Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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For 100 Guests $5k - $6k
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About Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

*** Woodend is available for short celebrations such as elopements, ceremonies, micro and mini weddings for the remaining dates in 2020 following all guidelines by our local, state and federal mandates.***

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.

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134 Reviews for Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Recommended by 94% of couples


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

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  • Carol

    Carol Han · Married on 12/07/2019

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Magical Winter Wedding at Woodend

    Woodend was the perfect location for our December 2019 wedding. My husband Greg and I love the mission of the Audubon Naturalist Society, and even though we were getting married in the winter (and not using the outdoor space), the setting proved magical for our holiday-themed nuptials. The folks at Woodend, especially Beatriz and Kathy, became part of my "squad," and helped our wedding become one of the best moments of our lives!

    Sent on 12/22/2019

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    Carol,
    Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure being part of your special day.
    All the best to you and Greg!
    Beatriz
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    Janice · Married on 10/26/2019

    5.0
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    Perfect, gorgeous venue

    This venue was PERFECT for our morning fall wedding. We wanted to choose a venue that had great fall color potential, enough space to host a larger wedding, was less than 1 hour from where our families lived, and aligned with our passions and values. Beatriz was so kind, understanding, and experienced. The leaves behind the Hemlock Grove ceremony location turned a beautiful golden yellow for our late October wedding. The beautiful mansion has character due to being the headquarters of the Audubon Naturalist Society. And we loved the ability for our guests to hang out in separate rooms or outside if they didn't want to dance. The balcony in the bridal room is terrific for photos. My only regret is that I didn't try to rent the venue for the entire day and night so we could enjoy it longer!

    Sent on 12/08/2019

    Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion's reply:

    Thank you, Janice! You were a joy to work with, and we are so glad you a wonderful fall wedding!!!
    We greatly appreciate your business and your kind words.
    Happy Holidays!

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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion Pricing

Guests

Here's what couples with similar selections spent on this venue:

$4,659 - $6,409
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings

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?
    $ 5500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 4300
  • 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?
    $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 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
    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

Real Weddings

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion 1
    New flat rate for new bookings until 8/31/2020!

    New flat rate for all remaining dates for new contracts with event held up until 8/31/2020.

    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

    301-652-9188 ext. 38 | beatriz.engel@anshome.org

Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements

  • 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 Wedding Caterers

    We always enjoy catering at Woodend!

  • 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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