The Josephine Butler Parks Center is a garden wedding venue in the Washington, D.C. area. This wedding venue features a Renaissance-Revival mansion overlooking 12 acres of beautifully landscaped parks. Couples will find this venue just seven minutes from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 200 guests to join them on their big day at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. The Washington Park’s Mansion at Meridian Hill is designed in an Italian Renaissance-Revival style of architecture, with characteristics such as vaulted, 14-foot ceilings and original mouldings. The venue’s Grand Foyer, Great Stairs and Terrazzo Lobby make a picturesque location for wedding portraits, or a unique area for guests to mingle during a cocktail reception. The Ballroom, when combined with the Twin Galleries, seats the maximum 200 guests for a couple’s reception. Polished hardwood floors and arched doorways await couples throughout this mansion. Ceremonies can take place in the venue or outside overlooking the park, complete with a western view of the sunset.
This venue welcomes couples for any wedding event, not just ceremonies and receptions. They can also celebrate bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Services and items offered by this venue include:
This building, now known as the Josephine Butler Parks Center, was once home to the Hungarian Embassy to the United States. Since that time, it has been transformed to become an Embassy of the Earth. The Washington Parks & People have created here a beacon of green urban revitalization and cooperation. It has also undergone a landmark restoration to its former 1927 glory.
Recommended by 96% of couples
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kai · Married on 09/22/2018
We had the best time working with Malina and the staff at Josephine Butler Parks center. The venue is beautiful, in a great location, and reasonably priced for a DC city wedding. Malina was extremely responsive and kind. The fact that the venue had beautiful tables and chairs and that the staff set them up according to our plan was a huge cost savings and made life a lot easier. I would highly recommend this venue!
heather k · Married on 02/23/2019
I am so glad that we chose Josephine Butler! Our indoor winter wedding felt glamorous, warm, and classy, and Malina and the Parks JB Center team were delightful to work with. Pictures below say a thousand words!
Yoomie · Married on 10/06/2018
The JBPC is a hidden wedding gem in DC! Such a steal for the price, Which was $2-3K less other venues in DC proper that we were looking at that held the same amount of guests (150). But the wedding price also came with 8 full hours of usage and all the tables and chairs that we need, no need for rentals! That saved us at least two grand right there! It was the first venue we viewed (we only toured two venues) and the one we came back to. No need to tour anymore.
I had my wedding reception at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in January 2015. Mai was so kind and knowledgeable. My husband and I had a million questions and she thoroughly answered them and guided us through our decision making regarding the space. I was worried because there were some changes in staff right before my wedding but I was relieved when I met Makenzie. Makenzie met with me and my husband before the event and answered any lingering questions that we had. Overall, JBPC was very flexible with our needs and we are so happy that we chose them. The space is gorgeous and we were so happy to know that by supporting JBPC, we were supporting the local non profits that call JBPC home.
I love this venue - the staff is professional and customer friendly. I can not wait to offer this venue to another client. Than you Abbey!!