Where to get married? A list of DC, MD, VA wedding venues

3 01 2011

It’s that time of the year once again. Congratulations to all those who got engaged in the recent months! What an exciting time.  To help start your planning process, here is a listing of the venues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia where we have either coordinated weddings or have visited since 2008. We hope you find this useful!

Meridian House wedding reception navy blue & orange

Photo: Mark Battinger of Rodney Bailey Photography

Northern Virginia

Trummers on Main, Clifton

The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria

Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington (and another wedding, wedding, wedding, wedding, wedding)

Whitehall Manor, Bluemont (and another wedding)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna (and another wedding, wedding)

Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington (and wedding)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Old Town, Alexandria

River Farm, Alexandria (and another wedding)

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir

Hollin Hall, Alexandria

Thomas Birkby House, Leesburg

Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church

Signature Theatre Arlington (Shirlington, VA)

West Belmont Place (Lansdowne, VA)

Top of the Town (Arlington, VA)

Middleburg Community Center (Middleburg, VA) – summer wedding and fall wedding

George Washington Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, VA)

International Country Club (Fairfax, VA)

Foxchase Manor (Manassas, VA)

Mount Vernon Inn (Alexandria, VA)

Maryland

Marriott Bethesda North, Rockville

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo (and a wedding)

Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville

Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill

Glenview Mansion, Rockville

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts “VisArts”, Rockville

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Washington, DC

Long View Gallery

Omni Shoreham Hotel (and a wedding)

Westin City Center

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Mexican Cultural Institute

Harman Center for the Arts

Sewall-Belmont House

Meridian House (and another wedding, wedding)

Newseum

Fairmont Hotel

Tregaron/Washington International School

Park Hyatt Hotel

Georgetown Marriott

Equality Center

American News Womens Club

Decatur House

— Vicky





An Industrial, Minimalist, Modern Venue: Long View Gallery

19 05 2010

Remember when I visited this place during construction? Long View Gallery has come a long way! If you are looking for an industrial, minimalist, and modern venue for your wedding or event, be sure to check this place out. Within the span of 3 months, I was lucky to have attended 3 events at Long View Gallery, which provided opportunities to see what the space can do. I’ve combined photos from the Grand Opening, the Room Service Holiday Party, and a private corporate holiday party so that you can see how different they can look in the same space.

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Entrance

Front Entrance. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Front Room

Front Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Front room

Front room. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Holiday party Front Room cocktails

Front Room. Photo by Sara Wipfler

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Office

Office. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Office

Office. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Frame Room

Frame Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Frame Room

Frame room. Photo by Rodney Bailey

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Back Room

Back Room. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Holiday Party Dinner

Back Room. Photo by Sara Wipfler

Long View Gallery Room Service Party Back Patio

Back Patio. Photo by Imijination Photography

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Back Patio

Back Patio Photo by Rodney Bailey





Trummer’s On Main restaurant, Clifton, VA

9 03 2010

One of the first weddings I ever coordinated was held at the Hermitage Inn in Clifton, VA. The Hermitage Inn closed a while back and now has new owners, who completely transformed the dated restaurant into a beautiful space named Trummer’s On Main. With several private dining options, the restaurant now is a great choice for intimate weddings,  for rehearsal dinners or for a post-wedding brunch.

Tip: Trummer’s On Main shares a parking lot with the Clifton Presbyterian Church. You can have your wedding ceremony at the church and then walk over for your reception!

Thank you to Ryan Francis (Private Events Manager), Chef Clayton Miller, the Trummers and Tyler Packwood (Sommelier) for hosting us. Special kudos also for selecting a Barboursville Vineyard (near Charlottesville, VA) Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as their house wines.

Trummers on Main private dining wedding Clifton

The light-filled Winter Garden Dining Room seats up to 90 people. There is an outdoor patio attached and a platform area that can be used as a stage.

Trummers on Main private dining wedding Clifton

Gallery Room 65 seated

Trummers on Main private dining wedding Clifton

Loft Dining Room 55 seated

Trummers on Main private dining wedding Clifton

Tasting Room 14

All photos from Trummer's On Main




Visit: The Lorien Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia

18 11 2009
Lorien Hotel Alexandria presidential suite rooftop veranda

Presidential Suite Private Veranda

Recently Vicky and I had the privilege of meeting the Director of Catering, Jeanna Connaughton, and touring the year old Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria.

Located on the north end of King Street, conveniently near the King Street Metro Station, the Lorien’s entrance is located through a courtyard off of King Street and sits between Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s, Brabo Restaurant and the Brabo Tasting Room.  The spa-like and soothing entrance is echoed throughout the entire the hotel.  The European “clean lines” and the “less is more” style of decorating, is actually quite warming.

Quick details: 91 Guest rooms, 16 lavish suites, two “meeting” rooms, a spa and gym.

Why I love it: The Presidential Suite (mainly the private veranda)

Event Spaces

The Independence Meeting Room, located on the first floor of the hotel, holds up to 50 people for a seated dinner and has a private terrace accessible through the meeting space.  The terrace has a fire pit and plenty of room for intimate wedding ceremony or outdoor cocktails. Upside: Great secluded spot for Rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding ceremony and cocktail reception.   Downside– It doesn’t hold more than 50 people.

Lorien Hotel Alexandria Independence Room Private Terrace

Independence Room Private Terrace w/ Fire Pit

The Liberty Meeting Room, also located on the first floor of the hotel, holds up to 100 people for a seated dinner and 125 for a cocktail reception.  Upside: The ability to hold 100+ people  Downside: No outdoor access .

Catering–  All food is catered by Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Brabo restaurant and there are many food and beverage packages to choose from.  If the food is anything like the restaurant, you are in for a real treat,

Suites: These could easily be, and have been, used to host a small ceremony and reception.  The Presidential Suite has a 550 square foot private terrace overlooking King Street which can hold up to 40 people for a ceremony and/or reception.  It is amazing quiet on the 12th floor and you don’t get a lot of traffic noise.   These rooms are also great for the “night before” the big day to host groomsmen/bridesmaids and have plenty of room for getting ready the “day of”.

If you would like more information, please contact me!  megan@eventaccomplished.com

Cheers!

Megan





Visit: Long View Gallery

21 10 2009

It’s not secret that I’ve been on a search for modern or industrial spaces for wedding receptions in the DC area [see previous blog post here and here]. It’s tough to find a raw, industry, loft-like spaces for events here in DC. I think my wish finally came true!

Long View Gallery Washington DC

A sketch of what Long View Gallery will look like

I visited Long View Gallery a few weeks back. Party art gallery and party event space, this is a welcome addition in the Shaw/Convention Center area. It is the space DC has been waiting for, a great contrasting alternative to the plethora of historical buildings!

Suzi Molak, Special Events Director, walked me through the then-unfinished space but my mind was on over-drive dreaming of all the possibilities. She brings a wealth of special events experience. Here are some of the specs:

  • 5,000 Square Feet of Divisible Historic Warehouse Space
  • 400 Person Cocktail. The rear gallery can easily hold 200 people for a sit-down dinner with dance floor.
  • 20 Foot Ceilings with LED/Track Lighting system
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Finished Concrete Floors
  • Front and back 14′ and 11′ aluminum alloy glass doors
  • Flooded with Natural Light
  • Opens to historic Blagden Alley, which may be tented for outdoor use
  • Wall Space for Projections (walls are white & will have artwork)
  • Catering Staging Area
  • Sound System
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Metro Station: Mt. Vernon Square & Yellow and Green Lines
Long View Gallery Washington DC

Long View Gallery front glass roll-up/garage style doors

Images from Long View Gallery.

I cannot wait to work here!

— Vicky





Omni Shoreham featured on Platinum Weddings!

29 06 2009

platinumweddingspalladian

I was flipping the channel recently and came across a recent episode of Platinum Weddings on WeTV, which featured a local DC couple who married at the Omni Shoreham Hotel! (Truthfully, I rarely watch any wedding-related shows on TV.) Look at the transformation of the gorgeous Palladian Ballroom. Click here to see a slideshow of that wedding.

You know we loving working at the Omni and we recently reviewed it in this blog. The hotel has put together a new, fantastic “I have to Have It” Wedding package that starts at $135.00++ per person!  Contact us or William Grace at the Omni for more information.

— Vicky

*There is no pay for play on this blog. The Omni doesn’t pay us to write about them. We simply love working there and think you should know about it.




Go: Omni Shoreham Hotel

6 04 2009

Omni Shoreham Hotel gazebo and gardenOne of my favorite hotels in DC is the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, which has been around since the 1930s. We have worked there several times in the past few years and the service is always excellent. From the catering managers, banquet captains, and servers, to the front desk staff and concierge, I’ve always found them to be very helpful. Many of their staff have been there for a long time. I’m talking 20-30 years, which speaks to how the hotel treat its staff.

Check out some of our previous events here and here.

Advantages:

  • The gazebo and garden, and terraces are perfect for outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hours.
  • Equally beautiful are the ballrooms, each with its own characteristic
  • Some of the ballrooms have floor to ceiling windows.
  • Walking distance to Woodley Park Metro station on the Red Line
  • Good selection of restaurants and bars nearby for other get-together events
  • Suites are very spacious

Challenges:

  • Valet parking only. [You can take care of this for your guests if you wish]
  • The Omni Shoreham is a huge hotel. Those who want a more intimate feel may not like its expansiveness.
  • Only the Blue Room has its own pre-function room. If you are having a wedding, you will either need to use another ballroom or section off your dinner reception ballroom to accommodate a cocktail hour. I’ve seen it done that way and the effect can be quite dramatic and stunning.
  • The chances are good that there will be other events going on at the same time as your event.

The challenges are few and can be resolved easily but really just comes down to personal preferences.

For top notch service, please ask for William Grace. He has tons of experience and always has great ideas on what would work best at this hotel.