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Dumbarton House

Washington , DC
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LOCATION

2715 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20007 US (map)

PHONE

202-337-2288

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ABOUT US

Dumbarton House is a historic house museum that offers a stately, charming, and elegant setting for private events ranging from wedding ceremonies and receptions, to engagement parties... Read more
Dumbarton House is a historic house museum that offers a stately, charming, and elegant setting for private events ranging from wedding ceremonies and receptions, to engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.

From its grand entrance, tranquil gardens, and outdoor terraces to its museum rooms and banquet space opening onto an exquisite courtyard, Dumbarton House makes an unforgettable impression. Rentals include use of the Belle Vue Room ballroom/ banquet space and grounds. The museum’s first floor is traditionally open during the arrival of guests, providing them an opportunity to view the historic rooms.

Dumbarton House has been acclaimed in the five-star site directory of Wedding Style magazine by Grace Ormonde, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Eco-Beautiful Weddings, selected by readers of The Washington Post Express as “Best Wedding Venue,” and consistently voted one of Washington’s top sites for events by Washingtonian magazine.

To speak with the Event Coordinator or to schedule a tour, please call (202) 337-2288, ext. 234 or email Events@DumbartonHouse.org. Additionally, if you would like to tour our Museum, please visit us Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 3pm. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
30
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Historic, Mansion, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
30
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

REVIEWS

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Caity
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding at the Dumbarton House was totally perfect. The house itself is gorgeous-- we used the gardens for the cocktail reception and the Belle Vue room and patio for the dinner, and everyone was extremely impressed. We chose the Dumbarton House because of the dedicated indoor space (rather than setting up a tent on grass, which made me nervous), its interesting history, its ornate ballroom (we did very little additional decorating), and the attentiveness of the staff.

Throughout the planning experience, the staff was responsive, flexible, informative, and very nice. During the cocktail hour, my husband (!) and I were trying to find a quiet place to talk in the middle of all the revelry, and a Dumbarton House staff member brought us to a private room away from the crowd and had the catering staff bring us wine and a plate of canapes. This gesture was so sweet and made us feel valued as guests.

I highly recommend the Dumbarton House! Wonderful value, inspiring history, perfect experience!
Our wedding at the Dumbarton House was totally perfect. The house itself is gorgeous-- we used the gardens for the Read more...
Our wedding at the Dumbarton House was totally perfect. The house itself is gorgeous-- we used the gardens for the cocktail reception and the Belle Vue room and patio for the dinner, and everyone was extremely impressed. We chose the Dumbarton House because of the dedicated indoor space (rather than setting up a tent on grass, which made me nervous), its interesting history, its ornate ballroom (we did very little additional decorating), and the attentiveness of the staff.

Throughout the planning experience, the staff was responsive, flexible, informative, and very nice. During the cocktail hour, my husband (!) and I were trying to find a quiet place to talk in the middle of all the revelry, and a Dumbarton House staff member brought us to a private room away from the crowd and had the catering staff bring us wine and a plate of canapes. This gesture was so sweet and made us feel valued as guests.

I highly recommend the Dumbarton House! Wonderful value, inspiring history, perfect experience! Read less
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Adriana
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Dumbarton house was perfect for our wedding. Cocktail hour in the garden was perfect and it was fun for guests to be able to wander through the little museum. The reception hall is fantastic and picturesque. The only thing to consider is that you will have to add the cost of a tent for the patio area (not cheap) and that the tent won't be air-conditioned. The staff was fabulous!
Dumbarton house was perfect for our wedding. Cocktail hour in the garden was perfect and it was fun for guests to be able Read more...
Dumbarton house was perfect for our wedding. Cocktail hour in the garden was perfect and it was fun for guests to be able to wander through the little museum. The reception hall is fantastic and picturesque. The only thing to consider is that you will have to add the cost of a tent for the patio area (not cheap) and that the tent won't be air-conditioned. The staff was fabulous! Read less
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Jean
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Dumbarton House hands down. We worked with Suzanne, who was so helpful and nice throughout the entire process. We had to do two different walk-throughs, and she was very flexible. The wedding day went great and the scenery couldn't be beat. You really don't need to decorate much b/c the Dumbarton House and their grounds speak for themselves. It was also a great deal compared to other vendors in the area.
I would recommend Dumbarton House hands down. We worked with Suzanne, who was so helpful and nice throughout the entire Read more...
I would recommend Dumbarton House hands down. We worked with Suzanne, who was so helpful and nice throughout the entire process. We had to do two different walk-throughs, and she was very flexible. The wedding day went great and the scenery couldn't be beat. You really don't need to decorate much b/c the Dumbarton House and their grounds speak for themselves. It was also a great deal compared to other vendors in the area. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Dumbarton House is so beautiful, and the people who run the place are friendly and easy to work with. We only had our ceremony there - in the garden outside - which a lot of people don't realize is possible, so they think the Dumbarton House may be too expensive for them. They really know what they are doing, which was much appreciated by this bride!
The Dumbarton House is so beautiful, and the people who run the place are friendly and easy to work with. We only had our Read more...
The Dumbarton House is so beautiful, and the people who run the place are friendly and easy to work with. We only had our ceremony there - in the garden outside - which a lot of people don't realize is possible, so they think the Dumbarton House may be too expensive for them. They really know what they are doing, which was much appreciated by this bride! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Dumbarton House was the perfect setting for our June wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better venue. We held the ceremony in the back garden (120 people), had cocktails on the upper terrace and had a seated dinner in the Bellvue Room/lower terrace. We were initially concerned about the reception being separated into two rooms, but when the french doors are all open, the two rooms flow seamlessly. The event coordinator changed during the course of our planning, but the current coordinator, Susanne, was a pleasure to work with. She was responsive and very helpful throughout the process.

One thing to note is a tent for the lower terrace is required and the house does not provide any rentals (tables, chairs, etc) so be sure to factor those additional costs in.
Dumbarton House was the perfect setting for our June wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better venue. We held the Read more...
Dumbarton House was the perfect setting for our June wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better venue. We held the ceremony in the back garden (120 people), had cocktails on the upper terrace and had a seated dinner in the Bellvue Room/lower terrace. We were initially concerned about the reception being separated into two rooms, but when the french doors are all open, the two rooms flow seamlessly. The event coordinator changed during the course of our planning, but the current coordinator, Susanne, was a pleasure to work with. She was responsive and very helpful throughout the process.

One thing to note is a tent for the lower terrace is required and the house does not provide any rentals (tables, chairs, etc) so be sure to factor those additional costs in. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
7/23/2005
5.0/5.0
Dumbarton House is just gorgeous. We had our ceremony on the back garden centered on the stone niche between the urns. So intimate and picturesque. Our dinner was in the ballroom below, and because of the size of our group, had to tent the stone patio. With the French doors open, you wouldn't think it was two rooms. Dancing was inside, as well as cake cutting. Everything was just perfect. Highly recommend!!
Dumbarton House is just gorgeous. We had our ceremony on the back garden centered on the stone niche between the urns. So Read more...
Dumbarton House is just gorgeous. We had our ceremony on the back garden centered on the stone niche between the urns. So intimate and picturesque. Our dinner was in the ballroom below, and because of the size of our group, had to tent the stone patio. With the French doors open, you wouldn't think it was two rooms. Dancing was inside, as well as cake cutting. Everything was just perfect. Highly recommend!! Read less
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Izumi
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Dumbarton House was a perfect venue for our wedding! The house and garden were beautiful. Missy (events manager) was very kind and helpful! We highly recommend it!
Dumbarton House was a perfect venue for our wedding! The house and garden were beautiful. Missy (events manager) was very Read more...
Dumbarton House was a perfect venue for our wedding! The house and garden were beautiful. Missy (events manager) was very kind and helpful! We highly recommend it! Read less
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christine
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
The Dumbarton House was a fantastic location and the staff was incredible. I highly recommend having your wedding at Dumbarton.
The Dumbarton House was a fantastic location and the staff was incredible. I highly recommend having your wedding at Read more...
The Dumbarton House was a fantastic location and the staff was incredible. I highly recommend having your wedding at Dumbarton. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dumbarton House was a fabulous venue -- lovely space and great staff. The sticker price is a bit high, but staff worked with us to get some discounts through their donation program and preferred vendors. The staff (Carol then Suzanne) were very professional and responsive, and the walk through was very detailed. A+ all around
Dumbarton House was a fabulous venue -- lovely space and great staff. The sticker price is a bit high, but staff worked Read more...
Dumbarton House was a fabulous venue -- lovely space and great staff. The sticker price is a bit high, but staff worked with us to get some discounts through their donation program and preferred vendors. The staff (Carol then Suzanne) were very professional and responsive, and the walk through was very detailed. A+ all around Read less
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Carrie and Ethan
Wedding:
9/27/2014
4.9/5.0
When we first saw Dumbarton House we knew this was where we were going to get married. While the house itself is beautiful, it was the grounds that attracted us. Dumbarton was very accommodating in showing us around and let us stop by multiple times before the wedding to get a proper feel of the venue. We worked with Suzanne who was especially wonderful in answering all of our questions and even offering suggestions when we asked. The staff that worked the event was very professional and accommodating as well.

The only hiccup was that a few days before the wedding we were informed that the terrace, where we originally had planned to have the cocktail hour, had to have lattice work blocking the banister (and the view) since the banister was loose. While the east garden worked out better in the end, we did have to update relevant vendors just days before the wedding, which added some unnecessary stress. However, this seems to be a rare occurrence. Overall, everything went smoothly and everyone loved our venue and commented on how beautiful it was. We loved it as well and would not hesitate to recommend Dumbarton House.
When we first saw Dumbarton House we knew this was where we were going to get married. While the house itself is Read more...
When we first saw Dumbarton House we knew this was where we were going to get married. While the house itself is beautiful, it was the grounds that attracted us. Dumbarton was very accommodating in showing us around and let us stop by multiple times before the wedding to get a proper feel of the venue. We worked with Suzanne who was especially wonderful in answering all of our questions and even offering suggestions when we asked. The staff that worked the event was very professional and accommodating as well.

The only hiccup was that a few days before the wedding we were informed that the terrace, where we originally had planned to have the cocktail hour, had to have lattice work blocking the banister (and the view) since the banister was loose. While the east garden worked out better in the end, we did have to update relevant vendors just days before the wedding, which added some unnecessary stress. However, this seems to be a rare occurrence. Overall, everything went smoothly and everyone loved our venue and commented on how beautiful it was. We loved it as well and would not hesitate to recommend Dumbarton House. Read less
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