Anderson House Wedding | Elegant Winter Wedding in Washington DC
Last year I had the delight of working an Anderson House wedding in Washington DC for the first time ever! It is a unique venue that offers a very elegant setting for a wedding in Washington DC, as well as extra amenities available to the members of the Society of the Cincinnati, such as calligraphy place cards and on site hotel rooms. The winter wedding that I worked there was unable to take advantage of the gardens, so I would love to return for a summer wedding! Being such a historic property, there are a few quirks you should know about before booking the Anderson House. I’ll elaborate below!
L and E had a small wedding party, with just one attendant on each side. L was escorted down the aisle by a family friend – more on that later. E had has dad stand by his side as the best man.
One important detail of the wedding was how we honored L’s father, who was a war hero (he was a POW in Vietnam alongside Senator John McCain) and who had passed away a few years earlier. If you look back above, you will see his memorial flag is sitting on the chair next to her mother at the ceremony. While the guests were upstairs at cocktail hour, we set up that flag with these other items on a touching memorial table near the escort card table.
Speaking of being upstairs for cocktail hour, that level of the house allows only battery-powered candles.
Fun fact: red wine is only allowed at the Anderson House while guests are seated at dinner. This means there can be no red wine served during your cocktail hour. These are the details in the venue contracts that you want to examine before signing on the dotted line.
As you can see, we were able to fit 6 dinner reception tables in the main ballroom and 5 more tables in the side sun room, accommodating a total of 110 wedding guests plus the bride and groom. In the summer, you can have many more guests here because you can use the garden with a tent.
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