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Very small wedding venue (8 people or less) in the DC or NoVA area

2ndtime Apr 14, 2012 10:25 PM

I'm not too familiar with the DC/NoVA area. This is my 2nd marriage & my fiance's first. Our family will be coming up from Texas. I'm looking for a nice, romantic place for our vow ceremony (but not incredibly expensive) & lunch/dinner at a nice restaurant. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Elyssa Apr 15, 2012 11:10 AM

    I take it you are looking to do this all in one spot. If so maybe check out the Tabard Inn. If the weather is going to be warm, their outdoor courtyard is completely charming.

    Firefly is also a cute restaurant with a whimsical theme. They have a small private room that might suit your needs.

    Two other places to consider is Darlington House (again upstairs is a private area, you'll feel like you are holding your ceremony and dinner in a lovely friend's house) or Bistro D'Oc (they also have a couple of private rooms upstairs with a nice, cozy setting. French bistro cuisine for lunch or dinner is perfect!).

    Good luck and congrats.

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    1. re: Elyssa
      eam531 Apr 16, 2012 09:31 AM

      The last time I was at Darlington House, I had to go downstairs into the noisy tavern that shares the building in order to use the restroom. I thought that was a turnoff. If there are now restrooms upstairs at Darlington House, my apologies, but I would have zero desire to hold a wedding in that venue.

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        Elyssa Apr 16, 2012 03:07 PM

        The area I was thinking about is all the way upstairs, far away from the bar area all the way in the basement. If the only time you have to go down there is for the bathroom I wouldn't think that's a big deal.

        1. re: Elyssa
          eam531 Apr 17, 2012 09:56 AM

          Yes, that is what I was talking about too--we went to the 'nice' restaurant upstairs. The idea of being in a nice restaurant for a wedding and having to fight your way through crowds in the tavern in the basement to use the bathroom is pretty unappealing, I'm sorry. I didn't like doing it when we went there for dinner.

      2. re: Elyssa
        katecm Apr 16, 2012 10:21 AM

        Tabard Inn is definitely made for this. And as Tom Sietsema often says when he's recommending proposal restaurants, you want to choose a place that will be around for a long time, so that you can go back on anniversaries and the like. Tabard Inn is one of those places. Plus it's also a lovely hotel, so you can spend the night there, if you'd like.

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        eguder Apr 16, 2012 10:16 AM

        We got married at the Lorien Hotel in Alexandria. They have a nice little courtyard you could use for your vow ceremony, and then Brabo for reception.

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          dining with doc Apr 16, 2012 03:56 PM

          Might want to check out 2941. You could have the ceremony out on the terrace which is lovely and then go into one of the private rooms afterwards. They would make a special menu with you.

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