Post # 1
I recently got engaged and am in the proces of looking for a venue in the DC area. I am open to Maryland and Virginia (even a couple hours away) as well. It seems like no matter how much I search, I can barely find anyone that can accommodate our needs in our budget .
We are looking at having approximately 180 guests – and would want to do the ceremony and reception in the same location. The bigger issue really is our budget. We pretty much need to be under the $22,000 mark (AT MOST!) for the space and catering. For $180 people – this seems to be really really difficult in this area given that we want a full open bar and cocktail hour as well. Not to mention, we of course picked a Saturday in June as our ideal date (not the most reasonable time to get married).
We do have a back up option, but the room is incredible long and narrow and I feel like we would barely be able to see our guests. It’s really important to us that everyone has a good time and can dance the night away together!
I realize I might be looking for a needle in a hay stack, but any advice on possible venues that fit this criteria would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Hi! When my husband and I got married, we were trying to have something beautiful without spending a FORTUNE, you know…we do want to own a home later! We found that Ceresville Mansion in Frederick MD was reasonably priced and GORGEOUS inside and outside. I am not sure what their total capacity was but we found that we did not even need too much decor since the interior design is already very nice. If you are really offbeat, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore has a lot of space and is visually striking and believe it or not, you can actually have a wedding at the Baltimore Aquarium for something REALLY different and I have researched and found that the prices are not as killer as one might think. Hope this helps open up a few ideas.
SOURCE: We got married in Ceresville Mansion and have seen pictures of weddings in AVAM and the Aquarium when researching on how to open up our own wedding photography business.
Post # 4
@Monk6552: Cla rendon Ballroom. They did a great job with mine *same size, same budget. They made sure everything was taken care of and it was amazing!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2014 - winery
I searched all over the DC area and found that they all charge 33% service fees on top of their high prices. I found that if you just go out of town a little, you’ll find gorgeous venues at lower prices- and less prevalence of those fees! Charlottesville has great prices for venues and catering esp. for friday weddings. (although not pippin hill). Its only a 2.5 hour drive south and the countryside is gorgeous! check them out, and ask the vendors for venue reccs, they have great suggestions. My wedding is in august of this year in charlottesville, I’m happy to reccomend places and vendors, and let you know what may be too expensive. 🙂
Post # 6
Girl, I feel you! I did SO MUCH research to find a venue. The following info is based on quotes I was sent in January of this year.
The Sunset Room at National Harbor I think will fit 180 people. The food & bev minimum there is $15,000 for a Saturday night (including tables/chairs/basic linens). It’s a Wolfgang Puck restaurant so I’m sure ths food is great! Also you can get married outside on the pier there which looks really pretty.
In DC proper you could look at the Old Ebbitt Grill.The food&bev minimum there is also $15,000 for a Saturday night and they have a site fee to hold the ceremony in their atrium but you might be able to keep it under $22,000 total.
If you can get your guest list down to 150, then take a look at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA. They told me the food&bev minimum for Saturday night is $14,000 (including tables/chairs/basic linens etc). You can get married in the courtyard if the weather is nice.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Good luck! I think some of the f&b minimums in this area are a joke since there is no way you can actually afford their meal prices and open bar without going way over the minimum, especially if you’re doing a dinner reception.
Our wedding was much smaller than yours but here are a few places we found in our search that I think could fit a group of your size and your budget –
The Capitol Hill Club – The f&b is $10k and they have lots of menu options with varying prices.
The Waterford – They have 2 locations in Northern VA. They have some great packages.
Crowne Plaza Crystal City – I remember dinner and open bar being around $100 pp. With tax and tip this would put you at the budget max. But I met a rep from there at a wedding expo and they gave out deals like a free passed app or $1000 off at those events. I’d recommned going to one if you’re interested.
Post # 7
You didnt say the type of venue you are looking for (gallery, ballroom, barn, etc.) and if you want a one stop shop meaning the venue does everything for you OR if you’re willing to piece it all together. There are TONS of place here in DC that can be affordable and if you’re willing to put in a little work on the research end you can check out a website called thumbtack. On there I found bartending companies, our dj and our DOC. They have so many different types of services its ridiculous. Also check the following websites as well, cvent, evenues, dcspacefinder.org and punchbowl.com
Post # 8
We got married at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church. They have a couple of smaller rooms, but you can also rent out the entire restaurant. I dont know the minimums to do that. But they have a gorgeous outdoor patio that you can get married on (and the rental fee was minimal). It is surrounded by koi ponds and water falls. The food is amazing! It’s always one of the top rated restaurants in the area.
Post # 9
I’m not sure if they have your date still available, but the ballroom in Bethesda costs $4500 on Saturdays. You’re able to use whoever you want as your caterer, but if you’re willing to use someone off their recommended list then you get a $500 discount so the rental fee would be $4000 instead. If you’re willing to go for a Sunday, it’s discounted at $2200 regardless if you use a caterer from their recommended list or not. The have a separate cocktail area so you could easily use the ballroom for the ceremony and then move people to the cocktail area while they set up the ballroom for the reception.
You can check out their website here, http://www.theballroom.org/.
Post # 10
The Oxen Hill Manor is beautiful and very elegant. The rooms inside are huge and its on a hill right off the the Potomac River across the Wilson Bridge. It’s right next to the national harbor. They can set up a tent in the back if you want an out door dinner/dancing. I think it’s only like $3000 to rent including tables and chairs. Those pics I uploaded were all connected. Sorry they are taking up space! http://www.districtweddings.com/district-places-oxon-hill-manor/
The Sunset Room at the National Harbor and the Hyatt at the National Harbor are very nice. It’s around $3-$5000 for the venue depending on the day of the week. http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/catering-events/locations/washington-d.c./the-sunset-room-by-wolfgang-puck
Have you consordered hotels? Right next to the George Washington Bridge there is a nice Marriott hotel and the top floor has an amazing view of DC and VA!
This is info in giving is based on info from 2012 when I was helping my friend find a venue In the DC area.
Post # 11
I ended up booking my wedding and reception at Glenview Mansion in Rockville. It’s 2800 and you can pick your own catering. I also looked into Oxon Hill Manor but they quoted me 3700 for my date, which is on a Friday.
Post # 12
That’s great! Rockville is a much nicer area! I spent half of my childhood in PG County other Half in Monthomery County. Good luck!
Post # 13
Thank you so much for all of the advice! I looked into a lot of the suggestions here – loved the Sunset room – but they have a $15,000 minimum and we would’ve had to rent out the entire venue on a Saturday night for $8,000, Clarendon Ballroom felt like it could’ve worked, but was on par with McClean Gardens which we looked at is a bit closer to where we were thinking, checked out Crowne Plaza Crystal City – reasonable pricing for a hotel but my fiance couldn’t get over the feeling of being in a concrete jungle, and we looked at the pricing at many, many other hotels in the area.
Ultimately, we ended up with our backup option because no where else was even close in terms of price and it was in DC proper and I really didn’t want to have to ask our guests from out of town to rent a car. We are getting married at Pinstripes in Georgetown – definitely a more untraditional venue than I would’ve initially chosen! – but it’s right on the canal and it fits 180 people. C’est la vie I guess! Crossing my fingers it all works out…