Wedding Venues with a Scenic View – Updated 2020
Earlier this year I shared with you the statistics of my 2016 weddings, which was a popular post for me. In February, The Knot released its annual findings based on the survey it sent to couples who married in 2016. You can read the entire wedding report if you like. One part that stood out to me was about wedding venues. Here is what The Knot reported:
Ceremony and reception locations are becoming even more important as couples plan a personalized wedding that’s a true reflection of their personalities and relationship together. Forty-eight percent said that having a reception venue with a scenic backdrop or locale was the top priority, while having both an indoor and outdoor space was most important for 30% of couples.
I could not agree more with these survey results. Many couples come to me wanting to find a wedding venue with a view, but also a good back up plan. Luckily, there is no shortage of wedding venues scenic backdrop (of either monuments or water or both) in the Washington DC area. Here is a short list of some of my favorites!
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club – just over the Bay Bridge but a really great view! Photo by Paired Images.
The terrace at the Daughters of the American Revolution has a fantastic view! As does the roof top at Old Ebbitt Grill! Both are conveniently located in downtown Washington DC. Photos by Stephen Bobb and Abby Jiu.
Speaking of rooftops, the Hay-Adams Hotel has one of the most iconic rooftop views in all of DC! Photo by Connor Studios.
Across the river, Le Meridien Hotel offers a rooftop terrace and restaurant buy out for couples who wish to overlook Georgetown during their wedding. Photo by Paul Morse.
One of my favorite rooftops is at the Newseum – and they have 2 terraces available for your special events! Photo by Michelle Lindsay. (THE NEWSEUM IS NOW CLOSED.)
Why look at the water when you can be on the water? Charter the presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia out of either Southwest Washington DC or Old Town Alexandria. This is ideal for groups of 30 or less. Photo by Michelle Lindsay.
The secluded shores of southern and eastern Maryland offer many beautiful wedding venues, including Woodlawn in the town of Ridge, Maryland. Photo by Matt Mendelsohn.
And there are so many more. Below is a list, but I’m sure I’ve missed some! What wedding venues with a view did you consider for your wedding? I’ve done other round ups of wedding venues in the past. You can check out my 2015 wedding reception venues, and my 2016 wedding venues.
The Observatory at America’s Square
101 Constitution Ave./Charlie Palmer Steakhouse
Kennedy Center and REACH
United States Institute of Peace
Murray Hill – Leesburg
River Farm at AHS – Alexandria
Indigo Landing – Alexandria
Torpedo Factory – Alexandria
The River View – Occoquan
The Sunset Room – National Harbor
National Harbor Pier – National Harbor
Mary’s Hope on Church Cove – St. Inigoes
Inn at Perry Cabin – St. Michael’s
Wye River Estate – Queenstown
Legg Mason Tower – Baltimore
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park – Baltimore
Phillip Merril Environmental Center – Annapolis
If you want more wedding venue content, I have posts about the best wedding barns in Virginia, the best small wedding venues and the best large wedding venues.