Hi. I am still here. I haven’t been posting because I haven’t had anything new to add. I have been back to the grind at work and with the social life and just hanging out trying to figure out our housing situation. I sent over a few venues to the planner to investigate. The one I was most excited about - The Carlyle Club - is located in Alexandria, VA. Not the DC proper we were looking for, but hey, money talks! Here is a picture of the venue.
The Carlyle Club is an art deco style music venue with fine dining. It seems to be a very unique space, which we definitely wanted. Because it is a “big band/swing night club” with a stage and lighting effects, it makes for a better argument to have a band. Yippee! Also, the place is super affordable (in comparison). There is no site fee. The food and beverage minimum is $10,000, which includes space, staff, bartenders, linens, tables, chairs, etc. WOW! By going this route vs the Biltmore on NYE, we will be saving about $7,000 just on the space and food.