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Riggs Washington DC is a historic wedding venue located in Washington DC. Constructed in 1891, this elegant hotel space was originally home to the Washington Loan & Trust Company. In 1954 it became Riggs National Bank, known as the “Bank of Presidents”. Now, it serves as a stunning hotel and special event venue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is positioned perfectly in Penn Quarter and within walking distance to the National Mall, Art Galleries, and other landmarks to provide additional things to do while your guests are in town.

Facilities and Capacity

Riggs Washington DC offers several beautiful event spaces to host an array of wedding occasions such as pre-wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. The semi-private and private spaces within Cafe Riggs provide the perfect spot to gather 20 of your nearest and dearest together to host a sophisticated dining experience. Alternatively, these rooms can be rented separately for smaller parties, such as intimate elopements. The Riggs Suite offers a luxurious space to host a cozy engagement party or cocktail reception of up to 25 attendees. Here, plush furnishings and marble accents create a refined aesthetic. Glittering crystal chandeliers hang overhead, while large windows allow natural light to penetrate this space. The crown jewel of this establishment is its rooftop area. Rooftop at Riggs offers 2,500 square feet of event space that can comfortably accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated dinner, and 230 for a standing cocktail reception. This expansive terrace provides breathtaking city views for outdoor occasions. Inside, an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding wall partitions that allow events to seamlessly blend the beautiful views with interior comforts. A private elevator and welcome foyer to this space are available for your guests.


Transform your special day into a wonderful wedding weekend by inviting guests to stay in one of the 181 delightful guest rooms on-site. Each room and suite boasts state-of-the-art fixtures and furniture to facilitate a stress-free stay. Guests can enjoy dining in Cafe Riggs or sampling crafted cocktails and tapas on the brand new Rooftop Terrace. An on-site gym is also available for those wishing to keep in shape, and custom Riggs bikes to tour around the District.

Services Offered

Riggs Washington DC provides an array of services to enhance events held here. Their in-house culinary team can craft a delightful wedding menu to suit your style. A selection of bar services and beverage packages can also be provided. Outside vendors are welcome to serve special days held here and pets are also welcome to attend wedding celebrations on-site. The professional staff at this establishment would be glad to assist with the setup and cleanup of your occasion, giving you less to worry about.

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Sarah Sent on 11/24/2021
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Gorgeous Hotel at the Perfect Location

Riggs was the perfect choice for our venue. It's gorgeous, it's in the center of the action, and it was easy for our guests to get to. Everyone at Riggs went out of their way to make our day easy, special, and stress-free, from giving us a private cocktail tasting to putting extra chairs in the bridal suite for hair/makeup, to guiding our guests from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. They were flexible with the menu and the rooms (they gave us the Silver Lyan for cocktail hour to make flipping the rooftop easy), and all the guests talked about their wonderful rooms and how kind the staff were. I think we were the first ones to have a biggish wedding here, (80 people) and the whole process went seamlessly. Wouldn't have changed a thing.
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