10 Awe-Inspiring Venues Across Maryland and Virginia

From mansions with secret passages to enchanting greenhouses, celebrate at one of these mesmerizing spaces.
Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards wedding reception
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Marissa Hermanson
by Marissa Hermanson

Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards

5022 Plank Road, North Garden, VA; (434) 202-8063; Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Located in the heart of Virginia's picturesque wine country, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards promises a culinarydriven affair. Say "I do" on the winery's front lawn overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains, then head to the covered veranda for cocktails. Enjoy dinner and dancing in the grand barninspired Granary, with space for 200 guests. Additionally, the new Reserve Room, which can house up to 75, is ideal for smaller gatherings like rehearsal dinners, bridal shower luncheons, bachelorette parties or day-after brunches.

The Market at Grelen

15091 Yager Road, Somerset, VA; (540) 672-7268; The Market at Grelen

Less than 45 minutes north of Charlottesville, this 600-acre tree farm offers six unique spots for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for up to 300 guests. Here, couples can embrace Virginia's bucolic beauty, from a hilltop featuring 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside to its succulentfilled greenhouse, and take photos in the apple and peach orchards among the gently rolling meadows. Plus, Grelengrown produce can even be incorporated into wedding details (think: berry-infused signature cocktails or honey favors).

The Mansion on O Street

2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 496-2020; The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street wows with its eclectic décor and memorabilia: 60 guitars signed by rock stars, original Tiffany windows and 15,000 pieces of art. With more than 100 rooms (and 70 secret passages to explore) couples can be creative, choosing from an array of unique spaces and alcoves to host their nuptials, including a private ceremony in the secret wine cellar and a sit-down gourmet dinner in the beautiful ballroom. Event sites can accommodate up to 300 guests, and an on-site event planner is included in each wedding package.

Find your kind of venue

From barns to ballrooms, discover reception venues that feel like you.

Historic Oakland

5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD; (410) 730-4801; Historic Oakland

Manicured gardens with magnolia trees and boxwoods complement the classic Southern charm of this historic Federalstyle country estate. Exchange vows in the secluded Bishop's Garden in front of 80 guests, or for a larger guest list, celebrate on the front lawn with the estate as the backdrop. An elegant ballroom that opens to a covered veranda welcomes 80 guests comfortably, and tented receptions on the back patio can fit up to 150 friends and family members.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA; (757) 441-5830; Norfolk Botanical Garden

Beautiful year-round, this verdant oasis delights with its 175 acres, 50 themed gardens and bright rotunda. Exchange vows in the Bicentennial Rose Garden surrounded by 240 of your loved ones and thousands of blooming rose bushes, one of the largest collections on the East Coast. Then, go all out with an extravagant soiree in the Renaissance Court, a formal Italian garden with a tranquil reflecting pool.

Arts Club of Washington

2017 I St. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 331-7282; Arts Club of Washington

A stone's throw from the White House, this private social club has three galleries that play host to rotating exhibits and weddings. The back terrace can seat up to 150 for ceremonies and receptions, while inside, the mansion boasts enough room for up to 100. During cocktail hour, guests can even admire artwork and explore the historic home. Plus, a day-of coordinator ensures that the wedding day unfolds as seamlessly as possible.

Inn at Huntingfield Creek

4928 Eastern Neck Road, Rock Hall, MD; (410) 639-7779; Inn at Huntingfield Creek

This waterfront inn and farm has expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Baltimore skyline. With 70 acres, there are plenty of ceremony sites to choose from, like an intimate gathering on Huntingfield Creek or, for larger parties (up to 150), a lush garden setting. Postnuptials, host cocktail hour under the holly tree and dance the night away in the rustic meets elegant Crystal Barn.

Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC; (202) 289-8300; Special Events at Union Station

Soaring ceilings, marble floors and handpainted murals give this beautifully restored beaux arts train station a sense of classic elegance. Mix and mingle pre-dinner in the Palm Court before a formal reception in the Columbus Club or East Hall. Invite all of your family and friends, as the station can accommodate 500 for seated dinners, 800 for stand-up affairs and as many as 1,500 guests if you combine all of the spaces.

Whitehall Estate

18301 Whitehall Estate Lane, Bluemont, VA; (703) 948-2999; Whitehall Estate

With rustic barns and Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, this former dairy farm can hold up to 225 for receptions and 300 for cocktail celebrations in the mansion's grand ballroom. Couples can choose where on the 50 acres they'd like to tie the knot— in the gazebo, under a garden archway or in an expansive field.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 416-8587; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The arts center's Roof Terrace Restaurant provides couples with floor-to-ceiling views of DC's historic memorials, while the 5,000-square-foot venue fits 300 for a ceremony and seated dinner or 400 for a standing cocktail reception. Bonus: The chef will whip up a custom menu for your special day with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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