Intimate wedding celebrations are gaining popularity here in the DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland area. Lavish celebrations were once all the rage, now many couples are opting for unique and cozy venues to host their closest friends and family.
When looking for a venue to accomodate a paired down guest list, DC has many options. Pinstripes (a modern bowling alley), Sequoia, and Malmaison are located in Georgetown, close to upscale shopping and restaurants.
There are many hotels for your guests to stay, all within walking distances of these venues and the popular M Street and Wisconsin Avenue shopping area. The Graham is a smaller boutique hotel. The area also boasts the always popular Ritz Carlton brand. Both are just up the street from the Georgetown Waterfront and the historic C&O canal. Your friends and family will want to add a few days in the city just to enjoy all that Georgetown has to offer.
If you chose to have your wedding at Malmaison, be sure to take advantage of throwing open the glass garage doors. Guests can mingle inside and out and enjoy the waterfront views. Malmaison's catering staff has many options to offer for cocktail hour and dinner. Short Ribs and sea bass are among the choices and each are carefully prepared and some of the best dishes in the city. You can choose an open bar or offer your guests one of Malmaison's signature cocktails while they enjoy dancing on the upper level of this casual dining restaurant.
While they are dancing, you can sneak away for a few moments for a dramatic portrait under the freeway, by the canal, or on the waterfront. The Kennedy Center in the distance offers a backdrop not usually used in a lot of DC wedding day portraits. The Key Bridge also makes a lovely after sunset backdrop.
Location: 3401 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007.