(Closed) HELP!! I need an affordable contemporary venue!

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve heard that people use Teaism.  I think they could fit 80.  That might be more affordable.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Actually, I’m pretty sure Miss/Mrs Tulip used Teaism in Penn Quarter.  Definitely an asian-inspired place, especially downstairs with the rock fountain and koi.  Look for pics on her blog entries, etc.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

2941 is beautiful, I agree. I am really surprised by their minimum. I wonder if you did it on a Sunday, or a Saturday afternoon, if the price would be lower.

Is that minimum to rent the whole restaurant? I wonder if you could use one of their private rooms for less. I don’t know how large they are. If you have your heart set on it, I think you should work with the restaurant to see what you can do for a lower price.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Check out the Carnegie Institution! It’s a $4800 site fee, but you can bring in any caterer and you can purchase your own alcohol, so you will save. I’m doing both my ceremony and reception there. It may not be contemporary, but it is certainly gorgeous and very DC.

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Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Check out Chima in tysons =)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@PnkBlossom: Did you ever decide on 2941?

Have any other DC/NoVA brides used 2941? Please share pics! We are using this venue and I am super curious how the flow between the outside ceremony to the indoor reception goes. My parents are concerned about guests who bring gifts – typically you bring to the reception and place on a table, but since the ceremony and reception are at the same place – where do you put the gifts outside? We don’t expect people will hold onto them until we all go inside.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re having our reception at Sequoia in Georgetown. It has some great views of the Potomac, and if you reserve the State Room, it has its own terrace, so we’ll be able to go outside/inside during the reeption. I’m really excited about it!

I think the minimum to reserve the State Room on a weekend evening is $7000, but we’re having our reception on a Thursday, so we got it for a food & beverage minimum of $3,500. (That’s before tax and gratuity, though!) We kinda blew through that minimum, but we wouldn’t have made it to a $7000 minimum, so it still worked out to our advantage.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Are you sure that the min was $12,000? I had my wedding there in Oct. It was a day time wedding 50 people (on a Saturday) and my min was $4,000. the estimated budget was a little over $6,000. Are you renting out the whole restaruant?

I loved, loved, loved 2941 and highly recommend it!! I will post pictures later, but if you can, definitely go there!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here are some pics. When I looked at the web site there was one picture that I loved with the waterfall in the back and I’m so happy that we got it!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Opps, hit upload too soon…

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

ok – there is a place at national harbor called grace’s mandarin.  you could get married at the waterfront then have reception there?  Or you could do what I did and have ceremony at jefeferson memorial (cherry blossom festival will be over by then).  $50 permit or haines point?  Madarin oriental would be so perfect but they are super pricy too.  cherry blossoms on trees will be gone by then , doens’t mean you can’t have a cherry blossom themed wedding, but just so you don’t get your hopes up for the real thing? 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

oh – just remembered!!! one venue we loved that had good food and a ceremony and reception location was perfect… mount vernon restaurant and surprisingly reasonable.  free parking and no traffic into the city.  Only reason we didn’t book was cause someone had our date, but you may get it early enough now. 

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