When it comes to planning a memorable wedding, the venue plays a big part in setting the tone for the day, and Washington DC has some of the most unique options for uniquely beautiful weddings. Known as one of the prettiest capitals in the world, it boasts incredible architecture along with wonderfully manicured parks and gardens. With so many options available, couples often feel spoiled for choice for their special day.

To get some inspiration and see just what the city has to offer, take a look at some of the most popular venues that are famous for their style and wedding service:

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Perfect for couples looking for a traditional venue with a modern twist, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC is centrally located in the Penn Quarter. This award-winning venue has been ranked among the best hotels in the city, so you know your big day is in the right hands. 

This venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and boasts a stunning ballroom in which you can host your reception. The ballroom features 20-foot ceilings, a skylight, a grand dome, and more. Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, the services of an in-house wedding planner, and more. Couples can also take advantage of the wedding room blocks to offer out-of-town guests the ability to stay at the hotel overnight.

Address: 700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 628-7177

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Four Seasons is a stunning option for couples that prefer hotel venues for their big day. It boasts a variety of event spaces for couples to choose from, including two indoor ballrooms and three outdoor spaces. The biggest of these spaces is the Corcoran Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. You can also divide this space into smaller areas if you are hosting a more intimate gathering.

Services offered include the use of the in-house event planner, in-house catering and bartending services, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, event rentals, and more. Their wedding packages are curated based on your requirements, and they also offer curated honeymoon experiences for couples that would like to start their honeymoon in the hotel and the city.

Address: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 342-0444

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Contact : David Bernand

A hotel that is at once classic and modern, The Jefferson is a gorgeous option for couples looking for a venue for their big day in Washington, D.C. This venue can accommodate weddings of any size, no matter whether you’re planning an intimate celebration with your closest friends and family or are eloping with your other half!

There are a variety of event spaces available to choose from, including The Private Cellar, The Book Room, The Gallatin Room, and more. Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services courtesy of their Michelin-starred culinary team, use of the Bridal Suite, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, and more. 

Address: 1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 448-2300

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St. Francis Hall is a hidden gem nestled in Brookland. Located adjacent to the Franciscan Monastery, this venue boasts an old-world, romantic charm and offers couples a combination of historic beauty and updated, modern amenities.

Able to accommodate up to 225 guests, this venue features open wood beams, arched windows, high ceilings, and beautiful gardens that are perfect for your wedding photographs. Services offered include the use of the outdoor terrace, audiovisual equipment, parking, event rentals, and more.

Address: 1340 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Phone: (202) 425-6548

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Originally designed in the 1920s, The Hay-Adams serves as a lovely historic venue for couples looking to bring in the charm of old-world D.C. to their big day. This venue offers over 6000 square feet of event space for your wedding day, with event spaces on offer, including the iconic Top of the Hay, The Hay-Adams Room, The Concorde Room, and more. 

This venue can accommodate up to 250 guests. Top of the Hay is the top choice for a wedding venue and boasts awe-inspiring views, French doors, and more. Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, event rentals, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, and more.

Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 638-6600

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Located in Georgetown, The Ritz-Carlton is housed in a historic, industrial building that has been renovated to offer couples the best modern amenities possible. Couples have the choice of a variety of event spaces, including The Chimney Stack, The Brickyard Room, and more. 

The Chimney Stack is ideal for more intimate ceremonies, and this unique space is located under the hotel’s 130-foot smokestack that dates back to the early 1930s, making it truly one-of-a-kind. Services offered include the help of the in-house wedding advisor, exclusive wedding packages, in-house catering, and bartending services, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, and more.

Address: 3100 South Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 912-4177

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Celebrating a wonderful occasion in a unique wedding venue is what makes The City Club of Washington such a special place for many couples. Nestled near the heart of DC, the bold architecture and impressive function rooms make a impact on weddings of all styles and sizes, even parties of up to 300 guests. Whether the ballroom or atrium are chosen, couples can rest assured that every last detail of the day will be taken care of.

Address: 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 347-0818

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A fixture in D.C since 1930, the Omni Shoreham Hotel has hosted world leaders and presidents and is a true city landmark. It also serves as an unforgettable wedding venue for couples looking to celebrate their big day. 

Situated overlooking Rock Creek Park, this hotel offers several event spaces for couples to choose from. This includes the beautiful Secret Garden, which is the perfect fairytale space in which to host your ceremony, a replica of the White House’s East Room, and more. Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, audiovisual equipment, help from the Wedding Services Team, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, and more.

Address: 2500 Calvert Street NW Washington D.C., DC 20008

Phone: (202) 234-0700

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A multi-level event space located in the heart of Logan Circle, The Fathom Gallery offers couples a variety of event spaces to choose from for their big day. These include the Gallery Level, which can accommodate up to 125 guests, the Rooftop Garden, which boasts gorgeous greenery and beautiful pear trees, and more.

Couples can also make use of the Penthouse however they choose, whether that be as a bridal suite, extra seating for your guests, or anything else. Services offered include audiovisual equipment, event rentals, and more.

Address: 1333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 588-8111

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Dumbarton House is the national headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America and serves as both a historic museum property and as an event venue. This venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers couples a variety of event spaces to choose from.

Event spaces on offer include The North Garden, The Upper Terrace, The East Park, and more. Services offered include private tours of the in-house museum, the services of two to four event staff members, and more. The venue also offers couples a list of preferred vendors to make the rest of the wedding planning process easier.

Address: 2715 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 337-2288

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This luxurious hotel is located just moments away from some of the city’s most well-known landmarks and monuments and serves as a beautiful wedding venue for couples for a space in which to host their big day. The dedicated team at this hotel is always available to help bring your dream celebration to life. 

No matter whether you’re looking for a space in which to host an intimate gathering of family and friends or a larger celebration to mark the start of your new life together, The Dupont Circle is the perfect venue. Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, overnight accommodations for you and your guests, and more.

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 483-6000

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Boasting over 40,000 square feet of event space, City Winery is the perfect location for wine-lovers that are planning their big day. The team at this venue can help you customize the space to reflect your dream wedding, and no matter the size of your guest list, they will help accommodate you. 

A full-service event space, they offer couples a wide variety of services. These include event rentals, in-house catering, and bartending services, event staff, and more. Event spaces on offer include The Barrel Room, the Rooftop, the Wine Garden, and more. 

Address: 1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 250-2531

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The Darcy is a boutique hotel located just moments away from the White House. Located in DuPont Circle, it also serves as an unforgettable wedding venue for couples hosting their big day. 

You can choose from two event spaces at this venue: the Ellington Room and the Logan Ballroom. The Ellington Room can accommodate up to 100 guests, while the Logan Ballroom can host 200 guests. Services offered include event rentals, audiovisual equipment, overnight accommodation for you and your guests, and more.

Address: 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington D.C., DC 20005

Phone: (202) 232-7000

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Friends Meeting of Washington is both a Quaker meeting house and a truly unique event venue located in Washington’s Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District. Initially constructed in 1930, the venue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. 

This venue boasts a variety of event spaces for couples to choose from. Both indoor rooms and gardens are available, and all of their spaces offer complete flexibility when it comes to the décor and seating plan. The venue is environmentally sustainable and boasts solar panels, a green roof, and more. Services offered include event rentals, audiovisual equipment, and more.

Address: 2111 Florida Ave NW Washington D.C., DC 20008

Phone: (202) 483-3310

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Formerly serving as the Embassy for both Hungary and Brazil, the Josephine Butler Parks Center is an 18,000 square foot Renaissance Revival mansion that boasts 40 rooms. The exterior and interior of this venue have been lovingly restored to ensure that not only do couples get the benefit of the old-world charm, they also have modern amenities available to them on their big day. 

Couples can host their wedding at this venue on the weekend, between Friday and Sunday. The venue boasts a variety of event spaces for couples to choose from, a working grand piano on-site, and more. Services offered include event rentals and audiovisual equipment, among others. 

Address: 2437 15th St NW Washington D.C., DC 20009

Phone: (202) 462-7275

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Originally opened in 1908, Union Station is one of the most iconic spaces in the country. The station was redeveloped in 1981 in order to preserve the historical nature of the space while restoring the venue to its use as both a railway station and an events venue. 

Spaces on offer at this venue include the Presidential Suite, the Main Hall, the East Hall, and more. The venue can accommodate up to 4000 guests, so the size of your guest list is the last thing that you’ll have to worry about. The Main Hall, the biggest event space, boasts barrel-vaulted ceilings, white marble floors, and huge windows. For couples planning a more intimate celebration, the Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 300 people and is the smallest of the four spaces available to choose from.

Address: Union Station Dr NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 289-8300

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Capital Turnaround serves as a gorgeous industrial, historic wedding venue for couples looking for something different when it comes to celebrating their big day. There are a variety of event spaces available for you to choose from, including the Main Hall, which boasts exposed brick, metallic piping, and more. 

This venue can accommodate up to 982 in the auditorium and up to 450 guests in the Main Hall. Featuring a versatile, open floor plan, this event venue is a blank canvas, allowing couples to bring their dream wedding to life. Services offered include the use of the bridal suite, parking, audiovisual equipment, and more. 

Address: 770 M Street SE Washington D.C., DC

Phone: (703) 224-8039

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Just a block away from one of the most famous landmarks in the world, The White House, hosting a wedding at the Decatur House guarantees the event will be spectacular. Featuring beautifully restored 1800s architecture and design, along with incredible indoor and outdoor reception areas, the venue will always be dressed to impress. With space to host up to 300 guests, the house can be explored and enjoyed from day and into the celebrations at night.

Address: 748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 218-4333

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Filled with history and dressed in elegant style, The Whittemore House is a stunning wedding venue that has been beautifully restored back to its classic style and grace. Originally a private residence built in the 1890s, the mansion is now a wonderful museum that hosts special events. This location features lovely gardens, high columns, a grand entrance, and a variety rooms dressed in elegance. The venue can accommodate parties of 12 to over 200 guests in all.

Address: 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (240) 343 – 5190

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For a magical wedding venue that boasts incredible views in a peaceful atmosphere, Capitol View at 400 is a modern rooftop location that offers magnificent views of the city, most notably the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and beautiful Union Station. Offering comfort and style both indoors and out, parties of 100+ guests can enjoy incredible sunsets in the evening and star-filled skies at night. Perfect for couples who are looking for the convenience of being in the city but with a feeling of being miles away.

Address: 444 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 450-4618

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A waterfront winery with all of the vintage charm of classic vineyards, this is a truly sophisticated wedding venue has plenty of beautiful photo opportunities both inside the unique indoor spaces and outside the Navy Yard. With space to host 200 guests, everyone will be able to enjoy the view from the grand floor to ceiling windows, a perfectly styled outdoor terrace, luxury finishes, and spectacular views of the sunset along the Anacostia River.

Address: 385 Water St SE 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20003

Phone: (202) 484-9210

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The perfect blank canvass to shape into a bespoke event space, Dock5 is a popular DC wedding venue for the convenience and flexibility to suit every wedding style a couple may desire. With 12,000 square feet of space to work with, the space can easily accommodate anywhere from 400 to 2,000 guests. Offering stylish indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces, this is a great venue that is close to plenty of beautiful views and accommodations for out of town guests. A wonderful choice for any time of year.

Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (301) 347-3998

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For the couple who are looking for a unique modern wedding venue with wow factor, Sequoia is a stunning location nestled on the banks of the Potomac River. Featuring incredible art installations and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, there are endless photo opportunities that couples and guests would love to explore. Offering reception space on the mezzanine or private state room, along with lovely outdoor space on the terrace, there is enough room to accommodate 100+ guests for a truly memorable event.

Address: 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 944-4200

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A luxury downtown wedding venue with a serene atmosphere that feels miles away from the city, Fairmont is one of the top locations for wedding celebrations for the fact that they pay close attention to every detail throughout the event. Styled in modern elegance with enough space to host up to 700 people in the grand ballroom, the incredible food choices and convenient accommodations make this a truly memorable location for special events.

Address: 2401 M St, NW, Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 429-2400

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A beautiful blank canvas that can be shaped and styled to make a couple’s special day truly memorable. This chic industrial space can accommodate 200 guests, and the unique photo booth will include wonderful entertainment for everyone. The reclaimed wood walls add wonderful warmth and the modern lighting features create a romantic look that look magical at night. A truly special location with character and history, this is a popular DC venue for good reason.

Address: 1508 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Conclusion

To ensure the best spot is chosen for such a special day, couples should always keep an open mind and look at all of the options available in the city. No matter what kind of look and style of venue want for their big day, Washington DC is sure to have the perfect location that will forever stay in their memories.

 

Weddings in Washington, D.C.

Steeped in history, the nation’s capital is one of the best places to get married in. This historic and iconic city has so much to offer when it comes to weddings, from captivating museums and monuments to beautiful rivers and lots of green spaces. You can choose to have an elegant indoor wedding or a memorable outdoor wedding with the most stunning views and backdrops.

 

Popular Wedding Venues in Washington, D.C.

A famous wedding venue in the nation’s capital is The City Club of Washington. This full-service venue features a Ballroom that is perfect for up to 150 guests, as well as an Atrium that can hold up to 300 guests. The club boasts of world-class amenities and services, and it is also perfect for hosting engagement parties. 

For a scenic waterfront ceremony, you can choose the District Winery. Situated in the Navy Yard, along the Anacostia River, this full-service wedding venue can hold up to 200 guests. This elegant venue features an outdoor terrace, beautiful floor to ceiling windows, custom walnut tables and chairs, marble-topped bars, and breathtaking river views. Being a winery, you can expect some of the best tasting wines and cuisine in the capital made onsite.

 

Wedding Types and Cost in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., has an ideal wedding venue for every bride and groom to be. Most couples tend to prefer an outdoor wedding, so if you are looking forward to saying your “I dos” in the great outdoors, you will have many venues to choose from. You can go for a garden or barn wedding or go onboard a river cruise. However, some people just prefer an indoor setting, and Washington, D.C. is renowned for its lovely hotels and other historic and sophisticated venues such as museums and country clubs. In terms of prices, a wedding venue in Washington D.C. will cost you $5,000 on average. And, a wedding in the nation’s capital will cost you an estimated $38,900.    

 

Weather and the Right Time of the Year to Get Married in Washington, D.C.

You cannot plan a wedding and not take into account the weather. Bad weather can ruin a day that is meant to be one of the best days of your life. Although you can choose to get married during any season in this historic city, there are certain months of the year that are simply more ideal. The best time to get married is between the month of June and the month of October. It is during this period that the weather is considered warm and pleasant. Try and avoid a winter wedding as the capital is known for extremely cold winters. If you are going to choose an outdoor venue, make it a point that you go for one that comes with an indoor option. It might come in handy if it decides to rain on your big day. 

 

Guests Accommodation Options in Washington, D.C.

Guests accommodation is another important issue to consider when planning a wedding. The type and location of venue you choose, as well as the number of guests, will determine the guests’ accommodation options. If you go for a private garden ceremony, chances are that you will have limited accommodation options for your guests. But if you have your wedding at a hotel, for instance, more guests can be accommodated.

For those guests that cannot be accommodated at your wedding venue and need to travel to the venue on your big day, Washington, D.C., has plenty of dependable and safe transport options. For affordable accommodation options in Washington, D.C. visit Tripadvisor.

 

At the end of the day, whatever you envision your wedding to be like, know that you will definitely not go wrong with a D.C. wedding. Whether you have always dreamt of having a private garden wedding or a barn wedding, or you prefer a waterfront ceremony or ballroom wedding, there are so many venue types to choose from in Washington, D.C.



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