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The Tiny State with Big Beauty: Planning Your Delaware Wedding

Though Delaware is the second smallest state in the nation, its beauty and history are substantial. Take advantage of everything the Diamond State has to offer as you plan your Delaware wedding.

Popular Delaware Wedding Venues and Destinations

Delaware has it all, from famous family manors to beaches on the Atlantic coast. So visitors can find everything they want and more in this small state. Dover, Delaware's capital city, has historical roots, yet still maintains a modern flair. With NASCAR, music & art festivals, and various celebrations throughout the year, there's always something to do in Dover. If you're an art lover, make time to explore the Biggs Museum of American Art, featuring works from the early Baroque period all the way through current contemporary art. You can also get married here, and galleries will remain open during your event, making for a truly creative Delaware wedding.

Wilmington is a another culturally rich city, offering museums, gardens, and galleries. Many of which are available for events. Wilmington is also home to The Grand Opera House and the World Café Live at The Queen, which is available for your wedding ceremony and reception. Nearby Brandywine Valley is also a popular tourist attraction, with the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens being among the most popular attractions. In fact, there are so many museums and gardens in the area that it's difficult to see them all! Don't miss the Rockwood Museum and Park, where you can rent the Carriage House and Walled Garden for your wedding.

If you want to explore the beaches of Delaware-and there are many-consider heading to Rehoboth Beach, which is rated as one of the best beaches in the country. Rehoboth is a quaint beach town with plenty of modern amenities that is perfect for family vacations and romantic getaways alike. Salero, a popular Delaware wedding venue on the Atlantic Ocean beachfront, knows exactly how to host an incredible Delaware wedding on the beach.

Wedding Décor and Weather

Delaware's weather is remarkably moderate, averaging between about 75 degrees in the summer and 32 degrees in the winter. Though only slightly over half the year is sunny, this moderate weather means that you can feel confident planning your Delaware wedding in any season. Wedding décor can vary as much as your locale and the season, so the sky's the limit here! For a winter wedding, use the state's nickname as your inspiration and incorporate diamonds and dazzle throughout your décor. Use cut glass vases with wintry branches as centerpieces, which you can accent with sequins and beads for a glam look. A spring wedding on the Delaware coast will be bright and beautiful, so incorporate equally bright touches in yellows or oranges. Let the flowers do the talking and use brightly colored bouquets throughout your venue and place bowls of lemons or oranges on tables as cheerful centerpieces.

Food and Music

Blue crab-from Delaware Bay-is popular in this state, and whether it's eaten right from the shell or made into crab cakes, you can't go wrong with this delicious seafood for your wedding menu. Peaches are a popular crop in Delaware, and the state dessert, peach pie, would be a fitting end and modern twist to your Delaware wedding. Serve it with milk-the state beverage-for a truly Delawarean treat. Whether you choose to serve traditional local foods or step outside the box, Delaware catering company can help you choose the menu that's right for you. But don't forget to plan for the party! A Delaware DJ can help you choose all the right songs for your wedding in Delaware without missing a beat.

Costs

There is no sales tax in Delaware, so guests can enjoy tax-free shopping! This may help you save money on wedding expenses and big-ticket items, but keep in mind that Delaware does have an 8% accommodation tax for hotels and motels. As you plan your Delaware wedding and make arrangements for guests, consider these costs and savings in order to find the right balance for your budget.

Marriage License

A marriage license in Delaware will cost you between $35 and $60 in cash if you are a Delaware resident, and up to $100 if you're not. Bring a government-issued ID, and apply for your marriage license before the wedding as there is a 24-hour waiting period after applying for the license. Once your marriage license is issued, it's valid for 30 days.