Pictured: Above ALX; Image Credit: Jacob Williams Photography
Couples are thinking big with maximalist settings featuring striking architecture or artwork, inspiring views and exclusive full venues or hotel buyouts for a multi-day wedding celebration itinerary.
In Alexandria, this could include The Athenaeum, painted salmon pink and built in the Greek Revival-style, or the Alexandria, Egypt-inspired George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Art-inclined couples may want to rent out the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the nation’s largest collection of active artists’ studios under one roof, or mesmerize guests with panoramic views on the ALX Atrium’s Above ALX rooftop.
Expect to see additional options with venues covering their bases—literally—with rentable tents set up in gorgeous settings. In and around Alexandria, try a tented event when you buy out historic venues including Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, boasting architecture spanning nearly 150 years, or Carlyle House, an 18th-century stone mansion owned by one of Alexandria’s founders. Or experience 25 acres of lush gardens and woods overlooking the Potomac River at American Horticultural Society’s River Farm, just four miles south of Old Town.
For hotel buyouts, try one of Alexandria’s signature wedding hotels including The Westin Alexandria Old Town, Hilton Old Town Alexandria, Embassy Suites or Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, located in Alexandria’s West End, is the city’s largest hotel property, while The Alexandrian Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection situates guests smack dab in the middle of bustling King Street. Read more about how these hotels can accommodate all types of ceremonies here.
Just looking for room nights? Try Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria, strategically located at the top of the King Street mile by the Metrorail and Amtrak stations. Or, book a wedding room block at Alexandria’s boutique waterfront property, Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, or brand-new designer property, Hotel AKA Alexandria.
Insider Tip: If you’re piggy backing your reception after your ceremony within the same space, be sure to understand the onsite logistics for the duration of the room flips and where the cocktail hour will be located.