Friday, May 11, 2012

Riverview Terrace at The Gaylord {New Venues!}

Last night, three of us (Christine, Laura and Amanda above) had the pleasure of attending the opening premiere of The Gaylord National's new waterfront event space, RiverView Terrace. This space is situated right on the water and offers what brides (and wedding planners) love--a blank canvas to customize. We're always looking for large open space because, let's face it, D.C. is the home of charming historical spaces that hold 150 people max. So a flat, expansive lawn on the water is a dream come true!

Ideally situated facing west along the Potomac, RiverView Terrace offers a dramatic setting with impressive nightly sunsets amidst the National Harbor Marina and sweeping views of Old Town Alexandria and the Washington monuments in the distance. The gorgeous space features a smooth grass surface with built-in tent anchor point and lots of power and can hold up to 700 guests for a seated dinner or 1,200 guests for a reception.

You can choose to customize an event by adding full or partial tenting to create ambiance or cover from rain, portable outdoor heaters, air conditioning, twinkle lights that adorn the surrounding landscape and illuminate the terrace after dusk, and Gaylord National's signature "Kiss Goodnight" – a private fireworks show over the Potomac River.

Last night, the space was crowned with a gorgeous clear span tent provided by the amazing Davis Richardson of Sugarplum Tents. If anyone knows tents, Davis does! The weather was perfect and the sun set over the water while we feasted on delicious sushi, lamb burgers, carpaccio and a variety of flavored margaritas.  The fun entertainment ranged from talking trees to rock violinists to break-dancers, culminating in spectacular fireworks after sunset.

If you're looking for the new hot spot in the city for an event, be sure to call Rachel Chadderdon, Director of Local Catering, at (301) 965-3761 or  We love working with Rachel and can't wait to bring a fabulous wedding to the Riverview Terrace!