Bakers Island Light

Set at the outer edge of Salem Sound is the picturesque and historic Bakers Island Light. The 10-acre island landscape provides a scenic and intimate backdrop for unforgettable memories. On the National Register of Historic Places, Bakers Island Light features an 1820 light tower (one of the oldest in the country), two keeper’s houses, lantern house, oil house, and acres of trails and rugged island terrain.

The perfect site for an adventurous, rustic mini-wedding, engagement, or special ceremony. Bakers Island Light is owned and managed by the Essex National Heritage Commission. For the first time, couples have the chance to celebrate their special day at one of the oldest lighthouses in New England. Take advantage of this unique opportunity, and request a consultation today.

Facility Info

Celebrating a special moment at Bakers Island Light is a unique option for intrepid couples looking for a small, no-frills ceremony in an unbelievably beautiful setting – somewhere not many have the chance to go.
The island is located 4 miles from Salem at the edge of Salem Sound. To get there, you and your guests (along with photographer and officiant) will board the landing craft, Naumkeag, for a 30-minute cruise past gorgeous coastline, seaside homes, and rocky islands.

When you arrive at Bakers Island Light, your guests will disembark on a rocky beach and walk approximately 1/2 mile to the lighthouse. Please note that the boat is an aluminum landing craft and you and your guests are likely to get wet during the cruise and while disembarking on the beach.

At the Light Station, you will be surrounded by picturesque landscape and historic architecture. Your guests can gather on the green lawn in front of the lighthouse for a standing ceremony, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime photo session with your photographer. While catering is not an option at the island, you are welcome to bring a picnic for your guests, as well as champagne to cap off the ceremony.

After the ceremony, cruise back to Salem for dinner or reception at one of the fantastic venues located in the city. We are happy to work with you to identify a venue that is the right fit for your party.

Pricing: $1,250 (price includes boat trip to and from the island for you and your guests, ceremony at the lighthouse with your officiant, photography session for up to one hour with your photographer)
Maximum Guest Count: 16 (plus one officiant and one photographer)‚Äč

Getting engaged or celebrating another special moment? Consider booking a private charter to Bakers Island Light. For more information contact Ryan Conary at


  • At Sea
  • Beach
  • Coastal
  • DIY
  • Garden
  • Historic Boat/Cruise
  • Historical
  • Island
  • Lighthouse
  • Rustic
  • Tented/Outdoor


  • Greater Salem
  • Salem