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Allison · Married on 10/12/2019
Fairytale Wedding at PLC!
My husband and I are quickly approaching our first wedding anniversary and our baby’s due date! It’s an exciting time to reflect on the past year. We were lucky enough to get married in Oct of 2019, months before the COVID 19 pandemic. We had 192 guests from all over the US. It was the highlight of my life. We worked with the cottage staff starting about 7 months before the wedding and took their recommendations for various vendors. During the planning process they made themselves available for many meetings, phone calls and endless emails from the bride-to-be. We chose PLC for a variety of reasons: most notably the location, being in the city was something we wanted, yet we also wanted to be outside and dance under the stars... with the expansive estate there was ample parking for guests, room for a picturesque ceremony on the lawn, space for lawn games, cocktails in the cottage, and a reception under the stars (highly recommend getting a clear tent). Everyone continues to reminisce over our Big Day and they always mention the unique and elegant venue.Sent on 09/01/2020
Olivia Wood · Married on 09/28/2019
Beautiful Venue & Wonderful Staff!
Lincoln's Cottage is DC's best kept secret. As soon as you set foot on the property, you forget that you are in the middle of the city. It is beautiful, charming, and peaceful. We knew that it would be the perfect place for our wedding as soon as we visited. The staff at Lincoln's Cottage was wonderful to work with and made sure that our wedding day went smoothly. We couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else.Sent on 09/10/2020
John Dey · Married on 09/01/2019
Privilege to be married at such a special venue
As soon as my now-husband and I visited President Lincoln's Cottage, we knew we had found the venue for our wedding. The historic nature of this hidden gem is unmatched. That history, and the Cottage's programming today connecting it to modern struggles for freedom and equality--made it a perfect fit as a place to celebrate our interracial, same-sex, interfaith marriage. (And as a native Illinoisan, I was doubly excited to have Mr. Lincoln share in our big day!) The grounds are beautiful and our guests--even most of those who were local--enjoyed the chance to experience a lesser known site in DC and learn some history as well. Having docents walk guests through the Cottage's history during the cocktail hour is unquestionably worth it!Sent on 09/15/2019
When we first reached out to the Cottage, we were working with Sahand, who, as all of the reviews to date have attested, was a true delight. We would be remiss, though, if we did not acknowledge the incredible job done by his successor, Shayla, who took over just a few months before our wedding day. The transition between the two was virtually seamless, and Shayla worked well with our coordinator and vendors to ensure a successful event. We were fortunate that, despite an uncertain forecast, our outdoor ceremony and al fresco dinner ended up happening as planned, but we don't doubt that the indoor rain plan would have been equally lovely. The folks at President Lincoln's Cottage are true professionals and were wonderful to work with. We are overjoyed and feel so incredibly fortunate to have had the honor of celebrating the biggest day of our lives in such a special setting.
Cori · Married on 04/13/2019
Magical, Cottage and Sahand!!!
I fell in love with President Lincoln's Cottage the minute it popped up into my google search. It had everything we were looking for and more that we didn't know we needed. From the time of our first visit to the cottage up until our wedding this past week, we were welcomed with open arms. This is one of the most magical, cute, charming and overall historic places I've gotten to encounter. I was a history major and my parents are both retired military; so the venue itself felt like fate.Sent on 04/18/2019
Sahand (the venue coordinator here) is the best person in the world to work with. He is attentive and cares about your wedding and ensuring your vision and the cottage work together. His excitement about our Harry Potter themed wedding got us so amped up.
If you are considering this place as your wedding venue, you will not find better people to work with. Don't hesitate or think too hard, go with your initial instinct and you won't be steered in the wrong direction. Thank you Sahand and the President Lincoln's Cottage Family. You guys are absolutely the best.
Brittany · Married on 03/09/2019
Home Sweet Home
The Cottage is historic and is an amazing location. My wife and I have a great relationship with the Cottage. The venue is unique and holds a special place in our hearts. I highly recommend you put The Cottage on your list for any event.Sent on 04/26/2019
Amelia · Married on 12/01/2018
History, Charm, and Sahand
I find this really difficult to write, not because this venue was terrible in any way, but because I feel that I can't convey how truly remarkable working with the Cottage was to myself and my husband.
Honestly, as soon as we met Sahand (the event coordinator for the Cottage), it didn't matter what the venue looked like. Sahand has an amazing, infectious energy. We felt that immediately and knew that we needed to work with him. (The Cottage was amazing, too.) Between Sahand and the Cottage itself, anyone could feel the warmth and positive energy all around.
What the other reviews state about this venue and its employees are all true. It was the perfect setting for our winter wedding. Sahand was with me every step of the way. If I could do it all again, I would do it the exact same way. It was incredible, moving, beautiful, charming, EVERYTHING because of the Cottage and because of Sahand's attention to detail. We are grateful.Sent on 12/19/2018
Nicole D · Married on 09/29/2018
It's all they say, and more!
As we walked away from our tour of PLC (the first venue we visited), we turned to each other and said: "This is it, right?" It seemed silly to only visit only one site, so we kept our other appointments that afternoon, but they only confirmed the impulse. We feel so lucky and grateful to have had such a great venue for our wedding and reception.
We had a beautiful late September day, and I will never forget how magical it felt. We were going for a fairly casual, garden party vibe, and the space was perfect for that. It really needs very little adornment. Further, I honestly looked forward to every time I spoke or emailed with Sahand. He's a gem-- enthusiastic, generous, HILARIOUS, and great at what he does. At the end of the night, I made sure to pull him on to the dance floor, because we really did feel like friends.
To be honest, before we started, I kind of dreaded wedding planning. But with the help of Sahand and PLC, I was totally confident that things would be wonderful. A bonus: even many of our DC guests had never visited here before. It was really special to get to introduce so many people to this beautiful, tranquil space right in our city. We recommend it to others without hesitation!Sent on 01/13/2019
Stephanie · Married on 09/15/2018
Unique venue with great service
President Lincoln's Cottage is an incredibly beautiful and unique venue for a wedding! We held our cocktail hour in the Cottage and on the surrounding lawns, where guests got to explore and learn some history, enjoy cocktails and appetizers, listen to live music, and play lawn games. We held our reception in a tent on the lawn, which had a relaxed, inviting feel. The venue is very photogenic, and the statue of Abe Lincoln made for a cute "photo booth" backdrop. Although it's a historical site the regulations are not overly restrictive at all, and we were still allowed to do a sparkler send-off. Sahand was awesome to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of; he is very friendly, responsive and eager to help. Our guests raved about the venue, and we would definitely recommend President Lincoln's Cottage!Sent on 10/19/2018
Ashley · Married on 09/08/2018
My fiance and I held our reception at President Lincoln's Cottage about 10 days ago, and can't begin to say enough wonderful things about the venue and about our POC, event coordinator Sahand.Sent on 09/18/2018
The venue itself is just stunning. It was honestly the first and last place that we looked at for our wedding, full-stop. Our guests loved the historic aspect of it while still enjoying all of the modern amenities (air conditioning and bathrooms) of an outdoor/garden wedding. We were able to hold cocktail hour inside the cottage and then put a wonderful clear-top tent up that could accommodate out 130 guests (though they are one of the few venues in DC that can hold up to 200).
On the wonderful, amazing, ever accommodating Sahand, we really lucked out. Since over a year ago when we asked if we could tour the venue, right up until our wedding day, he was amazing and we honestly couldn't have felt any better taken care of (important when you have so many other things going on leading up to and the day of your wedding!). My finace and I don't miss a lot about the wedding planning process, but the main one is that we don't get to talk to Sahand anymore!
All around A++ experience, wonderful time, and great memories. We couldn't recommend this venue more.
Eduardo · Married on 09/01/2018
We loved our wedding venue. We didn’t want to get married in a faceless generic hotel ballroom and looked for a site with character and charm.Sent on 10/01/2018
President’s Lincoln Cottage was perfect. The ceremony took place at the lawn adjacent to the house, the cocktail hour in the veranda and the dinner was held inside. It was intimate and classy. The events coordinator was outstanding.
Zoe · Married on 05/26/2018
President Lincoln's Cottage is an incredible venue with a rich history and we just feel so lucky that we were able to get married there.Sent on 05/29/2018
First, the space: The house itself is beautiful and both the front and back yards are absolutely gorgeous. We had the ceremony in the back yard under the striking magnolia tree, the cocktail hour in the house, and the reception under a tent in the front yard. The tent went over the statue of Lincoln, which was very cool and got a lot of praise from our guests. It also feels so special to be in the presence of so much amazing history and on the grounds of the old soldier's home. If you're a history/social justice/civil rights nerd, this is the absolute perfect venue. I was in heaven.
Second, the people. Sahand, who is in charge of events for the Cottage, is absolutely incredible. He helped me plan this wedding for two years, including a gazillion details, logistics, and emails. He was prompt, pleasant and helpful every single time. He didn't miss a beat. On the day of the wedding, he was amazing. He went above and beyond to take care of us and our guests. He was somehow both unobtrusive and incredibly attentive! I don't know how Sahand does it but we are so grateful for everything he did to make our wedding wonderful.
Kaitlin · Married on 05/13/2018
We could not be happier with choosing to have our wedding at President Lincoln's Cottage!
This incredible venue is a hidden gem in DC sure to entertain both locals and out-of-towners. We were looking for an outdoor wedding venue in DC, and this was the first one we visited. We were blown away by Sahand's professionalism and down-to-earth personality as well as the beautiful venue. After we visited PLC, every other venue paled in comparison!
Throughout the wedding planning process, Sahand was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. I love that PLC offered a preferred vendor list - we ended up hiring all but one of our vendors through that list. Their preferred vendors have worked a ton of weddings at PLC and know the ropes like the back of their hand.
Another reason we were interested in PLC was their rain plan. Most venues we visited didn't have a rain plan or you'd have to pay an extreme amount, but Sahand graciously offered the 2nd floor of the cottage as a rain plan in our package. It did end up raining on our wedding day, but we were able to still hold the ceremony outdoors and moved dinner inside. Having an intimate dinner with your friends and family in Lincoln's master bedroom where he wrote the 1st draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is not a bad rain plan :)
Our bid day was the most beautiful and special day I could ever have imagined and that is mainly due to Sahand and the staff at PLC.Sent on 08/04/2018
Phil · Married on 04/27/2018
Full disclaimer: we didn’t end up choosing the Lincoln Cottage as our wedding venue (primarily because our party ended up being very large), but wanted to still leave a review based on our impressions of the premises and of Sahand, the event coordinator, who, by the way, is a complete boss.Sent on 05/14/2017
This is a wonderful venue. The grounds are beautiful and well-kept, and the cottage beams with historic significance and elegance. The house itself can accommodate a fair number of guests for a standing reception and / or seated dinner – it would make a perfect place for a very classy cocktail hour in my view, and you would need a bare minimum for decoration purposes, as it’s already stunning. There are a number of DIY customization options (lawn games etc) that are possible here, which is very nice. We were looking for a venue with an outdoor component that is still close to downtown DC, and this is one of the few places that fit the bill. Parking logistics seem very easy, and it’s located on a military base.
The ultimate reason you may want to choose this venue though, in addition to its beauty, is Sahand Miraminy. Planning a wedding is stressful, and you want to be able to blindly trust an on-site coordinator with overseeing the logistics on this all-important day. Fear not – Sahand is an incredibly well-organized, friendly, professional, kick-ass resource. Just having met him once, we would have hired him on the spot. He is worth his weight in gold. I strongly encourage anyone to check out Lincoln Cottage – a great place that has a lot of potential for a great wedding.
Emma · Married on 04/07/2018
We feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have hosted our wedding at President Lincoln's Cottage. The setting is simply beautiful, charming, and historic. It is truly special to be able to host a wedding here and we highly recommend it to anyone considering it.Sent on 05/19/2018
We had planned an al fresco outdoor dinner for our big day, but got edged out by the spring rains. We'd been nervous about this, but honestly, the indoor backup rain plan turned out BEAUTIFULLY. Having dinner upstairs in the cottage felt like being in a time capsule and allowed our guests a more intimate experience with this beautiful setting.
The team at the cottage is AMAZING. Sahand Miraminy was such a joy to work with. He kept us laughing throughout the entire wedding planning process at put us at ease when moments of stress arose. He made the wedding running so smoothly.
Ryan · Married on 10/21/2017
From the very second we stepped foot on the grounds of the Cottage, we knew that we wanted it to be our venue. It is picturesque, beautiful, and historic without feeling stuffy or overly done. There is a relaxed and grounded nature to the cottage that is very welcoming and immediately made us feel right at home. Living up to its past, it truly feels like a retreat from DC while also feeling rooted in the city. We also loved that the Cottage has a rich history that fuels the amazing work and activism that the staff there carries forward to this day. Overall, as a DC venue, it surpassed everything we were hoping to find.Sent on 11/27/2017
But beyond the venue itself, Sahand (the events coordinator repeatedly mentioned in other comments) truly is one of the best individuals that we had the pleasure of working with throughout the process. He was honest and upfront, professional, hilarious, engaging, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He made the experience very personal to us, provided us with insanely helpful advice, and was very quick to respond to any questions that we had. And on the day of, his staff went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure that everything was executed exactly how we wanted it -- all while keeping a smile on his face. (Seriously, cannot stress enough how blown away I was with the work the staff at the Cottage did on the day of the wedding.)
Selecting the Cottage as our venue was 100% without a doubt the best decision we made when planning our wedding, and we are insanely happy we will be able to be a part of the Cottage family for years to come.
Jason · Married on 10/14/2017
I would literally give the Cottage twenty stars if I could. Not only is an incredible historic venue that will wow every guest, but it is such a picturesque place to hold a wedding and a perfect venue for a fall wedding in particular. But as great as the location is, the people make it even better. Sahand is the single best person we worked with during this wedding, and probably one of the greatest people I've worked with on ANYTHING before. So responsive, so fun yet professional, and was literally willing to do anything within reason to make our day special. It's rare that you can say a wedding venue is an incredible value for the money, but the Cottage is worth every penny (and probably more). Sure, you can probably pay tens of thousands of dollars and have a ridiculously lavish wedding somewhere in DC; but for a rustic and historic wedding that EVERY guest will fondly remember, and a top-notch experience for the special couple, there's no place else to even consider than the Cottage.Sent on 10/28/2017
Jennifer · Married on 09/09/2017
While my fiancé and I didn't ultimately book this venue because our guest list kept growing, we absolutely loved working with Sahand over the past month while we made our decision. The venue itself is a wonderful combination of an historic property and great ambiance - it has a special charm that you don't find just anywhere. Sahand was extremely professional and responsive, I would have loved to work with him to plan my big day!! Ultimately, we just had too many people for the venue's size, which is why we didn't book. If your event is within their capacity, I highly recommend checking out President Lincoln's cottage - you won't be disappointed!Sent on 08/15/2016
Kathryn · Married on 07/22/2017
We may be biased, but President Lincoln's Cottage is hands down the best place in DC to get married, and has the best staff of people to shower you with support and encouragement throughout the planning process. We were looking for a meaningful, historic venue with a good amount of outdoor space and knew immediately when we toured Lincoln's Cottage that we had found what we were looking for and more. And as other reviews have stated, Sahand is a pro! He gave us great tips throughout the process and made us feel as though our wedding had a unique importance to him and to everyone at the cottage. We're so happy to have chosen President Lincoln's Cottage for our wedding, and we look forward to visiting and remaining connected to the cottage throughout our marriage.Sent on 12/30/2017
Nancy · Married on 06/24/2017
President Lincoln's Cottage was the perfect location for a wedding! We had family and friends traveling in from all over the country, and having our wedding at an historic, Washington DC venue made it extra special. All of our guests loved the venue and got a real kick out of being there. Plus, the location is absolutely beautiful! Finally, you get to work with Sahand, who is wonderful, super responsive, and flexible! Really, this place can't be beat and, if you're looking for a place that lets you have both an outdoor and historic component (and really embrace a DC vibe) to your wedding, this the ideal venue. It's worth every penny!Sent on 07/13/2017
Marie · Married on 05/20/2017
In short, if you find yourself connected to this venue right away, trust your instinct. It was one of the best decisions my husband and I made for our wedding day.Sent on 06/21/2017
The incredibly stunning historic summer home of Lincoln can speak for itself; located in a quiet corner of DC with ample free parking and gorgeous architecture and gardens. This helped my husband and I save on wedding decorations. We were married under the gorgeous magnolia tree - all we needed was a table to hold our ceremony items. Cocktails were enjoyed inside and around the property while catering flipped the ceremony space into the reception space. The many fireplaces offered us space to put our personal photographs and a few flower arrangements, giving it an elegant but home-like feel. Dinner was al-fresco, however, the rain plan would have moved us upstairs in the cottage. Staff was incredibly accommodating, kind, and courteous to guests.
Perhaps the best part of this venue, however, is Sahand Miraminy. On the day of our venue walkthrough, Sahand reminded me that we had been talking for two years about this wedding - and I'll be honest and say that those two years flew by, but Sahand was with me and my husband every single step of the way. Early in the process of planning, I found myself in a terrible mix-up and was concerned how to move forward. Sahand not only took it upon himself to resolve the situation, he made me feel confident that while mistakes happen, everything would eventually work out. Every moment forward, I would check in with him and bounce off ideas with him. Each e-mail, phone call, and face-to-face interaction made me feel as though our wedding was the only one that truly mattered. His honest and raw personality fit so well into our dynamic as a couple, that Sahand has become a friend. Sahand's love for this cottage and its mission makes getting married here not only feel like a dream, but also an honor.
Jamila · Married on 04/29/2017
What does it mean to get married at President Lincoln's Cottage? For students of history, from 3 to 90 years old, it meant perfection. We dined under his magnolia tree, played checkers on the Cottage’s checkerboard, and waited for the ceremony to begin in a very special dressing room. During the cocktail hour, we received guests in the home where President Lincoln penned ideas for the Emancipation Proclamation. Our wedding day was special, magical, historic. Our guests were awestruck by the beauty and significance of the surroundings; we were all deeply humbled to celebrate such a special occasion in such a special place.Sent on 08/24/2017
We knew from the moment we found it that "the Cottage" was the right place for our wedding. Sahand - the Events Coordinator - is warm, enthusiastic, attentive, and has an extraordinary command of Cottage history. Our only regret is that our wedding day is over, but we look forward to attending the many incredible programs and events at "the Cottage" in the future.
David · Married on 11/05/2016
My wife and I recently passed our 1-year wedding anniversary and not a day goes by without our reminiscing fondly about the magical wedding experience we had at Lincoln Cottage. The cottage hosted our evening wedding reception after we celebrated our ceremony at a church in downtown Washington in the late afternoon. We had about 80 guests and rented both floors of the cottage. We hosted a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres on the first floor, and then a buffet-style seated dinner on the second floor, followed by cake, music and dancing back on the first floor. The setting was absolutely magical - just a very special, traditional jewel nestled outside of the bustle of downtown Washington. Sahand was our liaison at Lincoln Cottage and he was just a wonderful guide and partner during our planning process. He patiently helped to answer all of our questions and tailor an event that fulfilled all of our wishes. We highly recommend Lincoln Cottage to anyone who's considering!Sent on 12/18/2017
Silke · Married on 11/05/2016
Imagine getting married in the summer home of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. A gothic revival cottage noted for its understated elegance. The place to which Lincoln chose to escape the hustle and bustle of the White House and Capitol Hill. The place he chose to be in order to be near wounded soldiers returning home from the war. Imagine having one's wedding reception in the same room where Lincoln wrote the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Such is the historical significance of the Cottage.
But President Lincoln's Cottage is also known for its disarming charm. The space is adaptable to accommodating the needs of every couple. We hosted a cocktail reception on the first floor with a bar on the veranda. Dinner was served on the second floor in the Emancipation Proclamation Room. And cake cutting took place on the first floor in front of the fireplace with the band set up in an adjacent room. Our 80 guests enjoyed a memorable experience as did we. We had the wedding reception of our dreams.
No review of the Cottage is complete without full acknowledgement of the incredible professionalism and expert coordination of Sahand Miraminy, the event coordinator. He is one in a million as event coordinators go. Sahand embodies the uniqueness and charm of the Cottage. And he knows its history better than anyone else. He is a passionate protector of the history and legacy of the Cottage.
You will not regret choosing President Lincoln's Cottage as the venue for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. I promise.Sent on 12/19/2017
Susan · Married on 10/29/2016
It's hard to find the words to adequately describe the simple majesty of this venue. We held our daughter's wedding on the grounds and in the Cottage on October 29, 2016. From the minute guests passed through the gates onto the property, they knew they were in sacred space. The Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, a beautiful campus that has provided services and residences to certain retired members of the US military. The Cottage is where President Lincoln and his family lived for the summer months during three of the four years he served as president. It is where he penned the Emancipation Proclamation. It is where he slept the last night of his life. Its an exquisite and unique place in the Nation's Capital! With the unflappable help of the Cottage event coordinator, we held the ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner dance in three unique places on the property. Our guests had access to the visitors center as well. So not only is the venue steeped in meaningful history, it is convenient and beautiful. We highly recommend President Lincoln's Cottage!Sent on 11/01/2016
Emily · Married on 10/23/2016
We loved working with Sahand and Lincoln's Cottage. The site is so unique and the team is so professional. Everyone raved about having dinner in Lincoln's bedroom! It's such a special location and working with the team made the planning experience just as wonderful.Sent on 02/09/2017