There’s something magical about waterfront weddings. Maybe it’s the cool breeze running through the air or the gentle waves splashing behind the happy couple as they recite their vows. Not even the most extravagant indoor setups can match the natural beauty of an ocean or river. If you are newly engaged and are interested in looking into waterfront wedding venues in Maryland, one of these seven venues picked by The Smokehouse Grill may turn out to be the perfect place to hold your ceremony.
Herrington on the Bay
Herrington on the Bay offers two waterfront wedding venues to choose from—the Herring Bay Garden paired with the Herrington Yacht Club and the Polynesian Lawn paired with the Paradise Ballroom.
The Herring Bay Garden provides a luscious ceremony arch that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay, while the Herrington Yacht Club offers reception space for post-ceremony festivities. Couples can choose one or both ballrooms, which each come decorated with elegant crystal accents and grey and white room decorations. Both ballrooms also offer views of the harbor.
The Polynesian Lawn also offers expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay and its lush gardens. After the ceremony, guests will be escorted to the Paradise Ballroom, a state-of-the-art tent structure that provides a 20’ ceiling and can hold up to 250 guests.
For guests who need lodging accommodations, the Inn at Herrington Harbour is just a shuttle away. Guests are treated to waterfront views within their luxury suites. The Dover House, located only two blocks away from the Herrington Yacht Club, offers enough space for wedding party prep and can sleep up to 10 guests.
Silver Swan Bayside
Silver Swan Bayside prides itself as a destination, rather than an ordinary location. Its position by the Queen Anne Marina on Kent Island will make you feel like you’re a world away from everyone else. Lush gardens, clean lawns, a private beach, and a tented pavilion all help create the perfect fairytale wedding aesthetic. Silver Swan Bayside also offers a spacious dining room for the reception where guests can admire sweeping views of the Chesapeake Bay.
Silver Swan Bayside will also assist you with planning your wedding and making sure every detail, down to the correct napkin color, is correct. Their goal is to “keep you smiling before, during, and after your ceremony.”
The Kirkland Manor is a private estate located along the eastern shore. The charming estate offers gardens, Georgian style homes, tree-lined driveways, orchards, fields, and barns for all of your wedding party photo needs. Up to 12 guests can stay at the manor, making it perfect for housing your wedding party. There are also bed and breakfasts and hotels nearby for other guests who may need to stay overnight. For guests who want a serene and natural atmosphere for their wedding and reception, the Kirkland Manor is a prime choice.
Swan Point Yacht and Country Club
For the perfect mixture of natural beauty and Southern charm, check out the Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. Located along the Potomac River, the venue offers a creekside ceremony site as well as a regal ballroom that can seat up to 180 guests. You and your guests will be able to enjoy the club’s surrounding magnolia trees, flowers, and a veranda that overlooks its vast golf course as you move from the ceremony to the reception.
Swan Cove Manor
Located in Cambridge, Maryland, Swan Cove Manor sits along 11 acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The property features three waterfront manor homes—the Mariner, the Chart House, and the Spinnaker—which are each decked out with its own private dock, swimming pool, and fire pit. Each house contains five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
Swan Cove Manor prides itself on its flexibility and encourages couples to decide how large and how formal they want their wedding to be. Since it is able to house a rehearsal dinner, overnight guests, the wedding ceremony, and the reception, the Swan Cove Manor is perfect for couples who want all of their wedding festivities to take place in one centralized location.
The Oaks Waterfront
The Oaks Waterfront Inn is surrounded by 10 acres of scenic landscape and water. It offers guest rooms that contain panoramic water views, Whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces. Each day even begins with a country breakfast. Once your guests are up and ready-to-go, the real wedding festivities can then begin.
Couples can recite their vows along the water before taking photos with the wedding party at various locations throughout the estate. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy cocktails along the waterside before moving into a 230-person room for dinner. There, they will be treated with views of the Oaks Waterfront’s secluded cove.
You have three beautiful venues to choose from at Bohemia Overlook in North East, Maryland. The Manor, the Beach, and the Barn all offer beautiful spaces among the Bohemia Overlook’s 160 acres. Along the shore is the Elk River, and in the center of the property sits the Blue Elk Vineyard.
If you want a beachfront wedding, then the Bohemia Overlook’s Beach Venue is the perfect venue for you. Prepare for the ceremony inside the beach house, which is reserved all day for you and your bridesmaids. After reciting your vows along the ceremony harbor, you will make your way into a white tented venue for your reception.
After you finish picking your wedding venue, it is time to book your caterer! The Smokehouse Grill offers a wide variety of wedding and alcohol catering services that can fit any budget or vision. Get in touch with one of our team members today for more information!