“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 13 venues in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia that I believe are spectacular.  Each of these 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 (aharrison@whha.org)
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 (afulmore@PhoenixParkHotel.com)
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.

Tudor Place
1644 31st NW – Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-0400
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 50
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Michaela Wright (events@TudorPlace.org)
As one of Georgetown’s best-kept secrets, this National Historic Landmark dating back to the early 1800s features lush outdoor gardens and a federalist-style main building perfect for an intimate wedding.


The Carlyle Club
2050 Ballenger Ave. – Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8899
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Location: Inside
Contact: Sharon Reilly (Sreilly@TheCarlyleClub.com)
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 (rmavrova@GWMemorial.org)
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 (Jessica.henderson@TheAlexandrian.com )
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.


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


The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards
16804 Hamilton Station Rd. – Hamilton, VA 20158
(540) 338-5309
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 135
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact:  Susan Pratt (info@thebarnsathamiltonstation.com)
The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyard is a century-old dairy venue providing the perfect setting for a rustic wedding with a beautiful outside option, including a pond view, as well as an indoor in a beautiful rustic farm barn.


Dominion Valley Country Club
15200 Arnold Palmer Drive – Haymarket, VA 20169
(571) 222-6911
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 180
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Brittany Batcheler (Catering and Banquet Director) (bbatcheler@tollbrothers.com)
Dominion Valley Country Club, with their all-inclusive packages, in-house coordination, and stunning indoor/outdoor venue, truly has everything you need to host an unforgettable celebration.


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 (atrium@nvrpa.org)
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: Peggy Rust (Peggyrust@verizon.net)
Murray Hill is a 47-acre estate nestled in a rural setting overlooking the Potomac River and Catoctin Mountains ideal for an outdoor wedding.


Harbour View
13200 Marina Way – Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 910-4273
Comfortable Guest Capacity: 40-340
Location: Outside/Inside
Contact: Katelyn Cope (katelyn@harbourviewevents.com)
Harbour View offers a spectacular Potomac marina view ideal for an open-air veranda wedding with the beauty of a waterfront venue. Four distinct options for indoor or outdoor ceremonies.