Post # 1
Newly engaged here – finally!!!!
Fiance and I are looking for a nice outdoor venue in the DMV that won’t cost an arm and a leg (although budget isn’t super tight – just, well, conscious 🙂 ), either overlooking the mountains or water. Likely 125 people or so – does anyone have recommendations??
Also, does anyone have experience looking at NoVa vs. say MD Eastern Shore? Is there a price difference between vendors / venues etc?
The last DMV bride posts were from a few years ago so wanted to bump this!!
Post # 2
I’d suggest calling around to some of the wineries, especially if you want a mountain view. There are some wineries with gorgeous views! No ideas on pricing though – we got married in downtown DC, so the complete opposite of what you want !
Post # 3
JiminyCricket : Thanks! That’s what I’ve planned on doing 🙂 I was just hoping there were some NoVa / MD brides on here who could give some advice from their searches!
Post # 4
Second, I can’t speak from experience, as I got married in southern VA, but our DOC lives in the area and my first thought was the Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens, as she’s had a lot of couples get married there from what I see on social media.
It’s in Vienna (so no mountains), and not sure about water, or price for that matter! But photos make it look BEAUTIFUL and it should accommodate your numbers. (Wish I could say I’ve been there in person – been meaning to visit sometime!)
Post # 5
Also want to ditto PP about winery. My cousin got married a couple of years ago at a winery past Frederick, in Thurmont, MD (wish I remembered the name, but it was right off 15) It was gorgeous! The only thing is I don’t know if that’s too far for you, but it may be more cost effective than the immediate area? Good luck!
Post # 6
where do you live? there is a huge price difference between the nova/dc area and md’s eastern shore. my mom just attended a lovely wedding in bishopville, md.
how about deep creek lake area? then you can have mountains and water. or rocky gap.
there are gorgeous venues in annapolis. you are really asking for a really large geographical area.
Post # 7
My cousin got married on this riverboat: https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/our-fleet/cherry-blossom/
It was really nice. We boarded in Old Town Alexandria and cruised up and down the Potomac. Smooth ride, no choppiness. I don’t know what the cost was but my cousin did say the open bar prices per person were really good haha. He had about 100 people at his wedding but I think they could have fit a couple more dining tables to fit 125 without really squeezing.
For wineries, the best ones are near Charlottesville. Glass House is gorgeous and has a small lake where you can do the ceremony. Moss Vineyards has the most amazing views (they are pretty much at the top of a little mountain and the view looks down into the valley, all grapes and trees). Pippin Hill and King Family Farms are really pretty wineries too but they do soooooo many weddings. One of the challenges with that area is going to be transportation; there aren’t really any taxis, and while there is Uber/Lyft, the coverage might not be sufficient for a big wedding group. So if you choose one of these wineries, you should probably consider adding a shuttle bus to drive the guests to the hotel.
In Maryland, the Shrine of St Anthony (Ellicot City) has the most beautiful grounds. I can’t say enough about how pretty this space is. But it is super rural so you’d need transportation here as well.
Post # 8
Sorry to be so broad bees! I can narrow it down a bit more –
right now we are looking at St. Michaels, MD or Leesburg, VA. We live in Arlington so are likely keeping it within an hour or so radius. I LOVE Charlottesville, but have heard that prices are crazy there because it is the 2nd most popular destination wedding location on the east coast!
Post # 9
DMV bee here, not sure if you’ve found your venue yet, but it would help to know your budget. Ours is no more than $25k (for the whole wedding) and it’s becoming difficult to find a venue that wasn’t previously a plantation or confederate’s house. If that’s not an issue for you (really no judgment at all), I’d look there. A lot of them have beautiful grounds. I could try and point you in the right direction if I knew your budget and also what day of the week. I fell in love with Sweeney Barn and they’re almost 50% cheaper on a Thursday.
Post # 10
I went to a wedding at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA and it was beautiful!