Arts Club of Washington is a sophisticated wedding venue in Washington, D.C. Located in a historic townhouse, couples are invited to add their own chapter to its tale. Conveniently situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, it is accessible for guests traveling from far and wide to celebrate.
Facilities and Capacity
The Arts Club of Washington calls the spectacular Monroe House its home. A charming manor with a history that stretches back to the early 1800s, its many rooms offer a special setting in which to celebrate. The club itself has been housed here since 1916 and was the first private arts club in the capital. Upon arrival, guests will be immediately struck by the grandeur of the property. Its entrance hall features a crystal chandelier that illuminates a room defined by antique furniture, high ceilings, and carved door arches. Couples are invited to exchange vows in the Monroe gallery, with works from renowned artists as their backdrop. An intimate setting, its stage functions as an ideal altar and is lit by natural light from stunning floor-to-ceiling bay windows. The party can continue in the Monroe Parlor Rooms which welcome receptions for up to 60 friends and family. Luxurious spaces, they are noteworthy for their period furniture and exhibitions from featured artists. The upstairs salons are also available for those celebrating and feature views out over Pennsylvania Avenue. The property’s garden is a welcoming venue for an outdoor celebration, and a large tent can be erected in aid of the party. The management is happy to provide furniture rentals for events, including tables and chairs.
The Arts Club of Washington’s staff offers everything couples need for an unforgettable big day. The club offers fine cuisine from its catering team and can serve up to 400 guests station-style, a buffet for 200, or seated dinners for smaller groups. The staff can help organize cutting-edge audiovisual equipment for events, as well as decor rentals. They can help clean up and set up everything on the day, and the club’s in-house event planner can help make sure big days run smoothly.
30 Reviews for Arts Club of Washington
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Riho · Married on 07/06/2019
You must visit this venue in person!
Initially I wasn't impressed by the pictures online. But as soon as we saw this place in person, we absolutely FELL IN LOVE!
This place used to be former president James Monroe's house and the building has tons of historic charms. Affordable rental rate includes the use of whole property (which includes cute outdoor garden, 3-story gorgeous house with gallery/dance hall). It is located near metro stations in downtown DC and our guests were able to find variety of accommodations and things to do nearby.
Everyone there were very flexible & responsive. Yann kindly answered hundreds of questions we had and spared time to meet us in person couple times. Chef Ken provided lots of recommendations on our meal options & created delicious dinner for everyone. Jenna made sure that everything goes smoothly on the day-of the wedding. And all other staff were also exceptionally kind & helpful!Sent on 07/12/2019
Alyssa · Married on 07/21/2018
Down-to-Earth hidden gem
The Arts Club of Washington was the absolute perfect venue for me and my husband. Right from the get-go, we wanted something that was central, pretty, and reasonably priced; the Arts Club checked off all of those boxes. The rate is a steal—I don’t think any of the other options we were looking at even came close in terms of competitive pricing. It’s also incredibly unique; the multiple floors, different rooms, and art made sure that everyone always had something to do. We got so many comments on what a great find it was.Sent on 05/20/2019
The staff was so accommodating and attentive to our needs. They were receptive throughout the entire process, from the tour to the food/wine tasting to the day itself. We had originally planned to have both our ceremony and dinner outside, but unfortunately it poured the entire day. Within an hour, they were able to re-orient the ceremony to the indoor space and arrange for a tent to cover the outside dining area. The ceremony was beautiful and, miraculously, no one got wet while eating dinner. It was so magical; I’ll remember the day and the crew who helped us forever.
The food was AMAZING. Seriously, people are still talking about it. The chef worked with us to pick a menu that suited our tastes, so it was casual but still kind of sophisticated (plus I got my Mac n cheese). We also chose our favorite cocktails to be prepared during the cocktail hour—I think it was a Moscow mule and a gin and tonic. Since it’s an older venue, they did have a couple of rules they were pretty stringent about (I don’t think you could have red wine upstairs, for instance), but honestly it didn’t make one difference.
Please at least consider taking a tour of this place in your searches. The pictures don’t do it justice.
Emanuella · Married on 05/27/2017
We held our wedding at the Arts Club on Memorial day weekend and highly recommend it to other couples! We spent several weeks looking for the perfect location for our big day, and the Arts Club met all of our criteria.Sent on 06/01/2017
I absolutely loved my wedding at the Arts Club of Washington! Tt was such a magical weekend. All of my guests ranted and raved for days after the event on how much fun they had and how beautiful the venue was. I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding day for myself or my new husband. We had aroun 75 people in our wedding.
Yann and his staff were excellent! Throughout the planning process, they were incredibly helpful, providing information about ceremonies and receptions
It's a historic building and a former home of James Monroe. The house has a unique character, the staff are professional and hard-working, they offers chairs, tables, linens, and cutlery/glassware at no extra cost, there are multiple floors available for guests to roam, their garden/courtyard is the perfect setting for a ceremony/dinner, and the venue even offers in-house catering.
The venue was very flexible on scheduling a tasting for us. The chef did a great job and the food was amazing. He also included a family recipe in the menu. We also featured a signature cocktail, Brazilian Caipirinhas.
We loved the historical feel of the building. The event went perfectly and everyone had a wonderful time..