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    Why get married in Annapolis

    A Cozy Capital

    Despite being the home of Maryland’s state capital, this historic city on the water is known for its quaint, local feel. With its undeniable charm, eclectic neighborhoods, and loads of boutique shops and restaurants, Naptown is truly a one-of-a-kind destination.

    Sweet Historical Sights

    As you walk the brick-lined streets of downtown Annapolis you’ll be fully immersed in four centuries of history and architecture, from preserved buildings dating back to 1735 to colorful row houses with the prettiest of gardens.

    Best (Crab) Picking

    Known as Crabtown on the Bay, you’ll spy a crabhouse or seafood restaurant on every corner and creek you see. Locals like them best blue, steamed, and drenched with Old Bay.

    Bask in the Bay Views

    The Chesapeake Bay and its freshwater tributaries are said to be the region’s crown jewel. Enjoy the peaceful view and breezes from City Dock with an ice cream cone in hand, or get a more immersive perspective from a kayak or a Harbor Queen cruise.

    Come Sail Away

    Annapolis isn’t nicknamed “America’s Sailing Capital” for nothing — on any given day, rain or shine, sails dot the horizon for miles as both locals and out-of-towners take the bay waters by storm.


    Annapolis is part of the humid subtropical climate zone, with warm, humid summers and cool, dry winters and above average precipitation.


    Annapolis thaws each spring, with pleasant temperatures in the 50s.


    Summer’s humidity can lead to severe storms, and average temperatures range between the mid 80s to low 90s.


    Daily highs drop significantly during the fall months. The season begins in the 80s and ends in the 50s.


    Annapolis has mild winters, with average highs in the upper 40s.

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    Your Wedding Ceremony

    The ceremony is one of — if not the — most important part of your wedding day, so make sure you don’t leave these small but mighty details until the last minute. Build in space on your wedding planning timeline to meet with a few Annapolis wedding officiants to find the one that fits best with you and your partner, and don’t forget to look into local ceremony musicians who can really add a personal touch to your special day.

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    Your Wedding Reception

    Annapolis soirées are unlike any other and we have to chock it up to the area’s A-list vendors. From beyond-talented local florists who will heighten the beauty of your day with beautiful florals to the area’s hottest DJs who will have your guests on the dance floor all night long, we can assure you that these local vendors can make all your wedding dreams a reality. Your guests will be in awe when they step into your wedding venue.

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    Your Rehearsal Dinner

    Annapolis couples have it made when choosing their rehearsal dinner location. With a wide array of delicious cuisine options, ranging from a casual crab feast to a four-course meal overlooking the bay, there is an option for everyone. No matter your style, it will be the perfect night to chat with your closest loved ones, eat good food, and get excited for your big day.

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    Your Farewell Brunch

    Who wouldn’t want to keep the party going another day? Planning a farewell brunch is the perfect way to keep the celebration going all weekend long. And lucky for you, Annapolis has loads of delicious brunch spots where you can drink mimosas on the water and soak up a few last memories with your guests before you head off on your honeymoon.

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    Wedding Welcome Bag

    Be sure to welcome your out-of-town guests to Naptown with a stocked, locally inspired wedding welcome bag. Give them a taste of your favorite hometown goodies (crab chips, anyone?) along with a wedding weekend itinerary so they know where to be and when. And don’t forget to throw in a map and list of your favorite hot spots around town! Need a few ideas of what to throw in? Check out these awesome ideas for some inspiration.

    Wedding Favors

    As the wedding day winds down, why not treat your guests to a little something to show your appreciation? Wedding favors are the perfect place to get creative and send your guests home with a little something to remember Annapolis. Check out some of our favorite Naptown ideas.

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    Guest Activities

    Annapolis is always bustling with activities to enjoy and events to go to. Filled with historical sites for afternoon outings, gorgeous parks to take in the scenery, and the Chesapeake Bay for all-things water, there really is something for everyone. Visit Annapolis is a great place to check out when looking for local activities to suggest to your guests.

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    Restaurant Recommendations

    From crab feasts on picnic tables overlooking the bay to gourmet French cuisine on Main Street, Annapolis’s food scene is one of the best. Wondering where to start? Baltimore magazine rounded up their favorite 21 Annapolis Eats and it’s a list that doesn’t disappoint.

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    Accommodations Recommendations

    Your guests are sure to feel right at home in Annapolis — it has that perfect cozy, hometown vibe. From top-tier hotels in the heart of downtown or quaint bed and breakfasts hidden off of charming side streets, rest assured that your guests will feel welcome in any of these Annapolis accommodations.

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    Your Engagement Session

    If you know Annapolis, you know you’re pretty lucky to be planning your engagement shoot here. No doubt, it is one of the cutest and most picturesque places on the East Coast. With so many colorful side streets and gorgeous bay views everywhere you look, your engagement photos are sure to be every bit as dreamy as you imagined.

    The Bachelorette Party

    Looking to hit the town for your bachelorette party? Does a casual sunset sail with a glass of wine and your best girls sound like you? Or a relaxing day at a spa? Take a look at our list of Annapolis bachelorette ideas — an unforgettable celebration awaits!

    The Bachelor Party

    With so much to offer, Annapolis bachelor parties can be as activity heavy or relaxation filled as you want. Take advantage of all the water activities and sport rentals, grab a bite and listen to some live music, or hit some balls at the many golf courses around town. Trust us, with this list of bachelor party ideas in hand, you and your groomsmen will have the time of your lives.

    Major Annual Events to Consider

    The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Annapolis events and add them to your radar.

    Local Online Resources

    Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Naptown, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:

    Choosing Your Annapolis Wedding Vendors

    With our comprehensive list of local wedding pros, we're here to help you put together an all-star team to bring your vision to life.