One of the many stressful decisions you’ll make while planning your wedding is selecting the perfect venue. Have you identified the style, theme, or overall feel for your wedding day? Do you envision an extravagant black tie ball that is suitable for a king or queen? Perhaps you’ve always imagined saying “I do” in a garden of fresh spring blooms.
I’ve done a little research, and located some of the most beautiful hidden gems in Northern Virginia. I am super excited to share some of these amazing locations with you in a two-part series: Best Venues in Northern Virginia. In this series, you’ll find a selection of different types of venues that will accommodate various wedding styles. Among these venues are wineries, conference centers, hotels, and restaurants. I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite features of each venue, as well as the wedding style they accommodate best.
I hope that this blog series is both informative and inspirational, and will help you along in your journey to selecting the perfect venue.
Get ready to be inspired….
West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center
Located in Leesburg, Virginia, West Belmont Place is known for its huge ballroom space that can accommodate large parties of up 1,800 guests, which is perfect for multicultural weddings and events. West Belmont Place is tucked inside of 65 wooded acres making it perfect for seclusion, rest and relaxation. The space provides lodging that includes close to 1,000 guest rooms to accommodate your guests all weekend. The location also features an on-site Black Olive Bar and Grill that is the perfect place to unwind with your wedding party after the rehearsal dinner, or you might opt to enjoy their full delicious Sunday brunch.
If you choose West Belmont Place as your wedding venue you will have the pleasure of working with the site’s award winning culinary team, led by Executive Chef Frank Estremera. Chef Frank, who is a native of Peru, provides exquisite food with lots of South American flare making this venue perfect for multicultural weddings.
I love that this venue offers several indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, so the possibilities of the exact place you will say your vows are endless. Two of my favorite spaces were the pergola that overlooks the National Courtyard and the outdoor patio facing the Potomac River. The views from these spaces were breathtaking.
I also love the hospitality of the staff and from the start I could tell they are all about accommodating the customers needs. As part of the catering and sales staff, Juan Garcia and Rachel Brown work closely with the couples to ensure everything is well executed.
Sheraton Tysons Corner
Do you envision a wedding venue that can host your out-of-town guests, and all of the activities leading up to your wedding day? The Sheraton at Tysons Corner is your one stop shop for your wedding festivity needs with its ideal location to shops, restaurants, and access to major highways. This venue has a number of elegant options for your ceremony and reception space. The Fairfax is the largest ballroom with extravagant chandeliers that are perfect for a super elegant black tie affair. Imagine dancing under the stars as a newly wedded couple in the amazing Tysons Ballroom. This space features panoramic windows and large skylights. You and your guests are sure to feel the party vibe as this space was once a nightclub!
The on site catering team offers an array of menu options, which includes plated, buffet, and a variety of stations. The experienced team offers a variety of cuisines, dessert options, etc that can fit practically any wedding needs.
Lucy Warner, the Catering and Sales Manager, works directly with the couples to ensure their dreams come to reality. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the team as she’s executed several multicultural and fusion weddings with a lot of intricacies and traditions.
Sophistication, rustic, vintage, nature, picturesque, elegant are some of the ideas that immediately came to mind as I entered the Airlie. This historic manor, located in Warrenton, Virginia, is the perfect venue for a vintage garden wedding or an elegant rustic ceremony. At the Airlie, you have your choice of ceremony/reception spaces (covered and uncovered) that are located inside the manor, lakeside, in the garden, or in the pavilion. This venue is known for its amazing lush gardens and scenic views. Whether you are planning a wedding for Spring, Summer, or Fall, the trees and planted foliage that covers the space, makes this venue a true gem.
Feeling inspired? If any or all of these venues are speaking to your wedding vision, I highly encourage you to share with your wedding planner, who will be able to schedule a site visit for you. You cannot rest on my description and gorgeous images alone, go out and see the gorgeousness of these wedding venues in person.
Before you head out to tour your dream venue, click the button below for a free resource I've also created to help you remember all of the important questions you should be considering during your visit.
Stay tuned for part two of this series, where I highlight a few more of my favorite Virginian venues.