The National Park Service manages three great wedding venues:
West Lawn of the Jefferson Memorial – The site lies at the southern end of the National Mall, adjacent to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. The memorial rests within the sightline to and from the White House, which stands one mile to the north.
DC World War Memorial – At Independence Avenue and 17th St. SW, Washington DC. the site is located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
George Mason Memorial – The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Ohio Drive and East Basin Drive, SW. Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
How to reserve one of these great venues for your wedding:
- Check Availability – Call the National Park Service at 202-247-4517 to check date availability.
- Complete the Special Use Permit – Download and complete the special use permit.
Important Considerations As you consider a wedding at one of these venues know the following:
Rain Date Alternative: There are no indoor alternatives onsite. Make sure you have an alternative location in case the weather doesn’t cooperative. I was to marry a couple last September on the West Lawn of the Jefferson Memorial. Unfortunately, we were rained out.
Parking: This can be challenging since you cannot reserve parking for your wedding guests. Options including busing guests or contacting with a local taxicab company to transport your guests. Otherwise, your guests will need to find their own parking.
Time Limitations: Wedding ceremonies are assigned a two-hour time block for set-up, the wedding ceremony, and the break-down. No structures can be erected and nothing can be attached to the trees or other existing facilities.
Chairs: You will have to arrange for any chair rental including setup and breakdown.
Music: You have two options. Recorded music may be played but the volume must be very low. Or, a maximum of two musical instruments may be played but not amplified.
Very Public: Though you will have an official permit to use the property, this is still a public place. Passerbys may snap photos and people may be walking by, a consideration for your wedding photos.
Jefferson Memorial Flight Path: For wedding events at the Jefferson Memorial, you will be in the direct flight path of Reagan National Airport.
Confetti: No rice or confetti may be thrown. And you (or someone you hire) must completely clean up the area before you leave.
Pictures: Photographers must apply for special permits to use tripods on Park Service property. Handheld cameras are permissible.
Nevertheless, these are great venues at a price that can’t be beat!