Friends Meeting of Washington

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About Friends Meeting of Washington

Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW) is a historic Quaker meeting house centrally located in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood. A peaceful oasis within the city, FMW is also close to many hotels and restaurants. Newly renovated, FMW offers a choice of unique indoor wedding spaces and outdoor gardens for both the ceremony and reception. Because there is no prominent religious symbolism in FMW's spaces, the venue is perfect for couples with mixed religious backgrounds or those without strong religious leanings. LGBTQ-friendly, FMW's Quaker community has blessed same-sex marriages for decades.

Facilities and Capacities

FMW's combination of unique indoor spaces and outdoor gardens provides many possibilities for a wedding ceremony and/or reception.

The large Meeting Room can seat up to 300 for a wedding ceremony. Down the hall are several spaces where the couple may separately dress and wait for their ceremony to begin. Guests may enter the Meeting Room either through a new lobby entrance or through the East Gardens. Following the ceremony, the East Gardens are ideal for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception prior to dinner.

FMW primary reception space, the Assembly Room, seats at least 96 banquet style for dinner and may be combined with landscaped gardens directly connected to the space to seat an additional 100+ guests.

For a smaller wedding ceremony, the Quaker House Living Room -- once part of a diplomat's home -- offers an intimate setting seating up to 40. A reception following a ceremony in this space may expand into the surrounding rooms and onto the upper portion of the west gardens.

FMW's gardens also offer a memorable setting for a wedding ceremony, seating at least 150.

Services Offered

FMW offers wedding packages based on the size and scope of the celebration. The couple may choose to hold their ceremony, reception, or both at FMW. Standard banquet tables and chairs are included as is basic audiovisual equipment, such as a speaker system and microphones.

The venue has a food preparation kitchen which may be used by one of the preferred caterers; a smaller kitchenette services the living room area. Beer, wine, and champagne are allowed at wedding receptions at FMW when served by a bartender and with a DC alcohol license.

History

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, FMW was built as a Quaker meeting house in 1930 during the administration of the Quaker president, Herbert Hoover. The design includes wooden beams that were once installed in the White House. The building was expanded in 1950. In 1970, FMW acquired the neighboring red brick building -- a former private home built in the 1920s -- now known as Quaker House that is now connected via an interior corridor to the main Meeting House. Quaker House includes a combination of event spaces and private offices for nonprofits and small businesses. FMW remains an active Quaker religious community today with worship services scheduled on a weekly basis.

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Friends Meeting of Washington
Overview - East Gardens
Overview - East Gardens
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Wedding in the Meeting Room
Bread cutting during a wedding
Bread cutting during a wedding
A Living Room wedding
A Living Room wedding
A Living Room wedding
A Living Room wedding
Library - A space to get ready
Library - A space to get ready
Reception in the Assembly Room
Reception in the Assembly Room
Reception in Assembly Room
Reception in Assembly Room
Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake
Reception in the Assembly Room
Reception in the Assembly Room
Reception in the Assembly Room
Reception in the Assembly Room
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Photos on East Garden Terrace
West Gardens
West Gardens
West Gardens with tent
West Gardens with tent
Tent in the West Gardens
Tent in the West Gardens
The venue and gardens at night
The venue and gardens at night
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Photography at Spanish Steps
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LGBTQ-friendly venue
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Overview - East Gardens
Overview - East Gardens

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    Tania Hossain · Getting married on 07/03/2020

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    Beautiful relaxing venue

    This beautiful venue in the heart of Dupont Circle is a gem of a location surrounded by gorgeous sustainable gardens, indoor spaces that can be customized based on your event needs, and a really friendly staff to work with. I had a great time working with Brian right before the pandemic lock down. We had a great time with our friends and family here.

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    Guy Martorana · Married on 02/12/2020

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    Wonderful!

    Friends Meeting of Washington has a beautiful space. It was perfect for what we needed. We highly recommend this venue for small or large weddings!

    Sent on 04/19/2020

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Friends Meeting of Washington 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?
    $ 2500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 2500
  • 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?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    10
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Religious
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Outside Vendors
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Outside Cake
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Furniture
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
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  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
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  • Jenifer Morris Photography Wedding Photographers

    The Friends Meeting of Washington is an amazing green space in Dupont Circle. As a photographer, I love the beautiful simplicity of the worship room for ceremonies. The outside terrace area is a nice green space for cocktail parties or small outdoor ceremonies. The back garden and Assembly Room are undergoing a renovation from Sept 2018-May 2019. It's going to be an awesome location for weddings and small group meetings when finished.

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