Baltimore is a great town and fabulous city for weddings. It’s also filled with a vast variety of celebrated venues who serve it. We’ve gathered a list of the 13 Best Wedding Venues in Baltimore. We built the list according to two criteria:
1) Places that photograph exceptionally well, and,
2) Locales with stellar reviews by real clients and real people who’ve had excellent experiences working with these businesses. These venues have also received various awards from Wedding Wire and The Knot.
The list is not ranked, rather, it’s alphabetical. All of these venues are incredible and worth checking out, not just as your plan your wedding, but also as part of a Baltimore city tour--tourist tip! Photos By Kintz offers this list as a guide when scouting venues. We hope you find our ‘Key Features/Who Might Like It’ typology helpful as you plan.
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Here's the list in alphabetical order. Scroll down to read short blurb about each venue.
Key Features: An art museum like none other, American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) contains, “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without training.” For 21 years, the AVAM has been curating their permanent collection of 4,000+ works, while featuring themed, rotating exhibitions of exquisite art. Located in Federal Hill, the building itself is one of architectural beauty. AVAM is close to the city’s Inner Harbor hotels for easy access to guest accommodations. There are two venue options. The Sculpture Barn and Garden holds 125 seated with room for dancing with access to a lovely outdoor green space in Baltimore’s otherwise urban environment. The Jim Rouse Visionary Center 3rd floor banquet room accommodates up to 400 seated with dancing.
Who Might Like It: The AVAM extends a fresh perspective on what it means to support “local” by displaying hip, original art pieces of the self-taught. The raw spaces and industrial design of brick, metal, and artwork can fill the decor naturally, or be a blank canvas where people can adorn it the way they want. If unique and artistic aesthetic is important to you, then look into this stellar venue.
Key Features: If you find your happy place in a prestigious art museum with world-renowned paintings and sculptures, then check out the Baltimore Museum of Art. The grand entrance into the museum gives it incredible curb appeal and sets you up for spectacular outdoor photos on the stairs. Facility spaces are as diverse as the exhibitions. Be all the gaze as you mingle during your ceremony and reception inside an impressive historic building built in the 1920s. The Baltimore Museum of Art began offering its services as a wedding venue in 2014, and already it has achieved the Wedding Wire 2016 Editor’s Choice award.
Who Might Like It: Maybe you’ve always imagined yourself walking through a vaulted-ceiling, marble-floored room surrounded by Ionic columns and fine art, like that of the Fox Court or the Antioch Court. Enjoy dining outside at your private event in Gertrude’s Restaurant and stand on the terrace overlooking the Museum Sculpture Garden. The Baltimore Museum of Art is graceful and refined and promises to add this atmosphere to your special day.
Key Features: Be striking and audacious with the Baltimore Museum of Industry. It celebrates the workers, small business owners, and other laborers who built Baltimore and filled the ranks of its industries. The Alonso G. Decker Gallery can hold between 250 to 500 people, depending on what you want to offer guests. The Open-Air Pavilion seats 300 with room for more if adjoined with its waterfront space. The Museum of Industry is located on the waterfront of the Inner Harbor and affords a splendid view of downtown Baltimore. On-site parking for guests is free and included with rentals.
Who Might Like It: Love the glass, steel, wood, and iron combo? BMI celebrates historical and contemporary Baltimore and has an industrial charm that makes you feel like rolling up your sleeves and having a good time at a wedding. What's more, because you’re in a room surrounded by artifacts and items of interest, you can save some cash by selecting to go minimal with the tablescape. Or not; it's up to you! Be sure to tour this positively customer-reviewed venue.
Key Features: Dramatic flair and a little piece of Europe awaits you at The Cloisters Castle. The Cloisters is a large Gothic-Manor house on 60 acres of secluded woods just outside of Baltimore. Elegance and peace will envelop your ceremony. When you book your wedding here, the whole property--house and gardens--are reserved for you the entire day. There are rooms for the bride and bridal party to prepare and relax before the ceremony, as well as a place to change for out-of-town guests. The venue allows up to 155 guests.
Who Might Like It: Europhiles for certain, but also those who love the countryside and private, secluded settings. Stone-work, manicured gardens, grand fireplaces, and a winding driveway set the theme of your wedding at The Cloisters Castle.
Key Features: The Elkridge Furnace Inn is family-owned and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join history and hold your wedding at the same location that is part of the Civil War Trail and Underground Railroad. The grand entrance through the pergola is unmatched. Pass under the pergola to one of the best ceremony sites in the area, and be encircled by a canopy of Linden, Holly, and Magnolia trees that inspire love and bliss. A Full-Service venue, with catering and customizable menus, make for convenient planning. Plus, they just opened the 1830’s Brick House, a new climate-controlled garden house that accommodates small, intimate parties and up to 250 people. The Elkridge Furnace Inn is Wedding Wire and The Knot rated, including The Knot’s Hall of Fame.
Who Might Like It: The Elkridge Furnace Inn is a warm and inviting setting. The venue is timeless and offers a gorgeous traditional setting that compliments all couples. It is ‘casual elegance.’ The Elkridge Furnace becomes your house, and you become part of the family when you hold your event at this site.
Key Features: On its 26 pristine acres, the Evergreen Museum & Library offer two rental locations, and the grounds promise exquisite photographic settings for you and your guests. Choose from either the Upper Garden and Grounds or the Carriage House. Intimate gatherings or large weddings of up to 300 are well accommodated. This venue has five exclusive caterers which help narrow the field and ease decision-making worries. Tall emerald hedges and bricked entrances, and a former Gilded Age mansion complete this aristocratic setting.
Who Might Like It: The grounds and mansion of the Evergreen are akin to famous English royalty houses. If you loved the house and gardens featured in Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightly version), filmed at the acclaimed Chatsworth House in England, then we suggest exploring this immaculate venue. Be sure to walk the lawn of The Meadow, listening to the meandering stream and gentle rustle of the woods.
Key Features: The George Peabody Library website claims to be the “premier” wedding venue in Baltimore. It's not an exaggerated claim. Take one look at the photo gallery, and you’ll understand. Imagine standing on a black and white marble floor, skylight six floors above, and surrounded by grand columns and gold-embellished railings which house 300,000+ books of the John Hopkins University Research Library. The Library caters cocktail reception in the Exhibition Gallery. Move into the Reading Room for your ceremony and reception, where you can customize your options for dinner and dancing, or simpler affairs.
Who Might Like It: Certainly book-enthusiasts would relish the idea of starting their marriage blessed by thousands of volumes of knowledge, but you don’t need to be a bibliophile to appreciate the grandeur of the George Peabody Library. The library is breath-taking and peaceful but quickly becomes charming and affectionate as the music and guests fill the space.
Key Features: The Gramercy Mansion effortlessly combines indoor and outdoor space, and the enclosed atrium is a tremendous bonus for hosting a garden wedding. This location is known for its bride walk--the long beautiful brick walkway advancing through the ceremony garden to the alter. Did we mention it has a marble gazebo? Weddings have access to the mansion’s first floor rooms adorned with artworks, antiques, legendary fireplaces, and oriental carpets. Gramercy Mansion can support 150 guests, and couples frequently book its 11 bed and breakfast rooms for their guests. The Carriage House caters to small weddings up to 100. Booking the Carriage House for rehearsal dinner and Mansion for the wedding earns you a discount. Review the Elopement Packages for those seeking something different.
Who Might Like It: The Gramercy Mansion is living art, inside and out. Its elegance is tasteful and non-intrusive. Guests will feel intimacy to the grounds and enjoy the adornment. Being at this venue for your big day is like a having a close friend with you during your wedding.
Key Features: The formal name of this site fails to let you in on its secret; that it is one of the premier waterfront wedding venues just outside of Baltimore. The dock is a photographic jackpot. It has two lawns facing the South River (of Annapolis) and is equipped with a lovely bridal suite perfect for escape before the ceremony. Cocktails are served from the covered deck, or the bar set up under the idyllic Oak Tree. They have a canopy tent for dinners, and a glass pavilion with an indoor, climate-controlled dance floor. The site is historic, formerly a major trade port in the area and responsible for the economic growth of Annapolis.
Who Might Like It: The clean, crisp, airiness of Historic London Town & Gardens draws you in and invites you to wander through the 10 acres of gardens and little wooden bridges. It's bright and immaculate, just like a sailor’s uniform. Take a tour of this award-winning venue.
Key Features: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor is a well-situated venue, as the name might suggest, on the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. The hotel has more than 10,000 square feet of flexible event spaces and ample room blocks available. The convenience of hosting a party in one of eight event spaces then retiring to your room is a nice advantage for you and your guests, not to mention the ease of a spacious room to primp and prepare for your special event. The hotel and event space is housed in the former B&O Railroad headquarters and has preserved the original jaw-dropping marble staircase and tiffany stained glass windows from 1906, that accentuate wedding photos perfectly. The largest space can hold 150 guests for seated reception. You can view offers and promotions for special events at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore here.
Who Might Like It: The ballrooms offer a charming setting and provide the added feature of personally customizing your wedding day menu with the Director of Catering, Executive Chef and a mixologist. Your guests will be talking about the stunning setting and delectable food of your wedding long after you've said, "I do."
Key Features: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a venue in a class by itself. It supports small wedding parties, to events filled with hundreds, even thousands of guests, with plenty of room for activities. Most receptions happen at The Mansion House Porch. The Lakeside Pavilion is ideal for your ceremony, and the Waterfowl Pavilion is perfect for casual, picnic-style weddings. Look into the Elopement Package for those who want to keep it simple. Get this: You can have zoo animals attend your cocktail party! A select group of small mammals and birds, such as penguins, ravens, rabbits, and a Chinese alligator make wonderful additions to your photos and a highlight of the party. The Maryland Zoo is the recipient of numerous Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards.
Who Might Like It: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is where the contemporary world meets nature in harmony. After all, the presence of animals is said to be calming and bring happiness to humans. The sites are private and insulated by greenery, cascading water, and exquisite landscaping, offering beautiful, unique photo backgrounds in areas closed to the public. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a non-profit. All rental fees support its operating budget.
Key Features: The Pier 5 hotel is funky and chic, right on the water in the center of all of the Baltimore Inner Harbor activity. The hotel consists of 66 guest rooms, water and city views and has over 7,234 square feet of function space. It offers on-site catering and audio visual services. The hotel is truly a one-stop shop when it comes to organizing a wedding of any size. After your ceremony, stroll from the lawn straight to the red-bricked walkway abutting the water, for a romantic moment alone, before transitioning to the reception. The venue combines splendid indoor amenities with stunning outdoor settings, to complete your wedding vision.
Who Might Like It: Pier 5 Hotel is in the midst of the electric energy of downtown Baltimore. Still, the site’s well-designed space encourages you to contemplate the significance of your new journey with the one who holds your heart. Include a viewing of this Wedding Wire 2016 Couple Choice Award winner as you make plans.
Key Features: 1840s Plaza embodies and celebrates the diverse character and history of Baltimore. It comes with an abundance of personality. This venue’s classic speakeasy-like ambiance makes having fun a cinch. Allow the singularity of this location to bolster your wedding vision. Host your wedding on one of three floors. Choose from the 1840s Cabaret, the 1840s City Lites, and 1840s Ballroom. The grounds include two charming courtyard gardens which connect this venue to the 1840s Carrollton Inn, a 13-room bed & breakfast. By the way, 1840s Plaza is the sister location of the Gramercy Mansion.
Who Might Like It: This venue has a classic jazzy-flapper, roaring 1920’s atmosphere and the social festivity that comes with it. The three rooms are distinct, but all are bold, dramatic, and fun. Use the decor to create a chic, fashionable look for your wedding and then plunge in for a good time.