Planning Your Perfect Estate and Backyard Wedding

When it comes time to plan out estate, backyard, tented, or barn weddings in Maryland, you’ll want to make sure you have all bases covered for your big day. From safety to comfort, make sure your guests are able to enjoy your day as much as you will. Here are our tips on planning out your perfect wedding—from venues to food. 

The Perfect Venues: From Tented to Barn Weddings in Maryland

Bridge and groom stand side by side

Finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the biggest parts of wedding planning. When looking for venues, you’ll want to make sure they’re taking the correct safety precautions to make sure you and your guests are safe on your big day. On top of that, be sure you pick a venue that goes well with whatever theme you plan on executing on your wedding day. Here are our favorite venues that will be perfect for whatever estate or barn weddings in Maryland you’re planning.  

Kylan Barn 

Kylan Barn wedding venue. Photo via kylanbarn.com

Kylan Barn stands as one of the most beautiful barn wedding venues in Maryland. The grounds at Kylan barn are pristine and picturesque. The venue itself lends to many options to host your ceremony. Kylan Barn offers up its grounds to allow for so many configurations for an outdoor ceremony. The 3,400 square foot barn is handcrafted with natural wood with rolling barn doors to open up your reception space to bring in fresh air. The venue blends well with any theme or decor options you choose, making it the perfect location for any personal touches. 

Maria’s Love Point B&B

Tented wedding at Maria's Love Point B&B. photo via mariaslovepoint.com

Specializing in outdoor weddings, Maria’s Love Point B&B is the perfect venue for any tented wedding. In Stevensville, Maryland, Maria’s Love Point overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and the Chester River and gives you private access to the grounds on your big day. From large tent rentals to small accessories, Maria’s Love Point B&B can accommodate any need you have for your wedding.

Matapeake Beach

Matapeake Beach Venue. photo via matapeakecatering.com

Matapeake Beach & Clubhouse is beautifully located on Kent Island overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. This perfectly romantic venue offers up its bridal room and bourbon room for the wedding party to get ready. Formerly used as a ferry terminal house, the property was restored to its original 1930’s rustic appearance. With breathtaking views, Matapeake Beach & Clubhouse is the perfect location for your tented wedding. 

Planning your Estate and Backyard Wedding

When planning out estate, backyard, and barn weddings in Maryland, you’ll have so much to consider. From the time of your wedding to how to comfortably accommodate your guests, there’s a lot to think about. Here are our tips to help you get started. 

Use bold colors

Bold blue and coral place setting. photo via elegantwedding.ca

In 2020, so many couples utilized the Pantone color of the year in their weddings. This year it was classic blue, and more and more people chose to go with a bold color in their wedding day palette. Don’t shy away from bold colors—utilize them in a tasteful way that’s fun. 

Welcome Boxes for Intimate Guest Lists

Welcome wedding box. Photo via etsy.com

While you may not be able to have a 300-person wedding this winter, you have the chance to have an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family. Take this opportunity to make your guest list a bit more intimate and add touches to your wedding that makes them feel like a special guest. Try adding a welcome box for your guests with personalized hand sanitizers, masks, and anything else they may need throughout the day to keep them safe. 

Brunch wedding

Couple kissing at wedding. photo via junebugweddings.com

A big trend this year has been a shift from traditional midday and evening wedding times to earlier in the day around brunch time. You can have a lot of fun with a brunch wedding, and just because it’s early in the day doesn’t mean your guests can’t stick around to celebrate long after the reception is over. 

Attention to detail in place settings

Wedding place setting. Photo via bellethemagazine.com

Place settings are another way to bring out a touch of personalization and add to your theme. With so many beautiful ways to incorporate different textures and colors, you can come up with a plethora of ideas to use on your wedding day. Add a personalized thank you note to each for an added gratification for your guests. 

Living Room Lounge Area

Lounge area at wedding. Photo via 100layercake.com

Use furniture to set up a living room-style lounge area for you and your guests to use at your wedding. Try to find pieces that flow well with your wedding theme.  This gives your guest a cozy place to hang out and mingle with other guests throughout your day. 

Food options for tented and barn weddings in Maryland

Like any year, food is an important part of wedding planning. This year, though, you’ll want to make sure that the caterer you go with not only offers something you like, but also you’ll want to make sure that your caterer handles and prepares your food safely. Here are some food ideas to ensure that dinner time at your wedding is delicious and safe. 

Mini Multi-Tiered Cakes

Mini Multi-Tiered Cakes. photo via totallythebomb.com

This year, instead of going for a traditional cake, you could opt for a mini multi-tiered cake for your guests. This way, you’ll avoid cutting a large cake out for everyone and instead have individual servings for each of your guests. 

Delicious wedding packages from The Smokehouse Grill

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake from The Smokehouse Grill.

The Smokehouse Grill has plenty of pre-set wedding packages that are sure to appeal to any couple. With a choice of two delicious entrees, appetizers, and sides, you’ll have plenty of food to feed all of your guests. Choose from our tasty Chesapeake Chicken, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, or perfectly cooked filet mignon.  

Barbeque options from The Smokehouse Grill

The Smokehouse Grill's BBQ Chicken

Looking for barbeque options for your wedding? The Smokehouse Grill has you covered. With pre-set barbeque packages, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. You can choose from BBQ Chicken, pulled pork, and much more. Choose your favorite sides from our extensive list of hot and cold BBQ sides. Whatever you choose to go with, your guests will not leave your wedding hungry. 


Planning out perfect estate, tented, or barn weddings in Maryland comes with so much preparation. If you’re looking for the perfect caterer for your big day, check out The Smokehouse Grill. Contact us today to start planning out your big day.

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