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5 Lovely Small Wedding Venues in Washington, DC

by Katelyn Barthlome
5 Lovely Small Wedding Venues in Washington, DC

Thinking of Washington, D.C. might conjure mental images of the iconic United States Capitol or the towering Washington Monument. D.C. is full of some pretty amazing historical sites and museums, of course. But if you’re looking for an intimate setting in which to celebrate your nuptials, the nation’s capital also has plenty to offer. Here are five of our favorite small wedding venues in Washington, DC!


Located in D.C.’s Ivy City area, Studio52 is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding or elopement! Exposed brick, polished cement floors, and reclaimed wood walls give this venue a warm and intimate yet industrial feeling. With its six-floor on-site parking garage, your guests also won’t have to worry about finding parking either. Plus the first 2 hours are free! Owners Drew and Chelsea created Studio52 as an authentic venue where you can express yourself and create lasting memories.

Capacity: 80 seated, up to 200 standing

Typical Cost: $1800 – $4000 plus an additional $300 mandatory cleaning fee

Bonus: Every rental include access to Studio52’s photo booth!


Dumbarton House

Built in 1977, The Dumbarton House is a gorgeous federal period house located in the residential area of Georgetown that’s now used as a museum and can be rented out for weddings and events. With its red brick, white pillars and grandness, this venue offers a charming stately feel for your wedding. Your guests can stroll through the pristine gardens, or dance in the ballroom, or enjoy a quiet moment in the stunning courtyard.

Capacity:  70-200 guests depending on which room(s) and configurations you use

Typical Cost: $15,931-$17,713

Bonus:  The venue is pet friendly!


Top of the Town

Looking for a venue that has stunning panoramic views? With its floor-to-ceiling windows, Top of the City sure lives up to its name! This venue offers views of the Nation’s capitol, the Potomac River, and many of the presidential memorials. Plus there’s plenty of natural light! To make your planning easier, Top of the City has its own list of preferred vendors for you to choose from including caterers, photographers, florists, musician, etc.

Capacity: up to 180 guests

Typical Cost:  $1,600-$7,700

Bonus: Top of the City has their own parking garage and offers free parking for all of your guests!

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Engine Company 12

Starting in 1897, Engine Company 12 began service with a steam fire engine and a hose reel carriage servicing several neighborhoods including Bloomingdale and Eckington. Then in 2007 the building itself was placed on the National Register of Historical Place and was later fully restored in 2013 and reopened as a premier DC wedding venue! Stunning hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and timber beams give this historic venue a warm rustic feel. Plus, what’s a wedding without a fire pole?! With several spaces within the venue to choose from, you and your guests are sure to enjoy your celebration here.

Capacity: 80-200 guests depending on which area you choose and how the space is configured.

Typical Cost:  Starting at $8,550 for about 50 guests

Bonus: Valet and security services are available! Contact Engine Company 12 for more info.


Heurich House Museum

Want a wedding venue with some character and history and maybe a little bit of beer? The Heurich House Museum might be the perfect place to have your wedding! Built in 1892 by German immigrant Christian Heurich, the house included some of the most modern technology at the time, such as indoor plumbing and electronic communication systems. Christian was recognized as D.C’s most successful brewer of beer until his death at the age of 102 years, and the Heurich House was the city’s longest running brewery. Today the interiors reflect period decor, giving this venue a nice warm intimate aesthetic. Couples will have their choice of having their ceremony and reception in either the indoor Conservatory, filled with natural light, or out in the gorgeous private Castle Garden.

Capacity: 30-125 guests

Typical Cost:  $500-$10,000

Bonus: Price reductions are offered for receptions without alcohol or dancing and for under 30 guests

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