Weddings

Athenaeum - Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

Alexandria, VA View map

About

**Chosen as a TOP WEDDING VENDOR by Virginia Living Magazine for 2021**

The Athenaeum is a beautifully preserved building, now serving as an art gallery. One of only two remaining examples of Neoclassical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria, its exterior features an impressive portico supported by soaring Doric columns. Oversized windows bring natural light to the main gallery rooms, which boast 24-foot ceilings, wonderful woodwork, and exposed granite walls lined with rotating art exhibits. Your ceremony can be held in the sweet, private courtyard. This quaint, romantic space has a “secret garden” feel, sheltered from the street by high, vine-covered red brick walls.

Please note wheelchair access is available only on the main floor.

A/V equipment is available but limited.

Viewing the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is available for viewing during gallery hours or by appointment. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Advance notice for viewing the Athenaeum is appreciated.

Reserving the Athenaeum

  • Rental Fee: The venue rental fee is $250/hour Monday–Thursday, $395/hour Friday & Sunday, $495/hour on Saturday, and $550/hour on federal holidays. A 4-hour minimum rental is required.
  • 501(c)(3) organizations receive a 20% discount on hourly rental rates.

  • An additional $150 cleaning fee and Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) membership (at the Supporter level [$100] or above) are required for all single-date rentals.

Capacity

Seated Ceremony Indoors: 60 people indoors

Seated Ceremony Outdoors: 50 people outdoors

Cocktails, etc. (to resume in July 2021): 90 people standing

Receptions Indoors (to resume in July 2021): 60 people seated

Receptions Outdoors (to resume in July 2021): 30 people seated

Meetings: Total meeting capacity for this venue is 60.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No

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

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Planner
Event Rentals
Preferred Vendors Only
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
August
December

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    Paige Married on 02/29/2020
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    Great venue

    We wanted a historic venue that felt intimate and unique and the Athenaeum was a great fit! It's awesome to be able to support a community non-profit that supports the arts too. Our wedding was in the winter so we had the ceremony and reception inside. The staff recommended a great caterer and tent company so we were able to flip the space quickly during the cocktail hour. It was a little crowded in the courtyard during the cocktail hour but overall it was a great experience. The price is reasonable and the building is beautiful. The staff was also easy to work with, kind, and flexible. Thanks!
  • Meg
    Meg Married on 01/05/2019
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    Would highly recommend!

    We held our welcome party here the night before our wedding and it was absolutely amazing. The Anthenaeum is truly an iconic Old Town building -- and it is situated right in the heart of downtown. If you're looking for a unique and intimate venue for any of your wedding events, this is it!
  • Ashley
    Ashley Married on 10/11/2018
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    Great Ceremony Venue

    All of the Athenaeum staff was excellent to work with. During the initial planning stages, Veronica and Richard were my main points of contact, both of whom were very helpful answering questions. They were happy to entertain our questions both via email and during the various trips to check out the space. The contract process was fairly straight forward and fortunately renting out the space includes both the art gallery and the outside garden (it rained on our wedding day and the ceremony was initially going to take place in the garden). A few days before the wedding, we were informed that Amanda would be the staffer on hand on the actual wedding day. I sent Amanda my proposed timeline and we reviewed it over the phone. She was willing to assist with flow of show and confirming chair and floral deliveries/set up.

    She advised us of some renovations that were taking place in the alley behind the garden, which is where the ceremony was originally going to take place. While the staff had not previously informed us of the planned renovation, it all worked out in the end. Amanda emailed me photos of the renovations, offered alternate solutions to ensure the scaffolding wouldn’t be as visible, emailed the contractor to ensure they would be done with the renovations for the day prior to our scheduled photo time and ceremony start time, and offered to be at the venue early to ensure that everything was clean.

    When I realized it was likely going to rain on the wedding day, I emailed Amanda asking for a quick discussion on a rain plan. She contacted me right away to confirm a time and we spoke the morning of the wedding to come up with a rain plan. She handled the new set up with both the chair rental company and the florist. The set up came out beautifully.

    Also, one of the photographers left a water behind and Amanda emailed me about the item so I was able to retrieve it the next day.

    I would definitely rent this space again!

    Athenaeum - Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association's reply:

    Dear Ashley,

    Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate it!
    The pictures look wonderful, and we are glad you all had a lovely time despite the rain.

    All the best,
    The Athenaeum Staff

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