The nation's capital could very well be called the capital of romance, given the hundreds of beautiful hotels, parks and other venues available to Washington, D.C. brides. For a wedding that truly captures the beauty of Washington, D.C., choose one of the many monuments, museums and exhibtion halls that capture the history and splendor of this captivating city.
The Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial overlooks the Potomac River, and makes for a stunning sunset ceremony site. Hold your wedding in summer at dusk, and hundreds of fireflies may join you for your walk down the aisle. In spring, the Tidal Basin is known for its abundance of delicate cherry blossoms. Save on floral arrangements and walk down an aisle of swaying cherry blossom boughs instead. The Tidal Basin is also located near the World War I memorial, whose classical architecture and Greek-inspired details provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photos. Permits are required for events and photography, and both are administered through the National Park Service.
Gorgeous and Green
The National Aquarium, located a short distance from the Federal Triangle metro station in the lower level of the Commerce Building, is a stunning and eco-friendly site for a wedding ceremony. Haunting walkways of blue iridescent lights lead to the aquarium’s event space, where guests will be surrounded by creatures of the deep blue sea. The National Aquarium can accommodate wedding parties of up to 120 banquet-seated guests or 350 guests for a standing reception. Ceremonies and other events are allowed year-round in the evening from 6pm to 11pm. If you wish to host your reception in the same space, the National Aquarium has onsite catering and support staff to meet your needs.
Home Sweet Home
Washington, D.C. is full of historic houses, many of which are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. For a taste of the Gilded Age, The Anderson House on Embassy Row is a stunning example of Beaux Arts decoration, with ballrooms of polished marble and gold-leaf decorations, as well as a collection of priceless paintings and tapestries. Assemble the bridal party upstairs in the Olmsted Gallery and make a grand entrance to the strains of an original Steinway grand piano in the ballroom. The Anderson House has a 100-guest maximum for wedding receptions, and requires a minimum of forty guests for other events with a maximum capacity of 250 attendees. Six staff members can assist you in the execution of your event, and docents can be hired for an additional fee.
La Vie en Rose
Combining dramatic modern architecture with views of rolling gardens, La Maison Francaise on Embassy Row celebrates the best of French music, art and food. Several flexible, museum-quality event spaces make La Maison an ideal fit for larger-capacity weddings. From a 285-seat theatre to the ballrooms and gardens that can accommodate up to 1200 guests, weddings of all sizes will enjoy a beautiful backdrop of French landscaping, sculpture and art. An on-site event and catering manager can coordinate the details of your event, from a pre-ceremony cocktail hour among the French art collection to an elaborate post-ceremony dinner in an adjoining ballroom.