Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel
We searched all over Maryland trying to find a venue for our winter wedding. There were a couple things that really made this venue perfect for us. First, it was the staff, particularly Caitlin McGrew our coordinator. From her first email response, we knew that Antrim was the place to have our wedding. Caitlin made us feel comfortable and relaxed during every part of the planning process. She went out of the way to help us find what we need. For example, we were trying to find an appropriate room for my 90 year old grandmother to stay in. She took us through all the available rooms until we found one that my grandmother would feel comfortable in. From our very first visit there, you could tell this was a friendly place. The employees all were smiling and saying hello to each other as they passed by. (This was something that was very important to us.)
Second we loved the facilities. All the houses and the rooms at the Antrim were absolutely beautiful. It's a historic venue, but the rooms were amazingly warm and beautiful. You could hear a few creeks during the night (It was windy the night before our wedding) but that just added to the charm of our experience. All the fireplaces were on and it was just the atmosphere that we had hoped for.
Finally, the food was amazing. One of our favorite parts was sitting down with the Chef Michael Gettier and planning our meal. He was so helpful and helped us just relax and enjoy it. We LOVED our meal from the appetizers to the amazing butternut squash soup to our Sea Bass dinner. It was absolutely amazing and we're hoping to go back again (to try more on the menu.)
The Antrim 1844 exceeded our expectations! They have a wonderful staff that not only catered to me and my groom, but to all of our wedding guests! Their attention to detail and responsiveness made the entire weekend so special! Our wedding coordinator, Beth, was incredible - her attention to detail, responsiveness, and caring nature made our wedding that much more amazing!
At the reception dinner, the service and food was absolutely incredible - our gusts were complimenting our choice of venue over and over. Many of them felt that not only was it our wedding, but a little vacation for them as well! I couldn't imagine having been married anywhere else!
Our November wedding at the Antrim 1844 was perfect beyond any words can describe. They exceeded all of our expectations. Our coordinator Caitlin was amazing. She did not let any details go untouched. She took so much time and made sure everything was perfect. We will hold these incredible memories for the rest of our lives.
Originally we had Daniel as our wedding coordinator for over a year. One day he left/was let go, and it wasn't too long before our wedding day. We were then given Beth as our coordinator and she was amazing. Given the situation in the fact that she came in at the tail end of things she was on top of it all. She covered everything we had a question about and if she didn't know the answer she would e-mail us no more than 2 days later. We are so happy that Beth was our wedding coordinator because in the end everything turned out beautifully. The chef at the Antrim, Michael, was amazing. We heard nothing but rave reviews about all the food we served. The day of our wedding it was chilly out, and the band wasn't going to be set up in time for us to have the ceremony inside, so we ended up doing it outside. The Antrim was so helpful, they put heaters and had hot chocolate for our guests to help with the cold. We couldn't have picked a better place.
I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT ANTRIM! From the moment we first visited this place to the after wedding check out, everything was SUPERB and topnotch! While I was planning our wedding, like any bride-to-be, I would read tons of reviews of vendors and always wonder if they were ever exaggerating about the vendor. And if you are, trust me when I say Antrim could not be beat! Like everyone else has said, guests were blown away by the food, the service, and the beauty of the property. Many have complimented us saying that it was BY FAR, one of THE best weddings they had ever gone to! Even with the distance (and a lot of my guests were from VA) they said it was totally worth it! The food, incredible! Where can you go and completely customize your menu to include split lobster tail wrapped around a crab cake?! If you are a foodie like me and want to impress your guests, honestly, what better way than with fresh tuna wontons, duck egg rolls, scallops, and thats just to name the h'ordevres! Im talking so much about the food because I know when I was reading reviews, I really wanted to know what was included in the price and packages and no one ever discussed the food per say, except that it was great! So that was just a little tidbit I wanted to throw in.
But honestly, they make you feel so special and so important there and what better day than your wedding day to be treated so fantastically?! I am a part-time wedding planner and could go on and on about how fabulous they are. But just trust me when I say, you will NOT REGRET having your wedding here!!!
And Elizabeth, such a Godsend! She was absolutely amazing through the entire planning process and could not be more thankful to have worked with her! Shes the sweetest person ever and will genuinely care about you and your wedding!
Chef Michael, amazing. A true culinary master.
All Antrim staff members, hospitality at its finest! Truly the best people you could ever want to...
There are not enough stars to give this venue. I honestly could not imagine anyone wanting more than what the Antrim 1844 provides. What a truly fantastic venue. The food was far and beyond our highest expectations, the mansion and garden itself is breathtaking and the people who work there really put their heart and soul into your day. Our wedding coordinator who works there, Elizabeth Fortier, is one of the sweetest, caring and most genuine people you will ever be lucky enough to meet. She truly went above and beyond for us. It brings me to tears just thinking about it. She does not treat the weddings she does as just another event, she looks upon them as that couples one special day, and boy does she make you feel that way. There really arent words. From the venue itself, to the food, to the staff, the the open bar, you really cannot do better!
Our 9/15/2012 wedding at Antrim turned out to be absolutely beautiful, thank you to Antrim, our wedding coordinator Caitlin, Chef, and the rest of the Antrim staff. We had both our ceremony and reception on-site, which allowed for us to enjoy the beautiful grounds during our ceremony and cocktail hour before going inside to enjoy a wonderful meal and celebration. The grounds were so beautiful, and made for such a perfect backdrop for our photography. We needed few decorations to make the ceremony site complete. After our ceremony, we easily transitioned into cocktail hour, where we were met with champagne and the opportunity to visit with our guests prior to being taken away for a few additional pictures. I was worried about this transition, but Caitlin managed each and every one of our rowdy guests with ease. We then entered into our reception site, which was set up just as we had envisioned. Our guests raved and ranted about the service and the food, which is a main reason that we chose Antrim. Caitlin was always a few steps away, and ensured that our wedding was organized and staying on our proposed schedule. This was much appreciated for a type A bride! Caitlin truly has an art, for although she had a huge job of ensuring that us, our guests, and our vendors were organized and enjoying themselves, she carried herself confidently and relaxed. Again, thank you Antrim, Caitlin, and everyone else who made our wedding day such a success!
What a hidden gem! My husband and I held our wedding at Antrim 1844. The European gardens, the French-country styled cottages and rooms, and spacious pavilion all went well with our French-inspired theme. Everything was easily accessible as we held the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at Antrim. We had them cater our reception and the food was delicious, the presentation beautiful.
We unfortunately did have a few issues. The on-site coordinator was not very responsive and a bit unprofessional (his e-mails would be confusing sometimes). My husband constantly asked where he and the groomsmen could get ready before the ceremony and he never got a direct answer. They ended up showing up dressed and had to basically wander around the property until ceremony time.
When the bridesmaids and I got ready in the bridal suite, guests were directed to our room and this caused a lot of confusion. Lots of people left their things in our room and came back to get them after the reception while my husband and I were in our room wanting privacy.
Antrim also served a dish that was not on our menu, though we thankfully were not charged for it. In the middle of the chaos that day, we ended up leaving the top layer of our cake (we appreciate them freezing it for us) and photo booth props. The coordinator claimed he shipped a package to us, but we have yet to receive it and it's been a few weeks already :\
Overall, we are very pleased with they way our day turned out. We will definitely be back for a...
We had our ceremony and reception at Antrim 1844 in June 2012, and it was a fantastic day. We loved the setting and our guests raved about the food. And the mansion and grounds offer so many photo ops. We wouldn't have had our wedding anywhere else.
Originally, we had one wedding coordinator through Antrim that we loved. But she ended up moving to another company during our planning process, so we got switched to Daniel. I was assured that Daniel did a good job, but he did not click with us personality wise, and he was not detail oriented enough for me. So then we got switched again to Caitlin. SHE WAS FABULOUS. She answered all of our questions and was so enthusiastic about our big day. Every email and visit interaction with her was a pleasure and she went above and beyond on our wedding day.
The only reason I gave them a 2 in flexibility has to do with guest rooms. I DO NOT advise that you have guests stay at the Antrim. It was the biggest headache I have ever dealt with, and that is not what you need during wedding planning. They want you to tell them 4 months in advance exactly how many guest rooms you need. If you tell them you need 25 rooms, but then need 30, they might not have any left. Or if it turns out you only need 20, then you are on the hook for paying for those rooms! And they range from $250-400 a night. Plus, it is the bride's responsibility to assign guests to individual rooms. Guests can't even call the Antrim to make arrangements, literally everything has to go through you. I can not stress enough how much of a pain this was, you would be better off getting a room block in Emmitsburg or another nearby city and running a shuttle or something.
My daughter was married at the Antrim 1844, I live in California and she and her husband are in DC. They were looking for a location that guests could relax and enjoy the weekend, not just the few hours of the wedding. Also one that had "bad weather" alternatives. They could not have found a more perfect venue for a romantic, sophisticated yet very relaxed wedding. The pictures on the website do not do the Antrim justice.
Now and most importantly, we had Daniel as our wedding planner. He is the most kind, patient and truly talented person one could have to help them with every detail of their wedding. Each time we met he took hours with us reviewing every detail, suggesting cost saving ideas. He is very aware that people can't spend endlessly. He went out of his way to help us with each detail.
Since we were a cross country wedding we had three different events at the Antrim. An intimate dinner in the wine cellar on Thursday, which Daniel fully coordinated it was so special, delicious, oh the Antrim food is fabulous.
For the rehearsal dinner and a welcome party, we were stumped as to where to go. Daniel suggested using the antrim's sister property since we wanted an elegant BBQ. It was spectacular. Again, Daniel helped beyond what one could expect, even offering his personal items to use. He helped set up, and again finding venders for what we needed. The night was one everyone will remember because of the effort Daniel put into helping with this event.
I could go on endlessly, Daniel is more than wonderful, he truly sees ones needs before they do and has solutions. The wedding day was the most joyous day for all of us, no worries, every need met, a flawless wedding.
We loved everything about the Antrim, especially working with Daniel.
I can't say enough about how much I loved this venue. It was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, we had a number of issues that stemmed from our coordinator, Elizabeth, not being as attentive as we would have liked. She was very pleasant but information seemed to be provided too late and created a lot of unneeded stress for me and my family. Chef Michael was a treat to work with and he helped us create a perfect menu that met all of our expectations. Also, be sure to read the fine print, including what areas of the venue can be used when. The contract is not flexible so be sure to review it carefully and ask questions.
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Antrim 1844. The first time we visited I fell in love with it. The atmosphere, the staff and service were impecable. The garden was breathtaking and I knew that was where I wanted to be married. Luckily the weather cooperated with us and we were able to have our ceremony outside and it was everything I had dreamed of. Our wedding coordinator was Elizabeth Fortier and she was amazing. She was easy to keep in touch with and she answered all my crazy questions. The day of the wedding went perfectly. The only crisis we had (my train getting dirty before the ceremony) was quickly fixed by Elizabeth and the magic of club soda! The food there truly lives up to all the reviews. I've never had wedding food that tasted that fantastic before, it was truly incredible, and I think all of our guests' cleaned plates attested to that as well.
We knew that Antrim was the perfect place for our wedding from the moment that we stepped on the property. Our wedding could not have been more picture perfect, and the staff at Antrim made everything run so smoothly. We also signed an exclusivity contract for the day of our wedding, meaning that the restaurant was closed and only our guests were able to book rooms on site, which made the day so wonderful and private. The weather was perfect, the gardens were gorgeous and in bloom, and it could not have been better. Elizabeth Fortier was our coordinator, and she was an absolute lifesaver who made sure that our day was flawless. I simply cannot thank her enough for the huge amount of work that she did leading up to our wedding and over the wedding weekend, as it made everything go as perfectly as possible. She immediately took charge of any potential issues that arose over the weekend and made sure that they were resolved asap. She is truly one of my favorite people ever now, and I feel that I owe her so much for making our day so perfect.
Having the exclusivity contract, as well as having both our ceremony and reception at Antrim made everything so easy since we did not have to go anywhere all day, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. All of the staff at Antrim are so helpful and kind, and they really know what they are doing when it comes to making weddings go off without a hitch. The food was wonderful as well, and it was great to work with Chef Gettier in the menu planning process. The beverage manager Luis was great to work with as well, and he was very helpful in choosing wines, beers, etc to serve at the wedding. All in all, Antrim was the perfect place for our wedding and they helped ensure that we had a wonderful day.
Antrim 1844 was the venue we chose to have both our ceremony and reception. We had an outdoor ceremony in the garden under the arch and the reception was indoors in the Pavilion. Our wedding coordinator provided through the Antrim was Elizabeth Fortier and she was amazing! Getting closer to the date of the wedding, like any normal bride, I had tons of questions--A lot more questions than answers. She was more than willing to answer my "all hours of the day" questions and provided timely feedback for urgent matters. Everything flowed smoothly thanks to Elizabeth! I would recommend her to other couples looking for the same intimate/elegant feel for their wedding. The food was also amazing--Rave reviews from all our guests!
Great venue. Food was outstanding. Staff was professional and helpful.
The Antrim 1844 is a stunning venue for a wedding, the decor and gardens are so complete and breathtaking that you really don't have to add much more decoration. Chef Michael has an unbelievable love for food and it shows when you meet with him and when you eat your food on the big day. Every one of my guests were impressed with his creations. Our coordinator Elizabeth was beyond helpful as well, any problem or question we had, she was right on top of it!
When starting to peruse reception venues my fiancé, Mike, and I truly had no idea what we were looking for. All we knew was that we wanted to be close to home (Frederick). So, I did the typical ‘look on The Knot, look on The Wedding Channel’ to find different venues in the area. We did not have a set date when we started to look at venues because we knew that it would be difficult for us to find our exact date prior to speaking with venues with only a little under a year before our wedding. (we started looking in Dec 2010 and knew that we wanted to get married in Fall 2011). When I called Antrim I knew NOTHING about it except for the online pictures. I thought "hmm, this looks nice." And then I was put into contact with Elizabeth. After many other phone calls to different venues and a few on site visits, Elizabeth was the FIRST person to congratulate me on my engagement (come on, this is a huge thing!!) and wanted to hear “our” story. From that very moment I was hooked because I knew she care and that we’d be taken good care of! That phone call was followed up by an initial in person meeting with Elizabeth to review the grounds (which I was even more hooked after that!) and gradually lead to a signed contract and the wedding planning began! Elizabeth was always so kind and caring to ALL (I had a lot) of questions. She provided suggestions for other vendors (DJ, hair, make up, etc), helped us work with our planned budget, promptly answered all emails and phone calls, and made sure that our day was just as imagined. We were thoroughly impressed by the quality and quantity of food provided for our party (110 people) and received an enormous amount of compliments from every one of our guests about the venue space and food. The only problem that we had was there was an issue with our decorator and Elizabeth in setting up the tables/table numbers. Basically, Antrim set up the tables correctly with the correct table arrangement and number of chairs, but our decorator accidentally reversed the table numbers. This was not double checked by Elizabeth so when our guests went to sit down there was a lot of confusion and rearranging of place settings to make everyone fit. Our guests stated that they didn’t mind or even notice, but for me, the bride, this was a huge upset because it took so much time and energy into making that seating chart work! Other than that – everything was perfect and I truly felt special on our wedding day. We also absolutely adored the free night’s stay in the Boucher Suite and complimentary breakfast at our door and with our family in the dining room the next day. It’s like you’re royalty and since we‘re waiting to take our honeymoon it was much needed! We highly recommend Antrim 1844 as a reception venue!! They’re above and beyond the rest!
After a long day of visiting venues and driving all over Maryland, my husband and I finally landed at Antrim 1844 with extremely low expectations. We were wowed by the grounds, the hospitality of the staff, the great value, and the fact that it is National Register of Historic Places (I teach U.S. History so this was extremely important to me). There was a lot of turmoil at Antrim in the 18 months that we worked with them. We had 2 different wedding planners before we finally ended up with Daniel as our wedding coordinator. While the day of the wedding went smoothly, leading up to the day was extremely nerve wracking. Daniel took forever to respond to emails, screwed up our first menu tasting, and acted super weird whenever we would bring up our bill. In the end, none of that mattered. The tasting issue was quickly resolved by the General Manager and our wedding day went off without a hitch. The chef was super accommodating when we decided to make changes to our menu AND a member of the staff even went back to my room to retrieve our wedding bands (my nerves got the best of me and I forgot our wedding bands in my suite). Our family and friends continue to rave about the ambiance, food, and the hotel grounds. If you're looking for a beautiful venue with great food and a great price - definitely stop by Antrim 1844. I highly recommend Antrim 1844 as a wedding venue. I could not imagine getting married anywhere else.
I would, hands down, recommend this venue to anyone and everyone. We were looking for a place we could stay the night before and the night of the wedding and a place that only did one wedding a day. You get one person that handles your wedding (EXTREMELY IMPORTANT). There is nothing like calling and talking to the SAME PERSON EVERY TIME! We were lucky to have Lee. She was AMAZING! I never had to worry about anything with her. We have gotten so many compliments on how this was THE BEST wedding everyone had been to...I know that had so much to do with the venue, Lee, and the food. My only complaint is that it was pretty pricy and they weren\'t awesome about giving you and your guest deals on the room. (Our room was free on our wedding night and we had a choice of any room on the property). They really helped make my wedding day a day I will NEVER FORGET. :)
I loved my wedding at Antrim 1844 and got tons of complimentsfrom my guests. Everything was perfect....the atmosphere, the food, and our "after wedding" get together at the pub. I must say though what really made my wedding experience the best was my wedding coordinator Lee. Lee was so calming and patient throughout everything. I would email her and she consistently returned my emails with the answers I needed the same day. She is amazing! I have always loved Antrim but having been to dozens of weddings throughout the past few years, I just think Antrim does an awesome job in comparison. The setting is beautiful, the employees are accomodating, what else do you need???? :)
Antrim 1844 was the PERFECT place to host our wedding. Our guests were so impressed with the property and the food was OUTSTANDING!!! Our coordinator Lee was extremely helpful throughout the entire process...We couldn't have been happier with her and the rest of the staff! It was the perfect day and I would highly recommend the Antrim 1844 to any bride looking for an elegant and beautiful wedding venue.
We loved our venue and could not have picked a better one! We were treated with such class and our coordinator, Elizabeth was amazing and so responsiive whenever we needed her. The food was delicious and the place- amazing! I still can't get over how awesome the beds were, like heaven! Thanks for an amazing wedding day Antrim!
Our wedding at Antrim 1844 was absolutely flawless. Our wedding coordinator, Elizabeth was professional, responsive, organized and timely. She executed everything perfectly. The venue is absolutely beautiful and the food is amazing. I have gotten uncountable compliments on our wedding and how beautiful it was. We also hung out in the pickwick pub for a little after party and had a blast. Breakfast the next morning was also awesome. From start to finish it was amazing. I can't say enough about this place. We will for sure be returning for weekend getaways.
The venue is beautiful and the service is fantastic. My husband and I loved everything from start to finish. Our guests raved about our wedding and some say it was the most fun and beautiful wedding they have ever been to. Lee, the wedding coordinator was wonderful as well, she was always on top of things and always seemed happy to answer any question. She never appeared frustrated or annoyed even when I was emailing her constantly towards the end.
Everyone says that the perfect wedding isnt possible.... for us it totally was! We feel in love with antrim from the start and every time we came back to visit we fell even more in love with it!
The food/ service/ atmosphere/ and Lee was amazing! We never had to ask or worry about anything the enitre day/night. It was amazing, all of our guests were well fed and happy. Everyone couldnt stop raving about the venue, food and service. It really was so amazing! Thanks to lee and everyone at antrim for making it the best night and party of our lives. Our friends and family had such a blast and no complaints!
We got married at Antrim 1844 on July 30, 2011. Our day was absolutely wonderful! The grounds were beautiful, the staff was professional, the food was phenomenal, and our wedding coordinator, Elizabeth, was fantastic. People are still talking about how it was the best wedding they have been to and we might be biased, but we agree. Elizabeth was so helpful throughout the wedding planning process. She went above and beyond the call of duty--she even helped bring some items to the venue from our home. She was calming, extremely organized, and knew exactly where we were going with ideas, etc. We really enjoyed working with her. Also, Chef Gettier is awesome--we enjoyed working with him and eating his delicious creations. The only negative experience we had was Antrim’s policies regarding overnight room booking--it was confusing and a bit inflexible for us and our guests. We will be back for many dinners and anniversaries!
Antrim 1844 is a beautiful place for a wedding. Their lush grounds, beautifully restored country rooms, and exquisite menu culminate magnificently for an unbelievable wedding!
The service at Antrim is phenomenal. The staff are incredibly diligent, patient, and knowledgeable. They display professionalism and flexibility. They ensure everything is perfect and as it should be for the duration of your event.
My family and my husband's family all stayed on the grounds at Antrim for the weekend of our wedding and it turned out to be a dream! The grounds were so beautiful and elegant, and the staff made everyone feel comfortable and pampered. Our families could not stop talking about what a perfect location for a wedding it was!
Chef Michael Gettier can cook a mean meal! His cuisine is unique, fresh, and absolutely delicious!! Despite the fact that Antrim usually serves a sit down meal during a wedding reception, my husband and I wanted to do a buffet. Michael was so flexible in helping us design and plan a beautiful buffet! He listened to our ideas and inserted his own expertise where necessary. The result was a wonderful spread of elegant cuisine. I could not be happier with the food he prepared for us!
I got engaged in February of 2010 and got married June 18th, 2011. Before I even visited Antrim 1844 I had already fallen in love with the place. It's such a unique venue and the beauty of the place doesn't compare to the typical hotel. I immediately made an appointment, had a tour, and wanted my wedding at Antrim. They had a coordinator, Mike, who I didn't connect with, but regardless, wanted to move forward. Mike guaranteed us a date, and as our contract was "in the mail" told us we had lost the date and he had given it to another client.. even though he originally told us we had first dibs on the date and if another family was interested in the date, he would inform us and we would have to make a decision. This was INCREDIBLY upsetting, we lost trust with the coordinator, but still moved forward and picked another date since at that point other venues were booked. Then he got fired.
After a rocky transition to new coordinators, I eventually ended up with Lee. I was pretty fragile at that point, but Lee saved me. She was new, and didn't have a ton of experience, so I was nervous at first. Lee is going to probably be a rising star in the wedding business. Her communication skills are incredible, and she always wrote me back usually hours after I emailed her. Communication with your wedding venue/coordinator is so critical. Lee is also honest and open. She tells you the truth, and she is very easy to trust. You can tell right when you meet her that she takes her job seriously and she wants to do everything she can to make your experience a good one at Antrim. I loved working with her and think any bride will be happy if she is their coordinator.
Antrim is a lovely place. The staff is kind, and they work hard. The chef was really fun to work with, and we made our wedding menu from scratch. Everyone loved the food and the brunch the next day was also very fancy.
One negative about Antrim is that they aren't so flexible and they have an annoying hotel booking policy. Once everything was figured out though, our family and friends had a wonderful stay at Antrim and really enjoyed the place.
Antrim is a really special place, and I loved having my wedding there. Many of our guests told us that it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to, and to me, that really was why I chose Antrim. Every time I went there during the year I planned for the wedding I wanted to just stay for a while and roam the area. I can't wait to go back for our one year anniversary.
We were just married on June 11, 2011. We planned our wedding along with the wedding coordinators at Antrim for two years. They could not have been more helpful. The setting is beautiful, like no other. The food is amazing, not your typical catered meal, but a one of a kind specialized menu. Everyone at Antrim, espcially Lee our coordinator, helped to make it the best day of our lives. I completely and totally recommend this wedding venue, I can't imagine having had the wedding elsewhere.
Everything about our experience with them was amazing! The Food was INCREDIBLE and the place was GORGEOUS!! I am so glad we had our wedding here. We looked around alot and saw this place and fell in love! They were very helpful and made it the wedding of our dreams!
I have to say, Antrim 1844 is THE place to get married. Not only is the venue itself absolutely stunning, but the service is top notch. We had a four-star meal that everyone raved over and a luxurious place to stay at for our wedding night (guests included). They even arranged for a fabulous breakfast the next morning for us and our guests who stayed the night. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect send off!
The folks at Antrim really care about you and do everything to make your wedding day truly special. We were provided with our own wedding coordinator, Lee, and she was my personal savior. There were several minor issues through out the ceremony/reception (no fault of their own) and Lee handled them like a champ. She was super responsive and extremely helpful when it came to the planning portion as well. I gave her the opportunity to be creative (with centerpieces) and her and her staff totally rocked it out for us. They did such a beautiful job making our wedding look and feel the way we wanted it to. We really couldn't have done it (and kept our sanity) without her.
Three weeks later, our guests are still raving about the food, mood, and menu that Antrim helped us to create. I thought wedding planning was going to be so difficult, but I was wrong, and it's all because of their wonderful staff and superb service! The only minor complaint we had was regarding the room block contracts. They are a bit confusing, but Lee did her best to help us out and get everything squared away with. Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better experience! I HIGHLY recommend working with Antrim! In general, weddings are expensive, but at Antrim, you get what you pay for and it's worth every dime!
My husband and I were recently married at Antrim 1844. We had much anticipated an outdoor Spring wedding in the beautiful gardens. Instead we had a torrential down pour with tornado warnings. And yet, it didn't matter one bit. It was the most beautiful day of our lives. We had wanted a backyard wedding, but neither of our houses would accommodate our large family. So we decided on Antrim...and that night it felt like home.
The mansion and glass ballroom are romantic and cozy. The grounds are breathtaking, even with thunder and lightning surrounding. The food was unbelievable (even my uncle who is a chef said it was the best steak he has had in some time.) The staff treated us like family, like that night was just as important to them as it was to us. From the waitstaff who had our 130 guests fed within minutes, to the valet crew who braved the storm with 7 umbrellas to ensure not a drop of rain met my silk dress... everyone went above and beyond for us.
And then there is Lee. Lee Thompson is fantastic. She is like the best friend every bride needs... Someone to give you direction, to help you make the thousands of little (and big!) decisions, and to make sure every detail is perfect. I never imagined I would be so relaxed on my wedding day, but with Lee I truly had nothing to worry about. Thank you, Lee, for everything.
We are so grateful to have found Antrim 1844, and would whole-heartedly recommend it to a friend. We can't wait to go back for our 1 year anniversary!
If you want a fairy tale or elegant wedding this is the place to go. Our wedding coordinator Elisabeth was amazing. It was such a relief to have such an organized person help us prepare for our wedding and be there for every moment during our wedding day.
The food was so delicious. People still talk about the food. It was such a unique experience to set down with the chef and prepare a custom meal.
If you want a unique, romantic experience and would like to avoid the stale hotel or reception hall this is the place to get married.
Note that this review has both sides of the coin, and is not as glowingly positive as many of the reviews for Antrim have been in the past. This is not because I felt that they didn't handle us well overall or make our night truly magical, but instead because the whole process certainly did not go as smoothly as it could've, especially pre-event. I am simply attempting to communicate the snags to anyone looking to have Antrim host their ceremony/reception, so they can go in prepared and informed. So, if any of my complaints seem nitpicky or trite, just bear in mind that this review is a full, rounded out description of everything we experienced: the good and the not-so-good! After all, when we pay a decent sum of money to someone to treat us well and take care of us, especially when we are not demanding that they follow our every whim, we expect them to pull through.
First, the good. As our ceremony was to take place in an historic Gettysburg barn, the idea of moving our guests to an old plantation-turned-gorgeous-inn for our reception was alluring. We felt would inject our wedding with an elegance that complemented the rusticness of our ceremony site, and we were absolutely correct. The day of our wedding, Antrim included, was absolutely magical. There was nary a hitch to be had (other than the actual hitching, of course), and the food, atmosphere, and care taken of us as the bride and groom was second to none. Our guests never stopped praising the hors d'oeuvres and dinner, and the bridal suite was a stunning end to the evening -- not too mention how much we enjoyed returning to the Pickwick Pub to celebrate late into the night with our bridal party! If you are hosting a wedding, book the entire mansion for your guests; though the rooms aren't as immense or intricate as others on the property, having free reign of a place so gorgeous, coupled with the spectacular on-site pub, truly carries your day from beginning to end.
While the bad pales in comparison to the spectacular events of the actual day, I have to say that leading up to the event (but after our deposit was already turned in, of course), there were a variety of miscues that left enough of a sour taste in our mouths to warrant writing about it. They are, in no particular order: an unarticulated and biased room booking policy when it comes to wedding guests, a last minute change of wedding coordinator, and an unresponsive and rude chef.
As Antrim is not only a reception site but also an inn, we felt that this would be a perfect place for our guests to stay if they felt like splurging on a fancy room. Be warned, though, that this is a good idea until your guests start to book. Antrim has recently instituted a new guest room policy where they will not book wedding guests and "leisure" guests in the same houses -- ever, no exceptions. I am sure this has a messy tale behind it, but to make the long story short, it means that your wedding guests, who are given priority only until four months before the event, must book before that time or they will not be allowed to choose the room in which they stay. After the four month window, they will get slotted wherever there are no leisure guests and generally in the more expensive rooms. So, if a guest wanted to stay in the $160 Brandon Room in the Mansion, but a single leisure guest was booked in the Mansion as well, the wedding guest would be forced to stay in a different house, usually where there are already wedding guests booked. We were even told that if we filled up all the other rooms and still had more guests who wanted to book, they would turn away our guests if even one leisure guest was in a house, allowing rooms to go unsold instead of risking booking "rowdy" wedding guests with "tame" leisure guests. This policy is clearly biased against folks who are with a wedding party, is never clearly articulated to potential brides, and caused a lot of stress for us leading up to the event, as our guests were splurging to stay there and couldn't even get a room that would be suitable for them.
Another questionable decision made by Antrim less than a month before our event was a change of wedding coordinators. This caused a multitude of confusion, not the least of which were the loss of email communication between our previous coordinator and myself and our cocktail hour starting before the ceremony was even over because of a schedule miscommunication between the two coordinators. In her defense, though, our replacement coordinator, Lee, was spectacular: she made us feel taken care of, and always went above and beyond to make sure we were getting exactly what we needed. Her flexibility and quick communication, as opposed to our previous coordinator's slow response time, really saved the day for us. She was there for us when we needed her, and faded easily into the background we things were going perfectly. So a big hats off here to Lee, and in the end, this swap mostly worked out for the better. I could see a more bridezilla-y woman than me getting extremely irate at such a last minute switch, though, especially if a far larger amount of information/requests had to be transferred between the two coordinators.
Lastly, the head chef, while friendly and extremely knowledgeable of his field, was, in the way that chefs tend to be, also arrogant and aloof. During our menu consultation/selection, he haughtily insulted my very capable pastry chef (and maid-of-honor) to her face and in front of me. In addition, as we were unsatisfied with our plate combination after our tasting and so had to switch our starch and vegetable, we had to go to the chef (via email and phone) to get further suggestions and lock the changes in place. Though we had made many attempts to contact him, it wasn't until Lee got on his case that he finally got back to us, just several days before the wedding. Again, this was a simple fix that, when left untended as it was, just added to the mountain of stress that builds up prior to any event of such magnitude.
At the end of my beautiful day, though, I could overlook such headaches by remembering one key thing: the MOST important part of any wedding is the person with whom you will be spending the rest of your life! I just wish Antrim had been more supportive of this low-stress, low-key mentality BEFORE they brilliantly wined and dined us on our special day.
Your attention to detail and consideration toward me was fantastic. Everyone was so impressed with Antrim 1844 from check-in to check-out (all 20 stayed the night). The staff was so friendly, the food was delicious - it was truly magical. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and to Antrim 1844 for making our day so special and for showing such professionalism and kindness to me and my family.
We got married at Antrim last day-after-Thanksgiving, and almost a year later our friends and family are still telling us how wonderful it was and what a great time they had. We had about 70 guests, almost all of whom stayed at Antrim the night of the wedding (and many the night before as well). We loved that this maximized our quality time with friends and family, many of whom had traveled from thousands of miles away, and allowed our guests to get to know each other before the wedding. To make your wedding weekend really special, I'd recommend having as many guests as possible stay on the property.
Antrim is beautiful from top to bottom, and we took advantage of all it had to offer. After our ceremony in the pavilion, we had cocktails and hors d'oevres in the mansion. The intimacy and elegance of the setting set just the right tone for the evening and let our guests enjoy Antrim's historic beauty. Dinner was back in the pavilion, and it was AMAZING! So many people told us it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding, and it was exactly what we'd discussed with Chef Gettier. Our cake (made by Monique on Antrim's staff) was incredible, and we got so many compliments on how good it looked and tasted.
After dancing, we headed back to the Pickwick Pub for the afterparty. It was great to spend more quality time with our guests in such a cozy setting. The boys headed out to the deck to smoke cigars, the girls sat by the fire, etc. It was a wonderful way to end the evening (although it was early morning by then).
Antrim is the complete wedding experience. Our wedding coordinator, Bethany, did a tremendous job working with our vendors and with Antrim's staff to make sure everything was just the way I wanted it. She was very responsive and handled lots of last minute and special requests. We received wonderful, personalized service, and we always felt as though Antrim's staff were excited to be a part of our wedding (partly because they said as much!) We also were thrilled with the value Antrim turned out to be. The packages offered by Antrim are incredibly reasonable when you compare with other venues, particularly given the ability to create your own menu with the chef and and the flexibility to create your own bar with the food and beverage manager. There were no surprises on our bill, and we felt as though we got more than our money's worth.
Antrim was exactly the wedding venue we hoped it would be. If you're looking for a wedding weekend that is intimate, elegant, and epicurean, look no further than Antrim. You can expect a unique setting, warm and personalized service, and value that cannot be beat.
Our wedding at Antrim 1844 was simply beautiful! The food was excellent and working with Bethany Lord was a major plus! While Bethany was amazing and our wedding day was stunning the road to this point was quite frustrating.
When we choose Antrim 1844, we choose it knowing that we would need to cut our guest list down. We wanted to have our wedding at a beautiful location that had great food and most importantly took care of us. I didn't want to be one of those stressed brides running around dealing with a ton of vendors. Antrim seemed to be very organized and had great reviews online.
Right from the get go we had issues - the wedding coordinator that we signed our contract was either fired or quit almost immediately after we sent in our down payment. The worst part about this was no one bothered to tell us that this had happened. I called and left many messages and none of them were returned. The only reason I found out that the coordinator was no longer with Antrim was because he emailed me on Facebook! I had no clue!
They had hired someone new and they sent me a letter to introduce this person. Ok, so no big deal - new coordinator. How I wish that was the case! The new coordinator never once reached out to me or returned one of my many messages. This went on for months and because I was fairly calm about my wedding I just figured he was busy and would get back to me when he could. Fast forward to 3 months before the wedding. Now I am starting to freak! I've had zero contact with Antrim and finally decided to call and ask for management. Low and behold the new coordinator is MIA and management at Antrim had no idea how poorly brides-to-be had been treated. They proceed to tell me they are currently looking for a new coordinator to take his place.
Call me crazy but if you are spending almost $30,000 for your wedding venue wouldn't you think that they would have this whole wedding thing down?
I could keep going on but I won't. In the end one of the new coordinators that they hired was the fabulous Bethany Lord! If she wouldn't have come along I doubt our wedding day would have been as amazing as it was. She went above and beyond and I loved every minute that I worked with her. She makes it fun!
I do believe that they finally have the coordinator issue down but I would warn that if you are considering getting married at Antrim that you request Bethany as your coordinator. Also, the chef was quite amazing too :o)
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Antrim and I would HIGHLY recommend the Antrim to any couple looking to have a beautiful and wonderful wedding! We were so impressed by the beauty of the grounds and the way that the staff were able to set everything up perfectly to give us the perfect day!
We had a few bumps along the way. The long time wedding coordinator had left midway through our planning process and since then we worked with two other wedding coordinators and it was a bit frustrating at times working with people who seemed to just be learning their way.
Overall we were happy with the job the most recent coordinator, Daniel, did, but he was at times difficult to get in touch with. One sort of big mistake he did was that he printed our menus for us and made an error on them by putting that we were serving lobster when in fact we were serving sea bass. We met with the general manager the morning after our wedding and he sincerely apologized and did compenstate us for the mistake.
However, our wedding was absolutely beautiful and the Antrim provides such a romantic setting for the perfect day! Our guests went on and about how fabulous everything was and a few of them are planning on returning to the Antrim for weekend getaways because they were so impressed!
My wedding experience with Antrim was almost perfect. The food was amazing – we are still getting compliments about the food, the wait staff was wonderful and the site was beautiful. We had a wonderful day for an outdoor wedding and the site was spectacular. The only issue with the whole experience was our wedding coordinator(s). I put that s in parenthesis because we had three – four if you could the coordinator that had to fill in when our last coordinator decided not to show up for the wedding. I know that we were unlucky enough to have planned our wedding during Antrim’s restructuring. We started with Keith, who is part of the reason why we decided to go with Antrim in the first place, because we were told that he would make sure that everything went according to plans. Well Antrim and him parted ways so again we made the 45 minute drive to the site to meet with Mike Carroll who was there a few months before he quit. I then received a phone call from the owner who apologized for any inconvenience and let me know that we were assigned Daniel Fabula as our coordinator and I was assured that he would give us all of the attention that we needed considering that I am the first and only daughter and my mom was very worried that everything turn out perfectly. Daniel, though, fell far from even meeting our expectation. He would not get back to us, even within the last month before the wedding. I ended up having to call the owner to even get Daniel to get back to us. The owner assured me that he was wonderful day of, but admitted that he does have issues with urgency and being detailed oriented, which is not something that I wanted to hear, but I trusted the owner and trudged on with dealing with Daniel. Needless to say we never got to see just how great of a coordinator he was day of because he did not show up; he called out sick. The day of was hectic (with two of my bridesmaids, both sisters of my now husband, and my flower girl getting into a car accident which caused one of them to be rushed to the hospital and miss the wedding). To then be told that Daniel called out sick and we had to work with a coordinator that we never even have met before, and we were already behind with the accident we had no real time to sit down and go over all of the details that Daniel promised us would be taken care of. We incorrectly assumed that he would have had enough professionalism to relay all of these details to Bethanny, our planner that day, but they were not. Bethanny, though, was amazing, although NOTHING that we discussed with Daniel was done she stepped into the crazy situation and handled it with calm and grace, she took charge and did the very best that she could with the situation. Other than the fact that we did not have the chairs that Daniel had assured us for the cocktail hour and the table cloths were incorrect (among other things) the guests were all taken aback by the service and setting of Antrim. I wholeheartedly would recommend Antrim to anyone but I would stipulate that you DO NOT have Daniel as a coordinator, ask for Bethanny, you will have a much better experience if you stay as far away from Daniel as you can!
The newest coordinator, Bethany, is the main reason that our wedding went so smoothly. Any bride would be lucky to be in her hands! Our wedding was beautiful, Chef Mike's food was delicious, and our guests had a great time! Antrim was a wonderful setting for our wedding!
Every aspect about the Antrim is nothing short of AMAZING!! First, the grounds of the Antrim are spectacular. We worked with Bethany Lord, who was absolutely outstanding. She was calming, confident, professional and kind from the time of our first meeting. I put everything in her hands the day of the wedding and she made every decision just as I would - and better! She truly made our day flawless and stunning.
Further, the entire staff at the Antrim are wonderful. They are sweet, caring, prompt and took care of us and each of our guests as if they were family. I brought welcome bags a week ahead of time for each of our guests and the staff at the Antrim made sure they were in each guest room as they arrived. Simple and classy touches like these made the entire weekend memorable. It also helps the suites, houses and rooms are impeccable and beautiful!
THE FOOD! Let's just say I am still hearing how amazing the food was. One of the things I loved about the Antrim was having a restaurant on-site. Well, this is more than just a restaurant, Chef Michael Gettier is unbelievable and his attention to detail didn't go unnoticed. The food was impeccable! Also, I am severely allergic to nuts and never had one ounce of hesitation about eating the food!
I would recommend Antrim to any bride that is looking for a beautiful, well-run and memorable wedding. Antrim surely exceeded our expectations and we have incredible memories from our wedding day! Thank you Bethany & Antrim!!
This is the best place to have a wedding on the east coast period. The food is amazing, the whole property is filled with little nooks for the perfect photograph and your guests will love it!
Mike and his team went above and beyond to make our day absolutely perfect. I don't have any regrets about choosing Antrim. Lots of guests came up and told us that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to and I attribute that entirely to the staff at Antrim. Special shout-out to Janice, who was especially amazing and made sure we ate. :)
We were thrilled with our choice of the Antrim for our ceremony and reception! The food was outstanding (Once again, Chef Gettier, you impressed!), as many of our guests still tell us that it was one of the best meals that they have ever had at any wedding :-) Which makes us smile, because that was one of the main drawing points for us in deciding to book our event at Antrim 1844.
The grounds, which were another huge factor in our decision to book at Antrim, were impeccable; and even though we we married in April when a lot things had not yet bloomed, everything was green and plush and beautiful outside. The venue also photographs amazingly, especially if you have a photographer skilled enought to take advantage of all of its many amazing and unique locations!
The one area where we were not as thrilled was with the Event Coordinator, Michael. We found him pleasant, if a little distant; not timely in responding to correspondance and he didn't seem to have a firm grasp on all of the mechanisms involved in planning our wedding. To be fair, I never doubted his earnestness or desire to provide us with great service - it's just that at times it seemed to us that he just missed the mark. I could go into specifics, but I understand that he is no longer employed at Antrim, so I will just leave it at that.
He was, however, a part of my Antrim experience and I feel I needed to speak to it. I am thrilled at the prospect that future brides will experience the Antrim the way that we had hoped to when we met with the previous Event Coordinator, Keith during our visit.
Keith was the other final deciding factor in our booking at Antrim, along with his outstanding WW reviews. We clearly were disappointed to learn that he would not be doing our wedding, and obviously even more disappointed that his replacement did not bring to the table what we had expected.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Antrim to future brides! Our wedding day was beautiful, elegant and we continue to get feedback on what a "grand bash" we threw at the Antrim. The staff was amazing!!!! We are very much looking forward to visiting again on our Anniversary!
We held our reception on a cool Sunday in April at the Antrim 1844. I think they did a great job. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Mike Carroll took care of all of the little details to make sure we were comfortable, even bringing us hors d'oeuvres outside during photos while we were running late and sending cake, champagne, and strawberries to the room that night. Mike was very easy to work with. We only met once in person but kept in contact via email. The room included in the price was large and comfortable. The chef, Mike Gettier, did a fabulous job. The food was creative and delicious and felt very high class. He was a lot of fun to meet with, as his enthusiasm for food was apparent. The only problem I had was that I had apple cider spilled on the skirt of my wedding gown by an employee right before our main entrance into the reception site--it was a complete accident. They helped me to clean up and I was thankful I had not asked for a red wine toast! After asking them later, they agreed to pay the dry cleaning fee. Besides that, the reception was a blast, the food was great, the grounds were beautiful, and everyone was very polite and attentive. I would highly recommend the Antrim 1844.
***I would like to add that I have lowered my rating because though the Antrim agreed to pay for my dry cleaning fee after spilling the beverage down my skirt, it's been nearly 3 months since the wedding and nothing. We have sent a copy of the receipt, called, sent emails, all with the response that they will pay the fee (the calls were directed both to the program coordinator and the general manager). Should we have to hound a place with such a great reputation for something they should have offered without us asking in the first place? I'm disappointed that this is my most recent memory of my wedding.
We couldn't be happier with our choice of Antrim and highly recommend it to anyone trying to find a wedding facility.We knew they had taken care of anything.I think this venue is the best!!!!!
Antrim 1844 is the PERFECT place for a romantic, unique wedding. We had our ceremony and reception at Antrim in late October and could not have been more pleased. The service at Antrim is impeccable. Keith, the wedding coordinator, is simply amazing. He is straightforward, yet charming, and helps to ease the stress of wedding planning with his expertise. While planning a wedding can be overwhelming, I knew once I arrived for the weekend, that everything would be taken care of -- you and your husband-to-be are truly prince and princess of the weekend! He is there the entire day of your wedding and ensures that everything runs smoothly. It rained on our wedding day, and our ceremony had to be moved indoors. Keith took care of everything, and he and his staff turned the ceremony room into a romantic, candlelit haven.
Also, the food -- it is out of this world. Our guests are STILL talking about how great the food was. Several have even made plans to go back for the weekend, just so they can have dinner!
Antrim, and Keith, completely exceeded my expectations and helped to make the wedding of my dreams! I highly recommend.
Facility/Venue, Rooms/Accommodations, Food, Beverage Service, OVERALL Service - ALL Top Notch!
The ceremony and reception set up was beautiful! They did all of that for us so I had no stress or worries. The location was gorgeous and my guests enjoyed the beautiful remote setting that was different from the typical beach-themed venue.
I am looking forward to going back for our anniversary!
Also, they provided us with a list of recommended vendors (cake, florist, photographer, etc.) and we took their recommendations and couldn't have been more please!
AMAZING!!!! We knew from our first visit we would have our wedding at Antrim. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the food is fantastic! Working with Keith was a dream, i don't know what i would have done without him. He will definitely make sure your wedding is everything you wanted and more. I think he checks the weather reports more than the brides do! It is a popular place, so book as soon as you can to get the date you want.
Our wedding was perfect, and our guests still talk about how wonderful everything was! We can't wait to go back for our anniversary!
My fiance and I were truly impressed with Antrim 1844 and would highly recommend them to other couples looking for an historic home and garden venue. The home, grounds and outbuildings are all immaculately done, the service was great, and, for the price, it can't be beat. They also have a personalized event planner, outstanding chef, and sommelier on staff to help you every step of the way. The event planner is a little casual and laid back, but he has over 20 years of experience planning weddings at Antrim alone, so we were very comfortable working with him. My only suggestion is to review your site setup before your ceremony or reception to ensure it is as you envisioned. Despite my very detailed written and drawn directions, they didn't set things up as planned.
I have nothing but praise for my entire experience with Antrim 1844. Keith was a delight to work with, as were all of the other contacts made during our planning. The food was delicious and the reception was absolute perfection.
Great location. Very professional. The beautiful grounds at Antrim really made the wedding special. Not the cheapest place around but you get what you pay for and more with them. Would recommend to anyone.
Antrim was the first place we visited when searching for a reception site, and we fell in love with it! We visited in the dead of winter, and even then the grounds were beautiful. We held our cocktail hour on the croquet lawn, and our reception in the pavillion. Everything looked beautiful, and Keith and his staff took care of every last detail. And the food was amazing! So many guests commented on how great it was. It may seem pricey compared to other venues in the area, but it is well worth the extra cost. Highly recommend!!
Our wedding experience with Antrim was just excellent! Keith, the wedding coordinator at Antrim, is a pro and a great guy who helped make the planning process smooth and fairly stress-free. Whenever we called with questions or concerns, he would call us right back.
We spent more money than we had initially planned, but Antrim provided us with a dream wedding. Our only slight grievance--and this did not bother us in the least on our wedding night because we just had the time of our lives--was that the food took a very long time to reach some of our guests. So while we were finished our meals, some of our guests did not even receive theirs until about half an hour later. I also heard about some of the cocktail waitresses scowling at some of our guests who were perhaps enjoying the passed hors d'oevres more than others. What can we say, the food was that good that some of the guests just wanted the cocktail waitresses to hang out with them the whole time. Despite these little things, our wedding at Antrim was just incredible. It's a beautiful place with a professional staff that can help you have your dream wedding, as it did with us.
Vendor response to review
Dear Andrea and Brandon,
Thank you for your review on Wedding Wire, It is much appreciated. I value what our clients can share about their wedding day, good or bad. It is thru a website like Wedding Wire that we can all learn from. I would like to let you know that I did just have a meeting with my staff about the hors oeuvres. It frightens me that this would even take place. I can assure you after the meeting we just had, it will not take place again. As far as dinner service is concerned, I find it quite reasonable to have had dinner served in 45 minutes or so for 160 guests. If you recall, I did mention that I allow and hour and fifteen for dinner service. We just don't want to rush fine preparation of very good food. We do not "hot box" our food as most caterers do. Your meal if cooked and finished as it is served. We also do not want to rush dinner service, we want it to be an enjoyable and memorable meal. It is also why we offer you a 5 hour time block and not 4 hours like most caterers. I am very pleased that overall your wedding day was in fact your dream wedding. You are a wonderful couple and I wish you many happy years of wedded bliss and lots of children! Fondly, Keith
I first learned about Antrim 1844 in 2007 it won the "best of baltimore" award for outstanding wedding venue. After seeing pictures and reviewing the website my fiance and I decided to set up an appointment to take a look around. It was the 1st and only place we looked. As soon as we saw the AMAZING campus in person (this pictures on the website just can't capture all its charm) we knew we had a contender...however after sitting down with Keith, and hearing how helpful he was, we knew we had found the place we wanted to get married. The entire staff at the Antrim was exceptional. They bent over backwards to make sure our special day was exactly the way we wanted it to be. Keith returned all of my calls and emails within minuets most days. He answered questions, and more importantly offered excellent suggestions that improved our event. I used some of the vendors they recommended (Elaine Bryant, Harp Shadows and the beauty salon across the street, Designers Edge) and was blown away with the quality of service and the VALUE! Wedding planning can and will be very stressful, however the decades of experience that Keith and his staff at The Antrim provide really helped us relax and just enjoy the process. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing. Our guests have not stopped raving about the food, the venue, and the amount of FUN they had at our wedding. The Antrim is a stunning location with a one of a kind staff. I would reccommend this venue to ANYONE. Do yourself a favor though and go see it in person before wasting your time visiting other venues. The pictures on the website simply don't and cannot capture its charm and the feeling you'll get when you arrive. Thank you Keith, Tracey, Michael, and the other Antrim staff members for making our wedding day so much more than either of us had ever even imagined.
this is an amazing venue for weddings. not only is it a beautiful setting but the services of the event planner, keith, were way above what anyone could expect. he anticipated everything and made everything happen just the way it should. the antrim mansion itself was available to reception guests after the ceremony and is absolutely gorgeous. the gardens are beautiful, the ceremony set-up was very simple & refined, and the dinner was the best. we had nothing but positive comments from the wedding guests. we would highly recommend the antrim for anyone considering a reception or, in our case, a ceremony/reception.
When we arrived at The Antrim to meet with their special events coordinator, Keith Jagdhuber, for the first time, we were initially impressed with the beautiful grounds, the varied facilities and the charming accommodations of The Antrim. As we continued to work with Keith and the other staff however, we were impressed again and again with their experience, overall flexibility, and sustained attention to everything from the preparation of mouth-watering rehearsal and reception menus, to the pairing of our entree selections with the appropriate wines, to the emphasis on ensuring that we, as well as our guests, were treated to an elegant and worry-free experience. We were also impressed with each of the additional vendors they were able to recommend (i.e., flowers, officiant), and the degree to which Keith and the rest of the Antrim staff gladly worked with our special requests, and the energy that went in to creating an altogether unforgettable wedding day.
This venue made wedding planning stress-free and was very accommodating to our needs. My wedding day ran as smooth as I could have hoped!
Antrim is a great place to have a wedding! The setting is beautiful, the food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. The bonus is their event planner, Keith. He guides you through every step of the planning process and then on the day of the wedding does everything from pin on the flowers to tell the wedding party when to walk down the aisle. He even served as the MC at the reception. He took care of every detail and made sure that everything was perfect. We simply had to show up and enjoy the day. No worries! I can't imagine having a wedding without him. I would highly recommend Antrim! My only advice would be to trust Keith, relax and know that your wedding will be perfect!
Keith at Antrim 1844 was amazing. He was always available when I needed to call with questions or advice. The day of the wedding, he was perfect. He was very calming, yet he got everything donem (without breaking a sweat). He makes his job look so easy (when I know that is not true) and that really put me at ease the big day. He had everything taken care of the day of the wedding and when my husband stepped on my dress and ripped the bustle out he had a quick fix within 5 minutes. He pays attention to little touches and small details that just make the day that much nicer. He made us feel like kings and queens. I would give Keith my highest recommendation.
Upon our first meeting Keith Jaghuber, banquet/wedding coordinator at Antrim 1844, I knew we were in good hands. From the day we met, I knew we had nothing to worry about. I breathed a sigh of relief when we walked away. I knew we were going to have the perfect wedding. He was wonderful, as was his very professional staff from the very first day. He never disappointed us...it was me who insisted that his day off (Weds.) was his day, and he shouldn't be interrupted with phone calls... He always said, "if you need me, call me, anytime." We always had his cell phone number...and we used it.. :o)
The Antrim 1844 is the perfect setting to have a BEAUTIFUL reception -- you will have pictures and memories that warm your heart for a lifetime. The food, the wine, the hotel, the ballroom, the Pickwick Pub, the staff, and the blueberry muffins at breakfast are all exceptional...fantastic!!!! Add Keith (the wedding planner) and you can relax and enjoy the day as every bride and groom should. Whether you want a country wedding or royal wedding, The Antrim is the perfect location. This place is adorable and a wonderful experience.
This place is AMAZING. Not a single detail is overlooked. The staff could not be nicer, the place could not be more beautiful, and the wedding and reception could not have gone any smoother. For a simply flawless event with fabulous food, atmosphere and service, you must, must, must consider the Antrim.
The Antrim is a class act from start to finish. They are professional, warm, and treat you like Royalty. From the moment I began working with Keith Jadhuber, I felt completely confident that this wedding would be perfect. His enthusiam, responsiveness to my needs and concerns, as well as his patience with me is so appreciated, as I can get stressed out pretty quickly.
The taste and quality of the food, as well as presentation was wonderful, and well worth the cost (which, compared to other venues, was a much better value.)
I thought the day of the wedding was wonderful. Everyone had a wonderful time.
Worth every penny I spent. I did not have to worry about a thing, it was all done for me. Quality was spectacular. Staff, chef, wedding planner superb.
BEAUTIFUL!!! The Antrim was a great place to get married. The grounds are so pretty and there are rooms onsite for guests to stay, each room is just to amazing for words. The service was top notch, especially the wedding coordinator Keith, he really made our day perfect. It rained up until the ceremony which was to be outside, they quickly dried off the seats and set up in a matter of minutes. They made my day the best day of my life and I would highly suggest looking into having a wedding here. The food was also one of the best wedding meals I have ever had. Guests still today compliment on how great everything was.
The Antrim, 1844 & their wedding Coordinator, Keith were absolutely the best to work with. Keith was so helpful and so responsive, no matter how much I bugged him. His professionalism really shined thru as I had complete faith and trust in him throughout. On our wedding day, I didn't feel any stress, cause I knew he had everything under control so we could sit back, relax and seize the moment! Everyone raved about how wonderful the ceremony & reception were! The location & views were spectacular as well. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Vendor response to review
Thank you so much. I really appriciate your review!
I could go on all day about how wonderful Antrim 1844 is. I would not change a thing about my wedding there. Everything was perfect, the staff was friendly and helpful. I truly had the wedding I always dreamed of. Keith was a godsend. Everyone should have their wedding there!
Antrim 1844 is the most amazing and beautiul location for a wedding! The mansion is astounding beautiful, especially at Christmas, when I had my wedding. The food was 5 stars, and the service impeccable. Keith, the wedding coordinator, was incredibly attentive and thorough, and the entire event went like clock-work!
The food and atmosphere at The Antrim is phenomenal. Keith was the event coordinator and was great to work with. We were able to work with the chef to design our own menu, not just given a few pre-made menus to choose from, but a custom menu. The food, I must reiterate, is superb and you won't go away hungry. (you will want more, but you won't be hungry) The only issue I had was that on the day of our wedding, my florist was supposed to have access to the glass pavilion at 2pm and the conference that was there went over by 2 hours! My florist has the flowers delivered from the grower and works on-site (most high-end florists do) and had to set up the ceremony flowers and reception flowers in only 2 hours! (Fortunately she is as good as they come and the flowers looked fabulous!)
My husband and I received the honor of working with Keith at the Antrim 1844! Amazing, that's the first word that comes to mind. From the minute we walked through the door (after searching long and hard for the perfect place), we knew we had found it. Not only is the Antrim an absolutely gorgeous place, Keith made us feel so welcomed that it only felt natural that we start our life together there. After we first got engaged, we had heard from friends and family that wedding planning was a stressful process. After speaking with Keith, we knew that we wouldn't fall into this statistic. Keith made the planning process not only easy, but enjoyable and fun! His sense of humor mixed with his experience provided us with an experience we will NEVER forget! In hindsight, it seemed a little too easy. But, Keith (as promised) delivered a wedding that people are still talking about. We've been told it was the wedding of the century! If you are looking for an amazing, gorgeous place that employs just possibly the world's greatest wedding planner, look no farther, Antrim 1844 is THE place!
We were so fortunate to have our wedding at the Antrim. I know it is an experience I will not forget, and I am grateful to all the people at the Antrim that made it happen. Most of all, however, I am thankful for Keith, the wedding coordinator. He was an unbelieveable resource for us in planning our wedding. Specifically, he was honest, direct, decisive and usually had reasons for his decisons/suggestions and opinions. He was dependably available, and accesible. In additon, he has a generous and fun personality, which of course all brides and grooms want for the people they interact with in planning such an exciting event like a wedding. I couldnt have asked for a more perfect wedding, all thanks to the Antrim and to the unique people that make "everything" happen magically.
I fell in love with the Antrim the very first time I saw it. The grounds are gorgeous no matter what season it may be. The staff there are more friendly and helpful then any other facility I have ever been to. Everyone from the front desk to the servers to the housekeepers are so friendly and actually act like they care about your stay. Keith, the wedding coordinator, was the BEST! I have never met a coordinator so excited about YOUR wedding. He has great ideas, finds solutions to any problem, and truely makes you feel like you are the only one getting married there! I didn't have to worry about a thing on my wedding day! Everything went so smoothly!...except when my nephew ducked under a table at the reception and knocked the whole thing over! All the dishes crashed to the floor and broke into a million pieces...but it was cleaned up within minutes and you would never had known anything happened. I had a budget for my wedding and I was still able to afford the gorgeous place! with a 5 star chef! I will never forget my wedding day thanks to the Antrim! To see pictures you can visit my bio by clicking on my welcome page.
This location fulfilled my dream wedding. Keith the wedding coordinator is fantastic and did a beautiful job making sure all my vendors were where they needed to be and I did not have to worry about a thing on my wedding day, other than walking down the aisle without tripping. The gardens are spectacular even in October it was a beautiful setting. I highly recommend getting married here.
I can't honestly tell you how perfect our rehearsal dinner and wedding ended up being at Antrim 1844. No one wanted for anything, everything was beautiful, elegant and simply perfect. Our friends and family still comment on the day, saying it was beautiful but personable, some even saying it was the best wedding they have ever been too (including their own!)
From the wait staff to the front desk, to the food, to the grounds, to the rooms, to the breakfast -- I could go on. Every piece of those two days was more than we could have asked for, completely memorable.
And while it is true that all of these things made the perfect wedding possible, our wedding coordinator Keith was the conductor in a symphony of perfection.
Keith the wedding coordinator couldn't have made my day more special. He was calm and professional during the entire wedding planning process. I absolutely loved Antrim. The rooms were beautiful as were the grounds. To this day, I still get comments about how fun my wedding was and how amazing the food was.
I cannot recommend Antrim highly enough. From the beautiful location, to the fabulous food, to the wonderful wedding planner, Antrim really made ours the perfect wedding. I can't wait to return for a weekend on our anniversary!
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Hope to see you on your Anniversary!
I get giddy when I see that I am working at Antrim 1844! First reason - Elizabeth is a true pro to work with as a coordinator. She is totally on top of things, has a perfect personality for a wedding coordinator and is very gracious. Second reason - the grounds are a photographer's dream, angles and nooks and crannys and wide open spaces abound. Third reason - the main house is a stunning and elegant photo op. Fourth reason - the reception hall is modern and filled with light. I highly recommend Antrim for your wedding!
I love working at Antrim! I know when I do a wedding there I will get amazing shots. They always give their vendors a great meal too - they think of every detail for thier couples!
What a beautiful spot to have a wedding. It could not be prettier or more beaufifully kept and the food is out of this world. My husband and I love to celebrate our own special events at the Antrim and have stayed there many times.
The Antrim 1844 is one of our absolute favorite venues to work. From the perfectly manicured lawn for a ceremony, your cocktails can then move to the croquet lawn or the beautiful historic mansion. The dinner and reception area allows for plenty of seating for guests, an ample dance floor, plenty of room for the music makers and additional lighting and decor. Did we mention the food? It's amazing! If you are looking for a perfect countryside setting, look no further!
The Antrim is breathtaking. I love driving there for all of my brides. It is a beautiful atmosphere. The grounds are gorgeous and the people take care of every detail on your special day. I find myself doing makeup every weekend at this gorgeous venue. My experience is always the same..amazing! Nicole Palermo
The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel is the perfect place to hold your wedding reception. The gardens are always amazing as well as the beauty of this historic mansion.
This is a great venue and the scenery is wonderful. As a DJ I found it very easy to get in out of. The staff treated our team with respect and took very good care of us. I noticed that each guest was taken care of and there seemed to be a genuine positive attitude between the staff. Bethany was great to work with. They have a ceremony site, cocktail area, 2 separate rooms for the reception and clean facilities. (Hey that's important!) It's set up very nicely. The food was awesome as we were invited to enjoy the same meal as the guests. (No vendor meal disasters here.) They are a first class venue.
Antrim 1844 is a wonder, and relaxing location for a wedding. They have seperate accommodations seperate from the mansion for a personal area just for dressing arrangements, hair, makeup. It's beautiful and the food is delicious. Giselle
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Beautiful place to hold your wedding! Several of our brides have had their weddings at the Antrim and only had great things to say!
One of the most gorgeous spots! Outside foliage is picture perfect almost year-round. Food is excellent and service is too. My clients rave about it. It's a pleasure to work there.
Antrim is gorgeous - I wish I could photograph there every weekend!
Stunning location and everything is consistantly top notch. One of the best places to get married in Maryland.
I have had the pleasure of photographing at Antrim 1844 a few times. It is truely a beautiful place! They do a wonderful job keeping the day in order always a step ahead! Here is a slide show of images from a wedding I photographed there! Enjoy!
After photographing at many beautiful sites in MD, DC & NO.VA
Antrim 1844 is a stunning facility that stands out for any function, the grounds, the pool and just the entire atmosphere makes it a pleasure to photograph.
What more can be said about Keith? Other than he is the consumate professional and is dedicated to his couple, one of the best in the business.
The Antrim is a photographer's dream location - with beautiful gardens and outstanding architecture - anytime of the year is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Keith and the entire staff do an oustanding job and their professionalism assures that clients have a most memorable experience. Anne Sachs at Artful Weddings by Sachs Photography
Antrim is one of our FAVORITE places to work - gorgeous grounds with immaculate gardens, serine setting, romantic atmosphere, GREAT food and flawless service. They always go above and beyond their call of duty. Highly recommend!!!!
This venue is a real gem. If you appreciate atmosphere and quality, this is it. Antrim 1844 delivers elegant yet personal service. Keith does not disappoint.
Best place in Md!
The Antrim is a photographer's dream location for a wedding. The architecture and gardens are a stunning backdrop for images and the food is magnifcent. I highly endorse this site as a venue for a garden style country wedding.
Antrim 1844 is a beautiful place for a wedding and reception. I have photographed outdoor weddings there and indoor weddings; all of the settings at the Antrim are intimate and charming.
We've worked at Antrim in the spring, the fall, and the winter... and the entire place is always beautiful and charming. The staff are superior and keep the wedding right on track. We love working at Antrim! --Natalie and Jamie
Imagine the romantic wedding of your dreams in our lavishly appointed Country House Hotel. Settings include our formal gardens, glass enclosed garden room or gazebo for your ceremony and our five star restaurant or glass enclosed ballroom for your reception. Enjoy a five-hour reception with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a menu prepared exclusively for you by our Executive Chef, Michael Gettier.
Retire afterwards to your complimentary bridal suite, featuring a king size featherbed covered in rose petals, a complimentary champagne toast and chocolates, natural wood burning fireplace and soothing Jacuzzi.
Whether you are planning a wedding reception for 80 or 250 guests, our wedding coordinator will assist you in every detail from a casual rehearsal dinner, elegant bridesmaid’s luncheon to a post wedding brunch in a variety of settings.
We also have an additional 40 rooms and suites for your guests to enjoy our exceptional services. All Inn guests receive a complimentary wake-up tray with fresh coffee, fresh baked muffins and newspaper delivered to their rooms by 8:00am. A complimentary breakfast is served from 8:30am-10:00am.
Included in your wedding package
*5 hour reception, which includes fruit & cheese display, 1 hour of hand passed hors d’oeuvres, appetizer & entrée personally designed with you by our chef, and chocolate dipped strawberries
*4.5 hour premium bar
*Mahogany chiavari chairs and tables
*Silver, china, glassware and white napkins
*Complimentary Bridal Suite with a 12:30pm check-in for you and your bridal party to prepare in
*Skilled, experienced service staff to assist you and your guests on your wedding day
*An on-site Wedding Coordinator to assist you throughout the entire wedding process, including the wedding day
*Our Formal Garden or Garden Room for your ceremony complete with white padded wooden chairs
*Complimentary wedding ceremony rehearsal
*Antrim 1844 also offers a variety of other services to enhance your wedding day
Pricing from $90.00 per person
For smaller weddings, please ask about our Intimate Wedding Packages!