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Arts Club of Washington

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About

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.

Services Offered

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$800

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$800

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$35

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Wine
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

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    Rating 4.8 out of 5

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    Thomas Married on 03/13/2021
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    Best in class

    Unbelievable value and class. A fantastic venue run by true professionals. Super accommodating and fair. Transparent and helpful.
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    Riho Married on 07/06/2019
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    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!
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    Alyssa Married on 07/21/2018
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    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.

    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.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Real Weddings

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Map

20017 I Street, NW Washington, DC, 20006
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Arts Club of Washington frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Arts Club of Washington?

Arts Club of Washington includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Arts Club of Washington, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Arts Club of Washington includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Arts Club of Washington, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Arts Club of Washington includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Wine
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of Arts Club of Washington in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Arts Club of Washington for wedding events is known for:
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Arts Club of Washington for wedding events?

Arts Club of Washington offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Arts Club of Washington offer?

Arts Club of Washington offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Engagement Party

What services does Arts Club of Washington offer for wedding events?

Arts Club of Washington offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does Arts Club of Washington have available for wedding events?

Arts Club of Washington offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Arts Club of Washington and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Arts Club of Washington is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in value, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.6 in average response time.

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