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Weddings average $90 per plate at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., and can be planned as small- or medium-size affairs in the hotel's meeting spaces and specialty suites.
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's largest meeting room is the Gallatin Room, a 689-square-foot space just off the bar at Plume, the hotel's fine dining restaurant. The room has new, antique-looking domed crystal chandeliers and projector screens that can descend from either side of the room for sharing memories, and is equipped with room-darkening shades and windows on the door that can be turned to frosted privacy glass with the flip of a switch. The space seats 40 for dinner, but can accommodate 80 people for a cocktail reception and can be divided into two rooms if desired.
Slightly smaller is the Parlor Board Room, a 468-square-foot wood-adorned space able to seat 26 for dinner. And for a more private, intimate affair in a unique space, the Cellar Room, lined with some of the hotel's more than 1,300 bottles of wine, is able to seat 20 for a small wedding or private event.
Small weddings have also been planned in the Washington D.C. hotel's specialty suites named for the Jeffersons: The 1,090-square-foot Martha Jefferson suite, with its three balconies, and the 1,900-square-foot Thomas Jefferson suite, the hotel's premier room. It's a top-level space that's bigger than most Washington homes, with a gas fireplace, multiple bathrooms, a study covered in portraits of presidents and other friends of Thomas Jefferson, a huge parlor positioned perfectly to take in the morning light, a separate kitchen and a breathtaking view of the commander-in-chief's home and the obelisk honoring our first president.
No matter which space you choose, the concierge staff can help plan dinner and recommend bakeries for fine cakes or tailors for last-minute alterations.