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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

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About Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion, a venue located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is situated on 40-acres of nature sanctuary just 9 miles from downtown DC. You and your guests will feel relaxed in this lovely setting known for bird watching. Woodend is the headquarter of the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). Built in 1927, the mansion was designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, DAR Constitution Hall, National Gallery of Art) for the Wells family. In 1969, the family donated Woodend Mansion and property to ANS.

Facilities and Capacity
This elegant and natural setting offers couples the convenience of having both their ceremony and reception site on the same property. Outdoor ceremonies can be held in the romantic grove or in a complimentary back-up tent adjacent to the manor on the paved terrace. It features chandeliers, side panels, tent liners, heaters, and fans, in case the weather is not accommodating. During winter you can exchange your vows and hold your reception in the mansion. Couples can enjoy this historic setting with up to 170 of their friends and family between spring and fall, and 120 during the winter months, and the festivities can go until midnight. As you and your wedding party prepare for your special day, you can do so in the two staging areas.

Services Offered

The Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion not only strives to offer couples privacy on their wedding day, but also a peace of mind. They will also provide you with a list of approved caterers who allow you to buy your own alcohol, and experienced vendors so that you can be confident in your selections. To make your stay more enjoyable, Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion also offers all couples and guests on-site parking, small shuttle accessibility, and Wi-Fi. You can also take advantage of the property’s natural beauty and use it as your wedding photography location. There is no sales tax and part of the rental fee is tax-deductible.

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127 Reviews for Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

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127 Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion Reviews

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Laura

Married on 06/29/2019

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Beautiful venue

We wanted to have an indoor/outdoor feel, in the DC area, that could accommodate 150 people or so -- and that would have great options even if it rained. Woodend couldn't have been more perfect. We ... Read more had a beautiful wedding, with no rain, and we couldn't be happier with choosing Woodend.

Jessica
Jessica

Married on 05/25/2019

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Beautiful Brunch Wedding

Beatriz and everyone at Woodend were amazing to work with for our daytime Brunch wedding. The value of this venue is amazing, as the tent is included. We had amazing weather, but the rain plan at ... Read more Woodend is also beautiful and was a big part of why we chose them. They are less strict with live music than some other venues we toured, as well. They were flexible with our desire to do a less-traditional format and worked hard to facilitate all of the small details that really made our wedding special and beautiful. Beatriz was always responsive to email and we're so glad we held our wedding here!

Tacy
Tacy Lambiase

Married on 05/05/2019

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

An amazing, beautiful place

Woodend was the only wedding venue that we looked at; I was pretty much sold based on what I found online, but touring the gorgeous mansion and grounds solidified that Woodend was the perfect venue ... Read more for us. We wanted an outdoor venue surrounded by nature, but with the option to move the party indoors if the weather wasn't ideal. The Hemlock Grove looked like the perfect spot for an outdoor, nature-inspired ceremony, and mansion and tent seemed like the ideal place for a Sunday-morning brunch reception. But here's the thing: It ended up raining pretty much all day on our wedding day. But it didn't really matter one bit. Woodend was still the perfect venue for our wedding. Even though our ceremony had to be relocated under the tent, and our cocktail hour was moved into the mansion, it was still just a lovey, beautiful place to get married. Our guests raved about the setting (the beautiful trees in the background of everything), the ceremony (with the romantic sound of rain pattering on the tent), the adorable children in raincoats on a hike who made a brief appearance in the background of the ceremony (unexpected, but adorable) - everything! We're also happy that our venue fee supported the Audubon Naturalist Society - definitely a "win" for any couple interested in hosting a more eco-friendly event. A special thank you for Beatriz for helping us through the easy process of booking and hosting our event. She allowed a few of our vendors to arrive at the venue a little early to set up (really appreciated), and was very kind and accommodating through the whole process. We're so glad we found Woodend, and we're excited to visit this special place in the future!

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