Best Places To Host A Wedding Reception In Washington DC

October 3, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Elite Yacht Charters

If you are looking to hold a wedding in D.C., the area has a plethora of picturesque and popular venues to make saying “I do” that much more special on the big day. D.C. has a variety of romantic settings, whether the bride and groom are looking for a small and intimate wedding reception or a grand space to host the most opulent of post-nuptial festivities. Check out our list of five of the best venues to host a wedding reception in the District.

The Textile Museum
2320 S. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 667-0441

The Textile Museum, housed in two historic buildings in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C, is an attractive and unique setting to host your wedding reception. The grand foyer, part of the home of the museum’s founding family, features stunning marble floors and a spectacular view onto the recessed portico and artfully landscaped garden beyond. The gardens can accommodate up to 200 individuals for a standing reception or cocktail hour and can seat up to 125 diners comfortably. In addition to the gardens, wedding guests also have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s galleries.

The Hamilton
600 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 787-1000

Just a quick walk from the White House, The Hamilton is a great location if you are looking to have your wedding reception in the heart of downtown D.C. With three different facilities to choose from, The Hamilton is sure to be able to accommodate your guests and provide them with an exceptional venue to help celebrate your recent nuptials. The Hamilton’s Loft can accommodate 75 seated and 175 standing, and is styled after an English pub with wood-paneled walls and rich colored carpets. If you plan to have a band at your reception, The Hamilton LIVE may be your best pick – state-of-the-art music venue with tiered seating for up to 280 guests and standing receptions for up to 450 guests. The Hamilton’s final private space is the Arboretum, with high ceilings and tons of natural light, where 200 guests can celebrate comfortably.

The National Press Club
529 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20045
(202) 662-7500

If the husband and wife to be are history or news junkies, The National Press Club may be the ideal venue to keep the festivities going after they say their “I dos.” A Washington institution for more than a century, The National Press Club is a private club for journalists and communications professionals and has played host to series of world-class events throughout the years. Whether the reception will be a smaller affair or a party suited for front page news, The National Press Club has a variety of different spaces available for use, capable of holding 50 to 150 people or up to 700 guests in the main ballroom.

Top of the Town
1400 N. 14th St.
Arlington, VA 22182
(703) 387-8696

Located in the Rosslyn area of Arlington, Virginia, Top of the Town is minutes away from downtown Washington. The space offers an elegant reception area with dramatic and sweeping views across the Potomac River, and a stunning backdrop of the nation’s capital and the historic monuments. Top of the Town’s pièce de résistance is the hilltop penthouse “room with a view” which provides a panoramic view of our Nation’s Capital, with views of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial and the Kennedy Center. It doesn’t get much more picturesque than that. With a 3,000-square-foot reception area, Top of the Town can host around 180 people and the 360-degree views of the capital from the outdoor terrace will leave your guest speechless.

Elite Yacht Charters
Gangplank Marina
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(888) 809-7109

If a traditional reception venue doesn’t quite match the picture you have for your wedding, consider testing your guests’ sea legs and move the party to the Potomac. Both National Elite and Capital Elite yachts offer spacious private dining rooms, bar lounges and outdoor deck space, capable of holding 50, 100 or 150 passengers on board. Elite Yacht Charters offers a variety of special wedding packages to help make your big day even more special. The team at Elite will work with you to guarantee a unique and memorable wedding reception out on the water that will have your friends and family buzzing in excitement well after the bouquet is thrown. Why choose a venue that overlooks the Potomac, when you and your guests can spend the evening sailing across it!

Related: Best Wedding Bands in Washington DC

Matthew Scott is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. His work can be found on

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