2018 Recommended Wedding Venues

By November 1, 2017No Comments

“Rev. Bill, what is your favorite wedding venue?”

This is one of the most common questions that I am asked by prospective wedding couples and one that I have shied away from answering. This year, however, I am making the following recommendations.

While I have married couples in many different and wonderful settings from the beach to the mountains, I have identified 11 venues in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia that I believe are spectacular.  Each of the 11 is unique in its own way. 

Please understand that in no way am I remunerated for these recommendations nor have these venues requested to be added to this list.  This is strictly my opinion based on having officiated at each of these wonderful venues. 



Decatur House
748 Jackson Place NW – Washington, DC 20006
(202) 218-4333
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 230
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Arioth Harrison Smirne (

As part of the White House Historical Association, the Decatur House at Lafayette Square offers a unique brick courtyard venue surrounded by seasonal planting and greenery.

Hotel Phoenix
520 North Capitol St. NW – Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-9552
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 150
Location: Inside
Contact: Annette Fulmore (

While I find hotel ceremonies the weekend alternative of a conference, the Hotel Phoenix is an exception with a finely-appointed wedding space and the full amenities of a hotel.


The Carlyle Club
2050 Ballenger Ave. – Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8899
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Location: Inside
Contact: Sharon Reilly (

With a chic 1920s jazz vibe, The Carlyle Club offers a comprehensive indoor ceremony-reception-dinner setting.

The George Washington Memorial Temple
101 Callahan Drive – Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-2007 x2011
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 150
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Radka Mavrova (

This magnificent nine-story neoclassical structure offers a full-service venue with a breathtaking outdoor 360-degree vista of Alexandria and the Potomac River.

The Alexandrian
(Formerly The Hotel Monaco)
480 King St. – Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-6080
Comfortable Guest Capacity:  220
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Jessica Henderson ( )

Located in the heart of Old Town with all the amenities of a hotel, The Alexandrian offers an old-world charm with a wonderful enclosed bricked courtyard perfect for an outdoor wedding.

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway – Alexandria, VA 22309
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Jessica Chopin (
(703) 799-5092
Jessica Hewlett (
(703) 799-6318

Just footsteps from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, this 100-year old colonial-style restaurant has a delightful outdoor sunken garden ideal for a wedding.


Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Highway – Arlington, VA 22209
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 200
Location: Inside
(703) 524-6400 (ask for Weddings)
Contact:  Chanelle Johnson (

The Key Bridge Marriott has a 14th floor dedicated indoor wedding space with spectacular views of Georgetown, Washington, DC, and the Potomac.

Top of the Town
1400 14th St N. – Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 387-8696
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact:  Kate Markham (

Top of the Town features a spectacular panoramic view of Washington, DC, and its monuments as well as the Potomac River from a 100-foot span of floor-to-ceiling windows.


2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Dr, – Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 200
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact:  Michelle Marquez (

2941 Restaurant is a stunningly crafted full-service venue with attractively created waterfalls and fish ponds.


The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, – Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-3631 ext. 105
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 230
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact:  Ask for Wedding Coordinator (

The Atrium is an amazing space with floor-to-ceiling views of lush gardens and trees perfect for both outdoor and indoor weddings.


Murray Hill
42910 Edwards Ferry Rd NE – Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-1139
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 120
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Perry Rust (

Murray Hill is a 47-acre estate nestled in a rural setting overlooking the Potomac River and Catoctin Mountains ideal for an outdoor wedding.

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