City-by-City Guide: Stylish Wedding Ceremony Sites in Maryland, Virginia, and DC

Gorgeous places to host your ceremony.
by Christa Vagnozzi

1. Starry Night

Wow your guests with an enchanted ceremony on the split staircase of The Galleria at Lafayette Centre in Washington, DC. What makes this venue a standout is the stunning 50-foot skylit atrium, accented by marble floors and lush greenery.

2. On the Water

For something truly unique, Jennifer Kligman of How Sweet It Is Events Planning suggests marrying on a replica nineteenth-century schooner. Clipper City departs from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for nautical nuptials complete with a live band or DJ on board.

3. Museum Magic

Rich history and industrial style come together at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, where you can marry surrounded by artists’ studios in the two-story atrium of this state-of-the-art venue.

4. City Sites

Feel like you’re on top of the world—well, on top of Arlington that is—at the Top of the Town. Say “I do” before one of the best views of Washington, DC’s historic monuments and landmarks.

5. Estate Grandeur

If the phrase “the bigger the better” comes to mind then look no further than Gramercy Mansion in Stevenson, MD. Marva Lewis of The Event Professionals recommends this Tudor-style estate complete with a carriage house, oriental carpets, and ceremonial courtyard.

6. Outdoor Splendor

Picturesque ceremonies abound at Big Meadows, located in Shenandoah National Park, the top pick of Virginia event planner Jennifer Carroll. Waterfalls along historic Skyline Drive make for a perfect backdrop.

7. Nostalgic Nuptials

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore offers a return to yesteryear. This renovated train depot (recognized as the birthplace of American railroading) can accommodate ceremonies in the historic Baldwin Roundhouse among steam locomotives, railroading timepieces, and fine art.

8. Through the Grapevine

No need to travel to France to wed in wine country. Couples can marry at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, VA, a working state-of-the-art vineyard, on a manicured lawn with unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

9. Architectural Wonder

Dramatic opulence unfolds at Washington, DC’s Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Decked out with cement-cast columns and gold-leaf detailing, this space can host ceremonies in a gilded auditorium fit for royalty.

10. Garden Charm

Vintage-loving brides look no further. Say “I do” in Norfolk Botanical Garden and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an impressionist painting. Hold your ceremony in the Butterfly Garden or Renaissance Court, which require little, if any, decoration.

Photo: Holland Photo Arts

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