Planning the perfect wedding begins with choosing the right destination. With a huge range of venues and styles, it’s no wonder that countless couples have celebrated the start of their married lives in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. From weddings in historic Annapolis to countryside receptions in South County or grand ballrooms in the BWI region, there are plenty of places to say ‘I do’. But what about couples who are looking for something a bit more nautical? In addition to Annapolis being the sailing capital of the world, Anne Arundel County’s rivers, streams, and coves form over 533 miles of shoreline. We claim the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, as our very own playground and picture-perfect wedding destination! See more below for all you need to know when planning your magical maritime wedding!
Annapolis Maritime Museum
The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park gives guests a real “Annapolis” feel. This unique waterfront venue boasts an interactive museum exhibit and much more. Ride the water taxi to and from your event – guests can arrive in style! This venue is perfect for the conscious couple looking to give back, all rental fees support the museum’s mission in serving 10,000 schoolchildren in Anne Arundel County through environmental education programs. Choose from 2 campuses: McNasby Campus – the “museum” with a waterfront tented deck situated right on Back Creek, a beachfront canoe and kayak launch, 3 piers, and 2,500 sq ft of climate-controlled interior reception space, and Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park – 12 wooded acres, 30’ x 30’ tent, indoor restrooms, a dinghy dock, on-site parking lot and waterfront on a secluded cove on Back Creek.
The Schooner Liberté is a 49-passenger sailboat offering private, personalized charters out of Annapolis from late April through June, then September through October. With the largest deck space and most comfortable seating of any vessel of her class on the Bay, the Liberté is the perfect venue for your waterfront wedding. The smooth ride allows you to move about the deck and mingle, truly sharing the adventure. A full beverage bar onboard and wonderful catering menu round out this venue option. Ondeck speakers allow you to enjoy your own music. We are conveniently located alongside the Chart House Restaurant on “Restaurant Row” in the charming neighborhood of Eastport and parking is free. A wedding on the Liberté offers a unique opportunity to see Annapolis from the water, making it a day or night you and your guests will never forget.
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Waterfront weddings at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club leave a lasting impression for couples and their guests. The ballrooms and spaces at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club provide the perfect setup for elegant waterfront weddings. The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club offers ceremony and reception venues with extraordinary sunset views overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Couples can access everything they need to get ready for their big day to include guest rooms, intimate venues for the Rehearsal Dinner and post-wedding brunch and a spa specializing in wedding hair and makeup services. The Market offers “Market to the Room” where wedding parties can order food and beverages to their rooms while getting ready for the big day. Guests staying at The Inn can fill any downtime by dining at Knoxie’s Table, shopping in The Market, playing outdoor games and lounging by the pool. The catering team offers menu selections for both seated and buffet-style events, and have the option to handpick their menu selections to make their wedding day truly memorable. The gorgeous waterfront views, The Inn and Spa, dedicated staff, award-winning catering, and guidance for personalizing weddings make the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club a leading waterfront wedding destination.