Best Locations To Elope In Washington DC

As an elopement photographer in Washington DC, I have my favorite locations when it comes to planning an elopement. Here are some places to check out if you are still looking for the perfect backdrop for your ceremony.

DC War Memorial

This is one of the favorite spots of many couples. The National Mall is a great place to get married. You cannot be more DC than that. In this blog post, I give you all the info you need to plan your elopement or small ceremony at the DC War Memorial.

The marble rotunda makes for a beautiful setting, is precipitation-friendly, and is only steps away from the rest of the Mall for post-ceremony photos. White marble columns, ample trees, and open grassy space make it feel open and private, even in the middle of everything.

West Lawn of the Jefferson Memorial

Again, the National Mall is a great place to have your wedding ceremony. The Jefferson Memorial is another location that is “wow” to say ‘“I do” to each other. This can be very meaningful if you met in DC and you want to add one of the symbols of the city in your wedding photos. Actually, along the Tidal Basin near East Basin Drive, this location can have up to 200 guests according to the NPS. Read my post: Planning a Wedding at the Jefferson Memorial

Ceremonies are permitted for two hours, including setup and cleanup! So your ceremony needs to be a quick and cute affair! The equipment may include chairs, a table (not exceeding 4’x4′) a chuppahs or a wedding arch, a battery-powered generator, and a battery-operated sound system kept to a reasonable volume to not disturb visitors at the nearby memorials. You can even have up to two acoustic musicians.

Roof Terrace at the Kennedy Center

I love the Kennedy Center for photoshoots. During the day or at night, this location offers so many possibilities! Their roof terrace has the perfect backdrop for your elopement. If you’re thinking in having a small dinner with some friends and family members, their dining room can host up to 40 people (all the details here).

The floor-to-ceiling windows make the lighting absolutely gorgeous and I love to create very unique photographs with incredible light. The best part of dining in a restaurant? The food is delicious! Note that weddings are hosted at the Kennedy Center during the months of July at August only at this time.

The National Arboretum

With its vast grounds and varied landscapes, the National Arboretum provides a tranquil setting for an elopement. The Bonsai Museum and the iconic Capitol columns are among the highlights.

Union Station

No permit is needed for this premiere location in Washington DC! Union Station is a great plan B in case of rain as well. But this place can get crowded so it’s best to avoid rush hour and schedule the session early in the day on weekends and between 10 am and 2 pm during the week. This is one of my favorite places in DC because of the beautiful architecture: it offers unlimited possibilities for your photoshoot!

Meridian Hill Park

This urban park features cascading fountains, terraced gardens, and a stunning view of the city. It’s a serene and green oasis in the heart of Washington, D.C. Read my guide: How To Plan Your Wedding At Meridian Hill Park

Local restaurants

If the most important for you is to eat well, drink delicious wine, and share beautiful moments with the people you love the most, then you will find the perfect wedding venue on this list: 18 Restaurants For Foodies


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