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Daughters of the American Revolution

Washington D.c. , DC

LOCATION

1776 D St. NW
Washington D.C., DC US 20006

PHONE

202-879-3318

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Ginny
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.8/5.0
We were looking for a historic looking Washington, DC venue and we knew the moment we walked into DAR that we wanted to have our reception here! It is gorgeous- and it just looks like Washington, DC with the beautiful crown moldings and wood floors inside and the grand portico and patio outdoors. Our guests were so complimentary of the venue and many of our friends and family told us it was one of the most beautiful venues they had ever seen. Peggy Martz who runs events for DAR is very professional and was incredibly responsive to my questions. She even helped me pick out other vendors and would check in on my from time to time to see how I was doing in my wedding planning. She runs a very tight ship so you know everything will go smoothly on the night of the wedding!

The O'Byrne Gallery which we rented fits 140 people seated. This rental includes the outdoor portico and patio area which is adjacent to the O'Byrne Gallery. We had a smaller wedding (95 people) so we fit inside perfectly. I also saw pictures of weddings there where they had tables set up for dinner outside on the portico and patio area. There is also a library in DAR that you can rent for an additional fee- and I saw pictures of other weddings where they had dinner in the library- which looks very beautiful as well.

Two things to keep in mind with this venue is that they tend to do dancing on the outdoor portico- so there is not much room for a band. We opted for a DJ so this wasn't a problem for us. If it rains, you can move the dancing indoors in a room adjacent to the O'Byrne Gallery. Also- there is no red wine allowed outside on the portico and patio area- just inside with dinner. I don't think any of our guests complained about this. All in all, we are SO happy we went with DAR- we got beautiful weather, and everyone loved having cocktails outside and later dancing out there under the portico. It was such a perfect day!
We were looking for a historic looking Washington, DC venue and we knew the moment we walked into DAR that we wanted to Read more...
We were looking for a historic looking Washington, DC venue and we knew the moment we walked into DAR that we wanted to have our reception here! It is gorgeous- and it just looks like Washington, DC with the beautiful crown moldings and wood floors inside and the grand portico and patio outdoors. Our guests were so complimentary of the venue and many of our friends and family told us it was one of the most beautiful venues they had ever seen. Peggy Martz who runs events for DAR is very professional and was incredibly responsive to my questions. She even helped me pick out other vendors and would check in on my from time to time to see how I was doing in my wedding planning. She runs a very tight ship so you know everything will go smoothly on the night of the wedding!

The O'Byrne Gallery which we rented fits 140 people seated. This rental includes the outdoor portico and patio area which is adjacent to the O'Byrne Gallery. We had a smaller wedding (95 people) so we fit inside perfectly. I also saw pictures of weddings there where they had tables set up for dinner outside on the portico and patio area. There is also a library in DAR that you can rent for an additional fee- and I saw pictures of other weddings where they had dinner in the library- which looks very beautiful as well.

Two things to keep in mind with this venue is that they tend to do dancing on the outdoor portico- so there is not much room for a band. We opted for a DJ so this wasn't a problem for us. If it rains, you can move the dancing indoors in a room adjacent to the O'Byrne Gallery. Also- there is no red wine allowed outside on the portico and patio area- just inside with dinner. I don't think any of our guests complained about this. All in all, we are SO happy we went with DAR- we got beautiful weather, and everyone loved having cocktails outside and later dancing out there under the portico. It was such a perfect day! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.6/5.0
Before I go any further, let me say that I am not the type of person who has known what I wanted for my wedding since I was five, so when we started looking at venues I had no idea where to start. After months of looking and watching venues book up more than a year in advance, I happened upon DAR in a Washingtonian magazine and knew we had to look at it. One step inside the door of the O’Byrne gallery and I was done. While the price is not what I would call “budget friendly” it was the equivalent of most of the other venues we had looked at and none of them could boast that Washington monument view—simply stunning. We booked the venue that day.

A couple of other notes, though, so that others can make an informed decision. I will say that my wedding day was absolutely perfect and I would not have traded DAR for anything in the world. Peggy was great for wedding novices because she always had impeccable recommendations for vendors when we got stuck (she even made sure we booked the best DJ the day we were in her office to make sure we snagged him). That being said, we are a very budget minded family and I don’t think it would be possible to do a wedding at DAR for less than $30k (we tried, and it didn’t happen). Second, parking is somewhat of a problem. DC has nicely (read sarcasm) changed the parking meter times to go until 10pm on Saturday nights in this area of DC which means your guests are paying for at least 5-6 hours at a meter (made a little easier with the smartphone app, but not much). This was the only place where I didn't get a lot of help from the venue--apparently most brides just put out quarters and make their guests go feed the meters every two hours), but I realize the change is relatively recent, so maybe not many people have had to deal with it yet. We ended up working with a garage that is normally closed on weekends to open for us and allow our guests to pay a flat $10. It took a lot of work and calling around on my part, but I felt much more at ease knowing my guests had a confirmed place to park (although it was about a 10 minute walk). Other than those two things this venue was great! All of our guests had a wonderful time and I truly couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night!
Before I go any further, let me say that I am not the type of person who has known what I wanted for my wedding since I Read more...
Before I go any further, let me say that I am not the type of person who has known what I wanted for my wedding since I was five, so when we started looking at venues I had no idea where to start. After months of looking and watching venues book up more than a year in advance, I happened upon DAR in a Washingtonian magazine and knew we had to look at it. One step inside the door of the O’Byrne gallery and I was done. While the price is not what I would call “budget friendly” it was the equivalent of most of the other venues we had looked at and none of them could boast that Washington monument view—simply stunning. We booked the venue that day.

A couple of other notes, though, so that others can make an informed decision. I will say that my wedding day was absolutely perfect and I would not have traded DAR for anything in the world. Peggy was great for wedding novices because she always had impeccable recommendations for vendors when we got stuck (she even made sure we booked the best DJ the day we were in her office to make sure we snagged him). That being said, we are a very budget minded family and I don’t think it would be possible to do a wedding at DAR for less than $30k (we tried, and it didn’t happen). Second, parking is somewhat of a problem. DC has nicely (read sarcasm) changed the parking meter times to go until 10pm on Saturday nights in this area of DC which means your guests are paying for at least 5-6 hours at a meter (made a little easier with the smartphone app, but not much). This was the only place where I didn't get a lot of help from the venue--apparently most brides just put out quarters and make their guests go feed the meters every two hours), but I realize the change is relatively recent, so maybe not many people have had to deal with it yet. We ended up working with a garage that is normally closed on weekends to open for us and allow our guests to pay a flat $10. It took a lot of work and calling around on my part, but I felt much more at ease knowing my guests had a confirmed place to park (although it was about a 10 minute walk). Other than those two things this venue was great! All of our guests had a wonderful time and I truly couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
All of our guests were in love with the venue. It truly made the evening special.

Peggy was very responsive and provided tons of advice and guidance during our planning process
All of our guests were in love with the venue. It truly made the evening special.

Peggy was very responsive and Read more...
All of our guests were in love with the venue. It truly made the evening special.

Peggy was very responsive and provided tons of advice and guidance during our planning process Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
3/31/2012
3.0/5.0
First, let me say the venue is STUNNING. The building is an amazing historic site with gorgeous architecture, beautiful interior, and a view that can't be topped in Washington D.C. The view on the patio where we held our ceremony had the Washington Monument in the background. If this review was based just on the facility, I'd give it five stars.

However, I think that service is an important component of any wedding vendor, and we were disappointed with the service provided by the DAR. The contact person was rude and condescending from our very first meeting, when we (along with my parents) toured the available space. She was again difficult during the walk-through with our coordinator and caterer. Throughout our months of planning, her communication was provided at the barest minimum. Some unprofessional oversights were made, including these:

1. We were not informed that the facility suffered damage in the earthquake that occurred a few weeks after we booked the site. The space we had reserved for our ceremony and after-dinner dancing was scaffolded and unusable, yet we were told nothing. I happened to see the scaffolding and asked about it. We were told it would "probably" be down in time for our wedding, yet we were not offered any other information about what our options were should our original space be unusable. (Thankfully, the scaffolding came down two weeks prior to our wedding.)

2. We were promised four parking spaces for my parents and wedding coordinator to use on the day of the wedding. About four days prior to the wedding we were told those spaces would be available "after 5:30 p.m." on the wedding day because employees use those spaces. Despite the fact that our event started at 5:15, we were told our parents could "just park on the street and then move their cars" after employees left. No offer was made to have employees move their cars by 4:30 when we were due to arrive for photos. I pushed them on it and we were then given two spaces at the loading dock. However, when my parents arrived at 4:30, those spaces were occupied. One car of ours was parked partly over a sidewalk. The DAR representative came to me (the bride) about 15 minutes before the ceremony to tell me that my father needed to go move his car. That is simply unacceptable, unprofessional, and unbelievable. Thankfully, our wedding coordinator was able to take my dad's keys and go move the car. I still find it outrageous that we were denied the spaces promised to us, then provided with insufficient parking, then asked to move a car just before the ceremony. (I will say however, that the person on-site on our wedding day - someone different than our main contact person - was pleasant. The parking situation was very frustrating and handled poorly, but the woman was polite.)

If you're looking for a stunning D.C. venue, the DAR can't be beat. However, keep in mind that this venue does not include much in the way of customer service and you will have to remain vigilant about all the details yourself.
First, let me say the venue is STUNNING. The building is an amazing historic site with gorgeous architecture, beautiful Read more...
First, let me say the venue is STUNNING. The building is an amazing historic site with gorgeous architecture, beautiful interior, and a view that can't be topped in Washington D.C. The view on the patio where we held our ceremony had the Washington Monument in the background. If this review was based just on the facility, I'd give it five stars.

However, I think that service is an important component of any wedding vendor, and we were disappointed with the service provided by the DAR. The contact person was rude and condescending from our very first meeting, when we (along with my parents) toured the available space. She was again difficult during the walk-through with our coordinator and caterer. Throughout our months of planning, her communication was provided at the barest minimum. Some unprofessional oversights were made, including these:

1. We were not informed that the facility suffered damage in the earthquake that occurred a few weeks after we booked the site. The space we had reserved for our ceremony and after-dinner dancing was scaffolded and unusable, yet we were told nothing. I happened to see the scaffolding and asked about it. We were told it would "probably" be down in time for our wedding, yet we were not offered any other information about what our options were should our original space be unusable. (Thankfully, the scaffolding came down two weeks prior to our wedding.)

2. We were promised four parking spaces for my parents and wedding coordinator to use on the day of the wedding. About four days prior to the wedding we were told those spaces would be available "after 5:30 p.m." on the wedding day because employees use those spaces. Despite the fact that our event started at 5:15, we were told our parents could "just park on the street and then move their cars" after employees left. No offer was made to have employees move their cars by 4:30 when we were due to arrive for photos. I pushed them on it and we were then given two spaces at the loading dock. However, when my parents arrived at 4:30, those spaces were occupied. One car of ours was parked partly over a sidewalk. The DAR representative came to me (the bride) about 15 minutes before the ceremony to tell me that my father needed to go move his car. That is simply unacceptable, unprofessional, and unbelievable. Thankfully, our wedding coordinator was able to take my dad's keys and go move the car. I still find it outrageous that we were denied the spaces promised to us, then provided with insufficient parking, then asked to move a car just before the ceremony. (I will say however, that the person on-site on our wedding day - someone different than our main contact person - was pleasant. The parking situation was very frustrating and handled poorly, but the woman was polite.)

If you're looking for a stunning D.C. venue, the DAR can't be beat. However, keep in mind that this venue does not include much in the way of customer service and you will have to remain vigilant about all the details yourself. Read less
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amberazul
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Peggy Martz is a consummate professional. The venue was spectacular and Peggy was a pleasure to work with. Our guests think we paid a lot more than we did to rent the museum. We had the event March 19th (the rates go up during the Spring and Summer so we got an incredible deal!)

If you want an impressive, classy and gorgeous venue then the DAR is your place!
Peggy Martz is a consummate professional. The venue was spectacular and Peggy was a pleasure to work with. Our guests Read more...
Peggy Martz is a consummate professional. The venue was spectacular and Peggy was a pleasure to work with. Our guests think we paid a lot more than we did to rent the museum. We had the event March 19th (the rates go up during the Spring and Summer so we got an incredible deal!)

If you want an impressive, classy and gorgeous venue then the DAR is your place! Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception venue were at the DAR. The place is absolutely gorgeous. The outdoor portico (the site of the ceremony, cocktails and dancing) is white marble and overlooks the Washington Monument. If you are planning an outdoor wedding it doesn't get more Washingtonian than this. Peggy Martz at the DAR is wonderful to work with. She is very knowledgeable and efficient. She will help you every step of the way. She can even provide wonderful vendors. Listen to her suggestions. She knows her stuff. The reception was held inside the museum in the O'Brynne Gallery. This is a gorgeous room that seats a maximum of 140 people. It has hardwood floors, mirrored walls, French doors leading out to the Portico and a fireplace. I highly recommend the DAR. It is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception venue were at the DAR. The place is absolutely gorgeous. The outdoor portico Read more...
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception venue were at the DAR. The place is absolutely gorgeous. The outdoor portico (the site of the ceremony, cocktails and dancing) is white marble and overlooks the Washington Monument. If you are planning an outdoor wedding it doesn't get more Washingtonian than this. Peggy Martz at the DAR is wonderful to work with. She is very knowledgeable and efficient. She will help you every step of the way. She can even provide wonderful vendors. Listen to her suggestions. She knows her stuff. The reception was held inside the museum in the O'Brynne Gallery. This is a gorgeous room that seats a maximum of 140 people. It has hardwood floors, mirrored walls, French doors leading out to the Portico and a fireplace. I highly recommend the DAR. It is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception at DAR and they were a pleasure to work with. Peggy and her team were helpful and full of suggestions for vendors, examples and ideas based on prior events and responsive to our questions and needs. The venue itself is beautiful and well maintained. Our guests loved the space and our pictures are amazing. It also allowed us a built in weather plan since we could use the Pennsylvania Foyer for our ceremony and dancing if we needed on account of rain. My husband and I were so happy we selected this place as our wedding venue and recommend it to others if you are looking to have a classic, Washington DC affair.
We had our ceremony and reception at DAR and they were a pleasure to work with. Peggy and her team were helpful and full Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception at DAR and they were a pleasure to work with. Peggy and her team were helpful and full of suggestions for vendors, examples and ideas based on prior events and responsive to our questions and needs. The venue itself is beautiful and well maintained. Our guests loved the space and our pictures are amazing. It also allowed us a built in weather plan since we could use the Pennsylvania Foyer for our ceremony and dancing if we needed on account of rain. My husband and I were so happy we selected this place as our wedding venue and recommend it to others if you are looking to have a classic, Washington DC affair. Read less
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