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William Paca House and Garden

Annapolis , MD

LOCATION

186 Prince George St
Annapolis, MD US 21401

PHONE

410-990-4543

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We just got married two weeks ago and used the paca house as our reception site. It rained the entire time. Jody was super accommodating though and managed to put the sides down for the tent in a flash for us, was super flexible and accommodating to make sure it was a good day for us! She was wonderful, and worked closely without caterer to make sure everything ran smoothly. We barely even noticed the rain with her help, and everyone had a great time! And it obviously provides a beautiful back drop for the entire event.... It has gorgeous grounds and gardens for your guests to explore (and also now has a corn hole set since we left her ours, if you enjoy garden games). So between the actual venue, and Jody being an awesome coordinator and a fun and enthusiastic person to work with, it was a great place to celebrate!

Oh.... And the tent comes with the over all rental, which makes an outdoor wedding way more affordable (awesome!)....and when you are done, you get to walk down to the bars to keep the party going! Only recommendation is there is a noise ordinance for the neighborhood, so you have to be out by 9. I was worried it would also mean that the music wouldn't be loud enough for a dance party, but it was! The dance floor is one one side of the patio and the seating area on the other, the seating area is a little quieter, but they set up a speaker on that side so you can still hear the music, but it's not so loud you can't talk.... And the dance floor is the perfect volume. If you want to have a 4 hour or longer reception though, just make sure you plan around the 9pm rule. Our reception was only 3.5 hours or so, and then we just moved the par downtown and kept going, everyone had a really good time, and the 9pm cut off doesn't put a damper on the celebrations. Just start earlier.

The place, and Jody were great! And We are so glad we went with the Paca house!
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Noel
Wedding:
7/26/2013
4.9/5.0
The William Paca house was a beautiful location for our wedding and the weather was perfect. They were extremely accommodating and helpful in planning our service as well. The only downside is that your guests have to stand as they only provide 10 chairs for immediate family and the elderly. It was also a little on the pricey side, but worth every penny.
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
This is the perfect place to have an outdoor wedding. The grounds are beautiful, and people are still talking about how wonderful it was. Jody and her staff were amazing and helped us through all the details. She was very responsive and made sure I had everything I needed. I cannot say enough good things about this venue!! It is also in a great location in Annapolis.
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Sue
Wedding:
7/14/2012
4.9/5.0
The entire staff at the William Paca House was great. Jody in particular acted like our wedding coordinator and made everything she could to help making our special day even more special. We could not be happier with the venue and with the staff.
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Katie
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our ceremony and reception here. It was absolutely beautiful. We looked at several venues and I almost didn't visit the Paca House because I thought it was out of my budget. After looking around I found that the Paca House actually is a nice value. The tents for the reception area are included and they also have some tables and chairs on site. There were no hidden fees and no unexpected rules. Everything was laid out in an easy to understand contract up front. I stress this because a couple of my girlfriends were married this year and had problems with their venues giving them new fees and guidelines through the planning process. That did not happen here.

Another reason we chose the Paca House is because of Jody. Jody is the Sales Director and also books and coordinates all the weddings. She is very warm and extremely accommodating. She made the whole planning process easy and she's a total pro. She really has it down to a science and offers great suggestions and ideas...all the while saying, "but you can do whatever you want." On the day of my wedding, I didn't worry about a single thing. Everything was taken care of for us by Jody and her staff. She made sure everything stayed on time and the whole day flowed. She even makes sure the bride and groom get private time together before they're announced.

Our guests loved the garden and we received tons of compliments. It was exactly the kind of casual elegance I was looking for.
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Sunshine6912
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.9/5.0
We had our wedding at the Paca House and it was an amazing, beautiful event. Jody, the director for weddings and events, is a true pro. She was amazing during the planning and implementation of our event. The Paca House is a wonderful, historic backdrop for your wedding and I can't recommend it enough. Since it is a historic site the Paca House does have certain rules, but Jody is very up front about these and is willing to work with you as best she can to get what you want for your day. In the days before the event Jody made sure all of the vendors were on a timeline for delivery and set-up. Most importantly, she made sure on the day of the event we were able to steal 5 minutes away from the reception. She gave us her office and made sure no one bothered us for a few minutes so that we could have a moment alone. It was one of the few times that we had a chance to spend alone that whole day. If you want a fairy-tale wedding in one of the most idyllic settings in Annapolis, then the Paca House is right for you.
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Amy
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.4/5.0
The venue is gorgeous, but if you are looking for a traditional, seated ceremony you will have to book elsewhere. Guests stand in the garden as seats would likely wreck the landscaping. The absence of seating did not bother our guests though, everyone loved the venue!
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.1/5.0
Beautiful place....we got a million compliments! They provide a few tables, chairs, etc. and Jody is there to help you plan along the way. There are two beautiful tents included at the site, which are perfect for the reception and dancing! If it's hot - rent fans and keep your cake inside!! Best place to have a wedding and reception in Annapolis!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Paca House was the perfect place for my fiance and I to get married. I fell in love with it the moment that I saw it, and it was the ideal setting for our fall outdoor wedding. Jody was instrumental in helping us plan everything and I felt very at ease knowing that she would be handling any issues that would arise. All of our guests were raving about how beautiful the Paca House was, and though many of my guests had gone to school in Annapolis with me, they had never even been in the garden before. The Paca House is like a well kept secret, and I couldn't have been happier getting married and having my cocktail hour and reception there. The downside would be for anyone wanting to have a large wedding, as the venue is limited in size, as well as the fact that the reception cannot go on past 10 PM due to noise restrictions. This was not a problem for us, especially since The Paca House is an easy walking distance to downtown, and my friends and I were able to continue the celebration down the street in downtown Annapolis. I would highly recommend this venue for any friends getting thinking of getting married in Annapolis. Thank you Jody, for everything!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Jody and her team did an amazing job helping us get ready for the wedding and on the day of the event. They have a lot of experience and were really good at making sure everything we needed was covered. We got so many compliments from our guests on the beautiful venue. Thanks to her team!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
We worked with Jody to plan our ceremony and reception at the Paca House. At first, I was worried about the fact that all of the guests (minus about 10 - parents and elderly/pregnant guests) would be standing and not sitting during the ceremony. Jody showed me many pictures of other weddings and how intimate it is to have everyone standing close during the ceremony. Many couples do their ceremony in front of the white summer house at the end of the property, but we opted for doing ours on the bridge. The weather ended up being perfect and the ceremony was just absolutely gorgeous at that location. The grass was perfectly green and all of the white paint on the bridge looked so crisp in the sun. Jody worked with our DJ to have speakers set up for the ceremony music and for our officiant to be miced. She worked with us a lot the months before our wedding to answer any questions we had and let us visit a few times so we could envision our day there. The day before our wedding, we did our rehearsal at the garden and she got everyone in control and worked the rehearsal out flawlessly. She also let us bring stuff in for our wedding early (like stuff for the tables, alcohol, centerpieces, etc.) so that we didn't have as much to worry about the day of. She had a staff working with her also to ensure the guests got to where they were supposed to be, and she made sure the bridal party made their walk down the gravel "aisle" at the appropriate time, and a staff member was with me to open the doors from the main house so I could make my grand entrance (exit from the house, to the garden). The tents she has set up for the reception are so elegant. They are the perfect bridal tent. She also had 10 60" round tables that we used and 50 white folding chairs, which helped cut down on our rental costs. We had about 90 guests, which was pretty much perfect for the size of the venue. It did not seem too crowded or empty at all. We also got amazing pictures there.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
We worked with Jody to plan our wedding at the Paca House and she was so friendly and helpful. She provided so many ideas and insight into the wedding planning process from working in the industry for a while. I was initially worried about the 10 seats for the ceremony but Jody provided pictures and eased my worry completely. Jody and her staff were great on the day of our wedding; especially with a rainy day and the chaos of where the ceremony would be held.
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