Post # 1
I am recently engaged, and am looking for reception venues. Being in the city is important to me, but I’m having trouble finding ideal options.
I have narrowed the following options through research: Evergreen House, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1840s Ballroom. They all seem so expensive, and aren’t inclusive. (we will have 225-250 guests, so I’m limited)
Do any of you have other city suggestions? Does anyone know of Fells Point venues? Any tips on managing the process while having to arrange for all vendors yourself? Any tips on controlling costs with these types of venues, which charge a rental fee but don’t include much?
Post # 3
Hi keer38 –
Welcome to Weddingbee!
Unfortunately I’m not familiar with the Baltimore area but I’d love to help you look for a venue. Would you mind sharing what sort of budget you’re working with for your venue/food?
I’m sure there are others in the Baltimore area that can chime in 🙂
EDIT: Have you checked out Liberty Moutain Resort at Ski Liberty (Is that too far?)
Their Boulder Ridge option is gorgeous and can accommodate over 200 on the lawn. It looks like you can coordinate all your food, flowers, cake, music, photographer, etc with them. Or you can bring in your own.
Post # 4
Another Baltimore Bride here The Baltimore Board is super quiet, but I posted something similar where a few folks listed some great prices. Depending on your budget check out some of the churches in the area in Fells Point, Canton or Federal Hill. Downtown is crazy expensive so try also looking on the out skirts of the city Hampden, Mt. Washington, Lutherville has the Clositers which is abso. beautiful.
Liberty Ski resort is nice as well but a little bit far. Oh and I forgot about Patterson Park is nice for an outdoor wedding. Hope that helps
Post # 5
Hi Keer! We are using the Evergreen House, but some of my friends used the Belvedere which is really lovely. It is in Mt. Vernon, which can be a huge pain with parking; especially if your wedding is around the time of any of the fairs (flowermart, book fair, artscape, etc). Their caterer is on site and I was pleasantly surprised at how fabulous the food was!
Post # 6
I am getting married abaord the USS Constellation (likely too small for the size you are looking for); the reception is at the Hyatt Regency-surprisingly affordable and the staff there is more than accomodating and helpful. They also do ceremony spaces and offered a free space for me in case I am rained out. Also, if you, your family or fiance have a Hyatt Gold Passport you can use it to help pay for the reception and you get alot of points upon contract completion.
Good Luck! I know it is hard finding anything in the City.
Post # 7
We talked about doing the ceremony on the roof of the MD Science Museum and then the reception over at the Rusty Scupper Restaurant – it’s a very short walk betwen the two. The Maryland Science Museum was $2,000 for a 4hr rental, so it was actually a bit cheaper than the Aquarium. I think they could at least fit 200 for a ceremony although they might not be able to fit that for their reception.
There is also Westminster Hall over on the University of Maryland Law School Campus – its a gorgeous old church that has been converted to a reception venue. http://www.law.umaryland.edu/westminster/index.htm The pictures are all pretty old, but it does look really nice. Plus, Edgar Allen Poe is buried there so you could totally have a telltale heart theme (romantic, right?) I think it might be cheaper than some because it is state-owned and probobly not-for-profit.
As far as controlling costs, think about doing the ceremony in a church or other venue space – our biggest limitation is we really want to do it outside – but if you’re open to an indoor ceremony, check out either First Unitarian or the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, which is behind First – its a beautiful space, but def. too small for a reception with your numbers – but there are a ton of great restaurants in the area. Usually renting a room in a restaurant for a reception is way cheaper because you don’t have to pay for tables/chairs/linens/service – you just have to meet the minimum.
Also, I noticed the Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody library aren’t on your list – they are amazing looking venues. (My cousin got married at the Peabody -its fantastic.) If you have to deal with caterers, etc, try to go with one vendor that can serve as a day-of-coordinator – I know DanceMasters DJs will do this, and some catering companies will – or try to find an acquaintance who is also getting married who might be willing to serve as your DOC if you serve as hers.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
What about http://www.douglassmyers.org/? It’s at the end of fell’s point down thames towards the inner harbor/away from canton. It’s pretty modern and you’d be supporting a non profit. Here is the info on the cost/capacity http://www.douglassmyers.org/AboutUs.html#anchor9
You can also try Baltimore City owned venues – like the Baltimore Zoo or the Arboretum.
I second the vote for the MD science center – I’d love to be married there!
Post # 9
Thank you all so much for your help and advice!!! The size of the guest list has definitely been the biggest challenge to finding a city venue. I have looked at so many online! We thought about the Peabody and the Walters, but both are no red wine and we are big wine lovers, so that is what did them in for us. I’m definitely going to check out some of the other locations mentioned that I hadn’t thought of– city-owned, Douglas-Meyers, Westminster Hall, Sci Museum, etc. Thanks again!! This weekend we are looking at Baltimore Museum of Industry and 1840s Ballroom.