Meridian House DC Wedding Cost: How Much Should I Budget?
I am back with a second wedding budget post, this one all about Meridian House DC wedding costs. My first post in this (apparent) series was about DAR wedding costs, and it was extremely popular last year. Meridian House is another DC wedding venue that I love to work at, and I want to help couples understand what goes into hosting your wedding there.
Meridian House does have variable pricing. There are discounts for off-season months, like August or November. For our purposes today, I am assuming a Saturday night in a premium month, like May, June, September or October.
Meridian House has a list of required caterers that you will have to select from. They are all great, you can’t go wrong with any of them. I estimated $175/person for catering. Certainly you could come in a little less there, but once you add in #allthethings, this is a safe estimate for you. Everything from that pre-ceremony lemonade to the late night sliders and fries, it all adds up.
I’ve separated out dessert, but often times you can get it from your caterer, maybe even within the $175/person. You can also have your caterer provide the alcohol – although you will pay a lot more than if you provide it yourself.
I included realistically attainable budgets for your service providers: photographer, entertainment, officiant, transportation, make up and hair (MUAH,) and planner. I have had clients skip transportation altogether, if you can get a nearby hotel block, and have savvy guests who can handle Lyft. If you opt for a band, you can expect to pay $4000-$10,000 and up. Although I wouldn’t go too large on the band size – The Dining Room is not the largest room.
As you might know already, I allow for a 20% decline rate for your wedding guest list. Meridian House is very up front about 150 being their absolute maximum head count, but I think coming in a little under that is even better. The Library holds up to 50 guests seated, in a variety of arrangements. In the Drawing Room, 100 is your max capacity in there. This means you can invite about 160 guests and be well under 150.
Flowers and stationery are areas that are harder for me to predict for your Meridian House DC wedding cost, so consider these numbers a baseline. Wedding stationery costs are variable based on the printing type, the paper type, the number of colors – just to name a few. And for flower costs – maybe you have 2 bridesmaids, maybe you have 10. That is a difference of about $1600 right there. Hard for me to predict for this Meridian House DC wedding cost!
Lighting is definitely optional, but it is a great thing to do if it fits in your wedding budget. The existing lighting at Meridian House is a bit yellow, and it is good to counterbalance that if possible. And certainly a cool bar and a lounge set are fun to have, but not actually necessary to your getting married.
Did you enjoy this information? I’ve got a lot more where that came from. Do you wonder how many guests can fit at a wedding reception table? Do you have questions about wedding room blocks? Are you curious about real wedding RSVP rates and real budgets? I’ve got you covered.
All photos by MK McKenna.