Post # 1
So basically, the groom and I reside in Northern California. His whole family lives in Virginia and he’s from D.C. I’ve only been to D.C. a handful of times but now I’m charged with planning my wedding there. I’m excited and overwhelmed, but don’t know where to start in terms of locations. So far everyone on this site has been so helpful and I’m looking forward to your feedback.
We are looking for an affordable ceremony and reception location in or near D.C.(we are paying for the wedding on our own so we have a small budget).
My dream consistet of a beach and walking barefoot in the sand, not sure that is still possible in D.C. Ee are open to anything which incorporates nature (parks, lakes, beaches, rivers) and/or art and romance(roof tops, gardens) is a plus. Let me know if you’ve come across venues that may fit the bill. Also any venors you may have worked with for other elements.
Timeframe: March 2012
Budget: Up to $5,000 for both ceremony and reception (they do not have to be in the same location) (**price can be much much lower)
I understand catering cost will need to be added to this.
Post # 3
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
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! Let me know if you have any questions… Good luck!
Post # 5
- 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
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 # 7
@amevans: We have around 85-100 guest attending. Thank you for the sites you reccomended, I’ll dive into them TODAY!
Post # 8
@sweetdee124: sounds absolutely dreamy and within my price range. I’ll take a look. Thank you!
Post # 10
@Jeannine @ Small Chic:
Annapolis is wonderful, I sent over an RFP already. Not sure it’s going to be within my price range but we will see.
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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
@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
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
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
Anyone know a venue in MD/VA area that can accommodate 300 guests? Please help!!