guests should crash during your wedding weekend. Luckily, the lodgings in the Hamptons are luxuriously abundant: get an equal dose of historic charm and lavish amenities at The Mill House Inn, catch the cool vibes that radiate from the Tudor-style Solé East, or make your home base at Southampton Inn for its convenient locale and classic Hamptons style. Since you’ll want to suggest a few nice digs to your guests at a range of price points, we’ve started the research for you; have a look through our suggestions for a sweet spot to stay in the Hamptons below.
The natural landscape of the Hamptons is unrivaled. With brilliant white sand beaches (we love East Hampton’s Main Beach), fresh, vibrant blooms on every corner (the Madoo Conservancy takes “enchanted garden” to a whole other level), and gorgeous, green-lawn country clubs galore (if you can get into Shinnecock Hills, do it), it really is the best backdrop for the kind of engagement photos that drop jaws. Before you get ready to pose pretty, check out some of our favorite local engagement shoot locations to make sure you don’t miss the most photographable spots in the Hamptons.
We’re talking about the Hamptons, after all. So yeah, we’d say that there’s plenty to do for a bachelorette party here. Shop ‘til you drop in Southampton, reenergize at Exhale Spa with a winning combo (yoga and a massage), spend the afternoon galavanting through East End vineyards, and dance the night away at 1 Oak. And that’s just for starters. For even more extravagant ideas for how to live it up in the Hamptons GNO-style, check out our guide for planning the best bachelorette party that ever was.
What better place to party it up and throw down with your boys than the Hamptons? With awesome surf spots (hello, Ditch Plains Beach), incredible golf courses (we can’t decide between Poxabogue and Cherry Creek), and infamous night life (do we even have to list names? Just follow the lines), the Hamptons have it all when it comes to bachelor parties. Check out some of our favorite ideas for your Hamptons bachelor party and take advantage of everything this hotspot has to offer.
Newsflash: tons of people (celebrities included) flock to the Hamptons during the long summer months. And besides this regular influx during its busy season, the Hamptons see plenty of additional events that draw some serious crowds of party-goers, socialites, politicians, the rich, and the famous throughout the year. We don’t need to tell you why these people embark on mass pilgrimages to get here (you already know how great the Hamptons are—you are planning your wedding here, after all) but we do need to tell you when crowds will be too hot to handle. To avoid a serious logistical headache for your guests (think overbooked hotels, massive traffic jams, closed roads, crowded beaches with no elbow room...), check out the below dates that detail some of the major events in the Hamptons and add them to your radar—but we’d also suggest playing it safe and double-checking any date that you have in mind.
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Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Hamptons, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: