A Clambake Wedding in Wellfleet


There is nothing like a summer wedding on Cape Cod. The quaint beauty of our historic towns, the sea breezes coming off Nantucket Sound or the bay, and of course the Cape’s delicious clambake tradition make this pretty much the perfect place for couples planning special celebrations with friends and family.

We have catered clambake weddings for brides and grooms from Provincetown to Wareham and beyond, which has given us the chance to see many wonderful Cape Cod wedding venues. Each one offers something unique that makes us want to come back year after year.

One of our favorites is the Holden Inn in Wellfleet. For over ten years, we’ve catered several weddings each summer at the Holden Inn, but the Inn been around––and hosting weddings––a lot longer than that.

It is a historic property nestled close between the harbor and Wellfleet’s town center. The oldest part of the house was built in 1848. The current innkeepers, Patricia and Fred Young have been at it for 45 and 30 years, respectively. Patricia is a descendant of the Holden family, who bought the house and enlarged it to create the lodge in 1924.

The place has a real Olde Cape Cod feeling. Yet what’s unusual for an antique house right in town is that the property includes a large back yard, complete with white picket fence and the sound of the ocean from down the street, that can accommodate a large tent. There are spaces that are just right for ceremonies, cocktail hour mingling, receptions, and, yes clambakes––even if you’ve invited a big crowd: the Inn can host parties for up to 250 guests.

It really is an Inn, too. There are rooms for 54 guests. And people will want to consider staying, both before and after your wedding. There’s a screened in porch overlooking the marsh that makes this a great place to relax. Then there’s the National Seashore, golf courses, tennis courts, bike trails, nature reserves, and more, all within just a few miles of the Inn.

Fred and Patricia tell us they’re pretty much booked up for weddings this summer. But they do still have some availability on weekdays and even a few weekend possibilities, too. Not getting married until next summer? The Holden Inn is a popular place––it’s not too early to talk to them about your plans now.

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