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 just 9 miles from downtown DC. 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 adjacent to the manor on the paved terrace. It features chandeliers, 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, and the festivities can go until midnight. 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. There is no sales tax and part of the rental fee is tax-deductible.

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124 Reviews for Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Recommended by 93% of couples


4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Jessica · Married on 05/25/2019

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    Beautiful Brunch Wedding

    Beatriz and everyone at Woodend were amazing to work with for our daytime Brunch wedding. The value of this venue is amazing, as the tent is included. We had amazing weather, but the rain plan at Woodend is also beautiful and was a big part of why we chose them. They are less strict with live music than some other venues we toured, as well. They were flexible with our desire to do a less-traditional format and worked hard to facilitate all of the small details that really made our wedding special and beautiful. Beatriz was always responsive to email and we're so glad we held our wedding here!

    Sent on 06/09/2019
  • Tacy

    Tacy Lambiase · Married on 05/05/2019

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    An amazing, beautiful place

    Woodend was the only wedding venue that we looked at; I was pretty much sold based on what I found online, but touring the gorgeous mansion and grounds solidified that Woodend was the perfect venue for us. We wanted an outdoor venue surrounded by nature, but with the option to move the party indoors if the weather wasn't ideal. The Hemlock Grove looked like the perfect spot for an outdoor, nature-inspired ceremony, and mansion and tent seemed like the ideal place for a Sunday-morning brunch reception.

    But here's the thing: It ended up raining pretty much all day on our wedding day. But it didn't really matter one bit. Woodend was still the perfect venue for our wedding. Even though our ceremony had to be relocated under the tent, and our cocktail hour was moved into the mansion, it was still just a lovey, beautiful place to get married. Our guests raved about the setting (the beautiful trees in the background of everything), the ceremony (with the romantic sound of rain pattering on the tent), the adorable children in raincoats on a hike who made a brief appearance in the background of the ceremony (unexpected, but adorable) - everything!

    We're also happy that our venue fee supported the Audubon Naturalist Society - definitely a "win" for any couple interested in hosting a more eco-friendly event.

    A special thank you for Beatriz for helping us through the easy process of booking and hosting our event. She allowed a few of our vendors to arrive at the venue a little early to set up (really appreciated), and was very kind and accommodating through the whole process.

    We're so glad we found Woodend, and we're excited to visit this special place in the future!

    Sent on 05/20/2019

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    It was a pleasure being a small part of your special day, Tacy!
    Thank you for choosing Woodend for your wedding and supporting our environmental mission.
    All the 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, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Rentals, 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
  • 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, December

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    Plus 1 hour free, or the equivalent $ off

    Receive an additional complimentary hour or the equivalent dollar amount deducted from your rental fee, whichever you prefer. This offer is valid only for new contracts signed after 5/9/2019 for weddings held up until 12/22/2019 and based on availability. You must mention this deal before you sign the contract in order to receive the discount or additional complimentary hour.

    This offer does not apply to previously booked weddings or events or existing pending contracts.

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    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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