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.
54 Reviews for River Farm - American Horticultural Society
Recommended by 93% of couples
5 User photos
Mother of the bride · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Perfect Wedding Venue
River Farm is a beautiful property once owned by George Washington and currently owned and operated by the American Horticultural Society. It overlooks the Potomac River and is the perfect wedding venue for a couple who loves gardens and historic mansions. This wedding happened in the middle of the COVID global pandemic. Leslie, who was in charge of rentals, was extremely helpful when we had to deal with these unexpected challenges The grounds were absolutely beautiful for a fall wedding. We were blessed with glorious weather and were able to have the ceremony in the garden under the pergola. The outdoor tent area was elegant, required no extra decoration other than flowers for the tables and was perfect for the reception. Both settings, being outdoors, allowed for increased “social distancing” and safety without losing a sense of togetherness and celebration. The house is stately and has a small but nice area on the second floor for the bride and a nice parlor area on the first floor usually used by the groom. Given the small size of the wedding due to safety concerns with COVID, we just had couple’s dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances in the ballroom which is small but very elegant. We had a videographer do a livestream of the wedding for guests who couldn’t come to the wedding. Everyone, including the “virtual” guests loved the venue and gave rave reviews. It was truly a wonderful place to have a wedding!Sent on 10/27/2020
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
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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!