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Celebrate your special day in the heart of Washington DC at a historic wedding venue with gardens
We have available dates on our calendar for Fall 2020 and for 2021. Contact us today!
Congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you for your interest in holding your wedding at Friends Meeting of Washington. We’re a beautiful and historic wedding venue located in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. Newly renovated with a variety of indoor rooms and exterior gardens for your special day, our spaces can be configured many different ways for your special day — whether you plan to hold your ceremony, reception, or both in our spaces.
Here is a blog post for a wedding ceremony that occurred at our venue in the past.
On behalf of our community, I personally invite you to experience our Quaker hospitality as the venue for your wedding. We offer a unique setting removed from the bustle of Washington DC.
Event and Rental Manager
How will we make your special day memorable?
You’ll immediately feel welcome and at ease in the simple elegance of the historic Friends Meeting of Washington’s beautiful spaces and gardens. Located in Washington DC’s vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, our venue is convenient to many nearby hotels and restaurants as well as for your guests arriving from out of town to celebrate your special day.
From the moment you walk into our new lobby, you will experience our newly renovated spaces, filled with light. Almost all spaces are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities or accessibility challenges. We are also an environmentally sustainable wedding venue with solar panels and a green roof.
Our friendly staff — both in advance of your wedding and on your special day — will extend our Quaker hospitality to make sure that everyone is comfortable in our spaces. We’ll be available as a resource to answer questions as you plan your nuptials and to make sure you have everything you need.
Our unique venue is large enough to hold wedding ceremonies of up to 300 people and many couples are able to enjoy the convenience of holding their reception in the same venue. If your vision for your wedding is a small intimate gathering, we have spaces perfect for your nuptials as well.
Despite our urban location, Friends Meeting of Washington offers three beautiful garden spaces that offer couples choices for their wedding day. Our staff will help you create your vision for how our spaces will fit your special day and our flexible spaces allow for numerous setup options. For example, you may choose an indoor ceremony with your reception spilling out into our gardens. Or you may choose a garden ceremony and transform them for your reception.
Because Quakerism does not rely on the religious symbolism often present in other faith traditions, couples of mixed faiths or those with undefined religious leanings feel comfortable at our wedding venue.
Our community extends its Quaker hospitality to all couples regardless of age, race, gender, profession, sexual orientation, religious, political, or socioeconomic background.
Our staff is happy to connect you with caterers, photographers, and other vendors already familiar with our spaces — simplifying your search.
What do we offer couples?
A choice of settings for your ceremony, both indoor and outdoor:
For larger weddings, our Meeting Room—the spiritual heart of our campus—seats up to 300 people. Its simple elegance includes dark wood pews, luminous gray walls, high ceilings, and expansive windows that welcome in the natural light. You may choose to offer refreshments on the east garden’s terrace prior to your ceremony.
For smaller weddings, our Quaker House Living Room offers a more intimate space for your ceremony, seating up to 40 people. It is a simple yet elegant space in a historic home, complete with vintage style furniture and a working fireplace (which you may use for an additional cleaning cost).
For smaller or larger weddings, beautiful gardens and terraces for an outdoor ceremony—and you may rent a tent in case of rain.
An easy transition from the ceremony to your reception:
If you are married in the Meeting Room, our Assembly Room, with its open floor plan, offers a perfect space for a seated dinner and reception of up to 96 people. The east gardens and terrace is a perfect location for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception following the ceremony and before dinner.
For additional space, your dinner and celebration to follow may also take place in our west gardens and terraces, for which you may rent a tent.Champagne, wine, and beer may be served (no spirits or liquors) with prior approval.
Perfect spaces for photography to memorialize your day:
- The front garden’s stone staircases and courtyards are ideal for wedding photos.
- The nearby Spanish Steps offer opportunities for additional photography
How is our venue unique?
- Historic but newly renovated wedding venue with simple elegant spaces
- Indoor spaces and gardens offer flexible setup options for both ceremony and reception
- Centrally located in Dupont Circle–a peaceful oasis close to hotels and restaurants
- Tables / chairs and basic audiovisual equipment needs included in the cost
- Perfect for couples of mixed faiths or undefined religious leanings due to Quakerism’s lack of religious symbolism in our spaces
- The ability to select the officiant and create your day according to your vision
- A selection of preferred vendors and caterers familiar with our spaces.
- Almost all spaces are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities or accessibility challenges
- Environmentally sustainable wedding venue with solar panels, a green roof, and other features
Are same sex couples welcome at Friends Meeting of Washington?
We are open to all couples and welcome LGBTQ weddings!
Our community has celebrated same sex weddings and commitment ceremonies for decades. We welcome couples of all genders and orientations to celebrate their weddings in our wedding venue, conveniently located in the heart of Washington DC.
Does Friends Meeting of Washington provide an officiant?
No, identifying and contracting with an officiant is your responsibility.
You are welcome to select anyone that you choose to lead your ceremony. As Quakers do not have clergy, we are unable to provide you with an officiant for your wedding, although a few of our members and attenders may be licensed to perform weddings.
If you choose to be married in the Quaker tradition, we may be able to provide one or more individuals to sit “head of meeting” during your ceremony to lead the worship, but this cannot be guaranteed.
“My husband and I were married at the Friends Meeting of Washington in July 2019 and we could not have been more excited and or happier with the location, facility and Friends community. It was very important to us to be married at the Friends Meeting House because of the rich history in Washington DC and in the United States. We incorporated some of its history into our ceremony.
Not only was the ceremony beautiful and uplifting in the Meeting House, there were many incredible backdrops for pictures, including lovely gardens and flowers, unique architecture and the little-known Spanish Steps a half a block away. The Meeting House has many options for set up. We chose a very simple plan with floral arrangements behind the officiant and on the windowsills. The sun coming through the big windows made the beautiful wood and the room very inviting and everyone entered with a smile.” ~ P and M