Monday, January 28, 2013

DC Wedding Venues {Unique Large Hotels}

photo by Fotobriceno

Welcome back to our DC Wedding Venue Review!  Last week we highlighted some favorite modern venues, grand spaces and historic homes. Now we're showing you the best of DC's fabulous hotels!

Often, we have couples come to us saying they don't want a hotel wedding. If they've only seen sterile hotel meeting rooms or boring ballrooms, we don't blame them.  But DC is home to some really gorgeous and unique hotels. Hotels that are historic sites in and of themselves.  A wedding in one of these beauties is anything but boring!

Because we're lucky enough to have lots of fabulous hotel options, we're dividing our review into larger hotels, small hotels and resort properties. Up today-- our favorite of the city's unique larger hotels.

The Mandarin Oriental

We love working at The Mandarin and have had some of our favorite weddings there since the hotel opened. We love the garden for a ceremony or cocktails and the small garden rooms that open onto the outdoor space. The ballrooms are stunning and can handle larger groups so we've had more than a few Indian weddings here but they are also ideal for a couple that likes an elegant and sophisticated ballroom. And the hotel's suites are amazing (especially the Presidential) and its spa is to-die-for!

photo by Robert Isacson

The Fairmont

This beautiful hotel has the advantages of a larger hotel with the intimate feel of a small one. You can choose to have your wedding in the glass-walled Colonnade for a smaller group or in the recently renovated ballroom for a larger group. We love both spaces and you can't beat the stunning courtyard for photos or cocktails!

The Colonnade

The Ballroom

The Willard

We love the Willard's history, its amazing location and the unique character of each of its event spaces.  You can have your ceremony or reception in the Crystal room with soaring marble columns, in the Willard Room with rich wood detail or in the mural-topped ballroom. And did we mention the stunning suites with views that will take your breath away?

The Willard Room

The Crystal Room

Grand Ballroom photo by Justine Ungaro

The Omni Shoreham

We love the outside gazebo and the number of ballroom options available. This hotel is truly flexible with ballrooms ranging from intimate to spacious and each completely unique, from built-in stages to columns to wall murals. And the gorgeous lobby space and hotel restaurant make the perfect gathering spot for guests!