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Outdoor Wedding Venue

On June 5, 2012 Howard County Council Bill No. 39-2006 (ZRA-72) granted a limited Outdoor Social Assemblies permit to Harwood Farm.

Harwood Farm has meticulously manicured grounds which provide a unique country venue for hosting elegant outdoor celebrations, such as weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, birthday and retirement parties, banquets, corporate and family picnics, and an ideal location for philanthropic and other charitable and community sponsored-events benefitting organizations.

Twenty-five outdoor events with a maximum of 150 guests can be held year round with complimentary consultations with vendors and on-site creative planning with beauty and grace from beginning to end.  A beautiful, rustic bridal room is also available for your use to get ready for your event. Attention paid to all details to make every event truly memorable.

Harwood Farm is one of the most scenic farms in Howard County. Enjoy the finest of hospitality and gracious service in a spectacular country setting. We invite you to visit Harwood to see for yourself!

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Pricing

All pricing includes providing the venue for the rehearsal the day before the wedding, and if available, a complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride for the bride to enter the ceremony, as well as assistance with planning and meeting with vendors.

 

2017 Rates:

Wedding and Wedding Reception:  $3,800
Wedding Reception:  $2,300

We are not responsible for any expenditure for tent(s), tables and chairs, restroom trailer, and other associated items. 

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On September 29, 2012, Harwood Farm hosted its first official outdoor event – a wedding that will be forever cherished.

Below is an excerpt from Lovelife Images:
Jessica and Matthew: A Wedding at Harwood Horse Farm
“Jessica and Matt had the honor of having the first wedding ever at Harwood Horse Farm in Woodbine, MD. It was a really beautiful setting for a wedding and we had some amazing afternoon light for portraits. I highly recommend Harwood for anyone wanting to plan a farm wedding in Maryland. And I might just put a clause in my contract requiring all brides enter the ceremony via a horse-drawn carriage!”

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Harwood Farm Featured in the Equine Journal

We've been featured in The Equine Journal's cover story "Your Chariot Awaits," a guide to planning a fairytale wedding with a horse-drawn carriage. View the article online by clicking here.

 

Excerpt:

"They are just so romantic," emphasizes Maxine Walker, owner of Harwood Farm, an equestrian facility and wedding venue located in Woodbine, MD. "There's an ambiance of magic and romance, between seeing the beautiful carriage, and hearing the clip-clop of horses' hooves."

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Reviews

5 Stars
Harwood Farm was the perfect setting for my son's wedding reception. Maxine was so easy to work with from planning, to set up the day before, throughout the event itself and even clean up the following day. We had so many compliments from our guests on the beauty of the property as a backdrop for the couple's special day. Thanks so much Maxine!!!

- Diane Gaspar


5 Stars
We had our wedding at Harwood Farm in June 2015 and were blown away by the overall experience. The venue itself was exactly what we were looking for in terms of atmosphere, service, scenery, and overall experience. Maxine was nothing but helpful throughout the entire experience and during the course of our weekend-we couldn't thank her enough! One of the best parts of this venue was that Maxine only allows one wedding a weekend. That means that you have the whole weekend to do whatever you may need to do- meet with tent companies, caterers, decorate, etc (not typical of many venues). The venue played a huge part in the success of our weekend and the amount of our guests who are still talking about Harwood Farm is a testament to that. We highly recommend having a wedding at Harwood Farm, especially if you are looking for a beautiful, rustic, picturesque venue (perfect for photographs!!).

- Private Reviewer


5 Stars
Having a wedding at Harwood Farm was a dream come true. The grounds are gorgeous, and Maxine was so incredible to work with. I highly recommend this venue!

- Amanda


5 Stars
Harwood Farm is a dream venue for any couple that has longed to be married in a serene and exceptionally beautiful outdoor setting. The venue and service provided by the owners, Bob and Maxine Walker, are five star from beginning to end. The pride that Bob and Maxine take in their farm is evident in the exceptionally well-manicured grounds and the obvious good health of the animals who call the farm home. Other wonderful touches include the charming get-ready room for the bride, the optional horse-drawn carriage ride for the bride and couple, and the friendliness and helpfulness of the carriage driver and parking attendant who are on hand during the event. It is also clear that Maxine has a soft spot in her heart for couples who are beginning their lives together. She exudes warmth and goes out of her way to not only make the process of renting the venue as easy as possible but also to ensure that the event itself is everything that the couple envisions that it will be. By the day of the wedding, Bob and Maxine had become so indispensable and so much like members of the family that we invited them to join in the celebration. We were very happy that they accepted the invitation. In our opinion, there is no better place for a couple to begin their married life than Harwood Farm.

- Roy and Keri Jones


5 Stars
We recently got married at Harwood Farm, and we could not have been happier with our wedding, the venue, and the assistance we received from Harwood Farm in planning our special day! We were planning our wedding on a relatively tight timeline and even tighter budget, and Harwood Farm was able to make everything work perfectly. We take it as a high compliment to the farm that in the weeks after our wedding, nearly every one of our guests have changed their Facebook profile pictures to a picture they took at the wedding. Everyone loved the farm. And, being from Texas and rural north Florida, it was a very special place for us to get married.

Venue -The venue itself is idyllic for an outdoor wedding. We live in Washington, DC and it is hard to imagine that a place like Harwood Farm is only an hour away. Gently rolling hills, pastures interrupted by clusters of oaks, and horses lazily munching away on grass in the pasture – this is what you get at Harwood Farm. Not only is Harwood Farm beautiful – it is authentic. Hardwood Farm is a working farm – harvesting corn, boarding horses, hosting fox chases – they are helping to preserve rural America while offering couples an opportunity to get hitched.

Owners -Maxine and Bob are the owners of Harwood Farm, and we cannot imagine them being anymore helpful than they were. Maxine is attentive to her email and phone calls and is very upfront about issues like timing and pricing. While looking at other venues, we found many people had a lot of hidden fees or requirements for use of in-house vendors, but Harwood Farm was straightforward with us and helped us walk through the process from A to Z. Maxine was also available to act as an extra set of hands on the day of our wedding and helped to direct guests and generally ensure everything went smoothly.

Cost - Harwood Farm should not be considered a "budget venue" but it can work within your budget. We were working off a very tight budget, with a lot of the wedding costs coming out of pocket. When you look at Harwood Farm you should consider you will need to factor in the cost of a tent, tables & chairs, and china & flatware. That being said, we made it work within our budget. Maxine has a list of vendors she has worked with before, but you can also find other reputable vendors who can give competitive pricing. We also picked up money saving tips along the way – eg. when to rent and when to buy an item, etc. Overall, even with rentals included, the cost of the venue was within what most wedding budget plans recommend.

Overall, we feel extremely blessed that we found Harwood Farm. We must have looked at fifty other venues online or in person and they were either way too expensive, very impersonal, or a combination of both. Harwood Farm (and Maxine) helped to make our wedding perfect. There is honestly nothing we would have changed about how our day turned out. We highly recommend!

- Rosalyn


5 Stars
Harwood Farm made my wedding day the most wonderful day of my life. Maxine offers top notch service and was so responsive and helpful during the planning process. The grounds were absolutely beautiful! We had a sailcloth tent where guests sat during dinner, but the venue allows for roaming around the grounds and enjoying the whole farm. All of our guests could not stop talking about this place and kept asking me how I found it! Maxine made the whole experience so personal rather than other places I visited where you were the 4th or 5th wedding that week. I would highly recommend Harwood Farm and its wonderful views and service to all brides!

- Staci


5 Stars
I couldn't be more pleased with using Harwood Farm for my wedding and reception. The farm is absolutely stunning! We had our ceremony on the front steps of the historic home, and it was a perfect backdrop for pictures. We had a horse drawn carriage drop my dad and I off at the bottom of the aisle, and it added just that little something special to the day - and it fit in perfectly with the feel of the event. We had the reception in a big tent behind the house, and it was absolutely beautiful! We left most of the sides of the tent open so the guests could take in the picturesque views. My guests were amazed at how beautiful Harwood Farm is, and we couldn't be happier with the venue. We have the most breathtaking photos from our wedding, and you will too! (Definitely take a minute and capture some sunset photos - they were my favorite!)

- Jessica


Photos on this page by Lovelife Images , Ceebee Photography, Victoria Ruan Photography, Lauren R Swann Photography, Lola Rose Wedding Photographers.

To our neighbors: there are events scheduled for the following dates:

Rehearsal Dinner, Sunday Aug 27, 2017
Wedding Ceremony and Reception, Sept 3, 2017