While D.C. itself has plenty of remarkable venues with equally stunning views, sometimes brides want to celebrate just outside the city to avoid the hustle and bustle. Luckily, D.C. is fairly close to the scenic shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the sweeping Virginia countryside, the mountains of West Virginia, and even historic Baltimore. Here are a few great wedding venues just outside of Washington, D.C.
The Market at Grelen
There’s nothing better than a Virginia sunset, that's for sure. Located just under three hours from the heart of D.C., the Market at Grelen is in the picturesque Somerset, VA area. If you’re a nature-loving bride, the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains will make for spectacular wedding photos. The Market at Grelen is ideal for brides marrying in any season (from the brilliant autumn colors to the bright sunshine of summer, your photos will be gorg). Popular wedding event spaces at the Market at Grelen include a large stone terrace, a lawn perfect for outdoor ceremonies, and a greenhouse. Read real brides' reviews here!
Top of the Town Reception and Conference Facility
While Top of the Town is located in Arlington, VA, its views of the capital city are unlike any other. Brides who value view above all else will adore this venue — with its panoramic views of the skyline. The private space is away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a penthouse equipped with 100 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s even an express elevator to the venue for brides who want a streamlined, easy transition from ceremony to reception. The monuments make for absolutely breathtaking wedding photos, and Top of the Town makes it incredibly easy to enjoy both a beautiful view with a lovely ambiance. Read real brides' reviews here!
Inn at Perry Cabin
Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland’s about — and brides looking to pay homage to their state (and Wedding Crashers) will feel right at home at the Inn at Perry Cabin (where parts of Wedding Crashers and the movie Failure to Launch were actually filmed). Only 90 minutes from the center of D.C., the Inn is located in charming St. Michael’s, Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay. With small boutiques lining the streets of St. Michael’s and the rich history of the Inn dating back to 1816, guests will find plenty to do during your wedding weekend. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Mansion at Valley Country Club
Originally built in 1858 by the Kellogg family, the Mansion at Valley Country Club currently serves as a grand and nostalgic wedding venue in Baltimore. The mansion is pure vintage luxury and for couples who love to get down on the dance floor, take note—there’s a 3,000-square-foot dance floor for you to bust a move on, and then some. A grand Victorian staircase and Venetian chandeliers will bring guests back in time while still keeping many modern touches like varied uplighting techniques. Read real brides' reviews here!
Nestled in the Alleghany Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the Greenbrier Resort has been a destination since 1778. Brides wishing for a destination wedding but opting for something not too far away will be happy to know that the Greenbrier is just under four hours from D.C. and easily accessible from all areas. Thinking you're wanting a pretty large scale wedding but not sure the space can hold it? Have no fear: there is a brand-new wedding chapel in Greenbrier, finished in September of last year, seats 500 comfortably. Jill Justice, the daughter of the Greenbrier’s owner (whose wedding was featured in the June issue of Brides) was the lucky woman for whom the $6.1 million chapel was built.