Unique Places to Get Married in Maryland: A Guide
One of the hardest things to do when planning your special day is to spend hours scouring the internet looking for a unique, elegant, and unused location for your wedding. I’ve spent the last two days searching for that elusive perfect place. I’m going to save you all the trouble I went through and collect all the places that I found through dark google searches and message boards and put these locations in one place. Welcome to your one-stop-shop for unique wedding venues throughout Maryland. For your conviction, I have included them in genres like “Castle Theme”, “Relaxed Theme”, etc. so if you really are in trouble, you don’t have to spend all day searching when you could find the perfect pair of shoes to match your dress. Here we go:
Cloisters Castle – This private home that was commissioned and completed in a span of twenty-seven years screams with uniqueness. From the exterior built with Butler gold and gray stone, pediments taken from a medieval house in France, and medallions from a 16th century Venetian house, it is a work of architectural brilliance. Located in Luthersville, MD, this place is surrounded by sixty acres of trees and a beautiful garden. Its interior is furnished with authentic medieval pieces and antique furniture. The fireplace was even commissioned from an antique chest carved with Renaissance figures. Famously, it was the wedding location of actor Will Smith and Jada Pinkett in 1998, but that hasn’t put a damper on the charming and unforgettable atmosphere that the house creates. Both the exterior and the interior can be available and there is only one event per day, allowing your day to be uninterrupted in its magic. The rental rate allows up to ten hours in the field and more time can be negotiated through the contract through an additional hourly rate. The venue accommodates 175 guests, and as a bonus, the staff acts as your wedding planner directing setup, scheduling, and parking service.
Maryvale Castle: Functioning as a preparatory school, Maryvale Castle has huge grounds with a wedding chapel if the bride cannot imagine herself walking up the much-talked about castle spiral staircase. Built in 1917 in Greenspring Valley, MD, this treasure houses an oak paneled Great Room, a sundeck, and a bridal suite. A stone manor house stretching in both directions takes its influences from Warwick Castle in England with its Gothic arched windows, carriage house and towering gray towers. A rental agreement includes four hours of time that includes rehearsal time and full use of the property. However, because it is still a working school, the hours on weekdays are more restricted than on weekends. With an indoor guest capacity of 125 people and an outdoor capacity of 200, this place is worth the strict tour by appointment only.
Montpelier Mansion – A mansion straight out of a Jane Austin piece, this Georgian brick structure sits on seventy acres of land flanked by dogwood trees. Built between 1781 and 1785, this national historic landmark is open to the public for tours and festivities and once housed George Washington and his wife Martha. It is also home to a rare 18th century summer house that is very well preserved. Maximum capacity inside and out is somewhat small, eighty-five guests in total, but the unique floor plan with crown molding and period furnishings lends itself to an opulent, old-fashioned charm all its own. For people having a Sunday wedding this place is not for you as they do not allow rentals on Sundays, however it is worth the change of date to have free rein on this delicate place. Located in Laurell, this mansion exudes country chic akin to many brides’ favorite novels, featuring a circular stone entryway.
Glenveiw Mansion: Located in Rockville, MD as part of a Rockville Civic Center Park, the home sits within the neoclassical tradition with sporting pillars and an infinite number of beautiful black shuttered windows that overlook the lawn. The dining room is veiled in class and luxury, as are its floor-to-ceiling dark paneled wood walls and long oval windows. The conservatory glows with dated chandeliers whose light bounces off the green Italian marble floors. The rest of the house is touched with intricate details pertaining to the period in which it was first built and houses several one-of-a-kind turn-of-the-century antiques that are sure to make any wedding memorable. The maximum capacity of this place is 225 guests and the amount charged allows two hours of installation and one hour of cleaning. Some strict drawbacks of prospective brides are the inability to dine seated, cooking is not allowed on site, and red-tinted drinks of any kind are not allowed.
Stronghold Mansion – Atop Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD, the all-white mansion with pillars and a barred widow lends itself to the simplicity of the surrounding countryside. The straight lawns emphasize the well-designed rock walls that glide around the property and are home to a variety of elegant yet simple flora and fauna normally seen in a country garden. The sparkling circular lake on the side of the house has large willows surrounding it and making a path to the house itself, where the interior architecture matches the exterior in its refined, gracious decor. A standard contract allows 7 hours and includes installation and cleaning times. . Additional hours can be negotiated. The maximum number of guests is 200 and the rental includes a 40 by 57 inch tent over the patio and can also be added to encompass the lake area. Parking is limited as there are only 85 spots available and clearly marked by the owners, small shuttle buses are allowed.
Liriodendron Mansion – An ornate 1898 masterpiece surrounded by a flower-filled landscape, this former Harford County summer home leaves nothing in your imagination out of control. Whether it’s the old-world Greek architecture built around intricate carvings, flower urns, and stone pillars, or the wisteria vines that form a canopy over the porch for an otherworldly rehearsal dinner, the house is awash in magic by herself. The Palladian-style mansion reminds guests of fairyland surrounded by forests and fountains with a variety of romantic stone sculptures throughout. Maximum capacity is 150 guests outside, 100 guests inside with seating and there is plenty of guest parking. The renter has the option of 6.5 hours from Monday to Friday, while, like the weekends, they must choose between rental and party hours in a wide selection of options. Wedding rehearsals are an additional fee, as well as table and chair rental fees, but this is no different from most other venues.
Tudor Place – This home of Martha Washington’s late granddaughter, Martha Custic Peter, is steeped in rich history and warm, comfortable elegance. The house itself was built in 1805 by Dr. William Thorton, who was also famous for building the first capital of the United States and the Octagon Building in Washington, DC. Inside the house there are more than a hundred objects belonging to George and Martha Washington and all have been documented in an archived collection of letters, diaries, books and photographs. Regarding the guests, the mansion can host up to 35 guests for a wedding ceremony and for parties of more than 35 guests must pay extra. This place is for ceremonies only and the reservation includes a one hour block for that ceremony. They also have their own photograph on display for a fee.
Ceresville Mansion – With a variety of ceremony options to suit any bride, as well as an in-house consultant to coordinate everything seamlessly, this mansion comes with superior services. Whether the perfect wedding uses your white Greek pergola surrounded by blooming dogwoods, or the climbing terrace with ivy and backlit with candles shimmering over the pool of reflective lilies, it will be something to remember. The black and white Cape Cod-style home was built in 1888 alongside rivers, hillsides, and a ten-acre meadow also open for events. Much of the original architecture, as well as the antique furnishings and fireplace, remain the same as they were in 1888. This venue has everything covered in the rental rate, from seven hours of event coordination to all the external details that a company from Catering would normally provide, such as linens and a dance floor. Every Thursday night they also offer an unusual wedding discount for those on a budget and cut the price almost in half for the same services as a wedding event on Friday or Saturday. The venue can host up to 200 guests and also offers a complementary list of minimum food and beverage prices so you’re free of confusion and out of the way.
Inns and Taverns:
Slades Inn and Tavern – A Victorian dream painted in vivid light blues and dark blues, this inn is distinguished by two matching circular turrets, tall brick fireplaces, and a white wraparound porch that Anne of Green Gables would envy. The romantic and laid-back space is located in Fredrick, MD, just minutes from Baltimore. The land is dotted with greenery and horses, while the city’s exciting nightlife and history are close at hand. Enjoy a peaceful day as all guests stay in places to stay after the reception and perhaps even stop by for the honeymoon ceremony to enjoy a balloon ride or carriage. From the beginning to the end of that extraordinary day, Slade’s takes care of everything from “his and hers” massages, bridal hair and makeup sessions, as well as brunch and tea. Indoor buffet seating is for 100 guests, while larger parties can be accommodated with marquees for sit-down dining and dancing for up to 150. Once the party is over, guests too busy having fun can climb into their rooms leaving to free and free bride and groom. of concern.
Morningside Inn Blending with wildlife such as Heron, Deer, and Red Fox, the images of this open-air setting ensure a unique wedding atmosphere. In Fredrick, MD, on three hundred acres, the inn dates back to the 1900s, where it functioned as a bank barn. Recently restored, the structure still has its original dark and heavy structural beams that serve as an accent to the clean Amish lines of the house. Once rented, each area is yours to do whatever you want and the choice of ceremony is limitless. The dining room allows for two levels of fun, a more casual mix on the lower level and elegance on the upper level. They also host their own on-site flower shop and event planning that includes photography, videography, and musical entertainment.