Post # 1
Please share your DC venue! We are looking in DC proper but will go a little outside if the venue has a view or is otherwise worth it to us. We would like to keep the ceremony and reception venues together but that is negotiable as well. Thanks!
Post # 3
I am getting married at Indigo Landing Restaurant and it’s absolutely perfect for us (Fiance grew up on the water in Southern Maryland and I was born in Annapolis).
Another place I LOVED but chose not to go with was GWU’s 1957 E St., 7th Floor: http://gwired.gwu.edu/marvincenter/1957e
If your wedding is smaller, the Chart House is Alexandria, VA is beautiful, right on the water and affordable.
Another thing to consider: getting married at a monument is very inexpensive ($50 for the permit) and having your reception somewhere else might save a lot of money. And you’ll have a TRUE DC experience.
Post # 4
getting married at the Hotel Palomar in Dupont – we live in Dupont. We looked at the W, which has a wonderful view but they were snooty to me. I looked at the Willard in passing (not seriously) and it’s stunning. my mom contacted DAR constitution hall, which is also wonderful but I did not want to have to find an outside caterer – we only had 6 months to plan.
Post # 5
we decided not to get married in dc, but my two favorites were brookside gardens (maryland) and meridian international center (expensive).
Post # 6
We got married at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, MD. We had the very best experience there! I would recommend them to anyone. The state capitol being across the street made for awesome pictures, and the indoor atrium was such an original backdrop for our reception. 🙂 Check them out!
Post # 7
Thanks, bees! Let the research begin!
Post # 8
@mpratz: Why did you choose not to go with GW? We are considering it.
Post # 9
Although I’m having a destination wedding in Bermuda, we just booked our reception at home for the Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, VA. The rates were very reasonable for this area ($2500 5-hr rental fee for parties under 100 people), though you do have to use a tent and hold the event outdoors due to limited space and rules (no eating and drinking) inside the mansion. The property also holds the Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House, and part of the event package is access to both those homes for the first 90 minutes of your event. There are extensive grounds, and you can see the Potomac River from the front of the house.
Post # 10
We got married at the Tabard Inn in Dupont and LOVED it. They really took care of everything and made the whole process simple for us. The Tabard Inn has a small space and can only fit a max of about 60 people.
Post # 11
Try the Sunset Room at the National Harbor. Prices start at $2000 there.
Post # 12
My son is getting married at Rockwood Manor in Potomac, MD. It used to be the national headquarters of the Girl Scouts. It has facilities for outdoor or indoor weddings. And depending on the season, you can get it for 8 hours for as little as $1,200. Or if you have fewer than 60 people, you can get it for 4 hours for as little as $500. And there are all sorts of accommodations there, so people can stay there if they don’t want to have to worry about how to get home after drinking.
Post # 13
i didnt find out about this place until after i was halfway thru planning my own wedding but Mansion at O is awesome for small intimate weddings. so quirky and interesting!!!
Post # 14
We are having our ceremony and cocktail hour on the Astor Terrace at the St. Regis in DC, and our reception will be at Sequoia in Georgetown, on the Potomac. Our guest list is teeny-tiny, so to avoid the crazy food & bev minimums for evening events, we’re getting married on a Thursday. I’m super excited, though…both places are really lovely!
Post # 15
I’m going with the Colonade Room at the Fairmont Hotel in DC, although I really liked the Willard, and the Anderson House, if you get a chance to look at them.
Post # 16
I’m getting married at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Can’t wait!