Clarendon Ballroom

3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 Map · Phone number
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About Clarendon Ballroom

The Clarendon Ballroom is a historic ballroom with a rooftop option for couples looking to celebrate their wedding in the Washington, D.C. area. This vintage city ballroom is an elegant venue in which couples can marry, featuring a lighted neon sign, hardwood flooring, and a tiled extra-high ceiling.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue can accommodate up to 220 guests in its main event space. Couples celebrating their wedding at the Clarendon Ballroom will find a 1930s art-deco ballroom space for their event. This trip back in time includes careful detail in the posh atmosphere and decor. The polished hardwood floors make the venue classy and perfectly suitable for dancing the night away. The blue drapery, arched white doorways, and oversized mirrors on the one wall add charm to this vintage event space. As the night wears on and the dancing ends, couples will find their historic venue taking on more of a nightclub feeling, encouraging guests to get out of their chairs and celebrate.

Services Offered

The staff at this venue provides attentive service to ensure the couple is taken care of throughout the night. Staff members offer a nearly stress-free planning process to help couple’s determine all the details of their big day, from the food to the finish. Couples will find the following event services offered for their wedding at this sophisticated ballroom:

  • Bridal suite
  • Cake
  • Cleanup
  • Event rentals
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Liability insurance
  • Lighting/sound
  • Parking
  • Setup

Cuisine

With an open bar at this ballroom, bartenders provide full bar service to couples and guests for the wedding occasion. From a champagne toast to specialty wine, this venue has it all for the night of a couple’s life. Cuisine for the wedding can be served in the following catering styles:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings

Other Services

This ballroom space opens its door for more than wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue also welcomes bridal showers and engagement parties. Couples celebrating these events at the Clarendon Ballroom will find the following event items as options for their big day:

  • Chairs
  • Dance floor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Tables

Location

This venue is located in Arlington, Virginia, a 14-minute drive from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

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45 Reviews for Clarendon Ballroom

Recommended by 99% of couples


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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Joseph Daly · Married on 09/20/2019

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    • Professionalism:
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    Everything you need for a great party

    Like the title says, Clarendon Ballroom is a one stop shop for an awesome reception/party. All setup, takedown, servers, bartenders, tables and chairs, tableware, a huge selection of linens for accent, AMAZING food for ANY palette, and many different bar packages with flexible pricing.

    Sarah walked us through all our options and gave great advice without being overbearing. She took care of everything with only a loose outline of what we were looking to do and the feel we were going for. It was such a great experience and took a lot of the pressure and stress out of the process. 10/10 would party here again!

    Sent on 10/16/2019
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    Stephanie · Married on 05/10/2019

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    Exceeding Expectations!

    The Clarendon Ballroom hosted my wedding ceremony and reception in May 2019 and I cannot recommend them highly enough! My now-husband and I had invited family and friends from all over the country to our wedding, so we wanted to keep the festivities local so that our guests had multiple transportation options, plenty of places to stay and things to do, in addition to making the planning a little easier on ourselves. The Clarendon Ballroom helped to streamline the planning process immensely by providing multiple services to us (catering, drinks, dessert, tables, chairs, linens, etc) on our wedding day. The venue itself is fantastic! I had always considered it as a place to go out for cover band shows, but it is an incredibly flexible space, and, with the minimal decor and lighting that we brought in, the room looked magical! We also really liked that it is essentially one big room - the tables, dance floor and bar all fit in the same space, so that everyone could be together, as opposed to separating the tables and the dance floor. Plus, we were able to use their roof deck for our cocktail hour! Sandra, the catering manager, was so fantastic throughout the whole process. She was incredibly responsive and she helped us with all those tricky decisions that you will not have experience with if you don't plan large events regularly (How much dessert per person? How should we structure dinner being served around the toasts? Sandra has all the answers). She was even happy to accommodate our request to serve a special "happy birthday" hamburger to our officiant so that we could sing to him! This leads me to the food. 2 months later, my guests are still raving about how delicious the food was. I loved that the Ballroom had such flexible menu options - you can serve plated dinners, set up a buffet, or set up food stations (you can even bring in a sushi chef!). We ended up doing more traditional hors d'oeuvres and plated meals and everything was delicious (the filet is so tender that you won't need a steak knife and the seared tuna and maple bacon apps were both big hits, too). The bar packages were extremely reasonable, as well. They offer 7 different wines and about 10-12 different beers, along with different liquor packages, so there will be something that everyone likes (my husband might have been most excited for the Stewart's sodas that they offer). If I had to plan the wedding all over again, I would definitely still stick with the Clarendon Ballroom. Our wedding turned out better than we could have imagined and Sandra, Kattia and their team made it happen!

    Sent on 07/12/2019
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    Meg · Married on 01/05/2019

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    Absolutely perfect in every way

    Everything, and I mean everything, about our experience with the Clarendon Ballroom was perfect. We were looking for a big event space (room for a big dance floor and band with 180 guests) with character that wasn't going to break the bank. The ballroom was all of this and more. All of the food is prepared in house so you don't have to to worry about catering. Table, chairs, linens -- it is all provided. And the food itself is exceptional. We had guests tell us the salmon they served was the best salmon they ever had. I could go on and on about this place -- but the real star of the show is their coordinator Sandra. She made our experience as stress-free as weddings can possible be. Her and her staff are incredibly knowledgeable and are always willing to go the extra mile to get you what you need. I never felt like I had to worry about anything -- I just knew Sandra would take care of it! Truly cannot recommend them enough. Thank you CB!!!

    Sent on 01/29/2019

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Clarendon Ballroom 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? $ 4,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 3,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • 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? Dessert
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 40.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? House Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 1
  • Describe your venue: Ballroom, Historic Building, Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Drapery, Furniture, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? May, June, September, October, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, April, July, August, November

Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements

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

    The Clarendon Ballroom is the perfect place to have a beautiful wedding at a close-in location. It has everything you can want in a wedding venue, and a great set of people to pull off a great wedding for you. Moreover, it won't cost you an unfathomable amount. I love officiating weddings at the Clarendon Ballroom.

  • Blue Canary Events
    Blue Canary Events Wedding Planners

    Clarendon Ballroom is a gorgeous venue with delicious food and very flexible menu options. SO easy to work with!!

  • DJ D-Mac & Associates
    DJ D-Mac & Associates Wedding DJs

    Terrific venue! Definitely one of the cooler spots we've played a wedding at. The period theater detail adds both glamour and rock'n'roll to events. And the staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating!

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  • 3185 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA, 22201 See on map
    7034692244 (Phone number)

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