Fernandina Beach has a wonderful downtown with interesting or upscale shops. Centre Street offers many blocks for wedding goers to explore. You can have a pint in the oldest saloon in Florida, eat at local seafood place or enjoy fine dining, and it's all in the same few blocks. The waterfront along the St. John's River has a spectacular view for evening sunset photographs. Everything is in walking distance.
Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Inns
Many century-old Victorian houses line the streets in the original residential areas on either side of the downtown. Some of the biggest and most elegant ones are inns. These bed and breakfasts offer rooms that outshine condos and are often just as big. They are a perfect way to keep the bridal party in one location before the big event. It puts everyone within a few blocks of all of the restaurants and bars.
With balconies and grand porches, these bed and breakfasts provide many wedding settings. They are beautiful inside and out. Some offer complete packages that include the wedding, food, cake, a wedding officiate, and, if you wish, a horse and carriage. These weddings have the elegance of Victorian architecture as their backdrop.
There is a traditional bed and breakfast inn right on the beach. You can host your wedding and reception in one place and have a view of the beach the entire time. There are plenty of rooms to keep all of the wedding party in one place.
There are elopement, honeymoon and romantic getaway packages that include lodging, food, modern amenities and many extras unique to their setting.
Inn owners are locals who know their community and can tell you more about the island.
Another benefit of staying in a Bed and Breakfast? ...Church Options
Area churches include First Baptist, Memorial United Methodist, St. Michael Catholic and St. Peter's Episcopal. They do not function as wedding chapels but are real churches with busy schedules and rules, both religious and practical, governing weddings of non-members.
For unique photos, try taking them from the ramparts of Fort Clinch. You'll have a view of the inter-coastal waterway as a backdrop and some great angles for picture taking. Be advised that many park guides pretend its 1860 so don't be surprised if they tell you Lincoln is President. Fort Clinch is located halfway between downtown and the beach.
Get Started with your Wedding Plans
To plan your wedding on Amelia Island, your first stop is www.selectregistry.com. Select Registry is an online directory that showcases many popular and luxurious member bed and breakfasts in the United States. There you can find out about specific places to stay during your wedding weekend or romantic honeymoon on Amelia Island.