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Signature Wedding Experiences

Planning your wedding at the Tides Inn is a warm and collaborative experience. Each wedding is specially personalized to make your dreams a reality. Please reach out to us directly at (804) 438-4416 or email us at to discuss your vision, and to receive additional information about all the Tides Inn has to offer to celebrate your proposal and engagement.

The Perfect Wedding Experience

The Eagle Room

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!

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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 may be able to leave in style on a private boat 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.

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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 provide shucking and pairing demonstrations.