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Cape May Weddings

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Cape May, NJ - It's no mystery why so many couples want to tie the knot in Cape May.

Consider the setting: gorgeous beaches and Victorian charm combined with beautiful sunsets and great food!

You could say "I do" on the beach while the sun sets over the ocean. Then retreat to a local hotel or restaurant for a memorable wedding feast.

Or, if your wedding is smaller, you can do both wedding and reception at a charming Cape May inn or restaurant.

There are also picture perfect churches and chapels in the area.

Popular wedding sites in and around Cape May:

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  • 2nd Ave. Pavilion, overlooking the beach (above) one of the best spots in Cape May for gazing at the ocean morning, noon or night.
  • Sunset Beach, near Cape May Point - famous for its fabulous sunsets. However, if you want to get married there during the summer, Kate Smith will be singing in the background and you'll have a few dozen more people at your wedding. (There's a nightly flag lowering ceremony on Sunset Beach.)
  • The Victorian Gazebo, at Lafayette and Decatur streets - the "bandstand." It's an in town choice, very old fashioned looking, in a quaint, small town sort of way.
  • Harbor View Park, at Texas Ave. (top of page.) Three white pavilions sit on the edge of Cape May harbor. It's a perfect setting for maritime types who want to get married while gazing at a flotilla of fishing boats.

There's a $25 fee for the use of the sites, if there are over 20 guests. You can only reserve the spots for a half hour. No alcohol or receptions are allowed in these public areas and you'll have to get permission from the Cape May Mayor's office ahead of time for the wedding.

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The Mayor even officiates at some weddings, but you'll have to make those plans well in advance of the big day.

Marriage License

Start your wedding plans by contacting Terry Stickle, the city's wedding coordinator, at (609) 884-9580. Terry will help you reserve your beach wedding location.

Contact the Cape May Registrar at the city clerk's office (609) 884-9599 for a marriage license appointment. Appointments are Monday through Friday, between noon and 3 PM.

Once you apply for a license, there's a 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued - so don't wait until the last minute! You can apply for the marriage license within six months of your wedding date.


You can have as elegant or as casual a reception you want in Cape May.

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