Happily Ever After

Tuckerton Seaport Provides Ideal Mixture of Elements for a Wedding

Feb 22, 2019
Courtesy of: Tuckerton Seaport

Historical sites sometimes are the perfect place to celebrate such a historic event as a couple’s wedding day, and Tuckerton Seaport is no exception.

“Imagine saying ‘I do’ on the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse porch with the historic seaport behind you,” suggested Museum Director Brooke Salvanato, the Seaport’s overseer for wedding activities at the historic attraction in downtown Tuckerton. “The peaceful surroundings provide an ideal backdrop.”

Indeed, that’s true. Not only does the 40-acre site possess a beautification factor with calm waterways, lush foliage and native wildlife adding to the persona, Tuckerton Seaport offers a unique blend of rustic and modern looks that create an ambience all its own. And the boardwalk and historic buildings generate extra opportunities to capture great wedding day photos.

Interestingly, many couples often attend Seaport events on a yearly basis and began their journeys together there.

“Seaport weddings are special for the same reason the Seaport is special, and that is its community spirit,” Salvanto said. “The last wedding we hosted was for a couple who were engaged here during Bacon Fest. Nicole and Tom, along with their families, are now among our most active volunteers. The Seaport isn’t a destination you will visit only once. Many couples visit us each year, and they make new memories every time.”

Making marriage memories at the Seaport is done on a limited basis – in part because it hosts a lot of events throughout a calendar year – but doing so is not expensive and full of options to make your wedding day even more special.

For starters, to have only the wedding ceremony on site costs $250. Beyond that, the Seaport has multiple venues in which to have the reception, including the replica of Tucker’s Island Lighthouse – which accommodates up to 150 people for a cocktail reception or 80 to 100 for a sit-down dinner reception – the Crest Fishery, Hotel de Crab and Marshelder. The most expensive option is $5,000, which includes the use of both indoor and outdoor space, including the boardwalk and a 20-by-20-foot tented area.

Pricing is for four-hour rental periods. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your date, and insurance for the event is a must. The Seaport is handicap accessible, and a golf cart is available to help transport guests from the parking lot to various buildings.

The things the Seaport does not provide on-site include catering, floral and entertainment services. Such elements must be contracted separately. However, the Seaport does provide various recommendations for such services by local vendors.

One great thing about the historic maritime village is it’s not just a one-day location. Those arriving to the area for a wedding also can enjoy the 17 historic and re-created buildings connected by a boardwalk, a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail, two houseboats, a decoy gallery, a working boatworks building, decoy carving workshops and the re-created Tucker’s Island Lighthouse.

Daily demonstrators and traditional artists bring the Jersey Shore’s rich maritime heritage to life – ideal for a family that may want to spend multiple days in Southern Ocean County and are looking for additional things to do.

“This is a one-of-a-kind attraction located on 40 acres of pristine beauty, ideally located for special occasions,” Salvanto said. “We host a small amount of weddings per year to allow our staff to devote its full attention to your special day.”

For more information about reserving a wedding date at the Tuckerton Seaport, visit tuckertonseaport.org, email Salvanto at brookes@tuckertonseaport.org, or call 609-296-8868.

David Biggy

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