(Closed) Any ideas on a reception location

posted 9 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can check out some of the places that Ms. D’Orsay checked out when she was hunting – Clyburn Arboretum springs to mind. 

A lot of the historic mansions in the area will let you do your own catering.  

Also, I don’t know whether you are religious and having the ceremony at a church or anything, but First Unitarian in Baltimore has a building called the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall – they will probably let you bring your own catering – but its not huge – I’m not sure that it fits more than 100 people.  It’s a beautiful space – high ceilings, big windows, and Unitarians are about the most welcoming religion out there.  It’s also close to the Monument and the new Pope John Paul II prayer garden – nice spots for pictures.  They have either a full kitchen on site or a warming kitchen there.  You have to call them for rates and pictures I think.  It’s located on N. Charles St., and there is a parking garage right there. 

The University of Baltimore also has a beautiful space in their student center that has huge windows and overlooks the city – but it books up pretty far in advance and might have specific caterers you have to work with.  

I can’t really think of any others inside the city…good luck though!

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I attended two weddings recently in Baltimore, one at The Top of the World Trade Center (http://www.baltimore.to/TopOfWorld/index.html) and another at the 1984’s Ballroom (http://www.1840sballroom.com/) I lived in Baltimore for 8 years and here are some of my favorite spots, perhaps you can inquire about their venue rentals.

 

American Visionary Art Museum

Maryland Institute College of Art

Peabody Library

B&O Railroad Museum

SCHOOL 33 

MARYLAND ART PLACE

 

Also, check out the design sponge baltimore design guide for hidden spots and ideas.

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/baltimore-design-guide.html 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Hey friend! What I featured was actually the places I physically went to see, there were SO many more that I considered.  There is the liriodendron in Belair, but I know budget beautiful has had some frustrations with them. Though not exactly in the Bmore area I would check out the PG parks historic homes too.  One great way to save $ (though not DIY) is to host your reception at a restaurant because oftne the food/drink minimums are easily met.  You’ll probably need to get insurance to do your own caterering as most approved venue caterers have the insurance you’ll need which is why you’ll have to get your own. I’d also check and see if there are any local barns that people rent out as venues, I’ve seen so many beautiful barn weddings.  The biggest tip I have is to look at Baltimore photographers and see the venues that other people have chosen.  Thats how I found a lot of great venues!

 Also, this post on a backyard wedding has VERY helpful DIY catering food tips!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The Other Barn in Columbia will let you do your own catering – my friend had her wedding there. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

The mansion still wasn’t going to be ready for our August date either.  We were either going to have to rent a tent, dance floor, etc or be split up in the rooms of the actual arboretum.  I went back in August when I first got back from Miami.  I just didn’t want to deal with the logistics of having to rent so much stuff (tent, dance floor, tables, chairs etc)  But now I have to rent all those things (except the dance floor) with Oakland anyway.  So, I’m just a lazy bones 🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Congratulations!!  I seriously thought it was tough to find a reception location in the Baltimore area that matched my vision and budget. 

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hello other Baltimore brides. I just joined…I am getting married in August and planning the day from Atlanta so I understand the google limitations. Here is a list of places I have called. Some of them are duplicates and some of them are not right in Baltimore. Hope this helps…

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<span style=”font-family: ‘times new roman’, serif”>Old South Mountain Inn, Hyatt Regency: Pisces, Baltimore Art Museum, Crown Plaza, Tide Water Inn, Towson Golf & Country Club, Piney Branch Golf Club, Gramercy Mansion, Gramercy Mansion Carriage House, Talbot County Historical Society, Brookshire Inn Harbour Suite Hotel, Elkridge Furnace Inn, The Overhills Mansion, The Candle Light Inn, The Hunt Valley Golf Club, Westminster Hall, Hilton Garden Inn White Marsh, Thorpwood, Maryland Art Place, Preston Hall, The Walters Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Zoo, Chase Court, The Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center, Good Shepard Parish Hall, Padonia Park Club, 1840s Ballroom, Baltimore Gallery 321, Baltimore Hippodrome Theater, Confetti’s at Baltimore’s Best, Eubie Blake International Jazz Institute and Confrence Center, Engineers Club, Valley Inn, Tremont Grand, Cylburn Mansion, Evergreen House and Carriage House, Castle at Maryvale, Cloisters Castle

 

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