Believe it or not, I didn't actually want to get married in June. I wanted to get married in March or April. My husband wanted to get married in October. But there's a reason June's so popular - it's when most people are likely to have the schedule availability to show up!
So, fine, whatever - June it was. :-) Unfortunately, June was an absurdly hot and humid month in Baltimore, and it rained almost every minute of the weekend except for the two hours or so on either side of our ceremony. Most fortunately, Bryan of Loane Brothers Rentals was a gem and did not mind my wishy-washy, ever-changing attitude about whether or not I was going to use a tent. If you need to rent tables, chairs, flatware, tents or anything else Loane Brothers can provide - use them! You need not look any further on the rental market.
4 East was a great place to get married, especially if you're looking for an intimate, off-beat, budget-friendly place to get married. Their food is fantastic (and did I mention budget-friendly?), their staff is friendly (even if a little harried), they have discount arrangements with alcohol vendors, and, in the event you need a nondenominational minister, the owner just happens to be one!
Other highlights included The Floral Studio, who tended to my every floral need, including multiple last-minute requests; Spirits of Mt. Vernon, who provided a great selection of wine and beer for 70 people at under $1000, including tax and delivery; Sachs Photography, whose photographer Heather was pleasant, punctual and attentive; Brocato's Salon, who did a great job on all our hair in near-record time.
Good luck to anyone reading this review - I hope it's helpful!
The proprietors at 4 East are awesome - accommodating, easy-going, and a pleasure to work with. Being able to control the alcohol purchasing was also a fantastic bonus for hosting the reception there! The 'garden' space really is more of a courtyard and needs to be dressed up for events (as a renter, you'll need to take the lead on this). But it's a lovely space, well-suited to an event of 70-ish people (which was what we had). Anything larger than that, and you'll be sitting in each other's laps to eat.
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