DC Wedding Guest Activities: Vineyards, History & Food Tours

Washington, DC Area

Planning a wedding in Washington, DC? Ensure that your guests enjoy a trip to the Nation’s Capital that they won’t soon forget- find a creative way to show them Washington’s most notable sites, from the monuments to the museums and more. Pick just one neighborhood – like Old Town or Georgetown – and draw a creative map of things places to visit, eat and shop, or schedule a group activity, like a tour or wine tasting trip, if guests will be in town for longer periods of time. Be sure to alert guests to available group activity options a few weeks before the wedding, so you can make final reservations.

Consider the following vendors, perfect for arranging group activities:

Washington Walks

These daily walking tours (starting back up again in April 2012) are ideal for new and returning visitors alike. Depending on the day, tour Georgetown’s historic homes, DC’s most haunted houses and the Memorials by Moonlight. These walks can also be made private, just for your wedding guests. Be sure to alert guests to wear comfortable shoes, however – you’ll be trekking a few miles on each trip. $15 per person.

Bike the Sites

Perfect for active friends, these three-hour biking tours cover under eight miles and showcase some of DC’s best venues – monuments, Capitol Hill, and more. At just $45, you’ll enjoy guided service in a fun alternative to the standard tour bus route – and allow plenty of time for photos – just hop off, snap your shot, and jump back on. Our favorite tours is the Monuments at Night excursion, which offers views of the National Mall, Tidal Basin and memorials that even those who live in DC rarely get to enjoy. Of course, you’ll don reflective vests and safety lights to ensure that your guests arrive at your wedding in one piece!

DC Metro Food Tours

This tour company has foodie friendly tours for just about every neighborhood in the District. From Little Ethiopia to Little Italy to a tour of the options at Eastern Market, your guests can get a taste of their favorite types of food or try something new. I am very curious about this Old Town Alexandria Jelly Cake… sound delish! Prices range from $27.00 to $65.00 depending on the tour.

Wine Country

Within 45 minutes from DC you’ll find a whole different world – dozens of wineries in the lush Virginia countryside, perfect for an afternoon excursion. A great afternoon activity for guests in town more than just a day or two, companies like Reston Limo offer frequent day-long tour packages for a group at an affordable rate. Public tours start at $35 for a two-vineyard excursion with an optional $15 boxed lunch add-on.

Our favorite vineyards?

By McLean Robbins
Photograph via Bluemont Vineyard
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