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elislando Apr 23, 2008 01:47 PM

Looking for (restaurant) wedding/reception venue in the Washington DC are/ Maryland My financee and I are looking for a venue that can do both ceremony and reception on the site on the 24th of May this YEAR.

We are looking at about 30 people and want to avoid the hotel/banquet room route.

We would love a place that has:
Great food
Great service
Romantic, cozy atmosphere
Good location
We thought a restaurant wedding would be ideal but open to other ideas too.

Any suggestions from fellow chowhounds would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!!

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  1. Dennis S RE: elislando Apr 23, 2008 03:18 PM

    Woah, that's tight!

    Nothing I would rec otherwise, but:

    Not sure about ceremony space: http://www.popovers.com/ Normandie Farm (what's with the URL

    )

    You'd have more options with catering to a locale. There's the botanical gardens in Reston. The old mansion near the Old Angler's Inn in near Great Falls, MD side, etc. Some hotels have nice spaces, even with outdoor areas.

    If you head further from the city you might have some luck.

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      elislando RE: Dennis S Apr 23, 2008 08:06 PM

      Thank you so much I went to look at Normandie and really liked it but am hoping to find somthing a little closer in but I semi-booked it incase I can't find anything else. Do you know of anything like Normandie in the Washington DC area? Thanks again

    2. ktmoomau RE: elislando Apr 23, 2008 05:03 PM

      That is majorly tight, what about 2941 restaurant in Falls Church it is so pretty I would think you could do it all right there, if they have availability.

      The Tabard Inn or Antrim 1844 (closer to Westminster, north-west of Baltimore) would also be possibilities? Or what about a private club? The Washington Club is goregous and outsiders can have weddings there, or Mansion on O, P? St.

      Poste if you wanted an outside ceremony could be really pretty?

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        ktmoomau RE: ktmoomau Apr 23, 2008 05:15 PM

        Thinking of more although 2941 would be my top pick.

        If you can cater the Paca House in Annapolis is so pretty.

        What about the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Micheals, MD? There are some other places if you search St. Micheals that are really nice looking, as well.

        L'Auberge Chez Francois seems to do a fair amount of weddings too, and you might also want to check out Tabard Inn.

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          elislando RE: ktmoomau Apr 23, 2008 08:00 PM

          thank you so much for all your help!!! 2941 looks great I'm calling them tomorrow. thanks again! :-)

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          elislando RE: ktmoomau Apr 23, 2008 08:02 PM

          I really loved the tabard inn it is really close to me thank you I am also calling them tomorrow and the price is really good!!! thank you again.

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            Elyssa RE: ktmoomau Apr 24, 2008 08:09 AM

            In terms of private Clubs, the City Club is suppose to be really nice. My best friend is holding her wedding there in October and everything sounds great. But you are looking to book a wedding Memorial Day weekend...chances are most traditional spots will already be booked.

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              ktmoomau RE: Elyssa Apr 24, 2008 08:59 AM

              The City Club is very nice! The nice thing about those private clubs is they have pretty rooms for a ceremony in another room, and they do their own food, although since memberships normally get free use of the rooms they might be booked for that weekend, as I know Georgetown Club is already booked up that weekend. But the City Club and Washington Club are both a lot bigger than G-town club so you might be in luck. And I don't think either of them make you pay for a membership like Mansion on O does, they just charge room rental.

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            Elyssa RE: elislando Apr 24, 2008 08:07 AM

            And I thought I procrastinated on things lol!

            Opentable has a list of places for large parties and banquets: http://www.opentable.com/info/banquet...

            Perhaps something there will fit what you are looking for. Just glancing at the list I think 1789 would be lovely. If it's not booked already, Tabard Inn would be great!

            One place not on the list to consider would be Bistro D'Oc. You could easily rent out the entire upstairs area plus what is more romantic then french food....perhaps a honeymoon in Paris could be arranged :

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            You should also look at the various restaurants at the Willard. I know you don't want a hotel wedding, but there is a good french restaurant attached to the Willard (can't remember the name).

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              ktmoomau RE: Elyssa Apr 24, 2008 08:25 AM

              The Willard is extremely expensive just to be forewarned I was looking into having our wedding there a while back and room rental alone was outrageous. Cafe Du Parc though I believe is the name of the restaurant.

              One other thought you might check out Le Paradou, it is a little more expensive for private rooms than some other places in DC, but that might mean that it won't be booked for graduation parties and etc going on that weekend. And the private room is nice looking.

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                Elyssa RE: ktmoomau Apr 24, 2008 08:50 AM

                I know having a wedding at the Willard is insanly expensive but I thought perhaps Cafe du Parc would be a little cheaper. And maybe since its last minute you could get a deal if they have a room available for the ceremony.

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                nickdanger RE: Elyssa Apr 24, 2008 09:49 AM

                I second Bistro d'Oc, BUT, I happen to know the upstairs is booked that night for a rehearsal dinner.

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                DCDeb RE: elislando Apr 24, 2008 05:47 PM

                The Omni Shoreham Hotel has a lovely covered balcony where you can hold the ceremony and of course ballrooms. Good luck.

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                  keithdcil RE: elislando Apr 25, 2008 10:22 AM

                  Some Ideas: Charlie Palmer's has an incredible rooftop terrace with wonderful dc views - I couldn't imagine a better place for a wedding and reception, but I'm not sure if it's available for a group as small as 30. The Source caters all the Freedom Forum's receptionrooms overlooking PA avenue in the Newseum - since they opened so far behind schedule maybe they are not booked. Chef Geoffs in Wesley Heights has a brick courtyard that you could have a ceremony in and an adjoining private party room. Cour de Lion in the Henley Park Hotel could handle both ceremony and reception. Tabard Inn is very romantic/cozy.

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                    Hungry Panda RE: elislando Apr 25, 2008 10:36 AM

                    In case the Tabard Inn falls through (and even if it doesn't), you should look into Elizabeth's on L run by the Catering Company of Washington. Elizabeth's on L is a gorgeous townhouse located at 13th and L Streets NW. The space is perfect for a wedding your size. (I looked into it for my own wedding but it was too small for me.) The Catering Company of Washington owns and manages the venue and would provide all the catering services. Also, there's no facility fee. The website is www.elizabethsonl.com

                    Good luck and best wishes!

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                      zelda68 RE: elislando Apr 25, 2008 12:42 PM

                      Le Paradou. I considered doing mine there, but ultimately decided to go to Bermuda.

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