The Wilmington Delaware area has a beautiful variety of wedding venues. From historic buildings and hotels to rustic barns with estate-like elegance Delaware has a lot to offer for engaged couples searching for their perfect venue. Below I put together my top 10 Wilmington Delaware wedding venues. I based my choices on the options that the venues provide couples and the options it provides me as a Delaware wedding photographer.
The Cauffiel House is a beautiful mansion that has a lot to offer couples looking for a Delaware wedding venue. This venue has so much character and charm . As a photographer it was super easy to find locations for beautiful portraits. For your guests the outdoor space is a fun way to celebrate your wedding day while taking in the gorgeous landscaping. The barn ties everything together with a rustic charm and provides plenty of space to party the evening away.
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1016 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington DE. (302) 205-1299
Nestled inside the grounds of Bellevue State Park, Bellevue Hall is something of a hidden gem. An 1850s Greek revival du Pont mansion, the surrounding property boasts 18 acres of formal gardens and lawns, so couples can have indoor and outdoor celebrations. The interior is outfitted with opulent 1930s décor, transporting guests back in time. The venue is exclusively catered by Jeffrey A. Miller, so you know the service is first rate.
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Tucked within beautiful Rockwood Park, the Carriage House estate and surrounds dates back to the 19th century and its charm is apparent from the moment you arrive. The stone estate home with its beautiful craftsmanship has been fully restored and boasts a four-season patio. Plus, its sweep of lawn and gardens are perfect for portraits and outdoor ceremonies.
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4671 Washington St Extension, Wilmington, DE. (302) 472-2433
A perennial favorite, Deerfield offers a best-of-both-worlds approach to weddings. Couples can take advantage of the neatly manicured outdoors for a ceremony, staging it with an archway or chuppah, and then adjoin to a number of spaces for cocktail hour or a reception, including two atriums and an elegant ballroom. There’s also a bridal suite on-site, as well as a pub, offering brides and grooms plenty of spaces to relax ahead of the ceremony.
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507 Thompson Station Rd, Newark, DE. (302) 368-6640
If you picture a grand wedding that’s equal parts opulent and elegant, there’s only one choice: the Hotel Du Pont. Debuting in 1913 in the heart of Wilmington, this historic and iconic hotel has been a society hub since its inception. Couples can opt for the aptly named Gold Ballroom, gilded from top to bottom and replete with chandeliers and exquisite molding, all in the French neoclassic design.
Or, opt for the more intimate Du Barry Room, which features parquet floors, a Yugoslavian imported crystal chandelier, and Federal-style pillars. Can’t choose? Hold your ceremony in the Du Barry and the reception in the Gold Ballroom for the best of both. The catering is top notch and guests and couples can stay on property for added convenience. Whatever you opt for, you’ll feel like royalty in this decidedly regal hotel.
42 W. 11th St. Wilmington, DE. (302) 594-3100
You’d be forgiven for mistaking this iconic venue for a princess’s castle. Thanks to its turret and dreamy gardens, this Greenville venue—just minutes from Pennsylvania and downtown Wilmington—is pure romance.
A former du Pont estate—it was built by Eugene du Pont—ceremonies and cocktail hours can be held outdoors on a gorgeous stone patio, with receptions under an equally charming tent abutting the historic stone building. More intimate affairs can utilize indoor spaces, carefully inlaid with millwork and molding offset with large windows and chandeliers.
201 Owls Nest Road, Greenville, DE. (302) 662-3255
Once home to the du Pont family’s successful powder yards, Hagley has since morphed into one of the First State’s most impressive museums and libraries. Situated on 235 acres, Hagley offers myriad spots for couples to host a ceremony, reception and take portraits.
The Soda House, a standalone glass and stone building featuring unique architecture, can accommodate up to 150 guests and can serve as both sites or host just a ceremony or reception. Larger ceremonies—up to 300 guests—can be held in the gorgeous E.I. du Pont Garden, perfect for spring and fall nuptials. Its neat rows of seasonal flowers are situated just in front of the iconic Eleutherian Mills, one of the prettiest spots on the grounds.
For a more rustic option, the barn can also be used for ceremonies, and a tented option is also available. Couples will want to take photos along the beautiful stretch of Brandywine that stretches through the grounds.
200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE. (302) 658-2400
One of the most charming—and tiny—enclaves in northern Delaware, the Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa is a regular draw for rest, relaxation and fine dining. Founded in the late 1700s, the quaint village has also long been the perfect spot for celebrations, especially weddings. Guests can relax in the boutique accommodations, which can host intimate and micro weddings of up to 50. Outdoor ceremonies and receptions are dazzling thanks to the surrounding gardens, or opt for indoors, surrounded by historic charm.
528 Montchanin Road, Wilmington DE. (302) 888-2133
The Tilton Mansion at University and Whist Club serves as a lovely backdrop for Wilmington nuptials. Built in the early 1800s, it provides both history and modern conveniences all within a serene setting. Celebrate with an indoor or outdoor ceremony, the latter in a garden resplendent with flowers, a pergola and old growth trees, before hosting an indoor reception replete with elegant touches. Three suites are provided—for a bride, groom and mothers-in-law—to get ready ahead of the ceremony.
805 N. Broom St., Wilmington, DE. (302) 658-5125
Straight out of the pages of a fairytale, Winterthur is one of Delaware’s premier wedding venues. Sitting on nearly 1,000 acres, it’s a world removed from the realities and rigors of everyday life.
Meandering the 60-acre garden, stresses melt away thanks to the lilting birdsong and copious blooms throughout the year. This idyll, just a few miles from downtown Wilmington, truly shines thanks to the 175-room mansion built by Henry Francis du Pont, which now serves as a museum.
Choose from spaces like the Reflecting Pool—a dreamy pool surrounded by lush greenery—the Galleries Reception Atrium, or the Visitor Center Pavilion. Each are equally wonderful and couples have no shortage of must-get photo ops on the sprawling grounds.
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE. (302) 888-4910