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Getting married on the beach in Yachats

(Oregon Coast) – It’s a bit of a secret industry on the Oregon coast, running rather silently beneath the excitement and hubbub of the tourism industry – but it’s a huge one. The nuptial market on the coast is what can only be described as bonkers, and getting more so. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are fed into some businesses each year from new couples and their families. There are some incredible options for places to wed, as well. (Click here for full listing of Oregon coast lodging). Here is a sampling:

Cannon Beach Community Hall. Located downtown next to the Visitors Center, it features a large stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and French doors that open to decks; has a capacity of 160. Cannon Beach. (503) 436-2623 ext: 3. See more at the Cannon Beach Virtual Tour

Connie Hansen Garden, Lincoln City. You can rent out this Lincoln City wonder of nature, with a capacity of 62. 1931 NW 33rd ST., Lincoln City. (541) 994-6338.

Oregon Coast Weddings and Elopements. Located on the Three Capes Scenic Loop, near Pacific City with its magnificent Haystack Rock. Other nearby areas include Tierra Del Mar, Sandlake, Cape Lookout, Netarts, Netarts Bay and Oceanside. It’s a perfect place to elope or have your small Oregon coast wedding. Ceremonies can be performed at the historic Sandlake Country Inn, in their wedding gazebo or indoor in a cozy living room in front of the fireplace. Even if you're looking to elope on the spur of the moment. They also have an option without all the extras for those couples on a tight budget and would prefer a memorable ceremony rather than getting married at the courthouse. 8505 Galloway Rd. Cloverdale, Oregon. 503-965-6745

Inn at Spanish Head

Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Have your wedding overlooking the waves at this Lincoln City resort. It boasts 120 guestrooms, and all the banquet rooms face incredible views of the ocean. The El Toro comes with more the 2000 square feet and floor-to-ceiling windows. More intimate weddings can be had at two of the smaller rooms, which are on the ground floor and closer to the surf. Check out the wedding packages at 4009 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City. 800-452-8127.

Surfsand Resort. Expansive wedding facilities, packages. A Cannon Beach legend, the Surfsand Resort is mere steps from Haystack with dramatic views of even more ocean and landmarks. Full-service is the key to this upscale contemporary hotel, with highlights that include an indoor swimming pool, iPod docks, wi-fi, deep soaking tubs, a beachfront deck, seasonal cabana service, DVD library and gas fireplaces. Child friendly and some pet friendly rooms. Also onsite is a hot tub, massage rooms and a comprehensive fitness center with two Finnish saunas. Guest rooms vary from two-bedroom suites to smaller but still sizable studios. Oceanfront balconies, patios available. Units come with microwaves, two showerheads, LCD TV’s, snack refrigerators, coffee makers, radio and audio systems, in-room safes, complimentary morning newspaper, among others. Complimentary seasonal features complimentary kids activities, hot dog roasts and ice cream socials. Room service. Expansive wedding, meeting, business facilities. 148 West Gower. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 800-547-6100.

Yachats Commons, downtown Yachats. ($6 per hour to $275 per day; holds several hundred, with playground, picnic shelter, theater, piano, lighting, sound and kitchen.) (541) 547-4734.

The Little Log Church Museum, downtown Yachats. A charming, even stunning bit of Americana, set just off the waves in this amazing little town. (sanctuary $50; museum $50; century-old pump organ; wheelchair accessible.) (541) 547-3976.

Getting Hitched on the Beach. You do need a permit to have a ceremony on the beach itself, which you can get from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. (541) 994-8152. Some popular places for this are Cannon Beach - of course. Hug Point, just south of town, has a bevy of interesting features, such as freaky sea caves, a waterfall, and the remnants of an ancient road that was blasted into the basalt rock.

The wild, rugged rocky slabs around Yachats is another favorite with nuptial-types, where the tide creates a consistently dramatic show.

Prime Oregon Coast Beaches for Weddings. Check out the links for details and maps of each suggestion. Some may prefer weddings on a rocky bluff with nice views, so these are mentioned.

Wedding beaches on the North Coast: Beaches of Warrenton and Gearhart are all soft sands. Seaside is mostly soft sand with a cove area. Cannon Beach has some high vantage points but mostly soft sands, all the way down to Arch Cape. Oswald West State has a cove-like beach while nearby Manzanita and Rockaway Beach are all sandy areas. Garibaldi through Tillamook is along the bay, while Bayocean is beachy sand again. Along the Three Capes Loop: Oceanside has some rocky bluffs with mostly sand. Tierra Del Mar and Pacific City are essentially all soft sands. Some parts of the capes are stunning viewpoints.

Wedding beaches on the Central Coast: Lincoln City is all broad sandy beaches, while Depoe Bay is mostly rocky bluffs. Newport has the viewpoints at Nye Beach and Yaquina Head, while most of the area is soft beaches. Seal Rock and Waldport are primarily soft sands, while Yachats has a variety of rocky bluffs and viewpoints full of ocean drama that are large enough to accommodate small crowds. A massive site listing rental homes that fit any criteria, such as romantic retreats, families, pet friendly houses, ocean front, ocean views and hot tubs - including a special link for large groups and wedding situations.

BeachcombersNW includes a rental locator map, annual events calendar, seasonal specials listings, newsletter sign up, availability request forms, quick & easy rental search results, and much more.

Find vacation rentals in Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Oceanside, Netarts, Tillamook, Tierra Del Mar, Pacific City, Neskowin, Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay, Otter Rock, Newport, South Beach, Waldport, Yachats, Heceta Beach, Florence, Dunes City and rentals all the way down to Brookings….as well as Washington towns Moclips, Pacific Beach, Copalis, Ocean Shores, Westport, North Cove, Oysterville, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Long Beach, Seaview and Ilwaco.


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