Your ceremony and reception venues automatically set the tone and ambiance of your wedding day. Venues determine the level of intimacy and sophistication. What do you want your guests to experience? An elegant evening in a grand ballroom, a fun and casual get-together in an open vineyard, or an intimate gathering of close family and friends in a vintage manor? Each example has a different vibe. Let the venue reflect your style and personality as a couple.
The DIY Wedding Conference will be hosted at The Loft at 600F in Washington, DC. We sat down with venue manager Wyatt Hull to hear his wedding venue tips and tell us a bit about the coolest new venue in DC.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the wedding industry?
As a wedding photographer I’ve loved spending the entire day with a bride and groom. Over the last 10 years I’ve observed how venues present both obstacles and solutions for weddings and ceremonies. In renting out our beautiful historic building, we offer a chic, industrial space that is comfortable and relaxed. Modern, non-traditional and more personal weddings are a perfect fit for our unique venue.
Tell us about holding a ceremony and/or reception in The Loft at 600 F; What kind of wedding services do you offer?
We are a very DIY space, and provide built-in sound system, seating, and tables as well as bistro lights, LED uplighting, and beautiful decor elements. The rest is left up to the imagination and desires of a couple, as the exposed brick, hardwood floors, and modular furniture fit across the spectrum from casual to exquisite perfection.
How many people does THE LOFT AT 600 F serve/fit?
Ceremonies up to 120 are a perfect fit. Receptions across multiple floors can entertain up to 200.
What do you think is the best feature ofTHE LOFT AT 600 F?
Big windows with natural light, exposed brick, and hardwood original floors. It’s a New York loft feel mixed with a west coast attitude, nestled in the heart of DC. You can step off the Metro and walk into the space without adding any decorations and have a beautiful, intimate affair.
How is THE LOFT AT 600 F different from other wedding venues?
Unlike most hotels we don’t have a preferred vendor list - we usually are able to work with any caterers and other outside vendors. The space itself is also one of the most unique spaces in DC and a hidden gem located in the heart of downtown. The two things I always hear guests say: “Where did you find this place?!” and “I want to live here!”
How should a couple prepare before a consultation with a venue?
The best prepared couples have thought through the specific questions they want to asking all the venues they’re exploring to allow them to compare them apples-to-apples. We hear all the time that since we have such an extensive approved caterer list, allow for couples to supply their own alcohol, and are able to support late end times with minimal sound limitations, that we stand out from all the other more restrictive venues.
What are the most common mistakes that couples make when booking a venue?
We always encourage our couples to hire a planner, even if just for day-of coordination. We also spend extra attention to ensure that vendors are scheduled to arrive when the venue is available. It’s often the first time a couple is attending to many of these details - and working with a professional planner allows you to focus on what truly matters: your family, friends, and the wonderful emotional journey of the day.
What are some key questions that couples should ask before booking a venue?
Caterers. Sound restrictions. Time for setup and breakdown. Parking. Public transit access. Nearby hotels within walking distance. Cleanup requirements. Liquor and insurance requirements. Decoration restrictions. Ceremony to reception flow.
What are some tips that you have for brides looking to have an amazing wedding on a budget?
Plan to send the after party to the bar in our basement (densondc.com). Have a more intimate or casual ceremony and move straight into reception hour.
How far in advance should couples book THE LOFT AT 600 F?
We still have some of our wedding booking within 3 months, especially for more casual affairs on Fridays, but typically a minimum of 6-9 months in advance is a good game plan. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-431-8516 and we can tell you about our availability.
There are many factors to consider in your search for the perfect space. As Wyatt mentioned, do not only think about the possibilities but also the restrictions. Know your priorities and see if the venue’s restrictions may interfere with them.
Are you still unsure if the places you’re checking out provide the perfect frame for your picturesque wedding? Think about what you like to do for fun! How do you and your fiance spend your free time? Answers to this question can lead you in the right direction and venue style that fits your personality.
Want to check out the Loft at 600 F for yourself? Join Sweet Thymes at the DIY Wedding Conference in Washington, DC on November 15th. Learn how to plan your wedding and spend the day in this incredible venue.