(Closed) looking for a MD venue that doesn't need much decorating

posted 7 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Our wedding is going to be at the Newton White mansion in Mitchellville, MD (PG County). One of the things I was looking for is a place that doesn’t need a lot of work to make it look nice. We probably won’t be adding any decor at all. It’s got hotels near by but none in walking distance (I honestly think that’s going to be a hard one to meet). It is a beautiful place.  I am fairly certian they can hold up to 200 people and they let you pick your own caterer. 

Post # 4
9524 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  hotels won’t let you bring in your own food, what about historic mansions.  i went to a bridal show at Historic Oakland in Columbia, it is less than 1 mile from the Sheraton.


Post # 6
7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The Peabody is amazing. Like, drool all over yourself amazing. It was just wayyyyy more than we wanted to spend. And no red wine allowed. :/

You could also look at Evergreen House. I went there for a field trip with my kid. LOL It is beautiful. Westminster Hall is also nice.

Post # 8
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’d consider National Harbor and would be able to edge your budget up a hair (assuming your $5k is just for venue), we did our wedding on The Cherry Blossom http://potomacriverboatco.com/cherry-blossom.php I can’t recall their base rate; our bill included an extra hour charter and open bar so that’s the number sticking in my head.

when we worked with them, we departed from Old Town but their other departure point is the (relatively new) National Harbor complex in PG County. There’s a huge Gaylord (Marriott), a Hampton Inn amd I think 2 other hotels at that complex.

We did absolutely ZERO decor other than bride/maids bouquets and very minimalist centerpeices. The boat is stunning on its own and when you have that gorgeous boat out on the water with the riverside views, wow you don’t need to decorate! There’s a lot of exposed mahogany, brass fixtures, painted tin ceiling (I’m a geek for in ceilings), nice carpet and wallpaper mostly in Colonial colors (rose, deep powder blue, eggshell, etc), focal mirrors on each deck. If the weather cooperates you can do the ceremony on the top deck in the open air; if it rains (like it did for us) the second deck has huge windows. And air cond ๐Ÿ™‚

They do use approved caterers only but there’s about 8 to choose from (we used Corcoran Caterers and loved them, not cheap but not remortgage-the-house material and absolutely delicious, plenty of “wow” factor). The Cherry Blossom would do the bar; I’d need to find my old contract to  remember the per-head costs but I remember them being fairly low by DC standards. They did a few special order items or us which we had to purchase by the case but we were able to take the leftovers home, and the markup was reasonable.

125 for a seated dinner may be tight in one room/deck but will fit, they advertise up to 250 but that’s split to two floors. We had about 85 and could have easily added 3 more tables, probably more.

They also gave us a coordinator/cruise director who oversaw everything from vendor load-in/set-up to the very end, really on the day of, all we had to do was show up. They’re real professionals.

most importantly, the guests were absolutely thrilled. Everyone loved the boat and the cruise they took us on, and it’s been almost a year and I’m still hearing how incredible it was. The photos from the deck at sunset, wow, stunning, and so many good memories!


Post # 9
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@TrousseauHorse:  Thank you for this run-down!  Super helpful.

Post # 11
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Peabody was my DREAM venue!  I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out so much money for rent and catering.  but its absolutely breathtaking!!  please have your wedding there so I can live vicariously through you?:)

Post # 12
8 posts

Have you checked out the Ceresville Mansion?  We got married there and did not even use flowers in our decor.  It was beautiful!

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