So you’ve just said “I do” to your favorite person in the world, and now it’s time to plan your wedding! Happily, Amelia Island is brimming with beautiful wedding venues, and one of the favorites is Oyster Bay Yacht Club, located at the northern tip of Oyster Bay Harbour, exquisitely situated within a maritime forest. The club features expansive views of meandering waterways and Cumberland Island, a full-service bar with dining room, a swimming pool, and wide, covered verandas.
Wedding planner Cheyenne Nichols and her assistant Barbara Camp lead a team of talented chefs and staff who will make sure that your upcoming wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of, and more. “One of the things that sets us apart from other venues is that couples don’t need to hire a wedding planner,” says Nichols. “We do everything! Our staff works as a whole. They are warm and welcoming, and that’s what allows us to offer the quality of service that we do.”
Oyster Bay Yacht Club can hold 150 to 175 guests comfortably, and it offers many options for couples, from hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to a full sit-down dinner, dancing, and even finding and booking transportation to and from the wedding reception. Ceremony options include their Marsh Canopy for up to 175 guests, Front Lawn for up to 130 guests, and The Portico for up to 60 guests, which features a dose of Southern charm with a perfect arch and expansive views of the Front Lawn.
“No matter what time of the day or evening, Oyster Bay’s property is exquisite,” says Nichols. “Our photographers tell us that Oyster Bay is one of their favorite places to photograph a wedding.”
Catering options are very flexible, and Oyster Bay’s chefs are able to accommodate special requests and dietary restrictions. Couples can choose from various hors d’oeuvres, entrees, accompaniments, serving stations, and bar service. Some of their specialties include poached shrimp, colossal crab meat, and half shell oysters, along with a chef-attended carving station featuring roast prime rib with horseradish cream and fresh asparagus.
Nichols and Camp offer couples a preferred vendor list, which includes businesses they work with all the time, the very best on Amelia Island and the surrounding area. “We’ll help the bride and groom with much more than just their wedding,” says Nichols. “We make suggestions for their rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheons, welcome party, and more. We have vendor suggestions for flowers, wedding cakes, photographers, music, and transportation.”
“Oyster Bay Yacht Club is the perfect setting for wedding receptions,” says Nichols. “The views are incredible, and the architecture is the epitome of Southern coastal casual elegance. Utilizing the covered verandah and main dining room, we can seat up to 150 guests. The main dining room will accommodate up to 60 guests; it is enclosed with glass windows and doors that open and flow nicely onto a covered verandah that provides additional seating for up to 90. The views from the main dining room and verandah are spectacular, overlooking the pool, marsh, and Intracoastal Waterway!”
If you’re interested in holding your wedding at Oyster