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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Chevy Chase, MD View map Visit website
Rating 4.7 out of 5
145 reviews
Up to 200 guests

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Up to 200 guests

>> NEW: we hear you! As of 2020, from June through September, Woodend provides complimentary air conditioning in our tented terrace, in addition to the existing fans, tented heaters, and chandeliers. Woodend's tent is dressed up with drapes and ceiling liner, so it's always elegant, whether you want all panels open with plenty of fresh air, or with all clear panels closed. <<

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion is an elegant wedding venue located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It is conveniently situated just 9 miles from downtown DC on a private 40-acre nature sanctuary. Originally built in 1927, this historic location was designed by the renowned architect John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives Building. Environmentally conscious couples might enjoy this venue’s commitment to nature and wildlife preservation.

Facilities and Capacity

Elegant yet relaxed, Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion provides couples with the convenience of having both ceremony and reception at the same location, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Your outdoor ceremony can be held in the estate's romantic tree-lined grove for dreamy, fairytale-inspired wedding photos. Should the weather not oblige, this venue offers a modern, climate-controlled tent that is set up on the paved terrace adjacent to the manor. This luxurious outdoor option, available from April through November, features chandeliers, side panels, drapes, heaters, fans, and various pieces of equipment to manage the temperature, including air conditioning from June through September. During winter, couples can hold their celebration inside the historic walls of the mansion in the stately Great Hall and Living Room. The house and its grounds can accommodate up to 170 guests between April and November, and 120 guests from December through March. For larger celebrations, small shuttles and minibuses are allowed on the grounds to accommodate guests who may be staying in nearby towns.

Woodend's staging areas can accommodate large wedding parties. Both rooms have restrooms and are the perfect places to finish getting ready and do detail photos of shoes, gown, boutonniere, bouquet, rings and so much more. Couples who need a private room for a pre-wedding ceremony such as signing the Ketubah, can choose one of these two private rooms for this purpose as well.

Services Offered

Approved caterers vetted by Woodend supply waiting staff, attendants, food, soft drinks and bar mixers, but you can supply your own alcohol and the caterer provides the bartender to serve it. In addition, the caterers provide setup and cleanup services to ensure that you can focus on enjoying your special day and time with loved ones. Dining equipment is provided by the caterers, so you can have a one-stop-shop experience instead of spending your precious time worrying about rentals, or having to use what you dislike. Items include standard or specialty linens, china, stemware, flatware, and tables and chairs of your choice. At Woodend you can achieve the look you've always envisioned with upgraded options such as farmhouse tables and ghost chairs.

Caterers take care of the setting-up and tearing-down for the event to ensure a smooth and relaxing experience during and after your wedding celebration.

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?

$5,500

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

$4,500

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

No

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)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

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
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

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
July
August
November
December

145 Reviews

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Rated
4.7
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Recommended by 94% of couples
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    Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.4 out of 5

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    A & Married on 11/05/2021
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    Wonderful Venue!

    My wife and I found Woodend and fell in love with the outside landscape and interior! We had a fall wedding and it took our breathe away. All the staff was very friendly and this venue made our wedding so incredibly beautiful and meaningful, all of our guests raved about the scenery and environment. We picked the perfect place to make our special day memorable for years to come!
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    Josh S. Married on 09/05/2021
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    Wonderful venue

    Woodend was the perfect venue for our wedding. It’s wonderful to have both indoor and outdoor space and to have the peace of mind of an alternative rain plan (which we fortunately did not need). Beatriz and her staff were great to work with, and they also connected us to our amazing caterer (Corcoran Caterers). The outdoor grove provided beautiful scenery for our ceremony, and we loved that having our wedding at Woodend supports the mission of the Audubon Naturalist Society.

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    Dear Josh,
    Thank you for your review. We greatly appreciate your kind words, and are thrilled that Woodend was the perfect venue for your wedding.
    You and Rachel were a joy to work with.
    We wish you all the best!
    Beatriz

Awards

  • 145
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Mary & Dominic
    59 photos · 07/18/2020
  • Christopher & Joshua
    30 photos · 07/21/2015

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Professional Network & Endorsements

8 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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Map

8940 Jones Mill Road Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
301-652-9188
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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up

At Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion for wedding events?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offer?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offer for wedding events?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion have available for wedding events?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Dance Floor
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in value and 4.4 in flexibility.

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