Dream Wedding Venues in Maryland and Virginia | Maryland Wedding Planner

Maryland and surrounding states have no shortage of beautiful wedding venues. From rolling hills to bayside views, there is something for everyone all within a few hours. With so many stunning venues around, we decided to create a list of a few of our favorites, and we think couples will agree- these are some special places! 

We would love to plan or coordinate your dream wedding at one of these venues, which is why we are offering a great deal! Until the end of 2017 (December 31st, 2017 to be exact), if you book our services for any of the venues listed below, we will include a $200 discount off of any package. 

Annapolis Wedding Venues

Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland

If you want your investment to go towards a wonderful cause, this is the perfect venue for you! Support the bay and have a stunning wedding right on the water. 

US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

The property is stunning from start to finish. There are beautiful anchor details on the gates and endless photography locations all around the campus. 

Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland

If you are looking for a nautical venue with garden vibes, this is the perfect place for you! The views are stunning and the property is covered in beautiful flowers and tress. 

Stevensville and Kent Island Wedding Venues

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland

Our nautical hearts absolutely love this venue! There are several options for your wedding location, from a ballroom with a bay bridge view to a quaint Inn where you can spend a weekend. There is something for any waterfront loving couple. We have worked here a few times but have not had the chance to coordinate or plan a wedding here! 

Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Maryland

Kent Manor has two different wedding venue options, The Garden House has a waterfront ceremony option and The Preserve has a field ceremony option. Both of them are beautiful! 

Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville, Maryland

While we have worked here before but we absolutely love it and could have a million weddings here and never be tired of it. The views of the bay bridge are incredible but they hands down have some of the most amazing staff you will ever find! 

Easton and St. Michaels Area Wedding Venues

Wye River Conference Center in Queenstown, Maryland

You have two stunning venues to chose from at Wye River. The sweeping fields and beautiful driveway also adds to the ambiance of this venue. 

Inn at Perry Cabin By Belmond in St. Michaels, Maryland

Have you watched Wedding Crashers? This venue set the scene for the movie, and while it is hilarious, just think about those views! The background is jaw-dropping! 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

This venue overlooks the Miles River and will provide the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. With boats passing in the background it has such a romantic vibe. 

The Oaks Waterfront Inn in Easton, Maryland

If you are looking for a venue to rent for the weekend, The Oaks is just that! Not only is it a stunning setting for a wedding but it is also an Inn that can fit you, your bridal party and even family before and after the wedding. Talk about a wedding weekend! 

White Barn at Middle Spring in Easton, Maryland

This gorgeous estate is located on the most beautiful property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Within just a few miles you can even be on the water in St. Michaels!

Combsberry Inn in Oxford, Maryland

With 30-acres of property, a 2-story barn and incredible Eastern Shore views, this wedding venue is fit for a variety of couples. 

Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort - Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland

There are several different locations to say your vows and dance the night away on this stunning property. 

Upper Eastern Shore Wedding Venues

Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Maryland

A picture perfect destination on the bay with stunning views and sailboats nearby. There are endless nautical options at this venue

Brittland Estates in Chesterton, Maryland

There are fields and rivers among other options for this ideal wedding location in Historic Chesterton. 

Great Oak Manor in Chestertown, Maryland

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is no stranger to wedding venues (and you can probably tell from this post) but Great Oak Manor is one full of history and historic areas on the property. 

Southern Maryland Wedding Venues

Running Hare Vineyards in Prince Frederick, Maryland

If a destination wedding is a bit too much, but you would love the atmosphere to be similar, this vineyard will do the trick! With European nods, beautiful vines, amazing ceremony locations...and delicious wine, what more could you want for your wedding day?

Ocean Hall in Bushwood, Maryland

There are 11 acres of stunning views on the Wicomico River at Ocean Hall. You will also have a private beach and stunning patio. 

Western Maryland Wedding Venues

Springfield Manor in Thurmont, Maryland

114 acres with a view fit for a wedding. The first time I went to this venue I couldn't believe the stunning ceremony backdrop full of mountains. 

Virginia Wedding Venues

Pippin Hill in North Garden, Virginia

If Chip & Joanna Gaines decided to open a wedding venue, I could imagine Pippin Hill being a wonderful source of inspiration. The adorable farmhouse is the perfect location surrounded by stunning views. 

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia

If you are looking for rustic charm with a classy and elegant touch, Stone Towery Winery is it! 

Let us help you bring your vision to life with one of these beautiful settings! If you are interested in getting married at one of these venues, or have a wedding date secured at one of these venues, please let us know! We would love to work with you and make your dream wedding come to life. Don't forget the discount! 

And finally, Baltimore Wedding Venues, because we need to include our hometown! 

1840's  in Baltimore, Maryland

A historic Baltimore dream with stunning details and architecture. 

The George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

This library is beyond stunning! It is said to also be the inspiration for the library that Beast gives Belle in the movie...are there any Disney fans out there? SWOON! 

M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland 

Raven stadium is my favorite place in Maryland and it doesn't get much better than a wedding among the purple seats. Who is in? 

Looking for a photographer? Chesapeake Charm Photography is also offering a discount for several of the venues listed above!

We will also give special discounts to anyone getting married in Southern California ;) 

As you read through this list, keep in mind the difference between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Coordinator. Give yourself the gift of a stress free day, while you can! 

 

The AKP Retreat - Deep Creek, Maryland

WHAT A WEEKEND. I spent the beginning of this month at the AKP Retreat and it was an experience I will never forget. If I am being honest, I was crazy nervous going into the weekend. I was the only planner attendee among 20+ photographers and I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, three of my wedding BFFs were attending and we were all able to ride to Deep Creek together. 

We packed into the car on Friday morning, made a quick stop at Panera & Starbucks and were on our way. After a detour to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and a 20-minute wrong turn, we had arrived at Herrington Manor and were greeted by the AKP Squad with champagne and welcome bags in hand. 

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The first thing/person I need to brag about is Ashton Kelley, the founder of the AKP Retreat. She is the most kind, caring and welcoming host. Besides going out of her way to make everyone feel welcome, she greeted each of us with a smiling face and a hug. If there is one thing to know about me (and my mom) we are huggers! This was the perfect welcome. 

 

As we were guided through the house to our room I was amazed by the stunning details within the house. We basically stayed in a castle and I'm not complaining! The bedrooms seemed to go on and on, around every corner was an even cooler room- from movie theatre to game room and ballroom to library, it was SO COOL. 

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The retreat kicked off with a welcome talk by The Welcome District founder, Alicia, where we learned about all things client experience. Followed by a delicious dinner and an epic 90's dance party. We listened to the most epic 90's jams, danced for a few hours and ended the night in our bathing suits hopping between the hot tubs and pool. 

Saturday was full of educational talks and more amazing food by Jaki. It was so nice to learn about marketing, SEO and other business topics that a lot of people are left to figure out on their own. As a business owner learning how to do things without the huge expense, it's often really hard to discover the nitty gritty details. Ashton had an amazing presentation on all of these topics and more. 

Lara-Jill from Simply Gorgeous Events styled a wonderful shoot for all of the photographers to get in on, and I even played around with photography and editing myself. The models were stunning and the styled areas were gorgeous. It was a shoot fit for a queen! 

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As if the educational portion of this retreat wasn't enough, I was able to meet SO MANY amazing women. We had cry circles, shared stories of entrepreneurship and dished about reality TV and other shows that need to come back...I'm looking at you, Parenthood. Something else I didn't expect to leave with was more self-confidence. When you are in front of so many cameras and other girls telling you that you look great, the dress you have on is flattering and that you don't look like a fool in heels, it really makes you feel much better about yourself! Who would have known this many girls could actually be THIS NICE to each other for a weekend. 

All in all this retreat in Deep Creek was exactly what I had no idea I needed. I'm so thankful for the few days we all had together, the beautiful location, the awesome food...and the hot tubs. Can't forget about the glorious hot tubs. 

AND here is a video because YAS! 

 

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10 Things To Think About For An Outdoor Wedding

Fall brings a lot of things...pumpkin everything, boots and scarves, and of course, beautiful outdoor weddings with fall foliage and warm apple cider. Outdoor weddings are amazing, I even had one myself, but they do come with a mix of additional details that needed to be sorted out. When deciding on a venue or location for your wedding, it's those things can cause a bit of added stress when not completely thought out. 

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It's easy to go into a friends property, see all of the possibilities and move forward with that dream vision in mind...but what about the backup plan? It's hard to focus on the possible outcomes when you know you have the PERFECT property that would look amazing with a tent set-up and a ceremony spot no venue can match. How can you ensure your wedding will match up to everything you are hoping for? Hopefully this post will explain it! 

1. Weather. The one thing most couples don't want to think about but absolutely need to. Think about the various cases that could have an effect on your wedding day (even month or week!):
     - Is it in a flood zone?
     - Where will things be if it rains?
     - What will happen if it is windy?
     - Are there trees nearby that we should look out for?
     - What are the chances of the water/currant/waves being too high? 
All of these vary based on location but it is a great starting point. 

2. Permits. Another big one! Some neighborhoods, communities and states have special permits required for hosting large events. Check with your county and see if there is anything you should be aware of and the prices. This goes for a few variables besides the property itself, but we get into those details below. 

3. Electric. A standard outlet on the side of someones house is not going to work for a few reasons. 
     a. Distance. In most cases you won't have your tent or ceremony directly next to a home, which means the electrical source is going to be a good distance away from where it needs to be. Think about having an electrician come out and recommend a location for an additional source of electricity. 
     b.  Use. Do you have a DJ or band? How many electrical outlets will they need? Will you have a Photo Booth that needs to be plugged in? Will your caterer need their own tent with electric for grills? Each vendor may need their own source of electricity and a standard outlet will not have enough to suit these needs. 
If you don't plan on having other events on the property, a quick remedy for this situation is to rent a large generator. 

4. Restrooms. Did you know that residential plumbing is not made for high volume use? If you are having more than an intimate wedding with a small number of people you will need to rent a restroom trailer. There are inexpensive options and other options that are a little nicer, it all depends on what you are looking for. Again, referencing #3, make sure electricity is availible. 

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5. Bugs. I highly recommend having the property sprayed for bugs of all kinds. In order to ensure guests aren't being eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs aren't attracted to the tulle in your bridesmaid dresses, a professional bug spray is highly recommended for the property. It's nice to have some bug spray on hand as well!

6. Catering & alcohol. Find out what a caterer will need before hand. A residential kitchen will likely not be enough space for a caterer to prepare a meal for all of your guests and have everything out on time. If they need a caterers tent, ensure there is space for this near where the reception will be. It's also recommended to ask your caterer if they are able to provide alcohol or have a license to serve alcohol that you have provided. You want to ensure all alcohol liability is covered. 

7. Noise. Almost all counties have a noise ordinance, whether you are nearby other neighbors or not, check into what this time is. The last thing you want is for guests (and your timeline) to think the party will go on to a certain time only to have the police show up and let you know the party needs to end ASAP. 

8. Setup & Cleanup. This is something to check with all of your vendors because you won't want to take time during your wedding day to have guests setting up and cleaning up. Your rentals may be delivered a few days early, but you can always make sure they know the general area of where things go. Many caterers will include it in their contract to setup tables and chairs, and they may be the ones providing linens and place settings, which typically means they set that up as well. If setup for these items is provided, what about clean up? Will you be left with tables and chairs to clean and stack the next day, or will the rental company do that when they come to pick everything up? Check your contracts and don't be afraid to ask these questions! 

9. Parking. Is there room for 100 cars on a field somewhere near the ceremony & reception? If yes, that is great, if not you will need to think of some alternative options. You could provide a shuttle service, inform guests that parking is limited and carpool if possible (keeping in mind, you may have guests that aren't able to do this) and or higher some sort of valet service (Keep in mind, weather may also play a role in the parking situation.)

10. Insurance. You may think you have all of your bases covered, but in the end something may be overlooked and insurance is the best way to handle that. Every participant in the wedding should be covered by their own insurance policy. The property owner, the couple, and every vendor should have liability insurance to cover anything that may come up. 

Some of these items will even be relevant for even a wedding venue with an outdoor location! Please pay attention to each item listed and keep in mind that a private property wedding can be absolutely stunning, but it does require a bit more attention to detail. 

If you are hoping to have your wedding on a private property and want additional guidance on how to ensure everything works out, we would love to chat! Send us an email and let's get the conversation started! 

photos by Kira Nicole Photography and Candace Nicole Photography

What Is A Venue Coordinator And What Do They Do?

Hello! Enchanting Events here, and we have a BIG question for you! Have you or your fiancé thought, "We have a venue coordinator, so we won’t need a wedding coordinator?” 

If so, we would like to help you! In this post, we will explain the differences between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator. 

Before we jump in, we want to encourage our couples that venue coordinators are awesome. We as wedding coordinators love working with them! Venue coordinators are helpful and team-oriented. They assist in managing their team and venue, and they are an essential part of the wedding day. 

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So, what exactly does a venue coordinator do? 

Venue coordinators are unique to the wedding in that their priority is the venue. Moreover, a venue coordinator/planner is hired BY the venue FOR the venue. They are there to make sure that the lights are working, the space is clean, and the venue is treated appropriately by other vendors. 

What about a wedding coordinator? 

In contrast, a wedding coordinator/planner is someone hired BY you and for YOU! This person is your advocate for the entire wedding day (and for most of the planning period, if you desire) and will make your vision come to life. In turn, the wedding coordinator ensures that the rest of the vendors are fulfilling their duties and that the timeline remains intact. 

Now, let’s go back to venue coordinators... 

We comprised a list of what a venue coordinator typically manages. These duties may differ by venue.

  • He or she will open the venue on the wedding day. Most venues follow a strict schedule and only allow other vendors in at a certain time. 
  • The coordinator will also work as the liaison between the couple and the venue. For example, the venue coordinator is your first point of contact to see if sparkler exits/ confetti/open flame candles are allowed. The coordinator’s role is to ensure that the venue is up to the contracted standards. 
  • A venue coordinator will also manage the catering timeline, if catering is handled by their venue. If this is the case, the coordinator will keep the caterers aware of which tables should be served first and when clean-up should begin. 
  • A venue coordinator will also oversee the setup of tables and chairs, if they are provided by the venue. The venue coordinator will also use your floor plan to ensure that the tables are properly set up in preparation for the florals and décor. 
  • The venue coordinator will also ensure that the space is presentable. The venue coordinator oftentimes does the dirty work while things are being set up. Their knowledge of the venue and how it should look is very beneficial to their couples!
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While some awesome vendor coordinators do go above and beyond for their couples, others only check in periodically. It is important to obtain information on what the venue coordinator will handle before making a decision to hire an outside wedding coordinator. 

For your use, we compiled some key questions to ask your venue coordinator:

  • Will you contact my vendors prior to the wedding day to confirm timing, logistics, and details? Will you ensure that everyone is on the same page?
  • Will you create a timeline from the start of hair and makeup until the grand exit?
  • Will you assist with the ceremony? (note: if the ceremony is off-site, it is standard for the venue coordinator to remain at the reception venue)
  • Will you manage and coordinate the wedding rehearsal?
  • Will you set up the wedding? Will you place the escort cards, menus, and table numbers? Will you find the perfect spot for my guest book, card box, and picture frames?
  • Will you breakdown the wedding for me? Will all of my items be placed back into their respective bins and be ready for me at the end of the evening?
  • Will you remain at the venue from the start of the day until the end?
  • Will you keep in touch with me throughout the day to keep everything on time? 
  • Will you be available if something goes astray with a contracted vendor – for example, if a vendor is late, does not fulfill their contract, or cannot find his or her way to the venue?
  • Will you definitely be the coordinator present on my wedding day, or could you have a replacement?
  • Will you assist with queuing the DJ or band when it is time for introductions, dances, speeches, and cake-cutting?
  • Will you assist with the bridal party/family’s needs throughout the day?
  • Will you answer wedding-related questions throughout the entire planning process?

When you hear that your venue has a venue coordinator, even sometimes referred to as a wedding coordinator, that a great bonus! As mentioned above, venue coordinators are a vital part of the team. We encourage all couples to see if a coordinator will be there to assist them throughout the day. If they are, that is wonderful; however, please remember that their focus will be on the venue.

Similarly, we at Enchanting Events want to make sure that you are are able to enjoy every second of your wedding day, as well as the months leading up to your day. As this post has reviewed, our role differs from the role of a venue coordinator. We will check that everyone is where he or she should be, that the schedule is maintained, and that your bustle is done properly. We encourage you to think of us as additional bridesmaids who are there to help you have the best day ever – and have a plethora of wedding knowledge to share with you! 

Our job is in the details, with the ultimate goal of providing you with high quality wedding services and the wedding of your dreams. When you are ready to share your wedding vision with us, or decide to inquire more about the differences between different wedding coordinators, please reach out to us! We are here for you – and so, so excited to chat about your dream wedding! 

 

Photos by Lauren Werkheiser Photography & Anne Casey Photography