Get Married in Cape May, New Jersey

If your vibe is beach bride coupled with a dash of charm and some vintage details, look no further than Cape May, New Jersey.


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Dubbed the country's first seaside resort, the quaint expanse is chock-a-block with Victorian homes and adorable local shops, all edged with wide Atlantic beaches. And at the proverbial center of it all stands the aptly named Congress Hall.

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First built in 1816, the grand and stately property welcomes brides and their guests with classic seaside elegance.

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There’s a formal ballroom that reflects the storied appeal of the hotel and a gorgeous lawn just outside its arched doorways. The green space is the heart of the hotel with culinary programming in the summer season and a sweet holiday fair come Christmas. Welcome dinners and brunches can be hosted here while after-parties often take place in the Boiler Room, a subterranean pizza place. A clubby cocktail lounge and the Blue Pig Tavern, named for a 19th century gaming hall, and the Annie Knight Suite are perfect perches for more intimate gatherings. 

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Of course this being a full-service resort, the 104-room Congress Hall also houses a luxe spa, sparkling outdoor pool, and access to the postcard-perfect beach where a dedicated team sets up photogenic loungers and umbrellas. Honeymooning couples will want to reserve a cabana (wedding site fees start at $15,000; menus start at $295 per guest;

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More Local Favorites

The Beach Shack Vintage motel vibes meet a very now service-first experience at this sister property of Congress Hall. The laid-back Rusty Nail is a buzzy barefoot bar and restaurant perfect for a chill wedding party.

The Virginia Hotel A gingerbread house with 24 guest rooms and a wide porch that’s kissed by ocean breezes, this adults-only property is best for brides who want an intimate gathering in a gorgeous garden or historic dining room.

Beach Plum Farm Cottages Weddings at this spectacular 62- acre expanse are a true farm-to-table experience, since much of the food is sourced here. Guests repose in one of five adorable cottages.

Legally Wed: Marriage licenses are issued at the local registrar office in New Jersey. Couples must appear in person and furnish a social security number, copies of birth certificates, and, if applicable, divorce decrees and/or death certificates. There is a 72-hour waiting period; the license is valid for six months.