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The Vandiver provides a "comfortably elegant" environmment for receptions and ceremonies combined with the convenience of working with one vendor for fantastic catering and beautiful lodging. Add to this the convenience of Havre de Grace, its location on the Chesapeake Bay, its many churches and its historic downtown waterfront, and you have an ideal backdrop for a perfect wedding day or weekend!

 

Minimums are based on a per person estimate. Pricing includes tables, chiavari chairs (with cushion), linens, dinnerware, glassware, silverware, facilities for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, central heating or cooling systems,

food, caterers, servers, bar, bartenders, wedding cake and an in-house Wedding Coordinator

to help guide you along the way. We do not have any hidden fees such as cake cutting nor corkage fees.

 

 

We understand that there are many wonderful locations to host your wedding reception. So why consider Vandiver? Here’s a summary of what so many Vandiver Brides and Grooms (and Moms and Dads and Aunts and…) have told us: 

 

Vandiver provides “Affordable, Comfortable Elegance” 

 

? Our mansion, gazebo and wonderfully landscaped grounds create a beautiful Victorian backdrop without feeling “stuffy” - the style of a downtown boutique hotel with the charm of a small country inn. 

 

? Staffed and owned by people who are committed to making everything perfect. 

 

? …all at a price that is fair and affordable - “a bargain at twice the price”! 

 

“Convenience without Compromise” 

? Your Vandiver Event Manager will help you create your own menu, select your linens, and design and MANAGE the day to your vision – not someone else’s.

 

? ..all of which is highlighted by a gourmet dining experience from Chef-Owner Susan Muldoon described as 

“Amazing”, “Fantastic”, and “…some of the best food I’ve ever had” 

 

? And lodging your friends and family in our beautiful guest rooms is more like “having your own village for the day” 

 

“Minutes Away…Worlds Apart” 

…and while who we are is a big part of our business, where we are, that is - in the heart of the historic and conveniently located Chesapeake Bay town of Havre de Grace, Maryland - is another important reason to choose Vandiver. 

 

? Planes: 45 minutes to BWI, 60 to PHI, 90 to National 

 

? Trains: 10 Minutes from Aberdeen train station (served by MARC and Amtrak). Cab is available 24/7. 

 

? …and Automobiles: 10 minutes from US-40 and I-95 (exit 89) Drive time (in minutes) Philly:-60, York, PA-60, DC-90; Baltimore-45. NYC-3 hours. 

 

? …and once you’re here, you’re just steps to pubs, restaurants, shopping, our historic waterfront promenade, AND boating, kayaking and biking and a host of other fun activities.

 

Heather
10/8/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My now husband and I were lucky enough to get married here Sunday October 8th 2017. And to say that it was amazingly perfect is an understatement. We could not have gone with a better location than we did. Liz and the team at The Vandiver made our wedding seriously the most perfect day of our lives. From beginning to end it was amazing. We have been working with Liz for what seems like forever now and she was always on top of everything and willing to help. She made the day possible and made it run so seamlessly. We could not have done it without her. And honestly she is probably the reason I was so calm the morning of because I knew that I could trust that it was going to be perfect. On top of being amazing at all she does she is seriously the sweetest person. And I am super grateful that we had her. All around the team at the The Vandiver made the day of amazing. The service was fantastic, the rooms were beautiful, and the food was impeccable. I definitely do not have enough words to describe how amazing the food was. And while I may be biased we are still hearing from our guests how amazing they thought the food was. The Vandiver seriously made our wedding day even more amazing and magical than we could've ever asked for. I am so grateful and thankful that we chose them and will highly recommend them to everyone. I cannot wait to celebrate future anniversaries here.
Joanna
10/1/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The vandiver inn was a great venue for our wedding! Our coordinator Liz was amazingly helpful and answered all our questions. Everything the day of our wedding went extremely smooth. Their staff is very professional and really friendly. There food was amazing and our guests are still telling us how much they enjoyed the food and venue.
Amanda
9/2/17
Categories: Catering, Planner, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
After a year and a half of planning, we can honestly say that no other venue would have compared to the Vandiver Inn. The staff is exceptional - starting with the food - everyone raved about chef/owner Susan's cooking, especially the crab cake! We knew after our tasting that we were in for a treat. All of our attendees were delighted. They also are very courteous in catering to those with food allergies and restrictions. They made sure myself and 3 other speciality guests were taken care of without problem! Then the coordinating.. Liz is an expert and made our wedding run smoothly and look beautiful from start to finish. I bombarded her with emails towards the end of the planning process, and she made sure all of my concerns were taken care of and she knew just how to handle any issues that arose. She handles SO many details and logistics behind the scenes and makes it look simple! She was really a huge help in making sure our day was wonderful. The venue is located in a beautiful town that is within walking/driving distance to the water and lighthouse. The history and different rooms inside the Vandiver are enough to keep guests occupied while staying overnight or mingling during cocktail hour. We held our wedding and reception under the covered outdoor area - a perfect pick for our rainy and 60 degree September wedding day. If you are looking for a unique venue with charm, the Vandiver is the perfect pick that will keep your guests talking! Thank you to John, Susan, Liz, Kim, and the entire Vandiver team!!
Jodie
7/15/17
Categories:
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
From the moment I sent an email to The Vandiver Inn and spoke to Chasi, I knew this place was a dime a dozen. My family, husband, friends, and I were all so happy with the venue. From the Inn Keeper to the staff , to the owners & chef, to Chasi and Liz. It all was an amazing experience. They made me feel at home and were very ontop of it all. The venue itself is beautiful with its rustic and vintage setting. Having the ceremony in the side garden was my dream come true. Such a lovely set up between 2 vintage houses. Ladies and Gentlemen this place is where you should have your wedding if you want a one of a kind day !
User6748746

Categories: Catering, , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We got married in late June 2017, and I cannot recommend the Vandiver Inn more highly. The wedding coordinators are all so on the ball and seriously make your wedding day incredibly seamless and stress-free. It felt like magic - everything went perfectly. All of the staff treat you so well, and the innkeeper even learned all of our names. They made things feel so personal and specific to us, even though they have weddings there regularly. It felt like the whole place was there just for us. The food was incredible - definitely above average for a wedding. I'd recommend when you pick your menu, stick to the more simple items. They have fantastics simple dishes. They even adjusted one of the dishes as per our request (they switched out a sauce that was listed on the menu with a dish for a sauce my husband loves). I was actually a bit nervous because I had sent so many details of the day-of via email and then I had a few more in person the day before. I couldn't believe that the coordinator actually remembered each and every one of the notes I discussed with her. It was absolutely incredible. When we got back from our after party, we had cake and full plates of food in our room. We were treated so incredibly well, and the venue itself is beautiful. It looks gorgeous in photos. The venue feels personal enough and is already decorated enough so that every photo looks lovely, and you don't really have to bring any decorations with you! It's good to go as is. They also had a very reliable, high quality vendor recommendation list. I relied on it, since I wanted to use vendors that were as close to the venue as possible (didn't want to have to contemplate the possibility of a vendor getting caught on traffic on 95 or something) and they all were fantastic. It's also hugely helpful that everything is included. And they really do mean that. EVERYTHING is included. So affordable too! Beautiful, wonderful venue. Book here and you'll have a load off your mind.
Ben
5/27/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
There is a very good reason this venue has a perfect rating. Everything from initially touring this venue, to the tasting, to the support and assistance in planning... These guys made it so easy and hassle-free. We never had to chase them down on anything and they took care of EVERYTHING. Weddings are the Vandiver team's passion and it shows. On the day of our wedding, we had to make the call early if it was going to be inside or outside... We made the call to go outside but when the time for the ceremony came, it was pouring! Liz and her staff did an amazing job outfitting the pavilion in order to host the ceremony at a moments notice. They really saved the day and it all came together perfectly. The reception was everything we had hoped it would be as well. The common theme we heard from all of our guests was that the food was incredible. The wait staff and bar tenders were also very accommodating. As with all weddings, we had some last minute unknown dietary restrictions and the Vandiver team made sure everyone's orders were prepared accordingly. Beautiful venue, exemplary staff. If you are on the fence about which venue to select, rest assured that if you choose the Vandiver, you have made the right decision.
Jessica
4/22/17
Categories: Planner, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
[PART 1 OF 2 - SEE MY NEXT REVIEW FOR THE REST OF THE BEST DAY EVER!] The very best decision we made was to have our wedding with the Vandiver. I don’t say “at the Vandiver” because it’s not just a venue. We didn’t show up, set up and leave. We were welcomed, we were helped every single step of the way and we were sent off with hugs, kisses and memories of the best day ever. After having experienced what it is like to be a Vandiver bride, I can say without hesitation that I feel like our day was 10 times better because it was with them. After seeing the Vandiver and then another 20 or so Maryland venues, we knew it had to be the Vandiver. As a one stop shop, using local ingredients and local privately owned business, we couldn’t have felt better about the environmental impact of our wedding and the ability to put money back into the community by shopping small. You start off by meeting Chasi, who is the most bubbly and beautiful person on the face of the earth. She shows you around, makes you feel wanted and that you are worth her time. Next, you get a planner. In our case we had Liz, who must have a cape hidden somewhere that I don’t know about because this woman is seriously a hero. Throughout the entire process, she made sure I was totally informed and, even more so, that she knew exactly what my very type A vision was. Day of, literally any and everything I asked for, she was there. Liz anticipated my needs before I knew I needed them. Shes even a world record holding professional bustel-er which comes in real handy when your juggling flowers and prosecco on the way to your reception. Im kidding of course, but I sincerely I owe this woman the world. She made it effortless to be a bride, which is not something I say lightly! Even coming back from our Laurrapin after party to a massive plate of food and piles of cake to munch on at 1 am that she had set out for us… the woman is a damn rock star.
jess
4/22/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
[PART TWO OF MY RAVE REVIEW! - YES I EVEN MADE A SECOND ACCOUNT TO SAY ALL THEY DESERVED TO HAVE SAID!] The remainder of the staff was a dream come true. They impeccably took care of my guests. Major shout out to Kim, who even came back to our room around midnight to help us figure out how to switch the ac unit on. She handed out welcome bags to all of my guests, made sure we all got hot meals in the morning, took photos of us on the steps the day after… ugh, cannot say enough nice things about Kim! Every server, every bartender, every busser… they were polite and smiled every single time they encountered someone. I think they were having as much fun as we were! Plates were cleared immediately, waters refilled, new silverware, cake served, coffee offered. The bartenders were the two most delightful people – I hope you two tie the knot soon! Ugh.. and Susan!!!!! Susan is the owner and chef to the Vandiver. You could throw a dart board at her menu and have one of the best meals you’ve ever had. The woman has serious skills and takes great pride in her craft. Food is so typically a bummer at weddings and it is just not the case at the Vandiver. We went with a buffet style and people were going back for thirds they enjoyed it so much. Bottom line is we couldn’t have been treated better. John, Susan, and everyone else.. you had better have us back as “Vanbassadors” so we can keep raving about how perfect you made our day. We love you all like family and see ourselves popping in for hugs real soon. XO, Jess and Drew A
Sarah
3/11/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Before I booked this venue, I thought that everyone must give 5 stars very freely, but boy was I wrong. The Vandiver Inn was beyond perfect. Liz was completely responsive, professional and flexible. When I panicked because I did not know how to put my cathedral length veil on, Liz came to the rescue. When the pins for my bustle accidentally were removed, Liz never panicked and grabbed some pins to fix it herself. I am not the most creative. Last minute, I found some decorations I wanted to use. Liz found spaces for all these decorations and the result was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I DIY'ed my own centerpieces which were birdcages filled with lights and greenery. Liz thought it would be awesome to also use them during the ceremony to have them line the aisle. As my bridesmaids and I were getting ready in the beautiful Tydings room, she brought up a picture to show me the result. Liz never got flustered once and made me feel relaxed. The food is incredible. My family is from NJ and we are self-appointed "food snobs," but the food blew us away. We chose to have beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, crab cakes with brown butter shallot sauce, and chicken stuffed with prosciutto and a sauce I cannot remember. We had green beans and caramelized onions as well as garlic smashed potatoes. The onion soup with Gruyere toasts was also exceptional. We filled the mansion and the two houses next door with friends and family members. In the morning, my family and friends joined us in the main house for a delicious hot breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon. They all raved about the beauty of this B&B. My only concern heading into the wedding was that the reception had to be over by 8:30. We ended up planning an afterparty at the Laurrapin which was tons of fun! I was happy the party could continue in a fun bar nearby. We returned to our rooms with two pieces of cake and a plate of food from the reception. THANK YOU STAFF AT THE VANDIVER!!
Linda
2/18/17
Categories: Cakes, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our situation was rather unusual and quite stressful, as my daughter's original wedding venue closed its doors two months before her wedding! However, once she decided on a new date and chose the Vandiver Inn as her new venue, we felt we were in very capable and caring hands and that everything was going to be alright, after all. They say everything happens for a reason and this situation is proof-positive, as everything from beginning to end was absolutely PERFECT (after having only 5 months to pull it all together)! Even the weather cooperated, as we were blessed with spring-like temperatures and sunshine on February 18th!!! The food was delicious and the table settings were beautiful. Liz, our wedding coordinator, handled everything flawlessly and professionally. I would highly recommend the Vandiver Inn to anyone who wishes to have a very beautiful and unique setting for their wedding, one that brought rave reviews from all of our guests and bridal party!!
Molly
1/14/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Choosing the Vandiver as our Venue was the perfect choice. We made the decision to go with them after an amazing "tasting dinner". We felt so comfortable and had so much fun at that event and that was how we wanted our guests to feel at our wedding. And that is exactly what was accomplished!! All of our guests had fun and loved the atmosphere created by the employees. We were married in January, so the ceremony and reception were in the pavilion. Everyone, including myself, was amazed how the space was transformed during the happy hour, it was magic. Personally, I believe that the best thing about the Vandiver is that it is really a family owned business. Every employee that we encountered really cared about us and made our wedding guests feel welcomed. We had many guests with dietary restrictions and I had several of them tell me later how they were impressed with how the wait staff would check ingredients for them and inform them which hors d'oeuvres were free of gluten, soy, dairy, etc. Our wedding coordinator, Holly, was indispensable. She really did the work of 5 people on our wedding day. She made me (the bride) feel pampered all day, made sure that my husband and I had enough to eat and drink and even wrapped up 2 slices of cake and dinner entree for us so that we could snack when we returned to the room that night. She and another coordinator Jo made the wedding planning process much easier, responding quickly to many emails! It was a perfect venue, the food is great, and the staff is first class.
User7412596

Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had our wedding at the Vandiver Inn this past weekend and it was amazing! Jo, our wedding coordinator made it an unforgettable experience. She was organized, friendly, and kept everything on schedule. Living out of state, the planning process was stress free thanks to her. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were with the staff and how welcome everyone felt during the entire events (ceremony and reception). The food was delicious! It was even better than we remembered from our tasting event. We came home from our after party to find cake and leftover dinner waiting in our room. Our wedding party stayed in the mansion, along with extended family who stayed the two other houses. Everyone enjoyed their stay, and the breakfast was phenomenal! Kim served breakfast in the morning and made sure that everyone was happy and fed. Our wedding weekend was better than we ever could have expected! We are so happy that we chose the Vandiver Inn!
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic, Inn / B&B, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
160
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room
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