Low-budget venue between DC and Baltimore?

I'm looking for a low-cost venue for both the ceremony and reception for 80-90 guests, and ideally I'd like food and drink to be included as part of the total venue price. I'm willing to go with a venue that requires separate catering if need be, however almost every catering website I visit doesn't include price info, so it's very difficult to figure out how to match up venue price with catering price when I haven't decided on either a venue or a caterer yet.

It has to be in DC or MD (we're a same-sex couple so VA is out), and we're on a tight budget -- around $15k for everything. I am a big fan of the Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace but my fiancee is hoping we can find something closer to DC, where we live -- maybe between DC and Baltimore, or in the Frederick area.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have! :)

Re: Low-budget venue between DC and Baltimore?

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  • The Comus Inn and the Inn at Brookeville Farms both come to mind. Both are in Montgomery County MD.
  • I am getting married at Milton Ridge - small venue with a cute little chapel and reception hall on-site. They also do their own catering. Price is pretty reasonable, especially for the area. It's in Clarksburg MD, so it's in Montgomery County, south of Frederick.
  • The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore is GORGEOUS. Indoor gardens. Victorian era.
    $2000 for the whole day to rent it!

    Also, great caterers around there are Kate and Lily's Kitchen. Mom owned catering business that is healthy AND affordable!

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    I understand wedding on a budget! That was us!
    At least the photog gave us a payment plan and it was only $1300 for our whole wedding and engagement. She is same sex friendly as I saw some photos on her website.
  • Have you thought about Martins West? We will be having our ceremony and reception there. After taxes and everything it comes to $83 per person but we decided on alot of extra stuff. Here is our menu:

    Cocktail hour: Cheese Display, Fruit Display, champagne bar, crab dip station and 2 butler passed hors d oeuvres

    Dinner: Buffet Style ( buffet and sit down are same price but we are opting for buffet so I can offer my gests ALOT of food options)

    **Caesar salad
    **Chicken entree ( probably breast of hen)
    **Seafood Entree ( crab cakes. and for $1 more per person I can offer crab cakes and another seafood. probably salmon or shrimp scampi)
    **Meat Entree
    **Vegetarian Entree

    **Cold Salad Bar
    tomato mozzerella
    cucumber salad
    beef terriaki
    tex/mex chicken salad

    **Either a carving station, pasta station or a stirfry station

    **Champagne toast

    **Deluxe open bar (4hrs)

    I will also be hiring Sweet Sensations LLC to do my cake, dessert favor bar, centerpieces, uplighting and linens.

    For only 80-90 guests the cerepony and reception, dinner and drinks is about half of your budget. which is not bad.

    Best of Wishes!
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    I visited The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. It's nearby Arundel Mills, in between Baltimore and DC. The hotel was surprisingly budget friendly and could accommodate our guest count of 80. 

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  • Have you looked at properties owned by either Montgomery or PG County? The Blue Heron Center in Annapolis is reasonable too, and a pretty venue. Sewall-Belmont, St. Francis Hall and the Hill Center in DC are all under 5k. Josephine Butler Parks Center is lovely - a friend got married in Meridian Hill Park, and had the reception there.
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