President Lincoln's Cottage, the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation", offers an unparalleled setting for unique weddings. The site is comprised of two historical structures, President Lincoln's Cottage, an 1842 Gothic Revival mansion, and the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, a 1905 Beaux Arts style museum building, along with the inspiring surrounding landscape of the historic Soldiers' Home. The site offers a wide variety of options for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Ample parking is available on the grounds and both buildings are fully accessible.
"We are truly delighted, with this retreat, the drives & walks around here are delightful, & each day, brings its visitors."
July 26, 1862
Recommended by 100% of couples
Marie · Married on 05/20/2017
In short, if you find yourself connected to this venue right away, trust your instinct. It was one of the best decisions my husband and I made for our wedding day.
The incredibly stunning historic summer home of Lincoln can speak for itself; located in a quiet corner of DC with ample free parking and gorgeous architecture and gardens. This helped my husband and I save on wedding decorations. We were married under the gorgeous magnolia tree - all we needed was a table to hold our ceremony items. Cocktails were enjoyed inside and around the property while catering flipped the ceremony space into the reception space. The many fireplaces offered us space to put our personal photographs and a few flower arrangements, giving it an elegant but home-like feel. Dinner was al-fresco, however, the rain plan would have moved us upstairs in the cottage. Staff was incredibly accommodating, kind, and courteous to guests.
Perhaps the best part of this venue, however, is Sahand Miraminy. On the day of our venue walkthrough, Sahand reminded me that we had been talking for two years about this wedding - and I'll be honest and say that those two years flew by, but Sahand was with me and my husband every single step of the way. Early in the process of planning, I found myself in a terrible mix-up and was concerned how to move forward. Sahand not only took it upon himself to resolve the situation, he made me feel confident that while mistakes happen, everything would eventually work out. Every moment forward, I would check in with him and bounce off ideas with him. Each e-mail, phone call, and face-to-face interaction made me feel as though our wedding was the only one that truly mattered. His honest and raw personality fit so well into our dynamic as a couple, that Sahand has become a friend. Sahand's love for this cottage and its mission makes getting married here not only feel like a dream, but also an honor.
Stephanie · Married on 09/15/2018
Unique venue with great service
President Lincoln's Cottage is an incredibly beautiful and unique venue for a wedding! We held our cocktail hour in the Cottage and on the surrounding lawns, where guests got to explore and learn some history, enjoy cocktails and appetizers, listen to live music, and play lawn games. We held our reception in a tent on the lawn, which had a relaxed, inviting feel. The venue is very photogenic, and the statue of Abe Lincoln made for a cute "photo booth" backdrop. Although it's a historical site the regulations are not overly restrictive at all, and we were still allowed to do a sparkler send-off. Sahand was awesome to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of; he is very friendly, responsive and eager to help. Our guests raved about the venue, and we would definitely recommend President Lincoln's Cottage!
Ashley · Married on 09/08/2018
My fiance and I held our reception at President Lincoln's Cottage about 10 days ago, and can't begin to say enough wonderful things about the venue and about our POC, event coordinator Sahand.
The venue itself is just stunning. It was honestly the first and last place that we looked at for our wedding, full-stop. Our guests loved the historic aspect of it while still enjoying all of the modern amenities (air conditioning and bathrooms) of an outdoor/garden wedding. We were able to hold cocktail hour inside the cottage and then put a wonderful clear-top tent up that could accommodate out 130 guests (though they are one of the few venues in DC that can hold up to 200).
On the wonderful, amazing, ever accommodating Sahand, we really lucked out. Since over a year ago when we asked if we could tour the venue, right up until our wedding day, he was amazing and we honestly couldn't have felt any better taken care of (important when you have so many other things going on leading up to and the day of your wedding!). My finace and I don't miss a lot about the wedding planning process, but the main one is that we don't get to talk to Sahand anymore!
All around A++ experience, wonderful time, and great memories. We couldn't recommend this venue more.
This venue is spectacular and is conveniently located on beautiful plot of land right in the District of Columbia. Their staff is top notch and our DJ Tamara greatly enjoyed working with their events coordinator Sahand who was on his A-game throughout the event.
A hidden gem from DCs historic past. A beautiful venue! We enjoy working with them.
I have worked several events here and I must say the staff is incredible! Friendly, helpful, and passionate about making their guests feel special. This is a beautiful venue with some of the deepest rooted history in the country! It has been an honor to be a part of the very special events they hold. If you are looking for one of a kind venue, and a wonderful staff, pay a visit to Lincoln's Cottage