Fall is a magical time for beach weddings along the Delmarva peninsula. Beach brides from Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and Ohio flock to the sun kissed eastern shore for romantic nuptials on the sand. Some brides are surprised to learn that September is not considered the offseason in OCMD. In fact, September weekends are the most popular time of year for destination brides to tie the knot in Ocean City Maryland!
Up and down the Atlantic coast, love is in the air during the fall season. On September Saturdays, Ocean City is bustling with barefoot beach brides eager to say “I Do”. The weather is usually brilliant and the kids are back in school – brides and their friends can finally have the beach to themselves! Wedding parties can stake out a front row spot on the OC MD beach.
Most kids return to school after Labor Day. This means the beach empties out and provides opportunities for amazing beach wedding photos and videos. The temperatures finally cool down a bit, which means ceremonies can occur anytime of day (During the peak summer season, weddings are not recommended during life guard hours). September temperatures rarely reach ninety degrees or fall below sixty during the daytime. This perfect climate is ideal for walking on the sand. There’s usually no need for brides to worry about sweat or their makeup running in the fall.
Hotel rates come crashing down after Labor Day. Autumn beach brides can get amazing deals on Ocean City hotels, condos and beach houses once the calendar flips to September. While weekends can still be quite busy, the fall traffic is nothing compared with the bustling Saturday gridlock of summer. Parking is much easier to find for you and your guests. Wedding venues tend to book about a year in advance for September receptions. If you’re considering a Friday or Saturday, try to get an early start on your planning.
Thinking of an intimate elopement or small ceremony? September weekdays are ideal for a beautiful yet inexpensive beach wedding ceremony. Ocean City restaurants rarely have a line Monday through Friday and they often have drink and dinner specials. A compact wedding party of 15 – 25 guests should no trouble getting a section of the restaurant to themselves. If you have to have your ceremony on a Saturday, the last weekend of September is the quietest. The third weekend of September is generally the busiest wedding weekend of the year in Ocean City, Assateague, Bethany, Dewey & Rehoboth beach. One helpful tip is to avoid Sunday fall weddings. Sunday weddings put you in direct competition with football – you want the groomsmen focused on the wedding and not their fantasy football teams.
There are several special event weekends in September that may influence when you decide to have your Ocean City, MD beach wedding. Delmarva Bike week is usually the second weekend of the month. If you’re a motor cycle enthusiast, this may be ideal for you! Each year you’re sure to spot a bride on the back of a Harley Davidson in her wedding dress. The third weekend is usually Sunfest. This is an arts and craft festival that takes place at the Ocean City inlet. The final week of September is usually Wine on the Beach – a wonderful opportunity to sample local vintages with a backdrop of the sea.
If you’re ready to get married at the beach, hopefully you’ll consider a September beach wedding ceremony in Ocean City, MD. The beach free, no permit is required and the sun is usually shining. Just ask the locals – fall is the best time to be in OCMD!