Destination Ahead: A Cape Escape

For sand and sea close to home, look no further than the Cape. “It’s so accessible,” says Jennifer Chagnon, owner of Falmouth-based Pink Polka Dot Events. Check out all seven weekend wedding itineraries and pick your favorite.

By A. J. Downey | Boston Weddings |

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LOCATION TO BOOK: With its white-glove service and oceanside grandeur, the Chatham Bars Inn has elegance and luxury to spare — and that’s just on a regular day. Imagine, then, the splendor of a wedding reception here.

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GATHERING SPOT: Host a luncheon in the Village Tea Room at Dennis’s Borsari Gallery for an afternoon of tea and finger foods (in a beautifully restored barn, no less) with your ‘maids and loved ones.

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SEASONAL SCOOP: If guests are looking to stay in town after the wedding is over, send them to All Seasons Vacation Rentals. Then have Auntie Vi’s full-service rental company deliver necessities like linens or beach chairs so their place is fully stocked upon arrival.

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GUEST EXCURSION: “Going through the heart of the Cape’s villages and towns is still a great way to experience the area,” says Chagnon. Recommend a drive down Route 6 to Provincetown — or charter the Chatham Bars Inn’s 52-foot private jet boat and shuttle guests to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in style.

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MUST-HIRE VENDOR: Falmouth pastry chef Lisa Raffael creates cakes that are tasty on the inside and tasteful on the outside. The three-time Food Network Cake Challenge finalist also bakes bite-size cake truffles that make for mouth-watering favors.