The Wauwinet

120 Wauwinet Rd,
Nantucket, MA 02584
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Average Base Cost: $50,000

Our average base cost for a Wauwinet wedding is calculated by figuring a 110-person guest list for a Saturday evening ceremony and reception using their food and beverage minimum listed below and an $11,000 venue rental fee. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The rental fee varies from $10,000 to $12,000 depending on the weekend dates. The fee for a wedding of less than 60 guests at their restaurant, Toppers, is $5,000. Weddings over 60 people also require a complete buyout of the hotel (meaning all of the hotel rooms be reserved Friday-Sunday).


What’s Included: There is no additional ceremony fee. The hotel has enough equipment (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) for up to 110 guests at their restaurant, Toppers. However, for any tented event you are required to bring in 100% of the rentals of china, glass, silver, tables, linens, chairs, tent etc.

Vendors: You may bring in your own vendors except for caterers.


Food/Beverage: There is a $30,000 food and beverage minimum. The average price per person for a plated meal and full bar is $240.

Important Note: The restaurants will be closed to non-guests for weddings over 60 people. For parties under 60 please inquire with the hotel.


More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: They can accommodate up to 110 guests without a tent on the lawn or at Toppers, and 150 with a tent on the lawn.

Bridal Suite: They recommend the bride use one of their largest hotel rooms with a private deck and living room. However it is NOT complimentary.  

Parking: Yes, there is a free lot.

How Will Grandma Get There? There are 34 guest rooms at the hotel, and ideally Grandma would stay in one of them if your wedding is over 60 people, since the hotel requires all rooms be reserved. For weddings smaller than 60 people, guests may also choose to stay at other hotels nearby (about 9 miles away) such as The Beachside at Nantucket.


Party On! Events can go until 10:00 pm outside, 12:30 am inside

The Report: 

Guests were first welcomed to The Wauwinet House in 1875. Named after the Chief of an Indian tribe from the eastern section of the Island, the second floor was added in the 1900’s along with the veranda so visitors could “enjoy the comings and goings of the inn and the view,” according to the hotel’s website. The current owners purchased the property in 1986 and the Inn, now called The Wauwinet, underwent an extensive renovation in 1988. With an award-winning restaurant, Toppers, on site, The Wauwinet House is Nantucket’s only member of the Relais & Châteaux group.

Photo by Zofia and Co.

Woman Getting Married Says:

I remember visiting this hotel when I was younger and how gorgeous the view and grounds were, as they still are today. I would try to keep the wedding at 110 people or under to utilize as much of the restaurant’s equipment as possible, as the wedding tent cost can make the price increase by a couple thousand dollars. Since you’re reserving the entire hotel I do wish they would include a complimentary room for you or some other perks. I think they can definitely do better when it comes to their inclusions considering the higher venue rental fee as well. Otherwise the hotel is loaded with charm and would definitely make a beautiful place to say “I Do!” in the spring or summer.

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Amenities/What’s Included 7
Convenient for Grandma 10
Layout 7
Location 10
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 7

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