In D.C. – Size Matters!

Posted by bridalbuds on Oct 13, 2009

D.C. is an historic, gorgeous, and monumental city that boasts some of the most famous buildings, picturesque cherry blossoms, delicious ethnic food, and highest per capita intelligence level (that’s just a guess by the way). So, what is wrong with D.C. when considering it for your wedding location? Size! And, D.C. is seriously lacking in the dimensions department.


My Fiance and I have known that we wanted to get married in D.C. for a while now. D.C. has been the backdrop of our 3 and 1/2 year relationship and home of all our adventures together. We first met through friends at an Adams Morgan dive bar; our first real date happened at the well-known Adams Morgan eatery, Lauriol Plaza; our second date was a bar crawl though U Street corridor, then a concert at the 9:30 Club. The restaurants and bars in Georgetown, Dupont, and Columbia Heights are where he and I fell in love and thus this city is near and dear to us.

Well, when it came time to begin the process of looking for a venue, I had no idea about D.C.’s capacity situation. A couple short and exciting days after our engagement, I’d Googled my way to a lengthy Excel spreadsheet of venues in the area (I still have this so if anyone is planning a D.C. wedding, let me know). At first glance, I cut down the venue list based on price alone. It is not uncommon to see a $12,000 price tag on a venue JUST for the space for one night! This process basically cut my list in half  immediately.

After my initial venue massacre, I began calling and emailing the remaining venues to ask the next 4 basic questions: What is your capacity, what is your catering policy, what is your alcohol policy and what is your amplified music policy. To my chagrin, the remaining half of the venue Excel sheet was cut in half yet again based on the first question – capacity. While its nice having a large family and lots of friends, this has really run us into some major issues. Almost everywhere in D.C. where we would or could consider getting married for a relatively decent price catered to 150 people OR LESS (unless you consider hotels). Our problem? A guest list of 220+.

They tell you that the #1 way to cut costs at your wedding is to cut guests, but what if that really is impossible to do?