San Juan Island Weddings
San Juan Island between mainland Washington State and Vancouver Island, Canada, near Victoria in British Columbia, is the perfect romantic setting for your wedding. (Click http://www.san-juan-island.com/mapnww.htm for a map)
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First, you should consider the time of year. Many facilities are closed November, December and January. Memorial weekend, Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend, and the months of July and August, the islands are so chaotic and jammed with tourists, you should seriously consider staying away. But just outside those time periods, especially in the spring, San Juan Island is beautiful and you can find the facilities and vendors you need for your wedding.
Besides the ceremony location, lodging for family and friends, you need to consider your own honeymoon suite. As a suggestion, find one or more of the larger inns on the island for your relatives and friends, but a small, quiet, romantic B&B for yourself. The perfect spot is Tower House Bed and Breakfast. With only two, large, private bath, adult only suites, it is the perfect spot for just you and your new spouse, and maybe one other important couple. For the family and friends, be sure to check the B&B Association page. It has a calendar showing room availability. Check the date under the name to make sure the information is current (not listed in red). You'll need to make reservations quite early if planning a mid-summer wedding, since the more desireable places fill up quickly.
A beautiful secluded location for the ceremony, plus lodging for a couple of the larger families is Wood Duck Ponds. Another choice would be Roche Harbor Resort.
If you're looking for a less expensive location, consider one of our parks, listed on the San Juan Island Link Directory. British Camp or English Camp National Park is a beautiful setting that is also protected from the wind. Fourth of July park has a large, flat lawn area with very easy access for older friends and family and easy access to restrooms and protected from wind. San Juan County park has a large lawn area with picnic tables. A view of the water and the possibility of whales going by and good restrooms. There is also a small building with a great view for the ceremony. But restrictions against noise, blocking camper's view and heavily crowded during summer, make it a poor choice for weddings of over 30 people or if serving alcohol or wanting to put up a structure. Click for pictures of building and lawn area (use your BACK button to return to this page). Call (360) 378-8420 to inquire about the county park. Again, check out some pictures at http://www.san-juan-island.com/ishots.htm. The parks are not equipped for large weddings and you'll need a permit.
For something different, you might consider having the wedding on a boat, such as San Juan Safaris or if the adventurous type, a kayak company. Inquire about kayaking to a secluded island for the ceremony, especially, if a very very small group.
In early summer, when the lavender is in full bloom, a beautiful location is the Pelinda Lavender Farm or you might consider having the wedding at a restaurant that also caters weddings like the Backdoor Kitchen
After the wedding, you'll want to consider some of the activities on the island. Check out whale watching; kayaking; bicycling; mopeds; boat charters, etc. from the San Juan Island Link Directory. Don't forget to ask your lodging host about all the wonderful trails on San Juan County Land Bank property or found through the trails committee.
Most services available in the island are listed through the Visitor Information Service, which also puts out a very informative brochure called the "San Juan Islands Wedding Planning Guide" (888) 468-3707 X 1 and the Chamber of Commerce. Also there is a great set of booklets on the islands called Emily's Guides. Other books on the island can be found at http://www.san-juan-island.com/books.htm
Kitchen And Catering (360) 378-9540
Downriggers Restaurant (360) 378-2700
The Place Bar & Grill (360) 378-8707
San Juan Florist (360) 378-2477
Jean Hendrickson (360) 378-7712
Elan Video (360) 378-4961