Conference Facilities

RiverView Terrace

July 11, 2012

When I think of D.C., I think of beautiful Potomac River views. Can you imagine a wedding set on the banks of the Potomac? Well, I certainly can at the beautiful RiverView Terrace at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center.

The site features tenting by Sugarplum Tent Company – one of my favorites!  I am giddy just thinking about planning a wedding under the clear top tent over the gorgeous green grass overlooking the water!!

The Gaylord National Resort can accommodate wedding events of all sizes, whether it’s an intimate ceremony for 10, or a full-blown bash for 1,000.

Photo Credits: Geoffrey S Archer

Each wedding event includes the expertise and services of a dedicated wedding event manager, and complimentary, deluxe accommodations for the wedding couple of their wedding night.

The fee for a wedding ceremony at Gaylord National begins at $2,500, with a $40,000 minimum for food and beverage expenditures, and varies based on location, set up, date and number of guests. The Bride and Groom can offer guests discounted overnight accommodations by reserving a room block for their wedding party. For all the details, contact their Weddings and Local Event Catering team at 301-965-4847.

Top of the Town

November 2, 2011

Washington, D.C. is a stunning city, from the striking monuments to the Potomac River. What could be better than enjoying all of these views during your D.C. wedding?

Luckily, you can see a gorgeous panoramic view of the city at Top of the Town, located just one block west of the Iwo Jima memorial and just steps from the Rosslyn metro stop.

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The Ronald Reagan Building

February 10, 2011

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the annual Sparkle Lounge at the Ronald Reagan Building.  As if I don’t love the venue enough, they once again totally “wowed” me with the incredible decor, food and, of course, champagne!

I am SO obsessed with the champagne bubble projections and I can totally see a wedding with a cheery (pun intended!) bubble motif — I think I just might need to make an inspiration board with this in mind soon!

For more information, contact Catering Sales Manager Karen Shao Coberly at  202.312.1331.

Strathmore Mansion and Music Center

August 25, 2010

You might remember this beautiful “Red Line” wedding that we featured this past spring. Well, whether you are traditional or contemporary, Strathmore Mansion and Music Center is a venue to consider!

The magnificent Georgian Mansion sits high upon a hill, and is surrounded by centuries-old trees, flowering shrubs and perfectly manicured lawns.  The inside features marble and polished oak, glittering chandeliers, gleaming brass fixtures, towering Palladian windows, and a sweeping staircase that just begs for a bridal procession. The Mansion at Strathmore has been the choice for hundreds of couples for their dream weddings.

On the other hand, the grand and contemporary Music Center takes its cues from the rolling hills and park-like setting with a softly undulating roof that appears to merge into the steep hills of the Strathmore property.  A six-story glass wall in the Lockheed Martin Lobby overlooks an 11-acre site of greenery.  With its soaring glass walls and windows throughout, beautiful natural light fills interior spaces of the Music Center, and the accents of natural wood make the spaces warm and inviting.

Both venues provide  a versatile blank canvas that can suit the needs of any individual.  In one campus we have the warm and cozy, historical turn of the century Mansion, and the light and airy brand new, world class performing arts center.

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Top of the Town

August 18, 2010

One of the best ways to incorporate the lovely city of DC into your wedding is to somehow include the gorgeous and stately monuments – whether as part of a photo shoot, a clever and memorable favor, or, in the case of Top of the Town, a breathtaking backdrop as you say your vows and dance into the night.

Top of the Town, a venue located in Arlington, VA, allows you to host your wedding with the the DC skyline in the background.

Whether looking out the 12-foot windows or from the outdoor terrace, the sweeping panoramic views, including the Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, all the way around to Fort Myer and the new Air For Memorial are breathtaking! I can hear the “oohs” and “ahhs” already!

Couples can choose to host both the ceremony and the reception in Top of the Town’s reception ballroom, which can be divided, if needed, into sections, as well as on the outdoor terrace. Cross your fingers for good weather so that you can dance in celebration as the sun drops, the air chills, and the monuments begin to glow.

Other wonderful aspects of Top of the Town are the beautiful glass enclosed elevator, elegant chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and its classic, gorgeous décor. Plus, it is centrally located and easily accessible from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and is only minutes from both the Reagan National Airport and the Rosslyn Metro Station.

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