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Price range: $3,500 - $7,000 Price range: $3,500 - $7,000
Couples usually spend $5,500 Couples usually spend $5,500
Reception
$3,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Reception
$3,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price

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About

On WeddingWire since 2018

National Cathedral School (NCS) is a beautiful wedding venue located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, D.C. Our campus offers delightful indoor and outdoor options for both your ceremony and reception. The venue is conveniently located in the heart of the US capital, and has stunning views of the surrounding gardens and city landscape. Our facilities are equipped to provide everything you need for your celebration, including catering, onsite parking, and a dedicated, friendly staff.

Facilities and Capacity

NCS has a number of diverse options for ceremonies and receptions, from intimate outdoor terraces to the elegant Grace Chapel. The chapel's modern architecture and stunning stained glass make it a distinctive and beautiful place to exchange vows, able to accommodate up to 250 guests. Nestled beside the Cathedral is Hearst Hall, an historic building that has hosted both ceremonies and receptions alike. Our campus also features several outdoor venues, all of which offer breathtaking views of the Washington National Cathedral and its surrounding landscape.

Services Offered

NCS offers all-inclusive service for weddings, from catering to facility setup, and unparalleled commitment from the staff. On-site security and custodial services are available to help you prepare for the ceremony and reception, and assist with tear-down after the evening is over. We also offer our own in-house catering service, FLIK, for your consideration. Please feel free to reach out and schedule a time for you and your partner to stop by and tour all that we have to offer!

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?

3,500

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

3,500

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?

2,000

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

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Dessert
Server(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

10+

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Garden
Historic Building
Religious

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

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?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Signature Drink

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
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

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
July
August
September
October
November
December
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4.9 out of 5 rating
5 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
98% Recommended by couples
5 Reviews
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Grace C. Sent on 12/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible experience for my wedding ceremony!!

WOW! I would give 10 stars if I could. We had the most excellent experience working with the National Cathedral School to host our wedding ceremony in Grace Chapel.

First, working with Carly was a dream, especially for someone as detail-oriented as I am. She was one step ahead always, asking all the right questions and ensuring that we were aware and aligned to any updates. She even took extra care in putting up Christmas decorations for the chapel in consideration of our December wedding! I can't say enough positive things about working with her.

Second, our experience in the space was fantastic. We had a "green room" off to the side for the bridal party, which worked well. The chapel itself was beautiful, decorated so beautifully for Christmas, and just naturally very gorgeous with its wood pews and windows. Coming down the aisle there was everything I could have dreamed!

Truly it was such a perfectly planned and coordinated ceremony by Carly and the NCS team. I recommend anyone considering it to book their wedding or special event here!
K
Katy J. Sent on 01/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Hidden/Special/Affordable Venue in DC!

My husband and I were thrilled when we discovered Grace Chapel and Hearst Hall as a venue for both our ceremony and our reception. Both venues are absolutely beautiful--they're simple, yet traditional, and we needed very little decoration to make them look even more beautiful.

But the best part about the venue is working with the vendors--Danielle (Events Director) and Juliana (Catering Director)--are a dream to work with! We viewed several venues and Danielle and Juliana were the most helpful of them all. They were genuinely excited for our big event and were extremely patient as they answered all of our many questions. We would recommend working with them in a heartbeat!

Our guests loved attending a wedding right by the National Cathedral grounds and it made it so easy for them to have the ceremony and reception in one place. Your guests only have to walk across the street!

In addition, the food was amazing and the catering staff were even better! Our guests kept raving about both the food and how attentive and friendly the catering staff were.

In short, book your wedding/event at this special venue NOW!
L
Loreal Sent on 02/21/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Danielle goes above and beyond!

Danielle was a pleasure to work with! I'm a local planner and I'm used to having an assistant from my team for the big day. For the wedding at NCS, it was a little smaller so I worked it solo. Danielle was a God send and I couldn't have done it without her! She not only served as the venue contact, and assisted the catering team, but she also assisted me and picked up any slack. She went above and beyond, and I cannot thank her enough! NCS is such a quaint venue that all couples should check out, religious or not. It's perfect for a smaller affair and has views and nooks for pictures galore!
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Carly Redrow
Carly Redrow
Facilities & Events Coordinator

Carly Redrow has overseen events at National Cathedral School since 2018. She has experience accommodating a wide variety of special occassions including weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, and more. Outside of work, Ms. Redrow enjoys drafting her own fitness regimens, experimenting with Pinterest recipes, and snuggling with her snuggle-hating cats.

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National Cathedral School frequently asked questions

National Cathedral School includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up
  • Tables
National Cathedral School includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
The space offered by National Cathedral School for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Religious
National Cathedral School offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
National Cathedral School offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
National Cathedral School offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
National Cathedral School offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Tables
National Cathedral School is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in flexibility, 5 in professionalism, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in value.

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