While there are plenty of valid reasons to choose to tie the knot indoors, there’s just something to be said for an alfresco wedding celebration. Luckily the nation’s capital has a bunch of amazing outdoor options, all of them offering a sense of history and beauty. Here are seven outdoor wedding venues in Washington, DC that we think are just amazing!
The Omni Shoreham Hotel’s pristinely manicured gardens overlook DC’s gorgeous Rock Creek Park, giving you the illusion of being in the countryside rather than in the middle of a big city. These gardens offer the perfect location for your elegant and sophisticated wedding needs. Getting married in the spring? You’ll be lucky enough to have gorgeous trees blooming all around you!
Capacity: up to 350 guests
Typical cost: Starting at $4000
Bonus: Having your wedding at a hotel can have its perks! The Omni Shoreham Hotel also offers accommodation options for all your guests.
Located about 10 minutes away from the U.S. Capitol, Gallery O on H is a perfect urban wedding venue. Exposed red brick walls and a wooden pergola give the outdoor courtyard a warm industrial atmosphere, while all sorts of pots and planters surround the space making you feel like you’re in a lush garden. They even have a living greenery wall that you can choose to get married in front of!
Capacity: up to 125 guests
Typical Cost: Starting at $625/hr with 2 hr minimum rental time required.
Bonus: Gallery O on H offers a town home located across the street that includes two bedrooms, one and a half baths, and can sleep up to 6 guests!
Looking for a more iconic historical site for you wedding venue? The DC War Memorial might just be the perfect spot for you. Located on the National Mall, this iconic structure memorializes citizens who served in World World II. A large marble domed temple sits among well manicured greenery, creating a perfect little intimate setting for you wedding.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests
Typical Cost: Wedding packages start at $1000 and go up to $4000, but be sure to contact the National Park Service to find out about permits and time restrictions.
Bonus: Though the War Memorial is close to some of Washington’s most famous monuments, it feels perfectly secluded in a quiet grove.
The Observatory at America’s Square offers stunning views of some of DC’s historic monuments, including the US. Capital and Union Station. Wood-planked flooring and glass barriers give this rooftop venue a very open yet intimate atmosphere, making it the perfect place for a more contemporary or modern wedding. Needless to say that natural light will be endlessly abundant! Tents are also available to be setup in case of inclement weather or protection from the sun.
Capacity: Can accommodate up to 130 guests seated, and 250 guests standing.
Typical Cost: starting at $ 8,000.00
Bonus: Having an evening wedding? Lighting options are available with rentals!
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Located in the Northeast DC area, the United States National Arboretum is used by the US Department of Agriculture as a research facility. 446 acres of land offer a variety of different types of garden areas to choose from, also making it one of the largest outdoor wedding venues options in DC. If you’re interested in booking the Arboretum for your wedding, be sure to book far in advance as they only accept a limited amount of weddings each year!
Capacity: up to 3,000 guests
Typical Cost: Starting at $10,000
Bonus: Right now they’re offering specials on June weddings for 2019!
When hearing about someone having their wedding at the St. Regis Hotel you immediately think posh, sophisticated, glamorous, and indoors. Did you know that the St. Regis Hotel also offers outdoor weddings? The Astor Terrace and Astor Pavilion are the hotels outdoors venue options that are complete with a custom wood tent that has cathedral windows and french doors, creating a perfect dreamy space for you to exchange your vows and party during your reception!
Capacity: Up to 250 guests
Typical cost: Starting at $150/person
Bonus: St. Regis offers excellent accommodation options for all of your guests.
City Winery, located in Northeast DC, offers both and indoor and outdoor space that are available year round for weddings rentals, making it the perfect venue for your wedding, no matter the season. Covered outdoor space, lit by dreamy fairy lights and surrounded by greenery give this outdoor space a such a perfect rustic urban touch. A Bridal suite, several in-house bars, lighting and sound, and several other services are offered with wedding rentals, so be sure to contact City Winery to get the full scoop!
Capacity: 150-300 guests
Typical cost: Starting at $175 per guest
Bonus: You can work with City Winery’s design team to create the perfect custom label for your own wine bottles. What a great gift to give your guests!