I saved the best for last! Although, now that we are at the end of our Washington DC area wedding venue search series it means that summer is coming to an end. How sad?! That’s OK though, we love a good fall wedding in the DC area around here too! Today, we are talking budget and venues. These are the best wedding venues within the “affordable” category. I know that what is and isn’t affordable is different for each couple. So, for the purposes of this post we asked a few of the best wedding planners in the DC area their favorite affordable venues and gave them a criteria of 120 guests for a total wedding budget of $20,000 or less. (The average cost of a wedding in the DC area is around $35,000 and the average size guest list is little bit over 100 guests, so that’s how we got to 120 guests for $20,000.)


 Photo Credit: Geoff Chesman Visuals from a shoot at Oxon Hill Manor

I know it can seem hard to have a wedding in the DC area for this price range and this guest list size, but the truth is that it can be done and it is done all the time – quite beautifully, might I add! (And, couples are married for a lot less than this too!) If you are on a strict budget in the DC area, you need be creative and spend money only on the things that matter the most to you and skip the rest! (Check out our list of 10 things to skip to save money on a DC area wedding!)

In addition, to the standard advice of getting married on a Friday in the off-season or having a brunch instead of a sit-down dinner, there are a few other things you can do to find an affordable wedding venue in the DC area. You will want to look for venues that have a very low rental fee, such as parks and government-owned spaces. Luckily, the DC area is home to many of these venue options! You can also look for venues that offer a lot for your money, so venues that are all-inclusive and whose rental fee includes tables, chairs, linens and perhaps even, food. In this case, the less you have to bring in the better and the more affordable! Also, venues that allow you to bring in your own alcohol are great options, because it is generally cheaper to buy your own booze.


Photo Credit: Irene Abdou Photography from a real wedding at Stroga

Here is what the wedding planners in DC had to say about their favorite affordable wedding venues in the DC area…

“With a budget of $20K, the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center in Washington, DC is a great choice. The food is phenomenal and for around $50 per person your client can enjoy plated service, champagne toast, wine served with dinner, and a wedding cake. The staff is great there and the food is great also.” – Tara, owner of Perfect Planning

“Our favorite budget location in Washington, DC is Stroga in Adams Morgan. Stroga has beautiful bones and a cost effective price.” – Cindy, from A. Dominick Events

“I love the Arts Club of Washington in Washington, DC, as it is gives back to the community! The food is great and they are super flexible with everything there. They have their own tables, chairs and linens. Plus, I got married there!” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity

“Hands down, the answer to this is St. Francis Hall in Washington, DC. It truly is a hidden gem in DC! It is big enough to accommodate 200 guests, a band and a dance floor. It has a ton of free parking in the area, and it has tables and chairs on site. Plus, it is very pretty!”  – Janice, owner of Bellwether Events


Photo Credit: Liz and Ryan from a real wedding at St. Francis Hall

“The Mount Vernon Inn in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The price for this property is beyond reasonable, and couples get so much for the money. Plus, the venue is charming enough that minimal additional decor is required. It’s probably my number one recommendation for couples on a budget.” – Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining

“I love Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard, Maryland. The rental fee for 120 guests would be $650! Plus, it already has picnic tables included!” – Rebecca, from Blue Canary Events

Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. It has a reasonable rental fee, which includes tables and chairs. You can bring your own alcohol and any caterer as well.” – Courtney, owner of A Sweet Soiree

“The Bolger Conference Center in Potomac, Maryland offers great prices on rentals, catering and alcohol packages. There are also hotel rooms on-site and a bar for your after-party!” – Janice, owner of Bellwether Events

The Middleburg Community Center in Middleburg, VA. It’s really affordable and there is a built-in stage, high ceiling, a cute patio, and the rental fee includes tables and chairs”  – Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished


Photo Credit: Leo Druker Photography from a real wedding at the Bolger Center


Thank you so much, ladies! These are some great suggestions for affordable wedding venues in the DC area! This was the last posts in our Washington DC area wedding venue search series, so be sure to check out the rest of posts. If you have a suggestion for a round up of venues that you’d like to see, please let us know! In the meantime, you can browse our comprehensive list of all of thewedding venues in the Washington DC area or check out all of the beautiful real DC area weddings that we have featured on the blog.

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