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Renewal of vows is purely ceremonial and has no legal standing, so no license or other legal permission is required. However, you do need to get permission from the Mayor's Office to use the beach for such events. You can call them at 410.289.8931 to do this. There is no fee. There is more information here.
If you want something elaborate, I'd suggest working with one of OC's wedding planning companies. They can offer you anything from just an officiant for the event to a full blown package. Here are some places that provide such services:
Weddings by the Seashore 800.884.0026
Ocean City Wedding Pastor 410.603.9918
Beach Weddings by Rox 866.472.3012
Several Hotels also sponsor wedding packages and can help plan the renewal of vows. Two in particular, with links to their wedding info, are:
If you are doing this in the summer, there are restrictions on the time that you find out when you contact the Mayor's office.
Have a great renewal of vows in OC!
May 14 is a Saturday, so there may be a bot ore traffic around the Bay Bridge, but since it is early in the season, it should not be too bad. It is about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour trip from Bethesda to OC. To avoid traffic, I'd leave Bethesda no later than 8am and return leaving OC after 8pm. The boardwalk and beach will not be crowded then, but the boardwalk will get busier after about 4pm and will be most crowded around 8pm.
Hanover, PA 17331
Insider since: 2008
Answered: May 3, 2016
Helys I'll be there at the same time. For your 3-yr old try Trimpers rides as they are geared towards smaller children. Also, if the weather is great you'll always have the beach. So pack a lunch and enjoy the sand for the day on the beach.
Head over to Assateague Island Visitor Center and explore. This is a great rainy day activity.
If your hotel has a pool then you can spend some time there to.
The beach is great anywhere (39th Street is a great area), so there is really no reason to move from near your place unless you want to walk to the shops, arcades, and restaurants on the boardwalk. You can visit these in the evening if you want. However, if you want to be near the boardwalk and all the action, there are lots of municipal parking lots near the south end of town. You can see a list of them and find out all about parking in OC by looking here.
There are very few motels and hotels that allow smoking on their property. On the boardwalk the only one I know of that has balconies is the Quality Inn Boardwalk Hotel (410.289.4401) on 16th Street. I believe the Plim Plaza (800.837.3587) on 2nd Street also still has some smoking rooms, but their rooms do not have balconies. Here are a few other hotels off the boardwalk that may still allow smoking in some of their rooms:
Quality Inn & Suites - (410.289.1234) Oceanfront at 33rd StreetFenwick Inn - (410.250.1100)Bayblock at 138th Street
Sea Bay Hotel - (800.888.2229) Bayblock at 61st Street. Smoking is not allowed in rooms, but all rooms have balconies where smoking is allowed
Have fun in OC!
The boardwalk is open all year. I will be in OC on May 19, and was there last weekend. I am often in OC for Cruise Weekend in mid-May. Based on these experiences, over 80% of boardwalk businesses (and all the major ones) will be open 7 days a week by May 19.
No. Most pools open in mid May, but some hotels and condos do not open their pools until Memorial Day Weekend (there may even be a few that open them up even later). I suggest calling and asking any property you are considering and checking when they open their pool.