We all know that Washington, DC has an iconic landscape so why not use that to your advantage when hosting your wedding festivities? Your guests can appreciate and explore the city sights without ever having to leave your bridal bash. We have compiled a list of the best DC rehearsal dinner and reception venues around, so take a look, and don’t forget to check out our other suggested venues and vendors in our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide.
W Hotel There are many great rooms at the W Hotel that you can choose for your reception or rehearsal dinner, but we love the Altitude Room and POV, the hotel’s rooftop lounge complete with stylish decor and city views. Take in the Washington Monument from any of the floor to ceiling windows while sipping on a delicious cocktail in this swanky environment.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) This historic landmark boasts an array of beautiful spaces for a wide variety of events. With its views of the Washington Monument on the portico, and its indoor elegance and character in O’Byrne Gallery, this space makes for a memorable wedding venue. The Connecticut Board Room overlooks the White House Ellipse and would make for a beautifully intimate rehearsal dinner space with its gold-leaf moldings and crystal chandeliers.
101 Constitution The Terrace at 101 Constitution provides the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams! Enjoy amazing views of the Nation’s Capital in this superb location. The availability of a tent takes the worry out of your wedding day and the views of DC are unforgettable. This space is great for intimate gatherings and can be designed to fit your tastes as a couple.
Newseum By far one of the most innovative and unique wedding venues, the Newseum has a plethora of options for you to choose from should this be “the one.” Perhaps you’d like to host your nuptials in the Knight Conference Center and terrace, where the breathtaking views of the US Capitol and surrounding city can be explored, or if that’s not enough, you can take over the entirety of the museum for a top-to-bottom, unforgettable extravaganza. The Newseum is happy to host Wolfgang Puck Catering, which makes for scrumptious rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions.
Old Ebbitt Grill This distinctive and impressive location holds a long political history and couldn’t be in a more perfect spot! Two blocks from the White House, the Roof Terrace at Old Ebbitt Grill has incredible panoramic views of DC and its most historic landmarks. While the Atrium and Full Atrium provide enough space for a large reception, the Cabinet Room could be a great spot for a rehearsal dinner or a more intimate affair. Impress your guests with this venue’s background as a popular gathering place for presidents, generals, lobbyists, and theatergoers since 1856.
The Hay-Adams The crown jewel of The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay has an unparalleled view of the White House. With its L shaped space and wrap around rooftop deck, your guests will be able to look out over the city of DC at all times. The French doors and windows and trellis-like lattices give this space a romantic and elegant feel.
Potomac View Terrace Located at the top of the American Pharmacists Association, this venue has a stunning view of the National Mall, including some of your favorite monuments: Lincoln and Washington. With indoor and outdoor space, including a permanently tented area, you cannot go wrong with this venue as your choice. There are tons of options for you to make the various spaces your own for your reception or rehearsal dinner, and if the view and ambiance wasn’t enough, Occasions Caterers will supply the food and they are simply amazing!
For more wedding venues and vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.