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The Experience
What is the booking process like?

1. You reach out to us by filling out our contact form.
2. We'd love for you to come in and experience the space, but you can also schedule a virtual tour with us.
3. Your Ceresville Mansion planner will send you a proposal based on all your wants and needs.
4. The contract can be signed electronically and the deposit paid by cash, check, or credit card.
Voila! Once those two steps have been completed your date is officially booked. And we can get into all the planning details.

What's a Ceresville Mansion Planner?

They're a partial planner! Not just a coordinator.
Our planners are amazing know-it-alls. They help you with...
- Timeline
- Menus and Drink Selections
- Help connect you with our Vendors in the All-Inclusive Packages
- Answer any and all questions, make suggestions from years of their experience
- Floorplans
- Make recommendations for other vendors

Is a Day of Coordinator included?

Yes! We have our amazing Day of Coordinators (we also call them Banquet Managers some times). And they are included with your rental for every kind of event hosted at Ceresville.
Our Day of Coordinators work with you from your Ceremony rehearsal and all the way through your event. They work closely with our Planners to make sure they are up to speed about everything you plan for with the planner.

How much is the deposit?

All wedding and large event deposits are $3,500 for venue and food. Deposits for All-Inclusive packages may be additional.
Social and Corporate event deposits differ. Your planner will let you know the amount when you get your proposal. The rest of your balance can be made in monthly payments or two bulk payments.

How many guests can fit in the Mansion?

Grand Ballroom
The Ballroom is perfect for weddings of 100-120 guests.
For events with a dance floor our grand ballroom can seat up to 150 guests.
For events without a dance floor our grand ballroom can seat up to 170 guests.

Garden Terrace
For events with a dance floor our terrace can seat up to 200 guests.
For events without a dance floor our terrace can seat up to 230 guests.

Meadow Pavilion
For events with a dance floor our pavilion can seat up to 200 guests.
For events without a dance floor our pavilion can seat up to 250 guests.

How early can I come in to get ready in the suites?

Our wedding clients get 6 hours of Bridal and Groom suite time with their rental. It's 6 hours before the start of your ceremony (or reception if you're not doing a ceremony with us).

What happens if I have a garden terrace event and it rains?

For outdoor events your event planner will have helped you decide on a rain plan. A ceremony or outdoor reception would be relocated to our Grand Ballroom. And yes! We can host both the ceremony and the reception in the Ballroom.

What is the children's policy?

Children between the ages of 2 and 12 are only alowed to take part in the Ceremony and have t be supervised by their parents at all time. This is for their safety and well being as the mansion has mutiple open flame fireplaces, sharp objects, antique furniture, and open second floor balcony. We want to make sure you have a pleasant time. Children under that age and over 12 can be part of the whole wedding including the dinner reception.
Only exceptions to be made are if the couple getting married has children of their own in that age range.

Can we bring in our own caterer?

Short answer...no. But why would you want to? We are a full service food and beverage caterer with the best event food. Really all our guests rave about the food for years after each event. We're sure you've already heard great things about it.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. We are licensed by the state and county to sell and serve alcohol so they don't allow us to have any other controlled substances on premisses.
With that said, we are always open to getting you any alcohol that we might not have on our typical menu.

And please let your party and guests know that any outside alcohol that will be brought and consumed on the premisses will have to be disposed of and our staff will have to enforce that law. We want you all to have a great day with great memories and stay safe while doing that.

Can we take the leftovers home?

No, but there typically aren't many events where we have leftovers, since we prepare for your guest count.
The Frederick County Department of Health requires that any leftover food be handled only by Ceresville Mansion, the licensed food service facility.

Do you provide florals, centerpieces, and other decor?

Yes we do! We're thrilled to be a partner with The Lemon Decor. And we offer a variety of packages at AMAZING prices (and I mean soooo good). See our Decor packages on our All-Inclusive Weddings Page.

Who will set up any personal items and decor that we bring?

Our staff will be available to help place and direct certain decor like place cards, signage, and party favors.
We do require a point of contact that is responsible for gathering and taking all customer items at the end of the night. Your event planner will assist you in organizing items that can be placed by our staff and what will need to be assigned to your point of contact. This ensures that all of your items get safely gathered and taken care of.

Can we use real candles?

Yes, we allow candles at the tables as centerpieces and on the ballroom mantel. Everywhere else on the premisses we recommend using LED candles for safety. We'd be happy to help with tapper, votive, cylinder, and even floating LED candles.