At the Dazzling Details Wedding Bazaar, we had the opportunity to meet some of our local bride readers! It was fun to chat with them and hear their wedding planning stories. I’m always curious to learn where couples are having their wedding, because I think that the search for a wedding venue in the DC area is one of the toughest things – there are just so many choices! In an effort to assist our D.C., Maryland, and Virginia brides and grooms-to-be, with choosing the wedding location search, we made a list of the venues that were popular from the couples that we met.

Photo Credit: jan michele photography at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

1840s Plaza

Charm City elegance comes in the form of the 1840s Plaza, located in the iron-fronted Fava Building in historic Jonestown. Boasting four unique floors to accommodate your wedding’s style, size and budget, the 1840s Plaza is truly a distinctive location. With breathtaking city views, hand-painted murals of historic Baltimore and décor varying from a Latin tango club-inspired Cabaret floor to a Ballroom overlooking the Inner Harbor, this venue has many options for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Just a short trip from Annapolis and settled along historic Kent Island in Stevensville, Maryland, Eastern Shore brides and grooms-to-be will find the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, a venue with bayside views and landscapes. A self-described “casually elegant” venue, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club hosts ballrooms, ceremonial lawns, gardens, open air pavilions, rooftop decks and private beaches.


A stately mansion along beautiful rolling farmland and exquisite gardens with over 200 years of American history and culture  is what you’ll find at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Just outside of Leesburg, Virginia, the style and ambiance of Oatlands is flourishing with grace and romance. Typically, weddings take place in the lower garden, cocktail hour in the upper garden, and reception under an elegant town on the front lawn of the mansion.

Photo Credits: Timmester Photography at River Farm

Pier 5 Hotel

A waterfront boutique hotel with its own dock, the Pier 5 Hotel is just steps away from the Inner Harbor. The Pier 5 Hotel offers unique indoor and outdoor venues to meet the needs of any wedding. The Pier 5 Hotel‘s Harbor East Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 220 guests, is known for providing a contemporary and eclectic ambiance with a high-style design and pyramid-shaped lighting accents. The Waterfront Gardens at Pier 5 Hotel boats panoramic views of the harbor next to the Historical 7th Foot Knoll Lighthouse, and can accommodate up to 300 guests.

River Farm

River Farm, which is also the national headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, is situated on 25 acres of landscaped lawns boats a historic estate, a  large tented patio and a slew of charming gardens. With its extensive grounds, River Farm is a charming setting for outdoor weddings of up to 160 guests during the warmer months and a similarly spectacular venue for indoor affairs in the cooler seasons.

Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Nestled along the Shenandoah Valley in Historic Downtown Staunton, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel has Southern charm and history, while also remaining a modern Virginia gem. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Stonewall Jackson, a 124-room hotel, continues to capture the spirit of the early 20s when it was recently restored to its original grandeur.    


Whew! That was a whirlwind tour of our readers’ favorite venues and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what the D.C. area has to offer for your big day. You can also look around for more venues with our local DC area virtual wedding venue tours and browse our comprehensive list of DC area wedding venues. Best of luck on your search for the perfect venue!


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