Across the Potomac: 7 Arlington wedding venues that are just outside the Nation's Capitol


With its prime location directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is a convenient place for a wedding, as well as a great home base for exploring the capitol. If you’re planning to host your celebration in this historic city, here are a few venues to consider.

Top Of The Town
  • Location: 1400 North 14th Street, Arlington VA
  • Style: Contemporary, elegant
  • Fab Feature: The breathtaking panorama of all of Washington D.C.‘s monuments and the Potomac River.
  • Event Space Highlights: This hilltop penthouse room has its own terrace and a 100-foot-long wall of glass that showcases amazing D.C. views, day or night.
  • Notable Amenities: They only have one event at a time, and parking is free in their large lot.
  • Catering: Select from list or bring your own.
Top of the Town
Top of the Town
Top of the Town
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
  • Location: 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington VA
  • Style: Modern, warm
  • Fab Feature: The surrounding gardens, which make a beautiful backdrop for photos.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Sanctuary boasts treetop views through clerestory windows, as well as a custom pipe organ and a Steinway Grand Piano. For receptions, the Center Wing is filled with natural light flowing in through lots of windows, and it also features a dramatic wood-and-stained-glass wall.
  • Notable Amenities: The Sanctuary has been acoustically enhanced for superior sound quality. In addition, there’s a chapel for ceremonies of up to 45 guests.
  • Catering: Bring your own.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Clarendon Ballroom
  • Location: 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA
  • Style: Swanky, retro
  • Interesting Tidbit: This Art Deco Moderne treasure, formerly known as The Woolworth Building, was lovingly restored in 2000, bringing the original maplewood floors, pressed-tin ceiling, and crown moldings back to their 1930s glow.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Main Ballroom has a vintage supper club vibe, with an 80-foot-long Streamline-style Brazilian hardwood bar as its centerpiece. The space hosts ceremonies and receptions, and can be enhanced with uplighting and draped fabrics. A Rooftop Pavilion, available from May through October, is a wonderful spot for outdoor celebrations. Early evening ceremonies are especially nice here, with the sun setting over the surrounding skyline.
  • Notable Amenities: A cozy downstairs lounge can be used as a pre-wedding dressing area, or a place to steal away for a quiet moment during the festivities.
  • Catering: Provided in-house
Clarendon Ballroom
Clarendon Ballroom
Clarendon Ballroom
Le Méridian Arlington
  • Location: 1121 Nineteenth Street North, Arlington VA
  • Style: Stylish and cool
  • Fab Feature: This chic property is nestled in the urban village of Rosslyn, at the edge of the Potomac. Its vibrant neighborhood, with shops, galleries, and nightlife, is easily accessible and just minutes from all D.C. attractions.
  • Event Space Highlights: Two sleek spaces can host your ceremony and reception—both the Vivaci Ballroom and Amuse Restaurant have understated, modern décor that blends seamlessly with a broad range of wedding styles. For a stellar outdoor event, consider the Terrace, a gorgeous open-air space that offers incredible views of the Key Bridge and Georgetown's lights glittering across the river.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Complete setup and takedown is included in every package, as well as your cake, wedding coordination services, and a honeymoon suite.
  • Catering: Provided in-house
Le Méridian Arlington
Le Méridian Arlington
Le Méridian Arlington
Crowne Plaza National Airport/Crystal City
  • Location: 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA
  • Style: Upscale, cosmopolitan hotel near D.C.
  • Fab Feature: The seasonal courtyard, complete with garden gazebo, is great for outdoor ceremonies, with lots of space for cocktails, dining and dancing al fresco.
  • Event Space Highlights: Their two beautiful, state-of-the-art ballrooms can accommodate parties of any size. And if you want, you can hold your ceremony in one and your reception in the other.
  • Notable Services: Two package options cover all the basics and let you add extras like ice sculptures or custom lighting. Plus, if you have special dietary needs, the catering team can easily incorporate gluten-free, kosher, halal, and ethnic cuisine.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
Crowne Plaza National Airport/Crystal City
Crowne Plaza National Airport/Crystal City
Crowne Plaza National Airport/Crystal City
The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City
  • Location: 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington VA
  • Style: Four-star luxury along the banks of the Potomac
  • Fab Feature: The Ritz is just minutes from the capitol, so you can easily visit D.C.’s most popular sites and still make it back to the hotel for a posh afternoon tea or their nightly cocktails and appetizers.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Grand Ballroom is fit for a fantasy gala, with silk-covered walls, original artwork and crystal chandeliers, while the Ambassador and Diplomat Rooms incorporate tapestries, a vaulted ceiling, and even a marble fireplace for a traditionally elegant ambiance.
  • Notable Amenities: Event catering offers topnotch cuisine from around the world. And your overnight guests will love the feather beds, sweeping views and indoor swimming pool.
  • Catering: Provided in-house or bring your own.
The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
  • Location: 2650 Jefferson David Highway, Arlington VA
  • Style: Sleek contemporary
  • Interesting Tidbit: This “green” hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant features locally sourced ingredients from nearby dairies and farms to create American classics with a fresh spin.
  • Event Space Highlights: The spacious Shenandoah Ballroom (which can be divided into smaller sections) offers a cool modern setting with large, geometric chandeliers and soft, subtle uplighting.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Flexible, affordable packages include tons of extras like a complimentary champagne toast, wedding-night suite, discounted rehearsal dinners, and free airport shuttle service for your out-of-town guests.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City

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