ST. TIMOTHY'S SCHOOL, 8400 Greenspring Ave., 486-7400. Contact: Stanley E. Plummer. Reserve six to nine months in advance. Accommodates 125 seated or standing. Not available September through mid-June. Day weddings preferred. Cost: $1,000 plus $500 security deposit.
The entranceway to the Carter House, a 30-room stone mansion built on the grounds of St. Timothy's in the 1930s, features wrought-iron and glass doors and a spiral staircase perfect for photographs. A spacious, furnished patio can double as a dance floor.
SHERATON INNER HARBOR HOTEL, 300 S. Charles St., 962-8300. Contact: Ann Cohen. Accommodates 425 seated with dance floor; up to 600 for standing reception. Kosher kitchen, kosher catering available, with off-premises catering available. Cost: $55 and up per person.
The Chesapeake and Harbor ballrooms both feature crystal chandeliers and a mauve and black color scheme. The Chesapeake offers a gallery for pre-reception cocktails and a terrace with a city view.
SHIRLEY-MADISON INN, 205 W. Madison St., 728-6550. Contact: Stanley Gondzar. Reserve at least 60 days in advance. Accommodates up to 45 seated, up to 80 standing. Cost: generally $100 an hour, or $150 a room. Outside catering is allowed.
This 112-year-old Victorian building features marble columns and Gothic stone carvings.
STOUFFER HARBORPLACE HOTEL, 202 E. Pratt St., 547-1200. Contact: Walter Riemann. Reserve as early as possible. Accommodates 20 to 900 with dancing, 20 to 1,000 without dancing. Package plans start at $69 per person, but custom arrangements are also available. In-house catering only, unless kosher.
Gentle tones of rose, mauve, gray and beige highlight the mahogany woodwork.
Harbor-view rooms available for rehearsal dinners.
TURF VALLEY HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, 465-1500. Contact: Linda Wolf. Accommodates up to 750 seated with a dance floor, up to 1,000 standing. Open seven days a week. In-house catering only. Ceremonies can be performed on premises. Cost: from $37 per person. Special hotel rates for guests, and a complimentary overnight room for bride and groom, are available with bridal packages.
The country club offers four rooms for receptions: the Ellicott Room, the Wedgwood Room, the Cameo Room and the Grand Ballroom.
UNION MILLS HOMESTEAD, Route 97, Union Mills, (301) 848-2288. Contact: Esther Shriver. Reserve three months in advance. Accommodates an unlimited number on the grounds outside. Available May to October. Cost: $200 donation.
Weeping willows, flower gardens, a large wooden water wheel and a footbridge ideal for photographs are found on the land of the homestead, a 23-room structure built in 1797.
Also available is an Amish-built barn, replica of a homestead structure originally built in 1797.
UNIVERSITY CLUB AT TOWSON, 7500 Osler Drive, 321-7600. Contact: Susan Bryant. Reserve as early as possible. Accommodates up to 175 seated, 250 standing. A large patio can accommodate up to 200 guests, and the grounds can accommodate as many as 500 or more. Available daily. In-house catering only. Limited dancing, small bands only. Cost: from $22 per person, plus a fee to become a University Club member (entitling holder to use private dining facilities).
Built in 1789 by former Gov. Charles Ridgely, the mansion lends an 18th century feel to the proceedings with its marble mantelpieces, crystal chandeliers, pier mirrors and period furnishings.
VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB, 1512 Jeffers Road, Towson, 825-7110. Contact: Dorothy Donovan or Pat Chester. Accommodates 200 seated, 350 standing. Cost varies. Available seven days a week.
This Colonial mansion, situated on green and spacious grounds, features a 3,000-square-foot ballroom, Oriental rugs, hardwood floors, parlors and bridal suites. The big mahogany staircase is a popular site for photographs.
WAVERLY, 2335 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, 313-5400. Contact: Virginia Leache. Reserve six months to a year in advance. Accommodates 150 inside for a buffet-style reception, an unlimited number outside with a tent. Available year-round. Cost for rental of house and grounds: $650 for seven hours, with a $200 security deposit. List of approved caterers available.
Exquisitely furnished with period antiques, this 18th century house is owned by the Howard County government and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
WESTMINSTER HALL, Fayette and Greene streets, 328-7228. Contact: Mary Jo Rodney. Reserve as early as possible. Accommodates 250. Available year-round. Catering by approved firms only. Cost: $750 and up.