Where are Ocean City’s Pet Friendly Wedding Spots?
Looking for a way to include your Dog or Cat in your Ocean City Beach Wedding? OC allows pets on the beach from October 1st until April 30th. If you are a bride looking to get married during peak wedding season, we have some ideas for you!
Hidden away between Ocean City and Assateague Island, there is a picturesque stretch of sand the locals fondly refer to as “Stinky Beach”. Formally named Homer Gudelsky Park, This pet friendly beach hugs the OC inlet and overlooks the iconic downtown Ocean City skyline. The soft sands come to a halt at a cliff of stone rip rap that protects Stinky beach from the currents. A Beach Wedding at this location provides sweeping panoramic views of the inlet, bay and Assateague Island. This secret alcove is nestled away in a residential neighborhood in West Ocean City. If you are considering a Stinky Beach Wedding, there are rental properties within walking distance. A Beach House rental at 12832 Oldbridge Road is only a quarter of a mile away. The Francis Scott Key Family Resort is also nearby. Stinky Beach received its peculiar name due to heavy commercial fishing traffic in the 1930’s. The area has transformed into a pristine luxury seaside villa, so don’t let the nickname scare you. Directions to Stinky Beach: From downtown Ocean City, cross the Route 50 Bridge into West OC. Turn left onto Golf Course Road. Make another left onto Old Bridge Road. The park will be on your left.
The Clarion Fontainebleu Hotel is another pet friendly beach wedding option. The Clarion resort has its own private beach and is therefore exempt from the Ocean City ordinance that prohibits pets on the beach, providing that they are leashed. The Clarion also has several banquet room options if you are having a wedding reception after your ceremony. This venues top facility is the Crystal Ballroom which can accommodate 400 guests.
If you’re planning a simple spring or fall ceremony, the Barefoot Mailman Hotel may be ideal for you. Pack the family, book a room and book an All Inclusive Beach Wedding Package – we’ll take care of the rest! If it’s just the two of you, our Eloper’s Specials are perfect.
Assateague Island is another year round pet friendly beach. You can choose either the state side or the Federal Side. The Federal side requires a commercial permit to shoot photography, set up an archway with chairs or Officiate a Beach Wedding. Rox Beach has a permit for photo, video, ceremony coordination, beach set up and Minister service. The bride and groom will also need a permit for the National Seashore. The state side has a separate set of rules. Contact Wedding Officiant Sean Rox for help with permits and licenses required for an Assateague Island Wedding.
Here at Rox, we love our pets and enjoy including them in the ceremonies (We’ve even had dogs perform the ring bearer duties :-). In the offseason Cassandra Rox works as a Pet Sitter and has worked with the Worcester County Humane Society. She also recently started the OC Vets 4 Pets Charity to help cats and dogs with medical procedures. Let us know how we can help incorporate your furry friends into your Ocean City Beach Ceremony!