Delaware is one of the smallest states in the nation, but it is filled with a wide number of settings and structures perfect for a wedding. Nearly 30 miles of coastline leaves couples with waterfront views, quaint coastal towns, and beautiful beaches on which to say their “I do’s”. The state’s rich history also means that there are mansions, estates, and churches with stunning architecture and decor that make for a stunning venue for a wedding ceremony. Even couples who want a more rustic feel surrounded by lush farmland or wilderness can celebrate at Covered Bridge Inn, Sunnybrae Mansion Farm, or a number of other gorgeous locations in the state often called “the Small Wonder”.
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1.Buena Vista: A Delaware Country Estate
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The Buena Vista estate was built between 1845 and 1847 by U.S. statesman John Middleton Clayton. The venue is classic, in terms of style and architecture, and is perfect for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, and other matrimonial celebrations. The elegant and stylish setting makes for a memorable event for the happy couple as well as their guests. Couples can reserve the entire estate, which includes all the rooms on the first and second floors. The venue can house anywhere from 80 to 250 guests, all of whom are invited to explore the estate and surrounding grounds throughout the day of the wedding.
661 S Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720, Phone: 302-323-4430
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2.The Clubhouse at Baywood
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The Clubhouse at Baywood is a highly sought venue for couples who are getting married in Delaware. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens and dazzling views, the Clubhouse is found amidst a world-class championship golf course. The in-house event planner will guide couples through every aspect of the event, including menu planning, decor, flowers, audiovisual equipment, and music among other things. There are four spaces for the happy couple to choose from at the Clubhouse at Baywood, with both outdoor and indoor options. Selecting the right space will depend on the couple’s preference and their number of guests; spaces can house anywhere from 20 to 300 guests.
32267 Clubhouse Way, Millsboro, DE 19966, Phone: 302-947-9225
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3.Bear Trap Dunes
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Bear Trap Dunes is the perfect place to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true and has been named a premier wedding venue in Delaware. The grand clubhouse provides an elegant setting; couples can exchange their vows surrounded by spectacular panoramic views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Another option is the gorgeous lawn off the Dunes Room, which is perfectly picturesque for wedding ceremonies. Other than the immaculately manicured grounds and breathtaking views of the charming coastal town, couples and their guests will enjoy dining on the delicious in-house catering and are sure to have a memorable time at Bear Trap Dunes.
7 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean View, DE 19970, Phone: 302-537-5600
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Just miles from the gorgeous Delaware beaches, Brick Hotel is a traditional and charming wedding venue in quaint Georgetown. The inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the indoor and outdoor event spaces provide a historical elegance that can’t be found anywhere else. Couples can be assured that the professional and experienced staff will tailor the wedding exactly to their needs, whether it be a customized menu or a particularly unique setup. Brick Hotel wants to be a part of every couple’s special day; the owner, Lynn Lester, is licensed to officiate marriages and civil unions and is more than happy to do so for the happy couple.
18 The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware 19947, Phone: 302-855-5800
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5.Chase Center on the Riverfront
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Chase Center on the Riverfront has been providing a unique setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Delaware for years. Couples will be provided with a dedicated event planner, who will assist them from the very beginning to ensure that their big day goes off exactly as they want it. Many of the services and amenities, such as lighting packages, backdrops, and staging, are provided in house; the center partners with various other companies such as bakeries, florists, and decorators so that everything comes together seamlessly. There are three all-inclusive wedding packages for the couple to choose from, depending on what they want.
815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801, Phone: 302-425-3929
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The Claymont Ballroom has an expansive space that couples could transform into the wedding setting of their dreams. Perfect for theme weddings and unique decor because of the unobstructed space, couples can really use their imagination when planning the layout and decor for their big day. The Claymont’s wedding package is inclusive of a wedding reception of up to 5 hours, space for 350 guests, seated dinner menus or a full-service buffet, flexible beverage packages, and a complimentary champagne toast for the bridal party. The venue is conveniently located off I-95 for guests who are traveling in for the wedding, and there are additional savings since there is no state sales tax.
13 Lawson Ave, Claymont, DE 19703, Phone: 302-737-6933
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7.Covered Bridge Inn
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Covered Bridge Inn in a chic country farm nestled in 500 acres of beautiful and lush Delaware farmland. Certain to be memorable for the couple and their guests, the bride and groom can exchange vows surrounded by the historical farmhouse inn, the barn, ponds, pastures, rolling hills – or any place on the farm that really captures their heart. The Dairy Barn Event Center can house up to 250 guests and amenities include lounges for the bride and groom to get ready in as well as use of the barns/grounds/inn for a rehearsal dinner. The Wedding Weekend is a popular package and includes a 2-night stay for ten guests in the newly renovated Farmhouse B&B.
30249 Fisher Rd, Lewes, DE 19958, Phone: 302-542-9605
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Providing an inspiring blend of stately architecture and breathtaking natural landscapes, Deerfield offers a lavish and elegant wedding experience that can’t be found in any other wedding venue in Delaware. Couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony indoors, surrounded by exquisite decor and fine art, or outdoors on perfectly manicured lawns with breathtaking panoramic views. The experienced professionals at Deerfield offer more than just a grand venue; their VIP service ensures that couples can relax and truly enjoy their big day. Couples will have a celebration crafted and designed based on the elements that are most important to them, whether it be themed decor or a customized menu.
507 Thompson Station Rd, Newark, DE 19711, Phone: 302-368-6640
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9.DuPont Country Club
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The DuPont Country Club is a romantic wedding destination located within the historic Brantwyn estate in the Brandywine Valley. The picturesque location is the perfect example of Georgian charm and has over 60 acres of wooded landscapes and lush formal gardens that make for a breathtaking backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Crystal Ballroom can house 300 guests in a timeless and classic setting that comprises 20-foot-high ceilings, exquisite chandeliers, and parquet floors. The Christiana Ballroom, which is smaller but just as stunning, can accommodate 75 to 100 guests.
1001 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803, Phone: 302-654-4435
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10.Harry's Savoy Ballroom
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Presented with the Couples’ Choice Award 2018 by WeddingWire, Harry’s Savoy Ballroom is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Delaware. The natural architecture and decor of the are is perfect for a dream wedding that will be fondly remembered by the couple and their guests. The ballroom then extends to an outdoor courtyard fitted with flowing fountains and surrounded by manicured gardens. There are five different wedding packages to choose from, all of which can be tailormade to what clients are looking for specifically. The Class Diamond Wedding Reception package includes a designated wedding specialist, limousine service, fresh floral table decor, custom wedding cake, and complimentary taste test for the bride, groom, and two members of their wedding party.
2020 Naamans Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810, Phone: 302-475-3000
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11.Heritage Shores Club
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Heritage Shores Club is Delaware’s most vibrant golf community, filled with luxurious amenities and a 28,000-square-foot elegant wedding space complete with clubhouse. A unique setting for a rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions, and bridal party gatherings, whether intimate or lavish, the Nantucket-inspired venue is a great choice for those looking for a romantic and magical event. The main ballroom can seat up to 400 guests, as can the outdoor site, which is filled with picturesque gazebos, lush lawns, and stunning panoramic views of the surroundings. Smaller receptions and rehearsal dinners can be hosted in the Passwaters Restaurant as well.
1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville, DE 19933, Phone: 302-337-9926
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12.Hotel du Pont
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The grace and sophistication of HOTEL DU PONT offers a refined and elegant backdrop for wedding ceremonies and celebrations held in Delaware. Generations of families have started their marital life there since 1913, and it has grown to be one of the most sophisticated and renowned venues in Wilmington. Couples can choose to celebrate in the Gold Ballroom, with its neo-classical architectural style, glittering chandeliers, and gilded rosettes, or in the du Barry Room, which has elegant sconces, towering pillars, and a magnificent crystal chandelier. The professional wedding planner and team will help couples plan each aspect of their big day so that everything is impeccable.
42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
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13.Myers Pointe Event Center
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Sitting on 6 acres of wooded areas and lush grounds, Myers Pointe Event Center is a peaceful and elegant venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Families have been coming together there for many years; the event center is open all year long and couples can choose from many hall options or the beautiful outdoor grass and woodland areas. There is a dedicated chapel hall for those looking for a more traditional setting to exchange their vows; other beautiful backdrops include a setting in the forest or the lush gardens. The professional catering staff can personalize a menu according to the needs of the bride, groom, and their guests.
600 Myers Road, Hartley, DE 19953, Phone: 302-570-0277
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Overlooking the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and the stunning expansive Atlantic Ocean, Salero Restaurante offers a spectacular backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The unique view has made it the perfect spot for couples to celebrate their big day with their family and friends. There are four wedding packages to choose from: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. A popular option, the Platinum Wedding Package includes a choice of five hors d'oeuvres, plated soup or salad course, three entree selections from the Platinum menu, fresh breads, cake service, a chocolate fountain, a beautiful table setting, 5 hours of open bar service, and entertainment services, which include a DJ, lighting, projector, and sound system.
511 N Boardwalk # 8, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, Phone: 302-227-8630
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Secluded Oasis in Georgetown, Delaware, is a premier wedding venue that has put together all the services and amenities couples look for on their big day. The stunning venue encompasses the natural beauty that surrounds it, and couples can exchange their vows under towering trees, on a bridge, or beside stunning lakes and ponds. While the location makes wedding dreams come true, so do the experienced staff members, who can accommodate wedding officiants, photography services, DJ services, state-of-the-art lighting, and unique decor and layouts. Couples are welcome to have their pre-wedding photoshoot on the gorgeous landscape.
18674 Asketum Branch Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947, Phone: 302-858-6555
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16.Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown
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Sheraton Suites in downtown Wilmington has five stunning wedding venues for couples to choose from, including the popular 2,500-square-foot Delaware Ballroom. The sophisticated setting can accommodate up to 200 guests and can be split into four sections depending on the layout chosen. Sheraton Suites sets the stage for an unforgettable wedding, while the experienced staff thoughtfully handle all the details. Every aspect of the wedding can be tailored, and amenities included in the package are chair covers, linen, floral centerpieces, a complimentary suite for the bride and groom, and a delicious wedding cake from Cakes by Kim, a trusted partner of Sheraton Suites.
422 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19801
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17.Sunnybrae Mansion Farm
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Found in the heart of Milford, Delaware, Sunnybrae Mansion Farm can be found within 91 acres of Southern plantation charm. A splendid example of the Georgian revival style, the 6,800-square-foot, three-story mansion was built in 1937 by a close friend of the renowned DuPont family. The McColleys, who now own the mansion and farm, have invited couples to celebrate their big day at this stunning location for years. The venue can be fully transformed into the wedding dreams of the bride and groom, with everything from decor and surroundings to catered menu and drinks.
416 NE 10th St, Milford, DE 19963, Phone: 302-393-1777
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Often considered Delaware’s hidden gem, The Farmhouse offers an intimate setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. The beautiful outdoor ceremony site is situated within 4 acres of manicured gardens and grounds, while The Farmhouse itself is a large historical estate that makes for a perfectly elegant reception. An event package includes a professional planning coordinator, meal options for up to 175 guests, china and linen, table centerpieces, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a deluxe coffee and tea station. Couples and their guests will also have full access to The Farmhouse, the large wraparound deck, the outdoor gazebo bar, and the estate surrounding them during the event.
5600 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington, DE 19808, Phone: 302-999-8477
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19.Thousand Acre Farm Waterfront Wedding Venue
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Thousand Acre Farm and Waterfront Wedding Venue is one of the most scenic wedding venues in Delaware. The 110-acre space has sweeping waterfront views of the Chesapeake Canal, the Delaware Canal, and the Reedy Point Bridge. The custom-built barn has indoor and outdoor fireplaces, large mahogany doors, chic rustic architecture and decor, and multiple outdoor ceremony locations for couples to choose from. Other amenities and perks of the family-owned and operated Thousand Acres are it being a BYOB venue, offering large whiskey barrels, including a stunning bridal suite, and providing views of the fields and waterfront for impressive photo backdrops.
260 South Reedy Point Road, Middletown, DE 19709, Phone: 302-893-3510
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20.University and Whist Club
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The University and Whist Club offers a historical elegance and charm that can’t be found at any other wedding venue in Delaware. The entire space is designated for the couple and their guests on the big day – this includes the Tilton Mansion, the grand staircase, portico, and surrounding gardens for an enchanting pre-wedding photo shoot, ceremony, and reception. While many aspects are completely customizable, items included in the wedding package include indoor/outdoor ceremony options, onsite catering, a stunning ballroom, floral centerpieces, a private bridal suite, and reception for up to 150 of the bride and groom’s friends and family.
805 N Broom St, Wilmington, DE 19806, Phone: 302-658-5125
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21.White Clay Creek Country Club
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The White Clay Creek Country Club has one of the largest wedding venues in Delaware and can accommodate up to 250 guests. The space, the Veranda Room, was presented with the Bride’s Choice Award by WeddingWire for multiple years and is listed in the top 5% of wedding venues in Delaware. The experienced event specialist will walk the bride and groom through the entire event, starting from the initial planning meeting. Together, couples can create the menu and choose the decor and design options that best bring their wedding dreams to life. The surrounding greenery and manicured lawns make for a perfect setting to exchange vows and start their new life together.
777 Delaware Park Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19804, Phone: 302-994-6700
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22.Winterthur Weddings and Events
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The Winterthur Museum and Country Estate is a premier wedding venue found deep within the picturesque Brandywine Valley. Sitting on 1,000 acres of woodlands and meadows and a 60-acre garden, the wedding space is one of the most beautiful in all of Delaware. Couples can exchange vows and start their new life together in front of the magnificent former mansion of Henry Francis du Pont, famed horticulturist. Other sites include historical rooms, contemporary-style pavilions and terraces, and glorious outdoor garden spaces. Wedding packages are completely personalized to the needs and wants of the bride and groom and can include catering, open bar, the wedding cakes, and much more.
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735, Phone: 302-888-4910
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22 Best Delaware Wedding Venues
- Buena Vista: A Delaware Country Estate, Photo: Courtesy of AK-DigiArt - Fotolia.com
- The Clubhouse at Baywood, Photo: Courtesy of Artem - Fotolia.com
- Bear Trap Dunes, Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Schultes - Fotolia.com
- Brick Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of yanik88 - Fotolia.com
- Chase Center on the Riverfront, Photo: Courtesy of ruslan1117 - Fotolia.com
- Claymont Ballroom, Photo: Courtesy of Carlos - Fotolia.com
- Covered Bridge Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Dmitriy Shipilov - Fotolia.com
- Deerfield, Photo: Courtesy of Elizaveta - Fotolia.com
- DuPont Country Club, Photo: Courtesy of Sirius125 - Fotolia.com
- Harry's Savoy Ballroom, Photo: Courtesy of sitriel - Fotolia.com
- Heritage Shores Club, Photo: Courtesy of evening_tao - Fotolia.com
- Hotel du Pont, Photo: Courtesy of Alexander - Fotolia.com
- Myers Pointe Event Center, Photo: Courtesy of Pawel - Fotolia.com
- Salero Restaurante, Photo: Courtesy of honcharr - Fotolia.com
- Secluded Oasis, Photo: Courtesy of kavoons - Fotolia.com
- Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- Sunnybrae Mansion Farm, Photo: Courtesy of IVASHstudio - Fotolia.com
- The Farmhouse, Photo: Courtesy of Andrey Ivanov - Fotolia.com
- Thousand Acre Farm Waterfront Wedding Venue, Photo: Courtesy of Martina - Fotolia.com
- University and Whist Club, Photo: Courtesy of Aliaksei Smalenski - Fotolia.com
- White Clay Creek Country Club, Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com
- Winterthur Weddings and Events, Photo: Courtesy of pop_gino - Fotolia.com
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