Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m helping my friend plan her wedding as well. She would like to get married weekend of Columbus Day either Saturday October 8th or Sunday October 9th of 2011. Her guest count is between 200-250 people with a budget of around $125/person inclusive. She’d definitely like to stay on the Maryland or DC side since her ceremony is in a church in Chevy Chase.
Her and I have been calling around and looking at spaces but haven’t found anything. It seems that there aren’t much affordable options other than NoVA.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
Post # 3
This is probably fairly obvious, but have you tried Chevy Chase Country Club? http://chevychasecountryclub.com/
Post # 4
@sarahnyc23: Hi! That link is for the chevy chase country club in ohio or illinois..and as for the one in our area, unfortunately, it is a private country club.
Post # 5
Oh sorry about that — glad you knew what I meant! Do you know if you have to be a member to have your wedding there? We had our wedding at a private country club, but were able to have a member sponsor us, and some clubs we looked at didn’t require sponsorship. Good luck!
Post # 6
woodend sanctuary in chevy chase is beautiful, but $$$$. there are some beautiful options at the right price in frederick county – my favorites were strong mansion and ceresville mansion. not sure if you’d consider that too far from chevy chase though….we actually nixed those venues for being too far out. the brookeville inn in olney is less than 30 mintes from CC and would come in under budget. the rockville visarts center is a new-ish reception space that is relatively convenient. our favorite DC venues were the kimpton hotels, but we decided they couldn’t quite fit our 150 person guest list, so 200-250 definitely will be too big. all of the museums have huge rental fees. the french and swedish embassies have awesome reception spaces, but i never got their pricing, as they don’t allow ceremonies on the premises. the washington club in dupont might fit the bill as well. you should also look up a place called stroga, it is actually a yoga studio but they are located in a beautiful historic house and they rent the space out for weddings at a very reasonable (for DC) rate. the one downside is that you wold have to do everything yourself – no tables, chairs or anything is provided. but you get a gorgeous blank canvas.
hope this helps. i’ll try to think of more options. one thing i’d add is that places are getting pretty booked up for next fall….we booked our venue in september and already had to cross some places off our list because they were booked for every saturday in september and october 2011 already. sunday will probably be easier though.
Post # 7
What type of reception is she planning on having? Seated dinner, buffet, etc.. there are a good amount of venues within the area, however based on the type of reception this will help narrow it down.
Post # 8
My wedding will be at a historic mansion in Prince Georges County, Maryland…go online and google about local MD mansion/museum venues…the prices aren’t bad at all….good luck!!
Post # 9
have you tried the strathmore or brookside gardens?
Post # 10
We ended up in Baltimore, b/c we found the prices to be too high in DC/MD/VA metro area but it’s all good b/c I love our venue!! If you’re willing to entertain Baltimore, here’s our venue, it was super affordable even on a Saturday night!
That being said, I visited this venue and I think it could definitely fit your budget (it’s Miss Brooch’s venue too!)
It’s sooo gorgeous!
Post # 11
My college BF’s sister had hers at the Lowes hotel in Annapolis. It was amazingggg. Not sure if that’s too far though?!