Our Venue, Explained

By now, most of my ‘maids, my mom, and Wolfman’s family have been able to tour the venue. They love it, but I suspect when we first sent them our choice, it was a little hard to picture. It’s very apparent that it’s a historic house and doesn’t totally lend itself to a natural flow”¦

So, I figured I’d explain how this thing is gonna go down:


(Click to enlarge, image via The Whittemore House)

This is the first floor. You walk in the front door into a small foyer with a great fireplace and lots of wood detailing. Immediately to your right, in the Post Room and the Hamlin Room, will be the ceremony. The rows will be slightly angled, but the aisle will be straight back through both rooms (the opening between both rooms is much bigger than the floor plan leads you to believe). Once everyone is seated, we’ll close the doors between the foyer and the Post Room so I can come down the staircase and walk in through the back.

Then we get married, I guess (!).

After the ceremony, we’ll leave out the back and probably sneak into the ballroom while all our guests go upstairs for cocktail hour:


(Click to enlarge, image via The Whittemore House)

The bar will be at the top of the stairs, and our guests will mingle throughout the front three rooms: the Library, 1870s Room, and the Blair Room open into each other and have lots of great seating and details to look at. (In fact, have you ever seen the video for fun.’s “Some Nights Intro”? I imagine our cocktail hour like that.) Restrooms are conveniently located in the hall.

The Harriman Room is where I’ll get ready with my ‘maids. It’s designed for this purpose, with a beautiful bathroom vanity where I’m excited to have some pictures taken. It will also be nice to have a place to store our getting ready materials—and to hide while guests are arriving.

After cocktail hour, everyone goes back downstairs and heads to the Stevenson Ballroom. Our escort cards will be on a table in the entryway and the tables throughout the front half of the room. The DJ stage and dance floor will be toward the far end of the room, and the main bar/buffet station will be closer to the kitchen. We’ll set up some cocktail tables near the garden area (directly off the ballroom, near the kitchen).

What about the rest of the house? Well”¦we don’t need it. We thought about moving the reception into the upstairs pub room, but there was no reason to squeeze when there was a giant ballroom downstairs. I also like the transition of going up and down the stairs—it’s a pretty impressive staircase and moving throughout these relatively small areas will make the whole thing feel intimate. One of the dangers of a small wedding is that it feels too small, and I think our venue helps solve that worry. What do you think of this flow?


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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    justsplendid 22 posts, Newbee @ 5:13 pm

    Ahh, I’m a little bit jealous. I used to live in DC and I had a day long conference at your venue and it’s such an amazing space for a wedding (I think that thought even crossed my mind at the time). Knowing the space, I think you’re plan sounds great. Good luck!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:15 pm

    wow your venue is so pretty, I can’t wait to see how it’ll look all together.

  3. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:22 pm

    Sounds like a great plan, I love all the spaces that the historic space provides!

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 9:58 pm

    Beautiful setting… I love historic houses.

    Your descriptive overview was excellent… I can visualize everything so clearly. This is one wedding I’ll now be following along on, as I’m looking forward to seeing the photos that will highlight this venue (I checked out their Website, impressive place)

    Just one small question… if I understood completely… for the ceremony you’ll be enterring thru the back of the Hamlin Room and making your way down the “center aisle” into the Post Room to end up standing in that impressive windowed turret with Mr Wolfman to take your vows.

    Correct ?

  5. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 am

    @This Time Round: that’s correct! the map makes it look like the two rooms are pretty separated, but the opening is actually quite wide, and we can angle some of the chairs in the front room so there’s a view. it’ll be cozy!

  6. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:33 am

    Sounds great, I can totally picture that beautiful house all set for your wedding. It’s going to be fantastic.

  7. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:18 am

    That sounds wonderful and our venue had a similar set up! It used to be a bank so the layout is a bit… unique. We had the ceremony/reception downstairs and the cocktail hour upstairs. It worked out wonderfully and our guests got to experience multiple unique rooms!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    I like the sound of it though it does seem incredibley unconventional! But then again other weddings on the hive have been and I loved the photos! I cannot wait to see your photos!

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