Aisle Style . Reception
Special notecards for that special message. Plus, cupcakes become a popular alternative, the pros share their favorite caterers and venues, locally made wines are perfect for your affair, and alternative reception sites.
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A Change of Scenery
Think outside the ballroom for a change.
Hotel ballrooms and reception halls may appeal to some, but many non-traditional brides seek alternative settings for their big day. Delaware offers a wealth of venues that are a total departure from the standard. Here are three:
For the nature-loving bride: Delaware Center for Horticulture (1810 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, 658-6262)
With its glass atrium, art gallery, pavilion and stunning gardens, DCH is the perfect setting for a green wedding. Nestled on the edge of Brandywine Park, it’s a flowering paradise in the middle of an urban area. The facility, a 19th-century rowhouse, is filled with natural light and surrounded by lush gardens and rare plants. The DCH uses indoor and outdoor spaces for a social, interactive wedding.
For the creative bride: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 656-6466)
The DCCA offers couples a blank canvas for creating unique events. The open lobby gives creative brides the flexibility to create a custom room layout. With the use of lighting, fabrics and other decor, the room can be transformed. In addition, the art galleries are open for guests during the event.
For the laid-back bride: Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast (99 Ocean View Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-3707)
Addy Sea is a Victorian seaside cottage with loads of charm and comfort for a relaxed beach wedding. Built in the early 1900s, it boasts a wrap-around porch, oversized rocking chairs and a short walk to town. Many couples book the Addy for the whole weekend of their wedding so they can spend time with their friends and family. The venue boasts an ocean view and a yard that serves as an intimate and personal ceremony site. —Sarah Spagnoli