14 Washington, DC Wedding Venues That Bring the Wow Factor

Plan a monumental celebration.
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 24, 2024

There's nothing more all-American than saying "I do" in the nation's capital, and the District delivers when it comes to stunning DC wedding venues. From iconic hotels to Washington monument views to historic hidden gardens, DC has everything you could want for a sophisticated urban celebration.

Of course, planning a DC wedding means navigating a city known for higher than average venue costs. But the upside is choosing from gorgeous venues and celebrating your love in a city where guests will be happy to spend a few days exploring the sights. For most guests, DC is an easy place to travel with three airports and a train station to choose from.

There are hip and historic hotels, and the only challenge your guests will face is figuring out how to hit as many museums in a weekend as possible. Add in an eclectic food scene and charming neighborhoods, and you'll have the best time picking places to bring together guests for everything from the welcome reception to the farewell brunch.

Want to make sure you're getting the full picture of your DC wedding venue? Here's a comprehensive checklist of everything you need to know and the questions that you should ask any on-site event staff.

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Events at Union Station in Washington, DC

There's something incredible about saying your vows in the halls of a landmark that you've stepped foot in dozens of times before. While you might usually run through Union Station hoping to grab your train on time, now you can twirl beneath the incredible architecture and soaring ceiling of the Main Hall. You can accommodate over 2,000 of your nearest and dearest in this iconic venue.

National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is one of the most stunning Washington, DC wedding venues, with sparkling chandeliers, a mezzanine overlooking the Great Hall and two dramatic staircases. This is an elegant space to transform into your wedding day vision before dancing the night away in the most sophisticated of fashion. Over 300 guests can celebrate your big day at this incredible museum.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC in Washington, DC

For a stunning Downtown DC wedding venue, look at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC. This classic hotel is in the heart of Penn Quarter, its historic 1800s architecture and marble staircases create an absolutely sophisticated city backdrop. You can toast to your new married life in either The Athens Room or The Paris Ballroom, both of which can host up to 220 guests. Any of your friends and family that decide to stay on-site will enjoy luxurious accommodations with updated period decor.

DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC

DACOR Bacon House is one of the more affordable wedding venues in Washington, DC, but that doesn't mean it's any less elegant. This historic Georgian mansion dates back two hundred years and its history is almost as impressive as its romance. The rooms are filled with details like crystal chandeliers, historic decor and even a baby grand piano, and hiding in the midst of the city is a half-acre garden with a brick patio and impressive magnolia trees. It's rare you can have an outdoor garden wedding in the heart of the city, but you can at DACOR Bacon House.

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Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens in Washington, DC

Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens is a tucked away gem and one of the most beautiful Georgetown DC wedding venues. Sprawling over five and half acres, the lush gardens outside this Federal era historic home are an unlikely sight in the city. It's quiet, secluded and absolutely filled with romance in any season. Tudor Place can host up to 70 guests in their immaculate gardens, and the photos will last a lifetime.

Sequoia in Washington, DC

A sleek waterfront venue right in Georgetown, Sequoia is the place to host a modern celebration. You'll look out over the Potomac River while you say "I do," with floor-to-ceiling windows letting the natural light pour in. But it's not just the waterfront that's impressive—the Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Island, Key Bridge and the Virginia skyline are all right there in the distance. There's contemporary art displayed throughout the minimalist space, and you can celebrate with up to 300 of your closest friends and family. Thanks to the restaurant's talented culinary team, you also know the food is going to be as remarkable as the view.

The LINE DC in Washington, DC

You can get married in a church without getting married at a church at The LINE DC. This modern renovation of a 110-year-old church has a modern, moody aesthetic combined with a space that feels rich with history. You can say "I do" on the rooftop overlooking the Adams Morgan neighborhood and the entire city or one of the interior spaces, including the mezzanine with its stained glass details. You can have your guests stay at the hotel, where they'll find some of the coolest rooms in DC.

The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC

The Hay-Adams Hotel is a 1920s hotel that has become an iconic DC wedding venue. You can kick off your big day with a ceremony at the Top of the Hay rooftop, which has views of the White House. This traditional and light-filled venue makes for elegant pre-wedding photos and a timeless place to gather your friends and family. After the dancing is done, guests can either retire to their rooms within the hotel or head to the Off the Record bar for a post-wedding cocktail.

Eaton DC in Washington, DC

For a hotel wedding with an edgier vibe, the Eaton DC in downtown Washington is a unique and modern choice. Founded as a creative and cultural hub in addition to a hotel, Eaton DC has multiple event spaces, including the colorful Wild Days room, the bright and airy Beverly Snow Room, and other more intimate spaces, like the Salon. You can host up to 400 guests while also giving friends and family an opportunity to stay on site. They'll also be treated to delicious meals throughout the weekend thanks to the Michelin-starred chef and the option to include sustainable, plant-based food.

Hook Hall in Washington, DC

Hook Hall is an effortless and casual venue that can be transformed into your vision of your big day. High ceilings, exposed brick walls and metal beams give the space an industrial look and guests can trickle outside to the outdoor area, which has fire pits for a cozy feel all winter long. At Hook Hall, you can host up to 700 guests for a cocktail reception or go with a more formal approach and 500 guests for a seated wedding.

The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

For a true Capitol wedding, book The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and incredible views of Washington from The Crown Ballroom. If it's a beautiful evening, you can open up the terrace for cocktail hour and give guests one of the most unique perspectives of the city. Located just minutes from Union Station and with over 250 guest rooms, The Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill is the perfect place for a politico couple to bring in their nearest and dearest from out of town and show them the best of the District.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC

There are few classic venues in Washington, DC as dramatic as the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This landmark building features stunning architecture on its own, but it transforms into an otherworldly space when draped in decor and color. You can choose from rooms including The Pavillion and The Rotunda, both of which have striking architectural details and soaring ceilings. This is where you get married if there's no way you can cut the guest list—the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center can host up to 5,000 guests.

Riggs Washington DC in Washington, DC

The colorful and opulent decor of Riggs Washington DC is the prettiest backdrop for an intimate wedding of up to 120 guests. You can celebrate with your friends and family in the trendy Café Riggs or recite your vows on the rooftop overlooking downtown. This 1891 Richardson Romanesque building has architectural details that will set the stage for stunning wedding photos, and the events staff on-site is skilled at making every event one to remember.

District Winery in Washington, DC

District Winery is unusual among Washington, DC wedding venues because it's new — rarely do you find a building that doesn't have a century of history behind it. But this modern restaurant and wedding venue has quickly become a favorite of Washingtonian couples. With floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the riverfront, District Winery is designed to host both ceremonies and receptions all in one sleek space. Invite 200 of your closest friends and family, then rely on the expertise of the events team to bring your dreams of your big day to life.

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