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Exquisite Washington DC Wedding Venues

July 8, 2020

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Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions our couples make when planning a luxury wedding. It’s so important that the style and amenities of your selected venue fit your vision for the day, whether that’s a sophisticated black-tie ballroom affair for 200 or a softly romantic outdoor celebration for 50. We love recommending venues for our couples to explore in the greater Washington D.C. area during their venue selection process based on their personal style and needs. D.C. has so many exquisitely designed venues offering personalized attention, award-winning culinary efforts, and gracious elegance that will exceed even your highest expectations. Read on as we reveal some of our very favorite luxury Washington D.C. wedding venues and Northern Virginia wedding venues, many with whom we’ve worked, and several that are on our bucket list!

 

The Mayflower Hotel 

In our humble opinion, this venue’s breath-taking atmosphere is second only to their wonderfully attentive staff. The venerable Mayflower Hotel has been at the center of illustrious affairs since its earliest days in 1925. This luxury hotel has played host to cocktail receptions and state dinners, inaugural balls, charity galas, and auspicious weddings. It’s no wonder so many Washington couples want to add their stories to The Mayflower’s uniquely rich history. Here, you can plan a joyous affair for 300 in the refreshed District Ballroom or a gorgeous wedding reception for 1,150 in The Grand Ballroom (which certainly lives up to the name). More than an elegant wedding venue, this Washington, D.C. icon infuses your celebration with a sense of timeless tradition, while also offering a remarkable culinary team. We just love the vibe and ambiance here, and The Mayflower team’s attention to detail, paired with our design + planning, allows your event to feel entirely bespoke.  

 

Carnegie Institution for Science 

Set in the heart of Washington, D.C., between Logan and Dupont circles, the Carnegie Institution for Science offers a neoclassical façade and grand, historic interiors reflecting its 1908 origins. We simply love how stunning it is inside – your heart will skip a beat – and the picture-perfect architecture not only makes for impressive backdrops for your event, but it is so eye-catching that it requires relatively little additional adornment to make it ideal for your big day. Charmingly romantic, this landmark location presents a ballroom that easily accommodates up to 150 guests for ceremonies and seated receptions. Imagine your ceremony and then first dance under the breathtaking marble rotunda or bridal photos in front of the building’s beautiful colonnade. This luxury venue offers an effortless flow between event spaces and easy access to transportation and upscale hotels like nearby The Darcy Hotel; a perfect choice for guest accommodations. If you want your day to truly reflect classic style with a nod to history – the possibilities at Carnegie Science are endless and simply chic.

 

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National Museum of Women in the Arts 

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. on New York Avenue, the National Museum of Women in the Arts features a ballroom that inspires awe. This elegantly glamorous venue begins with a marble reception space that flows into a striking ballroom dotted with brilliant works of art (part of the museum’s permanent collection) and three opulent crystal chandeliers. The dazzling blend of artistic work, marble and beautiful light never fails to impress, and photos in this space are the stuff of wedding dreams. A mezzanine level overlooks the ballroom and can be accessed by gorgeous white marble staircases that allow for a grand entrance for the bride & groom. While the ornate mezzanine level can easily be incorporated into any dinner reception, slightly smaller affairs can use the space for a sophisticated cocktail hour while reserving the lower level for dinner and dancing. For guest accommodations within walking distance, we love the stylish and cosmopolitan Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square. With its art-deco vibe and beautiful bar, it offers an easy after-party destination.

 

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown 

We love the Fairmont – it’s a sea of calm in the midst of the city, and couples simply adore saying “I do” in the lush bower of The Courtyard Garden. Recently refreshed, The Fairmont features contemporary venues ideal for a variety of wedding styles, from softly romantic to boldly modern. From a ceremony in The Courtyard, couples can flow into the adjacent window-filled Colonnade Ballroom (one of our favorite spaces on site well-suited for up to 350 guests), wind their way down the majestic Grand Staircase to the stunning Grand Ballroom (seating up to 700), or enjoy the delights of the contemporary Kennedy Ballroom (ideal for up to 300). Whichever space you choose, you’ll be treated to the efforts of their award-winning culinary team and events staff, who work side-by-side with us to ensure your wedding flows flawlessly and celebrates the best of you and your spouse-to-be. 

 

Goodstone Inn  

Nestled on a 265-acre pastoral estate in Middleburg, Virginia, the Goodstone Inn approaches your wedding as more than one day – it’s an event that brings together your closest friends and family in an exclusive weekend experience. When you say “I do” on this historic wine- and hunt-country estate, your destination wedding is their only focus. The estate can be yours, from the inviting pool (ideal for a welcome party) to the Woodsy Garden. Plan a rehearsal dinner in the Conservatory, intimate family celebrations in the Manor and a Yoga class (among many possible group bonding activities) during your wedding weekend. Say your vows in front of an idyllic ivy wall surrounded by those you hold dear, retreat by the pool for a beverage and then enjoy dining al fresco. Wedding receptions that include more than 60 guests are hosted on the lush lawn under a graceful tent with impressive views of the rolling hills. Foodies love the locally grown offerings and fabulous fare from their much-lauded chef; we love that Goodstone Inn offers the perfect place for luxury weddings and gatherings both big and small.

 

Salamander Resort & Spa 

Have you always dreamed of a Virginia wine country wedding? If so, Salamander Resort & Spa could be your ideal venue. Just outside of Washington, D.C., Salamander Resort gives couples the beauty and intimacy of a destination wedding, while still being easily accessed through D.C.-area airports. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as its backdrop, this luxury resort features numerous indoor and outdoor venues that are ideal for all of your wedding festivities, from the big day itself to engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and post-wedding brunches. You can even treat the bridal party to pre- or post-wedding spa and salon services at the Salamander Spa, where we often escape! The farm-to-table reception menus will dazzle the taste buds, and the service is impeccable. This gorgeous spot also fits a wide range of styles. Enjoy formal, black-tie dinners in the sophisticated Middleburg Ballroom (which comfortably seats up to 340) or plan a flawless night of dinner, dancing and cocktails for hundreds of wedding guests on the lushly manicured Grand Lawn. If you love horses, their Equestrian Center can accommodate up to 250 guests for cocktails or 140 for dinner. And, yes, the horses can play witnesses to your celebration, if you invite them!

 

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards  

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden, Virginia offers an exquisite destination getaway only two-and-a-half hours from Washington, D.C. This luxury venue offers all-inclusive packages that can be fine-tuned between couples and their wedding planner for a truly bespoke experience. The vistas are remarkably compelling; they are immediately tempting to our couples who are considering outdoor ceremonies and receptions. And if needed, Pippin Hill also can offer a variety of venues (all breathtakingly beautiful) as “Plan B” should weather not cooperate – no matter the situation, the flow of the winery is ideal. Say “I do” on the lawn and enjoy a festive cocktail hour as guests sip vino (or other libations) while watching the sunset on the impressive stone Veranda. Dinner on the lawn is always a joyous event, but we are in love with The Granary. This space, complete with soaring ceilings and hardwood floors, was designed to accommodate up to 200 wedding guests with a charm that evokes comparisons to Tuscany. It’s an escape perfectly designed for us to help make your wedding dreams come true.

 

The Clifton 

Only two-and-a-half hours outside of Washington, D.C., The Clifton in historic Charlottesville, Virginia has become a favorite wedding venue for D.C.-area couples, and us too. Both elegant and contemporary, The Clifton offers a destination wedding flexibility that couples adore. You can come in for just your ceremony and reception, or plan an entire weekend of celebrating with friends and family. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside, couples can incorporate a variety of venues into their festivities, from a pig roast on the lawn to a rehearsal dinner for 20 in the impressive wine cellar of this storied residence. Delight in a tented reception in a majestically forested area of the estate with up to 250 guests or an intimate ceremony for 30 in the Secret Garden. The Clifton makes it easy for us to create a celebration you will never forget. 

 

Meridian House 

Designed by famed architect John Russell Pope, Meridian House was constructed in 1920 for Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin. Through the years, Meridian House has been carefully updated while faithfully preserving much of the original architectural detailing and impressive decorative elements, including the often-celebrated 18th-century European paintings over the doors. For couples, the house is only one element of this exquisite Washington, D.C. wedding venue. With more than three-acres of divinely designed gardens and a courtyard still beautifully adorned with the 40 linden trees imported during the home’s construction, your guests may feel like they have stepped onto an estate in the French countryside rather than being only a mile north of the White House. Couples can easily enjoy a wedding ceremony in the garden, cocktails among the linden trees, and a reception that flows from the drawing-room back into the grove. It all feels remarkably intimate, whether you’re planning a black-tie event for 200 or a romantic gathering for 50. Nearby, The Line Hotel is our choice for guest accommodations.

 

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Anderson House  

If you’ve dreamed of a wedding in a historic Washington, D.C. venue, the Anderson House (aka the Larz Anderson House) needs to be on your shortlist. This Gilded Age mansion on Embassy Row in Northwest D.C. serves as the headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, a research library and a museum revealing early 20th-century life in Washington. Filled with extraordinary tapestries and magnificent artwork, it’s easy to feel like you have stepped back in time when you enter this special venue. To add to the guest experience, you can also hire docents to provide information about the house to your guests during your reception. Host your wedding cocktail hour in the upstairs gallery, your ceremony in the flawlessly designed courtyard, and enjoy the old world charm of the breathtaking ballroom as you and your loved ones toast to the start of your new life together. For larger parties, a tented reception can smoothly flow from the outside dining area into the ballroom to dance the night away. Situated close to Dupont Circle and Georgetown, accommodation options abound only a short Uber ride away; Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a nearby favorite.

 

The Hay-Adams 

Since its doors opened in 1928, The Hay-Adams has been known for its extraordinary elegance, delectable cuisine, and impeccable service. As you would expect from such an iconic venue, every aspect of this Washington, D.C. jewel impresses, from the opulent interiors to the dazzling rooftop “Top of the Hay” event space that offers inspiring panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Park and the city beyond. Your guests will be awed by the view, and landmark photo opportunities abound. Here, history is partnered with an acute attention to detail. The venue’s insightful staff has a reputation for seamlessly collaborating with couples and their wedding planner to create a perfectly personalized celebration, whether you plan an intimate affair or a lavish event for 250 friends and family. 

 

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