Known as “America in Miniature,” Maryland’s varied geography offers seemingly endless wedding locations—from centuries-old estates to Art Deco hotels, bucolic countryside barns, and the Eastern Shore’s beaches. While the sheer number of venues may be overwhelming to the newly engaged, the good news is that, whether they’re looking for quirky or classic, every couple can find the perfect spot to say, “I do.” We’ve scoured hundreds of venues—both old standbys and new kids on the block—to create a starting point. (You can find even more options here.)
Rustic & Industrial
B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St., Pigtown
The vibe: A collection of antique locomotives surrounds the seating area and dance floor in the 19th-century Baldwin Roundhouse, formerly part of the B&O Railroad’s Mount Clare Station. Standout feature: Containing nearly an acre below its slate roof (135 feet tall at the peak of the cupola), the roundhouse can seat up to 450 guests above the still-functional turntable.
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
2010 Clipper Park Rd. #119, Clipper Mill
The vibe: Intricate blown-glass orbs float from the beams of this 155-year-old gallery and active glassblowing studio in the expertly renovated Clipper Mill neighborhood west of the Jones Falls River. A stage at one end of the 3,300-square-foot space elevates a live band (or the couple) during ceremonies, while bamboo floors, 20-foot-high ceilings, and industrial windows (overlooking a nearby Roman-style pool) complete the venue’s rustic and eclectic feel. Standout feature: Get your guests in on the glassblowing by arranging a demo or sending them home with custom-made gifts.
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
1340 Smith Ave., Mt. Washington
The vibe: Tucked away along the Jones Falls, this venue checks every “rustic chic” box with its hand-hewn beams, exposed brick, and high ceilings with skylights. Standout feature: For an outdoor ceremony, try the intimate courtyard between the former cotton mill and the dye house.
Farms and gardens
4915 Greenspring Ave., Coldspring
The vibe: Nature lovers will find stunning organic backdrops for an outdoor ceremony—the drooping limbs of a conifer forest or the lushly landscaped surrounds of the Victorian-era Cylburn Mansion—at this 200-acre facility owned by the city. Standout feature: Garden weddings accommodate up to 400 guests, while the modern and ultra-“green” Vollmer Center seats 200 and features large windows overlooking the gardens.
Star Bright Farm
2950 Garrett Rd., White Hall
The vibe: Like getting married at an old friend’s country home (granted, it’s a country home so well designed it’s been featured in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens), this private venue’s 120 acres offer diverse settings such as a two-story bank barn, organic garden, winding stream, and forested hills. Standout feature: The limited number of weddings held here in a year makes each one special—be sure to inquire early if you’re interested in making one of them yours.
The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain
23900 Old Hundred Rd., Dickerson
The vibe: Sunsets bathe this classic red-roofed inn (built in 1862) and its 5.26-acre grounds in golden light. A flagstone patio and lawn overlook Frederick’s Sugarloaf Mountain, while the inn’s carved mahogany bar stands out during cocktail hour. Standout feature: Perfectly weathered, the whitewashed old barn is more than just a great photo op—groomsmen get ready for the big day in its modernized interior.
Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens of Baltimore
3100 Swann Dr., Druid Hill
The vibe: A glittering gem within Druid Hill Park, this Victorian-era conservatory houses flora and fauna across five distinct rooms. The lush Palm House and the exotic Orchid Room were part of the original 1888 construction, while a 2004 remodel added the Mediterranean House, the Tropical House, and the Desert House’s decidedly on-trend cacti and succulents. Standout feature: Floor-to-ceiling white paned windows in two pavilions flood intimate ceremonies or receptions with light, while the conservatory’s themed rooms offer unforgettable settings for cocktail hours. Did you know? Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, the Rawlings Conservatory is the second-oldest steel-framed and glass conservatory in the U.S.
Glen Ellen Farm
4940 Mussetter Rd., Ijamsville
The vibe: Lovingly restored, this 1850s Greek Revival manor is home to a vintage-decorated bridal suite, while a glassy, spring-fed pond creates an idyllic background for outdoor ceremonies. In the spring, a field of wildflowers on the property offers a flood of color. Standout feature: A wooden pergola adjacent to the stone-and-stucco ruins of a former barn makes a great spot for cocktails or a dessert bar.
Vineyards & Distilleries
Running Hare Vineyard
150 Adelina Rd., Prince Frederick
The vibe: Like a slice of Tuscany in southern Maryland, this picturesque 291-acre vineyard offers couples the chance to get married beneath a custom pergola in front of a field of grape trellises. A Tuscan-inspired villa with a covered porch and terracotta roof makes for a destination-style reception without leaving the state. Standout feature: Set atop a gentle hill, the spacious villa offers more than 8,000 square feet of space for guests to dine and dance—complete with a 7-foot crystal chandelier and luxe chairs in a gold finish.
MillStone Cellars at Monkton Mill
2029 Monkton Rd., Monkton
The vibe: Cidermaker MillStone Cellars’ 19th-century grist mill (with rustic post-and-beam construction) offers a third-floor, open-air, pre-Civil War barn with views of the surrounding woods. Gather around hand-hewn wooden tables at the indoor taproom space, and enjoy rustic ciders that were once fermenting in the many oak barrels that fill the floors below. Standout feature: The Millers House, a quaint property adjacent to the mill with vintage furnishings, is also available for rental—bridal suite, anyone?
Rocklands Farm Winery & Market
14525 Montevideo Rd., Poolesville
The vibe: On this working farm with 35 acres of pasture (chickens, hogs, and cattle) and eight acres of vineyard, couples can make use of five distinct spaces—including the vineyard, lawn, or spacious barn—for cocktail hour, ceremony, and reception. Couples love: No more scouring Craigslist for rustic décor—use the farm’s Pinterest-ready props (think chalkboards, shutters, and window panes) at no extra cost.
Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery
11836 Auburn Rd, Thurmont
The vibe: With the rolling hills of the Catoctin Mountain ridge in the distance, this inn, set on 130 acres, delivers reception settings that are both elegant (the manor ballroom) and rustic (the renovated bank barn). A charming bridal suite and groom’s cigar lounge are at your disposal throughout the day. Did you know? Springfield is more than a winery—it’s a distillery, brewery, apiary, and lavender farm, too.
Mansions & Estates
Belmont Manor and Historic Park
6555 Belmont Woods Rd., Elkridge
The vibe: From small receptions in the Manor House (50 guests) to large parties in the expansive gardens (250 guests), this property’s history includes iron forging, farming, and thoroughbred horse breeding. Standout feature: The manicured grounds offer an “aqua garden” reflecting pond, private sundial garden, and several magnolia trees.
10440 Falls Rd., Lutherville-Timonium
The vibe: Stained glass, carved wood, and wrought-iron detailing give this manor a medieval flair. Surrounded by 60 acres of woodland, much of the original owners’ art collection remains on display, including two full suits of armor. Standout feature: The stone castle’s Gothic arches and towers form a fanciful backdrop for ceremonies held in the Cloisters’ garden.
Grey Rock Mansion
400 Grey Rock Rd., Pikesville,
The vibe: The stately façade of Grey Rock Mansion bears a striking resemblance to George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. Standout feature: Interior details include a marble-framed fireplace and bay window in the terrace room, a great spot for cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres. A Victorian-style gazebo is a popular backdrop for outdoor ceremonies.
8529 Liberty Rd., Frederick
The vibe: This four-story white brick mansion built in 1888 and set on 25 acres is bright and airy, with ceremony spaces that include a ballroom, romantic outdoor terrace, and tree-lined meadow. Standout feature: A reflecting pool dotted with lily pads along a Greek-style pergola makes the terrace a knockout venue for outdoor ceremonies.
1400 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson
The vibe: This striking Tudor-style B&B, constructed in 1906, looks as if it were plucked straight from the English countryside. Its historic interior is chock full of antique furnishings (think tapestries and crystal chandeliers). Standout feature: With indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, it’s easy to customize this venue to your needs. Try the mansion’s light-filled, covered atrium, or the carriage house’s charming courtyard.
2300 Waverly Mansion Dr., Marriottsville
The vibe: Wooded grounds surround this two-story white Colonial-style mansion constructed in the late 18th century. Events here are held outdoors, with ceremonies often using a stone-and-stucco outbuilding as a rustic backdrop, while a deluxe tent creates a separate (and weather-protected) space for receptions. Couples love: Uptown, a family-owned business with more than 30 years of experience, handles the catering and event planning for you. Did you know? The Waverly estate has been home to many of the state’s founding families, including John Eager Howard, a colonel in the Revolutionary War and Maryland governor from 1788-1790.
1915 Whitehall Rd., Annapolis
The vibe: On 110 acres along the Chesapeake Bay, its four columns define the impressive facade of this pre-Revolutionary War brick structure. Its expansive manicured lawn leads to the waters of Whitehall Bay, just 15 minutes from Annapolis. Standout feature: Events here are held outdoors to protect the mansion from wear and tear, but the stately interior is fair game for photos.
New Kids on the Block
417 Benninghaus Rd., North Baltimore
The vibe: Hidden in plain sight off York Road, the original well-worn floors and exposed iron beams give character to this 90-year-old repurposed Chevrolet dealership. Standout feature: Large paned windows and gabled skylights flood the wide-open space with natural light, while an expansive patio can seat 65 for dinner.
Bohemia River Overlook
88 Rivers Edge Rd., North East
The vibe: Rouge Fine Catering’s venue on the shores of the Elk River offers couples three distinct sites: The Manor (formal gardens and a reflecting pool surrounding the green-trimmed estate), The Beach (private beach and pier), and The Barn (a red wood-and-stone barn, ideal for rustic-chic couples). Standout feature: Strategically placed trees ensure each venue is totally private while retaining views of the rolling hills and waterfront.
Hoen & Co.
2101 E Biddle St., East Baltimore
The vibe: Historic details (think 19th-century masonry, warehouse-style windows, and industrial barn doors) remain from this venue’s past as the home of A. Hoen & Co. Lithographers & Printers. The mixed-use space for community innovation includes continuing education, local retail, and nonprofit offices in addition to the venue. Did you know? In its heyday, Hoen & Co. was one of the country’s most prolific printmaking studios. Artifacts found during renovation are on display in the venue.
333 W. Ostend St., south Baltimore
The vibe: A wooden gabled roof, exposed brick walls, and the concrete floor hint at the industrial past of the main hall, dubbed The Winslow Room. In the adjoining Train Shed, floor-to-ceiling windows contribute a modern feel. Combined, they offer 5,000 square feet of space. Standout feature: The main room’s two-story mezzanine offers direct sightlines of M&T Bank Stadium and the downtown skyline.
Main Street Ballroom
8307 Main St., Ellicott City
The vibe: The largest contiguous event space in Ellicott City (at 7,000 square feet), this nearly century-old venue is at once modern and rustic. Granite walls, factory windows, and concrete floors pair with modern updates like sliding barn doors and a pop-up patio space. Standout feature: Overlooking the Tiber River, the patio features a wood-burning fireplace. Couples love: The Pinterest-worthy on-site bridal suite.
The Picker House at Mill No. 1
3000 Falls Rd., Hampden
The vibe: Tucked away along the Jones Falls River, this rustic brick-and-stone building at the historic Mill No. 1 complex (now home to apartments and Mediterranean restaurant Cosima) was once part of a cotton mill. Standout feature: Hold your cocktail hour on a cobbled courtyard overlooking the rushing Jones Falls River.
Rye Street Tavern
225 E. Cromwell St., Port Covington
The vibe: Raise a glass to Maryland’s industrial and spirit-making past at this waterfront restaurant adjacent to the Sagamore Spirit Distillery. The indoor-outdoor venue includes a grassy lawn perfect for a tented reception, while the restaurant’s paved terrace with bistro lights calls out for a classy cocktail hour. Standout feature: The bi-level restaurant offers views of the water with luxe-industrial finishes and relics of the area’s spirit-making past, including a 25-foot copper column still.
The Assembly Room
316-318 Guilford Ave., Downtown
The vibe: Formerly serving as grain storage in the 1800s and an iteration of Baltimore nightclub Hammerjacks in the early 2000s, this venue keeps the industrial feel (think exposed brick, wooden beams, and gabled skylights) and four of the nightclub’s eight bars. Standout feature: With two stories separated by garage-style overhead doors and a soon-to-open 6,000-square-foot roof deck with views of downtown, this flexible space can be modified from 4,000 to 24,000 square feet—and can even accommodate a 300-plate seated dinner. Did you know? Select graffiti remains on the walls from when the space served as a set for Step Up 2: The Streets.
On the Water
The Oaks Waterfront Inn
25876 Royal Oak Rd., Royal Oak
The vibe: Whether you choose the point along Oak Creek or the inn’s intimate rooftop terrace as your ceremony site, this 240-year-old plantation house dishes up the Eastern Shore charm. Enjoy cocktails and small bites along the secluded cove before a seated dinner in the waterfront ballroom. Standout feature: The grounds are home to details like a rustic barn, red-and-white cottage, and charming whitewashed bridge. Built in 1748, the inn offers 15 rooms for your guests to stay the night and continue the celebration.
Bond Street Pier
Bond St. and Thames St., Fells Point
The vibe: Across the harbor from Locust Point, this grass-covered pier offers views of the waterfront amid the historic charm and cobblestone streets of Fells Point. Entirely outdoor, this on-the-water venue seats up to 150. Did you know? Snag this awe-inspiring spot by booking a reception through the nearby Admiral Fell Inn or by contacting the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
1417 Thames St., Fells Point
The vibe: Watch the sun set over the water until the Domino Sugar sign lights up the sky during a reception on the expansive pier and outdoor courtyard at one of the city’s oldest surviving waterfront industrial buildings. Standout feature: Close to the charming hustle and bustle of Fells Point, this quiet venue is tucked away at the westernmost end of Thames Street.
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Rd., Annapolis
The vibe: Located minutes from Annapolis at the edge of the South River, this historic venue’s 23 acres include two riverfront ceremony sites—the east lawn, next to one of the few remaining Colonial-era brick taverns, or the west lawn, with a raised wooden deck in front of the foliage-framed river view. An expansive draped tent for outdoor receptions leads to a climate-controlled pavilion perfect for dancing. Standout feature: A worn wooden dock and majestic oak tree add character to this historical site. Did you know? Established along the main north-south route through the colonies, the “lost city” of London Town was once a thriving tobacco port and ferry passage and is now an archaeological site.
Silver Swan Bayside
412 Congressional Dr., Kent Island
The vibe: Feel the soft breeze on your face as water laps against the grass-covered pier at this indoor-outdoor Eastern Shore venue with a private beach at Queen Anne Marina. Standout feature: From the vibrant fall foliage to spring’s warm sunshine and budding gardens, you can hold outdoor weddings worry-free year round thanks to a stone-and-white wood dining room with a fireplace that opens to a tented pavilion.
Legg Mason Tower
100 International Dr., Harbor East
The vibe: With a ceremony venue that seems to float above the water, this skyscraper’s balcony overlooking the Harbor East Marina fits up to 175 guests. Inside, 5,000 square feet of sleek reception space includes floor-to-ceiling windows.Standout feature: Over 250 feet of glass offers a sweeping view from Federal Hill to Fells Point.
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
500 Marina Club Rd., Kent Island
The vibe: Each of this Eastern Shore gem’s four venues offers its own charm—and access to the beach. Host your cocktail hour on the Tavern Ballroom’s rooftop deck or the Beach House Ballroom’s expansive waterfront porch with whitewashed rocking chairs. Standout feature: Sprawling decks and manicured lawns make perfect spots for your guests to enjoy lawn games.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway, Riverside
The vibe: Say your vows on the waterfront terrace alongside the Steam Tug Baltimore (the oldest operating tugboat in the U.S.), then dine in the Decker gallery, outfitted with relics from the city’s industrial past (a WWII-era bomber hangs from the ceiling).
Standout feature: Need to seat a crowd? The open-air waterfront pavilion accommodates up to 300, with stunning views of the Domino sugar sign—another symbol of industry.
Hotels & Ballrooms
Sagamore Pendry Hotel
1715 Thames St., Fells Point
The vibe: Talk about luxe—the storied ballroom at this waterfront hotel on Fells Point’s former Recreation Pier has been restored to its 1914 splendor. Other standouts include the open-air courtyard, a waterfront pool for ceremonies, and well-appointed hotel rooms designed by Patrick Sutton. Couples love: The dramatic architecture and opulent fixtures surrounding the grand staircase make it a popular spot for engagement or first look photos.
Kimpton hotel monaco
2 N. Charles St., Downtown
The vibe: The Beaux-Arts style former headquarters of the B&O Railroad is most recognized for the breathtaking lobby’s marble staircases and crystal chandeliers. Standout feature: Impress your guests with catering from B&O American Brasserie—known for its locally sourced seasonal fare and creative cocktails from the award-winning bar.
1 E. Chase St., Mount Vernon
The vibe: The hotel’s five opulent ballrooms are home to sparkling chandeliers, gilded molding, and marble columns. One of the city’s most storied venues, it has played host to Baltimore’s upper-crust and a litany of celebrity guests, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Clark Gable, since opening in 1903. Standout feature: Say “I do” with a view from The 13th Floor, a luxe and modern space offering panoramic vistas of downtown.
The Ivy Hotel
205 E. Biddle St., Mount Vernon
The vibe: This venue manages to strike the perfect balance between hip and historic. A turreted slate roof, 23 fireplaces, and a private courtyard garden lend character to this 18-room boutique hotel, which opened in 2015 in a circa-1889 mansion and two adjoining Federal-style rowhouses. Standout feature: With plush guest rooms and a luxurious spa, the Ivy is a great place to prep for—and recover from—the big day.
Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 W. Baltimore St., Downtown
The vibe: Topped with a copper mansard roof, this 22-story hotel is in the heart of downtown. Its lavish Calvert Ballroom has a wraparound balcony and two Baccarat crystal chandeliers, while the mirrored Versailles Room is decorated in turquoise and gold. Standout feature: Head to the 19th floor terrace bar to sip cocktails among the peaks of Baltimore’s tallest skyscrapers.
225 N. Charles St., Downtown
The vibe: This 152-year-old former Masonic temple has 19 ballrooms, each with a unique décor—think gilded Turkish arches in the Oriental Room or the Gothic cathedral-inspired Edinburgh Hall. Standout feature: A marble staircase leads to the venue’s largest ballroom, the appropriately named Marble Room, marked with stained-glass windows, stout marble columns, and white marble walls.
29 S. Front St., Downtown
The vibe: Known for its red cast-iron facade, this venue boasts three themed floors of event space, plus a secluded courtyard, all hidden away off of President Street. The first floor channels the Latin feel of a tango club, while vignettes from the city’s history from the Baltimore City Life Museums, including the White Tower diner and Centre Market, remain on the second floor. The breathtaking fourth-floor ballroom outfitted with historic wooden beams, draperies and murals, and many chandeliers offers panoramic views of the city. Standout feature: Book a room at the neighboring Carrollton Inn and you won’t have to travel far to reach the honeymoon suite.
Museums & Libraries
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon
The vibe: Getting married in the museum’s palazzo-style main courtyard, with its many columns and archways, means photo ops among 16th-century sculptures that originated in Florence and getting down on a marble dance floor. Did you know? Guests love the ability to visit select museum galleries during the cocktail hour and reception.
Evergreen Museum and Library
4545 N. Charles St., Homewood
The vibe: From the wood-paned walls of the 1870s carriage house to the winding river in the 5-acre meadow, there’s more to this estate than the ornate Gilded Age mansion. Standout feature: The pastel-yellow main house serves as a lovely backdrop for ceremonies and receptions in the formal Italian gardens (including manicured shrubs, marble statuary, and Victorian cast-iron benches).
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway, Federal Hill
The vibe: Show off your love of all things Bawlmer at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, home to a 10-foot-tall statue of Divine, Fifi (the giant pink poodle kinetic sculpture), and a typical Baltimore rowhouse complete with formstone and painted screens. Standout feature: The mirrored mosaic Cosmic Galaxy Egg sculpture adds glitter to photos or ceremonies held in the outdoor plaza.
George Peabody Library
17 E. Mt. Vernon Pl., Mount Vernon
The vibe: A bibliophile’s dream, the architecture of the Peabody Institute’s historic research library is just as stunning as its 300,000-volume collection from the 18th and 19th centuries. Standout feature: Its neo-Greco Stack Room brings the wow factor—five tiers of cast-iron balconies lead up to the latticed skylight, while black-and-white marble floors and gilded columns add to the drama.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr., Charles Village
The vibe: Looking for drama? Fox Court, a neoclassical room flanked by Ionic columns, delivers. Nature lover? Bold installations contrast with delicate foliage in the museum’s sculpture gardens. Standout feature: The sunlit Antioch Court surrounding the museum’s atrium, with its arched floor-to-ceiling windows and Greco-Roman mosaics, makes a charming location for cocktail hour. (It’s also home to a cast of The Thinker, one of the museum’s most beloved works.) Did you know? Outdoor ceremonies can also be held on the museum’s West Lawn, which encompasses both the stately Roman Temple-style architecture of the original building and the modern lines of the West Wing for Contemporary Art.
Eclectic & Unconventional
1112 St. Paul St., Mt. Vernon
The vibe: A former Episcopal parish house dating to 1879 boasts a small pond and wisteria-covered pergola that lend charm to a private courtyard garden, while the Gothic-style architecture and leaded glass windows of the main ballroom set the scene for ceremonies ranging from traditional to medieval. Did you know? Embracing couples of all faiths and orientations, Chase Court has hosted more than 55 same-sex weddings.
405 E. Oliver St., Station North
The vibe: A 160-year-old warehouse that’s home to the Station North Tool Library and artists’ lofts, this former brewery retains its industrial character with painted brick walls, distressed hardwood floors, and exposed elements like beams, posts, and pipes that create a charming contrast when dressed up with glowing twinkle lights or soft streamers. Couples love: One of the largest gallery spaces in the city, Area 405 is a blank canvas for your own eclectic style.
3100 Elm Ave., Hampden
The vibe: Beneath a canopy of oak and maple trees is the only surviving carriage house from Hampden’s mill village. Quirky décor—like vintage posters and antique cars—brings personality to events held in its two-tiered garden and pre-Civil War brick structure. Standout feature: The casual feeling of a backyard wedding combines with lush landscaping (think climbing ivy and dense foliage) for serious Secret Garden vibes.
Patapsco Female Institute
3655 Church Rd., Ellicott City
The vibe: The ruins of a girls’ school founded in 1837 serve as a historic backdrop in this flexible, open-air space for up to 120. Navy metal beams, used to reinforce the ruins, contrast with the rustic charm of exposed foundations and stone walls. Standout feature: Four columns are all that remain of the original Greek-revival structure’s facade, which began deteriorating after a period of disuse in the 1950s. Now, it makes the perfect dramatic setting for photos. Couples love: From yellow tulips in spring to a dramatic dusting of snow, this unique venue on a hill overlooking the Patapsco River Valley shines in all seasons.
2640 St. Paul St., Charles Village
The vibe: Wear over the years has lent a unique character to the beamed vaulted ceilings, ornate stained-glass windows, and Moorish arches of this former church sanctuary, now a cooperative events venue. Standout feature: Ornate details abound here, but the most breathtaking are more than a dozen leaded and stained-glass windows, the largest of which anchors the hall on its east end.
519 W. Fayette St., Downtown
The vibe: Constructed in 1852, this Gothic-style church has carved oak detailing and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, along with a touch of the macabre. Best known as the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, the catacombs below the church and the surrounding burial grounds are home to 18th-century tombstones. Standout feature: A restored Johnson pipe organ dating to 1882 is the focal point of the grand hall.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Dr., Druid Hill
The vibe: The Mansion House has sunny yellow walls and windows overlooking old-growth trees in Druid Hill Park. Built in 1801, this restored mansion’s enclosed wraparound porch can seat 180 guests after an intimate ceremony on the mansion steps or at the secluded Lakeside Pavilion. Did you know? Pet a bunny with your honey during cocktail hour thanks to the Animal Ambassador Program (60 species are up for grabs, from penguins to snakes).
Clubs & Country Clubs
The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion
11 W. Mount Vernon Pl., Mount Vernon
The vibe: In view of the Washington Monument, this sandstone mansion dates to 1853. The Gilded Age ballroom features brocade wallpaper and floor-length drapery, and the entrance hall’s wooden spiral staircase is topped with a Tiffany glass dome. Smaller ceremonies and receptions can take place in its bright and airy atrium or the warm library with dark built-in bookshelves and fireplace. Couples love: Sun shining through a trio of Tiffany glass windows casts the bridal suite (which has one of the mansion’s 16 fireplaces) in a soft glow, while a clubroom pool table keeps the groomsmen busy.
The Center Club
100 Light St., Inner Harbor
The vibe: Located on the 15th and 16th floors of Maryland’s tallest building, this modern ballroom and intimate cocktail lounge offer picturesque views of downtown. Standout feature: Want to get married on New Year’s Eve or Fourth of July? The Harbor Room’s expansive windows provide stunning views of Inner Harbor fireworks displays.
Stone Manor Country Club
5820 Carroll Boyer Rd., Middletown
The vibe: A stone manor (dating to the 18th century) grounds the manicured lawns of this 114-acre country estate in Middletown. Historic wooden barns and a pond add to the rustic charm. Couples love: Decorated with period antiques—including gilded mirrors—luxurious suites are open to the bridal party all day.
The Elkridge Club
6100 N. Charles St., Towson
The vibe: Seersucker suits and bowties feel right at home at this Towson club—either inside the cream-and-gold clubhouse ballroom or beneath a tent on the manicured grounds. Standout feature: Set on 117 acres, the clubhouse’s white wraparound porch and ample patio overlooking the 18-hole golf course make for a scenic cocktail hour.