Updated: Feb 18
While you can set your wedding budget for any amount that you and your soon-to-be spouse are comfortable with, it’s good to know what the average cost is in Northern Virginia so that you can settle on a realistic number. You don’t want any surprises when you start looking at venues!
While the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is about $30,000, Northern Virginia comes in a little higher at $38,000 — $4,000 more than the average cost in Maryland, but a tad less than D.C.’s $40,000.
Fairfax, Loudon, and Arlington are all in the top 10 richest counties in America. Still, another reason for the higher cost of weddings in NoVa is the popular Alexandria waterfront area, which has seen so much redevelopment over the last 10 years.
Some of the most popular wedding venues in Alexandria today include:
Although some of these venues have been around long enough to be called historical, what has changed is not the venues themselves but the waterfront area. At one time run down and peppered with empty warehouses and chain link fencing, Alexandria is now a thriving, walkable space bursting with funky bars, chic restaurants, and popular attractions such as the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Anyone invited to a wedding in Alexandria will look forward to booking their hotel room and spending a long weekend seeing the sights. Right across the river is National Harbor, with its adorable boutique shops, luxurious spas, and world-class MGM Casino.
Arlington has long been home to the well-off, and it continues to host some of the area’s most lavish weddings. Popular venues there include:
You can even choose a cruise ship as your wedding venue! The Odyssey DC can accommodate up to 500 guests.
Selecting Northern Virginia for your wedding reception allows you to create an unforgettable experience for your guests.
Schedule a cruise from either Alexandria or National Harbor for your wedding party on a private yacht, a riverboat with a paddle wheel, or even a pirate ship! Aboard one of these ships, your guests can enjoy dinner and dancing, sip champagne as they watch the sunset over the monuments, or cruise down to Mount Vernon to get a view of George Washington’s home on the Potomac.
Are you looking for a daytime activity? Tour one or more of the area’s many breweries and wineries. Charter a limo or bus to take the whole group around together safely.
Trust Entyse Lyfe to Plan Your Perfect Day
Why not take advantage of all Northern Virginia has to offer? Contact Andrea at Entyse Lyfe and book your free consultation to find out more about your options for planning a wedding in Northern Virginia. Keep the party going all weekend long!
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.