(Closed) I need DC/Northern VA venue ideas and more…….HELP

posted 7 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Anapolis might be an option if you really want a beachy wedding.  I don’t know if you can actually be an the beach…maybe check this Anapolis based wedding blog: http://baysidebride.com/

I don’t know the prices of venues in the district.  I think you’re just going to have to start combing the web for info.  The DC/Northern VA forum on The Knot is very active…I bet those ladies can help.

Would you consider a vineyard?  I bet you can get a winery in Loudoun or Fauquier for less than you’d pay for a hotel in the District.  I could be wrong.

Post # 4
23 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

How many guests are you planning having?

I’m not very familiar with DC venues, but I’ve done a lot of research for the suburbs (Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, and some in MD). We’re having around 200, and mostly everything I found was somewhere in the $6k-8k+ range (not including catering) but I did see a lot more reasonable prices for smaller venues…

If you’re willing to venture outside of DC, you might want to check some of the county-run parks and properties:





Hope this helps some! Smile Let me know if you have any questions… Good luck!

Post # 5
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

There aren’t any beaches in DC. If you want a nature setting, there are a few options in Montgomery County, which borders the district proper. Woodend Mansion comes to mind. District Bride is a good blog, as it United With love, for ideas on the area.

Post # 6
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Check out the National Harbor in DC. You can have the ceremony under one of the piers (VERY BEAUTIFUL!!) and then the reception in the sunset room. Initially, when I was thinking of an at-home wedding this was one of my options because I wanted something around water.  If I remember correctly, it was about $4500 for both the ceremony and reception site. The website is nationalharbor.com

Post # 12
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

While I can’t tell you how much it is…check out River Farm in Alexandria.  It’s beautiful and on the Potomac River (closest you’re going to come to an ocean around here). 

I also second looking into the parks.

Post # 13
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@sweetdee124: …and she will get free fireworks to boot!  National Harbor is in Maryland, but I think you can hope a ferry ride over from DC. Which I think would be kinda cool.

Post # 14
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I second the sunset room at national harbor.  It is beautiful but they are not booking at this time for next year that’s why we moved ahead with another venue.  They are undergoing an ownership change. 

I did quite a bit of research on DC venues and kept a spreadsheet on them.  If you would like me to send it to you, please PM me your email address.

Brookside Gardens in Wheaton also comes to mind.  It has beautiful gardens and would work well with your guest size. 


Post # 15
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know any specifics, but you would look into venues overlooking the Potomic like in Old Town Alexandria or Woodbridge… I also know the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church has a lake and beautiful grounds… D.C. National Harbor is beautiful as well, but the rental for the spot might be $4K which may not include any food or beverages!

Post # 16
11 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Anyone know a venue in MD/VA area that can accommodate 300 guests?  Please help!!

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