Maybe you just can’t cut that guest list, maybe your extended family is huge or maybe you just want to have a really, really big party! Whatever the reason, it is time to profile a few of the big wedding venues in our Washington DC area wedding venue search series! We are talking the venues in the DC area that are suited for 300 wedding guests. Luckily, in the DC area there are lots of other types of events that go on, so a location for wedding of this size can be found. But, it can be tricky, because some venues say they can hold 300 people, however that doesn’t include room for a band or a dance floor or a food tables or just about anything else. Ask lots of questions in your venue search! To find a few of the best big wedding venues, we went to a few of our favorite DC-area wedding planners and asked them their opinion on large venues. Here is what they had to say about venues in the DC area for a guest list of 300 or more…

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Photo Credit: Documentary Associates at Courtney + Mikes’s wedding at the Ronald Reagan Building

We had a few votes for the Reagan Building…

“The atrium at the Ronald Reagan Building. I love the contemporary grandeur of the grand staircase and the building structure.” - from Vicky, owner of Event Accomplished

“The atrium at the Ronald Reagan Building. With the right decor, this space can be transformed into a unique one-of-a-kind venue. The room is vast and allows for guests to be able to spread out and not be cramped and sitting on top of each other. In addition, the RRB has plenty of outdoor spaces that are perfect for family photos or an arriving Barat on an Indian procession. The service at the RRB is white glove with delicious food and desserts. They have an amazing in house chef that works with the staff to prepare delicious menus and courses throughout the year.” – from Tabitha at Roberts & Co. Events

The Ronald Reagan Building. It’s a really versatile venue that can accommodate a very large guest list. All of the spaces are very grand and elegant. The food options on site are great! - from Margo, owner of Bright Occasions

Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The view is, of course, gorgeous. I particularly love this venue for weddings with a lot of out-of-town guests, because it offers nearly 360-degree views of the beautiful Washington skyline. The interior space is quite nice also. Yes, it’s a hotel, so it’s not as flexible as some other spaces in terms of decor, but the interior is up-to-date and sophisticated. The flow of the space makes it easy to move seamlessly from ceremony to cocktails to reception. The staff at the property is awesome and they always bring their best, from food to management.” – from Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining

Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC. It has a gorgeous outdoor space, fabulous service and you can have all of your weekend events in one location, but never be in the same room twice.” - from Cindy at A. Dominick Events

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Photo Credit: Hyon Smith Photography from James and Beth’s wedding at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Two votes for the Corcoran…

Corcoran Gallery of Art. It totally looks like DC, the location is great, and the columns are fabulous and the staircase is a show stopper.” - from Laura, at Events in the City

“For up to 250 guests, I would say Union Station. For over 250 wedding guests, I wouls say the Corcoran Gallery of Art. I love highlighting the dramatic architectural details!” - from Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

Four Seasons, Washington, DC. They have just re-done their ballroom and lower level to create a chic space that feels so intimate for 300 guests. Their staff goes above and beyond to make the couple’s dreams come true!” - from Amanda at Engaging Affairs

“I am going to go with the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. I love the Spanish art deco feel of the venue, and the overall whimsical setting of the retro amusement park. It will easily accommodate 300 guests plus dancing and a band!” - from Janice, owner of Bellwether Events

Fairview Park Marriott. It has been recently renovated and had a park-like setting. It has great weekend rates since the core of their bookings is weekly business related, and a free shuttle to Merrifield Metro.” -  - from Courtney at A Sweet Soiree

“I really love Historic London Town and Gardens near Annapolis, Maryland! Why? Just look at the pictures — gorgeous!” - from Rebecca at Blue Canary Events

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Photo Credit:  Nat Wongsaroj Photography from Veetu and Kreshan wedding at the Mellon Auditorium

A few votes for The Mellon Auditorium…

The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. It is one of the most beautiful and grand venues in the city. I also like how there are many nice lodging options nearby as well as great options for rehearsal dinner and brunch. The location makes for a very convenient, hassle-free weekend for guests.” – from Teresa at Rex & Regina Events

The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. It is grand and impressive. It has a serious “Wow!” factor for larger weddings.” - from Laura at Engaging Affairs

Also voting for The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium was Jeannette of EVOKE.

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Thank you so much to all of our awesome wedding planners in the DC area who lent their expertise! Remember, if you are looking for a venue in the DC area, be sure to check out our DC area venue search series going on all summer long!  You can always look through our full DC area wedding  venue list. And, if you need a wedding planner for your DC wedding, be sure to check out each of the fantastic ladies who helped out with this post!

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