The oldest lighthouse in New York State, the 209-year-old Montauk Lighthouse combines the beauty of a beachside ceremony on the East End with the adventurous history of the sea. Choose from two vantage points: one with a deck overlooking Long Island Sound, the other with views of Turtle Cove and a lush meadow. Performing the ceremony inside the 110 1/2-foot lighthouse is discouraged, you can certainly kick off your heels and climb the 137 iron steps for a quick smooch. No receptions or tents are allowed on the property, and having a backup spot at your reception site where the ceremony can take place is a good idea.
Museum guides are always happy to become willing accomplices to unique engagements. One fellow who asked for the ring to be hidden inside our enormous three and one-half order lens. When he visited with his girlfriend he casually mentioned that he would like to see the light bulb inside. A staff member opened the port to reveal the ring and the man asked his astonished girlfriend to marry him. Another couple became engaged at the top of the tower and returned a few months later to be married topside!