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Outdoor Weddings in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

Locations for Garden Weddings in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia


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Planning a wedding? Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor wedding in a garden setting in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia? Find a mansion or a National Historic site that offers the perfect setting for your special day.

Outdoor Wedding Sites In Washington, DC

National Park locations, (202) 619-7225. Wedding ceremonies are allowed at two locations on the National Mall, at the Tidal Basin west of the Jefferson Memorial and at an area near the World War I Memorial. In Virginia, wedding sites include the grounds of Arlington House, above Arlington National Cemetery; Great Falls Park; and the Netherlands Carillon, near the Iwo Jima Memorial. Capacity: The National Mall sites accommodate about 200, the Virginia sites 50 to 100.

Arts Club of Washington 2017 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 331-7282. This is a National Historic Landmark founded in 1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in the city. Ceremonies and receptions can be held inside as well as outdoors. Capacity: 25 seated dinner, 300 buffet, 125 in the garden.

Decatur House 748 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC (202) 842-0920. Decatur House is a historic house museum located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square. You may rent the entire site including the brick Federal townhouse, courtyard, carriage house, and conference center. Capacity: 500 standing.

Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square, Washington, DC (202) 383-1829. This beautiful Beaux-Arts building, featuring monumental arches, terrazzo floors, marble staircases, and skylights, offers an elegant museum venue with reception spaces in the Great Hall, the Reception Hall, and on the manicured grounds. Capacity: 800.

Meridian House 1630 Crescent Pl., NW, Washington, DC (202) 939-5592. Two French 18th century historic homes are situated on three acres of manicured gardens, located a mile north of the White House. Capacity: 400 standing, 200 seated.

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum 144 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC (202) 546-1210. The women’s history museum is an elegant Federal-style mansion on Washington, DC's historic Capitol Hill. Capacity: Interior terrace accommodates a dinner for 40 or a cocktail reception for 75. The garden area with a brick patio and spacious tent will accommodate 350 guests standing or 150 seated.

Thomas Law House: Tiber Island Cooperative Homes, 461 N St., SW, Washington, DC (202) 554-4844. This historic Federalist house built in 1794 faces the Potomac River. Capacity: 50-150 indoor, 300 outdoor.

White-Meyer House 1624 Crescent Pl., NW, Washington, DC (202) 939-5592. The historic mansion is a National Historic Landmark that is owned by Meridian International Center. Capacity: 400 standing, 180 seated.

Woodrow Wilson House 2349 S St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 387-4062. The last the home of President Woodrow Wilson was given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Capacity: 175 in house and on the terrace. Garden may be used for 200 if a canopy is rented. Wedding ceremonies and dancing in the house are prohibited.

For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Maryland, See page 2
For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Northern Virginia, See page 3

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