I'm getting married in DC, or at least I'm trying to! A few questions regarding budgets and venues inside.
Not having been married before, and not having a lot of second-hand experience or girly-girl inclinations, I have almost no idea what goes into making a wedding. The first issue I want to tackle is the budget.
Am I insane for thinking that a wedding can be had in the DC Metro area for under $5k? The idea of putting anymore money into one day makes me feel slightly ill. Our parents are willing to help out a bit, but we want to pay for the majority.
It seems that venues and catering will be the main expense, and we're trying to keep it small (50 to 80 guests) I'm fine with a cheap dress, and he'll be wearing a suit, and we're both crafty/DIY inclined.
It seems that having the reception and ceremony in the same place can save on costs/hassles. If that won't be possible at a particular venue I'd be willing to have a very small ceremony (in a place like Metafilter's own eviltiff's DC wedding chapel
), and put most of the focus/money where I think it should be: having an awesome party for my wonderful friends and family.
So, that said: what venues would you recommend that are artsy, outdoorsy or historic? We'd like to stay away from hotels and country clubs. No churches. We both live in DC, and our parents live in Northern Virginia. We'd do metro area MD too. I'd ideally like something public transit accessible, but realize that might be prohibitively expensive.
Thanks! Any other related recommendations are welcome as well.