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Weddings 
GARRETT COUNTY
The variety of accommodations is another selling point. Members of the wedding party, their families and guests can stay onsite
at many of the resorts, vacation homes
and inns. For venues without lodging, the area offers just as many options — motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, lakeside homes, mountain cabins and campsites.
“We’ve seen the lodging market for weddings grow,” said Lisa Ratliff, Director of Sales at Wisp Resort, which has the largest hotel in the area, as well as indoor and outdoor wedding venues.
The demand for destination wedding sites and services has spawned new businesses, such as the Twin Tails Event Farm, a 20-acre farm with multiple buildings renovated specifically and appropriately for weddings, and the White Barn at Lucas Farm, a new event space opened within the last year. Established businesses are also adding to their services. For instance, the Lodges at Sunset Village installed a dock large enough for lakefront ceremonies. And Wisp Resort added a 10,000-square-foot event tent for up to 250 guests.
Likewise, other wedding-related businesses, such as florists, photographers, entertainment and transportation services, are also close by.
From an elopement to an extravaganza, Garrett County can accommodate your wedding and set you on the path to Happily Ever After.
To request more information about hosting your wedding in the Deep Creek area, contact Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director, at 301-387-5238 or jen@garrettchamber.com.
PHOTOS BY JESSICA FIKE PHOTOGRAPHY
Blossoms
AS A WEDDING DESTINATION
WHETHER YOU WANT TO SWAP A TRADITIONAL AISLE FOR A CHAIR LIFT, say “I do” on a lakefront dock or toast your love at an elegant candle-lit lodge or rustic barn, Garrett County provides an authentic wedding experience. For gatherings of two to 200 (and more), Maryland’s westernmost county offers an array of indoor and outdoor venues, and the related services to match your wedding to your dreams.
Garrett County’s wealth of natural beauty — from mountaintop to shoreline, in an open field or woodsy glen, with a waterfall or a perfect sunset as the backdrop — is one reason
the area is seeing an increasing number of destination weddings. With a growing number of new and restored event facilities and an easy drive from major cities, Garrett County is not a surprising wedding destination.
“Interest in hosting a destination wedding in our area has been growing over the last five years,” said Jen Durben of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, who often assists couples planning a celebration at Deep Creek Lake or nearby.
Nearly 400 marriage licenses were issued
in Garrett County in both 2015 and 2016, according to records from the Garrett County Clerk of Court. (Couples who obtain a marriage license in Garrett County must be married there.) Among those marriages were local couples, but also many who do not call the area home. The majority of the latter come from the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh areas, Durben said.
“We connect brides and grooms to our members who offer wedding services,” said Durben. The Chamber also publishes a free wedding guide, available online and by mail. The guide includes regulations for obtaining a marriage license and beautiful imagery of local venues. As the big day approaches, the Chamber often provides visitors guides for welcome bags distributed to guests by the bride and groom.
The county’s all-season recreational offerings are also a draw, giving visitors plenty of entertainment before and after the official wedding festivities. “Spring, summer and fall are the most popular seasons for weddings,” said Durben.
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