January 13, 2018
Dear brides, I know how hard it is to find a venue. There are so many out there. Where do you even start? Having photographed my fair share of weddings, I have some locations I absolutely LOVE! Check out the best 10 wedding venues in Washington DC. Hope these tips are helpful in planning your wedding.
Meridian House is a hidden gem in the DC area. Once you walk inside, it’s like entering a quaint European mansion. The best part of the venue is the back with the tree grove and lots of gorgeous outdoor space. If you do not want a ballroom venue, this is your place. Check out Mo and Lauren’s wedding on Style Me Pretty!
Just like Meridian House, this is another place in DC where you get that estate feel within the city. Once you pass the gates, you enter a place filled with history and amazing architecture. My favorite place to shoot is the classic courtyard pool. It creates the most dreamy portraits and the perfect place for your cocktail hour too! Click here to see more Carla and Vadim’s wedding on District Weddings.
Even though this venue is outside the city, it is SO WORTH the drive. The backdrop is rolling hills and unlimited space. Did you know Michael Jackson stayed here for months? That’s why they have his picture in the manor house! Now you know. And they also have an amazing restaurant on the premise, so it never hurts to check it out. You know I am a total foodie!
If there is one local winery that is my absolute favorite, Stone Tower Winery is the place! Whenever I shoot a wedding there, I come home with at least four bottles of rosé! Don’t tell Gavin. You cannot beat the view. The sunset over the rolling hills is pure magic. Make sure to time your ceremony so you do not have harsh light.
This is another gorgeous venue that is outside the city too. There is lots of greenery at the Salamander Resort and so many places to photograph. Cocktail hour in the Culinary Garden is a must! AND they have one of the BEST spas ever. Yes, you knew I was going to mention that.
This gorgeous hotel is in the heart of the city. Great location and great facility! You do have to account that you need to have a secondary location to do portraits since there is no courtyard or outdoor area there. You can either do your pictures at Farragut Square Park or at the monuments.
The Army Navy Country Club has a great location and gorgeous ballroom. The best ballrooms to photograph are ones with high ceilings and white walls, since they bounce light. It makes the space look very spacious and well lit. Maddy’s ring was actually picked for TOP 10 ENGAGEMENT RINGS in 2017 by Style Me Pretty!
I might be cheating a little, because Early Mountain Vineyard is in wine country. But I could not leave this venue out. Even though Early Mountain Vineyard is outside the DC area, it is an amazing venue. Both the views and the inside area with the grand fireplace make for a perfect place to get married.
The NMWA is amazing because it is not weather dependent, which is a great comfort in this crazy DC weather. You do need to do portraits elsewhere since there is no place to photograph outside it. That means accounting for transportation for your wedding party and extra time to travel, which is totally doable. CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS CUSTOM BAR created by Kruse and Vieira?!? Insert all the hearts of eyes emojis!
Last but not least is the Hay Adams with the quintessential Washington DC view, the White House and the Washington Monument right outside the patio. You cannot beat this view when it comes to having the classic DC wedding. The main reception room also has tons of natural light, which is a dream place for us photographers!
Thank you so much for stopping by! For more tips on planning your own wedding, make sure to check out The 7 Mistakes Brides Make when Planning.
Thanks too all these vendors:
Planning and Styling: Kruse and Vieira Events, A griffin Events, Elite Planning Firm – Mayrelis Febles , Tricia Christine Weddings, Ida Rose, Pop the Cork Events, Event Accomplished, Engaging Affairs | Flowers: Holly Chapple, Porter and Ives, Phillipa Tarrant Floral Design, Petals and Hedges, Darling and Daughters, Edge Flowers, Floral and Bloom, Blossom and Vine | Makeup: Erica Basha, Nikki Fraser, JKW Beauty, Beauty by Jackie, Izzy B Makeup, Hair and Makeup by Claudine | Hair: Anna Fazio, Alison Harper | Invitations: Emily Rose, Just Write Studios | Rentals: Something Vintage | Dress: Oscar de la Renta,