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Gunston Hall

Lorton, VA View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
21 reviews
$2k - $4k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

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$2k - $4k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

Gunston Hall, located in Lorton, Virginia, is a stylish historic wedding venue. Situated on 550 scenic acres with views of the Potomac River, the property offers a beautiful backdrop for every stage of your wedding celebration. This Georgian-style mansion dates back to the 18th century and has an elegant red brick exterior, perfect as the ceremony backdrop or for pictures. The estate is rife with historic brick walls, vintage accents, and lush green outdoor areas for couples and their guests to admire. Located in Northern Virginia, this venue is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., with lots of options for overnight accommodations nearby.

Facilities and Capacity

At Gunston Hall, couples can invite up to 125 guests for seated indoor receptions or over 125 for celebrations spread over indoor and outdoor spaces. To-be-weds can use the breathtaking tree-lined drive for memorable photographs on their big day. For receptions, couples can also set up tents on the grounds to host their full guest list. The Ann Mason Room in the visitor center and its adjoining private courtyard can be used for both ceremony and reception. In addition, couples can host their engagement party, shower, or rehearsal dinner in these event locations. Caterers will find a convenient full-size kitchen next to the Ann Mason Room. Couples can finish their preparations for the day in the hall's stylish get-ready suite.

Services Offered

Gunston Hall offers many items and services to help ease couples’ worries on the big day. Event items available through Gunston Hall include audio equipment, chairs, and tables. To-be-weds are granted early access to their chosen event space, giving them plenty of time to prepare their setup and make the room their own. Various packages are on offer for couples to choose from, with features including tours of the historic home. Couples can also have assistance from a dedicated staff member to provide support throughout the planning process.

History

The hall, which was constructed during the late 1750s, was the home of George Mason, a principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. His belief in tolerance and freedom of the press inspired many documents worldwide. These include the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Georgian-style mansion features stunning examples of 18th-century ornamental architecture, some of which are considered the finest in the country. The exquisite interiors were largely designed by carpenter William Buckland and intricately hand-carved by William Bernard Sears.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$3,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Museum

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
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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    Ann C. Married on 07/31/2021
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    Amazing Venue!

    We could not have been happier with Gunston Hall! Nicole was great to work with, from the very beginning. Gunston stood out from many other venues in NOVA for its flexibility and affordability, not to mention the beautiful grounds! As soon as we visited we knew it was the right venue for our reception. We had a church wedding and our reception in the Ann Mason Room and Courtyard. We had about 105 guests seated, and that seemed close to capacity with a buffet table. There was a bit of a break between the church and the reception, so giving guests the opportunity to tour the house and visit the museum was perfect. Everyone loved it! We had cocktail hour in the courtyard then moved inside for dinner. Following dinner, we moved back to the courtyard and continued the night with dancing. Everyone had a blast! This also provided a space for guests, who didn’t want to dance, to socialize and talk away from the loud music. We did put up pipe and drape in the Ann Mason Room over the doors on the long side of the room and the front projection screen. It really dressed up the room at a very reasonable price (we used Sammy's) I highly recommend doing that.

    Our only concern, is that we later found out from guests that some of the toilets were not working by the end of the evening. We'd recommend someone being on call to fix any facilities issues that arise.
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    Sarah B. Married on 04/20/2019
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    Beautiful and Historic!

    My husband and I can't say enough good things about working with Nicole and choosing Gunston Hall for our wedding. It was the best decision we made for our wedding, and in all honesty we didn't seriously consider any other venue. Gunston Hall stole our hearts! All of our guests thought the property was beautiful, and Nicole went above and beyond to help us. We had our ceremony in the afternoon, and right after the ceremony ended we were able to take photos inside the historic house itself. Once we were done with photos inside the house, our guests could take a tour of the house before going to the courtyard for a cocktail hour while the bride and groom took more couple photos outside among the beautiful trees.

    To go back to the planning, Nicole met with us several times in the course of our engagement, helped us figure out the best place to hold the various parts of our day (we did both our ceremony and reception on site), was incredibly responsive via email, and helped with set-up and breakdown of our wedding. We had our wedding ceremony outside under the big oak tree, cocktail reception in the courtyard, and dinner inside in the Ann Mason Room. The weather cooperated and we were able to have everything go as planned, but it was reassuring to know that there was a viable indoor option if we needed to move the ceremony inside.
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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
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Wedding Ceremonies by Jim Burch Wedding Ceremonies by Jim Burch Wedding Officiants

A wonderful, historic and gracious location to have a wedding. Nothing disturbs your stay and you are in a very beautiful spot and in the richest tapestry of history in the country. Surrounded by nature, yet close at hand, Gunston Hall is a marvelous place for a wedding.

Lieb Photographic LLC Lieb Photographic LLC Wedding Photographers

I cannot say enough about this incredibly gorgeous location! What a work of architecture! And the grounds are equally as stunning. This is the perfect place for the classic, joyful, and romantic bride to tie the knot with her Prince Charming!

Catering by Seasons Catering by Seasons Wedding Caterers

Being on the property is like stepping back in time. As you drive up the long, tall tree lined driveway, you can see the mansion in the distance as the perfect backdrop. Walking around the property and the gardens, you truly feel as though you are in a place of historic significance. The visitor center also has a quaint ballroom for use!

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10709 Gunston Road Lorton, VA, 22079
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