7 Reasons to Get Married on the Eastern Shore at Great Oak Manor

Elizabeth Barrett Browning may inspire you to say, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” But as you’re planning your wedding day, maybe you should be asking, “Where is the best place to get married on the Eastern Shore?” The answer is Great Oak Manor, and we’ve counted the ways for you! Keep scrolling to see our top seven reasons why our romantic bed and breakfast is the ideal place to say, “I do.”


1. We Have Luxury Accommodations for Family and Friends

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What is a wedding without your loved ones there to share the excitement with you? Great Oak Manor provides enough rooms for family and close friends to all stay together during this special life event. Not only will you have a beautiful and meaningful wedding, but you may end up having a mini family or friend reunion as well. Look forward to late night talks in comfortable guest rooms and morning walks in the sand after your delicious breakfast. Think of us as your generational family home on the Chesapeake Bay where precious memories are made.


2. Our Waterfront Location Provides Beautiful Backdrops

Awe Inspiring. Sunser and photo of bride and groom overlooking the Chesapeake Bay

Breathtaking sunsets over the ocean aren’t just for the west coast. At our waterfront retreat on the Eastern Shore, the expansive Chesapeake Bay serves as a canvas for Mother Nature’s most amazing spectacle. Imagine sharing your vows as the sky turns to hues of pink and orange for the most beautiful backdrop and photo opportunities.


3. We Provide Amenities and Opportunities to Entertain Your Guests

Fun & Friendly. Bikes and a firepit and a bride, groom and child on a hammock

We all know that your wedding is the main event, but you and your guests will appreciate all of the luxurious amenities that our waterfront Inn provides to fill in the space between celebrations. With 12 peaceful acres, relaxation is effortless; whether you’re sitting in our comfortable Adirondack Chairs, lying in our oversized hammocks or getting cozy around our warm fire pits. For the more adventure minded, we offer bikes to cruise the area, as well as kayaks and paddle boards to launch from our private beach.


4. Our Unique Architectural Details Exude Charm and Character

Warm & Welcoming. Couple standing next to fireplace in library with dark blue wall

Our historic Georgian mansion sets the stage for romance with its timeless feel and sense of grandeur. Its charm and personality make it feel as if it’s just another guest at your wedding, who photo bombs every picture! Brides love descending down the sweeping grand staircase like Scarlett O’Hara, and couples treasure their gallery-worthy portraits taken in our cozy library or in front of our ornate entry. It’s waiting to welcome you both as you start your lives together and and to host all of your family and friends.


5. Our Ideal Location is Perfect for Destination Weddings

Ideal Spot. Bride and groom in front of a red barn, exterior of a brick inn and beautiful wedding table with white flowers

If your family and friends are scattered all along the east coast, then Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay provides a wonderful location for a destination wedding. We are just a 90 minute drive from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, giving you lots of possibilities for access to major airports if your guests aren’t within driving distance already. Plus our close relation to charming Chestertown provides so much to explore, including delightful restaurants and friendly wineries.


6. Our Expansive Property Provides Privacy and Serenity

Quiet & Calm. Expansive view of Chesapeake Bay and close up of a bride's boquet

If big hotels and impersonal ballrooms in the city don’t sound like good places to get married, then look towards the Eastern Shore for a more pastoral and private wedding venue on the coast. Our bed and breakfast on the Chesapeake Bay provides so much tranquility, you’ll feel like the two of you are the only ones who exist. Quiet the noise of the city, and embrace the peace of our 12 waterfront acres.


7. We Help You Create Your Dream Day

Your Day. Your Way. Three vertical portraits of brides and grooms

It’s your day! Whether you want a big wedding or an intimate elopement, we’re here to help. We offer wonderful wedding and elopement packages year-round, or we can customize your desires to ensure your day is as unique as you two are as a couple. We have great relationships with local wedding vendors and can help guide you to the best fit for you. You’ve done the hard part in choosing your partner, now make your wedding planning easy and contact Great Oak Manor today!