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 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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14 Reviews for Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel

Recommended by 93% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.6
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.6
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    Lady · Married on 10/06/2018

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    Fantastic!!

    Mrs. Elfa and Mr. James were attentive throughout our experience. They are very committed to couples enjoying their day. We could not have asked for a better church for our ceremony!!!

    Sent on 10/17/2018

    Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel's reply:

    James and I were happy working with you, a lovely young couple. We also wanted to make sure you had your wishes fulfilled. Thank you for beautifying the church with your enthusiasm, love and the stunning outside and inside decorations. People stopped to look! Much happiness to you! Elfa
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    Sarah · Married on 06/23/2018

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    So Happy with Church of the Holy City!

    I got married on 6/23/18 in Church of the Holy City and it was absolutely beautiful. Elfa and James were extremely accommodating and responsive to my many questions. They gave me plenty of helpful recommendations based off what they've seen in other weddings. I was able to bring in my own officiant, and the musician I hired was able to use the church's piano (which is tuned every month). I should mention there's no air conditioning, I used fan programs which worked out well. I highly recommend Church of the Holy for weddings.

    Sent on 10/19/2018

    Church of the Holy City Wedding Chapel's reply:

    Yes, Sarah, I gleefully remember the many questions! Thank you for the care you took with your wedding and the happiness you spread around on the day of! James is always glad to offer his wisdom and experience from many years of serving as the Church of the Holy City Wedding Coordinator. With our best wishes for all the happiness to you both!

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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? $ 1,700.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,700.00
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 360
  • 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

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement

  • WeddingCeremony.org, Jim Burch
    WeddingCeremony.org, 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, DC 20009 See on map
    202-800-1869 (Phone number)
    202-328-7380 (Fax Number)

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