Your wedding day is a day you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to choose a wedding reception venue that’s extra special (not to mention breathtakingly beautiful). If you plan on tying the knot in the Baltimore area, you’ve got some amazing locales to choose from, and these three Baltimore wedding venues top the list. All three offer plenty of space for formal and informal receptions, but let’s be honest: When it comes to your wedding reception, space for guests is just one part of the equation. Atmosphere and ambience are probably the most important factors for creating a truly memorable experience. Here’s how these three special locales help couples celebrate Baltimore weddings in a unique and unforgettable way.
The Accelerator Space offers that perfect mix of historic-industrial charm and sweeping, open spaces that can take you reception from “nice” to “spectacular.” Located near the city’s famed Belvedere Square, the Accelerator Space provides easy access for guests and wedding party members. That’s a really nice feature, but if that’s all the space had to offer, there wouldn’t be much reason to recommend it. Fortunately, convenience is just the icing on the cake. As it turns out, this space has a lot of history behind it — and its unique architecture proves it.
In its former life, the Accelerator Space was a booming auto dealership, providing city residents of the early 1900s with new-fangled “horseless carriages.” Although a century has passed since the first cars rolled in (and out) of the dealership, the building itself has retained its original charm and eye-catching details, like high ceilings and exposed brick, highlighted by restored and refinished wood floors, a huge skylight, and a warming gas fireplace for added coziness.
The Accelerator Space offers interior and exterior spaces, including the spacious, 1,600-ft2 main room that can accommodate up to 275 guests for a seated dinner and 375 guests for cocktails. A smaller, newly remodeled space called the Den can be added if you need more space.
For smaller receptions, the private rooftop patio offers bistro lighting in an intimate, outdoor space for up to 65 seated dinner guests and up to 100 guests for cocktails. The Accelerator Space also offers free parking, with a valet option if you like, and the on-site staff is available to help you in planning your big day. The one-of-a-kind architecture offers some truly unique opportunities for your wedding photographs, not to mention a beautiful space for celebrating. Check it out here: http://www.acceleratorbaltimore.com.
Baltimore isn’t known as “Charm City” for nothing. One look at Inner Harbor, and you can see what draws so many couples to this part of the city when they’re looking for just the right venue for their wedding reception. The Baltimore Museum of Industry capitalizes on all the beauty the Inner Harbor has to offer, with its sweeping vistas of sparkling water and the city’s historic waterfront.
But the harbor isn’t the only charming element the museum has to offer couples and their wedding guests. Like the Accelerator Space locale, the museum has a rich history of its own — one that’s deeply entwined with the water and with Baltimore’s commercial and industrial past. Founded in 1977 as part of an historic preservation project, the museum is housed in a converted oyster cannery that dates way back to the 1860s. The entire campus spans five acres, with plenty of space to dine, dance, and just plain celebrate. And it’s also got indoor and outdoor reception areas, so you can take your pick — or mix it up.
To soak up the ambience of Baltimore’s industrial past, the historic cannery building offers a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows with stunning views of the Inner Harbor. The Alonso G. Decker Gallery has space for 300 guests for a seated dinner or 250 guests for dinner, dancing and buffet service. More wedding guests? The space can accommodate up to 500 for cocktail receptions. The brick terrace stretches along the waterfront, allowing for plenty of space to mix and mingle (not to mention some beautiful photo opportunities). The gallery is open for evening wedding receptions from 6 p.m. until midnight.
If outdoors is more to your liking, the museum’s waterfront pavilion is ideal for both formal and casual wedding receptions. There’s room for 300 seated guests and more for cocktail receptions. The roofed pavilion has clear sides to offer protection during mildly inclement weather, and like the gallery, it’s also available from 6 p.m. until midnight.
More perks: Located smack-dab in the middle of the Inner Harbor neighborhood, the BMI is super convenient for guests who might be driving in, and there are plenty of hotels in the area for anyone who wants to stay over. Plus, there’s free parking on site, and they can provide you with a list of approved caterers to make wedding planning a lot easier. You can find out more about the museum at its website here: https://www.thebmi.org.
The AVAM proves you don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C., to find a beautiful, one-of-a-kind artistic space to host your wedding reception. Dedicated to preserving and celebrating America’s outsider artists, the museum has the unique distinction of being named the country’s national museum for self-taught art. (That’s not a made-up title; it was bestowed by Congress.) And it’s not just the works of art that are unique. The building itself has won numerous design awards for its distinctive architecture, and the sweeping central spiral stairway and ornamental railings and benches were designed by renowned artist David Hess.
The museum and sculpture garden sprawl over more than an acre at the southern end of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the base of the city’s historic Federal Hill neighborhood, incorporating a restored whiskey warehouse in addition to the innovative main museum facilities. For your wedding reception, there are two spaces to choose from: The main building with access to current exhibits (and that grand staircase mentioned earlier) provides ample room for cocktails, dinner and dancing for 150 guests or more, while the sculpture barn and wildflower sculpture garden can accommodate up to 125 guests for a seated dinner and dancing or up to 250 for a cocktail reception. Really big wedding? Rent them both! The convenient location is easy to access by car, on foot and even by water taxi (talk about dramatic entrances!). Find out more about the American Visionary Art Museum and its receptions spaces at http://avam.org.