Even though I live in northern Virginia and the boy does as well (although not by my standards, he lives an hour south in the “real” Virginia as I call it) I am planning a wedding in Baltimore. Yes, I am from the Baltimore suburbs and have a real love of my hometown, but also because it is more budget friendly than DC. Apparently to have a wedding in the District of Columbia, you need to be a socialite or either have a high paying job or rich parents. Or, I guess just be willing to pay the minimums, which I am not.
It’s frustrating looking at venues even in Baltimore. I’ve loved places that fit our budget (such as The VanDiver Inn, only to be told that they’re pretty much booked for September ’09 (they have an outdoor pavilion, which they say is heated, but I don’t want to take chances, thus I’d push the wedding up if we had it outdoors). Then there’s The Hippodrome, which has reasonable rates, and even includes rentals of tables and chairs. I was all gung-ho to schedule a visit until I noticed that their caterer requires a $10,000 minimum for weekend events. So that’s not happening.
We are meeting with my favorite contender, AVAM next Saturday. I also recently discovered Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. Well, I knew about it, as they were building it out when I still lived in Baltimore, but I’d forgotten about it. Their coordinator, Dani, is on the ball and very nice. Unfortunately she will be out of town next Saturday, so I will be taking the train up to make a special trip to meet with her. The only downside of this venue is their space is a bit cut up, it’s not just one room. But look at that space, our guests would have a frickin’ field day there! My boss said we’d probably have to corral them back into the room for things, which is possibly true.
The last contender is a bit different from the other two. Liriodendron. It’s an old mansion, which is something I’d said that I would stay away from because it’s just not my style. Still, it’s close to where my parents live and the price is right, and the photos are lovely. The coordinator wrote me right back to tell me that they are available on our dates and have an open house every Sunday, so we’ll be able to visit the space next weekend. If we have our event here, we’d have a more traditional affair, and serve dinner. If we have our event at either of the museums, we’d likely just have cocktails and dessert because their rental fee is higher.
I’m going to see if I can find any other spaces that interest me and if so, try and schedule meetings. But I have a feeling our wedding will end up taking place at one of these three places, and I think regardless of where it takes place, it will be a wonderful, thrifty event.
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