(Closed) Need Reception Venue in D.C. that allows outside catering

posted 5 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mountainflower:  I am new to the DC area so I don’t know of too much about what’s out there… but if we were having our wedding here I would totally do it at one of these PG county historical sites:


We’ve been by Adelphi Mill before and it’s really neat! Since they’re parks, there’s going to be restrictions on music and alcohol… but it looks like they are equipped for outside catering.

Good luck!

Post # 4
13 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

@mountainflower:  where we’re getting married has an approved caterer list.  but i can’t remember about the torpedo factory arts center in alexandria.  another option is the meadowlark botanic gardens in vienna. they have a preferred caterer that they push you to use, but you do not have to. can’t remember about newton white mansion.  if i can think of any others i’ll let you know!

Post # 5
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

I am looking at the Hampton Conference Center in PG County. I’ve been there, area is right by the FedEx Stadium and you’d never know it was there unless you were looking for it. I went to see it, and it is really nice. She’s reasonably priced and outside catering/alcohol is no problem.


Post # 6
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Try looking into St. Francis Hall in DC, my future sis-in-law got married there and it was beautiful, and they used an outside caterer

Post # 8
217 posts
Helper bee

Also, Comfort Inn and Suites on New York Ave allows outside catering and outside alcohol. The neighborhood is…. Different, but the hotel has been remodeled well and the rental fee is relatively inexpensive and can include linens/chair covers. 

Post # 9
13017 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got married at the Carnegie Institute on P St, and they had a preferrred/recommended vendors list, but allowed you to bring in any vendor you wanted.  (If you can provide your own alcohol, I highly recommend Ace Beverage – they will deliver and pick up all alcohol, plus return unopened bottles/6-packs for a full refund — but I think your venue has to be in the district for to use their service)

Post # 12
19 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014 - winery

Most of the historical homes allow outside catering, and some even let you BYOB as long as you get your own ABC licence (for one day). I you want a caterer that isn’t on their ‘preferred’ list, you can ask the caterer to call the venue. They usually just have to sign a contract with them that certifies things like they have insurance, understand their loading/clean-up policies, etc. 🙂



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