Weddings at Virden Retreat Center

Coastal celebrations in a private setting.

From ceremony to slumber, we invite you to experience the Virden Center in Lewes for an unforgettable wedding weekend.

A Day in the Life of a Wedding Weekend

The Virden Center’s flexible space, tented patio, and expansive grounds enable us to specialize in indoor/outdoor affairs including ceremonies under a setting sun and activities like lawn games.

Our onsite lodging makes it easy for everyone to relax and enjoy the moment together, long into the evening, while staying in one location. And we’re happy to accommodate for special needs and food sensitivities.

Tour our unique coastal venue with one of our event specialists, and allow us the honor of hosting your special day.

Making it a day to remember.

“I can’t even put into words how much my heart appreciates all you and everyone at the Virden Center did to make Laurie’s wedding so amazing! Now I know why she loves you all so much! I couldn’t have done it without all your help and kindness.”

Carin C.

When it’s Time to Unwind

When the dancing shoes are ready to come off, your friends and family can relax in their guestrooms embraced by the surrounding nature and tranquility of the protected wetlands.

We have 23 well-appointed guestrooms that are an easy stroll from the action. Select from queen or twin bed configurations, each with a private entrance, private bath and private screened-in porch.

We also have a Hospitality Room with a kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a dressing room for the bride.

Venue Services & Specifications


5,200 plus sq. ft. of private and classroom-style meeting spaces

Tented patio

23 overnight rooms in two on-site lodges

Expansive grounds

Services & Amenities

Event Planning
An Event Manager will work with you from start to finish.

Full catering services available.

Audio-Visual Services
Everything you could need. View List

Business Services
From copies to stationery supplies, anything to get the job done.

Ample free parking
High-speed WiFi
Tented patio
Hospitality Room

Lodging & Area Attractions


    On-site accommodations:

    • 23 rooms, 3 configurations
      • Two twin beds
      • Queen bed with a twin bed
      • Queen bed with a pull-out twin bed
    • Screened porch overlooking a protected marshland
    • TV with 50 channels
    • Coffee maker
    • Private bathrooms with linens and toiletries
    • Mini-refrigerator 
    • Microwave ovens
    • Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing

    Area Attractions

    Historic town of Lewes
    Cape Henlopen State Park
    Lewes Beach
    Rehoboth Beach
    Tax-free shopping and outlets
    Craft Breweries

    View Floor Plans and
    Seating Capacities

    Contact us to discuss Catering options

    Start planning your amazing day with one of our Event Specialists 

    We work one-on-one with you to:

    • Strategize your objectives
    • Select the right capabilities for your wedding
    • Handle all the details from start to finish
    • Guide you every step of the way
    • Keep your budget in mind

    Let us know what you're thinking or schedule a tour.

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    Start planning today with one of our Event Managers.

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    N E W A R K  C A M P U S

    Clayton Hall Conference Center
    100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE  19716
    (302) 831-2214

    The Tower Audion & Atrium at STAR
    100 Discovery Blvd., Newark DE  19713
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    L E W E S  C A M P U S

    The Virden Retreat Center
    1155 College Drive, Lewes DE  19958
    Overnight Lodge A: 1183 College Drive
    Overnight Lodge B: 1181 College Drive
    (302) 645-4100


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