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William & Mary Alumni House

Williamsburg , VA
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Williamsburg, VA 23185 US (map)

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757-221-1176

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The William & Mary Alumni House is located in the heart of historic Williamsburg on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Close to hotels, churches, restaurants, beautiful... Read more
The William & Mary Alumni House is located in the heart of historic Williamsburg on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Close to hotels, churches, restaurants, beautiful backdrops and historic charm, the W & M Alumni House has the best location in town!



Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a W&M Alumnus to rent the Alumni House. From intimate weddings of 40 people to large gatherings of over 250, we can do it all. Both indoor and outdoor space is available for ceremonies and receptions and we allow outside catering.



The original portion of the House, formerly known as the Bright House, dates from c. 1860 and was built on a tract of land once called, appropriately enough, “New Hope.” The House has since been renovated and added to in order to offer both modern and colonial charm for a venue unlike any other. If you are looking for something unique that is certain to wow your guests, look no further. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, 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?
250
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I never felt like I needed a wedding planner, because I had the Alumni House staff to walk me through everything. Their staff makes the already beautiful space a perfect reception site pick. There's a reason they have an approved caterer list! We went off the list and paid a high price for our choice (our caterers were 2 hours late and barely even set up in time for the guests' arrival). But, the Alumni House staff worked incredibly hard to help out and conceal the catering crisis (most of the guests never knew). We had a lot of children attend our reception and the separate rooms and outdoor space gave us wonderful options for ways to entertain them. Highly recommend this site as the best in Williamsburg!
I never felt like I needed a wedding planner, because I had the Alumni House staff to walk me through everything. Their Read more...
I never felt like I needed a wedding planner, because I had the Alumni House staff to walk me through everything. Their staff makes the already beautiful space a perfect reception site pick. There's a reason they have an approved caterer list! We went off the list and paid a high price for our choice (our caterers were 2 hours late and barely even set up in time for the guests' arrival). But, the Alumni House staff worked incredibly hard to help out and conceal the catering crisis (most of the guests never knew). We had a lot of children attend our reception and the separate rooms and outdoor space gave us wonderful options for ways to entertain them. Highly recommend this site as the best in Williamsburg! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/25/2016
4.6/5.0
The W&M alumni house was the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. Leadership hall was a great size for our 130 guest ceremony and was a cozy, but comfortable room. We were able to use several rooms in the building to get ready, as well as put out food for the bridal party to eat in another room. The location is perfect for on site photos as well (indoor and out door). I would recommend this location to other brides!
The W&M alumni house was the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. Leadership hall was a great size for our 130 guest Read more...
The W&M alumni house was the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. Leadership hall was a great size for our 130 guest ceremony and was a cozy, but comfortable room. We were able to use several rooms in the building to get ready, as well as put out food for the bridal party to eat in another room. The location is perfect for on site photos as well (indoor and out door). I would recommend this location to other brides! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I loved working with the Alumni House for my June 2016 wedding! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and accommodating before and during my wedding day. They coordinated seamlessly with my caterers, DJ, and rental company and greatly reduced my stress on the day of my wedding. It was a super hot and humid day in Williamsburg and their team helped solve some heat and sun-related problems during my reception and made sure that all of my guests had a great experience. I highly recommend them!
I loved working with the Alumni House for my June 2016 wedding! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and Read more...
I loved working with the Alumni House for my June 2016 wedding! They were incredibly responsive, professional, and accommodating before and during my wedding day. They coordinated seamlessly with my caterers, DJ, and rental company and greatly reduced my stress on the day of my wedding. It was a super hot and humid day in Williamsburg and their team helped solve some heat and sun-related problems during my reception and made sure that all of my guests had a great experience. I highly recommend them! Read less
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ROGER
Wedding:
4/9/2016
2.8/5.0
We had our ceremony, reception, and rehearsal at the Alumni House. The ceremony and reception went great and we were very pleased. The venue flows well for a completely indoor event, even with the multiple rooms and having the food and dancing in different parts of the house. All of our guests loved the space. We had some mobility concerns for more elderly guests and the venue worked fine. For a wedding less than 100 guests it was great, and it provided the perfect colonial backdrop that we we're looking for.

Unfortunately they double booked the space for the night of our ceremony rehearsal, and we were very upset with the way that was handled. We were doing our indoor ceremony walk through for a Saturday wedding (had to move indoors due to weather), and the vendors for a conflicting Friday night event were setting up in the exact same space. It was unfortunate since we felt our contact entitled us to quiet enjoyment of the property for our one hour rehearsal. Instead of quiet enjoyment we were tripping over the vendors setting up for that night's event. We were practicing our walk up to the altar and having to dodge the caters lighting their chafing dishes for the buffet for the conflicting event that night. We didn't even have a quiet space to assemble our rehearsal participants since the other vendors were shuffling around us to set up their bar and their drink stations. We always felt like we were in the way, and we were the problem. We were extremely disappointed in how that went down. I felt it was unprofessional at best.

Again, day of ceremony was fine, and we received exactly what we contracted for - that day. But the day before, for our rehearsal, things fell far short of our expectations and it did not get the wedding weekend started off on the right foot. Thankfully our wedding planner was able to make the best of what we had to work with on rehearsal night, since it would've been a train wreck without her.
We had our ceremony, reception, and rehearsal at the Alumni House. The ceremony and reception went great and we were very Read more...
We had our ceremony, reception, and rehearsal at the Alumni House. The ceremony and reception went great and we were very pleased. The venue flows well for a completely indoor event, even with the multiple rooms and having the food and dancing in different parts of the house. All of our guests loved the space. We had some mobility concerns for more elderly guests and the venue worked fine. For a wedding less than 100 guests it was great, and it provided the perfect colonial backdrop that we we're looking for.

Unfortunately they double booked the space for the night of our ceremony rehearsal, and we were very upset with the way that was handled. We were doing our indoor ceremony walk through for a Saturday wedding (had to move indoors due to weather), and the vendors for a conflicting Friday night event were setting up in the exact same space. It was unfortunate since we felt our contact entitled us to quiet enjoyment of the property for our one hour rehearsal. Instead of quiet enjoyment we were tripping over the vendors setting up for that night's event. We were practicing our walk up to the altar and having to dodge the caters lighting their chafing dishes for the buffet for the conflicting event that night. We didn't even have a quiet space to assemble our rehearsal participants since the other vendors were shuffling around us to set up their bar and their drink stations. We always felt like we were in the way, and we were the problem. We were extremely disappointed in how that went down. I felt it was unprofessional at best.

Again, day of ceremony was fine, and we received exactly what we contracted for - that day. But the day before, for our rehearsal, things fell far short of our expectations and it did not get the wedding weekend started off on the right foot. Thankfully our wedding planner was able to make the best of what we had to work with on rehearsal night, since it would've been a train wreck without her. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
I am so happy that we chose to have our wedding reception at the Alumni House. It is a gorgeous venue, and something different in the best way. My husband and I both went to William & Mary so having our reception on campus was special to us. Cindy and her team were a pleasure to work with. Cindy was very helpful in answering our questions and making suggestions about how to use the house's rooms. Our guests loved the venue and we received so many compliments! Our ceremony was at the Catholic Chapel on campus which was within walking distance, so that was an added plus as well. I highly recommend the Alumni House - you will love it!!
I am so happy that we chose to have our wedding reception at the Alumni House. It is a gorgeous venue, and something Read more...
I am so happy that we chose to have our wedding reception at the Alumni House. It is a gorgeous venue, and something different in the best way. My husband and I both went to William & Mary so having our reception on campus was special to us. Cindy and her team were a pleasure to work with. Cindy was very helpful in answering our questions and making suggestions about how to use the house's rooms. Our guests loved the venue and we received so many compliments! Our ceremony was at the Catholic Chapel on campus which was within walking distance, so that was an added plus as well. I highly recommend the Alumni House - you will love it!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The William and Mary Alumni House is a gorgeous place for a wedding! We spread out all over the house and really enjoyed every space. Cindy was BEYOND amazing to work with. I would really recommend having a wedding there in the warmer months, so you can really take advantage of the terrace and the outdoor space.
The William and Mary Alumni House is a gorgeous place for a wedding! We spread out all over the house and really enjoyed Read more...
The William and Mary Alumni House is a gorgeous place for a wedding! We spread out all over the house and really enjoyed every space. Cindy was BEYOND amazing to work with. I would really recommend having a wedding there in the warmer months, so you can really take advantage of the terrace and the outdoor space. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/15/2015
4.9/5.0
The William & Mary Alumni House was the perfect place for our wedding reception. It was the best size for our 95 guests. Cindy was easy to work with during the planning process. It was easier to reach her via phone. She happily answered all of my questions and always guided me in the right direction. Emily and the staff who worked at our reception were very nice and made sure everything ran smoothly. I dropped off all of our personal items a few days before our wedding, and the Alumni House staff did all of the setup the day of. I didn't have to worry about a thing! They even helped load things into our cars after the reception. Honestly, we were able to just show up and have a great time. Leadership Hall is on the smaller side, but if you put your dance floor outside on the Terrace it really is an awesome space. All of our guests loved getting to explore the Alumni House. I absolutely recommend the Alumni House for your reception!
The William & Mary Alumni House was the perfect place for our wedding reception. It was the best size for our 95 guests. Read more...
The William & Mary Alumni House was the perfect place for our wedding reception. It was the best size for our 95 guests. Cindy was easy to work with during the planning process. It was easier to reach her via phone. She happily answered all of my questions and always guided me in the right direction. Emily and the staff who worked at our reception were very nice and made sure everything ran smoothly. I dropped off all of our personal items a few days before our wedding, and the Alumni House staff did all of the setup the day of. I didn't have to worry about a thing! They even helped load things into our cars after the reception. Honestly, we were able to just show up and have a great time. Leadership Hall is on the smaller side, but if you put your dance floor outside on the Terrace it really is an awesome space. All of our guests loved getting to explore the Alumni House. I absolutely recommend the Alumni House for your reception! Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
The W&M Alumni House was not only the perfect setting for our Williamsburg wedding but the staff did everything in their power to make our big day as perfect as possible - even with a huge downpour! I couldn't have been more pleased with the flexibility, dedication, and professionalism of the staff. The grounds are kept just beautifully and when the flowers bloom in spring it is truly stunning.
The W&M Alumni House was not only the perfect setting for our Williamsburg wedding but the staff did everything in their Read more...
The W&M Alumni House was not only the perfect setting for our Williamsburg wedding but the staff did everything in their power to make our big day as perfect as possible - even with a huge downpour! I couldn't have been more pleased with the flexibility, dedication, and professionalism of the staff. The grounds are kept just beautifully and when the flowers bloom in spring it is truly stunning. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.9/5.0
The Alumni house is so beautiful and I love all the options we were goven on how to arrange our day. The staff did everything so we didn't have to worry about setting up! It was a beatifiul location and I'd have it again there if I could!
The Alumni house is so beautiful and I love all the options we were goven on how to arrange our day. The staff did Read more...
The Alumni house is so beautiful and I love all the options we were goven on how to arrange our day. The staff did everything so we didn't have to worry about setting up! It was a beatifiul location and I'd have it again there if I could! Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We chose the Alumni House because we are Alumni of W&M and met and got engaged in Williamsburg. Even if we'd not been alumni, I would have loved everything about this venue. The grounds, the courtyards and the interior are all wonderful, and you don't have to worry about a rain plan because you can use indoor and outdoor space! Cristen was very helpful and easy to work with, and we're excited to visit so that we can see our wedding brick on the Plaza.
We chose the Alumni House because we are Alumni of W&M and met and got engaged in Williamsburg. Even if we'd not been Read more...
We chose the Alumni House because we are Alumni of W&M and met and got engaged in Williamsburg. Even if we'd not been alumni, I would have loved everything about this venue. The grounds, the courtyards and the interior are all wonderful, and you don't have to worry about a rain plan because you can use indoor and outdoor space! Cristen was very helpful and easy to work with, and we're excited to visit so that we can see our wedding brick on the Plaza. Read less
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