Rebecca & Kevin of Beacon Hill, NY
Bethany Beach Delaware is about fifteen minutes south of Rehoboth Beach and ten minutes from Ocean City, MD.
Bethany is a quaint and charming seaside resort. The town experiences a surge of tourists in the summer and empties out in the winter. Many consider the spring and fall the best times of year to visit. Beach Wedding season in Bethany begins in early April and extends until early November. Lifeguards oversee the beach during the summer as well as weekends during the shoulder seasons. Lifeguard hours are usually on duty from nine AM until 5 PM. Beach Wedding Ceremonies should be conducted outside of lifeguard hours during the summer. Weddings after 5 PM or before 9 AM experience cooler temperatures and optimal privacy. If you decide to get married on Bethany Beach, please submit your Beach Wedding Request Form to the City Manager. As of 2015, there are no government fees required for a Bethany Beach Ceremony. The Boardwalk is Bethany Beach’s top tourist attraction. For a more intimate Wedding Ceremony experience, we recommend one of the less densely populated beaches either a few blocks north or south. Contact Cassandra or Sean anytime for the best suggestions.
For a Wedding Ceremony to be legal in Bethany Beach , you will need to acquire a Marriage License from the Sussex County Clerk. If you have handicapped or disabled guests attending your wedding, the Town of Bethany has a limited number of Beach Wheelchairs available to the public on a first come first serve basis. There are two Handicap crossovers to access the beach on Wellington Parkway and Ocean View Parkway.
Leashed dogs are permitted on the Beach and Boardwalk from September 30th until May 15th each year. Bicycles are allowed on the Boardwalk from 6 AM until 9 AM in the morning. Skateboards or motorbikes are not permitted on the Bethany Boardwalk. Alcohol is not permitted on the Beach or Boardwalk.
The year round population of Bethany Beach is slightly over one thousand residents. In the summer time that number swells to 15,000.
Due to the small number of hotels, many Bethany Beach visitors rent beach houses or apartments during their vacation. Bethany Beach is only about two square miles- there are plenty of restaurants and boutiques within walking distance of the city center.
In 2013, Bethany Beach was named one of the top 10 Best Beaches for Families by Family Vacation Critic. Bethany Beach was also named as one of the “Best Secret Beaches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and is a safe and clean tourist destination.
If you are planning a Bethany Beach Wedding, make sure you attend the OC Bridal Show in April. It’s the must attend event and wedding expo of the for today’s Delaware Brides and Vendors.
Considering a pre wedding visit the beauty of salon? Bethany has an assortment of spas that can help you with your hair, nails and makeup before your ceremony and keep you glowing throughout your reception. Many Beach Brides walk the aisle in bare feet- consider a pedicure the day before you get married to show off those toes in the pictures and video.
If your bridesmaids scatter artificial flowers on Bethany Beach, you’ll need to have someone in the bridal party clean them up after the ceremony…..not only do real flowers smell better, they’re also bio-degradable!
Fenwick Island is a mile long stretch of beautiful sand at the southern tip of Delaware. The town begins at the MD border of Ocean City and extends to the state controlled Fenwick Island State Park. The pristine beaches create the opportunity for idyllic Beach Wedding images.
Fenwick Island, DE Weddings
Fenwick Island is a mile long stretch of beautiful sand at the southern tip of Delaware. The town begins at the Maryland border of Ocean City and extends to the state controlled Fenwick Island State Park. The pristine beaches create opportunity for idyllic Beach Wedding images.
You may have your Wedding Ceremony on the public beach of Fenwick Island as long as pedestrian or vehicular traffic is not obstructed. A $150 permit is required (see below) and a fee and refundable deposit ($250) are also required. A police fee of $100/ per hour (two hour minimum) is also required for weddings of $75 people or less. A Special Events Application form and fees must be filled out and returned to the Fenwick Island Police Department (see below).
The Chief of Police will issue a permit and authorize up to six temporary parking permits to be used on the date of your wedding ceremony. These parking permits may be used at the beach-end of the designated street where the wedding is to be held and must be displayed hanging from the rear view mirror of the vehicle.
Arrangements for additional parking are the responsibility of the permit holder. Paid parking permits are required and enforced between May 15 to September 15 and parking is at a premium during this time. Our recommendation is to have your Ceremony as near to where you are staying as possible so you can walk to the wedding. Nearby reception venues will also provide complimentary parking to their guests.
A majority of Fenwick Island Beach weddings are simple, intimate ceremonies with a small reception at a nearby restaurant or beach house. The non-refundable permit fee for a wedding of 75 guests or less is $150.
There is also a refundable deposit for a Fenwick Island Beach Wedding of $250 that will be returned if the beach is in the same condition you found it in once your guests have left the ceremony. Should your wedding party exceed 75 guests, special permission must be requested from the Town of Fenwick and additional fees will apply.
The permit fee for a beach wedding ceremony exceeding 75 guests is $25 for each additional group of 25 (Example- if you have 125 guests the additional cost would be $50).There is a non-refundable Police coverage fee of $100 per hour that is required if your guest list exceeds 75 people.
A Special Events Application form must be filled out and returned to the Fenwick Island Police Department along with your check for the permit fee and for the refundable deposit and police coverage fee (if applicable). Please make those checks payable to the Town of Fenwick
You may submit the Special Events Application form along with separate checks for permit, deposit, police coverage fee (if required) to:
Fenwick Island Police Department
Attn: Chief of Police
800 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Neither smoking nor alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach. If you are a non-smoking bride, this is something to consider. Wedding Receptions are not permitted on the beach of Fenwick Island, but there are plenty of nearby venues that can accommodate your guests.
Lifeguards patrol the Fenwick Island Beach from 9 AM until 5 PM during the busy season. Beach Set Ups are not permitted to begin until 5:30. For the best wedding experience, we suggest morning or evening ceremonies. Sunrise and sunset are the most sought after times by ocean loving brides.
Fenwick Island DE is part of the county of Sussex. You’ll need to obtain a Marriage License from the Sussex County Clerk’s office for your Beach Ceremony to be valid. Wedding Officiant Sean Rox can help you with the process and explain the rules of the various beaches in Delaware.