12 Small but Sophisticated Wedding Venues in Washington, DC

Celebrate in Capital style.
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
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Heather Bien
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
Heather Bien
The Knot Contributor
  • Heather contributes wedding, honeymoon, travel and relationship content for The Knot and WeddingWire.
  • Heather also writes for publications including Apartment Therapy, StyleBlueprint, MyDomaine, HelloGiggles and The Everygirl.
  • She holds a degree in Art History and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Updated Apr 03, 2024

Washington, DC is the city of power suits, politics and stunning spaces where you can say "I do" in tucked away gardens and chic hotels. It's not all monuments and museums, there are small wedding venues all over Washington, DC where you can plan a surprisingly hip or perfectly historic celebration.

DC is known for being a pricey place to walk down the aisle, but that's part of the beauty of a small wedding. You can plan a swanky soirée in the heart of the Nation's Capital, invite only your nearest and dearest and not worry about how you're going to accommodate your extended families on both sides. Instead, you can focus on planning a wedding that's uniquely suited to you, whether that means incorporating nods to Presidential history, Capitol Hill insider references or an ode to Washington's sports teams.

Ready to kick off your Washingtonian celebration? Here are 12 small DC wedding venues where you can tie the knot in capital city style.

The Mansion on O Street in Washington, DC

The Mansion on O Street is a famed Dupont mansion with over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors. Built by Edward Clark, architect for the US Capitol, in 1892, the home was designed to be a private residence though, given its grand scale, it seems better suited to its role today as a wedding and events venue. They offer a variety of wedding packages that include food, beverage and event planning. And, while the Mansion on O Street is certainly suited to larger parties, it can host microweddings for as few as 10 people or small soirées of 20 to 30 guests.

Guest Capacity: Up to 150, with microweddings of up to 10 or smaller weddings of 20 to 30

Gallery O on H in Washington, DC

For a hip small wedding venue in DC, try the Gallery O on H, an art gallery meets urban event space. The Gallery is filled with over three decades of art collected by owners Steve and Dolly, and the art-filled indoor rooms lead out to the secluded brick courtyard. Tucked away off H Street, you feel both the energy of the city and the quiet of a garden-inspired space that feels miles away from the buzz of the outside world.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100

Swann House in Washington, DC

Circa 1883, Swann House is a beloved bed and breakfast on one of Washington's most iconic streets. This elegantly decorated home in Dupont makes a statement from the moment you walk in and see the twelve-foot ceilings and dramatic crystal chandeliers. There are also gorgeous outdoor spaces, which are a surprise in the midst of the city. A private courtyard and pool are welcome retreats for those who are lucky enough to stay in the bed and breakfast's eight rooms. The events staff at Swann House are well-versed in throwing memorable celebrations and have a preferred list of vendors in the District that they work with.

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Guest Capacity: Up to 100 for cocktails, 75 for a ceremony, 60 for a seated dinner

Vera DC in Washington, DC

There aren't many restaurants doing Mexican and Lebanese cuisine, and that's why Vera DC is putting a name for itself on the map. For couples who want a foodie angle for their fête, this is the place to bring your closest friends and family for a flavor-filled celebration. The Uda room is designed for intimate occasions with up to 22 guests, and it has its own entrance and restroom.

Guest Capacity: Up to 22 seated in the Uda room

Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens in Washington, DC

Tudor Place is one of Washington's best kept secrets, with a Federal-style home tucked away on over 5 acres of gardens right in the heart of Georgetown. You feel as if you've stepped into another world in this lush oasis, which is exactly why it's such a stunning small, beautiful wedding venue in DC. From the East Lawn to the Bowling Green to the South Lawn, there are multiple places to say your vows in front of your nearest and dearest, or you can elope to this hidden gem.

Guest Capacity: Up to 70 guests

1789 Restaurant in Washington, DC

One of the best small wedding venues in DC is also one of its most iconic fine dining restaurants. 1789 is an acclaimed restaurant in Georgetown that's been beloved for generations looking to celebrate milestone events and celebratory date nights. But you can also ring in your nuptials with close family and friends in their equestrian-themed private dining room that accommodates up to 50 guests.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50 guests

Iron Gate in Washington, DC

One of the most romantic small wedding venues in Washington, DC is Iron Gate, which is DC's oldest continuously running restaurant. Built in 1875, this restaurant has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces. There's cozy fireside romance in the winter and lush courtyards in the summer. Iron Gate's side courtyard is the perfect spot to host a family style dinner under the wisteria for a microwedding of 25 guests.

Guest Capacity: Up to 100 guests, but ideal for microweddings

Hotel Tabard Inn & Restaurant

Imagine a ceremony in a lush urban courtyard with plants cascading off the brick walls. Dinner is in a timeless 19th century home, prepared by a team that's been lauded in Washington for decades. That's how a wedding at the historic Hotel Tabard Inn & Restaurant unfolds. This venue has been a favorite of Washingtonian couples for generations, and it's just as gorgeous today as it ever has been. Tabard Inn can accommodate groups of up to 63 for dinner, but it's also an intimate spot to gather a much smaller celebration.

Guest Capacity: Up to 70 for the ceremony, 63 for dinner

The Jefferson

The Jefferson is a DC small wedding venue that may be small in guest count but certainly not in style. This space feels both grand and intimate at the same time, with multiple elegant dining spaces to choose from. Dining is catered by the team at Michelin starred Plume restaurant, adding to the high-end, luxurious feel of the experience. This is where you go for the ultimate in sophisticated city weddings.

Guest Capacity: Up to 50

Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House is a favorite off-the-beaten-path museum of those who love history, but it's also a breathtaking wedding venue. The lush, green North Garden is the perfect backdrop for a springtime or fall event, or you can toast to your next chapter in the Upper Terrace, which is ideal for small soirées and microweddings. This elegant venue has an events specialist on staff and a preferred list of vendors that they work with to put on some of the most memorable celebrations in the city.

Guest Capacity: Up to 200, with spaces for smaller weddings of up to 60

The Whittemore House

If you want to bring your family and friends into one of the most historic places in DC, The Whittemore House, right off of Dupont Circle, is a classic Washington spot. This elegant mansion has nine rooms that are designed for weddings, with several sized perfectly for both microweddings and smaller gatherings of 50 to 60. With antiques and political memorabilia decorating the walls, this is where you get the full DC experience. There's also an outdoor courtyard for spring and fall weddings.

Guest Capacity: Up to 220, with several rooms with max capacity of 10-60

Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant in Washington, DC

Built in 1864, the Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant is a Victorian hotel located downtown near Mount Vernon Triangle. With classic decor, Chinese touches and indoor and outdoor spaces, it's the perfect place to host intimate gatherings of just 20 people or slightly larger weddings with up to 50 people. Whether you want to say "I do" in the courtyard or host a dinner in the dining room, there are event staff on site to help you plan your dream day in DC.

Guest Capacity: Up to 120 guests, with smaller options

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