The Elkridge Furnace Inn

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

Elkridge, MD
410.379.9336   Visit Website   Email Vendor
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My fiance Frank and I had no idea what type of venue we wanted when we first started our search for our ceremony and reception venue. When we came to The Elkridge Furnace Inn, we just KNEW that this would be our place. It is crazy, but this place just has such good feeling to it, and when you combine that with the amazing staff and fabulous food, you certainly have a winner.

As we were moving through the wedding process, even the wedding day, everyone around me remarked about how calm I was and that is all because of the EFI. When you book your day with them, you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of and that you will be in good hands. From the very beginning, ever staff member was incredibly responsive and polite. If you sent an email at 8 PM, you will most likely be getting one back that night or early the next morning. During the wedding day, there is a team of people that are there to help you and your guests stay on track and happy. From directing traffic, to answering questions, to getting us drinks, the level of service that they provided was exceptional.

What I loved most though, was how the staff was willing to work with you to make the day truly yours. We did station service for our reception and one of the stations that I wanted was a nacho bar. Chef said no problem at all, and during the reception they were frying chips to order for our guests. This was definitely the highlight of the wedding! Our guests RAVED about all of the food but could not get enough of those nachos! My advice to engaged couples is to go with what makes you happy, and the team at the Elkridge Furnace Inn will make it happen for you.

Cameron and Aly were amazingly lovely. They kept us on track, kept us calm, kept us laughing, fed and dancing. Chef took time to come into the reception and check on us and make sure that everything was okay and that we were having a good time. Love!

Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue
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5745 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075

We Make Memories

We are excited for the 2015/2016 season as it will be our 22nd and 23rd year hosting Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions!


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We are excited for the 2015/2016 season as it will be our 22nd and 23rd year hosting Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions!

Owner/Executive Chef Daniel Wecker - Finalist for 2012 Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Maryland!

2012 Diners' Choice Award - Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the United States - the only restaurant from the state of Maryland to be listed!

Ideally situated on approximately 16 beautifully landscaped acres, our Mansion is a unique venue rich in history and picturesque backdrops. The Elkridge Furnace Inn is minutes away from BWI Airport and the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990.


The Manor Home, circa 1810, was an addition built by James and Andrew Ellicott Jr. onto the original Tavern, circa 1744. The manor home is comprised of three professionally decorated floors with covered porches overlooking the gardens and Patapsco River. The third floor is a three-room Bridal Suite with a dress fitting room, two sitting rooms and a full bathroom. A separate Groom's Room is provided on the second floor for the gentlemen, with a private patio and private staircase leading to the bar.

The flow of the facility offers three separate areas for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the function:


Our outdoor Ceremony Point has a dramatic entrance of turned columns covered with a flowing wisteria vine. The brick seating area, complete with a center aisle is slightly downhill, giving an impression of stadium seating, and leads to the main point overlooking the Patapsco River. An old sycamore tree (nominated for 2011 Howard County Champion) and other surrounding trees provide an excellent canopy. The grounds are also graced by beautiful linden, holly and magnolia trees.

Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres

Following the ceremony, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served in the Manor Home. A Colonial Revival porch leads you to the main entrance featuring fine transitional Federal/Green Revival detail consisting of the original double leaf doors. The interior rooms have been lovingly restored from colonial days, each by an individual designer, thereby giving The Elkridge Furnace Inn both a uniqueness and richness to the Manor Home.

The internal architecture provides a glimpse of Maryland history. The woodwork, mantelpieces and stairway showcase the craftsmanship of the 18th and 19th centuries. The stairway is graced with tiger maple spindles and a walnut cap rail. The floors are original and are constructed of longleaf yellow pine. Dogwood motifs in the moldings can be viewed throughout the house and reflect a popular colonial style also seen in the U.S. Capitol.


The Reception takes place in the Tent which is affixed to the Manor Home. The Tent (40' x 80') can be open or fully enclosed and is always equipped with chandeliers, ceiling fans, heating and air conditioning units and a wooden-panel parquet dance floor (18' x 21'). Extensions can be added to cover the surrounding patios to allow for more space if needed.


The Elkridge Furnace Inn is owned and operated by Executive Chef Daniel Wecker who saved the facility from demolition in 1988. Chef Wecker has been cooking professionally for 39 years and will work with the bride and groom to create a fully customized menu.


Our rental rates begin at a four hour length (inclusive of ceremony time if the ceremony is also hosted by EFI) with the option to purchase additional time. Specific rental rates vary based on time, day and month. Only one function is hosted at a time. However, during the months of April through October, two functions can be hosted on Saturdays; one in the daytime and one in the evening. Saturday daytime functions must end by four p.m. in order to accommodate the evening function. Fridays and Sundays allow for more flexibility and any time frame can be chosen.


We are a full service facility. All items including: tables, chairs, house-stocked linens, china, glassware, flatware, dance floor, etc., are inclusive.

A wedding coordinator is also provided to assist the bride and groom throughout the planning months and to run the function the day of. All set-up and clean-up is handled by the service staff and is not included in the rental length.


Chef Wecker does not limit menu options. All aspects of every function hosted are tailored to the specific wants and needs of the client. All food is made and prepared in-house, allowing total flexibility and limitless options.

We have two organic gardens of various leafy greens, herbs and vegetables and the chefs use everything that is grown from season to season. All butchering and charcuterie is done in-house, as well.

Special menus and menu options can also be created to accommodate guests with any specific food allergies and/or dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan and gluten- and/or lactose-free menus.

Our Pastry Department can also provide a wedding cake or any other kind of dessert. All desserts are made in-house by Chef Wecker's daughter, Executive Pastry Chef Genelle Balan. We do allow wedding cakes to be brought in from an outside vendor and we do not charge a plating or cutting fee.


Our catering staff goes above and beyond to make your guests feel welcome and at home. We understand this can be the most important social function our clients host and such is shown through the quality of service we provide.


If you would like to receive more information, specific sample menus, pricing proposals and/or date availability, please feel free to contact our Director of Sales, Christene Minnick who handles all Wedding Ceremony & Reception bookings. Christene can be reached via email at or via telephone at 410.379.9336.

We ask that all site tours are by appointment only. If a private function is being hosted, it would not be possible to give a full and proper tour. Christene is happy to be available for a site tour and consulting visit, given no private function is being hosted.

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Categories: Ceremony & Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner Location
Event Types: Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Christenings, Corporate Events, Debutante Balls, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials, Proms, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s
Established: 1988
Employees: 70
Accepts: Cash, Check, AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
The Elkridge Furnace Inn is at the top of the list of favorite wedding venues for all of us at Carlysle Entertainment. Chef and owner, Dan Wecker and the entire staff have consistently impressed us with their culinary mastery and creativity making the Elkridge Furnace Inn one of the best choices for special events or just an incredible dining experience with friends and family. As so many restaurants are now following the trendy fresh, local, and sustainable concept, the Elkridge Furnace Inn has been operating with this philosophy for years. They are also one of the few caterers in the region that properly utilizes stations as they were meant to be with the same high quality cuisine that you can enjoy whether you are a guest at a wedding or enjoying a meal in the restaurant. Aside from the amazing cuisine you will also find the same level of quality service when planning your wedding at Elkridge Furnace Inn with an experienced in house event coordinator and their staff working to ensure your wedding will be flawless from your first visit to your last dance. We at Carlysle Entertainment are proud to recommend the Elkridge Furnace Inn to all our wedding clients in search of a venue for their ceremony and reception, and also for their rehearsal dinner in one of the private dining rooms. At the Elkridge Furnace Inn it’s not just the great food, it’s the whole package!
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The Elkridge Furnace Inn is a wedding venue from Elkridge, MD. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Maryland, DC, and Virginia. The Elkridge Furnace Inn is a professional wedding venue that has been part of the Baltimore wedding industry for 23 years. We specialize in being chef owned on an Historic Site