Wedded Bliss: Unique DC Ceremony/Reception Sites

Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do — By Torie Castiello on April 13, 2010 at 2:21 am

Ah, spring. The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and inevitably one’s thoughts turn to romance.

Meridian Hill Park. Photo credit: AgnosticPreachersKid, flickr.

Wedding season is as popular in DC as it is in pretty much any other city in the world, and for couples wishing to take the plunge and tie the knot, there are literally hundreds of beautiful reception venues from which to choose.

We know that beautiful hotels like the Ritz-Carlton provide amazing reception facilities (assuming the betrothed have enough cash to afford them!).   But many of the National Parks and historical properties in the area allow for wedding ceremonies and receptions, too. As long as couples secure a Special Use permit in advance and follow all of the associated rules and regulations, they can plan their perfect wedding at places like Dumbarton House, the C&O Canal and Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights.

The Phillips Collection's Music Room. Photo credit: Phillips Collection.

Other unusual wedding venues include Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, with its waterfront backdrop, soaring ceilings and quirky art collections; in Arlington, the funky art-deco flair of Clarendon Ballroom offers an offbeat and stylish vibe.

Many of the city’s prestigious galleries and museums are also available for special event rental; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of Art are a few examples of venues that provide stunning environments for ceremonies and/or receptions.