Wedding Venues in Baltimore, MD
If your dream wedding involves dancing with your prince in your very own castle, look no farther than The Cloisters. A grand 1930s home set high on a hill in Lutherville, The Cloisters was built in the style of a European castle and includes architectural details from medieval European landmarks. Formal gardens and 60 acres of wooded grounds offer additional locations for your ceremony or cocktail hour. The Cloisters only schedules one wedding per day, so the house and grounds are entirely yours. Rates vary by day and month, ranging up to $5,500 for a peak Saturday. ("Off-peak" months include July and August, due to lack of air-conditioning) Maximum capacity is 200 seated in the outdoor amphitheater; fewer inside or for dinner. Caterers must be selected from an approved list.
On first glance, a museum dedicated to the industrial history of businesses like canning, ship-building and metal-working doesn't exactly scream "romance." And yet the Baltimore Museum of Industry is a great place to hold a wedding. There's an open-air pavilion near the waterfront, with gorgeous views of the Inner Harbor and room for 300 seated guests. If you prefer to stay indoors, the Decker Gallery has room for 250 for dinner and dance and shares the Inner Harbor view thanks to a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The space is classy, but the museum's focus also offers fun options for retro- or industrial-themed paper goods, photo shoots and the like. You can even rent the museum's re-creations of a cannery, garment loft or machine shop. Rental fees vary based on day and spaces rented and range from around $1,000 to more than $5,000. There is a list of preferred caterers (you may use others for an additional fee). Lots of free parking for your guests.
Lots of Baltimore venues talk up their waterfront views, but why just look at the water? Why not take your celebration to the high seas? (Or to the harbor, as the case may be.) The Spirit of Baltimore is a refreshing change from the usual hotel ballroom, while still offering a full package of wedding amenities. It's okay if you're not into the whole DIY-the-details scene, Spirit of Baltimore offers a one-stop venue for your food, drink, cake, entertainment and even an on-board coordinator. If you hold your ceremony on board, the Captain can fill in as your officiant. Prices are calculated per head rather than as a separate site fee, with a 125-person minimum to charter a private deck; 250-person minimum (200 at lunch) to reserve the whole boat.
Many people have a special place in their heart for libraries full of books. But even if you're just looking for a memorable event space, the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins is elegant, unique and completely stunning. The main stack room rises six stories from its marble floor to its striking skylights, lined on all sides with bookshelves, cast-iron balconies and gold-leaf embellishments. Cocktail hour can be held in the more intimate book-lined exhibition room just outside. The Peabody can accommodate 200 seated guests (170 with a dance floor). There is a list of approved caterers. Rental rates are around $6,000 with a small additional ceremony fee where applicable. Two cautions: the library has many strict rules to protect its books and building, and valet parking is recommended.
The event space at the Belvedere may be named "Truffles Catering at the Historic Belvedere," but trust us, it's the farthest thing imaginable from a generic catering hall. The Belvedere building was built in 1903 in a grand Old World style full of crystal, gilded mirrors, marble floors and rich carpets. Though the building has been converted to luxury condos, it retains several ballrooms for event rentals. Of course, there's more to a wedding than just the location, and the all-around experience is where the Belvedere shines. All-inclusive wedding packages include cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner (no dry chicken here -- the food from Truffles is regularly called "amazing"), open bar, tables and chairs, a rental room for bridal prep, a bridal attendant and a staff of attentive tuxedoed waiters. With the Belvedere, all that's required of you is to relax and enjoy your day, knowing you're being looked after by some of the best staff in the city.