Unconventional Wedding Locations of D.C.
Do you want a wedding that is unique and representative of you and your partner? Here is a top-13 list of unconventional wedding locations, from sporting arenas to libraries and historical societies, within Washington, D.C. If you are looking for locations outside the city, check out one of our blogs of wedding locations for other cities.
(1) Nationals Park
Address: 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
"With sweeping views of the nation’s capitol, modern amenities, convenient public transportation, covered parking, an experienced event management team and an unlimited array of creative options, Nationals Park has quickly become a venue of choice in the Washington, DC area."
(2) Pinstripes Georgetown
Address: 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20007
"Our beautifully appointed ballroom seats up to 240 guests, while our private event entrance and beautiful reception rooms create an intimate experience. Picturesque views of the C&O Canal, luxurious bowling lanes, bocce courts, and a cozy outdoor fire pit allow you to craft an unforgettable and simply unique wedding celebration."
(3) The National Press Club
Address: 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045
"The most romantic day of your life should be historic! That's why the National Press Club in downtown DC is the perfect venue to celebrate your wedding and ensure your big day will go down in history! It's not just the place where news happens, it's where memories are made. Overlooking the White House at the top of the National Press Building, the Club has a wonderful atmosphere, terrific food, and excellent service. NPC Ballroom has a capacity of 225 with dance floor."
Address: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001
"Whether you dream of an intimate gathering, an outdoor affair or a lavish bash, the Newseum offers beautiful venues, meticulous service and scrumptious cuisine to make your wedding the 'top story' of a lifetime...The Newseum is privileged to offer you the award-winning food and seamless service of Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Newseum is the only venue in Washington that offers menus created by Puck and his team of creative chefs from across the nation...The Newseum and Wolfgang Puck Catering are committed to making the day uniquely yours. Your wedding will be designed and performed with attention to detail and perfect hospitality, customizing the experience to your style and taste. Our goal is to create a wedding and reception that are elegant, distinct and charming for you and your guests. And we hope to see you again – at your anniversary party!"
(5) Mess Hall
Address: 703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC
DC’s Mess Hall is a popular kitchen incubator typically used for cooking classes, supper clubs, pop-up dinners, and other industry events.
Proof That a Wedding at an Industrial Community Kitchen is a Totally Rad Idea:
(6) Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Address: 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
"Your history starts here when you say “I do” in our exquisitely rehabilitated Civil War-era Naval Hospital, which was commissioned by President Lincoln in 1864. Whether you’d like an outdoor wedding ceremony in our beautifully landscaped gardens, an indoor ceremony in our light-filled rooms with 14-foot high ceilings and 8-foot windows, or something in between, your wedding and reception will be a timeless, romantic celebration to last the ages. The unique elegance of Hill Center and its exquisite campus comes together with today’s amenities to give you contemporary convenience with historic charm."
Hill Center is a non-profit organization operated by the Old Naval Hospital Foundation.
(7) President Lincoln’s Cottage
Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011
"President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home offers a unique and historic setting for both private and corporate events. President Lincoln’s Cottage, built in the Gothic Revival style in 1842, the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, a 1905 Beaux Arts style building, and the grounds are available for private events. The site offers a wide variety of options for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Ample parking is available on the grounds and both buildings are accessible. Proceeds from your event will keep President Lincoln’s Cottage a home for brave ideas by supporting groundbreaking exhibits, inspirational school programs, and ongoing preservation efforts."
(8) The American Institute of Architects
Address: 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006-5292
"With distinctive architecture, two-story glass windows, a grand staircase, and a private courtyard oasis, AIA’s urban location is perfect for your city wedding. We can host your full ceremony and reception experiences for up to 350 people, and we’ll transition the space effortlessly from ceremony to cocktails, reception, and dancing."
(9) The Carnegie Institute for Science
Address: 1530 P Street NW Washington DC 20005"Boasting romantic architecture and endless charm, the Carnegie Institution for Science offers the perfect setting for a classic Washington, D.C., wedding affair or celebration. Consistently listed among the Metro Area’s top venues, the Institution prides itself on providing tailored customer service to each individual client. Host your event in the heart of the city with convenient access to hotels, restaurants and some our Nation’s greatest landmarks."
(10) National Museum of Women in the Arts
Address: 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
"A bride will never be lacking in choices if she decides to host her wedding in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. From lighting, vendors, catering, set up for the ceremony or reception to everything else that’s important, will be available for the bride to have her every wedding wish come true. There are a few restrictions practical for every museum (votive candles, please), but the NMWA is definitely among the most accommodating venues in DC."
(11) Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square (The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.)
Address: 801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
"The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square combines simple elegance and modern amenities to create a versatile space...The Library is comprised of nine ornate rooms – including the L’Enfant Map Room, which features an illuminated floor map of Washington, DC. The Carnegie Library also serves as home to the notable Kiplinger Library."
(12) International Student House
Address: 1825 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
"Our Tudor-style house includes a Great Hall, library and garden that provides an elegant and intimate setting for your guests...Our philosophy follows our mission, to bring people together, share ideas and experiences...Our Chef can help plan a catering menu designed to meet your food interests and budget. All of our staff are committed to helping you have a memorable event that achieves your objectives...This early-20th century mansion at 1825 R Street is unlike many other Washington, DC venues. We have been holding events for over 70 years."
(13) The Textile Museum
Address: 701 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
"The two historic houses wherein the Textile Museum lies are the perfect venue for the most sophisticated and stylish of weddings. The entrance, completed with detailed molding and gold lanterns, is the former home of the Museum’s founding family; it was designed in 1913 by John Russell Pope, the famed American architect of the Jefferson Memorial (1943). The Museum was later expanded in 1925 into the adjacent building to hold the Museum’s galleries."