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





Rehearsal Dinners & Welcome Parties: Intro

1 12 2010

Here are some resources to get you started to planning your rehearsal dinner and welcome party:

Rehearsal Dinners

Rehearsal dinners usually occur after the ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding. Those invited include your attendants plus their significant others, immediate families and grandparents of both sides, and if there are children involved in the ceremony, the children plus their parents. Some couples also include extended families.

Restaurants – Restaurants are a natural choice for rehearsal dinners. The Metro DC area has so many great restaurants Depending on the size of your group, most restaurants can accommodate a private party of some sort, either in a completely separate space or semi-private space.

  • OpenTable.com has a new feature listing Private Dining options of their member restaurants.
  • In the back of each Zagat Guide is the Special Features section which includes a section for restaurants with Private Rooms
  • Subscribe to our blog as we explore the restaurant options in the DC area!

Special Events Venues – any venue you might have considered for your wedding reception is a possible option as well.

Welcome Parties

Many couples today choose to host a Welcome Party in order to spend more time with their guests. While it is not practical to invite all your guests to your rehearsal dinner, you could have an open invitation to the Welcome Party. Here are things to think about:

  • Timing – Schedule something after dinner for 2-3 hours. If you think your dinner might run late, make sure somebody from your party can show up early to greet guests. Make sure you yourselves don’t stay too late so that you can get a good night sleep before the wedding day.
  • Food & Beverage – with the party late enough, I don’t think it’s necessary to provide food, unless you want to provide dessert or snacks. If you are at a restaurant or bar, I think it’s perfectly OK to have everyone pay for themselves. If you want to host a portion of the food and beverage, that’s OK too except don’t forget to budget for it. For example, my husband and I hosted a Welcome Party at Continental Pool Lounge in Rosslyn. The bar reserved several pool tables for us. We paid for that but our guests paid for their own drinks. We had a blast hanging out with our friends in a more casual atmosphere.

Bars – Bars are a natural gathering place and some will allow you to rope off an area just for your private party.

Private homes – We’ve also had a few clients whose friends or families offered to host a Welcome Party.

We’ve reviewed some venues in the past. Here is a summary:

Trummers on Main, Clifton, VA

Boulevard Woodgrill, Arlington, VA

Lorien Hotel, Alexandria, VA

Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, DC

— Hope you will enjoy this series and find it useful! Vicky





Real Wedding: A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Wedding (Part 2)

14 07 2010

As I had mentioned in Part 1 of this blog, Katie & Patrick tied the knot on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in late May at the River Farm in Alexandria.  As promised, here are the details that newlyweds worked so hard for us to coordinate!

Venue: River Farm Alexandria, VA, Janet.  This venue has become extremely popular and there is no wonder why.  They provide an amazing backdrop for the entire event; ceremony and reception.

River Farm Alexandria Wedding

Katie & Patrick at River Farm (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Photographer: Ralph Alswang. Ralph is efficient and captures the moment fast!  I also need to mention he is fun and makes everyone laugh.  Great to work with!  Check out the slideshow of pictures by clicking here.

Floral Designer: Petals Edge. Provided beautiful personal flowers, reception flowers and cake flowers.

Caterer: Main Event Caterers, Michelle Fishman.  As always, the catering team and food was great.

Band: Doug Segree.  This was the first time I have heard them and they are now one of my favorites!  They had the guests dancing the entire time!

Transportation: Black Ice Transportation (Reggie Banks) Provided excellent sedan service for Katie and Patrick.  He was always early to the pick up and drop off points and would definitely use him again.  Dash Bus. At first I was worried about the reliability of using the public transportation buses but the service was excellent, the drop off and pick up worked seamlessly.

Hair: Hair by Jewels

Makeup: Jan Scott Makeup Artist

Accommodations: Lorien Hotel & Spa Alexandria, VA  They were extremely helpful and accommodating to all of the wedding party and guests.

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts The cake was amazing and they also made the colorful and tasty French macaroons to accompany the wedding cake.

– Megan
Main Event Caterers River Farm Wedding buffet

Main Event Caterers (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Petals Edge Floral Design River Farm wedding peonies bridal bouquet

Petals Edge (Ralph Alswang Photography)

Fluffy Thoughts wedding cake

Fluffy Thoughts (Ralph Alswang Photography)





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