A Guide to Throwing Events at the National Union Building (and How to Stay on Budget With Coupon Code Offers)
If you haven’t heard of it before, the National Union Building is beautiful historic building in the Penn Quarter & Chinatown area. Although it is currently closed due to pandemic restrictions on gatherings, it is a popular venue for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. The DC area tends to be pretty pricey, and this certainly isn’t the least expensive place to put on an event. However if you use coupon code offers on other aspects for the event you are planning you will easily be able to afford this stunning venue!
Use a coupon code for everything
While some people might frown at the idea of using a coupon for something like your wedding, I would argue that it’s just shopping intelligently. By saving on some areas, you can afford to splurge on others like the venue! You can use a promo code for more than you probably think, they aren’t just for clipping out of the Sunday paper to save thirty cents on chicken at the grocery store. Particularly now that we are doing most of our shopping online, there is almost always an opportunity to redeem a discount code at the checkout.
For example are your parents or members of the bridal party going to be travelling in to DC from out of town? If they are flying or renting a car you should definitely be using a coupon code. The same goes for booking hotels and accommodations. Run a Google search for some of the bigger online travel booking companies such as Expedia, Hotwire, or Priceline. You will definitely find some coupons and offers. Also of note is that right now many hotels and airlines are offering flexible bookings with no cancellation or transfer fees. While I wouldn’t suggest planning to hold your wedding in the next couple of months (probably not even this summer) you may be able to book airfare and accommodations at low prices right now and then transfer them to later on when travel opens back up.
Another area that many people wouldn’t think to use coupons for: the wine. You can purchase wine online from companies like Wine.com at prices that are already really low, and then a promo code can save you a little more. As far as decorations and party supplies go Amazon has such a vast catalog these days I would be surprised if you couldn’t find what you need. And you bet, they definitely have coupon codes. Even if you end up having to purchase from somewhere like Michaels or Party City that traditionally has higher prices, you can still use a discount code to get the best price possible.
About the National Union Building
If you were curious about the history of the National Union Building, it was built in 1890 by architect Glenn Brown. It is designed in the Romanesque style as evidenced by it’s semi-circular arches and it was first occupied by the National Union Fire Insurance Company. I found it quite interesting that the building is completely fireproof as per the company’s wishes, and it is a steel frame brownstone construction. I guess it would be quite embarrassing for a fire insurance company if their headquarters burned down! It is 28,000 square feet and has beautiful features inside such as hardwood flooring, original exposed brick walls, crown moldings, and other historical details that have been carefully preserved. It is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
They have several different rooms and areas that you can rent out for your event including a theater and a speakeasy in the basement! Many of the spaces feature vaulted ceilings and large bay windows that look out onto various famous DC streets in the Penn Quarter. It is also conveniently located next to several other areas of interest and attractions, as well as easily accessible by transit. There is also self-parking for those who are driving. If you will be holding a conference or business event there, they offer free wi-fi for attendees.
A Beautiful Choice for any Event
Whether you are planning on throwing a wedding, holding a meeting, a conference, a fundraiser, or any other event the National Union Building is an excellent choice. Particularly if you have guests or attendees visiting from outside the DC area, the proximity to shopping, other historic landmarks, and charming old-DC aesthetic make it a very attractive choice. Don’t forget to use your coupons on all the other aspects of your event planning (as far as I know the National Union Building does not run promotions, but you never know!) and you will easily be able to afford leasing space at this historic gem.