(Closed) Can’t decide on venue….help!

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The W is AMAZING. Even though the flow is a little odd, I think the views will be totally worth it, especially if you have out of town guests. My wedding was on the other side of the White House with similar views and all of our guests raved about the view. They were so thrilled to get pictures on the balcony.

One thing though – I was at an event at the W and the utensils were super hard to use because they were too round and the knives kept rolling around in my fingers. Haha weird complaint, but be sure you preview the silverware!

Post # 5
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That’s a bummer – if the coordinator isn’t that responsive you might want to go with the other venue. The coordinator can make a huge difference in the amount of stress you’ll have getting closer to the big day! Ours weren’t very responsive either and it made it so much harder to get anything done, although the view/price of our venue was so worth it.

The food at the W was good and our wait staff seemed fine, nothing out of the ordinary.

Post # 7
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’ve found the W to be very unresponsive as well. right now, the hotel monaco (another kimpton hotel) seems to be our front runner. i think the palomar was too small for our party but i can’t remember for sure why it’s not on our list anymore. sometimes i wish we had less options!

@elaineathon – what venue did you use? great view + great price sounds like my dream venue!

Post # 9
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

that’s funny about the monaco because i was a little concerned that our party will be too much over 150! 150 was (is) our target number, but the list seems to grow everyday 🙁

i will take a look at the kimptons in NoVa…my family is in maryland, i’m planning from new york, and at least half our guest list is coming from afar, so within DC seemed preferable for guests (easy to get to, can do other touristy stuff while they’re here), but since most of them are new yorkers, hopefully they can figure out how to go one stop on the metro!

thanks for the advice! (i’m still new to all this….despite stalking WB for like a year now)

Post # 11
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1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am SO glad you went with Palomar.  The location is fun, the hotel is gorgeous, and I HATE the W.  The staff there is so snobby, I can’t get over it.  Every time I go there for drinks after work (and I am a lawyer, so I show up nicely dressed, expensive shoes/bag, etc.) I cannot believe how RUDE the staff is to guests. They give you that “too cool to care” mentality that says, “we are so fancy and sceney that we can be rude.”  That might fly in NY or LA, but does not work for DC. 

Post # 13
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

the W finally responded to my call from 5 days ago this afternoon, and the woman sounded so rude. i’m cutting them from the list. from the sound of it, i’m not missing out.

Post # 15
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1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i think her name was nicole? thanks for the tip on the in touch memebership! i’m glad to hear other people are having good experiences with kimpton hotels, they do seems to have great customer service and are very responsive.

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