Top 5 Wilmington Delaware Formal Wedding Venues

A photographer’s list of the best formal wedding venues in Wilmington, Delaware

Just south of Philadelphia, Wilmington Delaware is a little gem of a city. It is certainly one Philadelphia brides should consider. Head to Delaware to take advantage of some amazing venues, easy access, rolling hillsides and vistas. Wilmington is a great alternative to the busy city venues just north of us in Philly. Furthermore, Wilmington is very convenient for guests and tax free as an added incentive. Here are my top 5 formal venue picks located in Wilmington: (no particular favorite order)

1. The Hotel Dupont:

Downtown Wilmington

The grande dame of elegant weddings in Delaware. Most noteworthy is the gold ballroom, it is perfect for a formal affair. The staff and facilities are top notch. This venue is fantastic for large weddings and especially those featuring a band. As a photographer this place is a dream. Gold walls, beautiful architecture, towering doors, detailed ceilings, wrought iron staircase, pretty bridal getting ready suite, curved stone stairways and a newly renovated lobby. Work with a wedding planner to design the right table settings and an experienced florist might suggest tall flower vases make this room stunning! If you are looking to add a few outdoor garden photos, Gibralter Gardens is a quick trolley ride away. The indoor spaces at the Hotel du Pont are amazing, the details, stone staircases, grand doorways and romantic lighting offer endless fun spots for portraits on your wedding day.

dramatic portraits of brides and grooms at the hotel du Pont
beautiful spots all over the hotel du Pont for portraits

The gold ballroom at the Hotel du Pont is a romantic wedding dream!

wedding couples dancing in the gold ballroom at the hotel du Pont
the old world romance of the elegant ballroom
the gold ballroom at the hotel du Pont
beautiful details of the gold ballroom at the Hotel du Pont
outdoor wedding couple photos at the hotel du Pont
Outside at the hotel du Pont

The decor, food and table settings at the Hotel du Pont.

details of table settings and cake at the hotel du Pont
ice sculptures, wedding cakes, dessert tables

Guests enjoying late night dancing at the reception to live music (EBE Talent)

reception photos at the Hotel du Pont
Bands at the Hotel du Pont always get the crowd having fun

2. Winterthur Gardens and Estate

Greenville, Delaware

Winterthur is certainly also one of my favorites. This amazing property is located conveniently near Greenville Delaware. It has gorgeous gardens, walkways, fields and beautiful stone staircases. Cocktail hour is typically around the pond and then guests are shuttled down to the main lobby for the reception. Receptions take place in either a tented area just outside of the main restaurant, or inside the restaurant. The staff is more than willing to shuttle the bride and groom around in a golf cart with the photographer to get some beautiful shots around this amazing property. Even on a rainy day, this place exceeds your expectations and offers indoor and outdoor photo locations. Below are a few favorites locations at Winterthur for wedding portraits:

wedding party and bride and groom photos at winterthur gardens
The stone staircase and large areas of lawn are great spots for bride and groom portraits

stone staircases and the kissing tower photos of a bride and groom
Stone staircases, flowers and architecture of Winterthur

A great alternative for photos at Winterthur is inside the atrium next to the reflection pond.

wedding party photos at the indoor atrium at winterthur
The indoor atrium is a alternate spot for wedding portraits
Outdoor wedding  ceremony and detail photos at Winterthur Gardens reflection pond
Reflecting pond ceremony at Winterthur
Bride and groom portraits at Winterthur
Gorgeous grounds at Winterthur for bride and groom portraits

The clear tent is a popular option at Winterthur for wedding receptions.

clear wedding tent at Winterthur and details at the reception
Clear tent and details at the wedding reception

The kissing tower, fields of flowers and hillsides of grass and expansive open areas offer spectacular spots to take portraits.

kissing tower and outdoor grounds used for portraits of wedding couples at Winterthur
The kissing tower and follies at Winterthur along with hillsides offer great photo spots

The inside option at Winterthur for wedding receptions if you decide not to do a tented wedding.

indoor wedding reception details at Winterthur
Receptions without tents can be staged inside of the restaurant. Flowers: Quills Bunches

The reflecting pond at Winterthur is amazing.

Reflection pond portraits at Winterthur gardens in wilmington delaware
the reflecting pond in the spring is great for portraits: Wedding planners: Proud To Plan

3. Dupont Country Club (including the Brantwyn Estate)

North Wilmington, Delaware

Dupont Country Club is definitely not one to overlook. The original ballroom is expansive and grand. Their event coordinator is easy to work with and the food is fantastic. The Dupont CC also manages the beautiful old estate mansion , Brantwyn. If it’s not booked for an event, brides and grooms may rent it for wedding photos. The gardens and indoor location is lovely. Take a look at a few events at Dupont and Brantwyn, it is certainly convenient to I-95 and is located on a beautiful property.

The ballroom and staircase at the DuPont Country Club

The grand ballroom at Dupont Country Club with a wall of floor to ceiling windows, a balcony and a fireplace.

Pretty decor and details by Celebrations Design Group

Brantwyn, across the street from Dupont Country Club, has a gorgeous side garden and pretty architecture for indoor and outdoor photos.

DuPont CC wedding with portraits at the Brantwyn Estate. Bride’s dress Pronovias from Elizabeth Johns.

4. The Wilmington Country Club

Greenville, Delaware

Located next to Winterthur and originally part of the Winterthur Estate, Wilmington Country Club has all of the bells and whistles one would expect from an old traditional country club. WCC has a beautiful ballroom, gorgeous outdoor patio, a great staff and amazing spots for wedding portraits. Take a look at this spring wedding at the Wilmington Country Club. Flowers done by Flowers by Yukie , Dress, Pronovias .

portrait of the bride sitting inside the Wilmington Country Club
bridal party photos on the golf course at the wilmington country club in Wilmington Delaware
Bride and Groom portraits outside on the golf course at the Wilmington Country Club
Bride and Groom portraits at a spring wedding at the Wilmington Country Club
The wedding ceremony site on the patio at the Wilmington Country Club
food and decor photos at the Wilmington Country club
reception photos at a wedding at the wilmington country club's ballroom

5. Greenville Country Club

Greenville, Delaware

One of the oldest clubs around, founded in 1905, the club is very traditional. This is definitely one of my favorite garden spots for weddings. The building inside has old world charm, wood walls, romantic rooms, a beautiful staircase , and amazing food. The ceilings are lined with pretty lights giving the room depth and soft light. Here are some photos from a recent fall wedding at Greenville Country Club. Flowers done by Flowers by Yukie. Wedding planning by Secretariat Events .

outdoor garden wedding photos at greenville country club in greenville delaware
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

Old world charm inside and out at Greenville Country Club. The indoor hallways feature beautiful wood walls and beautiful window light.

indoor staircase and lobby wedding portraits at Greenville Country Club in Greenville Delaware
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

The tented area at Greenville CC is connected to the main house. Pretty brick walls and draped tent ceilings lined with twinkly lights are gorgeous!

details of the decor inside the tent at greenville country club wedding
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

The tea house offers a beautiful backdrop for formal photos.

portraits in front of the tea house at greenville country club wedding
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

Outside couples are framed by gorgeous backdrop of greenery and the trademark round room.

outdoor bride and groom portraits at greenville country club
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

Outside couples are framed by gorgeous backdrop of greenery and the trademark round room.

Garden wedding ceremony outside at Greenville Country Club
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE

A cake cutting on the dancefloor under the greenery/floral ring.

green and white wedding cake made by Greenville Country Club pastry chef being cut by a military sword
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE, cake by Greenville Country Club

Bridal portraits outside at Greenville Country Club and inside the bride’s getting ready room. Amazing light throughout the house.

indoor and outdoor bridal portraits at Greenville Country Club
Hannah and Taylor’s Wedding at the Greenville County Club in Greenville DE, Dress: Jennifer’s Bridal , Hockessin De. , Flowers by Yukie

I hope you found my photographer’s list of venues helpful in your wedding venue search! Each venue has its own feel and style. Whatever you choose for your special day, make sure it fits your wedding size and feels like a fit for your style.

Wilmington wedding vendors featured in the story:

Kelli Wilke Photography Instagram: @wilkephoto // Facebook @kelliwilkephoto // Photobooth @piperboothco

Flowers by Yukie

Celebrations Event Design

Proud To Plan

Secretariat Events

Jennifer’s Bridal

Honey Bunches Floral

Hotel du Pont

Wilmington Country Club

Dupont Country Club

EBE Talent

Greenville Country Club

Something Blu Wed

Must be the Music DJ

Masters Baker

Elizabeth Johns Bridal

Modern Luxe Band

Mo Better Entertainment

Quills Bunches

Crazy in Stereo

All photography by Kelli Wilke Photography . For more information about booking your photography, please visit our website at www.kelliwilke.com or fill out our contact form hello@kelliwilke.com

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