This is one of the most common questions that I am asked by prospective wedding couples and one that I have shied away from answering. This year, however, I am making the following recommendations.
While I have married couples in many different and wonderful settings from the beach to the mountains, I have identified 12 venues in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia that I believe are spectacular. Each of these is unique in its own way.
Please understand that in no way am I remunerated for these recommendations nor have these venues requested to be added to this list. This is strictly my opinion based on having officiated at each of these wonderful venues.
As part of the White House Historical Association, the Decatur House at Lafayette Square offers a unique brick courtyard venue surrounded by seasonal planting and greenery.
While I find hotel ceremonies the weekend alternative of a conference, the Hotel Phoenix is an exception with a finely-appointed wedding space and the full amenities of a hotel.
As one of Georgetown’s best-kept secrets, this National Historic Landmark dating back to the early 1800s features lush outdoor gardens and a federalist-style main building perfect for an intimate wedding.
With a chic 1920s jazz vibe, The Carlyle Club offers a comprehensive indoor ceremony-reception-dinner setting.
The George Washington Memorial Temple
101 Callahan Drive – Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-2007 x2011
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 150
Contact: Radka Mavrova (rmavrova@GWMemorial.org)
This magnificent nine-story neoclassical structure offers a full-service venue with a breathtaking outdoor 360-degree vista of Alexandria and the Potomac River.
(Formerly The Hotel Monaco)
480 King St. – Alexandria, VA 22314
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 220
Contact: Jessica Henderson (Jessica.henderson@TheAlexandrian.com )
Located in the heart of Old Town with all the amenities of a hotel, The Alexandrian offers an old-world charm with a wonderful enclosed bricked courtyard perfect for an outdoor wedding.
The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway – Alexandria, VA 22309
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Contact: Jessica Chopin (jChopin@mountvernon.org)
Jessica Hewlett (jhewlett@MountVernon.org)
Just footsteps from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, this 100-year old colonial-style restaurant has a delightful outdoor sunken garden ideal for a wedding.
The Key Bridge Marriott has a 14th floor dedicated indoor wedding space with spectacular views of Georgetown, Washington, DC, and the Potomac.
Top of the Town features a spectacular panoramic view of Washington, DC, and its monuments as well as the Potomac River from a 100-foot span of floor-to-ceiling windows.
FALLS CHURCH, VA
2941 Restaurant is a stunningly crafted full-service venue with attractively created waterfalls and fish ponds.
The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct. – Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-3631 ext. 105
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 230
Contact: Ask for Wedding Coordinator (email@example.com)
The Atrium is an amazing space with floor-to-ceiling views of lush gardens and trees perfect for both outdoor and indoor weddings.
Murray Hill is a 47-acre estate nestled in a rural setting overlooking the Potomac River and Catoctin Mountains ideal for an outdoor wedding.