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Top Ten Reasons for Getting Married on Long Island IN THE NEWS

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Here are our Top Ten Reasons for Getting Married on Long Island, direct from AOL’s Aisle Dash

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1. Long Island is surrounded by water, which means we have a wealth of breathtaking beaches. Brides can choose to get married on the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on the South Shore or on the tranquil Long Island Sound on the North Shore.

2. The east end of Long Island is dotted with lush vineyards, many of which host weddings on their exquisite grounds. Among them are Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, Duck Walk Vineyard in Water Mill and Southold and Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards in Peconic.

3. Long Island boasts an impressive diversity of wedding facilities, from traditional catering halls such as Larkfield Manor in East Northport to quaint venues such as Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson to hip, new spaces such as the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach.

4. With charming villages ideal for strolling, a plethora of shopping malls and discount outlets, plus museums, concert halls and tourist attractions aplenty, there are tons of activities for out-of-town guests before and after the wedding.

5. The romance of a bygone era can be brought back to life with a wedding in a Gold Coast mansion. There are not too many Gatsbyesque properties left on Long Island’s North Shore, but the Glen Cove Mansion remains immaculate, ready to regally host every bride’s dream wedding.

6. Couples seeking a unique site can get married at the historic Montauk Lighthouse. Or for a truly out-of-the-box reception, there is the Atlantis Marine World aquarium in Riverhead or the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

7. All roads lead to weddings! No matter where the venue, traveling from one end of Long Island to the other is super simple. There are plenty of easily accessible highways and parkways to choose from.

8. Long Island features many world-class parks that provide amazing photo opportunities for couples seeking a natural backdrop. Among them are Old Westbury Gardens and Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.

9. Long Island features hundreds of restaurants serving every ethnic cuisine imaginable, so there are countless options for showers, rehearsal dinners and other pre- and post-wedding celebrations.

10. Hosting a green wedding is virtually effortless on Long Island. That’s because our local farms turn out the most delectable produce. Fresh seafood and poultry is readily available and locally grown seasonal flowers are also accessible for wedding decor. In addition, stringent recycling laws are in place to ensure our region contributes to a greener planet.

Claudia Copquin is the editor of the wedding blog