(Closed) Reception SOS from DC.

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
4332 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KellyHope3913:  I didn’t get married around here, so I can’t help all that much, but check out the Local boards – their should be plenty of brides in the area who can offer suggestions!

Post # 4
12974 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi!  I’m getting married the week after you in DC 🙂  What venue did you pick?

Yes, ridiculously expensive.  Are you looking at doing a full meal? Buffet? Hors d’ouevres? 

Have you found any vendors (DJ, cake, centerpieces, etc)?  What’s your budget, if you don’t mind sharing?  I’ve been trying to keep things as low cost as possible (which isn’t low by any standard), so maybe some of the things I’ve found will be able to help you?  

I’ll keep an eye on the thread for responses, or PM me!

Post # 5
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

How many people are you inviting? There are a number of restaurants in DC that have private rooms and are not insanely expensive. Also you can always scale back flowers. And (I hate to suggest this, but we are doing it so trust me I feel your pain) you can always take your honeymoon money and put it into the wedding and delay your honeymoon for 6 months or a year. That’ll give you more wiggle room. Don’t worry, you have time to find something great. Where is your church and how many people are you having and maybe I can make suggestions. I grew up in DC and my family is still there and are major foodies.

Post # 6
10 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi Kelly.


I’m getting married a few months after you in Alexandria, VA. The DC area definitely isn’t cheap, but there are definitely things you can do to cut costs. My fiance and I have negotiated with almost every vendor to get our costs down which has been really important- even if it’s only $50 here or there it adds up! We have all but a few of our vendors booked- our biggest cost was definitely catering and within that it was mainly the staff. Every caterer I talked to I asked for their tips to keep our costs down. I’m not going to lie, I totally had one caterer tell us our budget and layout were completely impossible, but the majority of vendors genuinely want to help you have the best day possible. To save on catering, we kept our guest list to the minimum amount of people we want there with us on that day (inviting 160), we ended up cutting our reception by 30 min (we’re having a cocktail hour and 4 hour reception- which also saves on how much time we need the dj for, less alcohol to provide, etc.), we’re providing all of our own beverages (alcohol, mixers, non-alcoholic) the caterer is only providing ice and bar fruit, we negotiated for the caterer to include their basic linens in their package, if they had said no, we would’ve either bought them off another bride or bought them online and then resold them, our venue provides tables and chairs (the chairs aren’t pretty by any means, but at this point we can’t justify spending the money for the chiavari just for a few pretty pictures). And we aren’t doing favors because they just weren’t important enough to us. Feel free to PM me if you want any specifics.

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