The Bolger Center is a breathtaking wedding venue located on 43 acres of manicured grounds, lush gardens, and rolling Maryland countryside. This 431-room historic hotel offers the most exclusive accommodations in Potomac, Maryland. Located in close proximity to Bethesda and Rockville, it is central to all three DC airports. On-site accommodations, large ballroom spaces and outdoor activities that your friends and family will love are just a few of the things that make this venue so special. Enjoy all of the amenities from our elegant wedding packages along with hand-crafted and locally-sourced cuisine created by our award-winning executive chef. Inquire about The Bolger Center today to reserve your wedding date!
Facilities and Capacity
With space for up to 350 guests, The Bolger Center has a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from. Say “I do” underneath our gleaming white pergola located on our finely manicured gardens. Afterwards, move inside into one of the venue’s two ballroom spaces. Whether inside the Stained Glass Hall, with it's historic stained glass windows and cathedral-style ceiling, or the Benjamin Franklin Ballroom, with it's 7,000 square feet of premium ballroom space -- they are both great options for you and your guests to enjoy an exquisite three-course dining experience before dancing the night away. No matter which space you choose to host your wedding, you’ll be immersed in a spectacular ambience that will stay with your friends and family for years to come.
The team at The Bolger Center understands that there are a lot of aspects that go into designing the perfect wedding day. To make your experience effortless, they’ll go above and beyond to supply the very best services. From on-site accommodations that are both convenient and comfortable, to in-house catering and bar services, you’ll have everything you need for the wedding day of your dreams. Wedding day services include, but are not limited to, the following:
For us, the key ingredient to a successful wedding is providing a memorable culinary experience for our guests. That's why we focus so intently on our dining experience and offer vibrant displays filled with delectable food made with only the freshest ingredients. From food offerings to presentation, we strive to inspire our guests before they take their first bite.
Our award-winning executive chef combines rich, ethnic flavors with locally sourced products. Inspired by their own family traditions, our culinary staff incorporates the flavors of numerous cuisines, including:
Inquire about The Bolger Center today to begin reserving rooms for your wedding date! The Bolger Center has 401 guest rooms and 30 suites on-site. Complete with stylish décor, a modern atmosphere and comfortable accommodations, your guests will be happy to retreat to one of The Bolger Center’s rooms after a full day of celebration. Your guests will also enjoy the following amenties:
91 Reviews for William F. Bolger Center
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Gelareh Abulwerdi · Married on 11/16/2019
Our November Wedding at Bolger Center was Spectacular
We had our wedding at the Bolger Center during November of 2019 and were very with our experience and how everything turned out:Sent on 12/08/2019
Sarah, our sales manager at the Bolger Center, was very knowledgeable, experienced, patient and accommodating. During our initial venue visit she was able to answer all of our questions in great detail, and came across as very experienced in event management. She demonstrated that same level of professionalism throughout the entire process. Sarah was also extremely patient with us. During the months leading up to our wedding, she was very accommodating in showing us, our families, and our vendors the space, even if that meant coming in on weekends or in the evenings. Further, on the weekend of our wedding she was patient with us when our rehearsal ran late, and on the wedding day she ensured things were going to plan. She was even present during our post-wedding breakfast, checking in with us to see if we were doing well. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.
Property and Staff:
One benefit of having an event at the Bolger Center is that the property has everything you need. Most of our out of town guests stayed on the property during our event weekend. The venue also has a bar (Pony Express), which was a convenient space for us and our guests to grab some food and drink. We found the rooms well-maintained and the public spaces were clean and staffed appropriately. Perhaps what stood out to us most was the staff. Every employee of the Bolger Center that we came across, from the cleaning crew to the security, was very pleasant and always greeted us with a smile. Further, they demonstrated excellent professionalism during our event. As an example, we noticed that when they served dinner during our wedding, they had multiple staff members attend to one table all at once, so that food was served at the same time to each guest in a given table. The benefit of this was that there wasn’t anyone waiting for someone else in their table to be served before they could start eating, and therefore food did not get cold.
During the last nine months leading up to the wedding, we worked closely with Sarah to make sure our vision for the wedding come to fruition. Everything that Bolger Center provided us from the rehearsal dinner to the post-wedding breakfast was spectacular. The getting-ready rooms for the bridal party were conveniently located in the same building as our event. Our wedding took place in the Stained Glass Hall, which looked absolutely stunning. The lighting in the room was customizable, and it looked perfect during our big day. Since we used the same room for the ceremony and reception, the flip of the room during cocktail hour was seamless. The food tasted excellent and was warm. The staff that attended to our wedding were very experienced and pleasant.
Overall, we had an unforgettable wedding at Bolger Center. All our guests spoke highly of this beautiful venue and we would recommend it to anyone planning a wedding in the DMV area.
Jm Chen · Married on 09/21/2019
Three awesome mitzvahs
We have just completed our third mitzvah at the Bolger center. All three times they were extraordinarily easy to work with, and our mitzvahs came out exactly as we had designed and discussed.Sent on 09/26/2019
My children were so very happy, as were my guests. The food is really really good, and we have received rave reviews from our guests every single time. We have also been able to customize our menus in several ways all three times, and were pleased that Bolger was so accommodating for very little extra cost.
I also find the serving staff to be not only good at what they do, but very very warm. I have had servers who have worked more than one of my events, and one who has worked all three - and they know us and remember us :-). That, combined with my coordinator/manager all three times, has almost made us feel like we were family there.
The other reason we pick the Bolger was because it made it very easy on my guests that we could lodge them there, and also do our Friday night meal at the Pony Express. The Pony may seem like your average sports bar, but they carve out such a nice private space for a medium size party, and it has worked out beautifully every time. (and again – rave reviews on the food we have served our Friday night dinners). At our third Friday night event we had such beautiful weather that we were able to have drinks served to us on the adorable patio outback and then migrate into our private space for dinner.
Thanks Bolger, for all three :-)
Jennie Kronthal · Married on 09/14/2019
We hosted a Bat Mitzvah for 135 guests.
Everything was perfect. This was the second time we hosted a significant family event at this beautiful venue.Sent on 09/25/2019
The staff is experienced, efficient and thorough. They made our event smooth and easy! Ricky was extremely professional, knowledgeable and positive. Planning this event was delightful.
Very Professional and Highly Recommended.
This is one of the more popular venues for a Bethesda-area Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration or even a wedding or special event. As a videographer, I am often hired to cover these events, whether they are in the Franklin Room, the Pony Express or the Stained Glass Room. Each of the spaces has it's own special character and utility. The Pony Express has a large outdoor courtyard - great in good weather for cockails; The Franklin Room is large and can accommodate bigger guest lists and has lots of parking near to the building. The Stained Glass Room is in the high rise hotel proper. Whichever space my clients choose, they always end up having a successful event perhaps because the staff is friendly and helpful and vendors have plenty of space and easy access to set up their equipment. I have scores of keepsake videos made at The Bolger Center and my clients are happy. It doesn't get better for me - especially because the venue is just 10 minutes from my house. Hope to see you there soon.
Great location to host an event, also great location for photographs