Outdoor Weddings in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area

Locations for Garden Weddings in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Planning a wedding? Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor wedding in a garden setting in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia? Find a mansion or a National Historic site that offers the perfect setting for your special day.

Outdoor Wedding Sites In Washington, DC

National Park locations - (202) 619-7225. Wedding ceremonies are allowed at two locations on the National Mall, at the Tidal Basin west of the Jefferson Memorial and at an area near the World War I Memorial.

In Virginia, wedding sites include the grounds of Arlington House, above Arlington National Cemetery; Great Falls Park; and the Netherlands Carillon, near the Iwo Jima Memorial. Capacity: The National Mall sites accommodate about 200, the Virginia sites 50 to 100.

Arts Club of Washington - 2017 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 331-7282. This is a National Historic Landmark founded in 1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in the city. Ceremonies and receptions can be held inside as well as outdoors. Capacity: 25 seated dinner, 300 buffet, 125 in the garden.

Decatur House - 748 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC (202) 842-0920. Decatur House is a historic house museum located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square. You may rent the entire site including the brick Federal townhouse, courtyard, carriage house, and conference center. Capacity: 500 standing.

Historical Society of Washington, DC - 801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square, Washington, DC (202) 383-1829.

This beautiful Beaux-Arts building, featuring monumental arches, terrazzo floors, marble staircases, and skylights, offers an elegant museum venue with reception spaces in the Great Hall, the Reception Hall, and on the manicured grounds. Capacity: 800.

Meridian House 1630 Crescent Pl., NW, Washington, DC (202) 939-5592.

Two French 18th century historic homes are situated on three acres of manicured gardens, located a mile north of the White House. Capacity: 400 standing, 200 seated.

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum - 144 Constitution Ave., NE, Washington, DC (202) 546-1210. The women’s history museum is an elegant Federal-style mansion on Washington, DC's historic Capitol Hill. Capacity: Interior terrace accommodates a dinner for 40 or a cocktail reception for 75. The garden area with a brick patio and spacious tent will accommodate 350 guests standing or 150 seated.

Thomas Law House: Tiber Island Cooperative Homes - 461 N St., SW, Washington, DC (202) 554-4844. This historic Federalist house built in 1794 faces the Potomac River. Capacity: 50-150 indoor, 300 outdoor.

White-Meyer House -1624 Crescent Pl., NW, Washington, DC (202) 939-5592. The historic mansion is a National Historic Landmark that is owned by Meridian International Center. Capacity: 400 standing, 180 seated.

Woodrow Wilson House - 2349 S St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 387-4062. The last the home of President Woodrow Wilson was given to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Capacity: 175 in house and on the terrace. Garden may be used for 200 if a canopy is rented.

Wedding ceremonies and dancing in the house are prohibited.

For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Maryland, See page 2
For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Northern Virginia, See page 3

Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor wedding in a garden setting in Maryland? Find a mansion or a National Historic site that offers the perfect setting.

Billingsley Manor - 6900 Green Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro, Maryland (301) 627-0703. This brick Tidewater Colonial plantation house sits on 430 acres overlooking the Patuxent River. Capacity: Indoors 20 to 60, outdoors 100.

Brookside Gardens - 1500 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, Maryland (301) 949-8231.

Montgomery County’s public display garden offers several gardens/sites to chose from. Capacities range from 20-250 people.

Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor, Maryland. (301) 965-4847. The resort and convention center offers many indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue offers panoramic vistas of the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria and the Washington DC skyline. With 2,000 hotel rooms, guests can enjoy the convenience of the wedding and accommodations all in one place. Capacity 10 to 1000.

Lodge at Little Seneca Creek - 14500-A Clopper Road, Boyds, Maryland (301) 299-5026. The rustic Montgomery County meeting place is designed as a replica of a classic log cabin. Capacity: 180 buffet style or 120 seated.

Kentlands Mansion - 320 Kent Square Rd. Gaithersburg, Maryland (301) 258-6425. A mansion, built at the turn of the 20th century, offers a unique setting.

Capacity: Maximum 150.

Montpelier Mansion - Route 197, Laurel, Maryland (301) 953-1376. The Georgian-style mansion is a National Historic Landmark on 70 acres of beautiful parkland. Capacity: 100 people.

Newton White Mansion - 3006 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville, Maryland (301) 249-2004. The Neo-Georgian-style brick mansion sits on 586 acres that includes Enterprise Golf Course.

Capacity: 200.

Riversdale House Museum - 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale, Maryland (301) 864-0420. This National Historic Landmark is a restored stucco-covered brick plantation home built between 1801 and 1807. Capacity: 75.

Glenview Mansion - 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, Maryland (301) 309-3001. This neoclassical, 19th century home, is located on the grounds of the 153-acre Rockville Civic Center Park. Capacity: 225 guests.

Rockwood Manor - 11001 MacAuthur Blvd., Potomac, Maryland (301) 299-5026. This is a unique retreat and beautiful setting, operated by Montgomery County Park and Planning Capacity: 150 buffet style, 100 seated.

Mansion at Strathmore - 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland (301) 530-0540. The Georgian Mansion has several different venues for weddings. Maximum Capacity: 225 standing reception, 150 seated dinner. Tenting can add to capacity.

Woodend Mansion, Audubon Naturalist Society - 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase, Maryland (301) 652-9188. This grand estate has historic grounds that date back to a 1699 land grant. Capacity: 150 or more with additional tenting.

Woodlawn Manor - 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, Maryland (301) 585-5564. The Georgian-style Manor House is in a quiet setting.

Capacity: 125 indoors, 200 with the use of a tent.

For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Northern Virginia, See page 3
For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Washington, DC See page 1

See a variety of great destinations for an outdoor wedding in Northern Virginia. 

Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee - 607 Oronoco St., Alexandria, Virginia (703) 548-8454. The 19th Century home is a lovely setting in Old Town. Capacity: 100

Cabells Mill - 5235 Walney Rd., Centerville, 703-938-8835. The mill is a unique setting located in the wooded acres of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Capacity: 150 people

Carlyle House - 121 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia (703) 549-2997.

This historic mansion in Old Town was the home of Scottish merchant John Carlyle in 1752. Capacity: 80 seated, 100 standing.

Collingwood Library & Museum - 8301 East Blvd. Dr., Alexandria, Virginia (703) 765-1652. This museum is dedicated to providing information about our national heritage to the American Public. The grounds include a terrace and gardens used for weddings. Capacity: 125.

Gunston Hall - 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck, Virginia (703) 550-9220. The 556 acre estate was built in 1755 by George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Capacity: 130 seated, 180 standing.

Old Town Hall - 3995 University Dr., Fairfax, Virginia (703) 385-7858. Old Town Hall, built in 1902, is the architectural cornerstone of the downtown historic district. Capacity: 200.

River Farm - 7931 East Blvd. Dr., Alexandria, Virginia (703) 768-5700. Once owned by George Washington, River Farm is now the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society.

Capacity: 125 indoors, 200 using the tented terrace.

Woodlawn Plantation - 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia (703) 780-4000. This grand house overlooking the Potomac River was a gift from George Washington to his nephew Major Lawrence Lewis and his wife Eleanor "Nelly" Custis. Receptions may be held in the House and formal garden only after 5pm.

Capacity: 75 standing, 50 seated inside, 1000 people outside.

For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Washington, DC See page 1
For Outdoor Wedding Sites in Maryland, See page 2