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Help!! Looking for an inexpensive place to have a Sunday Brunch Wedding in DC….wishful thinking??

ChicShic Jun 23, 2011 09:25 PM

My fiance and I are excited about getting married, but not so much about spending a million dollars on the event. We've decided to do a Sunday Brunch wedding to cut costs. Any ideas on where in the city would be nice, but rather inexpensive, say $20-25 per person??

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    Jeserf RE: ChicShic Jun 24, 2011 04:21 AM

    how many people? If you are having, say, 20-25 people you can probably find a brunch spot that can accommodate. Otherwise, in the DC area, it might be wishful thinking if you aren't doing it yourselves, unfortunately. But if you post the number of people, maybe we can recommend good brunch spots for a group (vs. a guest list).

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      ChicShic RE: Jeserf Jun 24, 2011 05:10 AM

      We were thinking guest list rather than group. Somewhere around 100 ppl or so.

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        Jeserf RE: ChicShic Jun 24, 2011 07:02 AM

        Hm, I really don't t hink at 20-25 per person is going to be possible for 100 people in the city. You might try to talk to some farmers at farmers markets and see if they use their properties for events, and have something at one of those (but you'll have to probably rent tables/chairs/linens, ets).
        You might want to try that route and consider a lunch BBQ with a BBQ caterer - I think you can probably find that relatively inexpensively (similarly, my sister in law is having a clam bake for her new england wedding....[which while it isn't my style seeing as how we're Jewish] is probably very budget friendly.

        I think you'll have to really think outside the box to keep it at $25 and under per person, and a farm would be something to strongly consider.

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          ChicShic RE: Jeserf Jun 24, 2011 09:29 AM

          THANK YOU!!

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            katecm RE: ChicShic Jun 24, 2011 12:37 PM

            Isn't there some Audubon preserve or other public park up off Connecticut, near Kensington?

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              Jeserf RE: katecm Jun 24, 2011 05:02 PM

              You might be thinking of Woodend Sanctuary which is gorgeous (I thought about it but it but it was too expensive). Woodned is in the thousands of dollars for renting. If you can use an inexpensive caterer (unlikely because they have an approved list for vendors you have to work with) and get married off-peak day/time/season, it would be budget venue.

    2. woodleyparkhound RE: ChicShic Jun 24, 2011 04:26 AM

      You might check the Tabard Inn. I had a friend who did a birthday brunch there recently which was quite nice and the food was very good. You could do the food - barely - within your budget, but there is also a room charge of about $300 (depending on day / time of day) and I think they have a wedding charge, plus it's extra if you want them to light the fireplace.

      Tabard Inn
      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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        ChicShic RE: woodleyparkhound Jun 24, 2011 05:32 AM

        The Tabard Inn is beautiful, but a bit too ritzy for our taste. We were looking for a little less formal and more light, airy, and casual. We do love the idea of a cocktail reception. Never thought of that :)

        Tabard Inn
        1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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          Jeserf RE: woodleyparkhound Jun 24, 2011 07:04 AM

          Tabard is a wonderful place for weddings - it's cozy and the food is great. I wanted ours there but the lack of handicap accessability was a negative when you have a number of older relatives.

          However, I think you'd have a very hard time to keep it near $25 before alcohol (if wanted) and sweets.

          As I said above, a farm or property might be best because you can get a lot of things in bulk or whatnot at Costco/Wegmans for first courses and desserts if you have someone just cater the main food....

        2. woodleyparkhound RE: ChicShic Jun 24, 2011 08:58 AM

          BBQ catering is a good idea. I posted here about Ron Love.


          I was very surprised when I saw his price list - he's very reasonable and does lot of items - from hot dogs to a whole pig roast.

          Another place to check would be Hardy's BBQ. I posted their number in this thread:


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            hppyheather RE: woodleyparkhound Jun 25, 2011 03:19 PM

            Also, I've had good experiences with a personal chef in the area if you have a venue with a kitchen. Not sure if you know a relative or friend with a fabulous house in the area -- but if so, I'd recommend getting in touch with him. Not sure if he still has a website, but his email is chefmillard@gmail.com. I think he was cooking in SF before coming here to DC.

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              ChicShic RE: hppyheather Jun 25, 2011 07:28 PM

              Thank you. Does he provide servers also?

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                hppyheather RE: ChicShic Jun 26, 2011 06:47 PM

                I think so -- but not 100% certain.

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            shellymck RE: ChicShic Jun 25, 2011 03:37 PM

            Does it have to be DC? We had our wedding reception at 2941 and when I organized brunch was by far the cheapest option. it's a gorgeous venue.

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              ChicShic RE: shellymck Jun 25, 2011 07:27 PM

              Actually, No. We can do anything inside the beltway

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                Steve RE: ChicShic Jun 26, 2011 02:30 PM

                Ah, so if you stay inside the beltway, that opens up more possibilities. What are you including in your price? A place like Lyon Hall has almost all of the menu in your price range. I am sure you could make arrangements with them.


                How about Sea Pearl in Merrifield?


                Or Cafe Assorti in Arlington?


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              ChicShic RE: ChicShic Jun 25, 2011 07:52 PM

              We've also considered a cocktail party reception. Trying to find great tasting finger foods that we can actually pronounce :) Any good ideas?

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                Jeserf RE: ChicShic Jun 26, 2011 04:46 PM

                I don't know of the price for a cocktail party but CoCo Sala was very responsive when I contacted them about my wedding.

                Finger foods might be more expensive because you'll need more of them to ensure people leave satisfied (if you want that).

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                ChicShic RE: ChicShic Jun 26, 2011 07:42 PM

                Thank you guys for all of your help! :) We decided to go with a Cocktail Party style reception. So excited! But thanks to all of your input, we have a new list of "must see" places in the area for date nights :)

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                  Jeserf RE: ChicShic Jun 27, 2011 03:53 AM

                  for a cocktail reception, i would really check out the Hotel Palomar in Dupont - we had our wedding there but they do a LOT of cocktail receptions and are very reasonable. Our wedding was under budget and fabulous with amazing service. I would contact them and they'll send you an RFP. It's a great lay out - you'd get your own space - and the food is so good.
                  If you want to try the type of food, the restaurant is Urbana. we had 78 people seated and it was perfect, so standing/cocktail reception, 100-115 would be great - I'd really check them out.

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                    ChicShic RE: Jeserf Jun 27, 2011 08:04 AM

                    THANK YOU!! :)

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                      MrsWheatie RE: Jeserf Jun 28, 2011 08:15 AM

                      We did the same thing for ours. They were wonderful to work with even when it was a construction zone they took the time to walk us through the hotel and model rooms. Can't recommend them enough! BUT, they do have minimums.

                      Look at Elizabeth's on L, really nice space and willing to work with you.


                      Oops didn't see florwoman's post

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                      Elyssa RE: ChicShic Jun 27, 2011 08:22 AM

                      For a cocktail reception you might want to consider the top floor at Darlington House. Very cute atmosphere (almost feel like you are in someone's house) they have a bar up here and probably can do a passed appetizers menu for you.

                      Darlington House
                      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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                        florwoman RE: ChicShic Jun 28, 2011 06:30 AM

                        for a cocktail reception try the Washington catering Co & Elizabeth's on L St. They are located in a lovely townhouse on L St right downtown (1300 block NW if I remember correctly) and the venue is free if she is your caterer. Elizabeth did our wedding (at Meridian House) and she worked within a tight budget and we had fantastic food.

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                          agarnett100 RE: florwoman Jun 28, 2011 08:20 AM

                          3rd - Washington Catering Co & Elizabeth's on L St. they have awesome food

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