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Decatur House on Lafayette Square

Washington Wedding Venue
1610 H Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Contact: Special Events
Phone: 202/842-0917

Why We Like This Place

5 things that make the Decatur House a lovely Washington, D.C. wedding site:
  1. Location, location, location: Situated right in Lafayette Square, this venue has one of the best addresses in all of DC.
  2. Outdoor entertaining is at its finest in the courtyard, which is surrounded by lush, manicured gardens and features a portico supported by limestone columns.
  3. The Carriage House—premiering a full renovation with increased capacity—boasts a 20-foot ceiling and lofty arches that set the scene for a sumptuous reception.
  4. An intimate wedding can be hosted in one of the faithfully restored Historic Entertaining Parlors, appointed with inlaid floors, hand-painted ceilings, and 19th-century chandeliers.
  5. The Decatur House was built by the famous American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who also designed St. John’s Episcopal Church and the U.S. Capitol.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 180
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 220

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 170
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 220
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 250
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 300


  • Max. Seated: 100

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

Rental fees for week & daytime range $3,000–11,000, and for weekends range $7,400–12,000, depending on the day of the week and type of event (private or non-profit). Rental includes guided house tours and a minimum of three hours for set-up and breakdown. Alcohol is not provided by the venue, renter must provide a licensed server.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building

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