When you’re searching for a wedding venue, it’s important to find a place that fits the style of your wedding and your personality as a couple. That’s why online tools like WeddingWire, a site that lets real brides rate their wedding venue, can be great resources in the early stages of planning. On WeddingWire, for instance, you can search for the “type” of place you’re looking for--whether it’s a banquet hall, museum, or restaurant. And once you find a spot that looks intriguing, you can check out photos, see how the venue scores in categories like quality of service, and read reviews, which are basically built-in recs from ladies who have been in your shoes.
So before you fill your calendar with site visits and start driving to all the wedding hotspots in your area, we suggest you do your research.
To help you out, we got started on some of the top places in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Keep reading to see what we discovered—and feel free to thank us when you book your dream venue!
Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, Taneytown, Maryland
Brides love this boutique hotel in Central Maryland for its 24-acres of gorgeous grounds, five-star menu, and historic mansion (it’s on the National Register of Historic Places!). For your garden vows, choose between the rose-lined Formal Gardens and the Secret Garden, a slightly more organic setting on the edge of the property. After, you can continue the party al-fresco in a tent on the croquet lawn or head into the Glass Atrium for dinner and dancing (for up to 225 people). Read reviews from real brides here.
The Old Mill, Rose Valley, Pennsylvania
If you’re looking for a rustic-chic setting in the woods, this is the place for you. Brides rave about the already-tented terrace (no hassle required!) and the grounds, which are perfect for photo ops thanks to an abundance of roses and natural streams. Also winning kudos? The venue’s exclusive caterer, Connor Catering. Read reviews from real brides here.
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Pennsylvania
What do you do when he wants a country club wedding and you have to have an elegant ballroom event? Here you don’t have to compromise. You and your groom can pose for photos and exchange vows on the 9th hole, and then move inside for a chandelier-filled reception. Read reviews from real brides here.
Chantry Place, Christiana, Pennsylvania
Located in downtown Christiana, this recently restored landmark features hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and a gorgeous stained glass window (what a focal point!). Bonus: It’s formally a church so it has a traditional vibe, if you’re into that. Read reviews from real brides here.
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
This country escape is every rustic bride’s dream. Treat the open-air pavilion as your own blank canvas and make it whatever you want—whether it’s a glam winter affair or a summer garden party in the woods. Not to mention: They have a vine-covered arch that’s perfect for pictures and a staff willing to do it all, even if that means printing your invites. Read reviews from real brides here.