A Curated list of Washington DC Wedding Venues (updated for 2020)

Finding the perfect wedding venue is typically the first step to planning your wedding. It can also be stressful to find just the right spot. I’ve curated this list of the best wedding venues in the Washington DC area to help you narrow your search and provide inspiration.

It’s broken up by type of venue and style, allowing you to explore the wide variety of venues in the DC area.

Why you should have a DC wedding

If you want a variety of sceneries, DC has a lot to offer with its many options for locations.
There are also many venues that cover everything you need for your wedding in one place. (no need for travel on your wedding day!)
Potential issues:

Potential issues with DC weddings

Washington DC can be quite crowded on weekend and during special events. Public transportation and roads can have gridlock. Something as simple as a politicians motorcade can shut down streets.

Are Permits required for DC wedding portraits?

Most landmarks and attractions in DC require permits for wedding photography, but I do know of a few places that don’t explicitly require permits: 


Indoor Wedding Venues in DC

Meridian House

John Russell Pope constructed the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the Jefferson Memorial, and also the Meridian House, making it an architectural highlight in a city full of marvelous buildings, monuments, and places. Enjoy the surrounding wonder of the historic gardens.

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Website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.meridian.org

St. Francis Hall

A stunning and classic DC wedding venue right in the heart of the District. Located in the Brookland neighborhood St. Francis Hall weddings can have catholic stylings or even outdoor Italian styling.

There are just so many beautiful spots at this venue for wedding photos. From the courtyard with the tall pillars and archways to the main hall with sky-high ceilings and iconic red stage drapes.

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See photos on my full blog post w/ Adam and Sara’s wedding!

Address: 1340 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Website (cost, rates, and availability): https://www.stfrancishall.com/about

Phone: (703) 777-2797

Sequoia Restaurant

This beautiful restaurant sits peacefully on the banks of the Potomac, where your wedding can be as picturesque as it is tranquil, thanks to glass windows running floor up to ceiling, offering views of both the Roosevelt Island and Bridge, as well as the Key Bridge, the Kennedy Center, and Virginia Skyline.

Website: https://sequoiadc.com/

Top of the Town

This upscale space is just outside of the DC and yet has unparalleled panoramic views of the capital, notable monuments, and the Potomac River. Up to 180 guests can enjoy exquisite style and comfort in a hilltop penthouse.

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blog post: Marcy + Rahmin
website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.topofthetown.com
phone: (703) 387-8696

Longview Gallery

This is an industrial chic art museum featuring contemporary fine art from artists both established and emerging. A modern venue with several unique spaces, you can use over 8,000 square feet to create a modern and unique wedding experience.

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blog post: James + Christine
website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.longviewgallerydc.com
phone: (202) 232-4788

Josephine Butler Parks Center

This is an amazing Renaissance-revival-style mansion of 18,000 square feet overlooking the Meridian Hill Park. It was actually originally the estate dedicated to the Hungarian Embassy. Now, it is the home of the Embassy of the Earth.

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website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.washingtonparks.net/


Elopement or Small Wedding Venues

Fathom Gallery

The Dockmaster Building

The Observatory at America’s Square

AJAX

Big Bear Cafe

Dacha Loft

Friends Meeting of Washington

Anderson House

Historic Washington DC Wedding Venues

Dumbarton House

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The Hay-Adams

Ronald Reagan Building + International Trade Center

Decatur House on Lafayette Square

The Mansion on O Street

Restaurant Wedding Reception Venues

Tabard Inn

Iron Gate

Sonoma

Affordable (or free) Wedding Venues

IA&A at Hillyer ($800)

Historic Polegreen Church

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Top of the Town

Josephine Butler Parks Center

Mead Center

Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood

Cranford House

Heurlich House Museum

Patapsco Female Institute

Rooftop Wedding Venues

Officina

Thompson Hotel

Fathom Gallery

The Capitol View Rooftop

The Hay-Adams

The Dupont Circle

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

City Winery

Capitol Hill Wedding Venues

The Capitol Hill Club

St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Miracle Theater

The Flying Bridge

Methodist Building

Redemption Hill Church, DC

Lutheran Church of the Reformation

Library Wedding Venues

The Carnegie Library

Decatur House

Meridian House

Murray Hill Manor

The George Peabody Library

Carnegie Institution for Science

Downtown / Metro Area Wedding Venues

Waterfront Wedding Venues

The Osprey’s at Belmont Bay

Herrington on the Bay

Black Walnut Point Inn

1) Four Seasons Hotel

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Want a cosmopolitan and chic experience mixed with grandeur and elegance? Enjoy everything from sky-lit venues to private terraces to sprawling lawns to sun-filled settings.

website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.fourseasons.com/
phone: (202) 342-0444

2) The City Club of Washington

This is a private and upscale club dating back to 1987 is the midst of the theater and business district. Social activities, five-star menus, and entertainment are the order of the day in this opulent space.

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website (cost, rates, availability): http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-City-Club-of-Washington
address: 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
phone: (202) 347-0818

3) Dumbarton House

This 1.25-acre space features eye-popping gardens and grounds great for an outdoor wedding. Dating back to the 1800s, it’s a great example of Federal-period architecture, replete with impressive decorative art. It’s a five-star member of the Wedding Style directory.

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4) The City Club of Washington

This is a private and upscale club dating back to 1987 is the midst of the theater and business district. Social activities, five-star menus, and entertainment are the order of the day in this opulent space.

website (cost, rates, availability): http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-City-Club-of-Washington
address: 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
phone: (202) 347-0818

5) The Hamilton

Host any kind of wedding reception you want in the three different event spaces of this exquisite venue. Cutting-edge green technology is great for live entertainment, or enjoy the stunning murals painted by Kevin Paulsen.

6) The Hay-Adams

There might not be another spot as classic and timeless as this historic location. Italian Renaissance architecture supports the upscale interior featuring both Elizabeth and Tudor motifs. This location has tremendous views of the White House itself.

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blog post: Josh + Victoria
website (cost, rates, availability): https://www.hayadams.com/
phone: (202) 638-6600

7) Josephine Butler Parks Center

8) Kimpton Donovan Hotel

This hotel sits on Thomas Circle, a premium area full of shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries along with easy access to the Metro. Subtle yet sophisticated, the hotel size and amenities support extravagant weddings with many guests.

9) Saint Francis Hall

10) Kipton Mason and Rook Hotel

Looking for a thrilling and polished wedding without having to work too hard coming up with it? As many as 100 guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor spaces alike with delectable catering in these dapper digs downtown.

11) Long View Gallery

12) Lincoln Restaurant

Sitting in the heart of the capital, this venue has an iconic and historic vibe infused with sleek modernism. Maggie O’Neill is a renowned hometown artist who designed this architectural space, infusing Abraham Lincoln into every facet of this place.

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13) The Loft at 600

Albert Goehner constructed this architectural gem back in 1909, but 2012 renovations helped to weave in contemporary amenities so that as many as 120 guests can enjoy new and old among the Italian Renaissance revival design in downtown.

14) The Mansion on O Street

This might just be the undiscovered diamond in the rough of wedding venues, as they have themed rooms which couples can use to pretend a destination wedding without actually having to leave the country. Complimentary wedding coordinators are always a huge plus, as is the world-class cuisine.

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15) Meridian House

John Russell Pope constructed the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the Jefferson Memorial, and also the Meridian House, making it an architectural highlight in a city full of marvelous buildings, monuments, and places. Enjoy the surrounding wonder of the historic gardens.

meridian house wedding
website (cost, rates, availability): http://www.meridian.org

16) Odyssey Cruises

Want something different than everything else? Take 50 to 500 guests on the glass-enclosed Odyssey in European style. Get married under the historic bridges which arch over the Potamac River.

17) Old Ebbitt Grill

This iconic location dates back to 1856, close to both the White House and downtown museums. It was a favorite place to eat for four presidents, and continues to be a locally loved spot. The opulent environment can accommodate from as few as 25 to as many as 700 guests.

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18) Omni Shoreham Hotel

Three different ballrooms and a single outdoor venue are plenty of room for sophisticated weddings where it’s rumored John and Jackie Kennedy started their courtship.

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19) Phoenix Park Hotel

Enjoy an ideal balance of comfort and sophistication in a historic venue that to this day stays true to genuine architecture of the 1920s while still working in modern amenities. Just moments away from Union Station and the Capitol, this location has three different wedding packages plus customized options.

20) The Ritz Carlton

They have an Urban Garden in the very heart of Georgetown, ideal for outdoor weddings for small groups. Or head indoors to the elegant Fahrenheit Ballroom.

21) Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Hold a wedding of any magnitude in this location near the middle of downtown. Multiple signature spaces offer tremendous views of Pennsylvania Avenue, while the interior spaces mix modern design and sophistication in this iconic structure.

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23) Studio 52

Founders Drew and Chelsea designed this industrial-chic space with handpicked elements for a cozy and intimate setting. Balancing modern vibes with just enough warmth, this locale even has an on-site photo booth where guests can have some silly fun.

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24) Tabard Inn

This gorgeous 19th-century townhome offers intimacy and elegance for a charming ceremony and a bit of pastoral flair. Ceremonies and receptions can be held indoor or out with room for dining and dancing for up to 100 guests.

25) Top of the Town

26) Toolbox

This is a boutique-style space at the center of Dupont Circle with brick and wood interior decor and abstract art. It’s ideal for 130 up to 250 guests and can be fitted into many styles.

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27) The Whittemore House

DC has many historic mansions, and also many elegant ones, but few compete with this place. Harvey Page, an iconic architect, originally built it as a private home for an opera singer who was a descendant of John Adams. Enjoy a stately wedding among historic artwork.

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