Even though it is the second smallest state is area, Delaware lends itself well to destination beach weddings because 25 miles of the state is coastline with beautiful beaches and five different beach towns.
From the northern portion to the southern portion, the beaches of Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany and Fenwick Island all have public beaches that are perfect for your ceremony and many local venues you can choose to host your reception.
There are two different areas in Lewes where you can host your wedding ceremony. There is Cape Henlopen State Park or you can choose one of the city's public beaches. As a general rule, the further south you go in Lewes, the calmer and less crowded the beaches are. If you choose to host your wedding it the state park, it will require a reservation and special use permit. The city beaches require a Wedding Ceremony Request which can be found on the city's website. After you have said your I do's, you can move to one of the many venues that can accommodate your wedding reception. There is the Nantucket-style bed and breakfast, the Inn at Canal Square, that is located on the waterfront. The inn offers a waterfront room that can accommodate up to 50 people and also includes an outdoor deck. They also have another room that can accommodate up to 85 guests.
One of Delaware's most popular summer spots, Rehoboth Beach, is another good location for your wedding ceremony. However, you must send a letter to the city manager with your proposed wedding date. If you are looking to book a venue for your reception, there is Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. The hotel can accommodate from 20 up to 120 guests and offers three different wedding menus for formal, casual or classic receptions. There is also Salero on the Beach which is on the top floor of the Henlopen Hotel. The room used for receptions offers a panoramic view of the beach and can host up to 200 of your closest friends and family. Also, they offer several different wedding packages that can fit just about any couple's style and budget.
Of course, shopping for all your wedding accessories, bridesmaids dresses, wedding jewelry and other items on your wedding checklist is a top priority as well. There are many different areas and vendors up and down the coast to accommodate all your wedding shopping and planning needs.
There is also Dewey Beach which does not allow any area of the beach to be blocked by a wedding during the summer months, however, if you plan carefully, can be a beautiful location for your wedding. There is also Bethany Beach which has quite a few private beaches, but still has public beach available as well as a beachside bed and breakfast that offers beach wedding packages. Fenwick Island is another option but has strict regulations concerning wedding ceremonies. However, any work involved in planning your ceremony will be well worth it.
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