Last week was a big week in the venue search front. If you were wondering, we are still unsuccessful. Kelley and I looked at the The Hotel George near Union Station Metro. It is a Kimpton resort so it has all the uniqueness and charm we are looking for. What is doesn’t have is space. We were warned that the space would be tight for 80 - 90 people and they were right. The space is designed for meetings, not weddings. Basically, we would have to have our guests stand up during the ceremony. Even though it will be a short ceremony, I want my guests to be comfortable.
After the disappointment of The Hotel George not being spacious enough for us, we headed to Chinatown to look at the sister property, Hotel Monaco. I fell in love! This is the first venue I could see myself getting married. Aside from the history of the building and the quirkiness of it (providing guest with complimentary goldfish to keep them company in their rooms), the space is beautiful. From the long spiral staircases, to the cathedral ceilings, to the openness of the finely decorated rooms.
I immediately looked at my wedding planner and said, “This is it!” Of course, my dreams were shattered once we started talking money! With a $20,000 food & beverage minimum, that basically sums up the budget we have set for our wedding. Unbelievable. I am still so amazed at how expensive everything is in the district. You would think having a winter wedding when most wedding professionals are hurting for business, we would be saving an arm and a leg. Turns out we are paying more for services. Yikes!
Which means…the search is still on for the perfect, affordable venue.