We are back with another installment of our DC area wedding venue search series! This time we are profiling wedding venues for 150 guests or less. From the real weddings we’ve featured on the blog and what I’ve heard on the streets, the average wedding guest list size in the Washington DC area is around 100 to 120 people. So, I’m assuming that this post will be popular!

I do want to mention that this venue list – or any other list – we have featured is by no means exhaustive. The venues list are the favorites of the wedding planners who we polled. There are tons of wedding venues in the DC area and we could never list them all in one post. If you are looking for a more complete list of local DC area wedding venues, you can always check out our vendor guide.

Here are the favorite DC area wedding venues for 150 guests…


Photo Credit:  Red Shoes Photography from Abbey + Nick’s wedding at Glen Echo Park

Two votes for Glen Echo Park…

I absolutely adore Glen Echo Park‘s Bumper Car Pavilion. It’s just so gorgeous, from the hardwood floors, to all of the amazing neon all around the park, to the beautiful trees and bridges, to the most amazing carousel! Plus it’s not crazy expensive, another plus!” – from  Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

The Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. This venue is relatively affordable and it can easily be made elegant, whimsical, you name it… While it’s nicest, of course, to have the venue open in nice weather, the roll-down walls and heaters make for a very effective rain plan in chilly or wet weather. The staff at Glen Echo is wonderful. Friendly and professional all the time, and unbelievably helpful on the day of the event. The other really great benefit of having a wedding at Glen Echo is the tremendous number of great photo ops. The various building exteriors offer lots of unique options, and of course the streetcar and the carousel are both wonderful as well.”  – from Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining

It would between the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia or the Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck. Airlie Center sets you back and allows you to be involved with nature. It has onsite living accommodations for your guests, and the food prepared is organic. The Sunset Room provides you with a unique view of the Potomac river and gives you a small urban feel located in the heart of National Harbor – and the food is phenomenal.” – from Tara, owner of Perfect Planning

Woodend. We do events there constantly. It can hold up to 170, but 150 is ideal for this location. It has its own tent included in the price, which makes it a deal in and of itself. The grove is one of the most beautiful places to get married in! And, your rental fee goes back into educational programs.” – from Katie,owner of Elegance & Simplicity

The St. Regis Washington, DC. 150 guetss allows you some room to play with table design in their ballroom, as well as fills the courtyard comfortably. I love their attentive staff, delicious food and elegance from that hotel.” – from Amanda at Engaging Affairs


Photo Credit: Jennifer Lust Portrait Design from Courtney + Cameron’s wedding at The Hay Adams

 Two votes for The Hay-Adams…

The Hay-Adams has the most beautiful view and amazing finishings that allow you to save a bit on decor and great service.” – from Cindy at A. Dominick Events

“The rooftop of The Hay-Adams for the spectacular White House view.” – from Laura at Engaging Affairs

National Museum of Women in the Arts. The architecture is stunning and with the right lighting the ceiling becomes part of the décor. The staircases are great and the location is fantastic for out of town guests.” – – from Laura, at Events in the City

Clarendon Ballroom. With its Art Deco tin ceiling, 70+ foot bar, rooftop deck, proximity to metro rail station, and delicious food, it’s an ideal location in Northern Virginia.” – from Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished

 “Meridian House. It has the trifecta: gorgeous garden, historic and charming private residence and a central location in the city.” – from Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

“There are so many choices! I will have to say Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, Virginia. Not only is the historic home well preserved, the gardens beautifully landscaped, and the on-site tent perfectly appointed, but you really can’t find nicer people that the trio that run the Birkby House. Working there is a joy, and my clients have an even better experience.” – from Janice, owner of Bellwether Events


Photo Credit: Miho Aikawa Photography from Amy + John’s wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science

Two votes for Carnegie Institution for Science…

The Carnegie Institution of Science. It’s gorgeous and reasonably priced. You have the ability to hire any caterer, bring your own alcohol and is centrally located in Washington, DC.” – from Courtney at A Sweet Soiree

The Carnegie Institution of Science is a stunning venue with classic DC architecture. There are so many reasons that Carnegie is at the top of my list: great location, good price point compared to venues of equal stature, and the staff is incredibly helpful and wonderful to work with. Your guests will be impressed by the beauty of this venue.” – from Margo, owner of Bright Occasions


That’s about it! Did your favorite venue make the list? Or were you able to find your wedding venue? If you are still looking for a venue, please check out our other posts in this DC area wedding venue search series or check our vendor guide for a complete list of DC area wedding venues. And, special thanks to all of the awesome DC area wedding planners who lent their expertise to this post. Be sure to check out their websites if you are in need of a planner!

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