River Farm is a historic mansion wedding venue located in Alexandria, Virginia. This stunning 25-acre property is home to a plethora of flowering gardens, sprawling woodlands, well-maintained lawns, and a regal manor house. Dating back to the 1600s, this property was once owned by George Washington, and now serves as the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Couples can watch their dream wedding bloom into life among the serene surroundings of this idyllic venue.
Facilities and Capacity
River Farm provides ample indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding parties of up to 240 guests. Couples can enjoy a woodland wedding sheltered by shading trees and natural foliage, or bask in the bright sunshine on the luscious green lawns. The meticulously manicured gardens provide a picturesque platform for an intimate ceremony. A waterside event is also possible, giving couples and their guests the opportunity to enjoy scenic views of the Potomac River. The spacious slate patio offers an ideal location for an outdoor cocktail hour or wedding reception. It provides views of both the river and the natural surroundings, with space for up to 240 seated guests. This area is covered from April to November, allowing your party to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather. For larger groups wishing to utilize this space, a dedicated wedding tent is available which features glittering chandeliers, bistro lighting, and elegant liners. Individually controlled fans and adjustable window siding allow couples to set the perfect temperature and ambience for their event. For more intimate indoor gatherings, the elegant ballroom, located within the historic manor home, is perfect for a seated reception of up to 50 guests. The Parlor provides a charming location for after-dinner relaxation or a quiet moment alone for the couple of honor.
The hospitable team at River Farm is happy to welcome outside vendors of your choice to serve your special day. Your catering team can enjoy the use of the fully equipped country kitchen on site, as well as both indoor and outdoor prep areas. A get-ready suite is available, allowing convenient day-of preparations, offering comfort and style for the entire wedding party. Parking for up to 100 guests is easily accessible, and the venue is happy to welcome your furry friends to help complete your special day.
This scenic venue gives wedding parties the sense of being transported back in time, while still being conveniently close to many wonderful locations. Guests can enjoy visiting Old Town Alexandria a short distance away, with Washington DC accessible within a half-hour drive. This location is also ideal for out-of-town guests, being conveniently located a twenty-minute drive from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Meredith · Married on 10/26/2018
The Perfect Wedding Setting
River Farm was the very first place we looked at for our October wedding. It is truly a gem! And even more wonderful is Janet who serves as the lead for all weddings and events. Janet is hilarious, warm and genuinely wants to help couples on their special day. The grounds are beautiful and make for a wonderful backdrop for your vows. The new and improved tent is incredibly lovely and can be heated or cooled in case of inclement weather. It rained on our wedding day, but we were dry and warm inside that beautiful tent, which by the way, has 2 incredible chandeliers. Our guests are still raving about River Farm!!!!Sent on 11/02/2018
Elizabeth · Married on 10/05/2018
If you are looking for a gorgeous venue who knows what they are talking about when it comes to hosting events, look no further! They made everything effortless when we were setting up for our wedding. Janet is so knowledgeable and helpful. The location is to die for. We heard all night how much everyone loved our venue and how gorgeous it was! Dancing must be in the ballroom because River Farm is in a neighborhood and there are noise ordinances. I was a bit worried having it slightly separate from the dining area just outside, but I had guests say how much they loved this, because if they wanted to talk, they could go outside and they didn’t have to yell at eachother over music. Highly recommend!Sent on 10/08/2018
Jennifer · Married on 09/02/2017
My now husband and I fell in love the second we visited River Farm. It has everything you could ask for- multiple ceremony options (including an inside option if it rains, which we needed!), views of the river, a spacious reception tent with lighting (INCLUDED!), lush garden spaces, and of course the beautiful historic home itself. Even on our very rainy wedding day, the property looked stunning and provided a lot of options for great photos. Janet helped us throughout the planning process, and was exceedingly professional and warm. She was happy to answer any questions that arose and worked well with our caterer to make a seamless transition to our "plan B" when it became apparent our outside ceremony wouldn't be feasible. This spot truly is a hidden gem, and its price is extraordinarily reasonable for the amount of time you get at the venue (including the option to drop of items the evening before), the incredible support Janet provides, and the sheer beauty of the venue itself.Sent on 09/11/2017
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River Farm is a very beautiful venue.
River Farm is an amazing place to shoot, and the staff is super helpful! A lovely venue, we always look forward tow working there!
River Farm is a stunning location for weddings - any time of the year. I've photographed weddings here from January through November and every one is gorgeous! Truly a top venue in the Washington DC area with a little bit of everything from history, to gardens, to meadows, to the estate house. Home of the American Horticultural Society, the grounds are always beautifully maintained with lots of colorful flowers. Before becoming a full time wedding photographer 10 years ago, River Farm was already on my list of hidden gems in the DC area. In addition, it's conveniently located just south of Old Town Alexandria on the Potomac River so any couples who don't get ready at River Farm can use a hotel in Old Town. I'm always thrilled to photograph a wedding a River Farm!