How Much Does a Wedding Cost in D.C.?

Updated: Feb 18

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life, so you want to make sure it goes the

way you want it to. The best way to achieve this goal is to start saving money early and plan

carefully. Especially since, according to Wedding Wire, over 40% of couples go over budget with

their wedding day spending.

While Value Penguin puts the average cost of a wedding in 2019 at almost $30,000, here in the

D.C. metro area, it’s closer to $40,000. That’s to be expected since D.C. is one of the 10 most

expensive cities in the U.S.

But for a good reason! If your wedding is in Fargo or Texarkana, it may cost less, but you can’t

have your picture taken in your beautiful gown posing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in

front of the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin or with the Washington Monument or the Capitol

in the background.

Here in D.C., there are limitless options for your wedding venue that range from historical sites to

boutique hotels. You can have your wedding reception at the historic Willard Hotel, which also

hosted Abraham Lincoln; the opulent Four Seasons Hotel, a favorite of King Salman bin

Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia; or the urban chic District Winery.

Your choices are endless, and each is unforgettable. The nation’s capital is more than just

another city. It is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country!

Hotel Venues Are Popular

The Ritz-Carlton

Many couples opt to hold their reception in a hotel, and D.C. has a bevy of four- and five-star

options, including St. Regis, the Watergate, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Mayflower. This is a

popular choice because it relieves you of the added chore of selecting a caterer. And it is the

perfect location if you have lots of out-of-town guests since your venue can also provide


Historic Locations Are Everywhere

Main Hall at Union Station

But what if you have your heart set on a stunning, historical location such as Union Station, DAR

Constitution Hall or the Botanic Gardens? Remember: It’s your special day, you only do this

once. Having the perfect setting for your wedding day photos is a top priority. Don’t settle for less

and regret it later — book your beloved venue. When you opt for a venue other than a hotel, you

get more flexibility since you can choose any cuisine you want: Asian fusion, Caribbean,

Latin American, vegan, seafood, barbecue, etc.

The venue and the food are traditionally the largest and most expensive parts of a wedding, so

they usually get the most consideration. And as with many other things in life, availability is

everything. Some country areas have little to choose from, so many wedding guests end

up eating rubber chicken in a nondescript meeting room at a Courtyard by Marriott. But you are

in one of the most beautiful cities in the world — don’t waste it!

How to Afford Your Dream Wedding

You might think it sounds daunting to save up $40K, but if you and your partner put in a little

effort, you can do it in a year! Consider one of these measures:

● Moving back home to save money on rent

● Giving up your car in favor of taking public transportation

● Skipping weekends away, movies, and happy hours with buddies

● Getting a side job and putting 100 percent of the money in your wedding account

You know how much work and sacrifice you have to do to get the wedding of your dreams, so

don’t forget the most important step — hiring a wedding planner. You may think you can save

money doing all the legwork yourself, but like so many DIY projects, it ends up costing the

novice more due to inexperience and wasted time.

Think about it: A wedding planner has orchestrated dozens of weddings from start to finish, but

you have never done even one. What are the odds you’ll make a critical mistake?

Entyse Lyfe Makes Your Lyfe Easier

Rely on us at Entyse Lyfe Weddings and Events. We have the experience and professionalism to

lead you through every step of planning. Trust us to ensure your big day will be your best day


Entyse Lyfe is here to guide you in deciding what ceremony is right for you as a couple during these funky times. There are so many options and so many details to sort out. Our goal is to help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Please register for an online Wedding Workshop with us to learn more.

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