Weddings on the Outer Cape aren’t about five-star resorts, gourmet food, or designer gowns. But the towns that make up the last 24 miles of Cape Cod possess a type of quiet, understated beauty that make for nature-filled nuptial experiences. In the days leading up to the big event, treat your guests to a snack of Wellfleet oysters, an excursion to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham (part of the National Seashore), and-for a true slice of Americana-a movie at the Wellfleet Drive-In after your rehearsal dinner.
Just 11 miles north of the theater, down a dirt road in Truro, lies the Pamet Harbor Yacht and Tennis Club, which has a seascape so inspiring that artists camp out here with easels at the ready. Take your vows overlooking the marshy landscape at low tide, then venture into the gray-shingled clubhouse for the party. (Brides-to-be with larger guest lists can raise a tent on the grounds.) If you prefer the buzz of Provincetown, the historic Crowne Pointe Inn-formerly a sea captain’s mansion located in the heart of town-hosts events in its bistro. And you can always say your "I do"s at the town’s historic Pilgrim Monument. A 252-foot-high granite edifice set on a hilltop, its manicured grounds are framed by 360-degree panoramas of the town and sea. The Ritz it’s not, but that’s a good thing: The views from here (and anywhere on the Outer Cape,
for that matter) cost far less-and are worth a million more. -Brittany Jasnoff
Venues: Pamet Harbor Yacht and Tennis Club, 508-349-3772, phytc.com; Crowne Pointe Inn & Spa, 508-487-2365, crownepointe.com; Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 508-487-1310, pilgrim-monument.org.
AT WATER’S EDGE: Barefoot in the grass at Pamet Harbor.
Reception revelry at Pamet Harbor Yacht and Tennis Club.
The club’s casual-cool decor.
Colonial charm at Winslow’s Tavern.