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Woodend

Chevy Chase , MD
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LOCATION

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 US (map)

PHONE

301-652-9188

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ABOUT US

Woodend offers a country setting that is relaxed yet elegant. With its classic Greek portico, sweeping lawns, and spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, Woodend provides a beautiful setting for... Read more
Woodend offers a country setting that is relaxed yet elegant. With its classic Greek portico, sweeping lawns, and spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, Woodend provides a beautiful setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, retirement parties, and bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.

The tented terrace will accommodate up to 170 seated guests. Outdoors, a wedding grove offers an enchanting backdrop for romantic ceremonies while the Great Hall with its staircase and balcony provides a warm and gracious alternative.


For More Information on our Weddings please contact

Rebecca Robinson
Director of Rental Events
(e) rrobinson@audubonnaturalist.org
(ph) (301) 652-9188 ext38

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1927
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
170
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?
1500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1927
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
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?
1500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
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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Meghan
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
It took us quite a while to find Woodend, but the search was totally worth it in the end. They were able to accommodate all our guests (125) with a beautiful setting. We held our ceremony in the grove, and our reception within the tent and in the main house. The location was a truly unique one, and the value compared to our mansions in the DC area was great. There were no crazy regulations (such as no red food), that you see in other places and they were very up front about the timeline and what was expected of all our vendors. The required vendor list is fantastic, so don't be turned off by the fact that they require you to use their vendors. There is a reason for it, and the vendors are all top notch. Woodend provided us a truly different wedding venue which resulted in our dream wedding day.
It took us quite a while to find Woodend, but the search was totally worth it in the end. They were able to accommodate Read more...
It took us quite a while to find Woodend, but the search was totally worth it in the end. They were able to accommodate all our guests (125) with a beautiful setting. We held our ceremony in the grove, and our reception within the tent and in the main house. The location was a truly unique one, and the value compared to our mansions in the DC area was great. There were no crazy regulations (such as no red food), that you see in other places and they were very up front about the timeline and what was expected of all our vendors. The required vendor list is fantastic, so don't be turned off by the fact that they require you to use their vendors. There is a reason for it, and the vendors are all top notch. Woodend provided us a truly different wedding venue which resulted in our dream wedding day. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
10/19/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were recently married here, in October. The place is stunning with woodland back drop. The coordinator Rebecca was a pleasure to work with and very easy going and accommodating. The dance floor is spacious and the layout is perfect. The mansion is beautiful as well
My husband and I were recently married here, in October. The place is stunning with woodland back drop. The coordinator Read more...
My husband and I were recently married here, in October. The place is stunning with woodland back drop. The coordinator Rebecca was a pleasure to work with and very easy going and accommodating. The dance floor is spacious and the layout is perfect. The mansion is beautiful as well Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Kate
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
When I first saw pictures of Woodend, I knew it was where I wanted to get married. The grounds and house are beautiful and so picturesque. Rebecca was easy to work with and always available for questions. Gary was the site manager on duty the night of our wedding and he was friendly, offered any assistance and then stayed out of the way. Many guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and we had a nice gentle breeze blowing through the dinner space. The wooded grove is something out of a story book, it's so beautiful. We had visited other venues with beautiful homes, but you couldn't use any of the house, everything happened in the yard, which we didn't like. At Woodend you get a lot for your money and it's close to DC, which is nice for out of town guests. I also found that having to use one of their preferred caterers made it easier for me to pick and ensures the caterer knows the space. We absolutely loved this venue and had a great, great wedding there.
When I first saw pictures of Woodend, I knew it was where I wanted to get married. The grounds and house are beautiful and Read more...
When I first saw pictures of Woodend, I knew it was where I wanted to get married. The grounds and house are beautiful and so picturesque. Rebecca was easy to work with and always available for questions. Gary was the site manager on duty the night of our wedding and he was friendly, offered any assistance and then stayed out of the way. Many guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and we had a nice gentle breeze blowing through the dinner space. The wooded grove is something out of a story book, it's so beautiful. We had visited other venues with beautiful homes, but you couldn't use any of the house, everything happened in the yard, which we didn't like. At Woodend you get a lot for your money and it's close to DC, which is nice for out of town guests. I also found that having to use one of their preferred caterers made it easier for me to pick and ensures the caterer knows the space. We absolutely loved this venue and had a great, great wedding there. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I was planning my wedding internationally and had to pick Woodend based on online reviews. If you are in the same position I am in I would say many of the reviews on here are spot on. I wanted an outdoor wedding and Woodend provided the perfect venue. Rebecca was great and very flexible to our needs. Woodend provides the perfect natural backdrop for any wedding. Lucky for us, a deer came out just as I was coming down the aisle. He almost stole my thunder but not quite! We were able to have an outdoor chill zone just outside of the tent during the reception that our guests loved. The only limitations I would say are that you have to go with the list of caterers they recommend, which are all pricy but are some of the top caterers in DC. It also can get a very hot on the dance floor once things get going but our guests seemed to adjust. I would highly recommend getting lighting for the inside because it really sets the mood for the dance floor. It was last minute call for us by our DJ that I don't regret. My wedding was about 175 and we had no issues fitting everyone under that tent. Everyone commented on how lovely the venue was. I had my wedding on a Sunday so I had the whole day for setup, we even arranged to extend the time which was perfect for our crowd/guests. Don't think twice about this place if you want a natural setting.
I was planning my wedding internationally and had to pick Woodend based on online reviews. If you are in the same position Read more...
I was planning my wedding internationally and had to pick Woodend based on online reviews. If you are in the same position I am in I would say many of the reviews on here are spot on. I wanted an outdoor wedding and Woodend provided the perfect venue. Rebecca was great and very flexible to our needs. Woodend provides the perfect natural backdrop for any wedding. Lucky for us, a deer came out just as I was coming down the aisle. He almost stole my thunder but not quite! We were able to have an outdoor chill zone just outside of the tent during the reception that our guests loved. The only limitations I would say are that you have to go with the list of caterers they recommend, which are all pricy but are some of the top caterers in DC. It also can get a very hot on the dance floor once things get going but our guests seemed to adjust. I would highly recommend getting lighting for the inside because it really sets the mood for the dance floor. It was last minute call for us by our DJ that I don't regret. My wedding was about 175 and we had no issues fitting everyone under that tent. Everyone commented on how lovely the venue was. I had my wedding on a Sunday so I had the whole day for setup, we even arranged to extend the time which was perfect for our crowd/guests. Don't think twice about this place if you want a natural setting. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Emily
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
We were really nervous when the forecast predicted rain throughout the weekend of our wedding, but even with the ceremony moved from the hemlock grove to the tent attached to the house, Woodend proved to be the perfect venue. Rebecca, their event coordinator, was a pleasure to work with, and all of the staff we ran into there were friendly and accommodating. We really liked that our rental fee supported their environmental and environmental education mission, and the groom (an avid bird watcher) found the stuffed birds in the office where he and the groomsmen got ready a welcome calming distraction as we waited for the ceremony to start. There was a nice place for the bride to get ready as well, and the set up for the dj and dance floor was perfect.
We were really nervous when the forecast predicted rain throughout the weekend of our wedding, but even with the ceremony Read more...
We were really nervous when the forecast predicted rain throughout the weekend of our wedding, but even with the ceremony moved from the hemlock grove to the tent attached to the house, Woodend proved to be the perfect venue. Rebecca, their event coordinator, was a pleasure to work with, and all of the staff we ran into there were friendly and accommodating. We really liked that our rental fee supported their environmental and environmental education mission, and the groom (an avid bird watcher) found the stuffed birds in the office where he and the groomsmen got ready a welcome calming distraction as we waited for the ceremony to start. There was a nice place for the bride to get ready as well, and the set up for the dj and dance floor was perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Woodend responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Emily. We loved hosting your wedding at Woodend! Warmest regards, Rebecca
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This place is a hidden gem tucked away in what is literally a wooded sanctuary. We had a gorgeous ceremony outside on the walkway leading to the grove, which was beautiful because we had a natural archway with some of the trees. Even though there was barely any leaves on the trees and flowers had not yet started to bloom, we had great weather and the backdrop of the forest still looked extraordinary. My theme was rustic elegance and I got exactly what I asked for. The vendors that Woodend suggested worked out in an amazing way, and everyone said that ours was one of the best weddings they had attended. We are thrilled with how everything turned out and couldn't ask for anything more. I highly recommend Woodend Sanctuary for a wedding or any event.
This place is a hidden gem tucked away in what is literally a wooded sanctuary. We had a gorgeous ceremony outside on the Read more...
This place is a hidden gem tucked away in what is literally a wooded sanctuary. We had a gorgeous ceremony outside on the walkway leading to the grove, which was beautiful because we had a natural archway with some of the trees. Even though there was barely any leaves on the trees and flowers had not yet started to bloom, we had great weather and the backdrop of the forest still looked extraordinary. My theme was rustic elegance and I got exactly what I asked for. The vendors that Woodend suggested worked out in an amazing way, and everyone said that ours was one of the best weddings they had attended. We are thrilled with how everything turned out and couldn't ask for anything more. I highly recommend Woodend Sanctuary for a wedding or any event. Read less
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Woodend responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the wonderful review, and now I have yet another beautiful location to offer for outdoor weddings! Rebecca Robinson
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MOB
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Woodend was the perfect site for our daughter's wedding - she and her fiance knew it from the moment they read about it on line after their engagement. A fall wedding there just can't be beat, with the beautiful colors outside and the fairly reliable DC area fall weather. (And the option of using the tent for the ceremony as a back up lowers the stress level of planning an outdoor wedding immensely!) Some of the other reviews mention the strict rules related to the rental, but we felt all the conditions were plainly spelled out by the site manager, Rebecca (she's great to work with!), and in our contract, and we didn't have any surprises on wedding day. We just planned our activities based on the timeframe we had (8 hours), and it all worked wonderfully. There are options to lower the rental fees such as non-peak times of year, Fridays and Sundays instead of Saturdays, etc. and part of the payment is a donation so is tax deductible. We did choose a Saturday but November is off-peak so we felt the price was reasonable. We also had deer run down the driveway right in front of the ceremony about halfway through. The guests were very impressed with the deer, the beauty of Woodend, the layout of the mansion and tent, the food (Main Event - great!) and dancing (DJ Greyhound - also great!). Highly recommend for an outdoor wedding. They allow up to 170 guests but we had 134. That number was perfect for the space.
Woodend was the perfect site for our daughter's wedding - she and her fiance knew it from the moment they read about it on Read more...
Woodend was the perfect site for our daughter's wedding - she and her fiance knew it from the moment they read about it on line after their engagement. A fall wedding there just can't be beat, with the beautiful colors outside and the fairly reliable DC area fall weather. (And the option of using the tent for the ceremony as a back up lowers the stress level of planning an outdoor wedding immensely!) Some of the other reviews mention the strict rules related to the rental, but we felt all the conditions were plainly spelled out by the site manager, Rebecca (she's great to work with!), and in our contract, and we didn't have any surprises on wedding day. We just planned our activities based on the timeframe we had (8 hours), and it all worked wonderfully. There are options to lower the rental fees such as non-peak times of year, Fridays and Sundays instead of Saturdays, etc. and part of the payment is a donation so is tax deductible. We did choose a Saturday but November is off-peak so we felt the price was reasonable. We also had deer run down the driveway right in front of the ceremony about halfway through. The guests were very impressed with the deer, the beauty of Woodend, the layout of the mansion and tent, the food (Main Event - great!) and dancing (DJ Greyhound - also great!). Highly recommend for an outdoor wedding. They allow up to 170 guests but we had 134. That number was perfect for the space. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We were delighted with Woodend as the location for my daughter's wedding. Everything went smoothly. There was no event scheduled the day before ours, so we could do an outdoor rehearsal.
We were delighted with Woodend as the location for my daughter's wedding. Everything went smoothly. There was no event Read more...
We were delighted with Woodend as the location for my daughter's wedding. Everything went smoothly. There was no event scheduled the day before ours, so we could do an outdoor rehearsal. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had the benefit of a GORGEOUS spring day for our wedding at Woodened (4/13). The weather was perfect the Magnolia tree was blooming. It was hard to beat. Our pictures were breathtaking and we got so many compliments on our venue.

I liked having my wedding at a location where our funds would go to a charity rather than a country club or private institution. Rebecca was wonderful to work with and very responsive.
We had the benefit of a GORGEOUS spring day for our wedding at Woodened (4/13). The weather was perfect the Magnolia tree Read more...
We had the benefit of a GORGEOUS spring day for our wedding at Woodened (4/13). The weather was perfect the Magnolia tree was blooming. It was hard to beat. Our pictures were breathtaking and we got so many compliments on our venue.

I liked having my wedding at a location where our funds would go to a charity rather than a country club or private institution. Rebecca was wonderful to work with and very responsive. Read less
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Woodend responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the glowing review! I'm so glad your wedding happened when the saucer magnolia blooms peaked next to the grove.
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Shweta
Wedding:
3/24/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue was beautiful, and the mansion has a lot of space for the guests to move around. It was cold and snowing in march when we got married and we had to do everything indoor. The ceremony was great and thankfully the venue was heated well, even in the tent.
The venue was beautiful, and the mansion has a lot of space for the guests to move around. It was cold and snowing in Read more...
The venue was beautiful, and the mansion has a lot of space for the guests to move around. It was cold and snowing in march when we got married and we had to do everything indoor. The ceremony was great and thankfully the venue was heated well, even in the tent. Read less
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