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Montgomery County Park Event Centers

Potomac , MD
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Anonymous
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5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at The Lodge which is a very cute and inviting log cabin. The grounds are beautiful and clean and it has a very warm feel. We had about 100 guests and there was plenty of room between the tables and enough space for dancing. Another plus was that we were able to choose our vendors and not have to select from a specific list (you'll still need to get a catering license and insurance). Love this place!
We had our wedding at The Lodge which is a very cute and inviting log cabin. The grounds are beautiful and clean and it Read more...
We had our wedding at The Lodge which is a very cute and inviting log cabin. The grounds are beautiful and clean and it has a very warm feel. We had about 100 guests and there was plenty of room between the tables and enough space for dancing. Another plus was that we were able to choose our vendors and not have to select from a specific list (you'll still need to get a catering license and insurance). Love this place! Read less
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FallBride
Wedding:
10/12/2012
4.6/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. The location was perfect for a fall wedding, the trees around the lodge were already turning orange and yellow making for some great pictures. The inside of the lodge is very open and spacious.

The price for the venue was reasonable, especially compared to other venues in the area. The open houses we attended in the months prior to the wedding were a great help in planning the reception.

One thing to keep in mind is if you're not holding the ceremony here, you are not able to drop off decorations, etc. prior to your scheduled time. Also, to contact them, you are better off calling than emailing. Getting a response from an email can take a while.

Overall we had a great experience at the lodge and would definitely recommend it!
We had our wedding reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. The location was perfect for a fall wedding, the trees Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. The location was perfect for a fall wedding, the trees around the lodge were already turning orange and yellow making for some great pictures. The inside of the lodge is very open and spacious.

The price for the venue was reasonable, especially compared to other venues in the area. The open houses we attended in the months prior to the wedding were a great help in planning the reception.

One thing to keep in mind is if you're not holding the ceremony here, you are not able to drop off decorations, etc. prior to your scheduled time. Also, to contact them, you are better off calling than emailing. Getting a response from an email can take a while.

Overall we had a great experience at the lodge and would definitely recommend it! Read less
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Maureen
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and got married on a Sunday. We received a discount since we are Montgomery County Residents and were getting married on a Sunday. We didn't do any decorating of the site and didn't feel it needed any, since it is beautiful as it is. The staff member for the park was there the whole time and helped set up and break down the tables per my floor plan I emailed to them. There wasn't any need to do any extensive talks on the phone. Everything was pretty straight forward and could be handled over email which was perfect for me. Our caterer had already done a wedding at this location so they were familiar with restrictions (no on-site cooking, only warming) and they served as if they had been cooking from start to finish there. Plenty of on site parking too. We had 102 scheduled guests and I wouldn't go above that, especially if you have a buffet and still want ample dance space. We had a sweetheart table which the catering staff moved out of the way once we were done eating.
We had our reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and got married on a Sunday. We received a discount since we are Read more...
We had our reception at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and got married on a Sunday. We received a discount since we are Montgomery County Residents and were getting married on a Sunday. We didn't do any decorating of the site and didn't feel it needed any, since it is beautiful as it is. The staff member for the park was there the whole time and helped set up and break down the tables per my floor plan I emailed to them. There wasn't any need to do any extensive talks on the phone. Everything was pretty straight forward and could be handled over email which was perfect for me. Our caterer had already done a wedding at this location so they were familiar with restrictions (no on-site cooking, only warming) and they served as if they had been cooking from start to finish there. Plenty of on site parking too. We had 102 scheduled guests and I wouldn't go above that, especially if you have a buffet and still want ample dance space. We had a sweetheart table which the catering staff moved out of the way once we were done eating. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/22/2012
3.8/5.0
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and if I went back in time I would still have my wedding there. The location is gorgeous, in good condition, and the chairs and tables they provide are all high quality. The setting is different from your typical ballroom wedding, and it's uniqueness really drew my husband and I to chose it. Our pictures are amazing-- we went back into the creek area to get really cool outdoorsy photos and the pictures inside the Lodge came out great as well. However, there are a few things I wish I had thought harder about ahead of time.
The setbacks of the Lodge:
-Limited setup time. You only get an 8-hour block of rental time, and even though they only schedule 1 event a day, you can't setup before your rental time starts. Additionally, you have to pay extra if you want to leave anything there overnight. I ended up having to hire a coordinator to do all my setup and cleanup, which worked out well, but wasn't something I was originally planning on. The timing would have made it impossible for me to manage that setup and cleanup on my own.
-Not much provided. You have to rent your own dishes, tablecloths, glassware, etc. There are lots of other venues like this, and they clearly state it upfront, but I didn't plan ahead how expensive all that stuff would be and in the end, it made me feel like the Lodge was not as good a value as I originally thought.
Those are really the only cons I can think of, but as long as you know that you will be dealing with them from the outset, they are not big hurdles!
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and if I went back in time I would still have my Read more...
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek and if I went back in time I would still have my wedding there. The location is gorgeous, in good condition, and the chairs and tables they provide are all high quality. The setting is different from your typical ballroom wedding, and it's uniqueness really drew my husband and I to chose it. Our pictures are amazing-- we went back into the creek area to get really cool outdoorsy photos and the pictures inside the Lodge came out great as well. However, there are a few things I wish I had thought harder about ahead of time.
The setbacks of the Lodge:
-Limited setup time. You only get an 8-hour block of rental time, and even though they only schedule 1 event a day, you can't setup before your rental time starts. Additionally, you have to pay extra if you want to leave anything there overnight. I ended up having to hire a coordinator to do all my setup and cleanup, which worked out well, but wasn't something I was originally planning on. The timing would have made it impossible for me to manage that setup and cleanup on my own.
-Not much provided. You have to rent your own dishes, tablecloths, glassware, etc. There are lots of other venues like this, and they clearly state it upfront, but I didn't plan ahead how expensive all that stuff would be and in the end, it made me feel like the Lodge was not as good a value as I originally thought.
Those are really the only cons I can think of, but as long as you know that you will be dealing with them from the outset, they are not big hurdles! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
8/26/2012
4.6/5.0
I got married at the Agricultural History Farm which was a beautiful location and a great value! Although, do take note that this is a VERY DIY site (my parents and I swept the barn after the reception) and there are a lot of rules and restrictions since it is a historic property (no flames in the barn, no harrassing the farm animals). Fortunately, our simple wedding was not pushing the boundaries and we had a wonderful experience. The staff was helpful and mostly flexible.
I got married at the Agricultural History Farm which was a beautiful location and a great value! Although, do take note Read more...
I got married at the Agricultural History Farm which was a beautiful location and a great value! Although, do take note that this is a VERY DIY site (my parents and I swept the barn after the reception) and there are a lot of rules and restrictions since it is a historic property (no flames in the barn, no harrassing the farm animals). Fortunately, our simple wedding was not pushing the boundaries and we had a wonderful experience. The staff was helpful and mostly flexible. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
6/16/2012
3.5/5.0
The wedding ceremony was held at my church, but the reception was held at Rockwood Manor Park in Potomac, Maryland. There are a lot of advantages to this venue--namely because we rented the space for the weekend and held the rehearsal dinner here, too. There is on-site lodging, which was convenient for many of our family members and bridal party to stay there, as well. There's a nice outdoor space, which was helpful for the kids who were there to be able to run around and catch fireflies. I'm sure this space would be okay in colder months; however, being able to take advantage of the beautiful grounds and outdoor space was a definite bonus.

Be sure to be VERY clear with the receptionist and whoever else you review the availability of this place. We had booked the use of the campus for the wedding weekend retreat seven months out fro the wedding; two months before the wedding, I was calling to check on having some family members arrive and stay a night earlier. It was then that they venue informed me that there were girl scouts also staying on site for the weekend and that they had told me about this. I had never been informed of the other group planning on staying there, nor was it in our contract. There was a lot of back and forth about it, but Rockwood managed to have the group not come that weekend (as I kept reiterating that it was never in my contract). I believe that they have revamped how they book the site based on my situation, so, hopefully, this will not happen to anyone else in the future. Just be very clear about them reviewing all the lodging and CABINS (i.e. the drunk bunks).

My guests had a great time both nights and the parties were all a wonderful success. The venue itself is a little quirky and you have to really think through the logistics of your party, but it is all totally doable. That being said, it had a lot of character and benefits to being in a space that wasn't a cookie-cutter hotel ballroom (which my husband and I didn't want).
The wedding ceremony was held at my church, but the reception was held at Rockwood Manor Park in Potomac, Maryland. There Read more...
The wedding ceremony was held at my church, but the reception was held at Rockwood Manor Park in Potomac, Maryland. There are a lot of advantages to this venue--namely because we rented the space for the weekend and held the rehearsal dinner here, too. There is on-site lodging, which was convenient for many of our family members and bridal party to stay there, as well. There's a nice outdoor space, which was helpful for the kids who were there to be able to run around and catch fireflies. I'm sure this space would be okay in colder months; however, being able to take advantage of the beautiful grounds and outdoor space was a definite bonus.

Be sure to be VERY clear with the receptionist and whoever else you review the availability of this place. We had booked the use of the campus for the wedding weekend retreat seven months out fro the wedding; two months before the wedding, I was calling to check on having some family members arrive and stay a night earlier. It was then that they venue informed me that there were girl scouts also staying on site for the weekend and that they had told me about this. I had never been informed of the other group planning on staying there, nor was it in our contract. There was a lot of back and forth about it, but Rockwood managed to have the group not come that weekend (as I kept reiterating that it was never in my contract). I believe that they have revamped how they book the site based on my situation, so, hopefully, this will not happen to anyone else in the future. Just be very clear about them reviewing all the lodging and CABINS (i.e. the drunk bunks).

My guests had a great time both nights and the parties were all a wonderful success. The venue itself is a little quirky and you have to really think through the logistics of your party, but it is all totally doable. That being said, it had a lot of character and benefits to being in a space that wasn't a cookie-cutter hotel ballroom (which my husband and I didn't want). Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
5/13/2012
4.4/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. It is like a big log cabin! Very cosy but unique. The site also has an area for a beautiful outdoor reception.

Pros:
-The price!
-Good location
-Outdoor Reception site & deck
-Fireplace
-Nice staff
-Ample parking

Cons:
-It is run by the county and sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of someone. However, they will always get back to you
-Bride needs to make arrangements to have chairs set up outside

Overall, we had a wonderful wedding day at the lodge!
My husband and I had our wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. It is like a big log cabin! Very cosy but unique. Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. It is like a big log cabin! Very cosy but unique. The site also has an area for a beautiful outdoor reception.

Pros:
-The price!
-Good location
-Outdoor Reception site & deck
-Fireplace
-Nice staff
-Ample parking

Cons:
-It is run by the county and sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of someone. However, they will always get back to you
-Bride needs to make arrangements to have chairs set up outside

Overall, we had a wonderful wedding day at the lodge! Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.5/5.0
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. As soon as we saw the Lodge, we knew it would be the perfect place for us to get married! We wanted our wedding to be cozy and simple, yet also elegant. The Lodge is just that. The beautiful stone fireplace makes the space feel very cozy, and the fact that it used to be a summer camp adds to the simplicity. Also, it is very affordable, especially compared to other venues in the DC area, and there is a discount for people who live in the county.

Another thing we liked about the Lodge was that it was a blank slate. You need to bring everything in – including the caterer and rental equipment. We liked this, because we were able to work with the caterer to put together a menu that we loved (rather than choosing options from a package like we would have at many other venues). We also loved that we could decorate the space how we wanted. We chose to decorate with lots of lanterns, pinecones, acorns, chalkboards, votives, and café lights, which all worked really well with the rustic feel. We also had mulled wine as our signature drink and various types of pie rather than cake for our dessert.

We did need to be creative at times to make the space truly work for us. For example, we had 114 guests, which was very close to their maximum capacity (120). The Lodge is not a huge place, so we were worried about fitting everyone and everything in the room for dinner. That said, we opted to have the cocktail hour outside on the back deck (we rented heaters since we got married in November and the weather ended up being perfect for this!) We also opted to move one table to the side after dinner to allow for more room on the dance floor. This made the space feel larger. Secondly, we ended up needing to get a wedding planner, since there isn’t really a person on site on the Lodge to do all the set-up. We really feel that having a planner is a must, unless you have lots of friends and family to help set-up and/or aren’t planning to bring in many decorations.

The Lodge does have one person on-site – Marianna. Marianna is wonderful! She clearly understands that it is a special day for the couple, and she will work with you as much as she possibly can. She really is the sweetest person, although somewhat disorganized. We felt like she was genuinely happy for us! The staff at the Event Center office is a bit more gruff. I recommend trying to get in touch with Tina who seems to be a bit more courteous.

Overall, we would highly, HIGHLY recommend the Lodge as a wedding venue!!! We loved having our first dance in front of the fireplace, (which had a fire going!) and the cocktail hour was wonderful on the back deck. Also, the log cabin feel makes the space feel charming and romantic. We got so many compliments from our guests about the space – they really seemed to enjoy the uniqueness of it. It truly is a memorable venue!
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. As soon as we saw the Lodge, we knew it would be the perfect place Read more...
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. As soon as we saw the Lodge, we knew it would be the perfect place for us to get married! We wanted our wedding to be cozy and simple, yet also elegant. The Lodge is just that. The beautiful stone fireplace makes the space feel very cozy, and the fact that it used to be a summer camp adds to the simplicity. Also, it is very affordable, especially compared to other venues in the DC area, and there is a discount for people who live in the county.

Another thing we liked about the Lodge was that it was a blank slate. You need to bring everything in – including the caterer and rental equipment. We liked this, because we were able to work with the caterer to put together a menu that we loved (rather than choosing options from a package like we would have at many other venues). We also loved that we could decorate the space how we wanted. We chose to decorate with lots of lanterns, pinecones, acorns, chalkboards, votives, and café lights, which all worked really well with the rustic feel. We also had mulled wine as our signature drink and various types of pie rather than cake for our dessert.

We did need to be creative at times to make the space truly work for us. For example, we had 114 guests, which was very close to their maximum capacity (120). The Lodge is not a huge place, so we were worried about fitting everyone and everything in the room for dinner. That said, we opted to have the cocktail hour outside on the back deck (we rented heaters since we got married in November and the weather ended up being perfect for this!) We also opted to move one table to the side after dinner to allow for more room on the dance floor. This made the space feel larger. Secondly, we ended up needing to get a wedding planner, since there isn’t really a person on site on the Lodge to do all the set-up. We really feel that having a planner is a must, unless you have lots of friends and family to help set-up and/or aren’t planning to bring in many decorations.

The Lodge does have one person on-site – Marianna. Marianna is wonderful! She clearly understands that it is a special day for the couple, and she will work with you as much as she possibly can. She really is the sweetest person, although somewhat disorganized. We felt like she was genuinely happy for us! The staff at the Event Center office is a bit more gruff. I recommend trying to get in touch with Tina who seems to be a bit more courteous.

Overall, we would highly, HIGHLY recommend the Lodge as a wedding venue!!! We loved having our first dance in front of the fireplace, (which had a fire going!) and the cocktail hour was wonderful on the back deck. Also, the log cabin feel makes the space feel charming and romantic. We got so many compliments from our guests about the space – they really seemed to enjoy the uniqueness of it. It truly is a memorable venue! Read less
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jkhogan
Wedding:
10/16/2011
4.2/5.0
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. I recently got married at the Lodge a few weeks ago and first fell in love with it during my time on the Brides on the Bus event (which I HIGHLY recommend). The place is absolutely amazing and perfect for the wedding we were going to have, "rustic" theme and worked well with our guest count (we had roughly 100 guests). One thing that was awesome about the place was that we were allowed to bring in a lot of our decorations the night before during rehearsal and were able to set up the lights and everything during that time.

On the other hand I did have an issue with getting in touch with Marianna. We had called multiple times to confirm the rehearsal time and because we were not able to get a hold of Marianna, we were stuck talking to the main office for the Montgomery County Park center and they told us that if there was an event on Friday, they were going to cancel our rehearsal. What is that!? Another instance that frustrated me: We had called on a Sunday to confirm that we were meeting up with Marianna to look at the Lodge one last time before the wedding to get last minute photos of the Lodge. We confirmed, drove an hour and a half there and a wedding was being set up. I called and called and called to figure out why they would send us to the Lodge for an appointment when a wedding was going on----and the front desk was neither helpful nor polite. Finally we bumped in Marianna, who said to just come in and take the photos as the groom that day was walking around. Needless to say, we just walked back to the car out of respect for their wedding.

As far as looks and price goes, I would recommend this venue in an instant. As far as service and getting in touch with the managers, I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who wants them to be on top of their game.
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. I recently got married at the Lodge a few weeks ago and first fell in Read more...
This review is for the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. I recently got married at the Lodge a few weeks ago and first fell in love with it during my time on the Brides on the Bus event (which I HIGHLY recommend). The place is absolutely amazing and perfect for the wedding we were going to have, "rustic" theme and worked well with our guest count (we had roughly 100 guests). One thing that was awesome about the place was that we were allowed to bring in a lot of our decorations the night before during rehearsal and were able to set up the lights and everything during that time.

On the other hand I did have an issue with getting in touch with Marianna. We had called multiple times to confirm the rehearsal time and because we were not able to get a hold of Marianna, we were stuck talking to the main office for the Montgomery County Park center and they told us that if there was an event on Friday, they were going to cancel our rehearsal. What is that!? Another instance that frustrated me: We had called on a Sunday to confirm that we were meeting up with Marianna to look at the Lodge one last time before the wedding to get last minute photos of the Lodge. We confirmed, drove an hour and a half there and a wedding was being set up. I called and called and called to figure out why they would send us to the Lodge for an appointment when a wedding was going on----and the front desk was neither helpful nor polite. Finally we bumped in Marianna, who said to just come in and take the photos as the groom that day was walking around. Needless to say, we just walked back to the car out of respect for their wedding.

As far as looks and price goes, I would recommend this venue in an instant. As far as service and getting in touch with the managers, I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who wants them to be on top of their game. Read less
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Kesha
Wedding:
9/3/2011
4.2/5.0
This review is for Woodlawn Manor. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and made for amazing wedding pictures. The representatives were also very flexible and nothing was missing on our wedding day. I'm giving this vendor high marks, but with a couple caveats. During the ceremony, you could hear people in the background yelling and screaming. It was extremely distracting to my husband and I (especially when reading our vows) but many of the guests said it was faint. After the ceremony, we found out that another wedding party came to the venue to take pictures. The representative on site for Woodlawn explained to us that the property by the horses was public and outside people can come and do whatever they want--although we paid for the property!! Second issue: The tent provided is very nice and it is advertised as being able to fit 120 people. Indeed, it fits 120 people, but that's without a dancefloor. We had to rent an extension tent when we found this out about a month before the wedding, and it would have been nice to know this information beforehand since most weddings require a dancefloor.

We're still extremely happy that our venue was Woodlawn Manor due to its laid back atmosphere and beautiful grounds. We would recommend this venue.
This review is for Woodlawn Manor. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and made for amazing wedding pictures. The Read more...
This review is for Woodlawn Manor. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and made for amazing wedding pictures. The representatives were also very flexible and nothing was missing on our wedding day. I'm giving this vendor high marks, but with a couple caveats. During the ceremony, you could hear people in the background yelling and screaming. It was extremely distracting to my husband and I (especially when reading our vows) but many of the guests said it was faint. After the ceremony, we found out that another wedding party came to the venue to take pictures. The representative on site for Woodlawn explained to us that the property by the horses was public and outside people can come and do whatever they want--although we paid for the property!! Second issue: The tent provided is very nice and it is advertised as being able to fit 120 people. Indeed, it fits 120 people, but that's without a dancefloor. We had to rent an extension tent when we found this out about a month before the wedding, and it would have been nice to know this information beforehand since most weddings require a dancefloor.

We're still extremely happy that our venue was Woodlawn Manor due to its laid back atmosphere and beautiful grounds. We would recommend this venue. Read less
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