The Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel is a religious wedding venue in the Washington, D.C. area. This historically elegant chapel rises up like a grand stone castle with wooden pews and stained glass windows inside. Couples can find this wedding venue a five-minute drive from The White House in downtown Washington, D.C.
Facilities and Capacity
At this chapel, couples can celebrate their big day with up to 360 guests. The main hall of the Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel, called the Sanctuary, seats the maximum number of guests for the wedding. The wooden pews feature ornately carved details and sit on either side of a red runner leading to the altar. The ceilings stretch high overhead, supported by wooden beams, and on the walls stained glass windows depicting religious anecdotes climb to meet them. Stone walls glow in the warm soft lighting of the overhead pendant light fixtures. A pipe organ is built into the wall near the front of the room. The building also has a small vintage library, a bright and open parlor, and a foyer connecting both rooms to the Sanctuary. There is a second-level to this historic chapel accessible by a winding stone and brick staircase. The Upstairs Chapel is a small bright room with windows of clear glass and a wooden cathedral ceiling. It can serve as a venue for ceremonies or receptions. The downstairs Dining Hall is the perfect location for a reception as well.
Couples can host their ceremony and reception for up to 100 persons together in this historic wedding venue. Outside vendors are permitted at this venue to allow couples to decorate, dine, and celebrate in the style of their choosing. The church welcomes couples of all faiths to host their wedding on its grounds.
This English Gothic Sanctuary was designed by H. Langford Warren. The architect of the chapel was a Swedenborgian and was also the Dean of Harvard’s School of Architecture. The church was one of the country’s first to welcome the marriages of couples of different races. In the 1970s the church opened its doors to marriages of couples with different faiths. Then, in the 2000s, it was one of the first churches to welcome couples in same-sex marriages, before this was legalized by the Supreme Court.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Xiaolin Zhang · Married on 03/16/2019
We had our wedding ceremony at the Church of the Holy City on 03/16/2019. And we are so lucky to have Elfa and James help us preparing for our big day. Elfa was very responsive and James was very detailed the day-of. My husband and I are both from China, actually we don’t know how to prepare for a Church wedding. And Elfa and James help us in almost every detail, we appreciate it so much. And for the Church itself, it is absolutely a wonderful place for wedding. All our guests and photographers commented on how gorgeous it is. Definitely recommended to all couples.Sent on 03/19/2019
I want to add that the bridal could change her gown in a separate room on the second floor. It is convient.
Michaele · Married on 12/15/2018
Mr. and Mrs. L. Jackson Thomas II
Due to a serious family illness, we had just a few weeks to plan our wedding, and even then had to change the date. EVERYONE was flexible and more than willing to work with us to make our day special. It was.Sent on 01/02/2019
Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel's reply:Dear Mr. and Mrs. Thomas,
Ann Marie · Married on 12/15/2018
Gorgeous wedding venue! My wedding ceremony was perfect - from the design to the coordination - thanks to Elfa and James. Perfect for any kind of ceremony. Definitely recommend to all brides!!Sent on 01/08/2019
Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel's reply:Dear Ann Marie,
The Church of the Holy City (isn't that a beautiful name? Who wouldn't want to get married under that banner?!) is EXACTLY what you think an elegant church ought to look like for a church wedding. It is also in a perfect location, within easy reach of many of Washington's top venues and monumental core. You will find the staff to be extraordinarily attentive and on tope of everything. A wonderful choice.