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Reception
$4,800 starting price
Reception
$4,200 starting price
These prices are available for the months of April through November. These prices are available for the months of December through March.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2013

The Howard County Conservancy is a countryside wedding venue located in Woodstock, Maryland, just 15 minutes from Columbia and Ellicott City. With multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, and 8 ceremony location options, this nature center is available to host a range of wedding celebrations. Here, couples are sure to find an idyllic location for their engagement party, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception. Conveniently situated between Baltimore and Washington, DC, The Conservancy offers a tranquil setting and captivating natural scenes as a backdrop. Blending rural charm with modern comforts, the Howard County Conservancy is an inviting place where lifelong memories can unfold.

Facilities and Capacity

Nestled on 232 acres of private property, the Conservancy is embraced by abundant Maryland flora and fauna. Couples can exchange vows with trickling waters as their soundtrack or walk down the aisle beneath endless blue skies. Theresa’s Garden is a peaceful outdoor area, and for couples looking for a rustic feel, the exclusive Montjoy Barn is the perfect place to hold romantic ceremonies and capture beautiful wedding photographs. For celebrations held indoors, The Gudelsky Environmental Education Center can accommodate anywhere between 50 and 200 people, dependent on the selected event layout. Featuring a number of eco-friendly structural elements, this building offers space flooded with natural light, a beautiful bamboo floor, and exposed wooden beams. Its largest 2,400-square-foot private function room can be organized in either theater-style seating or in a banquet configuration. Couples reserving The Gudelsky Center can also take advantage of a spacious covered terrace area, a balcony, a break room, and the Honors Garden. For wedding preparations, a private farmhouse dressing room provides a place tucked away from the excitement where couples can get ready for their big day.

Services Offered

Couples celebrating the beginning of the next chapter of their lives at the Howard County Conservancy are invited to arrange their own outside vendors. A number of event supplies are made available to couples as part of the contract price, including a 20-foot-tall screen, chairs, and round, rectangular and cocktail tables.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,800

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,200

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Parking
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Barn
Farm/Ranch
Garden
Historic Building
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December
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Reviews of Howard County Conservancy

4.7 out of 5 rating
4.7 out of 5 rating
45 Reviews
93% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.2 out of 5 rating
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Howard County Conservancy (HCC) is a unique wedding venue that offers a beautiful natural setting. Reviewers loved the flexibility of being able to bring in their own vendors and customize their menu and drinks. The venue's staff, particularly Grace, received high praise for their responsiveness and helpfulness throughout the planning process. Guests appreciated the indoor and outdoor options, as well as the spaciousness and natural beauty of the venue. Despite some minor mishaps, reviewers highly recommend HCC for couples looking for a versatile and picturesque wedding location.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Howard County Conservancy (HCC) is a unique wedding venue that offers a beautiful natural setting. Reviewers loved the flexibility of being able to bring in their own vendors and customize their menu and drinks. The venue's staff, particularly Grace, received high praise for their responsiveness and helpfulness throughout the planning process. Guests appreciated the indoor and outdoor options, as well as the spaciousness and natural beauty of the venue. Despite some minor mishaps, reviewers highly recommend HCC for couples looking for a versatile and picturesque wedding location.

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Michelle Sent on 01/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful views and terrific responsiveness/flexibility

We recently got married at the Howard County Conservancy and it was the perfect venue for us. Being able to book the Guldelsky Center at the off-season rate helped us to stay within our budget, and even in the winter months, the grounds are beautiful and provided a tranquil and scenic backdrop for the evening. The partially covered deck was the perfect location for cocktail hour - spacious enough for our 80+ guests and a fully stocked bar with plenty of room to spare, plus an incredible view of the sunset. In terms of aesthetics, the space is also easy to work with since it can be dressed up or kept simple/clean, depending on what your vision is. The beams are gorgeous and with a little uplighting and basic decor, you can make a lot of impact with not too much effort. As others have mentioned, the venue is a dark sky facility so guests should take care navigating the parking lot at night, but there are several lamp posts on the paved section of the lot so it's not pitch black.

Grace (the Marketing and Events Coordinator) was extremely responsive and went above and beyond to answer any questions we had. The venue was also flexible and willing to work with us when certain things didn't go according to plan. On top of it all, we're glad that what we paid for the venue will go towards the Conservancy and its great work. Everything about our experience was positive and we are so thankful to the Conservancy for hosting our big day!

(Photos are courtesy of McKenzie Elizabeth Photography, which we also highly recommend for weddings in/around the Baltimore area.)
Angela
Angela S. Sent on 07/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely, peaceful venue

HCC is not a typical wedding venue, it's primarily a nature center, and we loved it! We wanted nature to be part of our wedding, but most of the venues in the area were barns or wineries, neither of which resonated with us. HCC was great because it's beautiful and simple. We also loved not having to rent tables or chairs. Grace was very responsive to our questions, but she did end up leaving a few months before our wedding. If you're looking for a venue that is pretty much a blank slate, HCC is your place. I will note that there are a lot of rules, which is understandable because it's a nature center. However, we worked with our planner/coordinator who has done tons of weddings there (Sleeping Bee Designs, Sarah Rosier) and she made it a breeze! We love that we can go back and enjoy a nice day at HCC. Photo credit: AnnaLiz Photography Florals: La Fleur Enchantée, Inc.
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Brooke K. Sent on 11/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Gorgeous!

such a gorgeous venue!!! everyone kept saying how beautiful and perfect it was there and that they couldn’t believe they’d never been there before! A perfect spot for a perfect day
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Howard County Conservancy frequently asked questions

Howard County Conservancy includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Parking
  • Tables
The space offered by Howard County Conservancy for wedding events is known for:
  • Barn
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Park
Howard County Conservancy offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Howard County Conservancy offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Howard County Conservancy offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Howard County Conservancy offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Tables
Howard County Conservancy is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value, 4.7 in quality of service and 4.2 in flexibility.

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