Washington Nationals: Have Your Wedding At Our Park

10:03 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Let's face it: over the years, ballpark marriage proposals have become cliché.

The odds of seeing someone sitting next to you in the stands plop down on one knee has become almost as likely as seeing a Bryce Harper triple.

Want to be a trendsetter? How about getting married at Nationals Park.

"We've had a total of 10 weddings and our first was in 2009," said Catherine Silver, the Washington Nationals Vice President of Ballpark Enterprises and Guest Services. Silver indicated several weddings have already been booked for 2013, and even one in 2014.

Majority of the bride and grooms have been married on the patio of the Lexus Presidents Club, where they are literally standing 20-feet from home plate.

The Nationals even cater the receptions in-house, and offer anything from hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to a full sit down dinner. Prices vary depending on where you want to hold the reception, but have ranged anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000.

"We have a bride this weekend who is having their reception in the red porch -- the first one -- they are putting the doors up and using the patio. The Red Porch is a little less expensive than the Presidents Club," described Silver.

Over the years, Nationals Park has not just been limited to the actual wedding ceremony, though. Rehearsal dinners, showers and even a bachelor party has been planned and set up by Silver and her team.

"It was a classy event with 40 guys. They rented out the clubhouse, had wine tasting, great food, jerseys with their names on the back, took batting practice, hand-rolled cigars and pictures in the dugout," Silver said. 

So, gentlemen, if your serious girlfriend is about to become your fiancée -- and if she loves baseball as much as she adores you -- save your Natitude for the actual wedding.

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