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Danielle · Married on 07/30/2011
We used The Carlyle Club for our reception venue and I have to say that it was probably the best decision we ever made! Brennan and his staff were a joy to work with. The venue is really unique and fun, which is exactly what we were looking for. The owner, Brennan, is so great to work with. He was very responsive to all of my emails and always willing to work with whatever I needed or asked for. They went above and beyond for us which made our special day so amazing! I really can't say enough about them.Sent on 09/01/2011
To the bartenders, the servers, the general manger, to Brennan and his wife, thank you so much for all of you help, patience, outstanding service and for most importantly...thanks for the most amazing time of our lives!
Joe · Married on 05/28/2011
We had a Saturday combined ceremony and reception here with about 50-60 guests. What stood out to us was the hands-on approach of the owner, GM, and wait-staff who all seemed to genuinely take pride in the business. Every detail and concern was positively addressed. The price of the reception, very reasonable, was about the same as what a friend paid for the same numbers at a top restaurant in DC, however everyone agreed the food was better and the bar was full-open for 5 hrs vs. 1 hr. Also there was plenty of parking and they made the place cozy for the number of people even though they can hold 200+. The decor has a nice vintage feel with an excellent lighting system and a stage if you need it. There weren't any surprise cost add-ons, even though it took some of our guests quite a bit longer than the 5 hours to leave, and the contract price never changed even as we tweaked and altered our options. They gave us a per person price guideline for three event package options for plated meals (there's also a buffet option available as well as options for a brunch, breakfast, or rehearsal dinner event). The packages were excellent suggestions and very flexible, so we were able to pick and choose a couple things from the various packages to get the menu we wanted based on the price we wanted to pay. The plated package included hors' d'oeuvres (stationary displays and butler-passed), salad, appetizer, choice of entrees for the guests, dessert display, and tea/coffee service. The quality of the food we choose, as well as what we tried at the tasting, was top notch quality and prepared and presented well - the meat, seafood, and vegetarian options were all delicious. There's also a champagne toast or greeting included and even the basic package including 4 hours open bar. They were also more than accommodating with the flower and cake vendors and were very helpful in guiding us through the whole process. We had so many of our guests say it was the best wedding they've been to and we owe that to the atmosphere, food, and service of the Carlyle Club.Sent on 01/15/2012
Audra · Married on 11/06/2010
The Carlyle Club is absolutely amazing! The space is beautiful and not the traditional hotel reception. It has an awesome night club feel with delicious food. The Carlyle Club not only looks amazing, but is wonderfully priced. Of all the places in Old Town and in the surrounding area that I looked at, this place was the most affordable and gave us the biggest bang for our buck. Brennan is the owner and the person who works with you to organize your event. Brennan is great to work with. He is very flexible, accommodating, professional and friendly. Brennan and The Carlyle Club staff do everything to make planning as stress-free as possible. They work with you to make your event everything you want it to be. Everyone I spoke with complimented The Carlyle Club and the food. They also worked well with the other venders and coordinated their respective parts seemlessly. I truly cannot say enough good things about The Carlyle Club!Sent on 11/18/2010
Star · Married on 03/11/2017
Had our dream wedding at Carlyle Club and I HIGHLY recommend them as a venue. From our first meeting thru them helping pack up at the end of the night Sharon and Brennan had that perfect mix of friendly and professional and had great ideas to help with every idea we had, and all we had to do was drop off all the supplies and they set things up perfectly. We felt like they really enjoyed hosting us for our wedding. Sharon's day of coordination made everything flow. The food was amazing, the service was perfect, and the bartenders were a lot of fun. And all this while supporting a local family owned company!Sent on 03/23/2017
Jenessa · Married on 05/29/2016
If you are considering the Carlyle Club for your event, don't think, just do! We had such a pleasant experience working with Sharon & Brennan. We contacted them while the original Club was still in operation & took a tour there as well as the new construction site, which would be up & running a few months before our wedding. We trusted their vision & signed our contract in the still-under-construction bar area! From Day 1, Sharon understood the art deco/Great Gatsby vibe we were going for. At the start, email communication was a bit slower, but during the last months she & Brennan were there to answer every little concern, assuage any fears we had, & help us come up with plans. Sharon acted as our day-of coordinator, helped us do our rehearsal & was a one-woman ringleader the night of, making absolute sure that everything was as it should be. The day before, we dropped off all our decorations and "stuff" & said, "Sharon, we trust you." We could not have been more pleased at how everything turned out! She even communicated with some of our vendors so that we didn't have to worry about set-up. We had to pause while taking some pre-wedding photos so we could run around to see how amazing everything looked! We did our ceremony & reception there, & everything was seamless. The staff was amazing (shout-out to George, Sorin & Josh!). When we got too excited to finish our dinner because we wanted to make our rounds, our server graciously offered to box up our food. (It was just as delicious the next day, in case you were wondering.) The bartenders constantly made sure everyone was happy, too. At the end of the night, Sharon & staff brought some of our leftover items to the hotel so we wouldn't have to go back for them. Our family & friends kept telling us the venue was amazing & that it was one of the most fun weddings they had ever been to. Kudos to everyone at the Carlyle Club for helping us pull that off! You have gained some lifelong patrons. We can't wait to come back.Sent on 06/02/2016
Miss · Married on 11/21/2015
We just had our wedding a week ago at the Carlyle Club and it was fantastic! The club is such a beautiful venue and the owners are super helpful in making everything happen the way you want. Sharon, in particular, is an absolute gem. She does weddings almost every week and knows exactly what to do to make your vision become reality. It was such a relief to have her there on the day, stealthily directing things along.Sent on 11/28/2015
The food is excellent and tasted just as good on our wedding day as it did during our tasting. They served a steak that was so tender and delicious that I was eating out of the to-go box they prepared for me at 2am that evening.
We had a live band and the house sound engineer did a great job at keeping the volume at the right level. Many guests came up to tell me how they have been to weddings where the band was so loud it was unpleasant. At the Carlyle Club they know their venue well and every detail is just right.
The sweetheart table that Sharon set up for us was adorable! I only wish we had more time to sit there between the dancing and mingling. We used several of the recommended vendors and I think that was helpful since they also know the venue and things went very smoothly.
I can't recommend the Carlyle Club any more highly. We have also been there several times for date night dinner and dancing and it is always a pleasure. They will take care of you.
Jim · Married on 06/13/2015
Sharon and Brennan of the Carlyle Club absolutely made our wedding reception a magical one. The decor of the new location is first-rate... they have put their personal blood, sweat & tears into creating a space that is both intimate and functional. No empty, white-walled ballroom or conference room to try to fill... we actually chose our colors/theme/flowers to match the club! The service was prompt and professional, and the food... well, a simple "plentiful and delicious" just doesn't do it justice. Well-prepared filet, lobster, scallops, lamb, oysters... our guests were in awe. Many Facebook and Instagram pics of the food were posted that night! The adjoining bar (not a guy behind a wheeled cart) easily accommodated the majority of our guests during cocktail hour and the service was brisk throughout the night. The sound system was plug & play for our DJ. No hidden fees, no upcharges, and if there's something Sharon has in her stock room that you need/forgot, she'll gladly let you use it. And all this for less than many other venues in Old Town!Sent on 07/07/2015
Ayesha · Married on 07/20/2013
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Carlyle. It was everything and more than we could have asked. The co-owner Sharon, did everything in her power to make sure we had everything we asked for. The night could not have been more perfect. Everyone loved the club and the food was amazing. The portions of food that they serve are very large, there is no way anyone leaves there still hungry. I truly thank God for us finding this treasure. I prayed for a perfect wedding/reception, and that's what I got. Sharon is an amazing woman. If you have anything at that club you will be given the royal treatment. I would recommend this place a million times to anyone who wants to have a grown, sophisticated wedding reception, or any high class event. This is the place. Sharon even took the time to decorate more, on top of what we had already put up, just to add to the decorum. Like I said, she is an amazing woman. I pray nothing but blessings over their family. THANK YOU Carlyle Club, you truly made the most important day ever SPECTACULAR!!!Sent on 08/04/2013
Daissan · Married on 10/06/2012
Where do I start? This venue is amazing. My now husband and I were dead set on finding a venue that could accommodate two very important elements: live music and space for dancing within our budget. Because this venue regularly hosts different bands, they were very easy to work with as far as meeting our band's sound and technical needs. These were only the minimum requirements. The Carlyle Club far exceeded our expectations in other ways. The food was plentiful and delicious. Being a full service restaurant made it easier to accommodate our menu and bar requests.Sent on 10/30/2012
Sharon and Brennan went out of their way to make our night magical. We gave them fairly specific instructions on how we wanted the venue to be set up, and when I arrived, they had gone above and beyond to make to transform the space. The club's decor in and of itself helped create a unique experience for our guests, but the level of service that we and our guests received is just priceless. We had the night of our dreams at the Carlyle Club. Thank you!
User2120727 · 2+ years ago
Our wedding at the Carlyle Club was wonderful! Brennan, Sharon, and the staff went above and beyond on the day of and their added touches and surprises made the day even better. We held both our ceremony and reception in the Carlyle Club, and they were so great at accommodating both of these events. They were able to create an intimate setting for the ceremony, and then quickly flip the space for the reception. I had a lot of decorations and Sharon executed my vision wonderfully - and added her own touch that made it even more perfect. Brennan was very flexible in working with us on the menu and bar package. The food was wonderful, we heard from many people it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. The staff was great and very friendly. The location is extremely unique, and convenient, and creates the setting for a fun but intimate party. Our ceremony and reception were both so special and wonderful, and we would not have had as great of an experience if we had chosen a different location or different people to work with. This is the best place to hold your wedding. Brennan, Sharon, and the rest of the staff will really go out of there way to make sure your wedding is perfect!Sent on 09/19/2012
The only downside is that it can sometimes take a little while to get a response from Brennan or the responses come at random hours - but in the scheme of things and how wonderful they make the actual day, that's a pretty minor thing! We didn't realize until a few days prior to the wedding how helpful and involved Sharon is in the setup on the day-of, as soon as I was able to talk to her about my vision and plans I felt so much better knowing it was in her hands and wish I had known to talk to her sooner!
Vanessa · Married on 09/17/2011
I can not say enough amazing things about The Carlyle Club! It is a hidden gem in Alexandria, VA. The owner, Brennan and the staff are a delight to work with!Sent on 09/30/2011
If you like art deco, this is the place for you!! We had our wedding ceremony and reception here and although it is a bit untraditional (it's a restaurant & music venue when not hosting weddings), flipping the space after the ceremony for the reception was a breeze. It was the perfect space for all 100 of our guests.
The Carlyle Club does its own catering so I must also mention the food! The food was delicious and a big hit amongst our guests. From the hors d'oeuvres to the food stations to the dessert bar, everything was outstanding.
Mary · Married on 05/09/2009
Things started out a little bit rough for us with The Carlyle Club, but when they hired Lila as their event coordinator, it was like night and day. Lila, Larry, and Tabitha were easy to work with and extremely flexible. The food for the reception was awesome, and the atmosphere is unique. It definitely doesn't feel like a wedding factory. The wait staff was extremely professional, and Wanda at the bar made sure we always got served quickly. The Carlyle Club helped make our day awesome.Sent on 06/17/2009
Brieana · Married on 10/13/2019
Fantastic all-inclusive wedding experience at the Carlyle Club
WOW, to say we had an amazing wedding at the Carlyle Club would be a HUGE understatement. Our wedding reception there was above and beyond amazing! Sharon, the venue coordinator, is the “wedding mom” you never knew you needed. She made sure that all of our little decor details were brought to life, worked tirelessly during the whole reception to make sure that our timeline flowed smoothly and that us and our guests were happy. She was our point-person for all of our “Where is this? When do we do that? What do you think about this…?” questions both before and during the reception. The bartenders and food servers were all friendly and accommodating. The food was perhaps some of the best wedding food we have ever had. Fred, the audio and visual productions manager, worked with our band the whole night to make sure the entertainment was spot-on. We cannot say enough good things. The communication was somewhat lacking during the months leading up to the wedding, but it all was pulled together 2 weeks before the wedding exactly how we wanted. We also loved how this venue is family-run. For an all-inclusive wedding experience, choose The Carlyle Club (and go with the platinum package)! You won’t regret it.Sent on 10/16/2019
Andrea · Married on 03/10/2018
The club is an IDEAL venue if you LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage 1920s art deco style atmosphere and decor. The club also hosts really fun events such as big band concerts, which we were able to attend for our food tasting. It is perfect for us since we were very NON traditional and wanted to do our ceremony and reception in one place. They offer the space as well as the food and beverages, including alcohol. I also worked with a friend to do desserts for the event and they were very accommodating in helping her drop off and set up her offerings.
We worked mostly with owner of the club, Sharon Reilly. She was very knowledgeable, kind and resourceful. I did not need any sort of wedding planner with how easy this venue was to work with. Sharon essentially played my day of coordinator. The entire event was beautiful and went on without a hitch.Sent on 03/30/2018
Ellyn · Married on 11/11/2017
The Carlyle Club made our wedding magical! We held both the ceremony and reception at the Carlyle Club and they flipped the room flawlessly. Also, they were willing to help with any decorations or other supplies that they already had to help save some money. The food and drinks were delicious and there was a ton of it! The service was outstanding and the night could of not gone better. Thank you Sharon and Brennan!Sent on 11/14/2017
User6166559 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I are beyond happy that we decided on The Carlyle Club for our New Year's Eve wedding. When looking for a venue in the Washington DC Metro area, we had a few strict requirements: 1) could fit up to 225 guests for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, 2) had really good food, 3) was budget-friendly, and 4) was not your typical rectangular ballroom. The Carlyle Club was perfect for all of these reasons. Their new location allowed us to have the entire wedding include ceremony and cocktail hour in one location with our number of guests. The dinner entrees were really delicious and very large portions. The setup, décor, and vibe of The Carlyle Club was just perfect for New Year's Eve. We worked with both Brennan and Sharon throughout the entire process who were extremely easy to work with and who accommodated our every request. Sharon did a lovely job of taking all of my detailed ideas for everything single things - lobby entrance, cocktail hour bars, cake table, dinner tables - and incorporated them into a beautiful wedding. So many of our family and friends continue to compliment us on the venue and how it was "the best wedding they ever attended." My husband and I are so happy that everything turned out as we envisioned. Truly, the perfect New Year's Eve wedding!Sent on 01/07/2016
User4501218 · 2+ years ago
Oh my goodness where do I start! Brennan and Sharon are awesome to work with at the Carlyle! I just had my recent August 8th wedding there and I can't stop thinking about how beautiful it was. I wouldn't change a thing. Also, my guests are still raving how wonderful our wedding turned out and how awesome the food tasted. From the beginning, all the way up until the big day, both Sharon and Brennan are working with you to ensure your wedding vision comes to fruition. They are both very easy going and flexible. Sharon even goes so far as to work as your day of coordinator whether or not you have one in the first place. She will ensure everything goes smoothly and turns out as planned. She even adds those extra special day of touches that takes your wedding beauty over the top. I would, beyond a doubt definitely recommend the Carlyle Club for your event venue and would even use them again if the chance arrives. Thank you Carlyle Club for making my special day great!Sent on 08/11/2015
User3943077 · 2+ years ago
Amazing!Sent on 04/09/2014
The Carlyle Club did a fantastic job on wedding reception! They were very accommodating considering there were drastic delays with my wedding and I appreciate them so much! Great value, you won't be disappointed.
User3561462 · 2+ years ago
Would highly recommend the Carlyle Club as a classy and fun venue for a wedding. We had both our ceremony and reception here. Brennan and Sharon, the owners, were very welcoming and more than happy to adjust plans based on our preferences. Our guests loved the venue, thought the food was delicious, and praised the level of service. Just one comment - the Carlyle is doing a lot of weddings these days, which means it's important to follow-up on your requests. We ended up having a mix-up with our tables on the day of the wedding, which was a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.Sent on 03/30/2014
Connie · Married on 10/26/2013
When I finally saw the Carlyle Club, I just knew it was the perfect wedding venue. It was within our budget, staff was on top of their stuff, and it had the look and ambiance we were looking for (modern, stylish, trendy, and elegant). I'm so happy we chose this place for our wedding. It was such a beautiful and glamorous day, and my guests still talk about what an amazing wedding it was. What bride doesn't want to hear that? Some highlights about this venue that really stood out for me:Sent on 12/03/2013
1) The interior design is amazing. With its art deco style, my guests said that it was the most glamorous wedding that they had ever attended. I didn't need elaborate centerpieces or decor- the venue already comes decked out with the fancy drapes, mirrored walls, and accent lighting. The bar area is also very nice and has an "upscale lounge" feel to it. The overall space is just the right size so that it can accommodate a larger wedding (150 guests) but still maintain an intimate vibe.
2) The food is delicious and portions are generous. Several guests told me that they were served the largest filet mignon portions they had ever seen! They cook an excellent steak btw, and they cook it to your liking, which was very important. The venue served hors d'oeuvres, salad, appetizers, an entree, AND they provided a dessert tray (including chocolate covered strawberries). The food just kept coming.
3) Professional staff. You don't really need a day-of coordinator if you book this place (although I had one) because Sharon (the owner) knows the place inside & out, and she is very detail-oriented. On the day of my wedding she was always around to make sure I had food, a drink (or two), and was enjoying my wedding. It was wonderful having her there with me from beginning to end. Other Carlyle Club staff were also incredibly friendly & professional, and willing to go out of their way for my guests. They really treat you like royalty on your wedding day.
Melissa · Married on 09/28/2013
The Carlyle Club is a romantic and unique wedding venue! We received so many compliments from our guests on how beautiful the club was and what a great space it is for a wedding. Also its location is super convenient (few miles from the airport and 2 blocks from the metro - plus we did a room block at the Embassy Suites and our guests could just walk over - no need for transportation!!!). There aren't too many venues where you get a full bar, which we thought was a great feature. Also, the venue provides catering, tables, linens, and dinnerware, which is really great because it is less to coordinate and also allows you to save money. We chose the platinum package (this comes with valet service and a piano player during cocktail hour - both great touches) and the food and drinks were great (highly recommend beef tenderloin carving station, stuffed mushrooms, butternut squash ravioli, coconut shrimp, and veggie trays)!!!! They had three different types of martinis as our signature drinks and also a full bar. We got several compliments from guests saying that our wedding was the funnest wedding they've been to in a while and a lot of that had to do with the ambiance, food, and drinks. Also the venue coordinators, Sharon and Brennon, were super helpful, responsive, and flexible. Sharon did an amazing job setting up the club - we were seriously wowed when we saw it all set up. Plus she did some extra touches - like hanging up our personalized aisle runner as a decoration, setting up a thank you note to our guests, and filling in a few extra decorations. We could not have been happier with our venue choice and had a such a wonderful wedding day!!! You cannot go wrong choosing the Carlyle Club as a wedding venue.Sent on 10/14/2013
Kali · Married on 08/11/2012
Brennan and his wife were excellent to work with. They really went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was perfect and to accommodate all of our personalized touches and special requests. The venue is so unique and offers wonderful options for a ceremony and reception. The lighting and acoustics were great as well. They were very flexible working with us on our wedding rehearsal and setting up our decor and flowers the morning of the wedding. The waitstaff was amazing... we received many great comments on the staff as well as the food. We would definitely recommend the Carlyle Club for a wedding or special event!Sent on 03/03/2013
Karyn · Married on 02/21/2016
Sharon and Brennan took such good care of us. We contacted them with a short timeline and they were able and willing to accommodate our date and party size. Our wedding ceremony and reception were more memorable and amazing then we thought possible. The staff were gracious, attentive and thorough day of. We did not have to concern ourselves with any details behind the scenes. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun, the space was clean and well decorated. Sharon teamed with my wedding planner which went a long way in the wedding turning out so well.Sent on 05/17/2016
My in laws work in the industry (Country Club) and a number of their friends came to our wedding. They were so impressed with the quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff and the good condition of the venue. We are still getting comments of how impressed they were with everything.
Thank you, Sharon and Brennan so very much for a wonderful experience!
Kate · Married on 01/22/2016
Sharon and Brennan were absolutely incredible to work with. We met with them a few times over the course of wedding planning, and the end result on our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations; it was just beautiful. We got married during a blizzard, and several vendors cancelled on us last minute. Everyone at the Carlyle Club pulled together to make sure the event still went off perfectly. They allowed my brother-in-law to act as our DJ last minute, and let our friends act as emcees on the microphone. They coordinated with our cake vendor to make sure the cake arrived well before the storm started. They even added extra special touches of decor: glittered snowflakes and silver candles throughout the venue. It was like a magical, winter wonderland wedding.Sent on 02/26/2016
Sharon and Brennan, we can't thank you enough for your kindness and generosity during this special time. We are so grateful for the wonderful wedding night you gave us!
Stephanie · Married on 08/18/2013
As soon as we walked into the Carlyle Club, my husband and I both fell in love. We are huge fans of the old days, Art Deco style and retro decor. My husband is also a music fanatic and could just envision a great band playing on their stage. We had found the perfect venue for our Art Deco wedding.Sent on 12/09/2013
The Carlyle Club was amazing to work with too. They took care of everything- great linen selection, uplighting and bar lighting options are all included. They also take great care to provide additional little decorative features and made sure our sign in area, cake table, etc looked phenomenal. The bar area is super cool looking, and it was so amazing for our quests to be greeted with a speciality drink of our choice (we choice lemon drop martini's). The place is awesome- but we were also VERY surprised by the quality of the food. It was so delic. The coolest part was you don't need to ask your guests "Chicken or Fish" months in advance, they are a restaurant so are used to serving a diverse menu. We ended up offering a fish, chicken, steak and vegetarian option. They also were flexible in allowing us to have a pasta course instead of a soup (being August in DC).
The owners are busy folks- running shows and weddings and a restaurant every day. They may not email or call back right away- but not a thing slipped through the cracks with them. Everything we wanted and asked for turned out perfectly.
We still get comments on how gorgeous the venue was, how great the drinks were, how awesome the food was, and how much fun everyone had on the dance floor with the great live music. If you are looking for a blank canvas or a space where you can personlize each detail- maybe this is not for you- but if you are looking for a space with character and vintage charm, and great food and a cool bar- definitely consider the Carlyle Club. We are SO happy we had our wedding there.