Friday, April 11, 2008

Weddings for Wine Lovers

Who says you have to live in Cali to have an amazing wine themed wedding reception? D.C. has several highly rated wine bars that take you straight to Napa, most with private dining rooms. Here are some cool options if you're having around 50 guests. Mr. Shirlington and I are looking into having a second local reception for our friends who can't make it all the way down to Florida for the real deal. Yay for a second chance to wear my dress!

At Dino, D.C.'s top rated wine bar according to City Search, you can serve your guests authentic family style Italian food starting at only $37 per person! The only catch is that their private dining room only holds 20 people with a minimum expenditure of $1900. To rent the entire second floor, which seats 60, the minimum is $3000 Sunday through Thursday and $5000 on Friday. Please note that the upstairs cannot be rented out on Saturdays.

That may seem steep but if you count in the cost of alcohol and food, it's average for the area as far as a per person cost, but adds up to great savings since there's no room rental fee.


Dining Room
Tallula is rated number 2 on City Search's top wine bars in DC. It's actually located in the Arlington area. With an interesting menu including sunchoke soup (MMmmmMmm) and vidalia onion ravioli, it's sure to be memorable for all your guests. The hor douvres also sound fab! Think baby burgers with truffle oil and seabass ceviche....

Lounge: The maximum capacity for this room is 50 people, and there's no room rental fee. This room is best for reception style parties featuring passed hour douvres. The minimum for the space is $750 and it can be used from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. Perfect for a reception and then an after party at your favorite D.C. club or bar.

The Wine Room:
This area is better suited for seated dinners for up to 18 people with a $500 minimum, and again, no room rental fee.


This is actually one of mine and Mr. Shirlington's favorite Capitol Hill spots. He threw me a surprise birthday party there knowing how much I love the "wine on tap" and exposed brick walls.

The Avenue Lounge: Shown in the photo above, the avenue lounge is the second level of Sonoma and can fit up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception. It also has a third level mezzanine which overlooks the fireplace area.

The Wine Room: This room has a private bar and can accommodate a seated dinner for up to 40 people and a cocktail reception for up to 60.

This is the place to go if you're really looking to serve alcohol. Beer and wine service is $12.50 per person per hour, well open bar is $15 per person per hour and premium open bar comes in at a whopping $20!!! per person! per hour!! Stationed appetizers are $5-$7.50 per person per hour, and you can choose four+ to be served. Lunch buffet prices start at $47 per person and dinner prices are not listed. However, there's still no room rental fee.

Beer and wine for 60 people for three hours: $2500
Buffet style dinner (I guessed around $50 per person) for 60 people: $3000

It still comes in around $80 per person, which is around average for D.C. and with no room rental fee for that amazing loungey space it's quite a deal.

Is anyone else thinking of having a not-so-traditional reception?


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