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Glen Echo Park Partnership

Glen Echo , MD
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LOCATION

7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812 US (map)

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301-634-2233

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For couples seeking a unique, historic and inspiring venue, Glen Echo Park is the perfect choice. The Park is a magical place situated on the Potomac palisades near Bethesda, Maryland.... Read more
For couples seeking a unique, historic and inspiring venue, Glen Echo Park is the perfect choice. The Park is a magical place situated on the Potomac palisades near Bethesda, Maryland. It is home to the renowned Spanish Ballroom, a beautifully restored 1933 Mediterranean style Art Deco building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a formal and glamorous venue for large wedding receptions. In addition, the Park offers the Bumper Car Pavilion. Built in 1923 during the amusement park era of Glen Echo Park, this versatile facility is a unique setting for small to medium-sized wedding ceremonies and receptions. Glen Echo Park offers additional unique venues for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1891
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Eclectic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
800
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
600
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Laurel
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We loved getting married at Glen Echo Park. Jackson and his team did a great job of responded to our every question and working with us through all the detailed planning. Our ceremony was in the Cuddle Up Pavilion- a last minute change due to the weather. And the reception was in the gorgeous Bumper Car Pavilion. Our event was a dream come true, thanks to all the great staff at Glen Echo. And of course, the best part, was riding the carousel.
We loved getting married at Glen Echo Park. Jackson and his team did a great job of responded to our every question and Read more...
We loved getting married at Glen Echo Park. Jackson and his team did a great job of responded to our every question and working with us through all the detailed planning. Our ceremony was in the Cuddle Up Pavilion- a last minute change due to the weather. And the reception was in the gorgeous Bumper Car Pavilion. Our event was a dream come true, thanks to all the great staff at Glen Echo. And of course, the best part, was riding the carousel. Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
7/19/2014
3.9/5.0
We knew we wanted to get married at Glen Echo eons before we were engaged, and it was the perfect venue for us despite some of the annoyances.

If you're getting married at Glen Echo, you know it's a National Park, not a full-service wedding venue. So don't expect any fancy literature about options, don't expect your contact to be JUST AS ENTHUSIASTIC as you are about, well, anything. But you can expect the answers will be predictable and fair.

It's a National Park, so it can only be so flexible. There are certain definite noes (like hard alcohol - it's beer and wine only). That being said, Jackson was very flexible where he could be. And to get around/cope with where the Park can't be flexible? Get a good caterer who's worked there before (we used Main Event and could not have been happier). When we got married, only nine caterers could operate at the Park, which makes choosing a caterer easier than a lot of venues.

We used the Cuddle Up for our ceremony and the Bumper Car pavilion for our reception. Our cocktail hour was in the area in between.
We knew we wanted to get married at Glen Echo eons before we were engaged, and it was the perfect venue for us despite Read more...
We knew we wanted to get married at Glen Echo eons before we were engaged, and it was the perfect venue for us despite some of the annoyances.

If you're getting married at Glen Echo, you know it's a National Park, not a full-service wedding venue. So don't expect any fancy literature about options, don't expect your contact to be JUST AS ENTHUSIASTIC as you are about, well, anything. But you can expect the answers will be predictable and fair.

It's a National Park, so it can only be so flexible. There are certain definite noes (like hard alcohol - it's beer and wine only). That being said, Jackson was very flexible where he could be. And to get around/cope with where the Park can't be flexible? Get a good caterer who's worked there before (we used Main Event and could not have been happier). When we got married, only nine caterers could operate at the Park, which makes choosing a caterer easier than a lot of venues.

We used the Cuddle Up for our ceremony and the Bumper Car pavilion for our reception. Our cocktail hour was in the area in between. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I know this sounds cheesy, but I can only describe Glen Echo as magical. I rented the Cuddle Up Pavilion for my ceremony and the Bumper Car Pavilion for my reception. They were perfect for our nontraditional, DIY wedding. Jackson was very helpful and responsive. I couldn't have ask for more.
I know this sounds cheesy, but I can only describe Glen Echo as magical. I rented the Cuddle Up Pavilion for my ceremony Read more...
I know this sounds cheesy, but I can only describe Glen Echo as magical. I rented the Cuddle Up Pavilion for my ceremony and the Bumper Car Pavilion for my reception. They were perfect for our nontraditional, DIY wedding. Jackson was very helpful and responsive. I couldn't have ask for more. Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.9/5.0
We were looking for something unique and conveniently-located for a fun summer wedding in the DC area. Glen Echo was recommended to us as an historic former amusement park, and we had the reception inside the "Bumper Car Pavilion". It was the first bumper car pavilion in the United States from what we were told! Pricing was reasonable, free parking was plentiful and the venue was very easy to work with. Not to mention, the wooden bumper car floor was perfect for dancing!!! Thanks, Glen Echo!
We were looking for something unique and conveniently-located for a fun summer wedding in the DC area. Glen Echo was Read more...
We were looking for something unique and conveniently-located for a fun summer wedding in the DC area. Glen Echo was recommended to us as an historic former amusement park, and we had the reception inside the "Bumper Car Pavilion". It was the first bumper car pavilion in the United States from what we were told! Pricing was reasonable, free parking was plentiful and the venue was very easy to work with. Not to mention, the wooden bumper car floor was perfect for dancing!!! Thanks, Glen Echo! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.8/5.0
One of the relatively more affordable venues in the DC area, Glen Echo was a fun place to have my wedding! I have a connection to the park, which is why I wanted to get married there, but on its own it's a beautiful place with a variety of options. I used the Cuddle Up pavilion for the ceremony, and the Bumper Car Pavilion for the reception, and we had 160 people at our wedding.
While it can pose a challenge that everything has to be brought in, the folks at Glen Echo are helpful with coordination with vendors, answering questions, and even allowing you to keep some of your wedding stuff in storage so you don't have to lug it there on the day of your wedding. I do recommend a day-of-coordinator, since this venue has a lot of moving parts that a hotel, for example, doesn't have, but they have a carousel! Great spot.
One of the relatively more affordable venues in the DC area, Glen Echo was a fun place to have my wedding! I have a Read more...
One of the relatively more affordable venues in the DC area, Glen Echo was a fun place to have my wedding! I have a connection to the park, which is why I wanted to get married there, but on its own it's a beautiful place with a variety of options. I used the Cuddle Up pavilion for the ceremony, and the Bumper Car Pavilion for the reception, and we had 160 people at our wedding.
While it can pose a challenge that everything has to be brought in, the folks at Glen Echo are helpful with coordination with vendors, answering questions, and even allowing you to keep some of your wedding stuff in storage so you don't have to lug it there on the day of your wedding. I do recommend a day-of-coordinator, since this venue has a lot of moving parts that a hotel, for example, doesn't have, but they have a carousel! Great spot. Read less
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Charlotte
Wedding:
7/20/2013
2.8/5.0
I LOVED having my wedding at Glen Echo- it was the perfect setting and ended up being wonderful; that being said it was a bit of a bumpy road... I really disliked the extremely limited list of catering options ( I think there are like 5 and one is the Brown Bag... only 2 of them ever replied to my request for proposal) and the strict rules about decorating. I worked around all those things and created the wedding of my dreams despite those issues- however the park was not at all helpful when it came to renting the carousel and dealing with the tickets, still not quite sure why the guy at the ticket booth couldn't just give out the tickets when I said I would happily pay for any party crashes that wanted to ride it. It also took multiple emails to get responses( yes- I'm anal but aren't all brides)... but regardless I got past all of that and was so excited when I showed up to start setup on the morning of my wedding until I was hit with a double booking of the venue! It not only shot my nerves to hell but took loads of time having someone go scan my contract and send it over to prove that my contract was for the full day and no I was not willing to wait until 4:00pm to set up for my 6:00pm wedding- it was the most ridiculous compromise I have ever heard- granted after being yelled at, contracts sent over for proof, many tears they apologized and moved the other event. And just as my nerves were starting to calm we discovered that the ceremony venue had a wasp infestation! Thankfully my friends were faster than the park ranger and quickly got the situation under control. All that being said- if you are willing to do a whole lot of work the day of your wedding and really stay on top of them you can have the most magical wedding at Glen Echo- it really is a fun and unique venue and no one will forget it.
I LOVED having my wedding at Glen Echo- it was the perfect setting and ended up being wonderful; that being said it was a Read more...
I LOVED having my wedding at Glen Echo- it was the perfect setting and ended up being wonderful; that being said it was a bit of a bumpy road... I really disliked the extremely limited list of catering options ( I think there are like 5 and one is the Brown Bag... only 2 of them ever replied to my request for proposal) and the strict rules about decorating. I worked around all those things and created the wedding of my dreams despite those issues- however the park was not at all helpful when it came to renting the carousel and dealing with the tickets, still not quite sure why the guy at the ticket booth couldn't just give out the tickets when I said I would happily pay for any party crashes that wanted to ride it. It also took multiple emails to get responses( yes- I'm anal but aren't all brides)... but regardless I got past all of that and was so excited when I showed up to start setup on the morning of my wedding until I was hit with a double booking of the venue! It not only shot my nerves to hell but took loads of time having someone go scan my contract and send it over to prove that my contract was for the full day and no I was not willing to wait until 4:00pm to set up for my 6:00pm wedding- it was the most ridiculous compromise I have ever heard- granted after being yelled at, contracts sent over for proof, many tears they apologized and moved the other event. And just as my nerves were starting to calm we discovered that the ceremony venue had a wasp infestation! Thankfully my friends were faster than the park ranger and quickly got the situation under control. All that being said- if you are willing to do a whole lot of work the day of your wedding and really stay on top of them you can have the most magical wedding at Glen Echo- it really is a fun and unique venue and no one will forget it. Read less
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melanie
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.2/5.0
I had no problems working with Glen Echo. They were always very responsive and worked with me. The bumper car pavilion was a fantastic venue for my casual ceremony and reception!
I had no problems working with Glen Echo. They were always very responsive and worked with me. The bumper car pavilion was Read more...
I had no problems working with Glen Echo. They were always very responsive and worked with me. The bumper car pavilion was a fantastic venue for my casual ceremony and reception! Read less
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Katlyn
Wedding:
9/21/2012
4.9/5.0
I rented the bumper car pavilion for my wedding in September 2012. I loved how unique the space was and it was geared towards my more offbeat bride tendencies. Everyone that I worked with at the park were extremely professional and they were able to answer whatever weird questions I had. I also rented one of their classrooms to get ready in before the wedding and rented their carousel for guests to ride during cocktail hour. Overall it's an amazing space and I couldn't have asked for more. The only downside was that you had to use one of their approved caterers but that turned out to be a non-issue.
I rented the bumper car pavilion for my wedding in September 2012. I loved how unique the space was and it was geared Read more...
I rented the bumper car pavilion for my wedding in September 2012. I loved how unique the space was and it was geared towards my more offbeat bride tendencies. Everyone that I worked with at the park were extremely professional and they were able to answer whatever weird questions I had. I also rented one of their classrooms to get ready in before the wedding and rented their carousel for guests to ride during cocktail hour. Overall it's an amazing space and I couldn't have asked for more. The only downside was that you had to use one of their approved caterers but that turned out to be a non-issue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/14/2012
4.8/5.0
Glen Echo was the perfect find for our wedding. We wanted a venue that would allow us to have a fun and non-traditional wedding and Glen Echo gave us just that. We totally played up the vintage carnival theme and used that for inspiration in our decorations, food, cake topper, etc. We rented the carousel during cocktail hour which our guests loved and it made for great pictures of us and the bridal party.
The staff at Glen Echo were extremely helpful throughout our planning process. Emily and Dwight were prompt and helpful in answering questions and problem solving to make our day go smoothly.
The only slight downside to Glen Echo is that there are rules and guidelines that you must follow because it is a National Park. However, this was all stuff we could work around (i.e. no liquor allowed so we just served beer and wine) and it really was not a big deal.
Glen Echo was the perfect find for our wedding. We wanted a venue that would allow us to have a fun and non-traditional Read more...
Glen Echo was the perfect find for our wedding. We wanted a venue that would allow us to have a fun and non-traditional wedding and Glen Echo gave us just that. We totally played up the vintage carnival theme and used that for inspiration in our decorations, food, cake topper, etc. We rented the carousel during cocktail hour which our guests loved and it made for great pictures of us and the bridal party.
The staff at Glen Echo were extremely helpful throughout our planning process. Emily and Dwight were prompt and helpful in answering questions and problem solving to make our day go smoothly.
The only slight downside to Glen Echo is that there are rules and guidelines that you must follow because it is a National Park. However, this was all stuff we could work around (i.e. no liquor allowed so we just served beer and wine) and it really was not a big deal. Read less
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ElyseAsh
Wedding:
5/20/2012
4.2/5.0
Glen Echo Park is a VERY magical, happy place. It's so joyful and warm and fun with the unique architecture, signage, history and of COURSE the carousel. When my husband and I looked into it after my Mom recommended it, we KNEW we had to get married there.

We had our wedding ceremony on the stage in the Cuddle Up Pavilion, and our wedding reception at the Bumper Car Pavilion. We also rented a small room inside the office for getting ready and later on, for babysitting. We also rented the carousel for an hour (during cocktail hour) which the guests LOVED.

The Pro's:
- It's SO unique. Memorable. Fun. Joyful. Magical.
- The carousel!
- Historical.
- Fairly affordable (for the DC area)
- Outdoors but also covered so you're ok if it rains.
- Can accommodate a lot of people!
- Absolutely beautiful for photos.

The Con's:
- There are SO many rules. Since it's a national park and they want to preserve it, they have a lot of hard rules. Like no hard liquor (BOO! Even though you can serve champagne/beer/wine), no candles (BOO!) and no using tacks or staples to hang decorations (so you have to get creative). They also have a strict pre-approved set of caterers so you are pretty limited there.
- Everything is spread fairly far apart, so if it rains even though your areas will be fine, it would also
- The carousel is open to the public until 6pm every day, so unless you want randos around and also LOUD carousel music, you pretty much have to have an evening wedding.
- Some walking is involved since the parking lot and restroom are kind of spread far away; so if you have elderly guests it could be a challenge.

It's also worth noting that our contact person changed like 3 different times. So everything was kind of confusing. We had a walk through with a girl who wasn't there 2 months later during the time of our wedding. And the new contact lady (who was actually the ORIGINAL one-long story-wasn't even at the event. It ended up being fine of course, but it was hard to get replies and calls back about certain issues. Our caterer was definitely getting frustrated.

Overall, it was beautiful and happy (and GREAT weather!), and everyone (especially the out of town guests) LOVED the venue. It was GORGEOUS and magical. Just know you have to make a lot creative compromises. All of them are worth it...but still...worth noting.
Glen Echo Park is a VERY magical, happy place. It's so joyful and warm and fun with the unique architecture, signage, Read more...
Glen Echo Park is a VERY magical, happy place. It's so joyful and warm and fun with the unique architecture, signage, history and of COURSE the carousel. When my husband and I looked into it after my Mom recommended it, we KNEW we had to get married there.

We had our wedding ceremony on the stage in the Cuddle Up Pavilion, and our wedding reception at the Bumper Car Pavilion. We also rented a small room inside the office for getting ready and later on, for babysitting. We also rented the carousel for an hour (during cocktail hour) which the guests LOVED.

The Pro's:
- It's SO unique. Memorable. Fun. Joyful. Magical.
- The carousel!
- Historical.
- Fairly affordable (for the DC area)
- Outdoors but also covered so you're ok if it rains.
- Can accommodate a lot of people!
- Absolutely beautiful for photos.

The Con's:
- There are SO many rules. Since it's a national park and they want to preserve it, they have a lot of hard rules. Like no hard liquor (BOO! Even though you can serve champagne/beer/wine), no candles (BOO!) and no using tacks or staples to hang decorations (so you have to get creative). They also have a strict pre-approved set of caterers so you are pretty limited there.
- Everything is spread fairly far apart, so if it rains even though your areas will be fine, it would also
- The carousel is open to the public until 6pm every day, so unless you want randos around and also LOUD carousel music, you pretty much have to have an evening wedding.
- Some walking is involved since the parking lot and restroom are kind of spread far away; so if you have elderly guests it could be a challenge.

It's also worth noting that our contact person changed like 3 different times. So everything was kind of confusing. We had a walk through with a girl who wasn't there 2 months later during the time of our wedding. And the new contact lady (who was actually the ORIGINAL one-long story-wasn't even at the event. It ended up being fine of course, but it was hard to get replies and calls back about certain issues. Our caterer was definitely getting frustrated.

Overall, it was beautiful and happy (and GREAT weather!), and everyone (especially the out of town guests) LOVED the venue. It was GORGEOUS and magical. Just know you have to make a lot creative compromises. All of them are worth it...but still...worth noting. Read less
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