Post # 1
I’m exhausted! I need help from the bees. I’m planning a wedding with 1000 guests (I know, I know, its crazy!). That being said, my budget is very low so I’m looking for a banquet/rental hall that will allow me to bring my own food and alcohol to help save money because hotels are too expensive since they charge per person. PLEASEEEE give me any suggestions in the DMV – DC, Md, Va area. I need YOU!
Also, if you all can spare…please share names of CHEAP event planners, florists, and decorators…please? 🙂
Post # 3
Dear Lord, that’s a ton of people. If you really, truly have your heart set on it, I’d look into renting someplace on a campus, like a gymnasium for the reception and a performance hall (the place where graduations take place and have to hold seats for all the parents) for the ceremony.
Or try a state park…think rented picnic tables with checkered tableclothes and little arrangements of daffodils, extra quilts from thrift stores for people to picnic on, and a BIG barbeque line.
Post # 4
I do not know your budget amount but here are some vendors that in my opinion have reasonable rates. Sorry to tell you but DC area is really expensive to have weddings.
1. Gray Area Photo and Video- http://www.grayareaphotography.com
2. Ogilvie Limo Rental – http://otslimo.com/client/index.php
3. Brie Cafferty for hair and makeup
4. Tip Top Florists, McLean, VA
Post # 5
Holy Moly, that is a lot of guests. I second the suggestion to go to a state park. There is typically one site rental fee that is not based on a per person charge. Most state parks don’t allow alcohol though, so that’s something to think about.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
“very low” can mean a lot of different things– what exactly is your budget? Also, why in the world is the guest list that large? Is this due to customs/religious purposes? Unfortunately, for a guest list that size, your options are going to be VERY limited, more than cost– there are few venues that can handle that number of people at all.
What kind of a wedding are you envisioning?
Post # 7
Wow….I can’t believe you put budget and 1000 people in the same sentence…..lol. No, but for real I think that maybe you should do something outdoors for that many people.
Post # 8
@FutureMrs1: Not allowing alcohol might save her some money though lol.
I’m curious about the budget here too… I’ll poke around for a venue…
Post # 9
thanks for the responses guys! keep them coming 🙂
just a little insight, I’m of middle eastern descent so 1000 people is customary (im actually hoping only 900 show up)
unfortunately, i cant hold the wedding outside and my budget is about $40K (which does not include the food or alcohol as this will be handled by family)…
@juliette.eliza I’m envisioning a beautiful wedding! I figured if its in a hall, I can cover the room with drapes then put up-lights everywhere to give it a romantic feel.
Post # 10
Have you tried Glen Echo Park? They may not have a single room large enough for 1000, but they could probably accomodate in multiple rooms? Plus there’s that cool carousel 🙂 http://www.glenechopark.org/rentals-pricing
Unfortunately I think you are going to have a really difficult time finding an indoor venue that will allow you to self-cater and will hold that capacity. Assuming you’ve been to similar weddings in the area, since it is customary – where are they held?
Post # 11
@reebee: most are held at the Kena Temple Shrine in Va which is a large hall however closes at 12am which is a problem because we would like to stop around 2am.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Are most of those people local? If not, you could also consider holding it in one of your home town’s– or somewhere else that might be a little easier to accomodate.
A few places that might be worth checking into:
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Donald W Reynolds Center For American Art
Georgetown University Conference Center
Strathmore Music Center
Univ. of Md Conference Center
Hope that helps!
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
I was going to vote a state park, but if that won’t work what about one of the stadiums? Don’t laugh–I don’t mean on the bleachers–but I believe Camden Yards and Raven’s statium have huge huge rooms. Alternately, what about a hotel with a few different ballrooms that they can take down/move walls in them? I think Martin’s West can do that many, or close.
We’re using Bayline Studio for our photographer–super reasonable and really nice pictures.
Post # 14
If you can’t use an outdoor area, I second the idea of using something on a campus (you’re lucky to be in/near VA, which is loaded with colleges and universities). They’ll often require that you use their campus catering, which can be not-the-best, but some have really decent food, and some will waive that requirement for cultural traditions they can’t accommodate.
Post # 15
@exhaustedbee: I think you should reexamine how long you want to keep partying if you want an event this big. 12am seems reasonable especially since you can’t find anything! maybe you could just start partying earlier! anyways I hope you find something that fits all of your needs and you won’t have to compromise! here’s a list of some places with the sqftage listed.
also some of those bigger hotels can probaly take down the dividing/movable walls between ballrooms. There should be plenty around DC
Post # 16
What about this place? http://www.itcdc.com/weddings.php?p=3 If you can do the atrium and the atrium ballroom, that’s more than enough space!
I would look at this site from the Knot: http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Washington-DC-VA-Wedding-Venues/Profiles/CAR/017?f=89:950 I tried searching for venues that hold 400 or more guests.