Today’s post was written by Emily Klassen & Kristen Cannon, Alexandria Restaurant Partners
Touted as one of the South’s Prettiest Cities by Southern Living, Alexandria offers a wealth of unique boutiques, beautiful waterfront backdrops, charming hotels, and delicious dining experiences ~ a perfect combination for an unforgettable wedding celebration.
While couples now have seemingly unlimited resources to assist them in planning their big day, even the most seasoned wedding planners will agree – weddings are a LOT of work, and the task list can quickly become overwhelming. Old Town restaurants, such as Mia’s Italian Kitchen or Virtue Feed & Grain, provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ in a unique setting for couples looking to simplify the process.
Whereas many wedding venues require the couple to search for caterers, and rent a tent, furniture, plates & silverware, decor, etc., hosting an event at a restaurant means that the food, drinks, furniture, staff and space are already taken care of!
A few timeless decorations, such as flowers (or even just greenery), twinkle lights, and candles, can infuse the space with a soft elegance and add to the ambiance of an already well-appointed background. Many couples create their own escort card display or guest book ‘art piece’ that can later be used in their home as opposed to the traditional folded cards and signature book. Subtle touches, like a stylized chalkboard sign with a favorite quote, a custom playlist, or a signature cocktail can incorporate a couple’s own personal style.
Alexandria Restaurant Partners offers a portfolio of beautiful and inviting locations in Alexandria and Arlington with something for everyone, from the Rehearsal Dinner to the Ceremony & Reception to the Post-Wedding Brunch:
Palette 22 in Shirlington, designed like an artists studio, is a funky, lively spot where friends can celebrate the newly engaged couple with a night out on the town, and art lovers can tie the knot surrounded by their passion.
If a relaxed evening is more your speed, enjoy cold beer and made-from-scratch pizza on the patio with friends at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, or gather everyone together for a delicious family-style Italian meal.
The Majestic on King Street features a sophisticated, Art-Deco-inspired interior and savory home-style meals, fine whiskeys & wines, and exceptional hospitality, perfect for a Rehearsal Dinner.
With spacious private event spaces, a creative American menu, and close proximity to numerous hotels as well as the King Street Metro, Joe Theismann’s is an ideal spot for Rehearsal Dinners or a Post-Wedding Brunch.
Virtue Feed & Grain is a stunning, rustic-industrial venue, ideal for a seamless ceremony-to-reception wedding celebration, featuring a sweeping view of the Potomac from the Porch room.
The dockside patio at Vola’s offers tasty seafood, lovely river views, and a fun vibe, perfect for a wedding shower luncheon. With After-Parties on the rise, The Hi-Tide Lounge at Vola’s Dockside Grill is well-placed on the waterfront to welcome guests who want to enjoy a nightcap before ending the evening.
The waterfront boardwalk patio at the Old Town harbor is a blank slate that can be rented for anything you can dream up!
A post-wedding family-style social brunch at Mia’s Italian Kitchen is a great way to end the festivities, giving everyone an opportunity to relive the wedding night and say their goodbyes.
Contact Emily Klassen for more information on hosting your event at one of our fantastic restaurants: firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-723-3369
ARP Website: http://www.alexandriarestaurantpartners.com/
Photography in this post provided by: Beth Caldwell Photography, Goran Kosanovic & Jeremy Brandt Vorel