(Closed) Looking for a Maryland garden venue with an indoor option…help!

posted 8 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We also loved Brookside Gardens but yea… no rain plan.

We’re getting married at Irvine Nature Center because of all the venues we saw, this one’s plan B was pretty and not from the ’80s!  It’s located in Owings Mills (just west of Bmore).  It’s an outdoor ceremony with a tented reception (tent included between April and October).  If it rains, the ceremony will be held in the vaulted atrium of the Nature Center which has a huge window covering one wall that faces the forest.  The only drawback is that if we have to move inside, people will have to stand…

Go check it out!  Ask for a tour and they’ll show you around.  =)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How big is your group?

I am getting married at Howard County Conservancy near Ellicott City MD.  They have gardens and a nature center, which is where we’re holding our reception. 

I know there’s another Baltimore girl on the boards getting married at a nature conservancy in Owings Mills called the Irvine Nature Center.

Johns Hopkins has a number of historic mansions with garden available.
http://www.museums.jhu.edu/

Here’s info on one of their mansion’s options: http://www.museums.jhu.edu/rentals.php?section=facilities&PHPSESSID=k0dbju2fa4p8jbtvhc5kidh734

You could also look for anywhere that is outside that offers a tent.  Swan Harbor outside of Aberdeen is gorgeous.  No garden, but it is outside and they have a tent.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, did you try any of the vineyards, like Boordy’s?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Have you looked into the Gramercy Mansion at all?  It’s a B & B with a lovely garden, and I know from experience with my friend’s wedding that they can turn the indoor dining area into a ceremony space quickly, in case of rain.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Irvine falls under your budget, and I think especially in September (btw, your wedding day is my birthday!) their rates would be lower.  We’re paying around $3,000 and ours is in peak season.  They definitely allow outside caterers.  They have suggestions to accomodate a lot of different tastes, but as long as the caterer you have in mind abides by their requirements, they’re ok with caterers not on their list.  Chairs, tables, shephards hooks, and tent are included.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you checked out the Cloisters Castle in Lutherville? http://www.cloisterscastle.com/index.cfm

Depending on if they consider September a “premium” month (which they probably do unfortunately), it might be within your budget.

 

Post # 10
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Newbee

How about the Clyburn Aboretum?  They’re just opening a new visitor’s center, the grounds are beautiful, it’s in the city, and there’s parking.

http://www.cylburnassociation.org/index.htm

Or the American Visionary Art Museum has a garden.

Or, not so much on the garden, but definitely has an indoor/outdoor feel – the Frederick Douglass Museum. That was a close second choice for my Fiance and I.

http://www.douglassmyers.org/AboutUs.html#anchor4

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second the Howard County Conservancy idea (LadyGoodman, I’m getting married there too in May!!), but I think it holds about 150 max.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air just for this reason – 150 people, outdoor space but plenty of room indoors with a/c in case of heat/rain.  It’s owned by Harford County so it’s not too expensive.  It’s frustrating because there are so many great places for smaller groups and so many great big places for $$$$!  But I can tell you I also looked seriously at Waverly Mansion, Rockwood Manor, and Chase Court.  Check out Cylburn Arboretum and the Zoo Mansion too.  I looked less seriously at a thousand other places, most of which came from the post on this thread a month or two back.  Good luck – this has seriously been the hardest part of planning for me!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I wanted to add…I was at the conservatory this weekend and it was so beautiful! But I remembered that they have a lot of events and you need to book early, so before you get your heart set on it, contact them and see if your date is free. =) good luck.

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