Josephine Butler Parks Center is a garden wedding venue located in Washington, D.C. Residing on the verdant property is a beautiful renaissance mansion that has been revitalized to its original glory. Though the stately home was once designed to host vice presidents, the property now warmly welcomes guests from far and wide through its doors.
Facilities and Capacity
The venue boasts both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding celebrations. Outside, the mansion features stunning patios and walkways surrounded by lush trees. Ceremonies are held in one of the many outdoor locations or inside the house. Through the mansion’s arched doorways, await 40 extravagant rooms that can host up to 300 standing guests. The rooms are fashioned with Renaissance-style architecture and flaunt characteristics such as high vaulted ceilings and original crown moldings. The Grand Foyer, Great Stairs, and Terrazzo lobby make marvelous locations for wedding portraits and opulent cocktail hours. Newlyweds and their guests can enjoy an evening of fine dining and dance beneath the crystal chandeliers in the grand ballroom. Located on the second floor, the ballroom features canopy views of the Meridian Hill Park treeline.
Josephine Butler Parks Center provides wedding packages tailored for celebrations held between Friday to Sunday. Each reservation gives couples access to the many stunning rooms found within the mansion. Unlimited use of tables and chairs for ceremonies and receptions are also provided with bookings. Within the mansion, audio and lighting equipment, projectors, and flatscreens are supplied for events. There is even a grand piano on-site that can be used to provide music during the affair. The venue highly recommends the use of their trusted list of caterers. These referred vendors share the same values of putting an emphasis on reducing waste and finding environmentally friendly methods to operate their business. The list provides a variety of cuisine options suitable for all different types of tastes and preferences.
Josephine Butler Parks Center was previously home to the Hungarian Embassy. Since then, the building has been transformed into a beacon of green urban revitalization by The Washington Parks & People. Known as an “Embassy of the Earth,” the organization participates in global missions by developing methods for humans and nature to coincide. They now lead green initiatives all throughout the city including revitalizing parks and creating programs to encourage healthy communities.
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Caroline Marie Romanoff · Married on 08/03/2019
JBPC - The best venue for a perfect day!
We had the most wonderfully fabulous wedding at JBPC! Everything from the set up to the end was perfect. We had so many options for set up and rain plans, and it was more than perfect.Sent on 08/20/2019
Our wedding was an August 2019 wedding with 160 people. We chose to use a preferred vendor, Timber Pizza, for our food. We hired a day-of coordinator (ANA Trio Solutions - shes the best), we used a local DJ, and we stayed at the LineDC hotel. We had a small bridal party but a LOT of family, and needed a solid, easy rain plan due to it being in DC in August.
You CANNOT get a better deal, and a more beautiful setting for a DC Wedding. Tables and chairs, as well as a number of other items, are included in the rental fee. The rental fee is literally pennies in comparison to other venues in dc, and most of those don't include any other items. A+++ for value.
The space itself is amazing - a historical DC building with roots and significance - with an amazing mission. It is amazing to help support them in their mission, while getting to celebrate your big day! When we first toured, I loved the building - it felt like it could mesh into a super formal wedding, or a casual wedding (that's what ours was). Two things that i was concerned on 1. could the space seat 160 people and would we have enough dance space, and 2. the yellow walls.
On the first concern - can it fit our people and our dancing? ABSOLUTELY YES. The space was perfect for ceremony, cocktail, and dinner and dancing. We ended up having our dance floor in the foyer upstairs under the chandelier. It made it intimate, and AMAZING for pictures. It did sort of block access to the bar, but folks navigated that fine. For seating, we had 17 tables in the main two ballrooms, and one table on the dance floor that we pulled up pre-dances -- it was seamless and easy, our catering staff took care of it. The cocktail reception was a mix of outside under the portico and inside on the two floors - it was great for folks to have a seat if they wanted, get drinks, mingle, and sign in to our guest book.
We had the ceremony outside in the garden area. With 160 folks, there was NO way to have everyone seated. Our ceremony was about 15 mins long, so we had 60 chairs placed, and had everyone else standing. it was the most magical thing to walk through a parting crowd of ALL your people. They closed in for the ceremony, then stepped back out for the recessional - it was PERFECT.
For the concern on the yellow walls - Yes, they are a buttery yellow and you know what? it ended up being AWESOME. We chose all white tablecloths, with a sage green napkin. We kept our tables simple - fork, napkin, glass, and lemoncello glass. We didn't do centerpieces, but instead had table numbers with adoptable pets on the back. The other decorations we had were greenery (from costco, HIGHLY recommended) on the mantles with pictures of our loved ones' weddings, or folks we have lost along the years (grand parents, friends etc.). It was simple, added just enough decoration, and allowed for the space to feel clean and uncluttered.
We asked our guests to wear as many bright or sparkly colors as possible, so that filled the space right up. The yellow now just looked fabulous in the background. All in all, we absolutely loved it and cannot recommend this place enough.
Malina was our coordinator, question-answerer, planning aficionado, and all around wonderful person who helped us navigate everything! She sent us floor plans and let me come tour several, several times. We talked through options and what would work, and what definitely wouldn't and helped us come up with an in-between that fit our needs. Thank You Malina for ALL your help and support!
Jalapeno Photography · Married on 04/06/2019
European Elegance in DC
Josephine Butler is one of my favorite locations in Washington DC for weddings. I'm a wedding photographer and know what happens "behind the scenes." When you aren't looking, the staff are busting their rears to make sure you and every vendor are taken care of. Additionally, the European vibe and location across the street from one of the choicest locations in DC. Make sure to check it out before all the dates are gone!Sent on 04/12/2019
Josephine Butler Parks Center's reply:Thank you for your kind words on our venue! It is always a pleasure to work with amazing photographers who are passionate about their work. We look forward to working with you in the future!
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!Sent on 03/10/2019
Josephine Butler Parks Center's reply:Hi Heather,
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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!!