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Collingwood Library & Museum

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

8301 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308 US

PHONE

703-765-1652

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The Collingwood property and Mansion originally a part of the George Washington River Farm Estate. After changing hands over the years, Collingwood is now an American history research... Read more
The Collingwood property and Mansion originally a part of the George Washington River Farm Estate. After changing hands over the years, Collingwood is now an American history research library and museum. It occupies nearly nine acres on the Potomac River just four miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The Collingwood venue includes: 40’ x 60’ Banquet Hall with Catering Kitchen. Chairs, tables, audio/visual projector and projection screen are available. 40x60 Paved Patio. Tenting is optionally available. Historic Mansion housing the Library and Museum. Suitable for small ceremonies and receptions. Riverfront Grounds suitable for wedding ceremonies. Picnic Grounds available for bridal party gatherings and informal social events. Free parking on the premises. Maximum capacity indoors is 450 guests Contact us today for more information! cheroken@yahoo.com
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Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Collingwood was a beautiful location for our ceremony. We used the full grounds for the day and felt that we weren't all cramped in any one spot. Our photos turned out lovely with the manor and the river in the background, I was very pleased. The library has a nice charm to it if you're looking for a different feel. One warning to be aware of going in is that they do not have an event planner on staff, so you will either need to coordinate all the details or have someone hired to do so; as the on-site staff will be absent once they confirm everything is set from a facilities standpoint (make sure you have their phone number in several places). Overall, a wonderful spot!
Collingwood was a beautiful location for our ceremony. We used the full grounds for the day and felt that we weren't all Read more...
Collingwood was a beautiful location for our ceremony. We used the full grounds for the day and felt that we weren't all cramped in any one spot. Our photos turned out lovely with the manor and the river in the background, I was very pleased. The library has a nice charm to it if you're looking for a different feel. One warning to be aware of going in is that they do not have an event planner on staff, so you will either need to coordinate all the details or have someone hired to do so; as the on-site staff will be absent once they confirm everything is set from a facilities standpoint (make sure you have their phone number in several places). Overall, a wonderful spot! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for the most beautiful venue in Northern VA, then this is the place! We got a great deal for booking more than 6 months in advance. The scenery and venue are perfect, we couldn't have asked for anything better. However, I will warn that you need to be prepared to plan and organize everything yourself (or hire a planner). The venue is all they have to offer (and some preferred vendors), but it is worth it!
If you are looking for the most beautiful venue in Northern VA, then this is the place! We got a great deal for booking Read more...
If you are looking for the most beautiful venue in Northern VA, then this is the place! We got a great deal for booking more than 6 months in advance. The scenery and venue are perfect, we couldn't have asked for anything better. However, I will warn that you need to be prepared to plan and organize everything yourself (or hire a planner). The venue is all they have to offer (and some preferred vendors), but it is worth it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.8/5.0
This was a beautiful facility and couldn't have asked for a better day. However there coordinator is very hard to reach and they offer no assistance except the use of facility the coordinator does not attend any planning meetings or rehearsals. That being said I would still rent the facility again on beauty alone I just wouldn't be expecting any assistance from them.
This was a beautiful facility and couldn't have asked for a better day. However there coordinator is very hard to reach Read more...
This was a beautiful facility and couldn't have asked for a better day. However there coordinator is very hard to reach and they offer no assistance except the use of facility the coordinator does not attend any planning meetings or rehearsals. That being said I would still rent the facility again on beauty alone I just wouldn't be expecting any assistance from them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
It's hard to find a more beautiful location than the Collingwood. Many other historic mansion type venues are far out into the suburbs, but this is a great location close to Old Town Alexandria. One of the things I liked most about the venue was that you are able to have the whole property for the entire day so I was able to get ready there and do pictures earlier. They have many options for the different parts of your event. You can set up down next to the water, on the patio overlooking the water, inside the mansion, or in their reception barn. We did our cocktail hour on the patio and the reception in the reception building, which is next to the mansion. The reception room is nice but pretty plain, which means you can really make it your own without having to worry about the decor clashing with your colors. They had some employee turnover while I was in the process of planning, which made things confusing at times, but in the end, the day went off without a hitch.
It's hard to find a more beautiful location than the Collingwood. Many other historic mansion type venues are far out into Read more...
It's hard to find a more beautiful location than the Collingwood. Many other historic mansion type venues are far out into the suburbs, but this is a great location close to Old Town Alexandria. One of the things I liked most about the venue was that you are able to have the whole property for the entire day so I was able to get ready there and do pictures earlier. They have many options for the different parts of your event. You can set up down next to the water, on the patio overlooking the water, inside the mansion, or in their reception barn. We did our cocktail hour on the patio and the reception in the reception building, which is next to the mansion. The reception room is nice but pretty plain, which means you can really make it your own without having to worry about the decor clashing with your colors. They had some employee turnover while I was in the process of planning, which made things confusing at times, but in the end, the day went off without a hitch. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.1/5.0
Before I go into the negative aspects, I would like to start by stating just how beautiful this venue is. Collingwood is located on the banks of the Potomac and it serves as a beautiful backdrop for pictures. The library itself is also quite lovely. My bridesmaids and I had a wonderful time getting ready for my wedding.

That being said, the staff could use some improvement. The facilities manager, Mike, is extremely nice. However, Mike is also extremely hard to contact and it was difficult to get him to return my calls. When we first visited this venue there was a competent event planner employed there who led us to believe she would be taking care of everything. This was one of the main selling points of the venue--a built-in event planner. However, as our wedding drew closer, we learned that the event planner no longer worked there. If we wanted a competent wedding planner, we were told, we should pay an additional fee and hire an outside company.

Rather than pay more money on top of the venue fee, I decided we could pull off the wedding without an official event planner. Our wedding turned out beautiful and everyone had a blast. The behind-the-scenes planning, however, was problematic. As I said, Mike was extremely hard to reach so setting up a walk-through with the caterer and checking in on specific details of the ceremony and reception set-up were difficult. I would send emails and leave messages and wait weeks for a response.

The bottom line: Collingwood is a beautiful place to be married. If you decide on this venue, though, you should factor in additional costs for a wedding planner who can deal with the stress of ensuring all the details of your wedding are taken care of. If that option is within your budget, you will probably really enjoy getting married at Collingwood.
Before I go into the negative aspects, I would like to start by stating just how beautiful this venue is. Collingwood is Read more...
Before I go into the negative aspects, I would like to start by stating just how beautiful this venue is. Collingwood is located on the banks of the Potomac and it serves as a beautiful backdrop for pictures. The library itself is also quite lovely. My bridesmaids and I had a wonderful time getting ready for my wedding.

That being said, the staff could use some improvement. The facilities manager, Mike, is extremely nice. However, Mike is also extremely hard to contact and it was difficult to get him to return my calls. When we first visited this venue there was a competent event planner employed there who led us to believe she would be taking care of everything. This was one of the main selling points of the venue--a built-in event planner. However, as our wedding drew closer, we learned that the event planner no longer worked there. If we wanted a competent wedding planner, we were told, we should pay an additional fee and hire an outside company.

Rather than pay more money on top of the venue fee, I decided we could pull off the wedding without an official event planner. Our wedding turned out beautiful and everyone had a blast. The behind-the-scenes planning, however, was problematic. As I said, Mike was extremely hard to reach so setting up a walk-through with the caterer and checking in on specific details of the ceremony and reception set-up were difficult. I would send emails and leave messages and wait weeks for a response.

The bottom line: Collingwood is a beautiful place to be married. If you decide on this venue, though, you should factor in additional costs for a wedding planner who can deal with the stress of ensuring all the details of your wedding are taken care of. If that option is within your budget, you will probably really enjoy getting married at Collingwood. Read less
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Ingrid
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.9/5.0
Collingwood is an absolutely beautiful venue. They were very flexible and friendly. The views of the Potomac river is great. It is the closest you can get to a "Southern style mansion" in DC. The only negative thing is they had a wedding coordinator who then quit, and then hired another person, who quit, etc, we were never notified so we had to find our own coordinator. I would still recommend the venue as a venue 100%.

I had cocktail hour and my reception here. I had cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the water. Then guests moved into the carriage house for the reception.

Inside the carriage house is very plain - which is great to create tons of different styles, but keep in mind you will need to decorate. The library is fantastic for groom & groomsmen photos. We took a lot of pictures by the columns and overlooking the water.
Collingwood is an absolutely beautiful venue. They were very flexible and friendly. The views of the Potomac river is Read more...
Collingwood is an absolutely beautiful venue. They were very flexible and friendly. The views of the Potomac river is great. It is the closest you can get to a "Southern style mansion" in DC. The only negative thing is they had a wedding coordinator who then quit, and then hired another person, who quit, etc, we were never notified so we had to find our own coordinator. I would still recommend the venue as a venue 100%.

I had cocktail hour and my reception here. I had cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the water. Then guests moved into the carriage house for the reception.

Inside the carriage house is very plain - which is great to create tons of different styles, but keep in mind you will need to decorate. The library is fantastic for groom & groomsmen photos. We took a lot of pictures by the columns and overlooking the water. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/30/2012
3.3/5.0
Collingwood is a beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony or reception. As mentioned in other reviews the patio has sweeping views of the Potomac. However, no amplified sound is permitted outdoors. We chose to use this area for our cocktail hour. The indoor area is less exciting. The room is bland and a little cold, but with the right up-lighting and table design it can be brought to life.

Their were a few negatives to working with Collingwood. Leading up to our big day they had a bit of turnover leaving us to figure out who our point of contact would be. There was also a major lag time in responses we received from the previous contacts. However, our day went off without a hitch. Another item that some brides and grooms may find disappointing is that open flame is not permitted anywhere on site. This includes votive candles outside or inside and sparklers for a grand exit. Again, our day was perfect, but we wish we had been informed of this prior to signing the contract.

I would not recommend Collingwood if you do not have a day-of or wedding planner as it takes a lot to put the space together. But as I stated earlier, our day was perfect and our pictures even better as Collingwood is very photogenic :)
Collingwood is a beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony or reception. As mentioned in other reviews the patio has Read more...
Collingwood is a beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony or reception. As mentioned in other reviews the patio has sweeping views of the Potomac. However, no amplified sound is permitted outdoors. We chose to use this area for our cocktail hour. The indoor area is less exciting. The room is bland and a little cold, but with the right up-lighting and table design it can be brought to life.

Their were a few negatives to working with Collingwood. Leading up to our big day they had a bit of turnover leaving us to figure out who our point of contact would be. There was also a major lag time in responses we received from the previous contacts. However, our day went off without a hitch. Another item that some brides and grooms may find disappointing is that open flame is not permitted anywhere on site. This includes votive candles outside or inside and sparklers for a grand exit. Again, our day was perfect, but we wish we had been informed of this prior to signing the contract.

I would not recommend Collingwood if you do not have a day-of or wedding planner as it takes a lot to put the space together. But as I stated earlier, our day was perfect and our pictures even better as Collingwood is very photogenic :) Read less
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Addy
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Collingwood is amazingly beautiful. The staff were also amazing. Karen was a sweetheart and she really did a great job stepping up to the plate after the events coordinator was no longer available. I felt very good and taken cared of with the Collingwood staff. I loved my wedding at Collingwood!
Collingwood is amazingly beautiful. The staff were also amazing. Karen was a sweetheart and she really did a great job Read more...
Collingwood is amazingly beautiful. The staff were also amazing. Karen was a sweetheart and she really did a great job stepping up to the plate after the events coordinator was no longer available. I felt very good and taken cared of with the Collingwood staff. I loved my wedding at Collingwood! Read less
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Traci
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
The Collingwood Library and Museum is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor wedding. My husband and I were sold on the Collingwood for our ceremony and reception site the first time we saw it, but the way it looked on our special day was far beyond anything we could have imagined. With the beautiful landscape and the Potomac River providing the perfect setting, little needs to be done to decorate the outdoor space. The indoor reception hall is much more bland and doesn't have any character in comparison. If not having amplified music is a viable option, I suggest holding the reception outdoors under a tent instead of indoors.

The new events manager, Karen, is beyond great. She is much better and more reliable than her predecessor who was very difficulty to communicate with. Karen is on top of everything, is fun and kind, and takes over to help put you at ease. To say the least she is great and helped my wedding day go smoothly.
The Collingwood Library and Museum is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor wedding. My husband and I were sold on the Read more...
The Collingwood Library and Museum is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor wedding. My husband and I were sold on the Collingwood for our ceremony and reception site the first time we saw it, but the way it looked on our special day was far beyond anything we could have imagined. With the beautiful landscape and the Potomac River providing the perfect setting, little needs to be done to decorate the outdoor space. The indoor reception hall is much more bland and doesn't have any character in comparison. If not having amplified music is a viable option, I suggest holding the reception outdoors under a tent instead of indoors.

The new events manager, Karen, is beyond great. She is much better and more reliable than her predecessor who was very difficulty to communicate with. Karen is on top of everything, is fun and kind, and takes over to help put you at ease. To say the least she is great and helped my wedding day go smoothly. Read less
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L
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.8/5.0
The Collingwood was a fantastic venue - and we had to use the rain site! For starters, Kristen is excellent, she is both professional and kind. She went above and beyond, dancing behind the camera to make my flower girl smile, appearing with spray-on benadryl when I had an allergic reaction. She was constantly appearing with exactly what was needed and she was just a huge help. The ceremony venues are fantastic, either by the water or in the library (for a small indoor ceremony, you could also use the tented area for a larger ceremony in event of rain). The cocktail hour spot is also great (we used a tent). The reception hall has harsh lighting and cold colors, but it fits a large crowd comfortably and with uplighting and bright flowers it can really warm up and look festive. Definitely leave room in your budget for lighting and other decorations, however, because the reception hall does need that work. Still, compared to other venues the Collingwood is an excellent deal. We chose it primarily for the ceremony spots and the outdoor feeling, and it was truly perfect. The photo options on site are also great.
The Collingwood was a fantastic venue - and we had to use the rain site! For starters, Kristen is excellent, she is both Read more...
The Collingwood was a fantastic venue - and we had to use the rain site! For starters, Kristen is excellent, she is both professional and kind. She went above and beyond, dancing behind the camera to make my flower girl smile, appearing with spray-on benadryl when I had an allergic reaction. She was constantly appearing with exactly what was needed and she was just a huge help. The ceremony venues are fantastic, either by the water or in the library (for a small indoor ceremony, you could also use the tented area for a larger ceremony in event of rain). The cocktail hour spot is also great (we used a tent). The reception hall has harsh lighting and cold colors, but it fits a large crowd comfortably and with uplighting and bright flowers it can really warm up and look festive. Definitely leave room in your budget for lighting and other decorations, however, because the reception hall does need that work. Still, compared to other venues the Collingwood is an excellent deal. We chose it primarily for the ceremony spots and the outdoor feeling, and it was truly perfect. The photo options on site are also great. Read less
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