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    Why get married in Hampton Roads

    American History's Homeland

    A region built upon centuries of American history, the Historic Triangle — the colonial communities of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown — makes Hampton Roads one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

    Seafaring Sweet Spot

    In addition to acquiring a reputation in the 17th century as the world’s largest natural harbor, Hampton Roads is also home to the world’s largest naval base. If you’re a maritime enthusiast or planning a nautically inspired wedding, you couldn’t have chosen a better place than the Tidewater region.

    Student Stomping Grounds

    Hampton Roads is home not only to the nation’s second-oldest institution of higher learning, the College of William and Mary, but also major universities Christopher Newport and Old Dominion. For the couple who share a nearby alma mater, Hampton Roads is the perfect place for your wedding.

    Seize the Atlantic Seascape

    With nearly 30 miles of expansive Atlantic coastline, Hampton Roads has countless spots to exchange vows to the music of crashing waves and the backdrop of sparkling waters.


    Hampton Roads has four distinct, yet mild, seasons with relatively high levels of precipitation.


    Spring brings humidity to the region and temperatures range from the mid 40s to the mid 70s.


    Summers are hot and humid, with average temperatures reaching the upper 80s.


    The humidity drops during fall, with temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the mid 50s.


    Temperatures range from the mid 30s to mid 50s with low to no snowfall.

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    Your Wedding Ceremony

    Marking the moment that you and your partner are joined together in marriage, your wedding ceremony is the central event of the day. Give it the attention it deserves. Put in the time to reach out to local ceremony officiants. Once you’ve found someone that you both connect with, it’s time to sit down with ceremony musicians to determine the tone you want to set as you walk down the aisle. Whether you’re looking for something classic or more whimsical, these professionals are essential for planning the ultimate wedding ceremony.

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    Your Wedding Reception

    After “I do” has been exchanged, wow your guests with a reception they’ll never forget. Work with the best local florists to create gorgeous centerpieces and search out the area’s top pastry chefs and bakeries to add even more sweetness to the evening. Add a fun photo booth and your wedding reception will be the talk of the town! The possibilities are endless, so get creative.

    Hampton Roads Reception Vendors

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    Your Rehearsal Dinner

    Offering up so many phenomenal restaurants to choose from, Hampton Roads rehearsal dinners can take nearly any form. Consider offering a different taste than your wedding. For example, if you’re planning a beach wedding, host your rehearsal dinner at a historic mansion. Not only is the rehearsal sure to be amazing, but it will also show your guests a little more of what the Tidewater region has to offer.

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    Your Farewell Brunch

    Don’t let the party end early. Plan a day-after brunch to prolong the fun and slip in a few more toasts before all of your guests head home. Hampton Roads has a bounty of brunch spots to choose from, so get ready to raise your mimosa glass, dig into a stack of pancakes, and wish a final farewell to your closest friends and family.

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    Wedding Welcome Bag

    Greet your guests in style the moment they arrive with the ultimate wedding welcome bag. Look to Hampton Roads for local inspiration, from historical tokens to goodies from a nearby bakery. Be sure to also include information on fun activities in the area as well as any last-minute details for your big day.

    Wedding Favors

    Say “thank you” to your guests in the style of Hampton Roads with locally inspired wedding favors. From personalized bottles of local craft beer to a nautical-themed jars of Atlantic sea salt, the possibilities are almost endless. Check out some of our favorite ideas for for the perfect Hampton Roads wedding favors.

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    Guest Activities

    As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Hampton Roads certainly has plenty to do. Keep your guests busy between wedding festivities by suggesting a visit to the Historic Triangle or a trip to lounge in the sun and sand at Virginia Beach. With so many activities to choose from, the only hard part will be actually deciding! To help out, take a look at Pilot Online’s list of top Hampton Roads attractions for some of the best ideas to share with your out-of-town guests.

    Places to Visit

    Restaurant Recommendations

    It’s no secret that seafood in the Tidewater region is some of the best, so don’t miss out on the numerous top-notch seafood restaurants in Hampton Roads. Before suggesting a few options to guests, check out TripAdvisor’s list of top Hampton Roads restaurants for some ideas.

    Accommodations Recommendations

    You and your out-of-town friends and family can rest assured that Hampton Roads has some of the best guest accommodations around. From swanky hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, your guests will feel right at home during your wedding weekend. With so many great options to choose from, you’ll also want to book a room for you and your new spouse to crash after the day’s festivities.

    Your Engagement Session

    Lucky enough to have your engagement shoot in Hampton Roads? With extensive natural areas from Norfolk’s botanical gardens to Virginia’s beaches as well as the colonial architecture of the Historic Triangle, Hampton Roads offers a plethora of places for your engagement photos. If you simply can’t choose, try taking a look at some of our favorite Hampton Roads engagement shoot locations for inspiration. If you’re still stumped, get some advice from local wedding photographers.

    The Bachelorette Party

    For your last fling before the ring, Hampton Roads is where you’ll want to be. With so much to do around the area — whether it’s a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, a visit to one of the Lower Peninsula’s amazing wineries, a day in the sun at Virginia Beach, or all of the above — you and your girls will be able to cover a lot of ground in one weekend. Here are some of our favorite Hampton Roads bachelorette party ideas to help you plan your own bachelorette weekend.

    The Bachelor Party

    Need the ultimate spot to host your bachelor party? Turns out you’ve come to the right place. In Hampton Roads, beautiful golf courses are abundant, rollercoasters at Busch Gardens call your name, the Virginia Beer Trail awaits discovery, and nightlife entertainment takes nearly every form. Check out some of the top ideas for a Hampton Roads bachelor party and prepare yourself for a night to remember.

    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 Hampton Roads 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 Hampton Roads, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:

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    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.