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he Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center is the perfect place for an unforgettable wedding. The striking Georgian mansion offers numerous amenities, including matching spiral staircases for magnificent photos of the beautiful couple and wedding party, exquisite moldings, soaring arched doorways … the list goes on.

Depending upon the number of guests in your party, your reception can be held inside the mansion or tented on the exterior lawns. Your ceremony can take place high upon Mount Ararat, the cliff overlooking the Susquehanna River, or on the grand lawn with massive columns providing a perfect frame for your bridal party. Outside areas offer a stunning panoramic view of the river and feature lush vegetation, a gentle breeze, and the soft sounds of nature. We invite you to make our home your home on your special day!

Donaldson Brown: Easy to reach, hard to leave behind.

What We Offer

Venue

  • Spacious bridal dressing room
  • Elegant groom’s room
  • Game room for the wedding party
  • Banquet room
  • Multiple sitting rooms
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  • Private use of our 23-acre estate, which includes a greenhouse, carriage house, and an unparalleled historical mansion with features such as an original 1939 chandelier, detailed crown moldings, period furniture, two sets of majestic spiral staircases, pineapples in a variety of unexpected places, and a stunning columned entrance.
  • Our pristine location, with a 180-degree waterfront view, 200 feet above the Susquehanna River on Mount Ararat
  • Multiple restroom facilities for guests
  • Beautiful front, side, and back lawn space for hundreds of guests

The mansion boasts 15 elegant and richly appointed guest rooms, all with spectacular views of the Susquehanna River or the beautiful surrounding grounds. The bedrooms range from large suites to smaller rooms for a total of 31 beds. Seven guest rooms contain private baths, eight guest rooms utilize shared bathrooms. Wedding night accommodations can be arranged for an additional fee depending on the size of the group. An elevator and second-floor bedroom suite in the mansion are handicapped-accessible. Breakfast is included in the fee.

Rental of Mansion and Ground (7-hour rental)
$5,000

Please inquire for weekday wedding prices

Discounted pricing for weddings from January through March 31st, 2020 of $3,000.

Additional Hour
$500

Ceremony
Complimentary with mansion rental

Rehearsal
2-hour rehearsal is complimentary with mansion rental

Rehearsal Dinner
$750 + $35 per guest

Room Accommodations
Depends on size of the group

For large events with more than 50 attendees, you will select your menu from a licensed, insured, and approved caterer. For small events, Donaldson Brown will provide catering. Catering costs are additional and not included in the rental agreement. (Note: Caterers must be approved by Donaldson Brown staff prior to the event.)

Caterers:

Laurrapin Caters –  (410) 939-3394

Absolutely Perfect Catering – (410) 579-8777

Rentals:

Party Party Event Rentals –  (410) 941-3004

Chesapeake RentAll  – (410) 272-1741

Photographers:

Brittney NestleBRITTNEY@BRITTNEYNESTLEPHOTO.COM

Genevieve Leiper – (703) 200-0428

Susie Hadeed – (240) 624-9659

Videographer:

Lee Russell Films

Rental of Property: The rental fee of $5,000 covers the use of the first floor and exterior grounds for up to 7 hours (including the caterer’s setup and breakdown). Use of a bridal suite/dressing room for the wedding party is included as well as the game room for those needing some downtime before the event.

Rental of Tent, Tables, and Chairs: If the number of wedding guests exceeds 75, the wedding couple will be responsible for renting a tent, banquet chairs, and round tables from the selected caterer or a rental company approved by Donaldson Brown staff.

Rehearsal: The rehearsal will be scheduled and arranged with Donaldson Brown staff at a mutually agreeable time.

Wedding Night Accommodations: Wedding night accommodations can be arranged for an additional fee depending on the size of the group. There are 15 beautifully appointed bedrooms, featuring period furniture and elegant architecture, ranging from large suites to smaller rooms for a total of 31 beds. An elevator and second-floor bedroom suite in the mansion can accommodate those with accessibility needs. Breakfast is included in the fee.

Reservations: A 25 percent deposit is required to reserve a date with Donaldson Brown. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the event. If canceled less than 90 days in advance, the deposit will not be refunded and fees will be charged.

Rehearsal Dinner: The cost to hold a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Donaldson Brown is $750 plus $35 per person. A 4-hour time slot is allocated for the rehearsal and dinner.

For couples using a different venue for their wedding, Donaldson Brown invites you to host just your rehearsal dinner at our site. Our staff will provide an exceptional dinner for your wedding party and family at a reasonable cost. Please call to discuss meal options (410-378-2555).

Engagement Photos: Couples who have a signed contract with Donaldson Brown may utilize our grounds and mansion for a scheduled 1-hour engagement portrait session (with your contracted photographer).

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