The Mead Center for American Theater is a waterfront wedding venue located in Washington, D.C. Perfect for the unconventional couple, this venue is a theatrical setting that your guests will never forget. Available for both ceremonies and receptions, you’ll be able to say “I do” in the intimate Kogod Cradle before moving to a stunning reception in the Grand Lobby with a waterfront view. The dramatic scene is one that your friends and family are bound to love.
Facilities and Capacity
With a maximum capacity of 250 guests, The Mead Center for American Theater is the perfect setting for weddings big and small. The venue’s four event spaces will give you a variety of settings to choose from. For a dramatic setting, there’s no space better than the Kogod Cradle. Standing on the built-in stage with your guests seated in theatre-style seating, you will be the stars of the show. For a more traditional-style setup, host your guests in the Molly Smith Study, complete with natural light beaming in from its large windows. Dance the night away in the Grand Lobby with its elevated ceilings and large windows. No matter which space you choose, The Mead Center for American Theater is the perfect space for an unforgettable celebration!
Because this venue is accustomed to hosting performances, their space has everything you’ll need for an upscale event. The built-in lighting and sound will make setup easy, while their team of professional planners will make the planning process smooth and free of stress. Services include:
The Mead Center for American Theater is located in the heart of Washington D.C. Nestled in the center of the Southwest Waterfront, this premier venue is just steps from local D.C. restaurants and attractions. Your guests will have access to all of the rich history and urban views D.C. has to offer when you book with The Mead Center for American Theater.
Recommended by 95% of couples
User3695323 · 2+ years ago
After many, many of years attending theater at the Arena, both before and after the renovation, it was lovely to have my wedding there! It's a great contemporary space and their event staff is really on top of things. When we did the final walk through in the week of the wedding and as they were planning table layouts and so forth, they had great suggestions and worked seamlessly with my caters (RSVP) and wedding coordinator (theweddingcloser.com) so that it all came together perfectly. We had cocktails on the terrace and then reception in the Molly Smith study and it was just perfect for my small, 50 person, wedding but would have worked really well for a larger crowd, too. They were having performances in at least one theater that evening and it had no impact on my event - never even noticed. They were great to work with on some idiosyncratic extra requests we had - we rented two large wine fridges for the event and they were really helpful about letting us drop them off the day before and stock them. All in all, a fantastic choice.
Katherine · Married on 10/20/2018
Amazing experience, stunning location
Where do I even begin? Arena Stage is a stunning venue, with soaring ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. It is in a prime location, very close to the Wharf DC which made lodging for our guests (and the after party) so easy and gave people visiting a great place to stay. As incredible as the venue is, what really made it amazing was our experience working with the special events staff. Chrystal is absolutely awesome and from the moment she gave us a tour, was so positive and warm. The staff was super responsive and went out of their way to make everything perfect for us. We could not have been happier with our experience!!
Jeremy · Married on 09/16/2017
We loved our wedding at the Mead Center! We rented the Molly Smith Study for the ceremony and reception and had the cocktail hour up on the outdoor terrace.
The Molly Smith Study looked great for the ceremony and fit our group of 100 people well. It also was amazing at night with the large glass windows for the reception.
Betsy O'Keefe was our POC at the Mead Center and was super responsive and helpful with all of our questions. Would highly recommend to others.
I highly recommend this space. You could host a performance, stage play, reception, product launch, networking event, gala and more at this beautiful venue. The possibilities are endless.