Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Recent Uncertainty

I'm glad to see that there are some new brides posting. It' s very encouraging to know that I'm not alone in trying to stay sane during this taxing planning process! I've had some health issues as of late which have put wedding planning on the backburner and have left me with little energy for the "fun stuff," but I'm hanging in there. I still have 11 months and even though I've gotten so little accomplished, there is time yet. In the meantime, I'm encouraged by how much progress the other brides are making. It's very inspiring.

So, to update.... I still have not been able to find a place I can afford as a venue. I am not entirely sure what my budget will be but I'm trying to imagine it being around 10k which really doesn't leave that much room for creativity. I'm only planning on inviting 50-60 people and I just want it to be someplace beautiful and intimate that will have good food and room for dancing. Is that too much to ask? In my mind, I'm trying to keep dinner/venue under 100 per person but that's neearly impossible given how expensive Washington DC is. And I thought having the wedding here would be easier than in my hometown of New York! Who am I kidding? At this rate, I'll be opting for a small corner Italian restaurant in Brooklyn in no time!

As much as I love my roots, I wanted to have my wedding out here to show my family where I'm living and where I've chosen to spend my life. I've tried looking at places a little deeper into Northern Virginia, but it seems like everyplace has some absurd minimum. Isn't there one nice place anywhere that can accomodate a small group of people for a reasonable price without sacrificing quality?

With 11 months to go, I know there's time to iron all these uncertainties out. I just wish there was a little more cause for hope. I'd just like to get a handle on this one aspect (which to me is the most important, really). Anyone have any ideas? Mine are running out...


Blogger Mrs. NearlyWed said...

Try the Grand Atrium in Vienna, VA. it's really a cute place and even better are the pricing. They offer a number of discounts on DJ's and everything is included. Dinner is upstairs over looking the dance floor one floor below, there's a wonderful wood burning fireplace (is you r wedding in the fall?)and plenty of free parking.
It's not the Ritz, but it's a great all inclusive option in the DC Area.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Nunzia said...

I've actually never heard of it but I will have to look into it. The wedding is in mid-May, but it still sounds nice, though the dance floor set-up is hard to picture....

Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:43:00 AM  
Blogger Nunzia said...

just checked on that venue.. there is a 90 person minimum so that won't work... any other suggestions?

Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW have you uesd the www.brides.com local search functions? It's been really helpful for me because you can search by all these multiple factors at once. I don't even want to waste my time reading about a place where I can't get kosher food (that's something your hometown would be better for, I'm sure), so I guess I lied when I told my parents, "Don't worry, there are plenty of Jews there!" Jews, maybe, but possibly kosher venues not so much.

Anyway you should do that and search by capacity, money, type of venue even (unique, museum/gallery, etc) and check out those places. It's not the end all be all of what's out there but the search is nice and clean.

Click on "reception site." Within my reception site search I made one of the criterion "ceremony space on site" since I'm pretty sure I want them both to be in one spot for the sake of my sanity and my guests'.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 8:10:00 AM  
Blogger Christiana said...

look up posts by Miss. Jeff Memorial, or check out her blog what liz said. She is doing a DC wedding for $5,000 and has about the same guest count I believe.

It is in an adorable restaurant and i'd book there too if I hadn't placed a deposit on a venue already :(

Monday, October 20, 2008 3:32:00 PM  

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