Post # 1
We are trying to find a venue in DC or Northern/Central VA for September of 2012 that won’t break the bank. We’d like to stick to a $15,000 total wedding budget for a size of about 100 people but I’m worried this isn’t possible in DC/VA. Anyone find good venue sites in this area that are affordable? Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t know very much about locations or how central things are there, But I’m getting married in Virginia Beach at the virginia beach convention center. Our budget is 10K and this fit into the budget very very well. We’re having both the ceremony and reception there. The room fee for the ceremony room is $130, and the room rental for the reception is $846 but it’s waived when you meet the food and beverage minimum which for us right now, for a total of about 90 people is $2300. Which is fairly cheap compared to other prices I’ve been seeing in regards to venues..
Post # 4
What portion of Northern Virginia are you interested in? Would you consider a Friday or Sunday?
We had our wedding at Evergreen Country Club on a Sunday (Labor Day weekend) and the pricing was reasonable there. They are located in Haymarket, VA. We did our entire wedding for under 20k (including my dress, invites, everything wedding related basically)
Have you looked at some country clubs around the area? I know there are reasonable priced ones in Loudoun and Prince William.
Belmont Country Club would be another good one.
Post # 5
You can also look at parks & recreation centers… I know in Richmond there are two or three different ones that are really nice & can accommodate over 100 people.
You may want to check out local cultural arts or community centers too. They tend to be very reasonable but some of them require that you use certain catering companies (and of course, it’s always the most expensive ones!!)
Post # 6
We did ours at 2941 Restuarant which is about $75/person (plus add tax and gratuity) not including drinks. So it may be out of your price range. Plus I think their largest room holds 80 (although they are going through renovations, so that might change).
But one place we looked at was Trumer’s on Main in Clifton, VA. From what I remember, resonable prices and the food was really good.
Post # 7
I didn’t get married there because the venue didn’t exactly suit my vision for the game-show themed reception, but I did fall in love with the Andersen House museum in downtown Washington, DC.
It has a garden, artifacts, and pretty much needs minimal decorations because it’s so beautiful. You might go slightly over the venue budget, but save $ not decorating so much. But if my memory serves me correctly, that should be within your price range.
Good luck though, this region is sorta stupid when it comes to costs. Come up to MD? 🙂 Here is a link to the Anderson House; it gives a little bit of info on the history of it, and there are a couple of pictures peppered here and there. I didn’t see anything about renting the space, but you DEFINITELY can. I toured it and spoke to people about it myself when I was venue shopping.
Post # 8
I have clients getting married here http://www.montgomeryparks.org/event_centers/aghistory.shtm. It’s in Derwood, MD and is so cute plus it’s not too bad on price either!
Post # 9
@StuporDuck: I absolutely love Anderson House but it’s $7,500 just to rent the space….
Post # 10
@Sim092012: Oh! How about this? Ever heard of Mrs. K’s tollhouse? It’s a beautiful house converted into a restaurant in downtown Silver Spring. Not DC, not Va, but very close! They do weddings. http://www.mrsks.com/
Post # 11
Try Stevenson Ridge in Spotyslvania (right by Fredericksburg if you’re not familiar). They just built their lodge venue this past year and I totally fell in love with it – I had my heart set on an outdoor ceremony until I saw this venue.
You pay to rent the building which includes chiavari chairs, tables, and linens. If you have the wedding on an off day they discount the rental fee – Friday (30%) and Sunday (20%). You can pick your own caterer – we are using one she recommends and he’s been great – and provide your own alcohol with an ABC one day banquet license which costs around $40 (and saves a lot of money).
We are planning on around 125 people on a Friday evening and are looking to spend right at $15,000, including everything except the honeymoon.
These photos will give you a good idea of what the place is like:
Catherine & John | Stevenson Ridge Wedding
If you’re interested in more info, private message me and I will forward you the information package they sent me.
Post # 12
Theaters are actually inexpensive to rent for weddings. Some churches have dance-hall type spaces. Prince George’s MD has a lot of PG County owned parks with buildings often rented for weddings. Rental fees are very low because you just get the building, no tables or chairs. Good luck!