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Ocean City Weddings

If getting married on the beach is your dream, Ocean City and Assateague are perfect
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Wedding FAQs

Here are the answers to your frequently asked questions about getting married in Ocean City or Assateague

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With all of its rich family tradition and breathtaking beauty, it comes as no surprise that many couples choose to tie the knot with a beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland. What better way to tie the knot than surrounded by people you love under a warm sun with waves breaking in the background and a cool breeze blowing off of the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean? Beach weddings offer an elegant experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere and Ocean City has everything your need to commemorate your love and make the memory of your special day last a lifetime.

From restaurants, country clubs, and hotels with stunning views to florists, photographers, and houses of worship, you’ll find all the necessities for an amazing beach wedding in. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a huge gathering, and beach wedding or a religious ceremony, or even just a bachelor or bachelor party, Ocean City is the ideal destination for a beach wedding. With spectacular scenery and all the venues and amenities needed for an unforgettable wedding within a few miles, you’ll be hard pressed to find a location as perfect as Ocean City for a beach wedding, so it’s no surprise that hundreds of couples choose to say their vows here every year. Whatever you want, however creative you want to be, your dream wedding can become a reality in Ocean City.

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Beach Weddings in Ocean City, MD

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With all of its rich family tradition and breathtaking beauty, it comes as no surprise that many couples choose to tie the knot with a beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland. What better way to tie the knot than surrounded by people you love under a warm sun with waves breaking in the background and a cool breeze blowing off of the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean? Beach weddings offer an elegant experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere and Ocean City has everything your need to commemorate your love and make the memory of your special day last a lifetime.

From restaurants, country clubs, and hotels with stunning views to florists, photographers, and houses of worship, you’ll find all the necessities for an amazing beach wedding in. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a huge gathering, and beach wedding or a religious ceremony, or even just a bachelor or bachelor party, Ocean City is the ideal destination for a beach wedding. With spectacular scenery and all the venues and amenities needed for an unforgettable wedding within a few miles, you’ll be hard pressed to find a location as perfect as Ocean City for a beach wedding, so it’s no surprise that hundreds of couples choose to say their vows here every year. Whatever you want, however creative you want to be, your dream wedding can become a reality in Ocean City.

Apply for a marriage license

Once you’ve decided on an Ocean City, Maryland, wedding, your first step is to apply for a Worcester County marriage license. Call the Clerk of Court Office at 410-632-5500 to find out what’s required, and what documents are needed.

 

Ocean City is the Perfect Place for a Wedding

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Find an officiant

Look for a wedding officiant if you need an official to perform your ceremony.

First Step for a Beach Wedding in Ocean City

Call the Mayor's Office

Arrange a Beach Wedding Ceremony

If you want to arrange a beach ceremony, call the Ocean City Mayor’s Office at 410-289-8931. You’ll need to provide someone to officiate, since Ocean City doesn’t have a Justice of the Peace.

 

Wedding Prep Check-List

Make sure you can get it all done
  • Choose your wedding date and time
  • Select the type of wedding you will have
  • Discuss your budget and who will pay for what
  • Consider hiring a wedding coordinator
  • Make arrangements with a religious officiator
  • Select wedding and reception locations
  • Select bridesmaids, best men and other roles
  • Place engagement announcements in local newspapers
  • Choose your wedding dress, veil and other accessories
  • Select a photographer, videographer, caterer, florist and D.J.
  • Discuss the guest list
  • Discuss honeymoon and make reservations (this is traditionally done by the Groom)
  • Arrange for time off work

Think about your Rehearsal Party

Assateague is a great place for a bonfire & party

4-6 months out: Check-List

Start early
  • Start bridal registries at your favorite stores
  • Order dresses, tuxedos, shoes and accessories
  • Order invitations
  • Select a color scheme
  • Parents should select attire

Make sure you get a permit

Assateague and Ocean City require permits

2-4 months out: Check-List

Start early
  • Select and order wedding bands
  • Order wedding cake
  • Check state and county marriage license requirements and obtain marriage license
  • Plan meny for reception
  • Choose reception music or entertainment
  • Complete guest list and send invitations
  • Arrange for lodging for out of town guests
  • Purchase gifts for the wedding party
  • Make reception seating chart if necessary 1 Month Prior
  • Review all arrangements
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner arrangements
  • Call guests who have not responded
  • Give final counts to the caterer

Do you love craft beer?

Some hotels will allow you to put your favorite beer on tap for your guests. Some of our local breweries will make a wedding beer just for you.

Wedding FAQs

More details on getting married in Worcester County

Ocean City Weddings

You need to apply for a Worcester County marriage license. Call the Clerk of Court Office in Snow Hill at 410-632-5500 to find out what’s required and what documents are needed. 
No.  You must wait until after 6 am on the second calendar day after you apply for the license before you can be married.
The hours for applying are 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
According to the Worcester County site,
  • “Only the bride or groom need apply. The fee for a marriage license application is $35.00, CASH only, no checks accepted. You will need to show a drivers license or birth certificate for both the bride and groom. No blood test is required. We need to have Social Security numbers for both.
  • The fee for a civil ceremony is $25.00, CASH only, no checks accepted. Please make an appointment at the time you apply. We can accommodate no more than six people.
  • You must be married in Worcester County, if you obtain your license in this county.
  • You must wait until after 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day after you apply for the license before you can be married.
  • The license is valid for six months from the date of issue.
  • If either party is divorced, we need documentation of same, please bring papers with you. If bride resumes her maiden name, we will need to see documentation of same.
  • If either of you have a deceased spouse, you will need to know the date and place of death.
  • If under 18, please call for information.”

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