Weddings

United States National Arboretum

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Rating 5.0 out of 5
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Up to 300 guests

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Up to 300 guests

While the National Arboretum attracts visitors near and far to experience its 446 acres worth of sprawling gardens and world-renowned monuments, it also serves as the largest outdoor private event and wedding location in Washington.

A wedding at this living museum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth sharing with the most important people in your life. If you’re looking for a place that combines both natural and historic beauty, then the National Arboretum is the perfect wedding location for you.

The U.S. National Arboretum, located in Northeast D.C. at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue, is a U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility.

Have your ceremony in the shadows of the historic columns, enjoy cocktails in the sprawling Herb Garden and of course, dance the night away in your own private meadow under the stars!!

We do not have indoor space. We do offer ceremony only, micro-weddings, and full wedding packages.

All weddings must start after 5pm and end by 11pm.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7000.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1000.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1000.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Parking
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$9.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

12

Describe your venue:

Garden
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Preferred Vendors Only

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
November
December
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    Laura Getting married on 06/05/2023
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    Wonderful experience working with Natalie of McNeese Thomas Group

    Selecting my venue and working with Natalie was the first -- and most important -- decision I’ve made in wedding planning thus far! My fiance and I were so excited to learn that the National Arboretum was available for weddings and reached out to Natalie in December 2019, toured the venue in January 2020, and were ready to commit on the spot. Planning a May 2021 wedding amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic has felt stressful, but having Natalie in our corner has helped us keep moving forward. She has been responsive from the moment we met, answering all of our questions (big and small) with kindness and timeliness, and has provided us with so many vendor connections along the way. The conversations I’ve had with vendors thus far indicate that Natalie is held in high regard by her industry colleagues -- “I love working with Natalie” is something I’ve heard multiple times now! And it’s true. It’s been a pleasure to work with her and I highly, highly, highly recommend reaching out to her!

    United States National Arboretum's reply:

    Laura, thank you for this wonderful review! We so appreciate it and can't wait for your wedding. You are in excellent hands with your vendors and your patience during this pandemic is inspiring!
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    Olivia Married on 05/23/2021
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    Perfect Venue!

    Choosing the National Arboretum for our ceremony venue was the best wedding decision my husband and I made! If you love the outdoors and nature, look no further. We had our ceremony and a champagne toast in the Herb Garden and it was perfect for our micro wedding. The arboretum is a magical place, and Natalie and her team made our wedding day go so smoothly. We’re so thankful!

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2400 R St NE Washington, DC, 20002
202-932-0947
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United States National Arboretum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at United States National Arboretum?

United States National Arboretum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up

At United States National Arboretum, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

United States National Arboretum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At United States National Arboretum, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at United States National Arboretum includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar

What are the most important characteristics of United States National Arboretum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by United States National Arboretum for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Park

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at United States National Arboretum for wedding events?

United States National Arboretum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does United States National Arboretum offer?

United States National Arboretum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does United States National Arboretum offer for wedding events?

United States National Arboretum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Preferred Vendors Only

What furniture and decorations does United States National Arboretum have available for wedding events?

United States National Arboretum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend United States National Arboretum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

United States National Arboretum is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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