Weddings

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

Alexandria, VA View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
   18 reviews
Up to 300 guests

About

Up to 300 guests

Woodlawn Estate & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House is a historical wedding and events venue comprised of two iconic houses located on over 120 acres, in Alexandria, Virginia. These homes both feature a rich and complex history and sit on beautiful, protected and private grounds only about 45 minutes from Washington D.C. The site is distinguished as an example of the best American architecture and its landscape has a varied number of ceremony areas, a brick-walk lined fountain garden for cocktails and a fully-outfitted large event tent that includes chandeliers, dimmer lighting, shirred ceiling fabric, and a permanent oyster & brick floor. There is plenty of room for your perfect, high-end, wedding with lots of free and accessible parking.

Woodlawn Mansion was built in the Federal/Georgian style, on land once part of George Washington's farm, and was itself the wedding gift from Washington and Martha to her granddaughter and his nephew. Once a seat of Virginia gentry, Woodlawn became a transformative place in the mid-1800's, changing from a typical plantation to a successful farming venture owned by Quakers and worked then by freedmen and immigrants, all before the Civil War. It was a place of daring and progressive social change. The Mansion became a source of great energy- a true beacon of change in its community- and this is still evident at our active site! Everyone is welcome at Woodlawn to this day. During the cocktail hour, wedding guests can choose to go inside and learn about the Mansion's rich history and enjoy a weddings-through-the-years narrative. The house provides a perfect backdrop for photographs of your special day, and rooms reserved for the wedding party are inside the house as well.

The Pope-Leighey House, an intimate venue for smaller weddings, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940. While it was built to provide the middle-class with affordable housing, this intimate mid-century gem is now a sought-after Wright house museum open to the public. It provides a striking setting for smaller tented ceremonies and receptions, particularly for those mid-century design fans.

Both homes feature contrasting architectural and historical styles, and they provide a unique venue for you to exchange your vows and begin your new life as a married couple.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can easily invite up to 250 guests to join them for their wedding, more if additional tenting is provided- there is plenty of land for additional amenities. The Woodlawn spaces offer both indoor tented and uncovered outdoor options that you can choose from. These areas include a garden, fountain garden and scenic views that provide a tree-filled setting for you and your guests.

Services Offered
The Woodlawn Estate & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House staff, in collaboration with their exclusive and the choice of two top quality DC-area caterers, Design Cuisine and Main Event Caterers, who can help plan and host your ceremony and reception. Interior Mansion rooms offer space for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and other intimate events.

Other services include:

  • A variety of tent and decor packages
  • Full-service catering by Design Cuisine or Main Event Caterers
  • Bridal suite and additional room for Groomsmen
  • Wedding-themed cocktail hour tours inside the Mansion during your cocktail hour.
  • Large, fully-outfitted, high-end, tented event space
  • In-house bar
  • Ceremony set up and clean up

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?

$6000

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

$5500

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?

$1500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

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

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

18 Reviews

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Recommended by 97% of couples
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  • Katie
    Katie Married on 10/18/2019
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    Historical, romantic venue with the BEST staff

    There are a few major decisions which have to be made when planning a wedding, but ultimately the venue is the biggest. We assumed we would be visiting venues for weeks trying to narrow it down, but luckily we visited Woodlawn first and immediately fell in love. After checking out 2 or 3 more venues to see what’s available it was very clear that Woodlawn was for us. The historic property carries so much American history, as it was part of George Washington’s estate. The colonial mansion made for a unique and beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. The grounds are kept in pristine condition and offer plenty of space for people to have some time away to explore. They even offer tours of the home after the ceremony for guests interested in learning about the home. We had many guests take the tour and loved every minute of it. The cocktail hour area was a top highlight of the evening; with its bistro lights above and fountain in the middle. The reception area offered plenty of space for our 125 guests to dance the night away. The entire team at Woodlawn was fantastic! We worked with Kathleen who was always responsive during the planning phase and very active the day of to ensure everything went smoothly. We could not be happier with Woodlawn’s exclusive caterer, Design Cuisine. Woodlawn and Design Cuisine work so well together to make everything perfect. There was literally nothing for me to worry about the day of. Woodlawn is a special place which will provide an unforgettable event for everyone there.

    Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House's reply:

    Thanks for your review of our property. We enjoyed hosting your celebration and welcome you back at any time.
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    Eileen Married on 07/13/2019
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    Beautiful venue!

    We knew from the moment we saw Woodlawn it was where we wanted to get married! My husband and I loved the historic charm and romantic atmosphere. We visited a couple of other venues after we toured Woodlawn, but kept coming back to it as our top choice. The venue has so many options for outdoor ceremonies, a beautiful tent for the reception, and a quaint outdoor garden space for cocktail hour. Kathleen was our main point of contact through the whole planning process and was so responsive and helpful with any of our questions. On our wedding day, the Woodlawn staff went above and beyond to engage our guests and even offered them tours of the house during our cocktail area. Woodlawn works seamlessly with their exclusive caterer, Design Cuisine, to create a beautiful wedding day. We'd definitely recommend Woodlawn to anyone who is looking for a wedding venue!

    Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House's reply:

    Thank you for the lovely review! We loved hosting you and your guests. Come and visit later in the season and stay well
  • Beth
    Beth Married on 11/03/2018
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    Beautiful Wedding Location

    The Woodlawn was the perfect location for our fall wedding. We had an outdoor ceremony with the beautiful Woodlawn Plantation house as the backdrop, it was truly spectucular as the sun began to set and we said our vows. Our cocktail hour was held in the fountain garden and was just so picturesque with the cafe lighting and guests enjoying their cocktails. The reception tent is truly a beautiful space, it is elegant, classy and versatile for any wedding theme.

    The staff at Woodlawn were wonderful throughout and on the wedding day even offer tours of the house!

    I wish we could have our wedding day over and over again, i couldnt have wanted anything more than what we got having our wedding at Woodlawn.

Awards

  • 18
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

Real Weddings

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Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Beaumont House Design Beaumont House Design Wedding Florists

A wonderful venue. Beautiful house and grounds and great location.

Lieb Photographic LLC Lieb Photographic LLC Wedding Photographers

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful spot! Being a former art history and photography teacher, I am in love with the thought of any wedding in such an historical spot with incredible architecture! Woodlawn is lovely and a must visit for your wedding venue!

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Map

9000 Richmond Highway Alexandria, VA, 22309
703-480-4000

10-5 PM
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Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
  • Museum

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House for wedding events?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offer?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offer for wedding events?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House have available for wedding events?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Lighting
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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