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Meridian House

Washington , DC
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1630 Crescent Place, NW
Washington, DC US 20009 (map)

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202-939-5592

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ABOUT US

Meridian House is an exquisite historic home situated on three acres of manicured gardens. Conveniently located a mile north of the White House in the heart of the nation's capital, the... Read more
Meridian House is an exquisite historic home situated on three acres of manicured gardens. Conveniently located a mile north of the White House in the heart of the nation's capital, the property's stately elegance provides an ideal setting for the area's most prestigious events. Meridian House is a jewel of the residential architecture of John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives building. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meridian House was built in 1921 by Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin, who filled it with his collection of 18th century French drawings and Oriental porcelains and screens. After a major renovation in 1994, the principal rooms retain their architectural detail, including such original decorative features as the over-door paintings, French brass hardware and ornate lighting fixtures.

Standing the test of time, Meridian House is still considered by many to be the finest example of French urban architecture in the United States. Surrounded by walls sheltering a formal garden well-known for the grove of more than 40 European linden trees that shade a large pebbled courtyard, it is an elegant setting for private social or business events. Meridian House has been featured in publications including Washingtonian, Engaged, and Modern Bride. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1920
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Glamorous
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
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?
10000
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
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Sonja
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.8/5.0
Maria and her team did a great job facilitating our event and working with all our vendors. The space at Meridian is also beautiful. We had our ceremony in the garden, cocktail hour in the linden grove, and the reception inside. The price is a little high, but it does include all the tables and chairs, which isn't true at all the comparable sites.
Maria and her team did a great job facilitating our event and working with all our vendors. The space at Meridian is also Read more...
Maria and her team did a great job facilitating our event and working with all our vendors. The space at Meridian is also beautiful. We had our ceremony in the garden, cocktail hour in the linden grove, and the reception inside. The price is a little high, but it does include all the tables and chairs, which isn't true at all the comparable sites. Read less
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Miriam
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Meridian House was an exceptional venue. The beauty of the house and the grounds made it so very little needed to be added in terms of decor--it's wonderful on its own. We had an outdoor ceremony in the garden, a cocktail hour in the Linden Grove, and dinner and dancing inside the house. Maria was absolutely terrific to work with--she made sure all the vendors had the info they needed and helped everything to flow perfectly the day of the event. She was also very helpful and responsive with all of my questions during the planning process. This place is magical!
Meridian House was an exceptional venue. The beauty of the house and the grounds made it so very little needed to be added Read more...
Meridian House was an exceptional venue. The beauty of the house and the grounds made it so very little needed to be added in terms of decor--it's wonderful on its own. We had an outdoor ceremony in the garden, a cocktail hour in the Linden Grove, and dinner and dancing inside the house. Maria was absolutely terrific to work with--she made sure all the vendors had the info they needed and helped everything to flow perfectly the day of the event. She was also very helpful and responsive with all of my questions during the planning process. This place is magical! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/5/2014
4.8/5.0
Meridian House was a great venue for my wedding reception! Everything looked beautiful, and went off without a hitch. Maria was very accommodating and helpful when dealing with other vendors. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more.
Meridian House was a great venue for my wedding reception! Everything looked beautiful, and went off without a hitch. Read more...
Meridian House was a great venue for my wedding reception! Everything looked beautiful, and went off without a hitch. Maria was very accommodating and helpful when dealing with other vendors. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. Read less
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Team
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have had such a beautiful and gorgeous wedding were it not for the Meridian House. Maria and everyone else on staff was very helpful throughout the entire process, especially during the day-of preparations. The five different rooms made it easy to separate the different parts of the wedding while having everything flow smoothly. We only wish the night could have gone on longer!
We couldn't have had such a beautiful and gorgeous wedding were it not for the Meridian House. Maria and everyone else on Read more...
We couldn't have had such a beautiful and gorgeous wedding were it not for the Meridian House. Maria and everyone else on staff was very helpful throughout the entire process, especially during the day-of preparations. The five different rooms made it easy to separate the different parts of the wedding while having everything flow smoothly. We only wish the night could have gone on longer! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Amazing. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. Maria was a dream to work with and accommodated my every request. She was always available and flexible. It was perfect for our 100 people wedding, and the wedding felt cozy, elegant and intimate. I can't recommend enough!
Amazing. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. Maria was a dream to work with and accommodated my every Read more...
Amazing. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. Maria was a dream to work with and accommodated my every request. She was always available and flexible. It was perfect for our 100 people wedding, and the wedding felt cozy, elegant and intimate. I can't recommend enough! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
This venue is stunning. You will save on flowers and decor because the venue itself is so beautiful. Maria, the venue coordinator, is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. The space was perfect for hosting both our ceremony and reception. It's convenient to hotels so guests don't have to travel far. We were worried about splitting guests up into two adjoined rooms for dinner because we thought people in the smaller room might feel excluded, but it didn't feel that way at all. We sat near the door that joined the rooms and it was fine.
This venue is stunning. You will save on flowers and decor because the venue itself is so beautiful. Maria, the venue Read more...
This venue is stunning. You will save on flowers and decor because the venue itself is so beautiful. Maria, the venue coordinator, is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. The space was perfect for hosting both our ceremony and reception. It's convenient to hotels so guests don't have to travel far. We were worried about splitting guests up into two adjoined rooms for dinner because we thought people in the smaller room might feel excluded, but it didn't feel that way at all. We sat near the door that joined the rooms and it was fine. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue! Especially the Linden Grove where we had cocktail hour! Maria was great to work with!
Beautiful venue! Especially the Linden Grove where we had cocktail hour! Maria was great to work with!
Beautiful venue! Especially the Linden Grove where we had cocktail hour! Maria was great to work with! Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
When planning our wedding, we knew that we did not want a typical "big box" wedding in a hotel. The Meridian House is an absolutely gorgeous location for your event. With no rain plan, I wanted a location where the inside was just as beautiful as the outside. We had SO many compliments about our venue and were told that our wedding was "the most elegant wedding" that many people had ever attended.

Not only is the venue itself an unforgettable setting, but Maria is absolutely amazing to work with. She is extremely helpful and sweet and I cannot imagine having worked with anyone else. There was construction on the entrance and we were unable to enter through the front door AND there was a massive storm on our wedding day just as the ceremony was about to begin. Those 2 things would create tears for any bride, but I was calm knowing that I was in good hands with Maria and that our venue was so gorgeous, it would make no difference in the world to any of our guests.

If you chose the Meridian, you will have beautiful pictures and an extremely memorable location for your big day.
When planning our wedding, we knew that we did not want a typical "big box" wedding in a hotel. The Meridian House is an Read more...
When planning our wedding, we knew that we did not want a typical "big box" wedding in a hotel. The Meridian House is an absolutely gorgeous location for your event. With no rain plan, I wanted a location where the inside was just as beautiful as the outside. We had SO many compliments about our venue and were told that our wedding was "the most elegant wedding" that many people had ever attended.

Not only is the venue itself an unforgettable setting, but Maria is absolutely amazing to work with. She is extremely helpful and sweet and I cannot imagine having worked with anyone else. There was construction on the entrance and we were unable to enter through the front door AND there was a massive storm on our wedding day just as the ceremony was about to begin. Those 2 things would create tears for any bride, but I was calm knowing that I was in good hands with Maria and that our venue was so gorgeous, it would make no difference in the world to any of our guests.

If you chose the Meridian, you will have beautiful pictures and an extremely memorable location for your big day. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We looked at wedding venues all over Virginia, Maryland and DC and the Meridian House was by far the most stunning. It took our breath away when we first saw it and it did not dissapoint the day of the wedding. Maria Canellis was our point of contact at the venue and she was a pleasure to work with and provided a wealth of wedding information. She even helped us with the planning process at times by providing tips and knowledge even though that wasn't really her role. This venue will surely exceed your expectations.
We looked at wedding venues all over Virginia, Maryland and DC and the Meridian House was by far the most stunning. It Read more...
We looked at wedding venues all over Virginia, Maryland and DC and the Meridian House was by far the most stunning. It took our breath away when we first saw it and it did not dissapoint the day of the wedding. Maria Canellis was our point of contact at the venue and she was a pleasure to work with and provided a wealth of wedding information. She even helped us with the planning process at times by providing tips and knowledge even though that wasn't really her role. This venue will surely exceed your expectations. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Meridian House is the most beautiful venue in DC (trust me, I looked at almost all of them!). It has beautiful, well-tended gardens, a breath-taking linden tree grove, and a elegant interior. One of my guests described the feel as "a midsummer's night garden" and many of the guests said it was the best venue they had ever seen.

My wedding day was hot (in the high 80s), but the gardens where we held our ceremony were shaded by our 5pm ceremony time, and our guests had no complaints. It definitely got a bit warm in the dance room as the night went on, but people were able to cool off in the Linden Grove with the tables Meridian House provided for free, and people were generally comfortable and happy the whole night, in spite of the heat.

The venue is a bit pricey by DC standards, but includes tables and chairs for both the dinner and ceremony for up to 150 guests, which was a nice addition. The approved vendor list is extensive for caterers, so you can really put your own touches on the wedding, which is fun. The site can take as much or as little decor as you want because it is already so naturally beautiful, so while you might pay the money upfront, but save it in the long run. The cost also includes rehearsal and walk-through time, so long as the house is available, which is helpful. Additionally, the house can fit up to 200 (though it makes it a tighter squeeze), which makes it one of the larger options for historic home weddings in DC.

Maria is not only professional and responsive, but a super sweet and helpful venue coordinator. She sees weddings every weekend, so she is able and willing to give useful advice about set ups and vendors. Meridian House does have some limited rules, such as ending events by 11pm or limited tent vendors (don't worry, you can drink red wine anywhere in thehouse and have candles!), but Maria is more than willing to work to accommodate unique ideas - for example, she helped us coordinate having a food truck, DC Slices, come as a surprise end to the party. She made sure everything ran smoothly, and was definitely an asset for our wedding planning.
Meridian House is the most beautiful venue in DC (trust me, I looked at almost all of them!). It has beautiful, Read more...
Meridian House is the most beautiful venue in DC (trust me, I looked at almost all of them!). It has beautiful, well-tended gardens, a breath-taking linden tree grove, and a elegant interior. One of my guests described the feel as "a midsummer's night garden" and many of the guests said it was the best venue they had ever seen.

My wedding day was hot (in the high 80s), but the gardens where we held our ceremony were shaded by our 5pm ceremony time, and our guests had no complaints. It definitely got a bit warm in the dance room as the night went on, but people were able to cool off in the Linden Grove with the tables Meridian House provided for free, and people were generally comfortable and happy the whole night, in spite of the heat.

The venue is a bit pricey by DC standards, but includes tables and chairs for both the dinner and ceremony for up to 150 guests, which was a nice addition. The approved vendor list is extensive for caterers, so you can really put your own touches on the wedding, which is fun. The site can take as much or as little decor as you want because it is already so naturally beautiful, so while you might pay the money upfront, but save it in the long run. The cost also includes rehearsal and walk-through time, so long as the house is available, which is helpful. Additionally, the house can fit up to 200 (though it makes it a tighter squeeze), which makes it one of the larger options for historic home weddings in DC.

Maria is not only professional and responsive, but a super sweet and helpful venue coordinator. She sees weddings every weekend, so she is able and willing to give useful advice about set ups and vendors. Meridian House does have some limited rules, such as ending events by 11pm or limited tent vendors (don't worry, you can drink red wine anywhere in thehouse and have candles!), but Maria is more than willing to work to accommodate unique ideas - for example, she helped us coordinate having a food truck, DC Slices, come as a surprise end to the party. She made sure everything ran smoothly, and was definitely an asset for our wedding planning. Read less
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mpconc
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
It was an absolutely stunning location and we really enjoyed having our reception here. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue, and it was well worth it since the chairs and tables were included with the rental cost (unlike most other locations). Thank you Maria!
It was an absolutely stunning location and we really enjoyed having our reception here. We couldn't have asked for a more Read more...
It was an absolutely stunning location and we really enjoyed having our reception here. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful venue, and it was well worth it since the chairs and tables were included with the rental cost (unlike most other locations). Thank you Maria! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I used the Meridian House for both my wedding ceremony and reception. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful event venue in DC. Maria is a pleasure to work with - friendly, professional, responsive, and reasonable. I wish I could have my wedding at the Meridian House all over again!! I will just have to find another excuse to have an event there in the future.
I used the Meridian House for both my wedding ceremony and reception. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful event venue Read more...
I used the Meridian House for both my wedding ceremony and reception. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful event venue in DC. Maria is a pleasure to work with - friendly, professional, responsive, and reasonable. I wish I could have my wedding at the Meridian House all over again!! I will just have to find another excuse to have an event there in the future. Read less
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jmr
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
My wife is an employee, so we've been to a number of events at Meridian. The staff was great and the building and grounds are beautiful.
My wife is an employee, so we've been to a number of events at Meridian. The staff was great and the building and grounds Read more...
My wife is an employee, so we've been to a number of events at Meridian. The staff was great and the building and grounds are beautiful. Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.6/5.0
I could not have asked for a better venue for my Memorial Day weekend wedding! Maria was so helpful and attentive, and really helped to make our day special. We had our ceremony out in the Linden Grove. It was a picturesque setting. The guests sat beneath the trees, which helped to keep them cool on a warm May day! We had about 140 people, and everyone fit comfortably in the 2 connecting rooms for the reception. We had dancing in the large room across the hall, which I was a little worried about at first, but it actually worked out wonderfully! The guests had the freedom to come dance, sit at their tables to chat, or take a stroll outside, as it was a georgeous evening! The venue is expensive, but if you are looking for a grand location for your ceremony and reception, it is well worth it!
I could not have asked for a better venue for my Memorial Day weekend wedding! Maria was so helpful and attentive, and Read more...
I could not have asked for a better venue for my Memorial Day weekend wedding! Maria was so helpful and attentive, and really helped to make our day special. We had our ceremony out in the Linden Grove. It was a picturesque setting. The guests sat beneath the trees, which helped to keep them cool on a warm May day! We had about 140 people, and everyone fit comfortably in the 2 connecting rooms for the reception. We had dancing in the large room across the hall, which I was a little worried about at first, but it actually worked out wonderfully! The guests had the freedom to come dance, sit at their tables to chat, or take a stroll outside, as it was a georgeous evening! The venue is expensive, but if you are looking for a grand location for your ceremony and reception, it is well worth it! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
4/23/2011
4.9/5.0
I need to preface this review by saying that I married at the Meridian House on probably the most beautiful spring day that someone could ask for. I'm sure my review would vary slightly had the weather not been as beautiful and we had to have the ceremony and the entire reception indoors.

As it was, the Meridian House was a phenomenal location for both our ceremony and reception. I still have a hard time believing that it was my wedding because the photos from the day are completely breathtaking and gorgeous. The grounds of the gardens and the linden grove are immaculately manicured and truly of a level of beauty that few places could ever relate to. Before the ceremony, we had our photographers take our pictures and our family portraits in the garden. We were initally planning for our wedding ceremony to take place in the garden but since the weather had been rainy leading up to the day (we were all thinking it would be rained out the day of) my wedding planner decided to move our ceremony to the linden grove. The linden grove turned out to be a fantastic location for the ceremony, completely unique. Even if it had been rained out, we would have had a really special plan C (plan A - garden, plan B- linden grove) by having the ceremony in the loggia where we had to practice for our rehearsal the evening prior.

The day and evening were perfect at the Meridian House although we had the most amazing weather (no rain and perfect outdoor temperature) to enjoy the linden grove after the ceremony for the cocktail hour and reception. You could dance up a sweat in the dance hall and then go outside underneath the paper lanterns strung on the linden trees and enjoy the cool spring evening. It was perfection. And my parents had a lot of people coming up to them saying they'd never been to a more perfect venue for a wedding. (Again, we were somehow so fortunate as to have had the most desirable weather possible.) The staff of the Meridian House, particularly Maria, was very easy to work with. And the chairs and tables that were provided for our reception were all wonderful.

The only reason I didn't give the Meridian House a perfect score for quality of service was because of two things I happened to notice. First, you really need to bring in a lighting team to help with lighting the reception since the lighting they offer isn't quite the best. And second, during the reception, the drawing room and library became hot very quickly with all of the people eating in them since the Meridian House does not have a very good air conditioning system. Luckily the were able to open the windows and have the cool, perfectly temperate breeze from outside come into the house and cool off the guests in the library. I would not recommend marrying at the Meridian House in the summer since this could be a serious issue with our hot, humid DC summers.

All in all though, I couldn't have asked for a better location for my wedding day and we somehow ended up with the best case scenario with the weather. It was perfect. My husband and I have a favorite moment after we'd had our meal during the reception when we went out into the garden to walk around the grounds by ourselves (no photographers, just us). It was a special quiet time away from the noisy chatter of the reception and I will always remember those magical moments amongst the spring green garden and in particular, the lavendar wisteria draping the gates of one sitting area in the garden. I felt like I was in a fairytale, the garden was so perfect in beauty. If you are getting married on a spring or fall day (and don't have to deal with rain), there is no better venue in the D.C. area than the Meridian House.
I need to preface this review by saying that I married at the Meridian House on probably the most beautiful spring day Read more...
I need to preface this review by saying that I married at the Meridian House on probably the most beautiful spring day that someone could ask for. I'm sure my review would vary slightly had the weather not been as beautiful and we had to have the ceremony and the entire reception indoors.

As it was, the Meridian House was a phenomenal location for both our ceremony and reception. I still have a hard time believing that it was my wedding because the photos from the day are completely breathtaking and gorgeous. The grounds of the gardens and the linden grove are immaculately manicured and truly of a level of beauty that few places could ever relate to. Before the ceremony, we had our photographers take our pictures and our family portraits in the garden. We were initally planning for our wedding ceremony to take place in the garden but since the weather had been rainy leading up to the day (we were all thinking it would be rained out the day of) my wedding planner decided to move our ceremony to the linden grove. The linden grove turned out to be a fantastic location for the ceremony, completely unique. Even if it had been rained out, we would have had a really special plan C (plan A - garden, plan B- linden grove) by having the ceremony in the loggia where we had to practice for our rehearsal the evening prior.

The day and evening were perfect at the Meridian House although we had the most amazing weather (no rain and perfect outdoor temperature) to enjoy the linden grove after the ceremony for the cocktail hour and reception. You could dance up a sweat in the dance hall and then go outside underneath the paper lanterns strung on the linden trees and enjoy the cool spring evening. It was perfection. And my parents had a lot of people coming up to them saying they'd never been to a more perfect venue for a wedding. (Again, we were somehow so fortunate as to have had the most desirable weather possible.) The staff of the Meridian House, particularly Maria, was very easy to work with. And the chairs and tables that were provided for our reception were all wonderful.

The only reason I didn't give the Meridian House a perfect score for quality of service was because of two things I happened to notice. First, you really need to bring in a lighting team to help with lighting the reception since the lighting they offer isn't quite the best. And second, during the reception, the drawing room and library became hot very quickly with all of the people eating in them since the Meridian House does not have a very good air conditioning system. Luckily the were able to open the windows and have the cool, perfectly temperate breeze from outside come into the house and cool off the guests in the library. I would not recommend marrying at the Meridian House in the summer since this could be a serious issue with our hot, humid DC summers.

All in all though, I couldn't have asked for a better location for my wedding day and we somehow ended up with the best case scenario with the weather. It was perfect. My husband and I have a favorite moment after we'd had our meal during the reception when we went out into the garden to walk around the grounds by ourselves (no photographers, just us). It was a special quiet time away from the noisy chatter of the reception and I will always remember those magical moments amongst the spring green garden and in particular, the lavendar wisteria draping the gates of one sitting area in the garden. I felt like I was in a fairytale, the garden was so perfect in beauty. If you are getting married on a spring or fall day (and don't have to deal with rain), there is no better venue in the D.C. area than the Meridian House. Read less
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mgarooks
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Meridian House is a beautiful location for a wedding. Maria Canellis, the Director of Events is great to work with and very responsive. The beauty of the House and the lawn/gardens saves some money on decorating and tables and chairs are included in the rental that saves some additional costs. Maria was with us during the duration of the wedding which helped to alleviate anxiety.
Meridian House is a beautiful location for a wedding. Maria Canellis, the Director of Events is great to work with and Read more...
Meridian House is a beautiful location for a wedding. Maria Canellis, the Director of Events is great to work with and very responsive. The beauty of the House and the lawn/gardens saves some money on decorating and tables and chairs are included in the rental that saves some additional costs. Maria was with us during the duration of the wedding which helped to alleviate anxiety. Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.1/5.0
Maria Canellis with Meridian House is fantastic! She is so professional, nice and accomodating! Meridian House is beautiful and a wonderful venue. We had our ceremony in the garden (beautiful day!), cocktails in the Linden Grove, and sit-down dinner inside. Meridian House is expensive and all vendors must be brought in. However, Maria is so helpful and kind and our event was perfect!
Maria Canellis with Meridian House is fantastic! She is so professional, nice and accomodating! Meridian House is Read more...
Maria Canellis with Meridian House is fantastic! She is so professional, nice and accomodating! Meridian House is beautiful and a wonderful venue. We had our ceremony in the garden (beautiful day!), cocktails in the Linden Grove, and sit-down dinner inside. Meridian House is expensive and all vendors must be brought in. However, Maria is so helpful and kind and our event was perfect! Read less
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Ed
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
What a lovely location. I can't think of a better place to get married or have a reception.
What a lovely location. I can't think of a better place to get married or have a reception.
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tjmdibari
Wedding:
9/19/2009
0.7/5.0
We paid 10,500 to use the facility. We chose it because of the outdoor space. Unfortunately, it rained throughout our entire wedding day. For the money we spent on this beautiful venue, we would have expected the A/C to be up to par. Needless to say, it was not. It was so hot that evening, two of our guests went to the hospital because of the heat. Meridian House said that the historic house was not equipped with an A/C unit to keep the entire house cool. It was very disappointing.
April, our event coordinator is quite possibly the most useless human-being on earth. She is obnoxiously rude and doesn't take the time to answer your questions. If she does, she is incredibly rude. If you decide to go with Meridian House, although I think there are many more locations in DC that are just as beautiful for half of the price, you should definitely ask for a different event coordinator.
We paid 10,500 to use the facility. We chose it because of the outdoor space. Unfortunately, it rained throughout our Read more...
We paid 10,500 to use the facility. We chose it because of the outdoor space. Unfortunately, it rained throughout our entire wedding day. For the money we spent on this beautiful venue, we would have expected the A/C to be up to par. Needless to say, it was not. It was so hot that evening, two of our guests went to the hospital because of the heat. Meridian House said that the historic house was not equipped with an A/C unit to keep the entire house cool. It was very disappointing.
April, our event coordinator is quite possibly the most useless human-being on earth. She is obnoxiously rude and doesn't take the time to answer your questions. If she does, she is incredibly rude. If you decide to go with Meridian House, although I think there are many more locations in DC that are just as beautiful for half of the price, you should definitely ask for a different event coordinator. Read less
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washdcbrid
Wedding:
7/25/2009
3.8/5.0
I fell in love with this place via pictures and after seeing it in person I knew it was a must for my wedding. There's no place like it in the city. The price tag is daunting but once you compare what is included (chairs, tables, parking, etc) with the price tag of other places it is certainly more attainable. Most other places with an outdoor option required a tent which raised the price considerably. It was my absolute favorite part of the wedding so I was happy to make the rest of our budget smaller to get married in this beautiful location.
I fell in love with this place via pictures and after seeing it in person I knew it was a must for my wedding. There's no Read more...
I fell in love with this place via pictures and after seeing it in person I knew it was a must for my wedding. There's no place like it in the city. The price tag is daunting but once you compare what is included (chairs, tables, parking, etc) with the price tag of other places it is certainly more attainable. Most other places with an outdoor option required a tent which raised the price considerably. It was my absolute favorite part of the wedding so I was happy to make the rest of our budget smaller to get married in this beautiful location. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/13/2008
4.4/5.0
There is not a more georgous hidden site in all of DC than Meridian, we looked high and low and Meridian was by far the most elegant, picturesque place their is! PLUS they include all your chairs and tables, which is hard to come by when looking at venues!
There is not a more georgous hidden site in all of DC than Meridian, we looked high and low and Meridian was by far the Read more...
There is not a more georgous hidden site in all of DC than Meridian, we looked high and low and Meridian was by far the most elegant, picturesque place their is! PLUS they include all your chairs and tables, which is hard to come by when looking at venues! Read less
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meroro
Wedding:
8/31/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I fell in love with the Meridian House the first moment we walked in. The house looks like an old European mansion and the gardens are beautiful. All of the guests could not stop commenting on how beautiful the house was and how perfect it was! The staff were very professional and responsive throughout the entire wedding process - very user friendly!
My husband and I fell in love with the Meridian House the first moment we walked in. The house looks like an old European Read more...
My husband and I fell in love with the Meridian House the first moment we walked in. The house looks like an old European mansion and the gardens are beautiful. All of the guests could not stop commenting on how beautiful the house was and how perfect it was! The staff were very professional and responsive throughout the entire wedding process - very user friendly! Read less
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allicat544
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.8/5.0
Meridian House was a spectacular venue. People were commenting on the breathtaking scenery both inside and outside the house all night! The house is decorated so beautifully that it required few additional decorations.

The Linden Grove was my favorite part from the time we first went to look at Meridian. Our wedding day was unbelievably hot (far, far, far exceeding the regular average temperature- on our wedding day in early June, the heat index was something like 107 degrees!). We had planned our dinner and seating to be outside in the grove, and I was *VERY* worried about the heat. I called the caterer at the last minute and asked if we should move everything inside!

The linden trees are amazing! It was still a little hot outside, but under the trees, it wasn't nearly so hot. We had the florist hang LED votives in the trees, and the effect was stunning! I could not have asked for better scenery.

April and her assistants are AMAZING!!!!!!! I have never worked with such a responsive vendor. She really went above and beyond to answer all of my questions. The only thing that would have been helpful would have been a FAQ document when we booked the site. As it is a historic site, I had many questions about Meridian House and the rules. A FAQ would have saved many e-mails back and forth. :-)
Meridian House was a spectacular venue. People were commenting on the breathtaking scenery both inside and outside the Read more...
Meridian House was a spectacular venue. People were commenting on the breathtaking scenery both inside and outside the house all night! The house is decorated so beautifully that it required few additional decorations.

The Linden Grove was my favorite part from the time we first went to look at Meridian. Our wedding day was unbelievably hot (far, far, far exceeding the regular average temperature- on our wedding day in early June, the heat index was something like 107 degrees!). We had planned our dinner and seating to be outside in the grove, and I was *VERY* worried about the heat. I called the caterer at the last minute and asked if we should move everything inside!

The linden trees are amazing! It was still a little hot outside, but under the trees, it wasn't nearly so hot. We had the florist hang LED votives in the trees, and the effect was stunning! I could not have asked for better scenery.

April and her assistants are AMAZING!!!!!!! I have never worked with such a responsive vendor. She really went above and beyond to answer all of my questions. The only thing that would have been helpful would have been a FAQ document when we booked the site. As it is a historic site, I had many questions about Meridian House and the rules. A FAQ would have saved many e-mails back and forth. :-) Read less
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dcwedding2008
Wedding:
5/17/2008
3.0/5.0
Overall our wedding at Meridian was great and we are very happy we chose this venue. The house and grounds are gorgeous, in a great location, and provides a unique setting. We really didn't want the large-boxy-banquet hall type of wedding, which is definitely not Meridian. It is pricey, although less than other similar places because you don't have to rent a tent or tables/chairs. They also do a very good job mantaining both the house and the grounds.

However, I can't give it a really high rating due to the inadequacy of the staff that works there. The event planner was very difficult to work with from day one - unresponsive, always annoyed at any question I had, and generally not helpful. She also tried to make me purchase a completely unnecessary insurance policy that was not in the contract, and I had to talk to the CFO to get it cleared up. A different staff person was actually at Meridian the day of the wedding, even though the event planner told us she would be there, and that person was equally bad - she gave random people (not guests) tours of the Meridian during set-up and right before the ceremony while we were trying to take pictures!! She also went grocery shopping in the middle of the day, which is ridiculous. Luckily I had a few friends there overseeing everything and they were the ones taking charge. So, while I highly recommend Meridian due to its fabulous setting, I strongly recommend you have either a wedding planner or friend there for the setup to make sure there aren't any problems.
Overall our wedding at Meridian was great and we are very happy we chose this venue. The house and grounds are gorgeous, Read more...
Overall our wedding at Meridian was great and we are very happy we chose this venue. The house and grounds are gorgeous, in a great location, and provides a unique setting. We really didn't want the large-boxy-banquet hall type of wedding, which is definitely not Meridian. It is pricey, although less than other similar places because you don't have to rent a tent or tables/chairs. They also do a very good job mantaining both the house and the grounds.

However, I can't give it a really high rating due to the inadequacy of the staff that works there. The event planner was very difficult to work with from day one - unresponsive, always annoyed at any question I had, and generally not helpful. She also tried to make me purchase a completely unnecessary insurance policy that was not in the contract, and I had to talk to the CFO to get it cleared up. A different staff person was actually at Meridian the day of the wedding, even though the event planner told us she would be there, and that person was equally bad - she gave random people (not guests) tours of the Meridian during set-up and right before the ceremony while we were trying to take pictures!! She also went grocery shopping in the middle of the day, which is ridiculous. Luckily I had a few friends there overseeing everything and they were the ones taking charge. So, while I highly recommend Meridian due to its fabulous setting, I strongly recommend you have either a wedding planner or friend there for the setup to make sure there aren't any problems. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/11/2008
5.0/5.0
My wedding at Meridian House was absolutely beautiful! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a wonderful historic property in the heart of Washington DC. The house and gardens were gorgeous.

As far as the staff goes, April and her team were great. I had the chance to meet with her a few times and she was always happy to help no matter how stupid my questions were! In response to the brides who commented that it took her a long time to respond, I would point out that April is literally the only person in her “department” although she hires professionals to occasionally work events that she can’t attend. Although it sometimes took a day or so for her to respond to non-urgent phone calls and emails, I found that perfectly reasonable for one of the busiest venues in DC. Any emergency, last-minute issues were taken care of immediately and professionally.

Overall, Meridian House was the perfect place to hold my wedding, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
My wedding at Meridian House was absolutely beautiful! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a Read more...
My wedding at Meridian House was absolutely beautiful! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a wonderful historic property in the heart of Washington DC. The house and gardens were gorgeous.

As far as the staff goes, April and her team were great. I had the chance to meet with her a few times and she was always happy to help no matter how stupid my questions were! In response to the brides who commented that it took her a long time to respond, I would point out that April is literally the only person in her “department” although she hires professionals to occasionally work events that she can’t attend. Although it sometimes took a day or so for her to respond to non-urgent phone calls and emails, I found that perfectly reasonable for one of the busiest venues in DC. Any emergency, last-minute issues were taken care of immediately and professionally.

Overall, Meridian House was the perfect place to hold my wedding, and I would highly recommend it to everyone! Read less
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Meg
Wedding:
4/19/2008
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but praise for my wedding at Meridian. Our family and friends to this day talk that this was the best wedding that they have ever been to. We totally lucked out with weather and really felt like we were entertaining people at our own home.

From the beginning, the staff at Meridian were a joy to work with on the planing. The on-site coordinator walked me through the steps to make sure that I got everything done.

It was very comforting to enjoy the ceremony, knowing that everything would be taken care of. Looking back at the pictures and the memories, I will always be grateful that we had our wedding reception there.

One final comment, I wanted to mention that the morning after the wedding we woke up to a horrible rain storm. In all of the chaos of the party the night before, we failed to make sure that our oriental rug - left outside from the afternoon cocktail reception - was pulled in. The following day, en route to our honeymoon, I was able to find out that they had in fact put it away and I could pick it up later. It was like for everything, they were one step ahead.
I have nothing but praise for my wedding at Meridian. Our family and friends to this day talk that this was the best Read more...
I have nothing but praise for my wedding at Meridian. Our family and friends to this day talk that this was the best wedding that they have ever been to. We totally lucked out with weather and really felt like we were entertaining people at our own home.

From the beginning, the staff at Meridian were a joy to work with on the planing. The on-site coordinator walked me through the steps to make sure that I got everything done.

It was very comforting to enjoy the ceremony, knowing that everything would be taken care of. Looking back at the pictures and the memories, I will always be grateful that we had our wedding reception there.

One final comment, I wanted to mention that the morning after the wedding we woke up to a horrible rain storm. In all of the chaos of the party the night before, we failed to make sure that our oriental rug - left outside from the afternoon cocktail reception - was pulled in. The following day, en route to our honeymoon, I was able to find out that they had in fact put it away and I could pick it up later. It was like for everything, they were one step ahead. Read less
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tigergirl131
Wedding:
1/26/2008
3.7/5.0
I would like to say that my ratings given on the star system do not accurately reflect how pleased I was with our wedding venue! I will begin by explaining each of the factors rated:

The venue itself is absolutely beautiful! If you are looking to get married in DC, I HIGHLY recommend previewing this space. The quality of service was excellent, on the day of the event as well as the rehearsal the night before and any tours prior to the event. The events manager made the process very easy. As for responsiveness, it did sometimes take up to 2 days to receive an email response, but usually we were bouncing back issues that did not require immediate attention.

The rental rate for the Meridian House is a little expensive. We were married "off season" and received a $2,000 discount from the regular rate. This is definitely a place for a budget of $30,000 or more. To us, it was worth every penny!
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I would like to say that my ratings given on the star system do not accurately reflect how pleased I was with our wedding venue! I will begin by explaining each of the factors rated:

The venue itself is absolutely beautiful! If you are looking to get married in DC, I HIGHLY recommend previewing this space. The quality of service was excellent, on the day of the event as well as the rehearsal the night before and any tours prior to the event. The events manager made the process very easy. As for responsiveness, it did sometimes take up to 2 days to receive an email response, but usually we were bouncing back issues that did not require immediate attention.

The rental rate for the Meridian House is a little expensive. We were married "off season" and received a $2,000 discount from the regular rate. This is definitely a place for a budget of $30,000 or more. To us, it was worth every penny! Read less
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Adrienne
Wedding:
11/3/2007
4.3/5.0
The place was beautiful, and a great venue for a wedding. The price is a bit steep though, even for DC. And, there are a lot of rules regarding liquids, confetti, etc. Overall, I am happy that we chose the venue.
The place was beautiful, and a great venue for a wedding. The price is a bit steep though, even for DC. And, there are a Read more...
The place was beautiful, and a great venue for a wedding. The price is a bit steep though, even for DC. And, there are a lot of rules regarding liquids, confetti, etc. Overall, I am happy that we chose the venue. Read less
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Leaksmy
Wedding:
6/24/2007
0.4/5.0
My husband and I got married at Meridian House in the summer. It's a unique and lovely venue, but we had a lot of major problems with the staff there. Unless you obtain hard evidence that they have taken specific steps to fix those problems, I would be very wary of having your wedding there. Ultimately, our wedding was beautiful--but the headaches posed by Meridian greatly added to the stress.

The first fiasco was when they billed our credit card a duplicate charge (in the thousands of dollars) a few months before the wedding. They fixed it when we called them--but then for some reason they billed us again--a second wrong charge, which we had to dispute with the credit card company in order to keep from floating thousands of extra dollars. They were apologetic, so we were nice about it. No harm done.

But then, a week before the wedding, the event manager reneged on her verbal permission for me to put on my dress in the White-Meyer House next door, also owned by Meridian. You cannot imagine my frustration and bewilderment at this--especially after the aforementioned billing mistake, which we had graciously not made a big deal of. The White-Meyer House was empty, so there was no reason not to let me get dressed there instead of the mirror-less conference room I ultimately had to use. The event manager claimed she had no recollection of our discussion. It was really amazing that she made no effort whatsoever to be gracious or helpful. To this day, I am baffled at this.

The wedding was in the afternoon. That morning, my groom and I stopped by just to look around and make sure everything looked OK. Am I glad we did. We noticed that although the gravel under the linden grove had been raked, lying in it were discarded tails from cocktail shrimp, a lemon peel, a small piece of broken glass, and even cigarette butts. There were bare spots in the gravel, where the ground showed through (which my husband covered up by actually picking up handfuls of gravel from less conspicuous areas).

The event manager had also said she would be available on site the day of the wedding. That morning, my husband called and left her a message; it was never returned. On the way to the ceremony that afternoon, he called again--twice. No reply. On our wedding day. After paying thousands of dollars. After they had already screwed up twice. Inexcusable. In addition, he had to put on his tux in a vacant office, and a cleaning man almost locked him in there!

On top of all this, no one told us that the house has an elevator hidden away near the kitchen (which we were told about later by a vendor). My mother has severe arthritis and uses a cane, and she had to be helped slowly up the lengthy staircase. The front-desk guard either didn't know about the elevator--which would be Meridian's fault--or, worse, knew but chose to just sit there and watch the disabled old lady struggle. But why didn't Meridian tell us about the elevator? Elderly people are not exactly rare at weddings, after all.

Even the "preferred" caterer we used on Meridian's recommendation (Windows Catering) showed up 45 minutes late, making the ceremony start late. Just unbelievable.

Meridian House is a beautiful place, and it has a great history behind it. We would so very much like to be able to recommend it. But unfortuanately, it has a very inept and uncaring staff running it. If you consider this venue, definitely ask a lot of questions, get everything in writing, and double-check everything.
My husband and I got married at Meridian House in the summer. It's a unique and lovely venue, but we had a lot of major Read more...
My husband and I got married at Meridian House in the summer. It's a unique and lovely venue, but we had a lot of major problems with the staff there. Unless you obtain hard evidence that they have taken specific steps to fix those problems, I would be very wary of having your wedding there. Ultimately, our wedding was beautiful--but the headaches posed by Meridian greatly added to the stress.

The first fiasco was when they billed our credit card a duplicate charge (in the thousands of dollars) a few months before the wedding. They fixed it when we called them--but then for some reason they billed us again--a second wrong charge, which we had to dispute with the credit card company in order to keep from floating thousands of extra dollars. They were apologetic, so we were nice about it. No harm done.

But then, a week before the wedding, the event manager reneged on her verbal permission for me to put on my dress in the White-Meyer House next door, also owned by Meridian. You cannot imagine my frustration and bewilderment at this--especially after the aforementioned billing mistake, which we had graciously not made a big deal of. The White-Meyer House was empty, so there was no reason not to let me get dressed there instead of the mirror-less conference room I ultimately had to use. The event manager claimed she had no recollection of our discussion. It was really amazing that she made no effort whatsoever to be gracious or helpful. To this day, I am baffled at this.

The wedding was in the afternoon. That morning, my groom and I stopped by just to look around and make sure everything looked OK. Am I glad we did. We noticed that although the gravel under the linden grove had been raked, lying in it were discarded tails from cocktail shrimp, a lemon peel, a small piece of broken glass, and even cigarette butts. There were bare spots in the gravel, where the ground showed through (which my husband covered up by actually picking up handfuls of gravel from less conspicuous areas).

The event manager had also said she would be available on site the day of the wedding. That morning, my husband called and left her a message; it was never returned. On the way to the ceremony that afternoon, he called again--twice. No reply. On our wedding day. After paying thousands of dollars. After they had already screwed up twice. Inexcusable. In addition, he had to put on his tux in a vacant office, and a cleaning man almost locked him in there!

On top of all this, no one told us that the house has an elevator hidden away near the kitchen (which we were told about later by a vendor). My mother has severe arthritis and uses a cane, and she had to be helped slowly up the lengthy staircase. The front-desk guard either didn't know about the elevator--which would be Meridian's fault--or, worse, knew but chose to just sit there and watch the disabled old lady struggle. But why didn't Meridian tell us about the elevator? Elderly people are not exactly rare at weddings, after all.

Even the "preferred" caterer we used on Meridian's recommendation (Windows Catering) showed up 45 minutes late, making the ceremony start late. Just unbelievable.

Meridian House is a beautiful place, and it has a great history behind it. We would so very much like to be able to recommend it. But unfortuanately, it has a very inept and uncaring staff running it. If you consider this venue, definitely ask a lot of questions, get everything in writing, and double-check everything. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/10/2006
5.0/5.0
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