Top hotel wedding venues in Washington DC

September 19, 2019. Category: advice, Ballroom Wedding, ceremony, DC Wedding, DC Wedding Planner, DC Wedding Venue, uncategorized

When it comes to deciding on your wedding venue, it can feel very overwhelming! So we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our top hotel wedding venues in Washington DC in hopes that it will make your decision a little but easier and less stressful!

The Hay Adams Hotel

Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, The Hay-Adams of today offers a historic location with a legacy of service and excellence. This unique Washington, D.C. venue features 6,350 square feet of elegant, bright and airy event space perfect for a wedding of up to 200 guests.

Hay- Adams Wedding. A. Dominick Events


Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Floral: Amaryllis

Most notably is the crown jewel of The Hay-Adams, known as Top of the Hay which boasts panoramic views, including the best view of the White House and DC.

Hay- Adams Wedding. Top of the Hay. Luxury Wedding Planner. A. Dominick Events
Photography: Megan Beth

One of the top rooftop wedding locations in DC, this unique event space features French doors and trellis-like lattices under vaulted skylights, the perfect location for grand or intimate DC wedding.

Luxury DC Wedding. The Hay- Adams A. Dominick Events. Bonnie Sen Photography


Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Floral: Amaryllis

For more inspiration for weddings at The Hay Adams click here and here

The St. Regis

Ideally situated on K Street, just two blocks from the White House, The St. Regis is another wonderful option for a luxury wedding in Washington, D.C.

Luxury DC Wedding. A. Dominick Events. St. Regis Washington DC. Bonnie Sen Photography


Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Floral: Amaryllis

The St. Regis is a unique venue, not only does it have a ballroom that is not in the basement of the hotel but it also has an adjoining outdoor terrace which makes the venue almost feel twice the size. Known as the Astor Terrace at the St. Regis, it offers an urban oasis for exceptional outdoor ceremonies and receptions. This versatile venue can be used for weddings of up to 200 guests or use for cocktail hours and receptions.

Luxury Wedding Planner. A. Dominick Events. St. Regis Washington DC Wedding
Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Floral: Amaryllis

Palladian windows and crystal chandeliers adorn The Astor Ballroom, creating the feeling of old world glamour. The 2,508-square-foot ballroom comfortably accommodates up to 200 for weddings.

Luxury DC Wedding. St. Regis Washington Wedding. A. Dominick Events.
Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Floral: Amaryllis

For more inspiration for weddings at The St. Regis click here and here

The Ritz- Carlton

Conveniently located in the West End and within walking distance of downtown and Dupont Circle, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. features a 10,586 square-foot luxury Grand Ballroom, perfect for a large wedding (easily accommodating 350 for ceremony and reception) that can be transformed into almost anything for your DC wedding.

The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom features molded wood wall panels that are painted in a light French grey with cream accents, 14.5-foot ceilings and six breathtaking chandeliers, providing a modern look and a soft glow.

Luxury Washington DC Wedding Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Wedding. A. Dominick Events. Bonnie Sen Photography. Abby Jiu Photography
Photography: Abby Jiu Photography Floral: Amaryllis

For more Ritz-Carlton Washington DC Weddings click here and here

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

Right in the heart of bustling Georgetown, the Four Seasons Hotel offers the ideal setting for intimate weddings, family gatherings, celebrations and galas. The expansive, Corcoran pillarless ballroom is 4602 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to 250 guests.

Luxury Wedding at Four Seasons Washington DC. A. Dominick Events. Sweet Root Village.
Photography: Gabe Aceves Floral: Sweet Root Village

Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe their ballrooms in natural light, and their private, covered patio can be tented for events year round and is the perfect spot for wedding portraits.

Luxury Wedding in Washington DC. Four Seasons Wedding. A. Dominick Events


Photography: Gabe Aceves Floral: Sweet Root Village

From outdoor terraces to banquet-ready ballrooms, the Four Seasons Hotel offers a sophisticated choice for your wedding celebration.

For more Four Seasons Washington DC Wedding inspiration click here and here

The Ritz- Carlton Georgetown

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. magnificent Fahrenheit Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick offering a contemporary venue of dramatic and rustic proportions.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Wedding. A. Dominick Events
Ritz-Carlton Wedding Georgetown. A. Dominick Events.


Photography: Lisa Ryan Floral: Highway to Hill

For couples wishing to exchange their vows al fresco, The Yard offers a romantic oasis within a terraced garden shaded by a lush canopy of trees.  Tailored made for the most intimate of experiences, The Chimney Stack sits at the base of the iconic 130 foot smokestack boasting a soaring ceiling and modern, industrial décor which can accommodate up to 100 guests.

For more Ritz Carlton Georgetown Wedding inspiration click here

The Willard Hotel

Known for its contemporary luxury, historic charm, sophisticated style, and first-class service, The Willard InterContinental is one of Washington’s most prestigious venues. The Willard InterContinental’s 19 distinctive spaces provides a distinguished setting for both intimate and grand weddings.

Luxury Wedding Willard Hotel Washington DC. A. Dominick Events. Eli Turner Photography

The Crystal Room provides a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable event. Exuding spectacular opulence, the Crystal Room’s design motif includes mottled green columns, crystal-dripping chandeliers, ornate hand-carved gold leaf crown molding, and antique drapery and can hold up to 200 guests.

The Willard Room, whose intricate design and exquisite oak paneling, brass and bronze chandeliers, and dark green marble columns reflects the craftsmanship of a bygone era, offers a distinguished setting for up to 200 guests

Originally located on the top floor of The Willard, the Grand Ballroom was relocated to the hotel’s lower level during the restoration of The Willard in the mid-1980s. Featuring 4,736 square feet, with an additional 2,176 square feet in the ballroom’s separate entrance foyer, the Grand Ballroom is one of Washington’s most notable venues for up to 350 guests.

For more Willard InterContinental Wedding inspiration click here

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Top Non-Hotel Venues in DC

August 30, 2019. Category: advice, DC Wedding Planner, DC Wedding Venue, uncategorized, venue, wedding planner

Are you newly engaged and looking for the best wedding venues in DC? Well look no more, if you are a hotels aren’t for me kind of person. These are our top 6 non-hotel venues in the District.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

The “Mellon” as some reference it, is a beautiful and grand open space with large capacities, high ceilings and incredible architectural details which can be transformed into almost anything.

If you are looking for the best non-hotel venue in DC for your wedding and have a large guest count, this is a wonderful option to consider for your “big day” This particular venue can accommodate 200-600 guests. If you plan on having both your wedding ceremony and reception here, then they recommend that the space can accompany 200-400 guests. However, if you plan on only having your wedding reception here, then a guest count of 200-600 is fine.

Andrew W. Mellon Wedding. A. Dominick Events. Abby Jiu Photography
Photography: Abby Jiu Florist: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

For more inspiration for Andrew W. Mellon weddings click here and here.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in Washington, D.C., is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated” to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. When guests arrive at the museum they are greeted by a luxurious marble reception area which is accented with three beautiful crystal chandeliers, which in themselves are showstoppers! Though the real gems are all of the works of art from NMWA’s collection that grace the walls where your guests will be mingling and dancing the night away!

Grande marble staircases which sweep upward to the spacious Mezzanine make for the perfect entrance for the bride as she descends into the Great Hall.

The Great Hall and the Mezzanine can each seat 250 guests, this elegant event space is ideal for dinner and dancing. If a party is 250 guests or less, both of these areas may be used at different times throughout the event. A ceremony may be held in the Great Hall and dinner can be served in the Mezzanine.

For more inspiration for National Museum of Women in the Arts weddings click here and here.

Meridian House

A historical landmark, the Meridian House is a classic, timeless, intimate venue which holds up to 150 guests. The gorgeous architecture both inside and outside and luscious gardens almost make you feel like you are at someone’s grand estate.

The gardens are the perfect place for an outdoor ceremony, and if for some reason you have inclement weather the ballroom inside is just a beautiful and intimate.

Meridian House Wedding. Outdoor Ceremony. A. Dominick Events. Abby Jiu Photography

For more inspiration for Meridian House weddings click here

Dock 5

Located at Union Market, this unique space with flexible floor plans offers you an industrial blank-canvas for your special event. There’s more than 12,000 square feet of warehouse space and exceptionally high ceilings – a rare find in D.C! Dock 5 can accommodate up to 400 seated guests, which includes room for cocktails.

Decatur House

One of the oldest and most prestigious homes in Washington DC, the Decatur House has an undoubtedly magical atmosphere.

From an intimate gathering to a large celebration, the Decatur House has the abilities to transform your day into something spectacular. The Carriage House can accommodate 150 banquet style seating with dance floor. The bricked Courtyard is perfect for receptions and dinners, this space can be enjoyed tented or alfresco! 220 guests can be seated banquet style with dancing in the carriage house.

Decatur House Spring Wedding, Washington DC Wedding, A. Dominick Events. Jodi and Kurt Photography. Sweet Root Village
Photography: Jodi & Kurt Floral: Sweet Root Village

For more inspiration for Decatur House weddings click here and here

Union Station

The Presidential Suite at Union Station embodies the historic grandeur of old D.C. If you are looking for a truly magnificent and historical DC experience, then the Presidential Suite at Union Station is perfect for your wedding. It has recently undergone an expansive renovation and is currently available as a private event space in D.C. This uniquely historic room can accommodate up to 300 for cocktail receptions, 160 for a seated dinner and 130 with a dance floor.

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5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

March 14, 2019. Category: advice, maid of honor, uncategorized

If you’ve been asked to be a maid of honor (or matron of honor) in your best friend or sister’s wedding this is not only a huge honor, but a role that should be taken seriously and with stride. Your main role is really to be the biggest supporter of the bride during the planning of her wedding and more importantly her wedding day.

Here are 5 things every Maid of Honor should do for the bride on her wedding day!

1. As a maid of honor be prepared to jump in and help with anything. Abby Grace Photography
2. Carry the brides cell phone! As the maid of honor hold onto the bride’s phone for her and take photos throughout the wedding so at the end of the night when the party is over, she can relive all of the special moments all over again!
Bonnie Sen Photography
3. Learn how to do the bride’s bustle or at least have the wedding planner show you, so you can assist if need be.
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4. Always have a small emergency kit with Advil, bandaids, anything you can think of! We like the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Brides as they have everything you need in the most adorable little case that can easily fit in your clutch. Bonnie Sen Photography
5. Have your own dress ordered, altered and ready to go well before the wedding. Make sure that the other bridesmaids do the same, the bride should not have to be chasing everyone to make sure they have their dresses she has enough to worry about. Bonnie Sen Photography

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Wedding Budget: Where to Spend your Money and Why!

March 11, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, anniversary, Luxury Weddings, uncategorized

You finally chose a wedding day and think you have found the perfect venue but now what? Before you start planning anything further, you need to put together a budget for your wedding day!

Do you care most about the photos you will keep or is it your dream to have a killer band for a rocking party?  Know that going into the budgeting process and allocate more money for those areas.  You also need to be prepared to scale back on the things you don’t care as much about!

Luxury wedding at the meridian house, entryway, Amaryllis Floral and Event Design, A. Dominick Events

Be realistic: Most weddings we see in the Washington DC area are $800-$1,200 per guest.  Don’t believe the “average” DC wedding budgets you see in magazines and on other blogs.  Unfortunately, you can’t have a wedding like you see in bridal magazines for $50,000 in this region. Period.

Wedding Guests: Your guest count is the biggest way to contain your budget (read: save money). Take a hard look at not only your guest list, but your parent’s list, and your groom’s parent’s guest lists to see how necessary each invite and plus one is. But hold on, your list isn’t safe either. Stop and think who you will still be friends with in 10 years. Those coworkers might not NEED to be included.

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Don’t forget the un-sexy items: Yes, you have to think about transportation, insurance, rain plan and lighting. These items might not appear in your Pinterest-fueled dreams, but they have to be a consideration in your budget.

Prepare for the Unexpected: Know that you will likely go over budget.  Most couples go over by about 20%.  Last minute add ons and upgrades tend to be the culprit here.

Prioritize: What are the items you care most about? Those items should get weighted more in your budget. What items do you care least about? You MUST choose some items to be less of a priority to get a realistic handle on your budget. In reality, your food and beverage will be the most expensive line item, but depending on your priorities, the band or floral and decor will likely be next in line.

Ask An Expert:  Hire a planner or at the very least talk to a friend who is recently married in a venue similar. They can outline the true costs of the type of wedding that you are thinking of having BEFORE you book a venue! We happen to know the best wedding planner(s) in DC!

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Desert Destination – Palm Springs!

January 15, 2019. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, advice, bachelorette, destination wedding, inspiration, uncategorized

Here at A. Dominick Events we might be all about event planning, but we also enjoy getting out of the office from time to time and exploring! After a recent trip to Palm Springs, we would love to share our recommendations for this amazing destination – perfect for a fun weekend getaway, bachelorette location, or of course a desert oasis destination wedding!

Here are our recommendations for food, drinks, and fun activities!

Food:

We love the original Las Casulas for Mexican food, but be careful, the margaritas are strong!

Recommended Mexican food in Palm Springs
Yummy guacamole at Las Casulas!

Farm is such an adorable spot! Great for breakfast, but also a very romantic for dinner (think live music and twinkle lights). Be sure to get reservations!

Great breakfast, romantic dinner spot in Palm Springs
The perfect patio for brunch at Farm!

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. Totally the spot to run into celebrities in town from LA.

Pool side dining in Palm Springs
Purple Palm, the place to see and be seen!

Drinks:

Bootlegger Tiki – we love this tiny tiki lounge!

Intimate bar/lounge in Palm Springs
Fun and intimate drink spot – Bootlegger Tiki

4 Saints on the rooftop of the Rowan Hotel (which is also a great restaurant!). We stayed at this brand new Kimpton property and it was fabulous!

Recommended bar and restaurant in Palm Springs
See you at the 4 Saints bar!

Fun:

We went horseback riding at Smoke Tree Stables and LOVED it. The views are absolutely to die for and our guide taught us a ton about the desert.

Horseback riding in Palm Springs
The west is waiting for you at Smoke Tree Stables!

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for some amazing views. Full disclosure, I needed a few drinks with my fear of heights, but there is a bar at the top.

Breathtaking views from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Enjoy the view from the top on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

Take in the architecture of Palm Springs with The Modern Tour.

Modern architecture in Palm Springs
Visit the historic mid-century modern homes of Palm Springs

These are just a few of our recommendations for this amazing destination!

Where do you like to go in Palm Springs? Any suggestions for our next adventure?

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