The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The beauty of The Elkridge Furnace Inn is undeniable for a wedding day. Built by James and Andres Ellicott Jr., the Manor Home, circa 1810, was an addition to the original Tavern, circa 1744. Combined with breathtaking landscapes, the venue is exquisite for a wedding day celebration. The Elkridge Furnace Inn in Elkridge, Maryland, hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The beauty of the three-floor Manor Home is stunning with professionally decorated floors and the peacefulness of covered porches that overlook the Patapsco River and gardens. On the third floor, brides have the elegance of a three-room bridal suite that includes a fitting room, a full bathroom and two sitting rooms.
Brides enter through the grand pergola with hanging flower baskets creating a stunning entry to meet the groom and guests. Brick seating and a center aisle blend with the beautiful greenery and seasonal blooms of the outdoor space. Say "I do" under the oldest and largest sycamore trees in Haward County.
Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour is served in the Manor Home. Guests enter through the Colonial Revival porch to the beautiful interiors of the home where elegance, history and prestigious services combine to create an unforgettable cocktail reception.
The venue provides outdoor tented receptions. The tent is affixed to the Manor Home and features 40 by 80 feet. The interiors are beautiful for wedding celebrations with chandeliers, ceiling fans and heating and air conditioning. For large weddings, extensions can be added to the patios of the venue if needed. The space option includes a wooden panel parquet dance floor.
What You Should Know
The Elkridge Furnace Inn offers couples the option to host their wedding ceremony and reception or just a reception at the venue. With the breathtaking beauty of Old World charm and wedding packages created specifically for the elegance of the event, couples have a venue that creates a flawless wedding. Catering is offered on the site along with alcohol, bar and bartender services. All menus are customized from hors d'oeuvres to dessert and created and prepared by the venue's executive chef and talented culinary team. Menus are buffet-style station dinner menus. Wedding packages include tables and chairs, linens, all tableware and dance floor accessibility. The venue does allow music indoors or outdoors. No birdseed, rice or confetti is allowed.
With the ageless beauty of The Elkridge Furnace Inn and the extra perks that offer couples additional elegance and comforts on their wedding day, the venue creates a day that is complete. The Elkridge Furnace Inn offers the following extra perks:
- Bridal changing room
- Two bridal sitting rooms
- Bridal fitting room
- Groom changing room with private staircase to the bar
- Event coordinator
- Food tasting
From the Vendor
We Make Memories!
A historic mansion ca1744, EFI is a stunning outdoor setting complete with ceremony point, exclusive use of the Manor Home and climate-controlled tent. As beautiful as the grounds and mansion are our food is the best part about us with fully customizable menus set by you!
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Waterfront, Estate, Historic Venue, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
We recently had our wedding at EFI and it was absolutely perfect. The venue is beautiful, the staff is helpful and friendly, and the food is incredible. We had so many compliments on how delicious the food was and how gorgeous the property is.The staff was responsive to emails, very accommodating, and made sure things ran smoothly so all we had to do was have fun and enjoy our wedding. It was the best night of our lives and it wouldn't have been the same anywhere else! We would highly recommend EFI!!
Nothing short of a fairytale....Reviewed on 7/22/2012 Amy N
My husband and I had our wedding and reception at the EFI on Friday, June 15, 2012. There has not been a day that has passed where I have not thought about that day, how perfect everything was, and how I would give just about anything to relive it just one more time. I found out just three days before my wedding that the coordinator at EFI (whom I had been dealing with for 6 months) had left and was replaced. I was nervous because I couldn't imagine how all of the planning done with the previous coordinator could be communicated to the new coordinator with just days to spare. I've never been so happy to admit that I was wrong about feeling apprehensive because Steve, the new coordinator, completely blew my mind. Within thirty minutes of talking to him he had made me more comfortable than I was with the previous coordinator whom I had been working with for months. Steve and the entire team at EFI were accommodating, hard working, kind, respectful, and 100% dedicated to making my wedding go exactly as I had envisioned it. Not only did everything go as planned, everything more than exceeded my expectations. I am tearing up right now just thinking about how amazing the entire day was. If you want to enjoy every aspect of your day and have guests tell you that your wedding was, "the best they have ever been to," then EFI is for you.
Most amazing staff I could imagineReviewed on 9/22/2011 Jessica T
This venue is absolutely stunning. The picturesque view from ceremony point was the reason I chose this place. The amazing food was a bonus. Pat is amazing to work with even with all the insanity that is entailed when parents pay for a venue. She never once lost her patience with my family. On the day of I was absolutely amazed at the handwork that everyone put in...especially one server (I wish I could remember her name) because she was the best. She made sure that not only were my groom and I taken care of but our 3 kids too. She also made a garter when I realized I forgot mine at home!! Just make sure the AC doesn't get reset because the bridal suite was unbearable!!
We loved getting married at the inn. We had a few minor hiccups with a few of the staff members who hadn't communicated with each other. However, the day of was beautiful and we were well taken care of.
I'm getting married May 22, 2016 and Elkridge has been absolutely wonderful to work with! I've been impressed at every step along the way.
We were pleased with our wedding at the EFI. We chose the venue because of its historic charm and location by the Patapsco River. The wedding coordinators, Aly and Cameron were easy to work with and very accommodating during the planning phase. They worked well with our vendors too. We opted for the Winter All Inclusive Package which was a great value and the food was yummy. The service on the evening of the event was impeccable. We were treated like royalty. The flow of the event was seamless as our guests moved from the ceremony point to the manor house for cocktails and then the tent for dinner and dancing. And thankfully, the weather cooperated and we had a beautiful spring evening for the event. Several of our guests commented that the venue was marvelous. We recommend the EFI to anyone looking for the perfect wedding venue.
The location is lovely (except for being in the flight path for BWI). The home is lovely. The trouble is that they were not ready when they should have been. The wedding started at 6:30. At 5:15, they were still planting flowers. They were JUST beginning to put chairs out. They blew off the site around 5:40. Then...once the chairs were in place, we noticed that they were ALL dirty. The coordinator for the day was still putting out decorations and cocktail tables after 6. A wedding venue should be ready for your arrival - at a minimum - at least 1 hour ahead of time. It was very stressful. Thankfully, the bride was unaware. I'd suggest they work on their prep time and the warm welcome that should be received from their coordinating staff. The wait staff and yard workers were great.
My husband and I just got married there! It was a perfect venue for a summer evening wedding. The staff, especially Aly and Cameron, were extremely attentive throughout the whole process! Everything went by so quickly, but we wouldn't have changed a thing! I highly recommend this venue!
Great Place to get married and then partyReviewed on 8/11/2015 Kat K
My wedding was fantastic. Great food, atmosphere and people. I have nothing but praise for EFI!
Highly recommend :)Reviewed on 8/11/2015 Kat K
I went to a wedding at EFI almost 6 years ago and decided then it was my dream wedding location. I thought the price would be out of our reach but they offered 50% discount off the venue and ceremony rental on our date in July 2015 that our dream was able to become a reality. My big day went wonderful thanks to EFI! Chef Wrecker's food received rave reviews from all guests and was delicious...I wish could of ate more. Aly, catering manager, was so helpful and calm among the chaos and carried out my vision even better than I had imagined. Jaime, my bridal attendant, was great, always there when you needed her. If you can afford it, I highly recommend EFI :)
I looked at many wedding venues and was about to be finished searching when my now husband told me that we should look at Elkridge Furnace Inn. When we got there it was already dark outside, however I knew that it would be the place I would get married at. The venue is absolutely beautiful and has a very romantic feel to it. We did both the ceremony and reception there. The ceremony point is outside and the cocktail hour was inside the Inn. We got ready inside the house and my husband loved the "secret" staircase that led right to the bar. The reception was inside a huge tent that had A/C and is attached to the Inn. Our guests were allowed to go outside of the tent to a huge field that also held the gardens were they grow some of the vegetables they use. All of our guests raved about the food served. I had a few people I was worried about (vegan, peanut allergy, etc) but all were able to eat their fill. I am glad that we had a tasting because the day of I wasn't able to eat a thing due to nerves. My bridal attendant was amazing. She was always offering me water and getting me some finger foods when I was able to eat. She also helped me with my dress and anything else I needed. The other staff members were amazing also. When I walked in, the bartender saw how hot I was and told me to stand over an air vent and it was the best thing that could have happened at that moment. The only downside to the process was that there was a lot of change in who we talked to about our wedding. At one point, I think I sent an email to four different people because I wasn't really sure who I should be sending information to. Our questions though were always answered and within the next day or two depending on when I had sent the email. Everything went very smoothly the day of the wedding. I'm so glad we got married at The Elkridge Furnace Inn.
When I was searching for venues, which pretty much started the day after I got engaged (maybe even the night of - little excited), I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding at a mansion/inn type place followed by a reception at the same venue. If you're a bride considering the Eldridge Furnace Inn, you are probably looking at the same places I did (and I dragged my poor fiancé to see all of them, there isn't a historic inn in the state of Maryland that he hasn't begrudgingly visited), and I cannot advise you enough - choose this one. This is a full service wedding venue, and that full service is 5 star quality. They make wedding planning easy and really fun (promise). When I was looking at venues, I wanted places where there were hotel choices and things to do around the area (both are families were out-of-state) - so if you're wondering about those same things - EFI's location is awesome. It's right outside Baltimore, so if the guests want to visit the Inner Harbor, most hotels have shuttles that take you to the light rail train stop that brings you right into the city. Since it's near BWI, I feel like the area has every hotel imaginable at various price points. Ours was literally five minutes from EFI. Enough with the logistics - there are plenty of reviews about the fine quality of the EFI staff, and they are all true (but let me throw a shout out to my bridal attendants Megan and Taylor, because you girls were rock stars) - I will add this, they love what they do and it shows in their work. I had a buffet style dinner, and throw whatever conception you have of buffet food out the window, because this was fine dining deliciousness buffet (order the fried mac and cheese hor dourves by the way, you won't be sorry). Christine and Tad are above all, skilled professionals. My husband (so weird to type!!) and I had an amazing time at our wedding, and that's the way it should be.
Over-ratedReviewed on 4/05/2015 Ritu A
Given the cost, I think the EFI is over-rated and over-priced. They do two weddings a day and keep the restaurant open. Here are some pros and cons from my experience. Pros: -day of wedding coordinator provided -they help set up the venue -menu & bar can be customized -unique setting Cons: -must be a really stressful place to work because they went through many employees/coordinators during the time I booked the venue to the day of the wedding -food didn't turn out the same as the tasting -they screwed up our bar request -people told us different things that caused for some missunderstandings -expensive
Beautiful October WeddingReviewed on 12/14/2014 Melissa T
Our wedding at the Elkridge Furnace Inn was exactly what we wanted! We fell in love with the grounds and the way the manor house looks. The outside ceremony area is so beautiful in October. We used very minor decorations for the ceremony and the pictures were great! The manor house is another area where it already looks nice "as is”, so we only used some flower\ferns on the tables, and some family pictures on the mantles. The reception tent requires a little more spice, so we made table runners and had our florist fill it out, along with some other decorative details. The lighting is nice in the tent and having heaters or AC takes the stress off of you, along with the option to open up the side walls of the tent if you get good weather. We couldn’t be happier with the location, food, and performance of the staff at EFI. We initially worked with Christene for the preliminary details of our wedding and then it was handed over to Steve. Christene is very friendly and made sure that we had access to all of our options. When Steve took over he made sure we were being realistic about our choices and gave us some insight into how to make the wedding turn out the way we imagined. Chef Wecker is a very colorful character and was willing to cook anything we wanted for our menu. We were very happy with the food and so were our guests. Steve and Matt made sure that the day of was smooth and flowing. It rained the night before, and the morning of our wedding, so we were a little stressed about the outdoor ceremony…However Steve was confident that the weather would clear up for the outdoor ceremony…It did clear up and we were so happy and excited! Either way they let you decide last minute if you want to do the ceremony in the tent..most places make you decide waaaaay before. We also love the idea that we can go back to EFI for Anniversary dates. We would recommend EFI to anyone who wants to have a fun and beautiful wedding! -Matt and Melissa
Charming venue and absolutely delicious food!Reviewed on 11/16/2014 Leslie V
My husband and I are generally very frugal and so were considerate of our budget, but also wanted to throw a great party with delicious food because, after all, lots of family and friends travel FAR for the wedding, and we wanted them to enjoy our day as much as we did. I will say the one thing I noticed from the start was: the EFI staff was MOST concerned about our menu. They didn’t force us into a ‘chicken, beef or fish’ choice, which is what so many vendors offer. They offer a ‘station’ option, which is very similar to a buffet but with a twist. Ultimately, it meant that we picked three separate menus that would each be featured on a mini-buffet and our guests could choose to visit any of the stations they liked. I followed the ‘homework’ that Steve gave me EXACTLY. He was extremely organized, gave me everything I needed to envision how our day would go, so I wasn’t left guessing AT ALL about how to appropriately organize my own wedding without a hired planner. We decided to have a morning wedding and we were married outdoors on the ceremony point, which was so full of foliage that we didn’t have to decorate it one bit and it still looked wonderful. Logistically, the EFI staff worked seamlessly with our other vendors, and made everything flow really smoothly. Steve's check-ins throughout the day were just enough to keep us on schedule without feeling rushed. Everything was so beautiful and the day felt as laid-back, comfortable, and 'us' as we had hoped. I have to make a special mention about the food and wedding cake. Every one of our guests has told us over and over again how phenomenal the food was. My mother says the spread at our wedding was by far the best food at a wedding that she has ever had. You can tell that the EFI chef puts great pride in his menu, and you and your guests will absolutely enjoy the very best food with an EFI wedding. I was particular about the design of our wedding cake. I found a picture of the cake I wanted online and sent it to the EFI. They talked to Genelle, the pastry chef, and assured me they could recreate it. Without exaggeration, Genelle created a masterpiece that looked exactly like the photo I found. Plus our wedding cake was COMPLETELY delicious – everyone raved over it! I also felt that the EFI pastry chef offered FAR more than just a standard set of options for cakes. One thing I think that speaks to the overall quality of the EFI venue is the helpfulness and professionalism of everyone on their staff. In particular I was really impressed with the staff member who was assigned to me, the bride, that day. She was so helpful - I asked her for a few different things on the spot (get water/extra drink, find a specific guest for me, deliver a message, etc. etc.), and she took care of them all immediately without any problems. All of those things help a bride enjoy her wedding day instead of getting distracted by details. On every level the EFI staff was superb. I would say to any bride who wants to book a wedding at the EFI : GO FOR IT! Every penny we paid for our wedding was well spent, and if I could do it over again I’d do it exactly the same.
Absolutely Perfect!Reviewed on 11/15/2014 Ali V
There are not enough words to express how thankful we were to have chosen the Elkridge Furnace Inn for our wedding ceremony and reception. Christene, Steve, Chef Wecker, & the entire staff are BEYOND incredible. They truly are the "best of the best" in their field. From the first time I met Christene, she was extremely accommodating, & so warm & friendly. I felt like she understood us as a couple perfectly, as well as what we wanted our wedding to be like. Since she took the time to get to know us, she was able to offer such incredible suggestions about vendors, ways to incorporate some of the details we wanted, & so much more! When we met Chef Wecker, he told us he could create anything we could think of in terms of food, & he certainly delivered. We had stations as our dinner service, which allowed our guests to choose from three different complete meal options. Chef Wecker's food is impeccable, & every one of our guests told us it was the best food they have ever eaten at a wedding. Steve made our day run so smooth, & truly pays attention to every detail you can imagine (& even those you cannot!) to make everything perfect. He is such an expert in his field, & made our wedding run so on point that no time was wasted, & we could enjoy every single moment of it. If there was any question we had, Steve preemptively would respond it our address it so that on the wedding day, there was absolutely no stress! We can honestly say that there is not one thing we'd change about our wedding at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. Their vendor recommendations were flawless, their attention to detail stellar, and they made us feel like they cared about us and would do anything to make our day perfect. Elkridge not only met our expectations for a perfect wedding, but went so far above and beyond them. They aim to please and deliver, and we recommend them without any hesitation. -Ali & Matt
Wonderful Wedding at the Elkridge Furnace Inn!Reviewed on 11/01/2014 Elizabeth N
We were married on October 24, 2014 at a church and had our reception at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. We fell in love with the place in January 2014 while searching for venues for our big day. The Menu was amazing and the staff were so helpful up until the last minute of the reception! I have to eat gluten free, and the chef was very accommodating ensuring there was plenty of gluten free options (even gluten free pasta)! We had our formal photos taken at the ceremony point, and it was beautiful! Our wedding day was perfect and the staff at the Elkridge Furnace Inn helped in this!
Happy Bride!Reviewed on 10/28/2014 Larissa L
My husband I were married at EFI on 10/17/14. Our wedding was Victorian themed and we could NOT be happier. The grounds and Inn were beautiful, the staff absolutely perfect and the food-divine! Chef Wecker is such an awesome person to work with-he was kind and thoughtful and worked with us to offer the perfect menu for our tastes and theme! Christene, Michelle and Steve were absolutely kind, patient and generous with their time and skills. I will say that I was concerned about the cost-because we absolutely had to stick with our budget- but after touring the grounds and meeting with some of the staff-I knew it would be a dream come true to be married there. I could not imagine a better experience or venue for our special day- EFI has it all- great food, wonderful and supportive staff and beautiful, picturesque grounds!
Beautiful and elegant venueReviewed on 10/03/2014 Kate J
The Elkridge Furnace Inn was wonderful in every way. The chef and staff were easy to work with (even long-distance!) and were happy to customize the entire experience (especially the menu!). This is a great venue for couples that love good food and wine in an elegant setting. Our guests enjoyed exploring the manor house and grounds, and raved about the food afterwards. EFI also recommended several other vendors that we ended up using and we weren't disappointed!
Awesome wedding experienceReviewed on 9/06/2014
The moment we looked at the furnace inn we knew it was the perfect venue for us. Our wedding was the Elkridge furnace inns 6th for that weekend! We we're made to feel calm and comfortable the entire time. The staff and management were completely professional, timely, and organized throughout the entire event. Everything from the rehearsal, cake tasting, ceremony, and reception. The food was absolutely incredible! All made fresh with locally grown ingredients. We were catered to throughout every moment of our wedding. The Staff and management paid attention to fine details and always took initiative with any small requests we had. We wouldn't have changed a thing. The Elkridge furnace inn provided us with a wedding experience we'll never forget!
Gorgeous Venue in JuneReviewed on 7/27/2014 Jennifer G
I got married in June on a Sunday due to lower prices and more time. The venue was very accommodating and waited on us hand and foot. They set up the ceremony and reception space, with the help of my Mother, and was happy to make any changes I needed. The only thing I would say negative about EFI is time. If we had gotten married on Saturday, we would of only have one hour for set-up. But, due to the Sunday date, they were willing to let us come in 2 hours ahead of time instead of one (thank goodness-they needed it for set-up). There was a large accident on the beltway which held up most of my guests, so we were late getting started. Thank goodness the ceremony was shorter than expected because our cocktail "hour" was cut down to 20 minutes. Our photographer was experienced with the venue, so she was able to pull off all the pictures I wanted. The reception space was beautiful, and the food was buffet style with 2 separate stations, but the servers not only told people they were the same, they only refilled it once and took the food so quickly, many guests didn't get enough to eat. Once the reception was in full swing, everything went so smoothly. The cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, parents dances and even the apron dance went off without a hitch! Thank you EFI for a beautiful day!
Amazing Wedding Day at The Elkridge Furnace InnReviewed on 4/20/2014 Staley R
I had the most amazing wedding at the EFI! Everything was beautiful and perfect- it ran so smoothly, the food was terrific, and it looked fantastic. EFI is a gorgeous venue and they personalized everything to be exactly what I wanted. Chef Wecker is so kind- he joined us for the menu meeting to customize my vision and came up with great ideas- then it was executed to perfection. Steve, the wedding coordinator is the absolute best. He is so organized and on top of things. I didn't have to think on my wedding day- he was always three steps ahead of me and keeping everything on schedule. He and the staff made my decorations and personalizations flawless. When we came to pick up my personal items the next day, everything was clean, organized, packed and labeled. It was so nice to have someone looking out for all my little details and dedicated to making my day special and personal. My bridal attendant, Abby, was fantastic! Everyone raved about how beautiful and fun the wedding was- I absolutely made the right choice with the EFI. Thank you Chef Wecker, Steve, and everyone at the EFI for making my wedding day everything I ever wished for and wanted!
AmazingReviewed on 11/05/2013 Cheryl B
My wedding was a few weeks ago and I'm still getting compliments on the food. The service was excellent and the staff anticipated my every need.
The perfect wedding venueReviewed on 10/16/2013 Jeanne S
My husband and I were married at the EFI on May 18, 2013 -- on a somewhat wet, grey and hectic day. My wedding day leading up to my ceremony was less than perfect, but that all changed once we got to Elkridge Furnace Inn. My husband and I did A LOT of DIY projects, including building our own chuppah, collecting vintage china for the centerpieces, creating a ribbon wall backdrop for the band and providing a complicated seating chart. Every little detail was perfect down to the placement of the last picture frame and mason jar. I walked through the tent before the ceremony and could not believe how they made our visions come to life. Our menu was delicious thanks to input by Matthew and tweaking by Steve. They even allowed for speciality cocktails for the bride and groom, which were a big hit! When my bridesmaid became ill during our ceremony, Steve and Cameron were so professional and attentive, taking great care of my dear friend without causing too much interruption to the wedding ceremony (as much as can be avoided when a bridesmaid keels over after the first kiss). Our guests could not stop gushing about what a beautiful venue we had chosen and how helpful the staff was. They were always there yet never in the way. My husband and I even got a huge kick out of having Steve so close by at the ready with napkins when we shoved cake in each others faces and hair. So fun! Leading up to the big day, Matthew was wonderful with preparing us for the wedding of our dreams while keeping us on budget. And Steve only continued those efforts in bringing the little details to life and giving us great ideas for decor and logistics (thank goodness, as I did not have a wedding planner). Seeing Chef (as I only knew to call him) on site at every visit was such a treat. You could really see the passion that went into the cooking and the locally grown ingredients. And he's such a pleasure! All in all -- the perfect pick of venue. Thank you, all! See you on Valentines Day!
Maryland Fall Outdoor WeddingReviewed on 10/04/2013 Leslie S
I had my ceremony and reception at Elkridge Furnace Inn. The whole experience was virtually perfect, from the first visit to the final song played by the band. The coordinators at Elkridge are fantastic and were easy to work with throughout the process despite that my husband and I live in Colorado. At our tasting, we had trouble deciding on food because every single thing we tried was delicious. The month leading up to the wedding we often emailed with Steve or Matthew. Both were extremely helpful - they had no difficulties accommodating our request to move the ceremony up an hour and to bring some of our own decorations and place cards. Finally, the day of the wedding they were amazing. In less than an hour they switched over everything from the day wedding and our reception tent looked exactly how I wanted it, including helping the florist and band get everything ready. In the hour before the ceremony they assigned individuals to both the bride and groom, who took care of all of our requests. There was cheese, fruit, champagne and beer waiting for us in the groom/ bridal suites. Although we missed much of the cocktail hour, a server was continually bringing us drinks and food during our photographs. We even had someone forget to bring an important paper, and Elkridge quickly was able to print the forgotten document. They even were on top of it when the bus bringing guests from Annapolis could not go under an overpass. The people at Elkridge monitored the entire night to make sure everything was perfect and on schedule, including toasts, food service, cake cutting, and the temperature in the tent. I can't count the number of people who told us our wedding was the best they've ever been to. It exceeded every expectation I had, and was truly the best time I've ever had. I would urge anyone planning a Baltimore/ Annapolis area wedding to use Elkridge!