Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel

1611 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel

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.

Services Offered

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.

History

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.

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Newlyweds
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Bride at the steps
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Newlyweds on the staircase
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Groom and bride
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Church exterior
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Aisle runner
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Ceremony proper
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Exterior
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Wedding ceremony
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Candlelit steps
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Bride going downt he stairs
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Bride and groom
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Kiss outside the chapel
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Escorting the bride
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Wedding recessional
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Newlyweds
Bride at the steps
Bride at the steps

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4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Michaele · Married on 12/15/2018

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    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,
    It was our most heartfelt pleasure to work with you under your difficult circumstances. We were happy the Church of the Holy City could support you at your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception.
    James and I wish you much happiness!
    Elfa
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    Ann Marie · Married on 12/15/2018

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    Perfect venue!!

    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,
    We so much enjoyed everything about your wedding planning and wedding. It was a pleasure to work with you and also your charming Mom. The Church of the Holy City sends congratulations and best wishes for your future happiness!

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Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel FAQ

  • 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? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • 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? $ 1,800.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,800.00
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 365
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 2
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Historic Building, Religious
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception
  • What event services do you offer? Outside Vendors
  • What months are included in your peak season? January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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  • Wedding Ceremonies by Jim Burch
    Wedding Ceremonies by Jim Burch Wedding Officiants

    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.

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  • 1611 16th Street NW Washington, District of Columbia, DC 20009 See on map
    202-800-1869 (Phone number)
    202-328-7380 (Fax Number)

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