After the Blue Heron Room, I trekked over to Port Annapolis Marina. I got a little lost, mostly because the Pavilion is hidden by this:
Yeah. It's a boatyard. You drive through the boatyard on a gravel road and you have to be kind of careful to not rear end any yachts or sailboats.
So then you get to the pavilion. It's basically just a really nice picnic pavilion with sides. If you are looking for a casual wedding location, this is a nice one.
I had thought I wanted a fun, casual picnic wedding and it wasn't until I was standing in the picnic pavilion that I was like, "this isn't really what I want." We want our wedding to be fun, but a picnic wedding won't really suit us. Especially not here. However, if you were looking for a nice space to have a pavilion picnic wedding, this is probably as nice as it gets - and since there aren't picnic tables already, you don't have to move them.
There are a couple of issues that I had with the setting - its in the boatyard, and so its loud - I can imagine there being a lot of people taking their boats in and out on the weekend. It is also mostly surrounded by parking lot on three sides. The fourth side is the noisy air conditioner/generator/something. I don't know if that would run on weekends, but it would be something to consider. There also isn't a great ceremony space. This is the gazebo next to the pavilion.
I wasn't sure if the grass was level enough or the space was large enough to fit 130 people next to the gazebo. If possible, it would be nice, but I would prefer for the ceremony space to be a little less close to the pavilion, etc. I feel like if you have the pavilion right there, people are watching the caterers set up instead of watching your ceremony. Some people would do the wedding in the pavilion itself, and that could be very nice although it rushes the caterers during cocktail hour. There also isn't a ton of space to have cocktail hour.
If it rains, there are going to be some problems - for example, the bathroom is pretty close to the pavilion, but you would still have to leave it to go to the bathroom.
Ultimately, the pavilion isn't right for us - but that's not to say that it would be wrong for everyone. You get a lot of freedom with it - can use any caterer you want, with appropriate insurance, can bring in your own alcohol with appropriate insurance. You have to rent your own chairs and tables, which gives a nice amount of freedom. This would be a great place for two people who are really into boats to get married, because you can walk around the boat yard and take awesome boat pictures (or bring your own boat!). It's not really appropriate if you're looking for a fabulous beachfront location - it's a marina - meaning a boat parking lot. You could have some fun nautical touches with the reception, etc.
The handicapped access was also disappointing - the parking lot is not paved, and there is no reserved spaces near the ramp to the pavilion. There is a handicapped bathroom. There are also 3 other co-ed bathrooms. Another issue is that there is no place for anybody to get ready here, and that would be frustrating for us.
So while finding the perfect venue is difficult, it is easy to know when a place isn't right, and this definitely was one of them.