Small Wedding Venues in the DC Area – Updated 2020

2020: I recently updated this post in January, not knowing how prescient it would be with Covid-19 coming around the corner. I hope you find it helpful, and if you are looking for something in particular that I do not cover here, please reach out – I would be so happy to help. 

Since I recently wrote about barn wedding venues in Virginia, large wedding venues and wedding venues with a view in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland, I decided to round up the delightful small wedding venues in the area. These would be ideal for 90 guests or less in my estimation, though certainly some of them can accommodate a bit more.

One thing I didn’t dive into too deeply are the number of restaurants out there that would offer a full buy out for your wedding reception. I did include a few in the list, but note that there are many more. Which means if you have a favorite local restaurant that you also think has the right vibe, ask them what a buy out would be. And make sure you ask about Fridays, Sundays and brunch services – this could be a considerably lower price!

Small Wedding Venues in Washington DC

Fathom Gallery – urban art gallery with rooftop green space

The Dockmaster Building  – modern space at The Wharf

The Observatory at America’s Square – tented rooftop with views

Woodrow Wilson House – historic house with lush gardens

Tabard Inn – wonderful restaurant

Iron Gate – wonderful restaurant with pretty patio

President Lincoln’s Cottage – historic house with gardens

Thompson Hotel – brand new hotel with rooftop space in Navy Yard

Sonoma – top floor of a great restaurant 

Josephine Butler Parks Center – sunny historic house with gardens

The Sofitel Hotel – chic luxury hotel 

The Darcy – well appointed hotel 

Anderson House  – beautiful historic house with lush gardens

Mess Hall – industrial space 

Toolbox Art Studio – industrial space 

Eastern Market –  exposed brick and soaring ceilings

Union Stage – music venue at The Wharf

Officina – Italian restaurant at The Wharf with a rooftop space

AJAX – modern black slate

Blind Whino – funky modern space

2622 – sexy Georgetown row house

Masseria – hip Union Market restaurant with patio

Dacha Loft – beef garden near Nats Park 

Friends Meeting of Washington – cool ceremony space and large lawn

Big Bear Cafe – cozy and cute

small wedding venue Josephine Butler Parks Center Washington DC

Photo by Douglas Pettway

Small Wedding Venues in Northern Virginia

The Lorien – Alexandria

Morrison House – Alexandria

Athenaeum – Alexandria 

Carlyle House – Alexandria

Lee Fendall House – Alexandria

Virtue Feed & Grain – Alexandria 

Union Street Public House – Alexandria

Middleburg Community Center – Middleburg

Red Fox Inn – Middleburg 

Cabel’s Mill – Fairfax 

2941 Restaurant – Falls Church 

Hendry House – Arlington

Oatlands Greenhouse – Leesburg 

Morven Park – Leesburg

Otium Cellars – Purcellville 

small wedding venue Hendry House Arlington Virginia

Photo by Stephanie Dee Photography

Small Wedding Venues in Maryland

Lodge at Little Seneca – Boyds

Strathmore Mansion – Kensington

Brookside Gardens – Wheaton

Glenview Mansion – Rockville 

VisArts – Rockville 

Kentlands Mansion – Gaithersburg

Corradetti  Gallery – Baltimore 

Woodlawn Manor – Olney

Rockwood Manor – Potomac

Rocklands Farm Winery – Poolesville

Rockwood Manor - small wedding venue in Maryland

Photo by Kurstin Roe

I know I am a little light on the Maryland options – so please tell me your suggestions for intimate small wedding locations!

And of course there is the one location we haven’t mentioned yet – your home! If you want to explore that option, please check out my free ebook about private home weddings.