This fine example of Georgian architecture was built in 1797 and is owned by the City of Alexandria and used for offices for the Office of Historic Alexandria. The interior has nothing on display, so the house is best admired from outside.
220 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, United States
Jun 5, 2014
The weather was beautiful, the setting is early American, but please celebrate your wedding elsewhere. This was a terrible experience almost from the start. The rental coordinator constantly spoke of how much trouble it was for her to deal my wedding. She wanted to use my photography for the Lloyd House website, which would have been acceptable had she spoken with my photographer for legal and copyright reasons, but she wanted them for free, even
though I gave her my photographer’s contact information and said she was welcome to use the photos with his permission. Furthermore, she rarely took a note, so we talked about the same things multiple times—when the cake, chairs, caterer, photographer, etc. would be arriving, for instance. At one point, she said she would be able to set up the tables and chairs and I’d be able to leave some things (the guest book, a bridal portrait, and maybe something else small) at the venue the day before, and the next time we talked, she told me that nothing could be set up and no one could arrive before 9:00am for my 11:00am wedding. My day-of coordinator and my caterer were with me on separate occasions when I had this conversation with the Lloyd House’s rental coordinator. Another conversation we had to have multiple times regarded chairs. I was planning for 80 people, so we needed 80 chairs. But in one of my conversations with the event coordinator, she mentioned they only had about 75 chairs. This troubled me. I asked what other chairs we could use, and so she said we could use some of the more formal chairs. Less than two weeks before my wedding, she told me her boss said we could not use those chairs. I’m unsure as to why she would tell me we could use something without asking her boss first. Similarly, when I booked the venue I asked specifically how many people I could have for a seated reception inside. The original answer was 80, so that’s what I planned on. Because my wedding was on a Friday, only 63 people RSVP’d yes. So less than three weeks before my wedding, when I sent the rental coordinator a few diagrams of possible table configurations, she said it looked a little snug. If 80 people should be able to fit into the room for a seated reception, I was unsure why any configuration of 63 seats should be “snug.” I was also unsure why this never came up before when I was very clear that we were planning for 80 guests from the beginning of the planning process. No matter the number, she did not have any configuration suggestions to show. In my experience as an event coordinator for multiple organizations, it is never the responsibility of the client to come up with such details, as the venue’s rental coordinator should know best and be prepared for such basic event needs. In addition to all of the above inconsistencies and issues, the rental coordinator consistently reminded me of how much trouble planning my event was for her. She is a part-time employee, but the other “part” of her time was working for the same employer (the City of Alexandria) at a site that is a mere three blocks away. She told me how much trouble it was that my wedding day was a Friday (which is not at all uncommon, and as a matter of fact, most venues charge less for a Friday wedding than for a Saturday wedding, though the Lloyd House charged the same). My details never changed, so I’m unsure as to why it kept becoming more and more trouble to fulfill her duties, and why it became the client’s problem that she is a part-time employee. I was not asking favors. I paid for services that were insufficiently rendered. The day of the wedding, no one from the Lloyd House was even there to make things run smoothly or ensure that my guests and wedding party were accommodated. That is probably best because I can’t imagine that the day would have gone as smoothly had anyone from the venue been available for help. I am eternally grateful for my family, friends, and contacts who were there to make the event happen. All of these things and more made the planning process more than difficult. Please choose another venue, preferably one with a history of weddings and other events and knowledgeable rental coordinator. Upon speaking with the venue’s director, I was told that it was my responsibility to hire a wedding coordinator; none of the actual event details were supposed to be the responsibility of the rental coordinator. This information came to me for the first time one month after my wedding. Please be advised.