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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 setting that is stately, charming, and elegant for private events ranging from wedding ceremonies and receptions, to engagement... Read more
Dumbarton House is a historic house museum that offers a setting that is stately, charming, and elegant 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 the site independently, please visit us Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 3pm. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1800
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
4200
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1800
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
4200
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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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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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year 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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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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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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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
I used the Dumbarton House for my wedding reception in May 2014. I LOVED it! The staff were great to work with, the venue is absolutely beautiful, and every time I visited I just fell in love with it even more. It has a very elegant, yet un-pretentious feel. The vendors that the event coordinator recommended were absolutely wonderful and they are willing to work with you if you have a tight budget (I did). I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. My reception was just absolutely perfect!

Some things to keep in mind (not negative, just things to consider):
-You MUST reserve the venue for an additional 3 paid hours (2 for setup, 1 for cleanup) in additional to your event hours. So keep that in mind for cost calculations.
-They have a preferred vendors list, but you don't have to use those vendors unless you want a tent. They will only let you use one tent company... and it is pretty pricey. The tent, however, is beautiful and well-constructed so you don't have to worry about quality.
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I used the Dumbarton House for my wedding reception in May 2014. I LOVED it! The staff were great to work with, the venue Read more...
I used the Dumbarton House for my wedding reception in May 2014. I LOVED it! The staff were great to work with, the venue is absolutely beautiful, and every time I visited I just fell in love with it even more. It has a very elegant, yet un-pretentious feel. The vendors that the event coordinator recommended were absolutely wonderful and they are willing to work with you if you have a tight budget (I did). I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. My reception was just absolutely perfect!

Some things to keep in mind (not negative, just things to consider):
-You MUST reserve the venue for an additional 3 paid hours (2 for setup, 1 for cleanup) in additional to your event hours. So keep that in mind for cost calculations.
-They have a preferred vendors list, but you don't have to use those vendors unless you want a tent. They will only let you use one tent company... and it is pretty pricey. The tent, however, is beautiful and well-constructed so you don't have to worry about quality.
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Private User
Wedding:
11/9/2013
4.6/5.0
Our wedding was at the Dumbarton House in November 2013 and it was wonderful! Our only concerns about the whole day were what you would expect in November in Washington, DC -- which was that it was a little cold. Luckily with Sugarplum, the tent vendor that Dumbarton House uses, our guests were kept warm. The tents and heaters got a little expensive though. The Dumbarton grounds are beautiful and were great for photos of the wedding party before things got started. The grounds and house are also very spacious for doing both a ceremony and reception all at one venue. It's also great having flexibility with catering. 100% recommended!
Our wedding was at the Dumbarton House in November 2013 and it was wonderful! Our only concerns about the whole day were Read more...
Our wedding was at the Dumbarton House in November 2013 and it was wonderful! Our only concerns about the whole day were what you would expect in November in Washington, DC -- which was that it was a little cold. Luckily with Sugarplum, the tent vendor that Dumbarton House uses, our guests were kept warm. The tents and heaters got a little expensive though. The Dumbarton grounds are beautiful and were great for photos of the wedding party before things got started. The grounds and house are also very spacious for doing both a ceremony and reception all at one venue. It's also great having flexibility with catering. 100% recommended! Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.5/5.0
Dumbarton House was a gorgeous venue and I'm glad we picked it. Suzanne, the Rental Events Coordinator, was fantastic-- responsive, patient and knowledgeable. I had a million dumb questions and she always got back to me quickly.

The venue is very pretty and I liked that we could have the ceremony and reception all on one site. As most of our guests were from out of town we needed a venue that was close to DC proper, and Dumbarton House is just the right balance of being in the city without having the drawbacks, like hearing traffic.

There are some drawbacks, but that's inevitable with any place. It's a historic property so there are some limitations for what you can do, but nothing unreasonable. It's pricey, but you'll get that anywhere you go in this area. A tent is mandatory if your wedding guests are above a certain number, which further adds to the cost. A venue is really about what fits you and your needs, and for us, it was a lovely fit.
Dumbarton House was a gorgeous venue and I'm glad we picked it. Suzanne, the Rental Events Coordinator, was fantastic-- Read more...
Dumbarton House was a gorgeous venue and I'm glad we picked it. Suzanne, the Rental Events Coordinator, was fantastic-- responsive, patient and knowledgeable. I had a million dumb questions and she always got back to me quickly.

The venue is very pretty and I liked that we could have the ceremony and reception all on one site. As most of our guests were from out of town we needed a venue that was close to DC proper, and Dumbarton House is just the right balance of being in the city without having the drawbacks, like hearing traffic.

There are some drawbacks, but that's inevitable with any place. It's a historic property so there are some limitations for what you can do, but nothing unreasonable. It's pricey, but you'll get that anywhere you go in this area. A tent is mandatory if your wedding guests are above a certain number, which further adds to the cost. A venue is really about what fits you and your needs, and for us, it was a lovely fit. Read less
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