Post # 1
I’m having a difficult time locating an afforable ceremony & reception venue in Maryland. My Fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves and are on an extremely tight (if not impossible!) budget of $5,000 – for everything!
The only place that I have been able to find is Billingsley House Museum in Upper Marlboro. The rental fee is very doable but my family is concerned about all the extra driving out-of-town guests will have to do if the event is in Upper Marlboro. We live in the Germantown area so a venue in Montgomery County or Frederick County would work best.
Any ideas ladies?
Post # 3
How big is your wedding, i recently went to a wedding in gaithersburg maryland at st.rose of lima catholic church. they have a separate reception building, and you do not have to be a member to rent it.
Post # 4
@cvzuniga: We will have 60 guests maximum. My Fiance is dead set against a banquet hall, but maybe once he sees the pics from the site he’ll change his mind. Thanks for the tip!
Post # 5
You could try checking the state parks in your area to see if they have facilities you could use.
Post # 6
MoCo has some great county parks — a few with botantical gardens which would be a goregous setting. I think their prices are pretty low for rental but you would have to find an outside caterer, etc.
Post # 7
I’ve heard great things and seen beautiful pictures of weddings at Glen Echo Park. Not sure what the rental fees are there.
Post # 8
If you would consider heading down the other end of the beltway, pg parks have a few great ceremony/reception venues. MoCo residents also receive a discount on venue rental (up to 40% depending on the venue). One in particular, Snow Hill Manor, rents for $1200 & comes with a tented brick patio. Check out the link below to all of the rental facilities.
I forgot that you mentioned the billingsley house in PG county. I would still consider snow hill manor or pg ballroom since the price is cheap.
Post # 9
@ifollowbliss: If you are only having 60 people, then try a nice restaurant. I have been to many NY wedding in the city where a restaurant adds a certain class that a banquet hall may not. This would cut down on having to rent a place and hire a caterer too. I have been to the D.C. area a couple of times and I know there are some nice, ritzy places to have a reception. Some places will accomodate a ceremony too.
Post # 10
I agree with Radient Bride. PG country has some amazing venues. One if my bridesmaids is getting married at Newton White Mansion June 5 (she beat me to it) and Oxon Hill Mansion is beautiful. If I had a smaller wedding I would so get married there. MoCo residents get a discount. Aldelphi Mill was about $800 if I remember correctly. Good luck!! This area is so expensive for weddings!!
Post # 11
Given your location and guest size, I highly recommend you check out The Comus Inn in Dickerson/Boyds. I had a Sunday afternoon wedding there in Summer 2008 for 55 people and was able to stay close to your budget (just for all things venue-related, not dress, rings, officiant, etc.).
They have a lovely back patio with a sunken fountain that looks out onto Sugarloaf mountain. We had our ceremony out there, then had the reception indoors. The reception room is pretty, and has nice wooden bar and a dance floor. I didn’t even feel like we had to decorate except for modest centerpieces on the table.
They were pretty flexible on a lot of the details, too.