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10 beautiful places for getting married in Washington, D.C.

Get hitched at one of these aesthetically pleasing venues

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If you plan on tying the knot in the nation’s capital, you might as well try to find a location as beautiful as your vows. For the nuptially inclined, the District boasts a plethora of venue and photo options. It has all those memorials and monuments, after all, plus historic homes and

Below, Curbed DC has compiled a list of 10 historic and gorgeous wedding venues that are sure to impress your parties and guests.

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1. President Lincoln's Cottage

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140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington, DC 20011

Just east of Petworth, Lincoln’s Cottage offers an outdoor gathering on the veranda, tenting on the pastoral grounds, and free on-site parking. Wedding package prices range from $1,500 to $15,000, depending on the number of guests and the run time. Check out this PDF from the cottage for more details.

The exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington D.C. The facade is white with a brown roof. Shutterstock

2. Spanish Steps

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1725 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Expect a tranquil escape from the busy city at this Rome-like spot in Kalorama. Many couples have low-key, pop-up weddings at the steps, which are lined by greenery and feature a lion-head fountain. You can get a glimpse of what weddings at this venue are like here and here.

The Spanish Steps in Washington D.C. Michelle Goldchain

3. Dumbarton House

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2715 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20007

This Federal home’s architecture is a sight to see along with the decorative furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics dating back to 1789 to 1825 inside. Some of the rental options include the use of the 40-by-26-foot ballroom and tenting on the courtyard, not to mention the tranquil north garden. Here’s a handy PDF of more information.

An exterior at the Dumbarton House. The facade is red brick with an archway and altar. There are trees with red flowers surrounding the altar area. CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

4. The Mansion on O Street

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2020 O St NW
Washington, DC 20036

This famous Dupont Circle mansion comes with themed rooms, 70 secret doors, and wedding packages that include buffets, make-your-own stations, hotel rooms, and a DJ. It’s truly a magical mystery tour. For the full run-down, head to the mansion’s website.

The exterior of the Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. The facade is red with an arched front door. The Washington Post/Getty Images

5. Decatur House

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748 Jackson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20006

The Decatur House is one of the oldest residences in the District, dating back to circa 1818. Today, as a museum, it houses the National Center for White House History. For a glimpse at how weddings have looked at the site, view this photo gallery. Outdoor space is available.

The exterior of the Decatur House in Washington D.C. The facade is red brick. ASSOCIATED PRESS

6. Union Station

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50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Union Station is a great place for shopping and eating. It’s also a wonderful venue for special events, including weddings, as its rooms and halls can accommodate up to 400 guests. The Palm Court can host cocktail hours, allowing guests to admire the Great Hall’s curved ceiling. You don’t need to be a transit nerd to enjoy it. You can find contact information for Union Station’s events staff here.

The interior of Union Station in Washington D.C. The ceiling is curved with an elaborate design. Getty Images/iStockphoto

7. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

In addition to offering one of the best views of the city from its balcony, the Kennedy Center also makes for a stunning wedding venue. It provides catering and 17 spaces for renting, including the atrium foyer. Feel presidential on your special day.

The exterior of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The facade is white. Shutterstock

8. Carnegie Institution for Science

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1530 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Centrally located on 16th Street NW, the Carnegie Institution for Science boasts a ballroom that can fit up to 150 guests as well as a boardroom and a marble rotunda. Its high ceilings and long outdoor steps help make any event feel grand. Find out more about the site’s rates and services here.

The exterior of the Carnegie Institution for Science. The facade is white with columns. Shutterstock

9. Constitution Gardens

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Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20024

This venue offers stellar views of the Washington Monument and the Potomac River. It’s also a perfect space for engagement photos shoots. If interested in making Constitution Gardens your next wedding spot, be sure to acquire the right permit for your special event.

Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C. There is a pond. Multicolored trees surround the pond. In the distance is the Washington Monument. Shutterstock

10. Josephine Butler Parks Center

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2437 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-7275
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Right across from Meridian Hill Park, the Josephine Butler Parks Center hosts weddings throughout the year for relatively affordable rental rates. The venue includes outdoor and indoor space, with plenty of opportunities for parkside pictures. Check out the details here.

The interior of the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington D.C. There is a staircase and an arched door that has two plants on either side of it. Washington Parks & People

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1. President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011
The exterior of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington D.C. The facade is white with a brown roof. Shutterstock

Just east of Petworth, Lincoln’s Cottage offers an outdoor gathering on the veranda, tenting on the pastoral grounds, and free on-site parking. Wedding package prices range from $1,500 to $15,000, depending on the number of guests and the run time. Check out this PDF from the cottage for more details.

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington, DC 20011

2. Spanish Steps

1725 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20008
The Spanish Steps in Washington D.C. Michelle Goldchain

Expect a tranquil escape from the busy city at this Rome-like spot in Kalorama. Many couples have low-key, pop-up weddings at the steps, which are lined by greenery and feature a lion-head fountain. You can get a glimpse of what weddings at this venue are like here and here.

1725 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20008

3. Dumbarton House

2715 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20007
An exterior at the Dumbarton House. The facade is red brick with an archway and altar. There are trees with red flowers surrounding the altar area. CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

This Federal home’s architecture is a sight to see along with the decorative furniture, paintings, textiles, silver, and ceramics dating back to 1789 to 1825 inside. Some of the rental options include the use of the 40-by-26-foot ballroom and tenting on the courtyard, not to mention the tranquil north garden. Here’s a handy PDF of more information.

2715 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20007

4. The Mansion on O Street

2020 O St NW, Washington, DC 20036
The exterior of the Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. The facade is red with an arched front door. The Washington Post/Getty Images

This famous Dupont Circle mansion comes with themed rooms, 70 secret doors, and wedding packages that include buffets, make-your-own stations, hotel rooms, and a DJ. It’s truly a magical mystery tour. For the full run-down, head to the mansion’s website.

2020 O St NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Decatur House

748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20006
The exterior of the Decatur House in Washington D.C. The facade is red brick. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Decatur House is one of the oldest residences in the District, dating back to circa 1818. Today, as a museum, it houses the National Center for White House History. For a glimpse at how weddings have looked at the site, view this photo gallery. Outdoor space is available.

748 Jackson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20006

6. Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
The interior of Union Station in Washington D.C. The ceiling is curved with an elaborate design. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Union Station is a great place for shopping and eating. It’s also a wonderful venue for special events, including weddings, as its rooms and halls can accommodate up to 400 guests. The Palm Court can host cocktail hours, allowing guests to admire the Great Hall’s curved ceiling. You don’t need to be a transit nerd to enjoy it. You can find contact information for Union Station’s events staff here.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
The exterior of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The facade is white. Shutterstock

In addition to offering one of the best views of the city from its balcony, the Kennedy Center also makes for a stunning wedding venue. It provides catering and 17 spaces for renting, including the atrium foyer. Feel presidential on your special day.

2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

8. Carnegie Institution for Science

1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The exterior of the Carnegie Institution for Science. The facade is white with columns. Shutterstock

Centrally located on 16th Street NW, the Carnegie Institution for Science boasts a ballroom that can fit up to 150 guests as well as a boardroom and a marble rotunda. Its high ceilings and long outdoor steps help make any event feel grand. Find out more about the site’s rates and services here.

1530 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Constitution Gardens

Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20024
Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C. There is a pond. Multicolored trees surround the pond. In the distance is the Washington Monument. Shutterstock

This venue offers stellar views of the Washington Monument and the Potomac River. It’s also a perfect space for engagement photos shoots. If interested in making Constitution Gardens your next wedding spot, be sure to acquire the right permit for your special event.

Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20024

10. Josephine Butler Parks Center

2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The interior of the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington D.C. There is a staircase and an arched door that has two plants on either side of it. Washington Parks & People

Right across from Meridian Hill Park, the Josephine Butler Parks Center hosts weddings throughout the year for relatively affordable rental rates. The venue includes outdoor and indoor space, with plenty of opportunities for parkside pictures. Check out the details here.

2437 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009