Can we have a wedding rehearsal onsite?

Oakland offers a complimentary 1 hour wedding ceremony rehearsal.  Your complimentary rehearsal is to be booked between Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM.  Friday rehearsals are only permitted if no other event is scheduled in the venue.  No food or beverages may be served during the rehearsal time.

Can we have a wedding ceremony on the lawn or Bishop's Garden?

Oakland’s outside space is included with your rental which includes the lawn and Bishop’s Garden. When using Oakland’s outdoor space that need chairs, you are required to either rent Oakland’s white lawn chairs for $6.00 per chair (includes set-up and take-down) or provide your own rental chairs from a vendor.

When providing your own rental chairs from an outside vendor, Oakland does not provide set up nor break down of those chairs.  This would be required to be done by the client’s Event Planner.  Any rentals used on property that are not Oakland’s equipment is required to be set up and removed within the client’s contracted rental time.

Do we need a marriage license to get married at Historic Oakland?

If you are having your wedding ceremony onsite and are “officially” getting married, you are required to obtain, in advance of your wedding date, a Howard County marriage license.  Oakland does not provide assistance with obtaining the marriage license.

For more information on obtaining a marriage license, either visit www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/howard/marriage or call 410-313-5850.


Will you supply coffee and tea?

Full coffee and tea service is available for an additional charge of $6.00 per person.

Will you supply meals?

Oakland can work with a variety of caterers to handle all your food and beverage needs.  Speak with Oakland staff for food options.

The Building

Are you sure 180 people can fit in this space?

Our max capacity is 180 guests for the house however, that is seating guests throughout the entire house.  Oakland’s largest room, the Main Ballroom, seats max capacity of 80 guests.

For your convenience, sample floor plans are posted on the Weddings or Meetings pages.

The veranda can seat up to 32 guests but is not climate controlled.  You are welcome to rent heaters, air condtioners or fans to heat and/or cool the space, if needed.  Speak with Oakland staff for more information. 

How is the pricing determined?

Price is determined by the day and time you are renting the venue and the specific area(s) that you contract.  Depending on usage, the front lawn, the Bishop’s Garden and the back lawn (sans the tent) are included.  The tent is an additional rental cost when renting the house (see rental rate sheets).

Click the following links for pricing: Weekend Social Event & Tent Rental and Weekday Meeting & Social.

Oakland’s venue is “ala carte” which allows our clients to provide everything else to complete their day.

Set up and take down of Oakland’s tables and chairs is include with the rental.  If client is bringing in rental equipment, Oakland staff is not responsbile for set up or take down of that equipment.

An Oakland Facility Assistant is onsite the day of your event to manage the venue.

Can my dog come into the manor for my wedding and reception?

Your beloved family pet, to include small dogs, are welcome on the outdoor grounds only.  Your pet is to be leashed at all times.  If your pet deficates on Oakland’s property, it is the client’s responsibility to clean it up immediately.  An Oakland Pet Addendum is required to be completed 30 days prior to the event date along with a picture of the pet in order for the pet to be permitted on Oakland’s property.  It is Oakland’s discretion  to approve or disapprove having a pet on property. 

How many cars can your parking lot accommodate?

Oakland’s property provides 98 parking spaces immediately in front of the manor house.  If overflow parking is needed, Vantage Point Road can accomodate that need.

Oakland does not offer valet parking services.


Is the tent included in the price of the building?

The tent on Oakland’s property is not included in the rental price when renting just the house. The tent is offered through a third party vendor, Elite Tents & Events but will be included and paid for through your Rental Agreement with Oakland.

Any miscellaneous rental items to complete your tent rental experience at Oakland will be quoted and billed to our clients by Elite Tents and Events.

Click the following link for details and pricing:

Tent Rental Package  

Is Air Conditioning provided during the hot summer months in the tent?

Both A/C and fans can be rented from Elite Tents & Events for use under the tent.  Contact Elite directly at 410-795-8368 for a price estimate.

Does the tent price include tables, chairs, décor etc…?

Oakland’s Tent Package includes side wall panels and perimeter and overhead lighting, tables and chairs.  Decor, food, beverage, and linens, are the responsibility of the client. 

Set Up

Can we come in early to set up?

Oakland’s client’s, nor the client’s vendors, are not permitted on the property prior to the contracted entry time due to liability of being on property without Oakland staff onsite.  If Oakland’s client, or their decorators, need to arrive early or stay later than the contracted time, the client will need to contact our office 40 days prior to their event date to add additional hours at an additional fee (no exception).  When contracting, please factor in the time for decor and take down into your total contracted time.

Can I use Oakland's banquet tables and chairs on the Veranda?

Oakland’s Veranda is considered part of the manor house, so you are welcome to use Oakland’s tables and chairs on it with no additional fee.

Types of Events

Can we have a sweet sixteen party for our child?

Oakland welcomes all types of social gathering to include Sweet Sixteen, Quinceañera, and Graduations.  When holding this type of event at Oakland, a Children, Teen & Young Adult Celebration addendum is required to be signed to accompanying your contract.


Can I supply my own alcohol?

Oakland does permit their clients to provide their own alcohol. All alcohol served on Oakland’s property is required to be poured by a Licensed and Insured, TIPS certified bartender.  No free pouring nor placing of alchol directly on guest tables is permitted.  As well, no shots or shot stations are permitted during an event at Oakland.  

Does a client who is having a self catered event have to hire a certified bartender?

All alcohol served on Oakland’s property is required to be poured by a Licensed and Insured, TIPS certified bartender.  No free pouring nor placing of alchol directly on guest tables is permitted.  As well, no shots or shot stations are permitted during an event at Oakland.