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Meridian House is so beautiful. The grounds are really unexpected and the website photos absolutely don't do it justice. I'm getting married there next May. Note that it books up way ahead of time! The venue fee is pretty high but it becomes more reasonable of you have both the ceremony and reception there, which is so convenient anyway. Maria is also very helpful and responsive and all of the other vendors I've spoken to have very positive things to say about it and say they love working there. Will update after the wedding!
As a native Washingtonian, The Meridian House has always been one of my favorite places, a hidden gem in DC! When planning my wedding, I wanted to have an old world/eurpoean ambiance and couldn't have picked a better place. My wedding guest list was too big to have the wedding at the Meridian House, but it turned out to be the PERFECT spot for our rehearsal dinner. Marie was so generous and kind to help make my dream come true and allowed us to do a RD on Friday even though they did have another event on Saturday. She was gracious to work with us on pricing as well since our guest list was on the smaller end.
Luckily it was a gorgeous night so we were able to use the outside courtyard during cocktail hour. Went inside for dinner and the buffet was set up in the library. Then we had a welcome drinks, the layout is perfect where guests could arrive for that while we finished dinner and then joined them in the logia and courtyard. Thank you Marie and all those at the Meridian House for making the Friday night a great start to the wedding weekend!
Not only is this place gorgeous but Maria is a delight! Trust her advice and get her opinion- she knows the space and genuinely wants you to have a wonderful wedding!
My husband and I had both our ceremony and reception at the Meridian House in October. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and romantic. We had our ceremony in the garden, the cocktail hour in the tree grove and then dinner and dancing inside. We had 150 guests and we fit perfectly for dinner in the library and drawing rooms. Alison Grace was our coordinator and she was so helpful and responsive during our coorespondence. She was also there on the day of to make sure everything was going smoothly. All of our guests kept commenting on how beautiful the space was, and our pictures look amazing! We would definitely recommend this for a venue for anyone looking to get married in DC!
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to hold our wedding reception. Not only was it stunning, but the staff catered to our every need at no extra cost. I only wish we could do it all over again!
Maria and her team did a great job facilitating our event and working with all our vendors. The space at Meridian is also beautiful. We had our ceremony in the garden, cocktail hour in the linden grove, and the reception inside. The price is a little high, but it does include all the tables and chairs, which isn't true at all the comparable sites.
Meridian House was an exceptional venue. The beauty of the house and the grounds made it so very little needed to be added in terms of decor--it's wonderful on its own. We had an outdoor ceremony in the garden, a cocktail hour in the Linden Grove, and dinner and dancing inside the house. Maria was absolutely terrific to work with--she made sure all the vendors had the info they needed and helped everything to flow perfectly the day of the event. She was also very helpful and responsive with all of my questions during the planning process. This place is magical!
Meridian House was a great venue for my wedding reception! Everything looked beautiful, and went off without a hitch. Maria was very accommodating and helpful when dealing with other vendors. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more.
We couldn't have had such a beautiful and gorgeous wedding were it not for the Meridian House. Maria and everyone else on staff was very helpful throughout the entire process, especially during the day-of preparations. The five different rooms made it easy to separate the different parts of the wedding while having everything flow smoothly. We only wish the night could have gone on longer!
Amazing. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. Maria was a dream to work with and accommodated my every request. She was always available and flexible. It was perfect for our 100 people wedding, and the wedding felt cozy, elegant and intimate. I can't recommend enough!
This venue is stunning. You will save on flowers and decor because the venue itself is so beautiful. Maria, the venue coordinator, is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. The space was perfect for hosting both our ceremony and reception. It's convenient to hotels so guests don't have to travel far. We were worried about splitting guests up into two adjoined rooms for dinner because we thought people in the smaller room might feel excluded, but it didn't feel that way at all. We sat near the door that joined the rooms and it was fine.
Beautiful venue! Especially the Linden Grove where we had cocktail hour! Maria was great to work with!
When planning our wedding, we knew that we did not want a typical "big box" wedding in a hotel. The Meridian House is an absolutely gorgeous location for your event. With no rain plan, I wanted a location where the inside was just as beautiful as the outside. We had SO many compliments about our venue and were told that our wedding was "the most elegant wedding" that many people had ever attended.
Not only is the venue itself an unforgettable setting, but Maria is absolutely amazing to work with. She is extremely helpful and sweet and I cannot imagine having worked with anyone else. There was construction on the entrance and we were unable to enter through the front door AND there was a massive storm on our wedding day just as the ceremony was about to begin. Those 2 things would create tears for any bride, but I was calm knowing that I was in good hands with Maria and that our venue was so gorgeous, it would make no difference in the world to any of our guests.
If you chose the Meridian, you will have beautiful pictures and an extremely memorable location for your big day.
We looked at wedding venues all over Virginia, Maryland and DC and the Meridian House was by far the most stunning. It took our breath away when we first saw it and it did not dissapoint the day of the wedding. Maria Canellis was our point of contact at the venue and she was a pleasure to work with and provided a wealth of wedding information. She even helped us with the planning process at times by providing tips and knowledge even though that wasn't really her role. This venue will surely exceed your expectations.
Meridian House is the most beautiful venue in DC (trust me, I looked at almost all of them!). It has beautiful, well-tended gardens, a breath-taking linden tree grove, and a elegant interior. One of my guests described the feel as "a midsummer's night garden" and many of the guests said it was the best venue they had ever seen.
My wedding day was hot (in the high 80s), but the gardens where we held our ceremony were shaded by our 5pm ceremony time, and our guests had no complaints. It definitely got a bit warm in the dance room as the night went on, but people were able to cool off in the Linden Grove with the tables Meridian House provided for free, and people were generally comfortable and happy the whole night, in spite of the heat.
The venue is a bit pricey by DC standards, but includes tables and chairs for both the dinner and ceremony for up to 150 guests, which was a nice addition. The approved vendor list is extensive for caterers, so you can really put your own touches on the wedding, which is fun. The site can take as much or as little decor as you want because it is already so naturally beautiful, so while you might pay the money upfront, but save it in the long run. The cost also includes rehearsal and walk-through time, so long as the house is available, which is helpful. Additionally, the house can fit up to 200 (though it makes it a tighter squeeze), which makes it one of the larger options for historic home weddings in DC.
Maria is not only professional and responsive, but a super sweet and helpful venue coordinator. She sees weddings every weekend, so she is able and willing to give useful advice about set ups and vendors. Meridian House does have some limited rules, such as ending events by 11pm or limited tent vendors (don't worry, you can drink red wine anywhere in thehouse and have candles!), but Maria is more than willing to work to accommodate unique ideas - for example, she helped us coordinate having a food truck, DC Slices, come as a surprise end to the party. She made sure everything ran smoothly, and was definitely an asset for our wedding planning.
It was an absolutely stunning location and we really enjoyed having our reception here. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue, and it was well worth it since the chairs and tables were included with the rental cost (unlike most other locations). Thank you Maria!