Signature Experiences 

SOUTHERN BOURBON TRADITION

In the South, there is a tradition of burying an unopened bottle of bourbon one month before your ceremony to ensure a long, loving life, and also guarantee good weather for your wedding. Here at the Tides Inn, couples are invited one month prior to their big day to join us for a toast of our private label bourbon from A. Smith Bowman distillery.

After the toast, we lock up your bottle, (the Tides Inn version of burying!), in one of our antique liquor lockers. On your wedding day you will have the perfect photo opportunity when you open your locker and retrieve your “buried” bottle. Our Tides team will serve a toast with your family and friends at your reception or at a post-reception bonfire. Memories and traditions together!

FISHERMAN'S KNOT

“Tying the Knot” is a symbol of lasting unity, representing the tying together of two lives and destinies.

In this special nod to the Tides Inn’s nautical location, a Fisherman’s Knot will be tied during the ceremony and become a keepsake for the couple.

For daytime events, the couple can depart in style on a private sailboat for two, while their loved ones bid them bon voyage onto life’s sweetest voyage. On the boat, couples will have the option to enjoy a Chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and fine wines.

OYSTERS & CHAMPAGNE

Long known as the ultimate romantic indulgent pairing for western palates, oysters and champagne are a sophisticated addition to a nuptial or anniversary. The Tides Inn’s idyllic location, where the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail meets the Virginia Oyster Trail, provides fresh, local fare at its finest. 

Champagne and oysters make for an elegant pre-reception cocktail hour, or, you can enjoy an oyster roast as a more casual reception addition. The Tides Inn’s culinary team will provice shucking and pairing demonstrations.