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WeddingWire Says Goodbye To Bethesda

The wedding industry company will lease a space in Friendship Heights.

A popular Bethesda-based wedding industry company will soon move to Chevy Chase.

WeddingWire—which produces a wedding-central website where brides- and grooms-to-be can build their own wedding planners and websites and shop for wedding accouterments (dresses, cakes, etc.)—is moving its offices to Friendship Heights, at 2 Wisconsin Circle (the building above the Metrobus station), CoStar Group (a real estate information company) reported last week.

The wedding tech company's new 26,180-square-foot office will be located on the third floor of the 13-story, LEED Gold-certified building known as the Chevy Chase Metro Building. WeddingWire will sublease the space from The Mills—a Simon Property Group, Inc., company—through 2019. The building is owned by .

WeddingWire is relocating from smaller offices (of only 10,000 square feet) up the street, at 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, The Washington Post reported.

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The company developed from its founder's personal experience.

"Chief executive Timothy Chi conceived the idea for WeddingWire while planning his own wedding in 2005. He also co-founded BlackBoard in 1998," The Post added.

"For over 100,000 local merchants, WeddingWire provides a marketing platform to reach prospective clients, to manage multi-media assets, and to network with other merchants. For engaged couples, WeddingWire provides vendor recommendations, local business reviews, personal website creation, and a suite of online planning tools," CrunchBase reported.

The average cost of a U.S. wedding has declined slightly in recent years. In 2007, the average wedding cost $28,730. Last year, the average wedding cost $25,630, according to The Wedding Report. (In 1945, the average wedding cost only $2,240.)

BERNIE FISKEN August 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM
It's great that people are still GETTING MARRIED. It would be even greater if they STAY MARRIED.
Kat Forder August 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
$2,240 of 1945 dollars would be worth: $28,717.95 in 2012.... So weddings have actually become cheaper, if this article is accurate.
Bastante August 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
MoCo gave this Martha Stewart-backed and Conde Nast-backed company $25,000 of our tax dollars in 2009. The economic development director, Pradeep Ganguly, ended up having to resign because when he gave these millionaires (the founder had previously founded Blackboard, an online education support website found in virtually every college and university in the country) our money, he oops forgot that his son worked for this company. Good riddance. Let DC taxpayers support them.

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