Skip to main content
Weddings
This venue is popular with couples. Start a conversation

Pricing information

Price range: $5,000 - $10,000 Price range: $5,000 - $10,000
Couples usually spend $7,500 Couples usually spend $7,500
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,000 starting price
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,000 starting price

Do you want more pricing details?

Attributes highlighted by couples

Unique aesthetic style
Guests comfort
Amenities

About

On WeddingWire since 2017

United States National Arboretum is a wedding venue located in Washington, DC.

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 and no longer offer ceremony only options.

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

Messages sent successfully.

Bundle and save time!
Contact United States National Arboretum and their preferred vendors

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?

5,000

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

5,000

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?

$1,000

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

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Parking

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

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

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar

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

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

July
August
November
illustration question

Any other questions?

Message vendor

Reviews of United States National Arboretum

Your trust is our goal. Our community relies on honest reviews to help you make those big decisions with ease.
5.0 out of 5 rating
5.0 out of 5 rating
10 Reviews
100% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Review summary

Powered by AI

The National Arboretum is described as a truly astonishing and magical wedding venue with multiple sites for different events. The outdoor setting is praised for its natural beauty, including meadows, gardens, and a water pond. The event coordinator, Natalie, is highly regarded for her helpfulness, responsiveness, and problem-solving skills. Despite some challenges with misinformation and logistics, reviewers highly recommend the Arboretum for its affordability, easy planning process, and unique picture opportunities.

Review summary

Powered by AI
This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

The National Arboretum is described as a truly astonishing and magical wedding venue with multiple sites for different events. The outdoor setting is praised for its natural beauty, including meadows, gardens, and a water pond. The event coordinator, Natalie, is highly regarded for her helpfulness, responsiveness, and problem-solving skills. Despite some challenges with misinformation and logistics, reviewers highly recommend the Arboretum for its affordability, easy planning process, and unique picture opportunities.

Weddingwire
5.0/5 10 reviews
Google
4.7/5 5574 reviews
D
David K. Sent on 05/17/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Unbelievable!

Everyone should consider getting married here. Not only was it affordable, but the experience was so easy. Natalie was an amazing communicator and help to us with her suggestions of local venues and perspectives! Super host. She was responsive and flexible and very accommodating. The arboretum was a dream location to hold our wedding at and we’d recommend it to anyone and everyone! Built in florals and endless picture opportunities that are so unique to you! Also, the money goes to supporting research at the Arboretum. Our signature cocktail was made from honey harvested at the Arboretum. What’s not to love?
L
Laura Sent on 07/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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!
C
Chad S. Sent on 01/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We had the PERFECT wedding

We could not imagine having a more perfect day and a more perfect place. The Arboretum is a truly astonishing setting with multiple sites on the venue to hold your reception, ceremony and cocktail hour -- based on the size of your party. We had almost 200 guests so we held our ceremony in the 'meadow'... a field overlooking the Capital Columns. You reach the meadow by walking through the Knot Garden and adjacent herb garden. Our cocktail hour was then at the 'water pond', a deck outside the main building wrapped with a coy pond and water fountains. Our ceremony was held under a tent in the Northern Terrace, located just on the other side of the main building in a clearing.

Weather is definitely a factor but we lucked out and had one of the most gorgeous days an October has ever seen, and given the season we had nice bright pops of yellow and red as the tree colors had begun changing. Everything looked incredible and we (and our guests) were just in awe of the natural beauty around us.

The downsides with the Arboretum is the tent requirement, including generator, some lighting, etc.. but the tent was absolutely stunning with lights underneath. We did rent heaters but didn't need them since it was such a beautiful day.

Natalie is the event coordinator who worked with us the entire time, helping to recommend vendors and make other great suggestions along the way. She was super fun and easy to communicate with, incredibly responsive, and was there to make the magic happen on our wedding night. She saved the groom's shirt from a permanent stain with a timely tide pen during the reception as well!

10/10 want to get married again so we can do it all over at the Arboretum.
illustration message bubble

Are you interested?

Message vendor

Awards

10

Preferred Vendors

RSVP Catering
4.7 out of 5 rating , 132 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers
Purple Onion Catering Company
4.8 out of 5 rating , 259 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers
RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
4.6 out of 5 rating , 36 Reviews
· Wedding Limos
Spilled Milk Catering
4.8 out of 5 rating , 257 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers
Occasions Caterers
4.9 out of 5 rating , 78 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers
Pike Productions
4.9 out of 5 rating , 66 Reviews
· Wedding DJs

Map

illustration visit

Would you like to visit?

Request a visit

United States National Arboretum frequently asked questions

United States National Arboretum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
United States National Arboretum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at United States National Arboretum includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
The space offered by United States National Arboretum for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Park
United States National Arboretum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
United States National Arboretum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
United States National Arboretum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Tents
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.

Other vendors in Washington DC for your wedding

Wedding Venues

Responds within 24 hours