Whether downtown or on the Eastern Shore, area venues have become creative during pandemic—ensuring memorable nuptials for all.
Inn at Perry Cabin
The legendary waterfront property in St. Michaels, Md., has become a microwedding hot spot during the pandemic, and for good reason: There’s no better setting on the Eastern Shore. One option is to tie the knot (literally) aboard the Inn’s 55-foot Hinckley yacht, anchored alongside vintage sailboats. The boutique estate’s 25 acres—including a lush lawn and groomed gardens—also can accommodate intimate ceremonies and celebrations. New at the Inn for weddings: The Cove, an intimate and romantic spot ideal for smaller weddings, offering privacy, views of the Miles River and a festive bistro vibe with string lights. Couples also can arrange a mini buyout of the Inn (January through March) with 40 rooms and suites per night (22 deluxe rooms, 18 suites) and full access to the grounds, including the terrace, fire pits and Purser’s Pub fire pit patio. Finally, for couples who are rethinking international travel for honeymoons this spring, the Inn’s minimoons include kayaking, biking, golf and private converted greenhouses and gazebos for intimate dinners along the water. 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels, Md., 410.745.2200, innatperrycabin.com
When it was clear that couples wanted to decrease the scope of their big day, Erica Henderson, event manager at The Darcy, created the perfect “minimony.” The hotel’s team also made their package simple and seamless for couples: All wedding elements—food, cocktails, decor, wedding cake and flowers—now come together in one place. “It’s completely customizable—our expansive event space allows for flexibility in setup and decor,” says Eumi Koh, the property’s general manager. “We feature the Gerrard Street Kitchen patio, which can be used for the ceremony, weather permitting. Our Ellington room with a working fireplace is perfect for ceremonies of up to 50 persons or cocktail receptions for 40 persons. The Logan Ballroom is large and airy, and is perfect for up to 50 guests.” Gerrard Street Kitchen’s team also can create signature cocktails and suggest wine pairings for any combination of passed hors d’oeuvres. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.232.7000, thedarcyhotel.com
While the property’s 36,000 square feet of event space received a big refresh over the summer, with new flooring, wallcovering and lighting, the star attraction for weddings is the courtyard with its gorgeous city views along the Southwest waterfront at the Washington Channel. Accommodating a microwedding is easy in this lush spot, as the staff sets up a bar and space for the cake, gifts and dining tables. For cold-weather weddings, consider events in the recently refreshed Garden Rooms that have access to the outdoor garden and views, where the staff can set up heaters and fire pits to keep guests warm during the party. Looking to host some out- of-town guests via Zoom? The staff will provide professional audio and large-screen TVs on-site so couples can usher guests, electronically, into the wedding-day fun. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.554.8588, mandarinoriental.com/washington
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