Where to Tie the Knot in Alexandria: Unique Alexandria Wedding Venues

December 3, 2015 / editor

2.3 million couples get married every year in the US.

Not even winter can halt the ceremony, as 7.8% of weddings occur during one of our favorite months of the year—December. And if you don’t get married in December, you’re more likely to be proposed to, as it’s the most popular month to get engaged.

On top of that, couples are choosing more “unexpected” places to marry—such as historic buildings and farms—which we have in abundance here in Alexandria. Plenty of couples will be tying the knot at local sites ranging from mansions to forward-thinking museums this year.

Ready? Here are some unique spots to tie the knot any time of year in Alexandria.

Carlyle House in Old Town Alexandria

Best suited for spring or summer weddings, the Carlyle House is a unique historic home that was built in 1753 by a British Merchant for his lovely bride. The Magnolia Terrace is available for late afternoon and evening rentals from April 1 through October 31 every year. The max capacity is 100 people, and the property is wheelchair accessible, but there is one drawback: absolutely NO music is allowed. For a ceremony, this is OK, but you’ll probably want to take the reception elsewhere.

Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria

Whether or not you’re an architecture buff, you know the name Frank Lloyd Wright. And if you don’t, start by checking out the beautiful Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, where you’ll see a fantastic display of the famed Lloyd’s work, and you’ll be able to wed right outside, and have your reception inside (holds 80 seated guests).  

If Lloyd’s “organic architecture” isn’t your style, have no fear—the Woodlawn Plantation is here! George Washington himself actually gave Woodlawn to his step-granddaughter and her new husband as a wedding present. Continue the tradition and have your own wedding here, right on the front lawn, with a cap of 250 seated guests.

River Farm in Alexandria

Just four miles south of Old Town, you’ll discover 25 gorgeous acres of greenery and woods, right next to the Potomac River. You can’t beat a spring wedding at River Farm in Alexandria, while the flowers are blooming and the verdant nature is at its finest. However, winter also has its charm, as the snowfall lightly blankets trees and benches in pure white: a perfect backdrop for wedding photos.

Take advantage of the slate patio, which is canopied April-November, and invite up to 160 seated or 200 standing guests. For very intimate weddings, the classic Ballroom holds 50 seated guests. You get a lot of bang for your buck here, as nearly every room is available for your special day, including a dressing room on the second level.

Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria

You’ve been to the Torpedo Factory in Old Town for special art exhibits. You’ve probably taken your dog here, if you have one. Oh, and you can get married here!

Rent out the Torpedo Art Factory for your own wedding, and watch the modern/industrial space transform for your special night. You can have your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception here, which cuts back on the headaches of choosing different venues.

Plus, you can fit up to 450 standing/220 seated people in the Main Hall, 200 standing/25-50 seated on the Third Floor, and up to 350 standing/200 seated on the Outdoor Patio. As far as venue capacity goes, the Torpedo Art Factory blows most other spots out of the water! (No pun intended.)

Once you’ve chosen where to have your wedding in Alexandria, it’s time to find the perfect new apartment to fit you and your significant other! And if you’re looking for the best luxury apartments in town, look no further than The Parker.

We’ve got everything you need to make your future together a dream. Schedule an appointment to see our apartments for yourselves!

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