A wedding at Clifton Mansion can be as unique and special as you dream it to be. You might want your ceremony on the lawn, the Italianate mansion soaring behind you as a stunning backdrop. Or perhaps you'll choose to say "I do" in the ballroom, then, enjoy cocktails on the wrap-around porch or in the parlor, just off the porch. If you've had your ceremony on the lawn, you can enjoy cocktails in the ballroom. While they're waiting for dinner, your guests may wish to trek to the top of the 80-foot tower while hearing stories from costumed guides! It's a view of Baltimore like none other!
Depending on the size of your guest list, dinner can be experienced in a variety of Clifton Mansion’s historic spaces. The ballroom and adjacent drawing room can host up to 90 guests for a sit-down meal. The porch seats up to 100 comfortably. If you’re inviting over 100 guests, just picture your meal served under a canopy on the lawn. Complete the evening with dancing on the porch or in the ballroom, or you may wish to add a dance floor to the tent outside.
Some additional rooms have been meticulously restored to their original opulence, where guests can soak up the ambience and admire ornate 18th century detailing. (One modern amenity to note: the mansion is fully heated and air conditioned!) And of course, everyone will want their photo taken next to the exquisite hand painted mural of Naples harbor that graces our grand stairwell, lit by a dramatic two-story chandelier.
So schedule a visit! Then you can tell us where you see yourselves saying your vows … toasting with family and friends … sharing your first married meal … dancing the night away.
A Clifton Mansion wedding. So many options. So much history. All while supporting a worthy cause! Take a step back in time as you step into your future together.
100% of the proceeds from your wedding at Clifton Mansion will help fund Civic Works, a nonprofit that engages AmeriCorps and local volunteers to feed the hungry, provide job training, beautify urban spaces, and support the community with a variety of projects that uplift and empower the people of Baltimore.
Yes, you can use any licensed caterer. You will also need a licensed bartender. We have a list of recommended caterers, but you are free to choose your own.
No, we do not have a full kitchen. We do have a kitchenette with a refrigerator, sink, dishwasher and counter space. There is also a space outside the kitchenette for the caterer to use as a staging ground. This space is all in the basement and food can be taken up in the elevator or on the steps. We encourage caterers to be self sufficient by bringing warmers and setting up a cooking station. We ask that caterers who have not been to the mansion come at least 30 days in advance to see the space.
We are working on this. We should have one or two caterers ready to give a full package very soon (ask on your tour). We have a tent company that will supply tent, lights, tables, chairs and linens. With these two, you'll have all that you need!
Absolutely! There is a circular drive that is perfect for food trucks. If your caterer wants to grill, that's perfectly fine as long as the grills are a specified distanced from the beautiful historic mansion so no smoke damage will occur.
Yes, there is a ground level entrance that leads to an elevator that can get you to the main floor and porch.
When you rent, you must reserve the amount of hours that will include set up, photos, prep, the event and clean up. Your day of liaison will show you where all tables and chairs are, and you are responsible for setting them up (or your caterer can). For clean up, we have a crew come in so all you need to do is remove dishes and linens and centerpieces. We'll take care of the rest, including putting all tables and chairs away and removing trash.
We have a vendors list that has several vendors who will set up and break down the tent. Because we only schedule one wedding a weekend, you can have the tent set up on Friday and picked up on Monday. If your wedding is under 175, the tables and chairs can be stored in the mansion for pick up. If over that, they will need to be picked up the night of your wedding.
No, unfortunately, in order to have over 100, you have to have access to the porch or rent a tent. It's too cold to depend on using the porch and we only allow tents in the months of April through October.
If you'd like, you can rent the mansion the night before for a rehearsal and set up. You won't be able to do any set up outside but you can do the inside work and have centerpieces for outside ready to go the next day. Ask about pricing when you come for a tour.
When you rent at Clifton Mansion, all of the proceeds of the rental support the mission of Civic Works, a non-profit that is housed in the mansion. So, when you get married here, you are helping to transform Baltimore's communities!
The best way to know if this is the place for you is to come for a tour. Tours are scheduled most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day. After work hours and Saturdays can be arranged if needed. You will be contacted within 48 hours of emailing or calling us with your schedule.