*UPDATE 2015: Unfortunately both Stroga & Epic Yoga have closed their doors since the writing of this post.*
*UPDATE 2014: PLEASE READ THIS POST BEFORE CONSIDERING THE FOLLOWING VENUES IN THIS POST*
It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about wedding venues in the DC metro area. Originally when I started Capitol Romance, I wanted to highlight a venue once a week – hah! My was I optimistic (and completely unaware of how difficult that would eventually prove to me). However I get a TON of web traffic to my Washington DC Gardens Venue post I did a long time ago (lots of people want outdoor wedding venues in DC apparently) and I get a lot of hits to the blog for “cheap DC wedding venues” – which I am not sure I do the best at sharing.
But, for today, I’d love to share a round-up of some of DC’s best ‘offbeat’ wedding venues. You know, the non-hotel ballroom types.
Now, Washington DC isn’t exactly Brooklyn, so when it comes to offbeat wedding spaces, we aren’t exactly overflowing with lofts or industrial space. But we do have some pretty sweet alternative venue options in a few parts of the city that allow for some awesome nontraditional DC weddings.
Offbeat & Alternative Washington DC Wedding Venues Roundup
Stroga, in Adams Morgan and Epic Yoga in Dupont Circle, are two of the COOLEST event venues I have yet to see in DC. Epic Yoga has exposed brick, wood floors, high loft-like ceilings, fireplaces …. about as close to an industrial space as we are going to get in DC proper.
Stroga features chandeliers, a grand staircase entrance, and exquisitely ornate detailing on the walls.
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I am suuuuuuuuuuper pumped to be working a wedding at Stroga this fall. For a real wedding at these locations, check out Ashley & Dave’s Super Local DC wedding on A Practical Wedding at Stroga . Please send us your wedding if you had it at Epic Yoga!
Art galleries are always a good wedding venue choice – mostly because they need little decorations, the space is already decorated with beautiful and unique art! Two of my favorite galleries in DC proper are Fathom Gallery and Longview Gallery.
We won’t go in-depth on Longview, because we already did an entire post on this space. Fathom Gallery is just as cool though, with some more exposed brick and hardwood floors, however, the space is much smaller than Longview.
Though not a wedding, Karson Butler Events designed a stunning baby shower at the gallery, with vibrant feathers & colors everywhere. It gives you an idea of how an offbeat wedding might look in the space. Check it out here.
[Image via Abby Jiu Photography]
#3 Markets: Eastern Market’s North Hall
A while back I featured a beautiful wedding at Eastern Market’s North Hall and ever since then, I get a fair amount of readers that email me to ask for more information about getting married there.
The location is PERFECT, the building is beautiful, and it certainly lends itself to being nontraditional. Plus the surrounding area provides some pretty sweet spots for wedding portraits. Check out more information on wedding rentals at Eastern Market here.
The Woolly Mammoth was actually on my own original wedding venue list and the Arena Stage was only recently constructed in SE DC – but both are super modern. Huge ceilings, open air spaces, and beautiful metal and wood details make either of these spaces an awesome selection for an offbeat DC wedding venue.
Woolly Mammoth’s Kogod Lobby
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Check out a real wedding at the Woolly Mammoth Theater here. The Arena Stage is equally stunning and I think, even a bit more expansive and impressive than Woolly Mammoth (plus I loovvvee the concrete floors).
Arena Stage Wedding
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Ok Romancers – what’d I miss?! Any other good ‘offbeat’ venues out there in Washington, DC? I’d love to keep adding to this post!