Sure, the DC area has its fair share of hotels and vineyards, but it is the nation’s capital, after all! We live in a historic area, so naturally there are many manors, houses, libraries and otherwise historic wedding venues in the Washington DC area to choose from when planning your wedding. You don’t have to be a history buff though to love the idea of a wedding set at a charming manor house or library!  To go along with our DC area wedding venue search series this summer, I asked our amazing crew of wedding planners what is their favorite historic house, manor or library wedding venue in the DC area. Here is what they had to say…


 Photo Credit: Kirsten Marie Photography from Carnegie Library wedding

The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, DC. I love it’s beautiful Washington DC architecture, it’s extremely versatile with many options for set-ups. It’s in a great location and the staff is wonderful to work with.” – from Margo, owner of Bright Occasions

Decatur House on Layfayette Square in Washington, DC. The renovations are stunning and provide a clean backdrop for any decor. The Decatur House allows for a very unique outdoor experience so close to the White House.” – from Cindy at A. Dominick Events

Decatur House on Layfayette Square in Washington, DC. They recently renovated and it is one of the easiest and most versatile locations in DC proper. It has a museum, a carriage house with enough room for sit-down reception along with a courtyard which is perfect for tenting. You walk outside and the White House is there! Does not get much more DC than that! – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity


Photo Credit: The Observatory at a Meridian House wedding

Meridian House in Washington, DC. It has beautiful outdoor gardens, but also a lovely indoor option. I adore the gardens, outside patio, and the different look of the rooms in the house. It allows couples a lot of versatility with their design! – from the ladies at Engaging Affairs

Meridian House in Washington, DC. It is a DC staple and its Linden Grove is just super special! They have tables and chairs already on-site, which is a huge help and with the right headcount the flow of the event can work really well.” – from Laura, at Events in the City

Meridian House in Washington, DC. It is one of my favorite locations in the area. The house has stunning, high ceilinged rooms that are beautifully laid out, which are wonderfully complimented by the Linden Grove and gardens in the back. Tenting the garden makes excellent use of that space, but just using the indoors of the house (perfect for an intimate winter wedding) is a great option as well. I love the variety of options that Meridian House provides for couples getting married there! –  Sara, owner of Bella Notte

“There are so many in this area – DAR, Decatur House, Josephine Butler Center, Dumbarton House and Peabody Library to name a few. I will have to go with Meridian House as my favorite. The Linden Grove is just so cool!” – from Janice, owner of Bellwether Events


Photo Credit: Leo Druker Photography from a Murray Hill wedding

Murray Hill Manor in Leesburg, VA. They have one of the best historic manor views of the Potomac River. It’s breathtaking!” – rom Courtney at A Sweet Soiree

“I am in love with the Dumbarton House in Washington, DC. One of my favorite events over the years was an al fresco dinner on the slate patio without a tent. Guests enjoyed the architecture of the historic home while being able to have dinner in a cool fall evening. The backyard of the home is perfect for an intimate ceremony with minimal decor needed since the house is beautiful in its own right.” – from Tabitha at Roberts & Co. Events

Dumbarton House in Washington, DC. It is an ideal setting for a garden wedding.” – from Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

“I just love Oxon Hill Manor in Maryland. I love the area around the house, from the fountain to the gardens to the huge patio. I love the inside as well! It has a gorgeous bridal room and beautiful marble floors. Plus, it’s so close to National Harbor, so out of town guests can stay close by!”  – from Rebecca at Blue Canary Events


 Photo Credit: Miho Aikawa Photography from a Carnegie Institution for Science wedding

“I love the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. The rotunda is breathtaking, the location is convenient, and the grand entrance is beautiful for photos.” -– from Teresa at Rex & Regina Events

Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, Virginia. I love the Birkby House for a few reasons: First, it’s an historic property and it has the expected beauty and charm in spades. Second, the owners have clearly given a lot of thought to how best to use the property’s space. Everything flows well and is easy to use. Third, the owners and staff are professional and accommodating.” – from Stephanie, owner of Pretty Entertaining

The George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland. It technically can accommodate up to 200 but 150 is more comfortable. The space is jaw dropping! As everyone makes their way into the reception from the cocktail hour, I love to stand at the entrance and listen as guests as they are shocked and wowed by the beauty of the space.” – Diana, owner of eventi planning & design


Thank you so much to all of the wedding planners who helped out with this post! Be sure to visit their websites if you are looking for a planner in the DC area to help you find the right venue! Don’t forget to stay with me all summer long for our DC area wedding venue search series. In the meantime, you can browse our comprehensive list of all of the wedding venues in the Washington DC area.

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