A waterfront wedding at St. Mary’s College of Maryland;
Where history meets beauty, and river meets romance.
Nestled between the historic first capital of Maryland and a quiet bend of the St. Mary’s River, you can find Southern Maryland’s treasured wedding location.
From vibrant sunsets over the water to the wildlife of our natural arboretum – from timeless historic buildings to the outline of the Maryland Dove – a St. Mary’s College wedding captures the perfect balance between historical richness and natural beauty.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has ample space for weddings and receptions of all sizes. Our manicured lawns are perfect for saying vows at sunset or dancing under the stars.
Please review the different accommodations we offer for weddings and receptions. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
With its traditional pergola, classic stone fountain, and beautiful view of the St. Mary’s River, the Garden of Remembrance captures the true essence of a waterfront wedding.
Built in 1934 in honor of the Tercentenary of St. Mary’s City, the Garden of Remembrance at St. Mary’s College has been a prime wedding location for alumni and community members for almost a century. The garden was even featured on NBC’s “Today Show Throws a Hometown Wedding.”
The Garden of Remembrance is available for weddings on weekends from the end of May through mid-August.
After the ceremony, enjoy the breathtaking waterfront views from a tented reception on the May Russell Lodge Lawn.
Even though the College doesn’t rent any of its campus buildings for receptions, we think the Lawn makes for better memories anyway! With its river sunsets and magnolia trees, the Lodge Lawn is sure to provide a reception that keeps you looking through the wedding photos.
Food and liquor must be supplied by a licensed caterer. A copy of the caterer’s license will be required.
If you are renting the Garden of Remembrance for your ceremony, the Lodge lawn is included in the price.
The May Russell Alumni Lodge is open for overnight use by SMCM Alumni. With a historic brick front overlooking the St. Mary’s River, it is the perfect spot for wedding guests to celebrate and relax after a long night of dancing.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations for more information.
We know choosing a wedding location can be stressful. That’s why the Office of Events & Conferences is here to help you every step of the way. From the first tour of the garden to the last dance at the reception, we’re honored to be a part of your special day.
Interested in touring the location? Have questions? Please submit an interest form. Our staff will get back with you shortly to discuss your wedding plans.
Spaces fill up quickly; we recommend contacting Events & Conferences well in advance of your intended date.
Please carefully review our section on wedding policies for information on grounds, parking, catering, directions, and more.