Finding a Large Venue in Washington DC - Ambessa Weddings

Finding a Large Venue in Washington DC

The DC metro area (DC proper, Maryland and Virginia) is home to an estimated 200,000 Ethiopians and Eritreans, more than any other area outside of Africa. That’s why we made a list of some great places to have your wedding right here in the capital.

While there are numerous venues that can accommodate the average, less than 200 guests, party finding a place that can facilitate a typical habesha wedding can be much more of a hassle. We’ve got your back! We’ve compiled a list of strategies to help you find that perfect lush venue for your big day.

Convention Centers

Try tackling venues that support large commercial events, they’ll certainly have the space and if off-season can offer great value for the price. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center can hold from 500 to 42,000 attendees, elbow room won’t be an issue. The center is metro accessible, has onsite catering, built in dance floors and is absolutely beautiful.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Opt for Outdoor!

What about the National Mall and Memorial Parks? There are three areas where you’re permitted to hold a wedding, just make sure you grab a special use permit first and read all of the rules. The beauty of being in the center of DC is your out of town guests get the luxury of being close to the Washington Monument, US Capitol Building, along with a lengthy list of museums. In this case they’re in walking distance from your wedding location.

The National Mall


What better way to turn up (the theatrics) than to put on a production at a local theatre? The Warner Theatre is an excellent option for large parties. This location is fabulous and can seat up to 1,847 people; go back to your draft guest list and move up those maybe’s!

The Warner Theatre


A warehouse may not sound ideal but who wants cliche anyway! I bet you’d never believe the perfect warehouse in Union Market lends itself to weddings. The Dock5 location is 13,000 square feet and can seat up 1500 people. If you’re trying to picture the location it’s directly over top of the Union Market artisan marketplace (our mouth is watering too, such good food!). The space is absolutely stunning!

Dock5 - Union Market

Science/Research Centers

I’m sure this one caught you off guard but there are plenty of research centers, most of which are open to holding third party events. Before you skip past this section let us clarify, we’re not recommending you attempt to hold your wedding at the CDC or NIH but there are some other alternatives out there such as the Maryland Science Center. The Maryland Science Center has more than 100,000 square feet of event space and can easily accommodate 1,000 guests. MSC isn’t in the DC metro area, it’s actually in Baltimore, but it’s a bearable commute and well worth checking out!

Maryland Science Center


Now you have a handful of ideas to get started, we hope you’ll put some to use. Ambessa Weddings also has a comprehensive list of venues for you to check out. Best of luck!... and be sure to tell us which ones worked for you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter :)

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