(Closed) Need a venue idea in Northern Virginia!

posted 5 years ago in Virginia – North Virginia
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you checked into local and state parks or recreation centers?  What about cultural arts centers?  I’m a couple hours south of NoVA so things here are a bit cheaper… but I also know that Virginia is home to SEVERAL wineries and vineyards.  Check out virginiawine.org and see if they have any facilities that meet your needs.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

my friend got married at a vineyard in NoVa it was gorgeous – no clue on cost though.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d look into state parks or public areas that you think are pretty.  I love vineyard weddings, but I’m pretty sure they’re expensive because you have to serve their wines (and some of them get pricey!)  What part of NoVA are you in? 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@labcrafts:  Oh, okay.  I’m in Arlington, so I know this area much better.  I’d say check out some of the vineyards out there.  Otherwise, just keep digging!  There has to be a gorgeous park out there that would have a great backdrop with the fall colors!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got married at a vineyard in MD (Running Hare), and did a lot of research on cost before deciding on it and unfortunately, they are rather expensive, so if budget is a concern, I would pretty much rule them out.

The Waterford in Springfield or Fairfax could be an option if you did a day time wedding.

Or you could have a reception at Maggiano’s in Tysons…again, brunch or lunch could be an option. We’ve had a function at the Maggiano’s in Chevy Chase and it worked out really well.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ccflowers:  Running Hare is gorgeous!  I looked at it last month with a friend who is venue hunting. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@labcrafts:  I’m not sure what your budget is, but you should check out Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Va. Very reasonably priced, we are paying less than $2k to rent it

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would try to find some place where you could bring in your own catering.   It all adds up when you’re reqiuired to use their stuff!  The waterford can get really expensive (we had our prom there!) 

What about some of the buildings in Fairfax like the Old City Hall? I dont know about the rental fees but I do know you can bring stuff in yourself.  Or Sunset Crest Manor in Chantilly is beautiful!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re getting married at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, and it was relatively inexpensive, but we’re also doing EVERYTHING outside, for a guest list of about 100. To rent their tasting room, it was significantly more than that. The wineries in the area can be really expensive. I had one in Loudoun County quote me $6000 just for the use of the space. No tables, chairs, linens or anything.

I would suggest looking into one of the properties managed by the Fairfax County Historic Properties Rental Service (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hprs/). The one we looked at was pretty bare bones, but they’re also really inexpensive. I’m certain Prince William County, and the counties up in Maryland have similar properties.

And, for the record, the only problem with looking into some of the regional parks (at least in Ffx Co.) is that they often won’t allow alcohol.

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We ended up switching our wedding to Cali, but I looked at a lot of affordable venues in the Nova area.

Some of the country clubs in the area were suprisingly affordable (in the range of ~$35pp for food, ~$2000 venue fee): Springfield Golf Club, Fairfax Country Club.  You may also want to look into Columbus Club of Arlington and Grand Atrium.

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