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Transport yourselves to a "tropical" wedding location without leaving Northern Ohio. Docks Beach House is tucked into a curve of Lake Erie just west of Catawba Island in Port Clinton, Ohio. Wed, wine and dine right in the sand or under a lofty Tiki-style pavilion. The owners also run the two adjacent hotels where your out-of-town guests enjoy a lake weekend as a bonus.
Docks Beach House is close to Toledo, Fremont, Maumee and Cleveland. Catawba Island State Park is mere minutes away for a ceremony or photo shoot among the cliffs or you can marry on the beach in front of the restaurant. Host an unstuffy, relaxed ceremony and reception with a sunset beach theme on this scenic property for a truly romantic backdrop.
The Beach. Chairs are skillfully set up in the sand to form an arch and guests look on as you say your vows before the rippling water. Set up a bamboo or other arch and decorate with draped fabric and flowers of your choosing.
Tiki Hut. Overlooking the water, you may host up to 200 for a ceremony in this area with railing, tropical cover and awesome views of the waves.
The Covered Pavilion. Wed directly on Dock's Beach House property if you prefer under the large covered patio/deck area just off the beach with the same lake view. You may also have your reception in this space.
The Restaurant. The interior of the restaurant is simple and mostly lake-rustic with ceiling fans, wood floor and fun decor. When you combine all of the venue areas at Dock's Beach House, it can accommodate up to 250 people.
What You Should Know
Docks Beach House does allow some tented areas for your cocktail hour or ceremony. They are the only beverage and catering crew, although you may bring your own cake. There are guest and food-and-beverage minimums. The cuisine is delicious, classic seafood and more seafood with beef and other options available—just what you expect for a beach-themed venue. Staff can work with you to customize appetizers, select beverages and source vendors for any specialty needs.
Docks Beach House is adjacent to comfortable lodging to accommodate all of your guests. The lodging facilities offer assistance in booking fishing, boating and other trips and direct you and your guests to the best shopping and dining options in the area.
Docks Beach House offers a casual, beachfront wedding experience of your dreams, which is its main perk, but it also has several other extras you may appreciate:
- Only minutes from Marblehead Lighthouse
- Wi-Fi available for your event
- Signature drinks for the couple are possible
- Band- and DJ-ready staging area
- Handicapped-accessible venue
From the Vendor
Docks Beach House is the perfect place to have your beach wedding right on the Lake Erie waterfront. This venue includes a pavilion that is located conveniently next to a beach front resort. Weekends are booking fast please call or email Chassey at 419-357-6247 or [email protected]
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Waterfront, Beach, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Docks Beach House was simply the PERFECT venue for our wedding. Chassey was amazing. She was very personable as well as professional. She helped us every step of the way and made us feel very welcomed. She was also very flexible with how we wanted to adjust our budget with food, linens, and alcohol. The wedding day went perfectly, despite a surprising Lake Erie summer storm. All of the staff were so friendly and did everything possible to make our day special and wonderful. We even got to hang out with Chassey afterwards and celebrate some more! Even though it stormed, we would not have changed a thing. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Chassey and the Docks Beach House staff.
We had our wedding at Dock's Beach House on June 5th, 2016. It was everything we had dreamed of and much more! From setting up chairs, tables, linens and decorations to tearing down, Chassey and the girls did everything to see to it that our day was beautiful and special. The scenery was beyond amazing with the sunset going down over the beach...so romantic! We had them cater our wedding which my guest was raving the whole night on how delicious the food was (Top Sirlion Au Jus, Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs.) So if you're looking for the perfect spot that is gorgeous, fun, relaxing and romantic, Dock's Beach House is the place! We also stayed at the Beachfront Resort which is right beside Docks. Very clean and comfortable rooms with the view of the lake. We'll definitely be coming back!! Thanks again to Chassey and the girls! You made our wedding the very best!
Awesome venue & locationReviewed on 8/28/2015 Kaleigh B
Staff was very friendly & helpful throughout the whole planning process - food was good, location was the best part! Right on the beach! Was so sad when it was all over! Definitely recommend for anyone that wants to have a smaller wedding (ours was 85 people)or wants a beach / destination wedding without all the expense!
BeautifulReviewed on 7/02/2015
I married my best friend on June 20, 2015 at Docks Beach House and it was absolutely beautiful! Chassie Turner was amazing to work with and made our day PERFECT. All of the staff was very helpful and friendly, and they did a fantastic job at having everything setup and well landscaped.