Post # 1
Hi Everyone! I’m new to the boards and was hoping you might have some ideas for a winter wedding venue. We want to get married on 12/14/13 and are looking for a space where we can have both the ceremony and reception indoors for 150 people. We are looking mostly around the Baltimore area but could really go anywhere in the state.
I like the idea of the Science Center but have sent two emails and left a phone message and no one has gotten back to me. If anyone has information about their prices, I would love to hear about it. We also considered the Peabody Library and Mansion at the Valley Country Club but I think we’re ruling them out because you can’t have red wine.
I also love the Walter’s and Visionary Art Museum but they’re out of our price range. Anyone have any ideas we might not have thought of? A fireplace is a plus!! Thanks!
Post # 3
Have you looked into the Aquarium? I looked into it, but decided Baltimore was too far for us to travel on the wedding day. The photos I’ve seen from weddings there are phenomenal!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
1840s Ballroom, the Cloisters, Maryvale Castle (if you are Catholic)… I’ll think more and see what else I can come up with.
Post # 5
For some reason I thought the aquarium would be crazy expensive but I just emailed and they have some options in our budget so I’m going to check that out.
Let me know if you think of anything else! 🙂
Post # 6
Here are a few venues that could be cool, although I am not sure of their pricing:
- Baltimore Museum of Industry
Post # 7
If you’re still trying to find a venue and are willing to drive a little bit, The Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD is GORGEOUS! Also, Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is nice too, but pricey.
Post # 8
Yes, the Belvedere! I’m getting married there in Feb 2013. 🙂 It’s beautiful and the people are amazing that work there.
Post # 9
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is one of my favorite wedding venues! The views are absolutely GORGEOUS!
And i love the science center idea! They need to get back to you 🙂
Post # 10
We’re getting married at the George Peabody Library in January, they’re really great about helping you out, basically work as day-of coordinators for you, and you can have the ceremony and reception inside in the gorgeous library (they do turn-over while guests have cocktail hour in a side room), and if it’s not raining or snowing you can take pictures in Mt. Vernon by the monument etc! But…it definitely comes at a price. You can check out the site, but I believe the price is normally $6,000 BUT we got half off because it’s the off-season, so December may be the off-season still too. Also they have discounts for Hopkins alumni (which we both are, but the off-season discount was larger, and you can only use one discount). Also, they only let you use one of their 2 approved caterers, so if you don’t have the money to spend oodles on food, I guess it wouldn’t work for you either.
Also I was told that at the library you CAN have red wine at dinner, it’s just during cocktail hour when people are walking around that they don’t allow it, but while you are sitting at dinner its fine. I can’t speak about any other venue, this is the only one we ever considered and looked at anywhere so it’s the only one I know anything about, lol. The library does have a lot of rules, but I think it’s the most gorgeous place in Baltimore (where we met, so where we wanted to get married) so I didn’t think any of them were deal breakers at all 🙂
Post # 11
I got married at the Baltimore Museum of Industry – it is a great venue with free parking & a lot of approved caterers – plus the venue fee is more affordable than Walters or AVAM (Walters only has 3 approved caterers and does not allow red wine).
Post # 12
I would highly recommend our venue: The Intercontinental Harbor Court. It’s across the street from the museum. We ruled out the Walthers/Peabody also because of price range, but the coordinator at Intercontinental was totally willing to work with us on price since winter is usually such a dead season in the wedding world. They have 2 ballrooms so that you can do the ceremony in 1 and the reception in another, they have a perfect cocktail hour space, beautiful spiral staircase in the center of the lobby, and all of your guests can stay right there! It’s pretty fantastic. PM me if you need any other recommendations 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for all your help! I like a lot of those ideas!
I think the problem I’m having is that I keep going back to the idea of a secluded winter wonderland type venue (with a fireplace!). I think I could probably find something like this in PA or western MD but both of our families are traveling from other states and it seems weird to travel to a location with no meaning to me or my Fiance. Anyone know of any places like that near Baltimore in the surrounding counties?
Post # 14
Have you looked at Grammercy Mansion or other mansion venues – the would be more likely to have a fireplace.
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
The quote I got from the Science Center (back in Jan) was- “3,500 Just venue. All else extra (tables, chairs, etc.)” And you have to use Aramak as your caterer, so that ruled them out for us.
Ceresville Mansion in Frederick has a fireplace. Maybe the Engineer’s Club has one? Chase Court has one, but I think their max capacity is 120. Will send a PM- I can e-mail you my venue spreadsheet.
Post # 16
Have you looked at Grey Rock Mansion? That’s where I’m getting married. It’s in Pikesville, pretty easy to get to and has a few fireplaces.
Check them out!
PS – They allow you to have red wine!