Dramatic Bridal Inspiration at Historic Anderson House, Washington DC

About the Anderson House in Washington DC

The Anderson House is one of Washington’s most elegant and exclusive wedding venues, a unique gem in the middle of the city. With a history of more than one hundred years of entertaining, Anderson House has witnessed presidents hosting princes and Supreme Court justices officiating for happy couples. The mansion offers grand, sweeping views as well as more intimate spaces, making it an exquisite setting for a wedding of any size.

In the spring of 1905, the Anderson House, in Washington DC, was completed and took its place as one of the capital city’s most fashionable mansions—a “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence.”  The Anderson House was designed as the winter residence of Larz Anderson and his wife, Isabel.  The home was used as a showcase for their extensive art collection and venue for high-society galas.  The intent was a setting where they could entertain dignitaries and position themselves among the capital’s most sought-after hosts. Larz was an up-and-coming dignitary when this house was finished.  His social standing and lavish affairs helped him solidify his position in DC culture. When Larz passed away, his home was gifted to the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization he was much involved with.  The house is a National Historic Landmark and has been open to the public for over 100 years.

Planning Your Wedding at The Anderson House in Washington DC

If you are hosting an event in Washington DC, such as a large cocktail party, a more intimate dinner, a birthday celebration, a holiday party, or a wedding, the Anderson House has so many great options. The walls are gilded which makes for a very elegant, festive, background. There is plenty of room to spread out at this venue. Making it just the right size so as to not feel lost in the room. There is a stately ballroom that can seat up to 130 guests comfortably with a seated dinner and dancing. The ballroom features a floating staircase, spiral marble columns, and a musician’s balcony.  Due to the layout of the ballroom, this is a fine option for micro-weddings. There is no other place in Washington DC where you will find a soaring private ballroom with a flying marble staircase, which is perfect for a dramatic entrance.

Glenn Hennesseyy and Ana Lojanica, coordinators at Anderson House, will make you feel like you’re the only bride in the world.

Adjacent to the ballroom is a gorgeous winter garden. This space might be my favorite location in the whole venue.  There is a large marble floor, and gilded mirrors lining the walls. This space can be used for elopements, intimate ceremonies, and additional space for dining, and it is a perfect location for portraits. The windows and doors open out onto the walled, Hoyt Gardens.  The meticulously manicured lawn has two beautiful stone terraces, classical and Asian sculptures, and a reflecting pool.  The green and white striped awnings and the iconic look of the gardens are a lovely oasis in the middle of the city.  If you can imagine, you may feel as if you have been transported to a courtyard in Europe. 

Many guests will host a cocktail hour in the Hoyt Gardens. Should there be inclement weather or if you prefer an indoor option, the Olmsted Gallery is a great alternative. The Olmsted Gallery is also an elegant option for an intimate ceremony. The second floor of The Anderson House in DC is full of larger works of art including several sixteenth-century Flemish Tapestries.  This space was originally a passage for the Andersons’ guests to stroll from the drawing rooms to the dining room. Your guests will access the second floor via the grand staircase which is always a great experience. 

Curious to know the cost of an Anderson House Wedding? The following chart breaks down the cost of the venue by month and day.

January, February, March$13,000$14,000$13,000
April, May, June$14,000$15,000$14,000
July 1st to July 31st$13,000$14,000$13,000
August, September, October$14,000$15,000$14,000

For more information, or to book your wedding, contact the venue directly at the details below:

  • Ana Lojanica
  • Events Assistant
  • alojanica@societyofthecincinnati.org
  • 202.785.2040 x412
  • The Society of the Cincinnati
  • 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20008
  • 202.785.2040

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