Thought it was impossible to find a great venue close to the heart of Fairfax County? Think again! Here are six venues and something for every taste and price point, from barn to modern atrium, all within a 30-minute drive from Fairfax City. Here are our top choices for the Fairfax County couple looking for a venue close to home.
The River View at Occoquan
Price: $3,570 – $10,500
Maximum Seating Capacity: 425
General Amenities: Tables and chairs, linens, tableware
Catering: In-house starting at $68/person; other caterers possible with “drop-off” package, served by in-house staff beginning at $40/hour
Address: 9751 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079
The River View at Occoquan, only 24 minutes from Fairfax City, is an excellent all-around choice for any couple. It offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, water views, plentiful parking, and mid-range prices. Its main dining room is atrium-style, with floor to ceiling windows along the length of the building. On one side is a grassy courtyard, where couples may place lawn games or other entertainment. At the end of the courtyard is the historic beehive kiln and a flower garden, both of which are often used for portrait photos. At the opposite end of the building is a large stone patio overlooking the Occoquan River. Couples also have direct access to the water and dock area below.
Price: $4,950 – $9,950
General Amenities: Chairs, cocktail tables
Catering: Choose from preferred vendors, outside caterers allow with some restrictions
Address: 9310 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, VA 20109
For the couple who want a barn wedding with suburban conveniences, Sweeney Barn, which is only 27 minutes from Fairfax City, is a great solution. Located on 5 acres in Manassas, the barn offers plenty of rustic photo opps while still being easily accessible. There is a large grassy yard on the side of the building that is perfect for some lawn games or an outdoor cocktail hour.
Price: $2,025 – $2,700 for an all-day rental
Capacity: 110 indoors
General Amenities: Tables and chairs
Catering: Outside catering, but only a warming kitchen is available for use.
Address: 3610 Blenheim Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Blennheim is Fairfax’s best kept secret – a lovely historic venue with plentiful green space and a large indoor hall, right in the heart of Fairfax City. It rents for a surprisingly low hourly rate, making it a great budget option. While the indoor space is not large and is fairly mundane in design, a tent can be set up on the park-like grounds for larger or outdoor weddings. The venue doesn’t have a full prep kitchen available for caterers and there is no in-house catering – this makes a food truck wedding a great option at Blenheim. This venue books quite a ways out (perhaps it’s not that secret), so inquire about your date early.
Westfields Golf Club
Price: $2,000 – $3,750
General Amenities: Tables, chairs, linens, tableware, bar service, ceremony decor
Catering: In-house only, starting at $89/person
Address: 13940 Balmoral Greens Ave, Clifton, VA 20124
Westfields is a mere 18 minutes from the center of Fairfax County. It offers packages that are are more inclusive than most, making this venue one of the more affordable close-in options. Couples will find there is little they need to bring in other than florals, and Westfields’ staff provides all the set-up and decorating. In addition to the large dining room, the club has a deck overlooking the golf course and a separate Open Air Pavilion for ceremonies. The pavilion is completely covered, so it can be used rain or shine.
Royal Banquet and Event Center
Price: $3,500 – $12,500
General Amenities: Tables, chairs, LED lighting; beverages, linens and tableware available with some packages
Catering: Outside allowed with $500 fee
Address: 6355 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22152
Royal Banquet Hall is a relatively new venue with unique LED lighting on the ceiling and surroundings of its expansive main room. Located right in the heart of Springfield, only 17 minutes from Fairfax, the venue doesn’t offer any outdoor spaces, but the indoor area is spacious enough that guests will find little reason to leave. The dining room has an elegant interior that includes paneled wall, high ceilings, a white dance floor, a balcony, and most notably, color-changing LED lighting. Although lacking in some curb appeal, the interior is stunning and worth serious consideration for a couple looking for a close-in venue with a fun vibe and all the comforts of an indoor reception.
The Winery at Bull Run
Price: $2,900 – 10,900
General Amenities: Tables and chairs
Catering: Choose from a list of preferred caterers
Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120
Bull Run is a well-known and popular choice for couples looking for a rustic vibe within 30 minutes of most of Northern Virginia, and it comes in at just 19 minutes from Fairfax. The Winery at Bull Run sits on over 8 acres of vineyard and offers three different indoor locations as well as an outdoor ceremony spot at the historic Hillside Ruins. The winery offers a completely rural feel while being conveniently located just off Lee Highway in Centreville. Packages are offered at various price points depending on the size of the wedding, with smallest of the three locations seating 90 people and largest, 200.