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I’m looking for affordarble reception venues in the DC / VA / MD area for ~150 guests. I’m from DC, but live in California, so would love any advice!
The type of venues I’m interested in are beachy or rustic, laidback but elegant — Some features I like are open air pavilions, wineries, big windows, high valuted ceilings (wood), white/light colors … Planning on having the ceremony at a church, so only care about the reception for the venue.
Some I like for reference are:
– Chesapeake Bay Beach Club — Stevensville, MD [might be too pricy, but #1 right now]
– Oxon hill manor — Oxon Hill, MD
– Shadow Creek — Purcellville, VA
Any advice would be great! I’m hoping to go look at venues next month while visiting my parents. A place that takes care of most things would also be ideal as it will be difficult for me to plan from far away.
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Sarah Tanner : I LOVE Pippin Hill Farms!
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Sarah Tanner : Have you checked in the Annapolis area? We really liked Herrington at the Bay. Also, Oxon Hill was on the top of my list until I realized they do 2 weddings per day, one in the morning and the other in the evening. We wanted evening and the earliest we could get in to decorate was 5p which wouldn’t work for us. You should check out some of the other PG County and Montgomery parks venues (Glenview mansion, Belmont Manor and Historic Oakland are ones I checked out), they are a pretty good value. Also, where is your church? That makes a huge difference in location, you don’t want your guests driving 2 hours out to a winery after the ceremony.
Pippin Hill is gorgeous as are some of the other wineries in No. VA. They tend to be pricey though, you didn’t mention your budget but I just looked up Pippin and their food & bev minimum is $24-31k and a $6k-12k rental fee.
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sunshineglam : Thanks so much! I will take a look at those. Good note on Oxon hill in terms of when you can start decorating! Something I will make sure to keep in mind when looking at other venues too!
TOTAL budget for wedding is 30K, so from what I’ve researched the reception food+venue shouldn’t be anymore than 60% of that… so we’re looking at around 18K. However, what I’ve found so far its around 25K like you said, so budget might need to be modified, but trying to see the options in the 18-20K area for reception food+venue cost.
Any advice or guidance on the % for food/venue, I’m all ears! 🙂
In terms of church, since I’m in California anyway so my church is here. I am open to any Catholic church near the venue. My mom is a member of one in Alexandria, VA and Stevensville, MD. Will look at churches near the venue when I believe I’ve found the right venue, but would be nice to have it at one of her churches if possible. I also have family all over DMV area so maybe one of their churches. Not tied to any one really. finding the venue is the key for me.
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Sarah Tanner : So I looked at a ridiculous amount of venues when we got engaged, I have pasted a link to a spreadsheet I made, it won’t all meet your price or location requirements but it at least gives you an idea of pricing:
Also, this is a great wedding blog with tips on budgeting:
I honestly started by using the one the knot has but have tweaked it as we picked a venue and vendors. Like we spent more on our rentals because we had a bare canvas and skimped on flowers. As the process goes on you will tweak it to what your own personal priorities are. My tips are to make sure you work in some cushion as almost everyone goes over budget, it’s just so easy.
Post # 6
I’d add to the caution against Oxon Hill. The people there were rude as all hell before we even had a meeting. They also have a very restrictive list on what you’re allowed to bring onto the grounds, including red wine and cranberry juice.
I’m not sure if it’s in your budget, but also check out River Farm in Alexandria. Super beautiful.
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sunshineglam : This spreadsheet is amazing, thank you so much! So helpful <3
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abwcmo : Ah! Weird! That’s good to know. And my mom just mentioned River Farm, I’ll check that out too!
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Check out Big Spring Farm in Lexington, VA. It’s gorgeous and on my bucket list of places I want to shoot a wedding. I had clients looking at it, and it about broke my heart when they picked a different spot! http://www.bigspringva.com/
A friend of mine got married at Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville, and I think was really happy with the venue itself. She wasn’t happy with a couple of her other vendors but that was totally seperate from the venue. http://www.silverswanbayside.com
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abwcmo : OMG yes! The lady who gave my mom and I a tour was very nice but everyone else was so combative and rude! I asked if I could rent both time slots in 1 day and they require double deposit, double rental fee and double tent fee. Which in my opinion is crazy, they are doing 1/2 the work, it would be nice to get a small discount, if even off the deposit. I was so sad because the grounds are beautiful.
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sunshineglam : They were just nasty! It was as if everyone we talked to had an attitude of “You’d be LUCKY to get married here.” Not much of a sell….
Also, if you’re flexible on the area of VA, check out the wineries in Charlottesville. I visited King Family Winery down there while they were setting up for a wedding, and it was just beautiful!!! Also, I’m not sure of the capacity or pricing, but the Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain is really rustic and lovely.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
Sarah Tanner : would you consider southern PA? There’s some really cool venues in the york/Lancaster area and your budget would go really far since the cost of living is so low!
John Wright Restaurant
Cameron Estates Inn
Carlisle Ribbon Mill
Also the Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo is really pretty and has lots of windows and natural light!
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
We’re getting married at a lodge in Montgomery County, The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek. It can hold up to 120 people and is very affordable (our budget was 1/3 of yours). I’m not sure if it’s exactly what you’re looking for, but it was for us! 🙂