(Closed) Any Mount Vernon Inn Brides Here?!

posted 6 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 4
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I’m getting married there as well in Oct.  I’m not planning on decorating the venue inside b/c I think it’s already decorated beautifully.  I’m just doing personal flowers.  I have seen lots of photos online though where brides did small flowers around the centerpieces that Mount Vernon already has.  Some also spring for the tent liner but we didn’t want to since we’re just getting married out there.  We are talking about associating table numbers with places we like around DC or events from George Washington’s era and framing them.  We’re putting most of the budget into the food and drinks and not as much on decorations.  

If you do want flowers, I would recommend my florist Fifi Flowers as her quote was the most reasonable.  Etsy also has lots of great decorations.   

I’d highly recommend checking out some of the photos of other Mount Vernon Inn weddings for ideas.  Here is one where they did decorate it: 

http://emilychastain.blogspot.com/2011/09/zack-katie-mount-vernon-inn-wedidng.html

I personally really like the centerpieces on the table and I’m not as much of a flowers person, but it’s up to you what your preference is for decorations.  

 

 

Post # 5
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  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re getting married at MVI on October 7! We’re doing both the ceremony and reception there. Because the restaurant is already beautiful and has so much going on with the decor, you really won’t need much. Inside, all we’re doing is petals on the tables with the hurricanes and candles that the restaurant provides.  With the silver chargers, table numbers, colored napkins, and menus, there’s a lot going on already. We’ll use the bridesmaid bouquets for the guest book table, head table, etc. after the ceremony. We also framed all of our grandparents’ wedding photos to have on that long table in the entryway. I love PP’s idea of using DC attractions for tables!

We’re doing more in the patio for the ceremony. We’re lining the tent since I didn’t like the grey metal poles in pics and putting candles all along the steps, the aisle, and the tiers in the back.  The florist is also doing two large arrangments in the front. If you want to line the tent, ask MVI if anyone is getting married the day before or after you and ask if they’d be interested in splitting the cost. I highly recommend Bergeron’s for flowers.  They do amazing work for the price and you get a lot of money back when you return your rentals (like our candles). Christi is the best.

Good luck with the rest of your planning!

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I’m getting married the day before you.  You mentioned splitting the rental.  Do you already have a split worked out with someone on the same day as your wedding or after?  Just curious if there is a potential for a 3-way split on this.  We didn’t plan to do the tent liner but if there is a potential for it to be cheaper, I’d consider it. 

Post # 7
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I’m in the very first stages of wedding planning, but we are very seriously looking at having our wedding at Mt Vernon in fall of 2013.  I would love to hear more about how your weddings go there!

 

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@malibu211:  Our wedding was so amazing!!! I loved every bit of it and it was so special being at Mount Vernon.  The staff was so incredible.  They really take care of you the whole way.  They even did little touches that we didn’t ask for like bringing us water bottles (with the Mount Vernon label) during the rehearsal, drinks to the bridal room before the ceremony, reserving parking for us b/c our wedding was on a busy Saturday, etc).  I really recommend that you meet with them.  I can’t imagine finding a better experience and value for the money anywhere, especially in DC.  Here’s a review I wrote for wedding wire- 

“Mount Vernon Inn was the perfect location for the wedding ceremony and reception. We had 128 guests and it was a perfect amount for the venue. We had live entertainment (Spencer Bates) and the setup worked great for the cocktail hour, dinner rooms, and entertainment. Matt and Mariita were amazing to work with and really responsive throughout the whole process. We booked the venue over a year before our wedding so there were a lot of questions. I was really impressed that they didn’t try to oversell you on anything and were very helpful in working with us on our budget. Everyone raved about the service, the beauty of the ceremony space and restaurant, and the delicious food. We did sit down meals and had a cocktail hour before that with the mashed potato bar and appetizers. All of our guests loved the bacon-wrapped pretzels. For drinks, we did Martha Washington’s rum punch, the Mount Vernon beer and wine, as well as the President-themed beer. Also they were very accommodating with dietary restrictions for guests – we had people with crab allergies and vegans. The vegan meal was delicious from what I heard. Overall, I don’t think there is a better place to get married in DC and it’s by far the area’s best kept secret. I’d recommend this to any bride, from a small wedding to where you could just do the ceremony space and 20 guests to a larger wedding like ours where we rented out restaurant.”
 

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  • Wedding: July 2013

@octdcbride:  Congratulations @octdcbride!  Thank you for sharing about the treatment you received- I am so glad to hear it!  What did you do for decor, if anything?

I am also having my wedding at Mount Vernon Inn July 2013.  I look forward to planning with you all!  I am also going with an unlined tent but hope to add some lanterns to distract from the poles.  For reception decor, I imagine I will do mercury glass vases (DIY) with white hydrangeas (from flower market wholesale) and succulents on the long rectangular tables and just use the hurricane vases they provide for the circular ones with some embellishment at the base.  Otherwise, I agree- the site is beautiful and decorated on its own so not much to add.  What are your ideas @malibu211 or others?  I am glad I just stumbled on this post. 

Post # 10
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  • Wedding: July 2013

@octdcbride:  Congratulations @octdcbride!  Thank you for sharing about the treatment you received- I am so glad to hear it!  What did you do for decor, if anything?

I am also having my wedding at Mount Vernon Inn July 2013.  I look forward to planning with you all!  I am also going with an unlined tent but hope to add some lanterns to distract from the poles.  For reception decor, I imagine I will do mercury glass vases (DIY) with white hydrangeas (from flower market wholesale) and succulents on the long rectangular tables and just use the hurricane vases they provide for the circular ones with some embellishment at the base.  Otherwise, I agree- the site is beautiful and decorated on its own so not much to add.  What are your ideas @malibu211 or others?  I am glad I just stumbled on this post. 

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@svstone:  I kept it pretty minimal – the tent liner, a couple of origami paper yellow flower balls in the ceremony space and that was it.  I used their table decorations and tale numbers.  I did put my bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets on the cake table. I’ll send you a link to our wedding pictures in a private message so you can take a look yourself.  

My photographers were on break during the dinner so you can’t see it once people are in there but I agree with your plan that you won’t be decorating the circular table.  Once you have the dinner plate, appetizer plate, the guests won’t really notice.  

Btw, if you have a lot of local guests, be prepared that they may be the ones that underestimate traffic driving down to GW parkway, or at least it was true with my local friends.  And with the shots of the interior, I kind of wish I had taken more inside the rooms but we were busy mingling with the guests during the cocktail hour.  If you plan to take the shots, I’d recommend doing them before guests arrive.  It also worked out well for us to do a First Look at Belle Haven Park on the eway there and then group photos in front of Mount Vernon before the wedding.  

 

And if you have any ceremony musicians, we found that it was easier to have ours at the stairs b/c the outdoor spot designated for it wasn’t very large.  I will say I was very impressed to see that 130 chairs fit comfortablely out there b/c I was a bit worried before we booked it.  

 

If you have any other questions, definitely let me know but I probably was a bit less of a planner about decorations than most brides. 

 

One thing my guests did love, and it’s not in the photos, but we had Mount Vernon themed invitations and our Save the Date was a pic of us at the monuments.  We really played up the DC/GW theme. 

 

Oh and if you’re looking to cut costs and you don’t have a lot of drinkers coming, I’d say 99% of our guests were incredibly happy with the beer and wine selection.  It is on consumption basis so plan a safety factor of 10-15% from what your estimate may be to be safe, but overall it was significantly cheaper than open bar.  But my family and my husband’s family doesn’t have a lot of liquor drinkers.  If you do want to do open bar, Mount Vernon is well set up for it.  I would not worry about doing an additional bar b/c they have servers going around and bringing drinks like crazy, the service was phenomenal.  My guests also like Martha’s rum punch.  By far, the bacon-wrapped pretzels, the mashed potato bars, and the steak were the hits.  If you have any vegans, they do a stuffed portobello mushroom that people enjoyed.  That’s about all I can think of but feel free to let me know if you have anything else.  

 

Post # 12
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So happy I found this thread! We are getting married at MVI in late September 2013.  We are soooo excited and went back for the estate’s Christmas celebration this week just to walk through the site again 🙂

Does anyone have a good florist rec? I don’t want a ton of flowers (I am allergic to just about everything) but I want to have a few things.  I think I might rent a few topiaries for the ceremony site just to add some green.

Also, did anyone use a wedding coordinator, or did you feel the staff at MVI did enough so that you didn’t have to?

I think we are going to keep it simple with decorations- just some tulle, candles, and maybe some family photos.  Nothing too hectic, I’m sure we’ll have enough to think about.

Happy planning!

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@JamieB24:  I really loved our flowers.  We used Fifi Flowers and worked with Nevien, the owner there.  Attached are pictures of my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ flowers.  She had the best value for the look I was going for – more of the garden flowers than roses and lillies.  I’d recommnd meeting with a couple of different florists.  I also had met with Petals Edge in Old Town and thoght their quote was reasonable but it was just a different look than what I was going for.  Both places were cool with me just wanting bouquets and not centerpieces. 

I didn’t use a wedding coordinator but my sister did help with keeping up with vendor deliveries and meeting up with our reception entertainment acts. Mount Vernon will take care of placing all of the decorations and favors, etc all of that on the table so you won’t need a wedding coordinator to do that.  My husband and I did take care of the welcome bags, printing up the programs and menus ourselves and I guess a wedding coordinator would have done that.  I guess a wedding coordinator would have been helpful with gathering up people for pictures and organizing our photo shot list better than I did but overall, we were fine without one b/c of the help from family.  I’d say if you don’t have any family members or friends that are great at helping you wtih the day of details, you might wan to look at a day of coordinator or getting a wedding planner but otherwise, Mount Vernon takes care of a lot of the things that wedding planners would normally do. 

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@octdcbride:  That is so incredibly helpful! I am definitely going to copy Fifi. I am so happy your day went perfectly and I am encouraged to hear your comments about the MVI staff. I am so excited!!

Post # 15
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Hey Mount Vernon brides!  My daughter is getting married there on May 25th in the evening.  If anyone is having a wedding there that afternoon perhaps we could share the tent lining rental.

Also we have had Toile royal blue napkins made. The scenes are romantic couples and dancing.  Toile is the type of wallpaper that is in the blue room and the maroon, main room.  Vintage victorian looking.  They are really beautiful.  Anyway, if you think you might want to use them also we are open to selling or renting them to other brides.  We have 160 formal dinner napkins and some tablecloths and runners.  Just a thought.  

We didn’t like the white white whiteness of the tables  

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Hi @darabeth13 – how was the big day? Any pictures yet?

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