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There is something to be said for destination weddings. They’re often beautiful, memorable, and entirely unique. Brides and grooms who choose a destination wedding do so knowing that their wedding likely won’t be topped by anyone they know. However, they also accept that it isn’t always the easiest type of wedding to plan. In order to make sure that your destination wedding to beautiful Maryland’s Eastern Shore is smooth and successful, consider these tips.

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1. Plan For Weather

As is the case with most coastal weddings, you are going to be at the mercy of the weather. While you may have it in your head that your wedding is going to be this elegant affair, you’ll have to put in a bit of elbow grease to make it come true. Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers many stunning locations to host a wedding, but if you’re having an outdoor wedding, then you need to prepare for the weather. Because it rests on the ocean, the Eastern Shore is often chilly if the right wind whips across the water. Your guests and you may end up freezing before the vows are complete. To combat this, either find a way to put in a windbreaker or make sure your clothing is wind-chill appropriate. Or, at the very least, keep your vows short.

2. Utilize Local Food

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is filled with local restaurants and markets that have some of the freshest food around. If you’re a fan of fish or seafood, then you should utilize it for your catering. The Maryland Eastern Shore offers a myriad of different kinds of seafood for you and your guests to enjoy. Better still, you can usually get this seafood at a decent price from the locals. Take catering into your own hands by working with local fishermen, markets, and restaurants to feed your guests at your reception with fresh food at a fraction of the cost.

3. Backup Plan

Because spring weather is always a bit hit-and-miss, you should always have a secondary location ready for you to divert to in the event that weather becomes too hectic. It isn’t a bad idea, in fact, to have your reception area take place somewhere indoors. At the very least, you can also use the space for your ceremony as a backup.

4. How to Choose the Perfect Venue

The venue you decide to choose will depend on what time of year you plan on having your wedding. If it’s during the winter months, you may want to choose a venue that is an indoor facility. A nice venue that can accommodate you and your guests is ChickBerry Farms with their beautiful indoor barn. If you plan on having an outdoor ceremony in the summer months, The Inn at Huntingfield Creek is a wonderful option with their Crystal Barn and their Pergola Garden. No matter what time of the year you plan on having your wedding, there is a perfect venue waiting for you on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!

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