It’s hard to find a more appropriate, beautiful, and peaceful location for a wedding than on Orcas Island, the Gem of the San Juans. Located in Washington State in the equally beautiful San Juan Islands, Orcas Island is a well-known and longtime favorite among engaged couples looking for a truly memorable celebration. Its relative isolation and quiet setting give wedding parties the privacy they desire while still possessing the professional services and stunning locations for almost any type of wedding imaginable. Naturally preserved beaches and inlets wait alongside tree-covered hillsides for the perfect photoshoot or wedding arch backdrop. Venues offer serene wooded glens, and parties can also book properties with marvelous views of the surrounding islands and mountain ranges.
Outdoor venues are one of the best parts of Orcas Island but aren’t alone in giving this wedding destination its charm. A diverse array of resorts, vacation rentals, and inns can provide all the space and facilities required for ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Venues like the historic Rosario Resort and the spacious West Beach Resort offer the full deal with catering options, spaces for the ceremony, and lodging for the wedding party and guests. Rooms and spaces are always in high demand, so be sure to plan ahead and get reservations early! Don’t worry about officiating either, several church denominations and religious organizations can be found on Orcas Island for any type and theme of wedding ceremony.
There’s more than officiation to be found on Orcas Island. Professional wedding photographers are available with decades of experience and extensive knowledge of the best photo ops. For private venues the bride and groom can hire local catering services from restaurants and inns to supply the entire event from rehearsal to reception and even beyond. Orcas Events, San Juan County’s only dedicated event rental service, has all the supplies needed for indoor and all-weather outdoor gatherings, including a portable dance floor, propane heaters, and tent rentals. Several local florists have more than sufficient inventory for a variety of decorating styles and are experienced in handling highly customized orders.
Part of the local charm for any island wedding is getting there. Washington State Ferries provides transport for vehicles and passengers to Orcas with regular sailings daily. Reservations are available and recommended to ensure a carefree trip over so the wedding attendees can admire the island county’s maritime wonders. Transportation services can also be found on Orcas with taxis, shuttles, and vehicle rentals available for pickup at the Ferry Landing, any of the villages, or on-call 24 hours a day.