If you just got engaged, congrats! You may have already started buying a newsstand’s worth of wedding mags (including the new issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we hope), but first things first—time to think about the engagement party. Normally, engagement parties are held two to four months after the proposal, and are planned by parents, close family, or friends, but oftentimes the couple will have input, too.
We asked event coordinators Laura Ritchie and Megan Pollard of Events in the City to share their five favorite area venues for engagement parties.
Trummer’s on Main, Clifton, Virginia
“This restaurant brings modern cuisine to a picturesque village. We love the onyx bar, which serves up creative cocktails, and the food, from award-winning chef Clayton Miller, is mouth-watering. The decor is warm and inviting, and the private dining area on the third floor would be ideal for an engagement party.”
Rosa Mexicano, Penn Quarter
“We love this restaurant’s chic, urban feel and authentic Mexican cuisine. The atmosphere is laid-back and fun, and the food is fantastic—the guacamole is our favorite, and they’ve got killer pomegranate margaritas. There are lots of options to host an event here, from a full seated dinner to a cocktail reception in the private dining area. And the Penn Quarter location is ideal for heading out on the town with the younger crowd after the engagement party.”
Charlie Palmer Steak, Capitol Hill
“This restaurant is not only an iconic spot frequented by the nation’s top dogs, but it also boasts multiple options for events—from intimate dinners to more-upbeat receptions on the rooftop. It offers amazing views of the Capitol, and a menu of on-trend dishes and classic plates.”
Breaux Vineyards, Hillsboro, Virginia
“For a ‘destination engagement party,’ head down to this winery in the rolling hills of Virginia. Your guests will experience the wines harvested and bottled on site, and learn about the wine-making process. You can easily host a small picnic-style party, or use the on-site tented patio for a more formal evening reception. The view alone is worth the drive.”
“The breathtaking views of the Potomac and the Rosslyn and DC skylines make for a great backdrop for a Washington-themed engagement soiree. The private dining area and mezzanine bar can be used for a variety of types of receptions.”