Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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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. 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, which features 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. 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.

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  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.3
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Elyse · Married on 07/21/2018

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    Woodend is so beautiful! I'm so happy we chose this location for our wedding. Beatriz was so sweet and helpful. The grounds are so quiet and pretty. They have a seamless and great rain plan as well, which we ended up needing as it downpour the whole day and night, but it never put a damper on the fun! They were also much more relaxed about everything compared to other venues we looked at, they wanted it to be your day and how you envisioned it.

    Sent on 10/16/2018

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    Elyse,
    We are truly honored that you chose Woodend for your special day, and delighted to hear that it was a beautiful day, regardless of the weather!
    Beatriz
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    Anne · Married on 05/26/2018

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    This is an incredible venue- we absolutely fell in love with it, especially the hemlock grove for the ceremony! We had rain the day of, but the rain location under the terrace tent still looked beautiful! Beatriz at Woodend was such a pleasure to work with, she really looked out for us, was so friendly, and just wanted the day to go perfectly for us. The A/C in the bridal suite, with its private bathroom was SUCH a plus. They have a list of approved vendors, and they all were amazing, so that really saved us from hunting for vendors we might not have liked as much. This place has such a special place in my heart and I can’t believe I got married somewhere so beautiful.

    Sent on 10/16/2018

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words, Anne.
    It was a pleasure working with you and Albert, and all the wonderful vendors you chose.
    Your positive attitude regarding the possibility of rain, and your ability to delegate and trust your vendors made your wedding very special for all of us.
    I wish you and Albert all the very best!
    Beatriz

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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion FAQ

  • 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? $ 5,200.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 3,900.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Parking, Set Up
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s)
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Historic Building, Mansion
  • 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, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Plated, Stations
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s)
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arch, Dance Floor, Tents, Tent Accessories
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, December

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    One free additional hour!

    Woodend is offering an additional complimentary hour for new contracts. This offer is valid only for contracts signed after 10/20/2018 for weddings held between 1/4/2019 and 8/31/2019.

    This offer does not apply to previously booked weddings or events, nor existing pending contracts. Book now before all remaining dates get booked during the holidays, the most popular time for engagements. Copy and paste this link on your browser and schedule your tour now:

    https://calendly.com/woodendsanctuary/tour-of-woodend-sanctuary

    Visit our website at woodendsanctuary.org/weddings

Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements

  • Erin Kelleher Photography
    Erin Kelleher Photography Wedding Photographers

    Woodend Sanctuary provides such a beautiful wedding venue, set right outside of Washington, DC. I've photographed many weddings here, two this year alone. The grove is one of my favorite outdoor ceremony locations to photograph. I love this venue's environmental story, and Beatriz is WONDERFUL to work with. Highly recommend!

  • Catering by Seasons
    Catering by Seasons Wedding Caterers

    We always enjoy catering at Woodend!

  • Flowers by Suzann
    Flowers by Suzann Wedding Florists

    Woodend is a favorite venue of wildlife and nature lovers. Their beautiful hemlock grove is a wonderful place for a ceremony.

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  • 8940 Jones Mill Road Chevy Chase, MD, 20815 See on map
    301-652-9188 (38) (Phone number)

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