Weddings

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Annapolis, MD View map

About

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a beach event venue located in Annapolis, Maryland, featuring the Merrill Center. Right on the beach, couples couldn’t have any more of a stunning backdrop for their wedding. Nestled amongst nature and stunning water views, the Merrill Center offers impeccable indoor and outdoor wedding spaces for couples to wed at.

Facilities and Capacity
This lovely venue can accommodate up to 200 guests. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a cozy wooden deck overlooking the water and the beach, couples and guests are sure to have a wonderful time. With elegant and enchanting décor, clients will have the ideal space to customize for their ceremony and reception.

Services Offered
Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers an on-site event coordinator to help assist you with your wedding, from catering to florists to photographers. They offer the following services:

  • Bridal suite
  • Event rentals
  • Preferred vendors only
  • Bridal shower
  • Ceremony
  • Engagement party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Exclusive venue use
  • Tables
  • Tents

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$5000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$5000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Parking
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Beach
Marina
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Outside Alcohol

What event items are available?

Decor
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

71 Reviews

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4.8
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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Rating 4.9 out of 5
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    Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.7 out of 5

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    Jacqueline Married on 06/07/2021
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    Excellent customer service

    My fiance and I were looking at this as out venue for our wedding. The customer service and responsiveness to our questions was quick and friendly. This venue would have been a great choice if my fiance and I hadn't chosen to go with a destination wedding instead!

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation's reply:

    Thanks for your review Jacqueline! Enjoy every moment of your upcoming wedding- we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
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    Laura W. Married on 06/05/2021
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    A dream come true!

    CBF was the venue of our dreams. We wanted to get married on a beach and have the freedom to design an event that would really fit “us”. No place that we toured even held a candle to CBF/Philip Merrill Environmental Center. They let you provide your own bar, and choose from a list of caterers, which meant that we were able to serve caipirinhas and pick a caterer who could design a Brazilian menu. We loved that the venue is environmentally friendly, and that our venue fee would help support the Chesapeake Bay.

    Emily Blackman knew every contingency plan for rain, social distancing, etc, and helped us design a layout that would work in any circumstance. There is a big tree on the beach, which provides some shade during the ceremony, and the deck is spacious enough for tables, a bar, and a dance floor. They also provided some decor and a cornhole set, which was just an added bonus for an already perfect night.
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    Alex G. Married on 09/20/2020
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    Stunning and Sustainable!

    I started searching for wedding venues after my Fiance and first got engaged. I didn't know much about Maryland and stumbled onto CBF as a wedding Venue. As someone who considers themselves eco conscious I had to learn more about what this venue was all about. Then. I fell in LOVE! What isn't to love? A private Beach, an outdoor patio, and an organization with a mission to #SAVETHEBAY ?! There was no question after touring this venue that it was going to be the place we said "I Do" with a full commitment to not only each other, but the environment too. On top of that Emily was a pleasure to work with and everyone we have encountered at CBF has had so much energy and we have learned so much about Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. We even incorporated many Bay Saving Items into our wedding details - like the ties, the masks, and of course the Oyster reef balls!!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
The Gateway Florist The Gateway Florist Wedding Florists

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's location is like no other . . . A MUST SEE for your wedding or event.

Main & Market Main & Market Wedding Caterers

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a beautiful venue to host a wedding!

Fiona's By The Cake Faerie Fiona's By The Cake Faerie Wedding Cakes

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a beautiful location for a wedding with their indoor and outdoor venue. The staff there are wonderful to work with. You are in good hands and will be well taken care of on your wedding day.

Preferred Vendors

Map

6 Herndon Ave Annapolis, MD, 21403
4434822001
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Chesapeake Bay Foundation frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Chesapeake Bay Foundation?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Chesapeake Bay Foundation in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Chesapeake Bay Foundation for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Beach
  • Marina
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Chesapeake Bay Foundation for wedding events?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Chesapeake Bay Foundation offer?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Chesapeake Bay Foundation offer for wedding events?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Chesapeake Bay Foundation have available for wedding events?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Decor
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Chesapeake Bay Foundation and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is recommended by 92% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.7 in value.

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