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The Bolger Center

Potomac , MD

LOCATION

9600 Newbridge Drive
Potomac, MD 20854 US

PHONE

301-983-7765

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

From joyous celebrations to fairytale weddings, the Bolger Center is the perfect host for your special day. Located just minutes from Washington D.C. and Bethesda, in the heart of... Read more
From joyous celebrations to fairytale weddings, the Bolger Center is the perfect host for your special day. Located just minutes from Washington D.C. and Bethesda, in the heart of Potomac, we provide an excellent venue for your event!

Choose from our distinguished Stained Glass Hall, dating back to 1957, which was once the original chapel, lined with beautiful stained glass windows and an elegant arched ceiling or our newly renovated Benjamin Franklin Hall. Our unique ballrooms, set on 83-acres of lawns and gardens, offer a breathtaking backdrop for indoor and outdoor weddings, receptions and special events.

In addition to offering the perfect location for your wedding, we are also a hotel, offering a variety of overnight accommodations perfect for catering to all of your needs for out of town guests.

At the Bolger Center, our experienced team of professionals will guide you every step of the way and ensure that your occasion is everything you have wished for and more.
Outdoor/Indoor Ceremony Location Outdoor/Indoor Hors d'oeuvres Reception Location Meal Selection (Buffet & Plated Menu Options Available) House Linen, House China and House Glassware Full-Service Catering Menu Creation Customized Overnight Guest Room Rates Complimentary Suite for Bride & Groom Dance Floor Complimentary Cake Cutting & Service Vendor Referrals and Coordination
For additional information, check out our website at bolgercenter.com or call our catering department at 301-983-7765! Read less

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Shauna
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
My wedding took place on July 12 at The Bolger Center. From the moment my husband and I walked in, we knew that would be our venue. I grew up down the street so the location was perfect for our local friends and family. All of my husband’s family came in from out of town so it was important for us to pick a place where everyone could stay on “campus”. Our family and friends loved the beautiful grounds and patios. Many took advantage of the pool, gym, wooded trails and bikes. Some of them took day trips into DC and Baltimore. It is an ideal place to host a wedding when the majority of the guests are out-of-towners.

In this area, you can’t beat the price. They provided the linens, place settings, alcohol, food, cake and complimentary bridal and honeymoon suites- The honeymoon suite was beautiful! We wish we could have stayed another night.

The food was amazing. I received so many compliments- many people said it was the best wedding food they have ever had. The servers and bar tenders were friendly, helpful and professional. We had the ceremony and reception in the Stained Glass Hall and they flipped the room in under an hour. It looked amazing when we walked back in for dinner.

Their preferred vendor list is a must have, especially Washington Talent Agency (Rockville) and Tierra Floral (Bethesda).

A big shout out to Annette, Jessica and the rest of the Bolger team! Annette was amazing to work with. I emailed her at least a 100 times. She responded right away or if she was out had someone else from her team email me. I never felt ignored. She went above and beyond to help make our day perfect. She helped make suggestions and worked with our wedding coordinator to make sure our day was perfect. If I could do it all over, I would definitely return to the Bolger Center. It was a really nice experience. I’m sad it’s over. They made everything so easy.
My wedding took place on July 12 at The Bolger Center. From the moment my husband and I walked in, we knew that would be Read more...
My wedding took place on July 12 at The Bolger Center. From the moment my husband and I walked in, we knew that would be our venue. I grew up down the street so the location was perfect for our local friends and family. All of my husband’s family came in from out of town so it was important for us to pick a place where everyone could stay on “campus”. Our family and friends loved the beautiful grounds and patios. Many took advantage of the pool, gym, wooded trails and bikes. Some of them took day trips into DC and Baltimore. It is an ideal place to host a wedding when the majority of the guests are out-of-towners.

In this area, you can’t beat the price. They provided the linens, place settings, alcohol, food, cake and complimentary bridal and honeymoon suites- The honeymoon suite was beautiful! We wish we could have stayed another night.

The food was amazing. I received so many compliments- many people said it was the best wedding food they have ever had. The servers and bar tenders were friendly, helpful and professional. We had the ceremony and reception in the Stained Glass Hall and they flipped the room in under an hour. It looked amazing when we walked back in for dinner.

Their preferred vendor list is a must have, especially Washington Talent Agency (Rockville) and Tierra Floral (Bethesda).

A big shout out to Annette, Jessica and the rest of the Bolger team! Annette was amazing to work with. I emailed her at least a 100 times. She responded right away or if she was out had someone else from her team email me. I never felt ignored. She went above and beyond to help make our day perfect. She helped make suggestions and worked with our wedding coordinator to make sure our day was perfect. If I could do it all over, I would definitely return to the Bolger Center. It was a really nice experience. I’m sad it’s over. They made everything so easy. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
They did a wonderful job both for the reception and for the guests staying at the hotel. We did not do the ceremony here but for the reception the Bride had very explicit instructions on how she wanted the room laid out and how the tables should be set up. They followed her instructions perfectly. The food was excellent and the service very good. We did the cocktail hour outside in the courtyard of the Ben Franklin room and it could not have been more perfect. We only had one hiccup during the reception with the staff being slow to refill the dessert table. After the reception about 2/3 of the guests continued the party in the courtyard outside of the sports bar at the hotel. The hotel staff was very accommodating and helpful. Breakfast the next morning was excellent again with the staff being very helpful. I would so this again for my second daughter -
They did a wonderful job both for the reception and for the guests staying at the hotel. We did not do the ceremony here Read more...
They did a wonderful job both for the reception and for the guests staying at the hotel. We did not do the ceremony here but for the reception the Bride had very explicit instructions on how she wanted the room laid out and how the tables should be set up. They followed her instructions perfectly. The food was excellent and the service very good. We did the cocktail hour outside in the courtyard of the Ben Franklin room and it could not have been more perfect. We only had one hiccup during the reception with the staff being slow to refill the dessert table. After the reception about 2/3 of the guests continued the party in the courtyard outside of the sports bar at the hotel. The hotel staff was very accommodating and helpful. Breakfast the next morning was excellent again with the staff being very helpful. I would so this again for my second daughter - Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
I had my wedding reception at the Bolger Center July 5, 2014, and I am so glad I had it there. The ground are absolutely STUNNING and perfect for pictures, and no one had to drive after the reception. I wanted a country club feel with the convince of a hotel wedding, and the Bolger center had it all. it was perfect. Debbie, the event coordinator was amazing. I made a bunch of things for my wedding, like the table numbers, place cards, a Mr. and Mrs. for the back of the chairs, picture frame for the menus, and I had a precise way of how everything was set up. Debbie and her crew got EVERY detail perfect. Really, it was perfect. I am big into the little details and I was so happy and impressed with how they were able to do everything for me! Debbie was wonderful to work with. The only reason why I didn't give the Bolger center straight 5s was for two very minor things. The servers with the water and wine weren't frequent enough (this was a minor detail since we had an open bar) and we had a viennese table that didn't get refilled. The people that were last in line didn't get dessert because the dessert status wasn't being monitored closely enough. Other than those two things, it was perfect! Thank you Bolger center!!
I had my wedding reception at the Bolger Center July 5, 2014, and I am so glad I had it there. The ground are absolutely Read more...
I had my wedding reception at the Bolger Center July 5, 2014, and I am so glad I had it there. The ground are absolutely STUNNING and perfect for pictures, and no one had to drive after the reception. I wanted a country club feel with the convince of a hotel wedding, and the Bolger center had it all. it was perfect. Debbie, the event coordinator was amazing. I made a bunch of things for my wedding, like the table numbers, place cards, a Mr. and Mrs. for the back of the chairs, picture frame for the menus, and I had a precise way of how everything was set up. Debbie and her crew got EVERY detail perfect. Really, it was perfect. I am big into the little details and I was so happy and impressed with how they were able to do everything for me! Debbie was wonderful to work with. The only reason why I didn't give the Bolger center straight 5s was for two very minor things. The servers with the water and wine weren't frequent enough (this was a minor detail since we had an open bar) and we had a viennese table that didn't get refilled. The people that were last in line didn't get dessert because the dessert status wasn't being monitored closely enough. Other than those two things, it was perfect! Thank you Bolger center!! Read less
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M
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
This was a wonderful venue! I love the campus style -- with the hotel right next door to the reception hall -- made it very easy for the guests to enjoy themselves (and not have to worry about finding transportation to their hotel).

I worked with Debbie Halpin who was fantastic! The food was amazing and all the staff was a great help throughout the night! Would definitely recommend this venue!
This was a wonderful venue! I love the campus style -- with the hotel right next door to the reception hall -- made it Read more...
This was a wonderful venue! I love the campus style -- with the hotel right next door to the reception hall -- made it very easy for the guests to enjoy themselves (and not have to worry about finding transportation to their hotel).

I worked with Debbie Halpin who was fantastic! The food was amazing and all the staff was a great help throughout the night! Would definitely recommend this venue! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved our wedding at The Bolger Center! It truly is a hidden gem in the DC area where venue pricing is crazy! We loved that there was no venue fee, just a food and beverage minimum. It was so convenient for our guests as well. We had our reception in the Stained Glass Hall. When I first saw the room fully decorated, I was in complete awe. It really was breathtaking! Our guests raved about the food, decor, and service. They also loved that we were able to have an afterparty at The Pony Express. Debbie Halpin and her team were great! They really customized our wedding and took care of all of our requests. The Bolger Center made my wedding dream come true!
We absolutely loved our wedding at The Bolger Center! It truly is a hidden gem in the DC area where venue pricing is Read more...
We absolutely loved our wedding at The Bolger Center! It truly is a hidden gem in the DC area where venue pricing is crazy! We loved that there was no venue fee, just a food and beverage minimum. It was so convenient for our guests as well. We had our reception in the Stained Glass Hall. When I first saw the room fully decorated, I was in complete awe. It really was breathtaking! Our guests raved about the food, decor, and service. They also loved that we were able to have an afterparty at The Pony Express. Debbie Halpin and her team were great! They really customized our wedding and took care of all of our requests. The Bolger Center made my wedding dream come true! Read less
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Kindra
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. They made sure our day was beautiful! The food was delicious and the staff is sooooooooooo wonderful and helpful. ..especially Annette and Jessica over in events!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. They made sure our day was beautiful! The food was delicious and the staff is sooooooooooo Read more...
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. They made sure our day was beautiful! The food was delicious and the staff is sooooooooooo wonderful and helpful. ..especially Annette and Jessica over in events! Read less
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Sarina
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I just had our wedding at the Bolger Center, which was a 3 day, multi-event Indian wedding. We utilized both buildings, for the Stained Glass Hall and the Franklin room for our reception, and our guests booked nearly 100 hotel rooms. We absolutely loved every minute of our wedding, and the Bolger Center exceeded my expectations in accomodating us. The grounds were beautiful, and truly, everything went very smoothly. We had made welcome bags for our guests, which they were able to hand out for us. They worked very well with all of our vendors. Lastly, after our reception, we partied late into the night at the Fireplace Lounge, without any problem! We used our own catered, but did use their Sunday brunch which was excellent. We loved this place.
My husband and I just had our wedding at the Bolger Center, which was a 3 day, multi-event Indian wedding. We utilized Read more...
My husband and I just had our wedding at the Bolger Center, which was a 3 day, multi-event Indian wedding. We utilized both buildings, for the Stained Glass Hall and the Franklin room for our reception, and our guests booked nearly 100 hotel rooms. We absolutely loved every minute of our wedding, and the Bolger Center exceeded my expectations in accomodating us. The grounds were beautiful, and truly, everything went very smoothly. We had made welcome bags for our guests, which they were able to hand out for us. They worked very well with all of our vendors. Lastly, after our reception, we partied late into the night at the Fireplace Lounge, without any problem! We used our own catered, but did use their Sunday brunch which was excellent. We loved this place. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
The Bolger Center is Potomac's best kept secret. The property grounds are beautiful and having the hotel and reception all in one complex was very convenient for all of our guests. The Stained Glass Hall is a truly unique setting and made for a very elegant atmosphere. The food was very well done and offered a breadth of variety to choose from. The event coordination staff was very easy to work with and responsive to our requests and questions, often providing multiple options to easily choose from. The day of staff was very professional as we'll and our event went off flawlessly despite I climate weather. I highly recommend The Bolger Center for any private event, whether it is a conference or personal event.
The Bolger Center is Potomac's best kept secret. The property grounds are beautiful and having the hotel and reception all Read more...
The Bolger Center is Potomac's best kept secret. The property grounds are beautiful and having the hotel and reception all in one complex was very convenient for all of our guests. The Stained Glass Hall is a truly unique setting and made for a very elegant atmosphere. The food was very well done and offered a breadth of variety to choose from. The event coordination staff was very easy to work with and responsive to our requests and questions, often providing multiple options to easily choose from. The day of staff was very professional as we'll and our event went off flawlessly despite I climate weather. I highly recommend The Bolger Center for any private event, whether it is a conference or personal event. Read less
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Aidana
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I fell in love with Bolger Center as soon as I arrived. It was very beautiful and full of positive energy. I was working with Debbie Halpin and she was GREAT! She responded to all of my emails and answered all of my questions. Even though the wedding was only a month and a half away, she managed to help me and set everything up. The food was amazing, especially chicken and salmon with mashed potato. I had my ceremony outside and thank God the weather was just fine. I'd recommend to do the ceremony in front of the Stained Glass hall, since it was very hard walking on the grass in high heals during the photoshoot.
The price of the event itself was pretty reasonable, my husband and I went to a lot of different places and it was over 15,000 everywhere, and we couldn't afford something that expensive, whereas Bolger center had a minimum of 6,000 (since it was sunday. It's usually on fridays and sundays).
I was provided with two very cute rooms. One of them was on the day before the wedding and the other one on the wedding day itself.
They provided us with strawberries in chocolate and one bottle of champagne.

I loved my wedding and everything was PERFECT. Thanks to Bolger center, Debbie and everyone else who helped to make that day, the best day of my life.
I fell in love with Bolger Center as soon as I arrived. It was very beautiful and full of positive energy. I was working Read more...
I fell in love with Bolger Center as soon as I arrived. It was very beautiful and full of positive energy. I was working with Debbie Halpin and she was GREAT! She responded to all of my emails and answered all of my questions. Even though the wedding was only a month and a half away, she managed to help me and set everything up. The food was amazing, especially chicken and salmon with mashed potato. I had my ceremony outside and thank God the weather was just fine. I'd recommend to do the ceremony in front of the Stained Glass hall, since it was very hard walking on the grass in high heals during the photoshoot.
The price of the event itself was pretty reasonable, my husband and I went to a lot of different places and it was over 15,000 everywhere, and we couldn't afford something that expensive, whereas Bolger center had a minimum of 6,000 (since it was sunday. It's usually on fridays and sundays).
I was provided with two very cute rooms. One of them was on the day before the wedding and the other one on the wedding day itself.
They provided us with strawberries in chocolate and one bottle of champagne.

I loved my wedding and everything was PERFECT. Thanks to Bolger center, Debbie and everyone else who helped to make that day, the best day of my life. Read less
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Jonathan and Jennifer
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception in the Stained Glass Hall, and it turned out beautifully. From the beginning we worked with Debbie Halpin, who was always responsive with e-mails, and any of our questions. She also provided us with recommendations for other wedding venders, which was extremely helpful. Her knowledge and expertise gave us peace of mind throughout our planning process. Mauricio Martinez was our Banquet manager and did an amazing job setting up and running the event. The entire staff at Bolger was very attentive to our requests and ensured we had everything we needed. The rooms and reservation process was very convenient for our guests. We highly recommend Bolger for wedding reception services! They helped make our wedding day very special and memorable.
We had our wedding reception in the Stained Glass Hall, and it turned out beautifully. From the beginning we worked with Read more...
We had our wedding reception in the Stained Glass Hall, and it turned out beautifully. From the beginning we worked with Debbie Halpin, who was always responsive with e-mails, and any of our questions. She also provided us with recommendations for other wedding venders, which was extremely helpful. Her knowledge and expertise gave us peace of mind throughout our planning process. Mauricio Martinez was our Banquet manager and did an amazing job setting up and running the event. The entire staff at Bolger was very attentive to our requests and ensured we had everything we needed. The rooms and reservation process was very convenient for our guests. We highly recommend Bolger for wedding reception services! They helped make our wedding day very special and memorable. Read less
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