Historic charm, red brick architecture, stunning waterfront views – Alexandria has it all. Named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Alexandria is an unparalleled destination to tie the knot. Discover everything from unique wedding venues and trendy hair salons to top-notch catering companies and buzz-worthy bakeries just minutes from the nation’s capital. Another pro of an Alexandria wedding? Visit Alexandria’s Wedding Specialist is at the ready to offer complimentary planning services at no cost to you. Read on for our guide to organizing all your wedding logistics in Alexandria.

Unique Venues

Pictured: Cherry Blossom Riverboat. Image Credit: Evan Michio Photography for the City of Alexandria.

If you’re seeking all the charm that Alexandria has to offer, look no further than an open-air wedding aboard the Cherry Blossom Riverboat via City Cruises anchored by Hornblower with spectacular views of the Washington, D.C. skyline. You may also fancy a spot like Cedar Knoll’s Pergola Patio for a fairy tale wedding adorned with waterfront views, bistro lights and a wall of ivy. The most romantic way to say “I do” might be in one of Alexandria’s secret gardens like the Magnolia Terrace at the historic Carlyle House, the sprawling lawns of River Farm or the tranquil garden adorned with iconic magnolias at The Rectory on Princess Street. Don’t overlook intimate spaces within spacious venues like Building Momentum’s charming rustic pergola in The Garden or the steps of The George Washington Masonic National Memorial with picturesque views of Alexandria.

Hotels

Pictured: The Alexandrian. Image Credit: The Alexandrian

Alexandria’s hotels offer distinct spaces with waterfront views, iconic backdrops and more for your intimate celebration. Check out the enchanting interior courtyard at The Alexandrian for an intimate affair with your friends and family. Host your reception at Alexandria’s largest hotel property, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, or revel in waterfront views at Alexandria’s only waterfront property, Hotel Indigo, where you can “cheers” at their al fresco restaurant, Hummingbird. Enjoy a pre- or post-ceremony celebration at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa and delight yourself in a serene atmosphere with bites from acclaimed restaurant BRABO. Be charmed at the newly renovated Sheraton Suites or tie the knot at The Westin’s spacious Edison Ballroom.  

Floral Arrangements

 
 
 
 
 
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Wedding flowers are one of the most important components of the visual experience on your big day, so it’s important to work with a team of floral professionals that can help bring your vision to life. Be inspired by nature with Enchanted Florist’s exquisite arrangements or up your creativity with an unforgettable floral experience by Bloom. Check out high-end retail florist Helen Olivia Flowers to bring your floral dreams to life, no matter how big or small. Explore a full range of plant and floral arrangements with custom design from Conklyn’s or support environmental practices when you work with Petal’s Edge Floral Design, who actively composts and recycles renewable materials.

Pamper Yourself

 
 
 
 
 
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Head to Black-owned beauty oasis Hazel O. Salon, which services all hair types, perfect for you and your bridal party, or treat your roots at waterfront Salon Monte from TLC’s wedding and reality TV star Monte Durham. Relax with eco-friendly products and an elegant hairdo for the big day at Latina-owned Cualtzin Salon or get your hair styled at Holistic Hair Studio, where you can rest assured your hair is being treated with free trade and organic hair products. Jump into an artsy and chill environment at Salon deZEN while you get a wedding blowout or unique fluid hair painting. Feel relaxed and radiant at Stylists at North while getting your hair styled, nails manicured and makeup refreshed as you enjoy sipping on some procured wine or custom tea. Indulge in skin and body therapies at Fountains Day Spa, delight yourself with manicures, massages and makeovers at Sugar House Day Spa or luxuriate in day spa packages at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa.

Catering

 
 
 
 
 
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Food quality, creativity, presentation and customer service are all important when it comes to choosing a catering company for your wedding. Windows Catering Company has built its reputation in the D.C. area as a top wedding caterer for over 25 years so you can rest assured your party is in good hands. Kick things up a notch with wood-smoked barbeque from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, or check out Alexandria’s countless caterers including Bittersweet Catering, Main Events Caterers and Design Cuisine.

Sweet Treats

Picture: Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats. Image credit: Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats.

Do away with the traditional wedding cake and dish up some delicious and Instagram-worthy delights. Old Town’s latest sweet spot, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, serves up legendary Wisconsin-style frozen custard and nostalgic treats out of a vintage 1952 Metro van named Gigi right outside your wedding venue, perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Or, order Street Treats from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, inclusive of their best-selling ice creams, plus dairy-free and gluten-free flavors. Individually packaged desserts will continue to trend throughout the pandemic and beyond, making cupcakes a hot commodity for future weddings. Chose from neighborhood bakeries Alexandria Cupcake, Lavender Moon Cupcakery and Buzz Bakeshop for whimsical cupcake displays and divine flavors.

Live Entertainment

 
 
 
 
 
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Nothing kicks your wedding up a notch quite like some live music to get your guests dancing and jamming. The internationally acclaimed Alexandria Harmonizers specialize in one of a cappella’s most challenging forms, four-part close harmony. You can book the full 100-man chorus for your wedding and experience a diverse repertoire of popular tunes throughout a heartfelt performance. Home in on Alexandria’s Scottish heritage and dance to Celtic melodies as you float down the aisle with Celtic Music for All Occasions, or enjoy classical tunes from some of the nation’s finest performers in the String Quartet of Northern Virginia.

Transportation

 
 
 
 
 
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From convenience to luxury, Alexandria offers multiple transportation options for your wedding party needs. Book a wedding shuttle bus with GOGO Charters and enjoy private service between the hotel, ceremony and reception. Check out woman-owned Fleet Transportation for 24-hour customer service and add-ons like airport meet-and-greets, customized guided local tours and more. Or, arrive in style with DC Livery’s luxury limousines or executive sedans.

Favors and Gifts

Pictured: Shop Made in VA. Image Credit: Mady Sieracki
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Shopping for one-of-a-kind party favors and gifts for your bridal parties is easy in the D.C. region’s largest destination of independent boutiques. Treat your bridal party to gorgeous glassware from The Hour Shop’s Modern Home Bar collection or gift a DIY kit, workshop experience or on-trend home décor gift from AR Workshop. Jazz up your party favors with a local touch – shop distinctive offerings from Virginia-based makers at Shop Made in VA, quirky socks at Old Town Sock Co. or hand-selected spices and exotic teas from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria. Keep the party popping with take-home bags of bold-flavored popcorn like Dark Chocolate Kettle and Grand Garlic Parmesan from America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn.

Capture Your Big Day

 
 
 
 
 
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Relish a candid and photojournalistic experience with Kelly Loss Photography or work with Theogenic Photography for all your wedding photography and videography dreams.

Pre- & Post-Wedding Experiences

Picture: Lost Boy Cider. Image Credit: Misha Enriquez for Visit Alexandria.

We know the bride and groom are the star of the show, but nothing makes the wedding weekend even more memorable like a pre- or post-wedding experience. Kick off the festivities with a rehearsal dinner in your ideal setting. Choose from a breadth of restaurants along Alexandria’s waterfront including Ada’s on the River, BARCA Pier and Wine Bar and Hummingbird or check out Del Ray’s made-for-strolling streetscapes with multiple venue options at Evening Star Café or Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap. For a different waterfront vantage point just south of Alexandria, book your rehearsal dinner at Cedar Knoll or Mount Vernon Inn, located at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

After the wedding festivities, wake up and keep the fun going with mimosas and bites aboard a brunch cruise on the Potomac with City Cruises anchored by Hornblower or at one the Alexandria’s best brunch spots. In the afternoon, adventure on a beer and cider tasting with family and friends at one of the city’s award winning spots such as Port City Brewing, Aslin Beer Company or Lost Boy Cider.

Insider Tip: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Micro-Wedding Venues in Alexandria, VA to make your wedding day uniquely yours, and be sure to check out our other wedding resources.

Header Image Credits, left to right:The George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Image Credit: Timmester Photography; Pictured: Embassy Suites. Image Credit: Embassy Suites; Pictured: Buzz Bakeshop. Image Credit: Marissa Bialecki

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