May 11, 2020
Over the past few weeks I’ve been featuring some of my favorite local wedding venues on the blog by area. I’ve already shared blog posts for Northern Virginia, D.C., Charlottesville and Richmond and Southern Virginia wedding venues! This week I’m wrapping up the series and sharing the best Maryland wedding venues! For the past few years I’ve headed North to Maryland for weddings at least once or twice a year, but it’s an area I would love to work in more! There are some beautiful historic properties, cute farms and so many stunning waterfront venues I’d love to work at.
If you’re dreaming of a wedding on the Eastern Shore the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club should be on the top of your list! This Kent Island venue has beautiful waterfront views and four different ballrooms for you to choose from. Say your ‘I Dos’ overlooking the bay and capture sunset portraits on a cute little private beach!
If you’re looking for something with history and drama the Patapsco Female Institute might be the perfect fit. The ruins have been a Victorian era girls’ school, summer resort, private estate and theatre over the years. Nowadays couples can tie their knot in front of the the commanding Greek revival architecture and breathtaking views of the valley below.
If you’re tying the knot at the Inn at Perry Cabin just go ahead and shoot me an email now! This beautiful venue is something out of a storybook! Couples can have their ceremony in a secret garden or on the water’s edge followed by a intimate garden reception or dancing the night away under a dreamy sailcloth tent. Want to do something really unique? Smaller weddings can exchange their vows on the Inn’s 55 ft yacht or you can rent a sailboat for a romantic sunset cruise and portraits!
If you want a waterfront venue with lots of historic flair Oxon Hill Manor might be the best fit. The Georgian style manor was built in 1928 and feature a large English rose garden, reflecting pool, and brick patio. The views of the Potomac River make it perfect for D.C. couples seeking something outside of the city for their black-tie affair.
The George Peabody Library instantly brings to my the Beast’s library in Disney’s Beauty and Beast! It’s a six-story fairytale library filled with over 300,000 books, cast-iron columns, and ornate golf leaf details. Couples typically exchange their vows in the dramatic atrium and then move to the adjoining exhibit gallery while the space is flipped for the reception.
Morningside Inn is a private farm wedding venue tucked in Frederick, MD. With 300 acres of rolling hills this is a beautiful peaceful setting to get married in the countryside. My favorite feature is the beautiful pond which is great for portraits!
The historic Strong Mansion is another fairytale setting for a wedding. Nestled on the side of Sugarloaf Mountain, the estate is secluded and ethereal. The stone mansion is surrounded by lush gardens that are perfect for your ceremony, portraits, and reception. This wedding venue is definitely on my bucket list!
Historic London Town and Gardens is probably one of the most popular Annapolis wedding venues! Just minutes from downtown the 23 acres of waterfront property hosts a historic brownstone, pristine gardens, a 40×40 tent and a glass pavilion. They even have a private pier so you can arrive or depart by boat!
If you’re searching for something a bit more modern or luxurious the Sagamore Pendry Hotel would be one of my top recommendations! This Baltimore boutique hotel has private ballroom and a pool deck with dramatic views of the inner harbor. My favorite space is the semi-enclosed courtyard with a chic industrial design. It’s perfect for the couples seeking an edgier wedding day look!
Dreaming of unique garden setting? The Rawlings Conservatory is lush with flowers, and five distinct greenhouse settings for you to choose from, including the original Palm House that was created in 1888.
Another classic wedding venue on the Chesapeake Bay is Celebrations at the Bay. This wedding venue has three different settings – the Chesapeake Ballroom, Tented Vista Ballroom and the Century House for you to choose from. Total they can hold up to 400 guests making it the perfect setting for large weddings!
Similar to the Sagamore Pendry and Patapsco Female Institute, the Mt. Washington Mill-Dye House is perfect for couples who want something more modern or industrial. Located just a few minutes from Baltimore, the venue has 5000 square feet of space, wood beams, expose brick and distressed concrete floors. The unique architecture paired with an abundance of natural light makes this a standout wedding venue!
I was lucky enough to visit Annapolis Waterfront Hotel for Sara & Jake’s wedding last year and I can’t wait to be back again in 2021 for Erin and Dan’s big day! This cute hotel has an outdoor cocktail and ceremony space overlooking downtown Annapolis and the harbor. The ballroom just steps inside is the perfect reception space and a great blank space if you have particular vision you want to bring to life.
The Evergreen Museum and Gardens is a Maryland wedding venue high on my list! The beautiful mansion has Gilded Age architecture and is surrounded by Italian-style gardens. This elegant space looks like it could have been lifted straight from Europe and has an endless number of portrait locations.
For those planning a dreamy, garden wedding I’d recommend checking out Belmont Manor. The wedding venue has seven unique, colorful gardens for your ceremony, cocktail hour and wedding day portraits. After you exchange vows move to the manor house cocktail hour before dancing the night away under a white tent tucked in the gardens.
If you want something countryside, but also riverside Brittland Manor would be the perfect fit. The rural, historic mansion sits on a hilltop overlooking the Chester River making it a distinct setting. With over 530 acres, a garden, pool, and fields there’s no setting not available here!
Glen Ellen Farm is a historic, outdoor wedding venue near Frederick, MD. The Greek Revival manor house is from the 1850s and includes spacious rooms for you two to get ready in before the ceremony. Couples can exchange vows on a stone ceremony site overlooking the venue’s spring-fed pond before moving into their climate controlled tent for the reception.
Maryland doesn’t have quite as many vineyard wedding venues as Northern Virginia and Charlottesville, but Running Hare Vineyard is definitely one to check out! Their atmosphere will make your guests feel like they have been transported straight to Tuscany. The villa ballroom is a beautiful spot to dance the night away and don’t forget to sneak out at sunset for portraits in their grape vines.
Probably the most well-known wedding venue in Annapolis Whitehall is breathtaking! The waterfront venue boasts a mile and half of Chesapeake Bay shoreline, the estate was built with entertaining in mind. The secluded mansion has finely manicured lawns, plenty of space for tents and breathtaking views of the water.
Last, but not least is Rosewood Farms! This elegant all-white barn is a dreamy, rustic space to get married. The space is a gorgeous blank slate allowing couples to customize and bring to life any day they had imagined!
Hopefully this list of Maryland wedding venues helps to kick off your wedding planning process! If you still don’t see a venue that’s a perfect fit for you, head over to my blog posts for Northern Virginia, D.C., Charlottesville and Richmond/Southern Virginia! Choosing your venue can be the most overwhelming part of the process, but once you’ve got your venue and date picked out everything get’s easier!
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