DC's fabulous luxury hotels can host every element of your wedding weekend—from the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch—on site.
Brunch, bubbles & bridal suites: The Hay-Adams provides everything a couple needs to throw a weekend-long fête. “I can’t think of a more perfect send-off for guests,” says director of catering Alison Okobi, “than our crêpes served with the most impressive view of the White House!”
For the busy Washington couple, treating a local hotel like a full-service resort makes for an ultra-relaxing experience, sans the headache of international planning and travel. Your guests will thank you: Out-of-towners get a logistics-free weekend, and locals get a mini staycation.
The Hay-Adams (800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600) is no stranger to the all-in-one weekend. “We often arrange casual, family-style rehearsal dinners to start—our chef is becoming [famous] for his fried chicken!—and then a relaxing Sunday brunch,” says Alison Okobi, director of catering. “Afternoon tea in the bridal suite, a whisky tasting for the groom and his buddies—these are moments our couples cherish.” They can even arrange an afternoon golf outing for interested wedding guests!
Fashionistas flock to The St. Regis (923 16th St. NW, 202-638-2626) for a red carpet rollout— designer duds, included. Opting for the Astor Ballroom or Versatile Astor Terrace means you don’t have to fret about accessorizing: Couples can adorn themselves in David Yurman for the day, courtesy of the boutique at CityCenterDC.
In Southwest, Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-554-8588) is home to more than a dozen distinct spaces to host the weekend’s events, including a restaurant, a lounge, and an expansive outdoor garden—not to mention a full-service spa.
The team at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, 703-506-4300) offers full wedding-planning service—florals, entertainment, printing, and in-room beauty can go on a single invoice. “We have a couple that wants Dewey Beach represented at the reception,” says meetings and special events manager Morgan Mahoney. “To make sure we capture Dewey perfectly, [we’re] creating a custom menu, then I’m literally packing my bags and driving to the shore myself to pick up serving boxes and cups from Grotto’s Pizza and Thrasher’s French Fries!”
Also in Virginia, Lansdowne Resort and Spa (44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg, 703-729-8400) is a full-on destination with all of the wedding essentials (including a bridal party package chock-full of manis, pedis, and mimosas!), plus everything from tennis and golf to wine-tasting tours for guests. Six unique spaces provide a distinct setting for each component of the weekend.
If you already have a venue in mind, you can still experience some of that one-stop-shop care and efficiency by selecting an experienced vendor like Design Cuisine (2659 S. Shirlington Road, Arlington, 703-979-9400), which can guide and connect you with everyone else you’ll need to know. Just say “I do!”