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March 14, 2024

Tie the Knot by the Water: Discover Waterfront Wedding Venues in the Maryland and D.C. Area

When choosing a venue for your wedding day, nothing compares to the charm and beauty of a waterfront setting.

Tie the Knot by the Water: Discover Waterfront Wedding Venues in the Maryland and D.C. Area

When choosing a venue for your wedding day, nothing compares to the charm and beauty of a waterfront setting. The gentle sound of waves, the soft glow of sunset over the water, and the promise of a new beginning set a picturesque scene for saying, 'I do.' With its vast coastlines and rivers, the mid-Atlantic region offers a treasure trove of waterfront venues in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Coupled with The Smokehouse Grill’s commitment to quality, locally sourced cuisine, and comprehensive event services, these venues promise a wedding day filled with beauty, flavor, and unforgettable memories.

Maryland's Majestic Shores: A Perfect Start

Kent Island Resort | Image courtesy of Here Comes the Guide

Maryland, known for its rich history and beautiful landscapes, boasts a variety of waterfront venues that cater to every couple's dream wedding. From the tranquil shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the historic waterfront towns like Havre de Grace, Maryland offers a blend of natural beauty and charm. Havre de Grace, in particular, is a gem for couples looking to tie the knot in a scenic locale. Its lighthouses, marinas, and waterfront parks provide a serene setting that's ideal for both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. 

Maryland’s diverse landscapes provide a variety of waterfront venues that cater to every couple’s dream.

  • Kent Island Resort in Stevensville is nestled on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland and offers a tranquil waterfront setting for weddings. With its stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay, the resort provides a romantic backdrop for couples desiring a serene and beautiful location. Its variety of event spaces, from elegant ballrooms to outdoor tents, accommodates celebrations of all sizes, ensuring a memorable day surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Herrington on the Bay in North Beach prides itself on being an eco-lifestyle event destination. Its lush gardens and panoramic bay views provide a picturesque setting for a waterfront wedding.
  • Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace offers a more intimate setting. This historic lighthouse and its surrounding park provide a unique backdrop for couples looking to tie the knot amidst Maryland’s rich maritime history.

The Smokehouse Grill enhances these experiences by bringing the best of Maryland's local produce and seafood, such as fresh rockfish and blue crabs, directly to your wedding table, making your celebration a true reflection of Maryland's bounty.

Delaware's Hidden Gems: Coastal Elegance

The Indian River Marina | Image courtesy of Abby Shepard Photography

Delaware may be small, but its coastal venues are beautiful and luxurious. From the sandy beaches of Rehoboth Beach to the quaint charm of historic Lewes, Delaware's waterfront wedding venues offer a variety of settings for every wedding style. 

These locations provide stunning views and a sense of intimacy and exclusivity, making your wedding day feel like a private getaway. 

The Smokehouse Grill's expertise in on-site grilling and upscale dining options can complement the coastal vibe, providing guests with an unforgettable culinary experience highlighting locally sourced ingredients.

Virginia's Waterfront Romance: From River to Shore

The Tides Inn | Image courtesy of The Tides Inn

Virginia's diverse geography includes some of the most beautiful waterfront locations on the East Coast. Whether it's the historic Potomac River or the serene shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia offers a wealth of options for waterfront weddings. 

Venues in this region can range from luxurious estates and wineries to charming riverfront parks, each providing a unique backdrop for your special day. 

  • The Tides Inn in Irvington offers a luxurious setting on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, with its private beach and marina setting the stage for a stunning waterfront ceremony.
  • The Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach overlooks the Lynnhaven River, providing breathtaking views and an elegant setting for your special day.
  • Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden might not be directly on the waterfront, but its views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby lakes offer a serene and romantic setting that's hard to beat.

The Smokehouse Grill's ability to adapt its menu to fit the setting means that whether your wedding is by the river or the bay, the food will be as memorable as the view.

Washington DC's Iconic Waterfronts: Urban Elegance

Sequoia | Image courtesy of Visit Washington, DC

The nation's capital might not be the first place that comes to mind for waterfront weddings. Still, Washington DC's Potomac River and Tidal Basin offer breathtaking views that rival any natural setting. Venues along these waters provide a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, perfect for couples looking for an elegant yet unique wedding. Imagine a sunset ceremony with the Jefferson Memorial or the Washington Monument in the background—truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

  • The Wharf is a vibrant waterfront district in DC with multiple venues offering views of the Potomac River. Its modern, sophisticated spaces are perfect for couples looking for a chic urban setting.
  • Sequoia in Georgetown provides a stylish setting with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Potomac River, ideal for an elegant waterfront wedding.
  • The Yards Park offers a more contemporary outdoor setting, with its boardwalk, riverfront views, and modern architecture providing a unique backdrop for your ceremony and reception.

The Smokehouse Grill's full-service bar catering and upscale dining options can elevate any wedding to an event worthy of its iconic location.

Choosing Your Waterfront Venue: Tips and Considerations

Selecting the perfect waterfront venue involves more than just falling in love with the view. Consider the following tips to ensure your venue meets all your needs:

  • Availability of Indoor Options: Weather can be unpredictable. Ensure your venue has an indoor or tent rental option to avoid any last-minute surprises.
  • Accessibility for Guests: Consider how easy it is for your guests to get to the venue, especially if you're expecting out-of-town guests.
  • Venue Capacity: Make sure the venue can comfortably accommodate your guest list, keeping in mind space for dining, dancing, and other activities.
  • Vendor Flexibility: Some venues have preferred vendors, but if you have specific requirements, such as The Smokehouse Grill's locally sourced menu, ensure the venue allows outside catering.

The Smokehouse Grill: Making Your Waterfront Wedding Unforgettable

At The Smokehouse Grill, we believe that your wedding meal should reflect your tastes and the beauty of your chosen location. Our commitment to quality, locally sourced ingredients, and our expertise in creating unforgettable dining experiences make us the perfect partner for your waterfront wedding. From on-site grilling of the finest meats to serving fresh, local seafood, we ensure that every dish celebrates love and local flavors.

In addition to our extensive catering menu, we offer full-service bar catering, wedding planning, and tent rentals to ensure that every aspect of your day is seamless and stress-free. Our statewide liquor license and ability to source the freshest ingredients from Maryland's Eastern Shore to the docks of Kent Island mean that every aspect of your wedding will be both luxurious and locally inspired.

Celebrating your union at a waterfront venue in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, or Washington DC offers not just a backdrop of unparalleled beauty but also an opportunity to create a meaningful and memorable wedding. With the help of The Smokehouse Grill, your wedding will not only embrace the serene charm of these locations but also highlight the best of local cuisine, making your special day truly one of a kind.

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