Member Since: 8/16/2012
To start I'll say that the venue looks amazing. My wife fell in love with it right away. We had an outdoor wedding that overlooked a river and had an amazing scenic back drop. The space really looks phenomenal in May when we had our wedding. There are great places to take photos and my groom suite was awesome. There is also space for an indoor wedding in case of rain.
The staff was very accommodating and did a lot of running around to make our day great. I'm very big on food so we were given an invitation and gift certificate to come and sample the food prior to our wedding. What we had at the restaurant was excellent! Very flavorful and the service is impeccable. There is a full restaurant here as well as a wedding venue. Go try the food and experience the venue.
In order for a husband to write a review, something must've taken place to really wow me. So here it is: My wife and I have this running joke about how we didn't taste any of the food that we ordered for our wedding. We had amazing pass hors d'oeuvres and stations (As a foodie this was all a must) but we only heard about how great it all tasted. We didn't taste any because we were so engulfed in the day with photos, dancing and friends. So I emailed Matthew Balan close to a year later to ask if they could recreate our wedding menu (hors d'oeuvres and all) for dinner on our anniversary. He did this and took it a step further. He set up a private room (In the beautiful bride suite) and personally served us. He ran flower pedals and candles up the stair and into the room, dimmed the lights and played soft music. He did all of this himself and made me look like the most romantic man in the world. My wife melted at this gesture and Matthew gave me all of the credit. I tried my best to tip Matthew and he refused the extra money and told me to "have a Happy Anniversary". Also, the food was just as amazing as our guest said.
The people that own this venue are some of the nicest people that I've ever met. They treat you so well and don't just want your money. They worked with us so well to help us remain in our budget but still have the wedding of our dreams. I'm not just a fan of this business, I really feel like they're a part of our lives and will be forever. I will give this place my highest recommendations for the food, venue and the amazing people that own it.
Member Since: 2/21/2007
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.
Member Since: 9/6/2010
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!!
Member Since: 4/17/2010
My wedding was on 4/23. My husband and I chose EFI b/c of the outdoor feel while still having the tent for the reception. Once we chose EFI, there wasn't much left for us to do. That was so helpful and less stressful for me thanks to Becky! She was wonderful. It was having a wedding coordinator for free -- she was unbelieveable. She helped up with everything and anything that we needed. This was the perfect place for a wedding and reception. It's also one of the few places (and I looked at over 30-44) that gave the straight numbers of pricing with everything. So many other places there were hidden costs, fees, etc. I never felt overwhelmed at all from the time we signed the contract until after the wedding. Becky also had set me up with The Westin at BWI which shuttles for free back and forth -- so convenient for out of town guests, or anyone that wants to party. I must also say that Perkins Lighting did a fantastic job with the added lighting to the tent. I couldn't have been happier with my experience and our wedding day. I hope our friends get married there so we can keep going back!!! The food certainly lived up to the reputation -- we chose the stations, which worked well for us. I don't think I worried about one thing the entire day.
Member Since: 6/10/2012
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.
Member Since: 8/21/2008
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!
Member Since: 2/2/2012
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!
Member Since: 4/20/2012
In late August 2013, my husband and I were married here. From start to finish, I could not have chosen a better venue.
Matt worked with us to make a wonderful menu, that all of our guests raved about, and that fit our budget as we needed. He then handed us to Steve, who helped us plan every detail, with expert advice. Both of these gentleman were so laid back and made this very complicated time so easy. Steve gave us so much advice on what he has seen work and not work, and how to make this day fit our expectations without the stress.
Our food tasting was delicious and the night of was no different. Chef Wecker is an outstanding chef, and I will make excuses to come back and visit again.
The day of the wedding, I didn't have to worry about anything. The EFI team set up my decor, placed my cake, ensured my vendors were attended to and in the proper locations, and that all guests knew where to go.
The night of the wedding wasn't without it's glitches on my end, but the team here handled them expertly. There was some light drizzle leading up to the ceremony, so Steve was ready with an alternative, though left the final call to me. My grandmother was late, so Steve pushed the ceremony back and cut cocktail hour in half to keep us on schedule (which was perfect.) My dress tore, and my bridal attendant had it sewn in minutes, and even safety-pinned the spots where you could see dirt so my photos were perfect. Whenever my family challenged Steve on something, he always held to my wishes, and never made a decision without asking me first. The food was delicious, and the bar was wonderfully stocked, as we requested.
It's been a month, and my family and friends can't stop saying how gorgeous the wedding was, how great the food was, and how perfect everything went. I have been told by several that it was the best wedding they have been to, and I owe a huge amount of that to EFI.
I recommend this place to every potential or new bride. They work with your budget, they give you advice, and they make everything flow smoothly. I never had trouble getting ahold of Matt or Steve, and all of my questions were answered honestly. I knew everything upfront and was never surprised by any hidden costs or bills. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed working with everyone here. They kept me from being a bridezilla!
Member Since: 5/27/2013
I really wanted to have our reception in a mansion and my now husband wanted a big space that didn't feel crammed. This was the perfect compromise because the mansion is beautiful and then tent gives the space. The staff was very professional and helpful and the food of course was excellent. My only complaint was that sometimes it was hard to get them to return my phone calls/emails. It was all worth it though.
Member Since: 9/24/2012
The Furnace Inn was a wonderful venue, and the day of my wedding ran incredibly smoothly. We had a big guest list (>200), and they were able to direct and manage all of the guests and keep the flow of the wedding smooth. The venue is BEAUTIFUL - the gardens are lovely, especially in June, and the inside of the Inn is fabulous. The only major flaw with the Furnace Inn is they are SLOW to respond to emails/calls before the wedding day. I was planning my wedding from out of state, and I communicate best via email (work in a hospital with very weird hours not conducive to phone calls normally). It would often take >1 week for an email response IF I got one at all - many of my emails went unanswered, which was very frustrating when we were trying to solidify the menu/guest count/final estimate. However, from the week before to the day of my wedding, everyone was incredibly helpful and responsive. We were able to switch some of the beers out of the bar the day before, and change the appetizers the week before the wedding. The food was INCREDIBLE (we had an all vegetarian wedding, and my meat-eating guests raved about it). The only disappointment in terms of food was our late night snack - we wanted a grilled cheese and tomato soup shooter - we got cheese on a dinner roll (not melted at all!) and they didn't let the DJ know to announce they were setting it up, so most of the guests missed the snack.
Member Since: 5/13/2012
Having our wedding at EFI was so perfect. The grounds are beautiful, food is amazing, and the staff is great. Steve, our wedding coordinator was so easy to work with... Every detail was taken care of and took a lot of the worry off of my shoulders. Every time I met with him I felt more calm and relieved than before knowing the big and small things would be under control. If you're considering EFI, go look! You will love it :)
Member Since: 12/28/2011
We were thrilled with everything about the Elkridge Furnace Inn (EFI). We sought out for a unique space that would feel different from other weddings we had attend but wouldn't break the bank. The sales manager was more than willing to work with us so that we could fit EFI into our tight budget and even suggested moving the wedding to an off day (ie Sunday evening instead of Sat) so that we achieve everything we wanted for the price we wanted. The food was fantastic, all weddings are catered by the in house restaurant so there is no outside caterer to deal with. The staff was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. In your venue contract you are given a day of coordinator who is fantastic at what he does and was a huge help in the months leading up to the wedding and the day of. I definitely suggest this venue to anyone who is looking for a wedding with a unique feel.
Member Since: 12/25/2011
I got married at "The Inn" in April of 2013. We began the planning of the event in advance and I scooped up a date quickly because I knew this venue would have a lot of weddings booked there. It is quite possibly the perfect backdrop for a wedding!
I can't say enough great things about the staff and the coordinators, Steve & Matthew at EFI. They are quick to respond to e-mails, answer phone calls, etc. They were very straight forward about the price from the beginning and I had absolutely no surprises! Everything was laid out and sent via e-mail on a regular basis with the breakdown. I periodically made payments and they gave me new totals as I went along. It was super easy!
I decided to extend the time of our wedding by an hour. I also decided to get married on a Sunday at EFI because they host up to 2 weddings on Saturdays and only one on Sunday. Yes, it is a bit odd having a Sunday wedding but they were very willing to work with me on the cost, bar price, and menu for the day. I also enjoyed being able to arrive and not worry about another wedding party being there.
People loved the food too! I highly recommend the Salmon - delicious! My friends and family thought the venue was beautiful, the staff was friendly and on top of things, and that the wedding ran smoothly. Honestly, I might be bias but I don't think I could have picked a better spot. I didn't hire a coordinator and did everything on my own. However, for the DIY Brides you should know that EFI has it all under control. Steve was my day of coordinator and ran everything beautifully without having us there for a rehearsal that Saturday night. (We had it off location.) They also assigned me an attendant, Abby, who literally catered to my every need. Champagne, water, lipstick removal from my dress right before walking down the aisle (Uh - yes! True story), and even running up those long stairs to get my party shoes after I said "I do!" - she was right there.
They didn't let things drag on either. Everything was on a schedule - just like I had discussed with Steve - and we never felt rushed. He worked with the DJ, the bridal party, people making the speeches, my officiant, and the photographer on every piece of the wedding day. His advice to me the day before my wedding was to "show up and look beautiful." He reassured me he had it under control. And he did!
Looking back, The Elkridge Furnace Inn was the perfect spot for our wedding. I hope all brides reading this have a magical day like I did at “The Inn!”
Member Since: 9/8/2012
I highly recommend the Inn for a wedding venue. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They were very organized and great pre-wedding and day-of coordinators. The off-season rental price was a bargain. They have everything - linens, flatware, dishes, etc. The food was amazing. On one visit for breakfast at the restaurant, the chef took our families on a tour of the Inn. The whole process was very personal yet professional. The setting is lovely. Everything about the venue and restaurant were fantastic.
Member Since: 7/15/2011
I was recently married November 17,2012 at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. We had a cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner in the tent adjacent to the building. Guests began showing for the cocktail hour before the time we had planned but EFI was ready, accepting and began the event early. We had a two station buffet where everything was perfectly prepared. We were on a budget and EFI was willing to work with us at every step. They always provided more economical options or ideas that we had never thought of. One amazing option is the Chef's Choice for the bar which included two red and two white wines and four beers. We allowed EFI to choose on what to serve which rotated throughout the night but there was always a surplus of options and helped save us money! The staff was always courteous, professional and helpful. They also supplied a surplus of heaters so that everyone remained comfortable in a tent on a cold November night. They were able to pull off such an amazing event I am so happy with the final outcome could not ask for more!
Member Since: 7/28/2011
The wedding went well and Charles worked to move things along and keep things on schedule. Only minor complaint is we never got our doggy bag ;). EFI was accommodating and we would use them again.
Member Since: 9/19/2011
If you're looking for perfection, The Elkridge Furnace Inn is where you need to be. The staff is wonderful, the food is exquisite, and the grounds are pure bliss. My guests were left raving about it being the best wedding that they've ever been to.
Member Since: 5/9/2012
Excellent place for wedding though a lot of mosquito bites in an open area. If you want to avoid the service fee on the credit card, pay check then.
Member Since: 1/10/2012
The Elkrdige Furnace Inn was going through a transition in wedding coordinators while I was working with them, so the coordinator I started working with was not the one I ended with. This cause a lot of stress and tears about the planning of the wedding and I was angry and disappointed with my venue choice. Up until the wedding day. The day of the wedding, the staff was availible, thoughtful, subtle, supportive and flawless. Everything was romantic and perfect. Pulled it off in the end! Very happy overall.
Member Since: 2/3/2011
The food was great and the ceremony was flawless.
We went through 3 different wedding planners in 6 months and the rehearsal seemed unorganized. We did not get the signature drink or beers we selected. Our name cards were not placed in alphabetical order for guests to find their tables.
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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!
- Price Range: $$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: Yes
- Site Fee: Yes
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site, Restaurant
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012