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Howard County Conservancy

Woodstock , MD
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Woodstock, MD 21163 US (map)

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Marcia
Wedding:
12/29/2014
5.0/5.0
The wedding was on a Monday morning at a nearby church followed by brunch at the Conservancy. Price was right and we included rental of the Nature Center downstairs which children and adults loved. It was a wonderful location and staff was very accommodating. It was a rare warmer winter day so the photo scavenger hunt went off super. Loved the location!
The wedding was on a Monday morning at a nearby church followed by brunch at the Conservancy. Price was right and we Read more...
The wedding was on a Monday morning at a nearby church followed by brunch at the Conservancy. Price was right and we included rental of the Nature Center downstairs which children and adults loved. It was a wonderful location and staff was very accommodating. It was a rare warmer winter day so the photo scavenger hunt went off super. Loved the location! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
The conservancy was the perfect place for our wedding! Everyone loved the venue, and really enjoyed themselves. The conservancy offers a relaxed atmosphere with the option of having the ceremony in several different areas on the property and has a GREAT party room.
The conservancy was the perfect place for our wedding! Everyone loved the venue, and really enjoyed themselves. The Read more...
The conservancy was the perfect place for our wedding! Everyone loved the venue, and really enjoyed themselves. The conservancy offers a relaxed atmosphere with the option of having the ceremony in several different areas on the property and has a GREAT party room. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Choosing the Howard County Conservancy as a venue is one of the best decisions that my wife and I could have made in lieu of our wedding. We wanted to marry somewhere outdoorsy and rustic - options in this part of the state seemed pretty limited, in that respect. Everywhere we tried to option that was 'outdoorsy' was either obscenely overpriced or attached to a luxury bed and breakfast.

The conservancy was the exact mix of rustic and convenient that we needed. We held our ceremony in their barnhouse, and the light hitting the barn in late September is absolute perfection in mid-afternoon. We were illuminated by rays of light, while the attendees were able to bask in the shade (Wear sunscreen!) This made for some stellar photographs.

They were easy to work with, reasonably priced, professional, and everything about our wedding somehow went off without a hitch, venue included.

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Choosing the Howard County Conservancy as a venue is one of the best decisions that my wife and I could have made in lieu Read more...
Choosing the Howard County Conservancy as a venue is one of the best decisions that my wife and I could have made in lieu of our wedding. We wanted to marry somewhere outdoorsy and rustic - options in this part of the state seemed pretty limited, in that respect. Everywhere we tried to option that was 'outdoorsy' was either obscenely overpriced or attached to a luxury bed and breakfast.

The conservancy was the exact mix of rustic and convenient that we needed. We held our ceremony in their barnhouse, and the light hitting the barn in late September is absolute perfection in mid-afternoon. We were illuminated by rays of light, while the attendees were able to bask in the shade (Wear sunscreen!) This made for some stellar photographs.

They were easy to work with, reasonably priced, professional, and everything about our wedding somehow went off without a hitch, venue included.

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Private User
Wedding:
8/31/2014
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding at the Howard County Conservancy in August 2014 and loved it. Ceremony in the Montjoy Barn was beautiful and the Gudelsky Center was perfect and easy for the reception. The only downside is having to be wrapped up on the earlier side (11 PM). Would still highly recommend it if you're looking for an affordable outdoor venue with the additional option of an inside space.
We had our wedding at the Howard County Conservancy in August 2014 and loved it. Ceremony in the Montjoy Barn was Read more...
We had our wedding at the Howard County Conservancy in August 2014 and loved it. Ceremony in the Montjoy Barn was beautiful and the Gudelsky Center was perfect and easy for the reception. The only downside is having to be wrapped up on the earlier side (11 PM). Would still highly recommend it if you're looking for an affordable outdoor venue with the additional option of an inside space. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
Pros:

The venue is beautiful, which you will immediately see. The combination of the barn, garden, and open reception space overlooking the beautiful green grounds will allow for some amazing pictures. There’s also an owl that you can rent (we didn’t). The price is very reasonable – under $3k for all three spaces. The artwork in the reception space was charming every time we visited and during our wedding.

Cons:

The Pros, you’ll see for yourself very quickly. The Cons you won’t, so I want to make sure to explain them here so you fully understand what this decision will mean for you. In short, the venue is completely inflexible. About anything. In fact, the people there are so inflexible that you can’t help but wonder if they’re inflexible just for the sake of it, or perhaps because they like to envision the bride and groom pulling out all of their hair. Denise, the events coordinator that you will interface with, seems pleasant enough at first and I’m sure that in her normal life she is a lovely woman. But, you will find that any appeals to logic, empathy, or even basic humanity fall on deaf ears with her and the rest of her cronies. Any requests to change the contract, even for common sense courtesies, will be denied.

If we didn’t have a wedding planner to help us navigate all of their arbitrary rules, I don’t know what we would have done. Certainly, I think that coordination of all of the vendors to set up and especially to tear down, such that you comply with the venue’s restrictions, without a wedding planner would add considerable stress to your day.

If you’re going to go with this place, just make sure you truly understand the level of frustration you and your vendors will experience. A wedding planner is a must. And so is a punching bag.
Pros:

The venue is beautiful, which you will immediately see. The combination of the barn, garden, and open Read more...
Pros:

The venue is beautiful, which you will immediately see. The combination of the barn, garden, and open reception space overlooking the beautiful green grounds will allow for some amazing pictures. There’s also an owl that you can rent (we didn’t). The price is very reasonable – under $3k for all three spaces. The artwork in the reception space was charming every time we visited and during our wedding.

Cons:

The Pros, you’ll see for yourself very quickly. The Cons you won’t, so I want to make sure to explain them here so you fully understand what this decision will mean for you. In short, the venue is completely inflexible. About anything. In fact, the people there are so inflexible that you can’t help but wonder if they’re inflexible just for the sake of it, or perhaps because they like to envision the bride and groom pulling out all of their hair. Denise, the events coordinator that you will interface with, seems pleasant enough at first and I’m sure that in her normal life she is a lovely woman. But, you will find that any appeals to logic, empathy, or even basic humanity fall on deaf ears with her and the rest of her cronies. Any requests to change the contract, even for common sense courtesies, will be denied.

If we didn’t have a wedding planner to help us navigate all of their arbitrary rules, I don’t know what we would have done. Certainly, I think that coordination of all of the vendors to set up and especially to tear down, such that you comply with the venue’s restrictions, without a wedding planner would add considerable stress to your day.

If you’re going to go with this place, just make sure you truly understand the level of frustration you and your vendors will experience. A wedding planner is a must. And so is a punching bag. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
Pros: The venue is beautiful. The combination of the barn, garden, and open reception space overlooking the beautiful green grounds will allow for some amazing pictures. The price is very reasonable – under $3k for all three spaces.

Cons: The Pros, you’ll see for yourself very quickly. The Cons you won’t, so I want to make sure to explain them here so you fully understand what this decision will mean for you. In short, the venue is completely inflexible. About anything. In fact, the people there are so inflexible that you can’t help but wonder if they’re inflexible just for the sake of it, or perhaps because they like to envision the bride and groom pulling out all of their hair. Denise, the events coordinator that you will interface with, seems pleasant enough at first and I’m sure that in her normal life she is a lovely woman. But, you will find that any appeals to logic, empathy, or even basic humanity fall on deaf ears with her and the rest of her cronies. Any requests to change the contract, even for common sense courtesies, will be denied. One example was that we wanted to add in a clause that allowed for us to non-destructively attach things to beams in the barn. Agreed to verbally, but when we asked to put it in the contract? Denied. Adding a very standard Force Majuere clause? Denied. For any requested changes, you’ll get the response: “our contract was written by an attorney and approved by our board of trustees” and that the process to change the contract is too cumbersome. To us, it felt like more of an indication that the people there couldn’t be bothered by it.

If we didn’t have a wedding planner to help us navigate all of their arbitrary rules, I don’t know what we would have done. Certainly, I think that coordination of all of the vendors to set up and especially to tear down, such that you comply with the venue’s restrictions, without a wedding planner would add considerable stress to your day.
Pros: The venue is beautiful. The combination of the barn, garden, and open reception space overlooking the beautiful Read more...
Pros: The venue is beautiful. The combination of the barn, garden, and open reception space overlooking the beautiful green grounds will allow for some amazing pictures. The price is very reasonable – under $3k for all three spaces.

Cons: The Pros, you’ll see for yourself very quickly. The Cons you won’t, so I want to make sure to explain them here so you fully understand what this decision will mean for you. In short, the venue is completely inflexible. About anything. In fact, the people there are so inflexible that you can’t help but wonder if they’re inflexible just for the sake of it, or perhaps because they like to envision the bride and groom pulling out all of their hair. Denise, the events coordinator that you will interface with, seems pleasant enough at first and I’m sure that in her normal life she is a lovely woman. But, you will find that any appeals to logic, empathy, or even basic humanity fall on deaf ears with her and the rest of her cronies. Any requests to change the contract, even for common sense courtesies, will be denied. One example was that we wanted to add in a clause that allowed for us to non-destructively attach things to beams in the barn. Agreed to verbally, but when we asked to put it in the contract? Denied. Adding a very standard Force Majuere clause? Denied. For any requested changes, you’ll get the response: “our contract was written by an attorney and approved by our board of trustees” and that the process to change the contract is too cumbersome. To us, it felt like more of an indication that the people there couldn’t be bothered by it.

If we didn’t have a wedding planner to help us navigate all of their arbitrary rules, I don’t know what we would have done. Certainly, I think that coordination of all of the vendors to set up and especially to tear down, such that you comply with the venue’s restrictions, without a wedding planner would add considerable stress to your day. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.8/5.0
Awesome and beautiful wedding venue! We had our ceremony in the barn, cocktail hr in the Honors Garden and reception in the indoor center. Everything flowed perfectly for the day. We did have to rent a generator for music in the barn, and there are some other unique minor hurdles, but the venue is worth it and a great value. Our guests loved the food and dancing, but we got the most complements on the venue itself. Perfect!
Awesome and beautiful wedding venue! We had our ceremony in the barn, cocktail hr in the Honors Garden and reception in Read more...
Awesome and beautiful wedding venue! We had our ceremony in the barn, cocktail hr in the Honors Garden and reception in the indoor center. Everything flowed perfectly for the day. We did have to rent a generator for music in the barn, and there are some other unique minor hurdles, but the venue is worth it and a great value. Our guests loved the food and dancing, but we got the most complements on the venue itself. Perfect! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.6/5.0
This was an absolutely beautiful place for a ceremony and reception. The whole area is just beautiful for pictures and our photographers made so many great shots.
This was an absolutely beautiful place for a ceremony and reception. The whole area is just beautiful for pictures and our Read more...
This was an absolutely beautiful place for a ceremony and reception. The whole area is just beautiful for pictures and our photographers made so many great shots. Read less
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Ben
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
This beautiful venue was perfect for our outdoor ceremony/indoor reception. The only possible issue is that there is no "dress up" room, but it's worth it to get dressed before you get there. The grounds are private and stunningly beautiful, and the staff is very helpful.
This beautiful venue was perfect for our outdoor ceremony/indoor reception. The only possible issue is that there is no Read more...
This beautiful venue was perfect for our outdoor ceremony/indoor reception. The only possible issue is that there is no "dress up" room, but it's worth it to get dressed before you get there. The grounds are private and stunningly beautiful, and the staff is very helpful. Read less
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Paige
Wedding:
9/27/2013
4.2/5.0
Howard County Conservancy is an absolutely beautiful venue. It's not traditionally a wedding venue, just an event venue, but that's one of the reasons we really liked it. They are a non profit organization that offers nature courses and provides summer day camps for kids along with much more, and they are located on acres of picturesque old farm land. There are gardens and an old barn that we got married in front of. And the reception room inside is very open with bamboo floors and accents, and they have rotating local art on the walls which we loved. This venue has a few rules, but they are mainly just to make sure their grounds are maintained. We like them because we were able to bring all the rest of our chosen vendors in from outside and so had lots of freedom and options for planning our wedding. The director was quick to respond to our questions and requests by email.
Howard County Conservancy is an absolutely beautiful venue. It's not traditionally a wedding venue, just an event venue, Read more...
Howard County Conservancy is an absolutely beautiful venue. It's not traditionally a wedding venue, just an event venue, but that's one of the reasons we really liked it. They are a non profit organization that offers nature courses and provides summer day camps for kids along with much more, and they are located on acres of picturesque old farm land. There are gardens and an old barn that we got married in front of. And the reception room inside is very open with bamboo floors and accents, and they have rotating local art on the walls which we loved. This venue has a few rules, but they are mainly just to make sure their grounds are maintained. We like them because we were able to bring all the rest of our chosen vendors in from outside and so had lots of freedom and options for planning our wedding. The director was quick to respond to our questions and requests by email. Read less
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