By Heather Brooks

 

 

When the pandemic hit in 2020 no business took a bigger hit than the event industry. We saw the emptying of arenas, ballrooms, and churches. We adapted by moving to events that were virtual, then distanced and smaller to be safe and mitigate spread. One thing people who were planning weddings quickly realized is that if they could only have twenty of their closest friends and family, that meant they could have the best food, drink, and gifts to celebrate their special day. 

Now that micro and mini weddings are kind of a thing born out of necessity, people have come to see a lot of benefits in having a smaller event. If you’re looking to have a small elegant affair, or even a place to host a bridal shower, here are some small event spaces in the DC area that just make sense.

Pro-tip – ask about your preferred vegan vendor when you have a space that has a preferred vendor list! If they aren’t on the list, ask them how to get them added.

 

Studio 52 1508 Okie St NE

This space looks very hip and industrial chic. It’s a bit of a blank slate to make as elegant or casual as you like. They are the alcohol provider and they have a list of preferred vendors you can request. 

From their website:

Welcome to the most unique event space in DC! The founders, Drew and Chelsea, personally handpicked all of the elements in the space to create a warm and intimate feel that your guests will love.

Reclaimed Wood Wall – Drew and Chelsea drove to Ephrata, PA and purchased two barns that are over 100 years old. The reclaimed wood wall gives the space warmth and character.

Photo Booth – Chelsea wanted to add a fun way for your guests to create memories. The photo booth is included in every rental and you will receive a link after your event where you can download every image that was taken.

Parking Garage – One of the great things about coming to Studio52 is the parking. We are less than half a block away from a 6-level parking garage. The best part? The first two hours are free and max parking is just $12.

Photo Credits Drew Xeron

 

Ebenezers Coffeehouse – 201 F St NE

A clean slate for decorating this basement space. Are you a rock-n-roll bride? This space has a stage and sound equipment. The website does not state if the food is required to come from the coffeehouse, so you’ll want to check and see if they can make vegan food, or allow in a vegan caterer.

From their website:

Ebenezers has a sleek lower level event space ideal for concerts, meetings, film screenings, parties and other functions. Complete with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, the space boasts high-definition technology, a concert-quality sound system, multiple flat-screen TVs and a large pull-down screen. (Download rental information PDF.)

Ebenezers’ lower level venue space is ideal for meetings, luncheons, concerts and seminars. Complete with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, the space boasts high-definition technology, a concert-quality sound system, multiple TVs and a large pull-down screen.  

For a complete rental packet, please contact our team at rentals@ebenezerscoffeehouse.com.

 

The Toolbox – 1627 (rear) Connecticut Ave NW

Uncovered brick and wood floors make this space a simple elegant choice. No menu or preferred caterers mentioned on their website, so check in with them and ask about bringing in your favorite vegan caterer.

From their website: 

Toolbox is located in the heart of DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C. With its one of a kind concept and boutique interior Toolbox has quickly become a top location for events.

The décor combines the warmth of natural materials, such as wood floors and brick walls, with abstract glass staircase railing. Toolbox is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It is full of little details that make the place unique – the big round window, the red front door, the explosion of shapes and colors in all the pieces of art exposed. The place lives its own life in its own world, and it lures you to come in and experience its magic. Impress your guests with this fusion of classic and contemporary and we’ll make sure that your event is unforgettable.

Photo Credits Toolbox

 

2622 Events2622 P St NW

Absolutely elegant space with no mention of menu on their website which may mean you can bring in your favorite vegan caterer.

From their website:

Are you challenged with finding an intimate private space with character to entertain? Come play and gather your most important people here in our little jewelbox. Introducing Georgetown’s premier event destination for private events.

 

Big Bear Café1700 1st Street NW

This quaint and rustic venue has good reviews, but you’ll want to call ahead and ask about customizing vegan options for their menus as there aren’t a lot of options on the brunch menu.

From their website:

The second floor, or private garden patio are ideal for weekend brunch, bridal and baby showers, or any private patio reception.

Although we have a bustling neighborhood business, we can set your event on the secluded patio off to the side of Big Bear building enclosed with large flowering garden planters, overhead vines, and knotted trees. 

The second floor makes the perfect setting for a fully private space. With plenty of windows, exposed brick walls, and rustic wood paneling, this space is beautiful for all types of daytime events.

 

DC Vegan1633 P St. NW

Best kept secret in town! This 500 square foot event space just opened for bookings! With tall windows, wood floors, and neutral décor it’s a blank slate for your wedding or bridal shower aesthetic. This space is also the only 100% vegan owned and operated event venue on the list—possibly in all of D.C.

From their website:

Perfect for corporate meetings and events, rehearsal dinners, showers, birthday parties and everything in between. Holds 25 seated / 35 standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Brooks lives near Washington, D.C.. She is the Wedding Specialist at D.C. Vegan Catering, a full-service catering company serving the DMV area, and is part of the management team. Heather is also an author of fiction, founder of the Women Authors of Maryland writers’ group and salons, and founder of The Write Women Book Fest.

Her journey towards veganism began with her daughter Amber, who decided she wanted to be a vegetarian at a young age. Heather is a big believer in empowering her daughters, so she worked at figuring out how to incorporate this new diet into their average American lifestyle. Read Heather’s articles

 

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