Updated: Mar 2
You’re engaged! Now it’s time to start your Eastern Shore wedding venue search, here are a few things to consider:
select a venue that aligns with your aesthetic and vibe
know your guest list (and possible limitations)
set a budget
ask questions about the venue, a planner can help you with this
stay true to yourselves and be wary of trends
Here are a few venues I absolutely adore; some are new, some are old and some are hidden gems. This list has been carefully curated with different bride styles in mind, the main theme being they are all timeless and classic.
Through the years, the mansion has been furnished with carefully selected antiques of the period to make it the unique venue it is. The ballroom boasts two grand pianos, two working fire places with original marble, hand crafted imported carpets and beautiful lighting. The mansion continues to host many charity events and now, reopens its doors to weddings and other celebrations. The hotels, restaurants and nightlife of Ocean City, Maryland are close at hand. The area is rich with water sports, fishing, birding, beautiful golf courses and both antique and outlet shopping close by. Merry Sherwood is a personal favorite not only for the history but for the uniqueness it offers. The property boasts stunning grounds for the perfect outdoor wedding and a gorgeous 8 bedroom home for your #bridetribe. It’s really the perfect spot to host your entire wedding weekend from rehearsal dinner to reception to farewell brunch. It’s a must-see!
Green Hill Country Club: This charming club in Quantico, Maryland suits both intimate affairs and grand celebrations. A long-time Eastern Shore tradition, Green Hill offers countless venues to say your “I Do’s”. The property offers a premier location situated on the Wicomico River with panoramic views for amazing photo opportunities. Imagine exchanging vows on the perfectly manicured lawn with breathtaking views of the river. After the ceremony, create your own magical space under a tent, under the stars or in the River Room- an authentic ballroom type setting . For a more rustic fete, the charming barn is suited perfectly. A few notables include use of golf carts for the bridal party, dressing rooms, and back up locations of outdoor events. Social and golf memberships are also available so perhaps you may want to #jointheclub.
Wildflower Estate, Farm + Venue: Wildflower Estate is settled on 11 acres of farm land located on the lower part of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the small town of Mardela Springs. Wildflower Estate has set out to become the shores most popular venue for small to medium sized weddings. With an indoor occupancy of 50 people, it’s the ideal location for intimate occasions such as, weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, and many others events. Featuring several building materials from authentic barns and buildings aging back 100+ years, Wildflower Estate is a charming and unique venue for you to experience with your family and friends during the moments that are most important in life. In addition to the venue, Wildflower Estate will be home to Award Winning, Vittles Catering.
Brooklyn Meadows: Brooklyn Meadows is a peaceful, secluded, sprawling 40 acre equestrian farm in Berlin, Maryland. It is located just minutes away from downtown Berlin and the beaches of Assateague Island and Ocean City. The property is the perfect destination for families and friends to enjoy an epic wedding weekend. The Manor is an exceptional 8,000+ square foot home modeled after Mt. Vernon. It features a gourmet kitchen and comfortably sleeps 18 guests. During your stay guests can enjoy the billiards room, home gym, hot tub, in ground heated pool to mention a few. Enjoy exclusive use of the Manor and grounds for a 3 night, 4 day stay which will allow you the luxury of hosting pre and post wedding events. The Manor offers several ceremony and reception spots. There is a deck with a trellis and cafe lighting perfect for an intimate gathering or cocktail party. The meadow behind the Manor is perfect for tented weddings.
Lighthouse Cove Event Center: The Lighthouse Cove and Event Center opening fall of 2019 is part of mixed use development, “Lighthouse Cove” in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Designed and developed like no other property along the Delaware coast, the Lighthouse Cove boasts luxury condominiums, the award winning Hyatt Place Hotel, the all new Lighthouse Restaurant and East of Maui Surf Shop. Whether simple and understated or grand and ornate, weddings at the Lighthouse Cove Event Center will deliver a one-of-a- kind experience. Oceanfront or Bayside ceremony space will be available as well at bay-view cocktail and reception spaces. If you’re looking for a beach venue, look no further!
Here’s to finding the perfect spot for your dream wedding, cheers to that!