Northern Virginia is a spectacular place for an outdoor wedding in the warmer months. Whether you’re envisioning a countryside farm wedding at a vineyard, an upscale but rustic barn event, or a lakeside garden oasis, your options are pretty much endless!
Take a look at our carefully selected list of great options for outdoor wedding venues in Northern Virginia…
Note: Northern Virginia mostly includes the surrounding Washington DC region so be prepared to shell out some extra cash for this popular area. According to the Wedding Report, the average cost for a wedding in the DC metro area is $39,472!
We only offer totally private rentals, so you can feel like your guests are visiting you in your own home. Our pet-friendly property even lets you bring your pups.
Rixey offers the most spectacular views... from the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains on one side, to the bottom of Rixey Lake on the other. Our rooftop and patio spaces make for a magical setting both at sunset and at night, and the Ballroom, complete with climate control and ADA-accessible bathrooms, means that inclement weather won't have a negative effect on your special day.
The Manor itself is the oldest house in Virginia that allows you and your guests to stay and celebrate with very few restrictions (including sparkler exits, and open flames in the custom-built Ballroom). The history of the house lends an air of vintage elegance, but what most of our couples love is the comfy atmosphere provided by big sofas, real fires, and the ability to curl up at the end of the night in the library with your favorite people.
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Facilities and Capacity
With a variety of event spaces available for use, Rixey Manor has an indoor maximum capacity for up to 120 guests. For up to 250 guests, and outdoor ceremonies and celebrations, you’ll want to utilize the venue’s lake view ceremony site and patio celebration area in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The serene water will play as an elegant backdrop as you say “I do” among those you love most. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy complete access to the venue’s 1,800-square-foot rooftop terrace, which sits just above the venue’s ballroom space, and the rest of the Manor with multiple reception rooms so everyone can find a space to make the wedding unique.
The team at Rixey Manor knows just how many details go into making a wedding day possible. When you book with their team, you’ll receive access to wedding coordinators who will meet with you before your big day arrives to give recommendations of vendors, and map out floor plans and details. The venue’s services include:
Access to in-house decor
Rixey Manor provides four bedrooms on-site for your out-of-town friends and family to enjoy, and an independent cottage that can sleep 6. Each room is decorated with charm and class with vintage décor and stunning antique furniture. The spacious rooms make for a calming and open place for each and every person to relax after a weekend full of endless celebration.
Red Fox Inn and Tavern
The Red Fox Inn and Tavern offers a historical setting that is also chic and unique. The inn itself was built in 1728 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Your outdoor ceremony can be held in the Courtyard Gardens followed by a reception in the tented Garden Terrace.
Guest cottages and rooms for your guests are also available to guarantee a memorable experience.
Capacity: 150 guests.
Bull Run Golf Club
Located in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, be prepared to be greeted by charming landscaping on the well-manicured grounds of Bull Run Golf Club.
The wedding ceremonies are held before a beautiful wedding arch with trees and a tranquil pond, but it’s the panoramic view of Bull Mountain that will make your guests remember the scene forever!
Even the indoor reception hall has an outdoor feel due to its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’d like your reception fully outdoors, the clear-roofed tent will provide the romantic country setting you’re after.
Capacity: 225 in the reception hall, 350 guests on the tented patio.
If you’re looking for a timeless countryside wedding that showcases Virginia’s southern hospitality, then the Airlie is for you!
Share your vows in the beautifully kept Formal Gardens or Butterfly Garden, and choose between the elegant Pavilion, Lakeside Tent, or historic Airlie House for your reception.
Each choice offers picturesque scenery so you can display your forever love surrounded by historic country charm.
What’s more, your guests will enjoy food that is harvested directly on Airlie’s farm, giving pasture-to-plate an even more personal meaning! Everyone will leave raving about the delectable banquet.
Airlie prides itself on allowing you to personalize your day so you can truly make it your dream wedding.
Capacity: 180 guests.
Dating back to the 1600s, River Farm is one of the original five farms belonging to George Washington.
This wedding venue in Northern Virginia is as rich in history as it is in beauty and nature truly speaks for itself here.
The property lies on 25 acres that include natural gardens, woodlands, and meticulously maintained lawns.
Choose to say your vows either in the wildflower meadow by the river or in the formal gardens, and take pictures in front of or inside the impressively grand manor house.
Capacity: 240 guests.
Mount Fair Vineyard
Mount Fair Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, Virginia. It is also a charming equestrian facility. The vineyard is steeped in history and has been family-operated since the mid-18th century. When you book with Mount Fair Vineyard, you are booking a “wedding weekend”! The weekend includes a two-night stay at our Paddock House and Via Lane Cottage.
Mount Fair does not provide planning services. Mount Fair Vineyard typically works with preferred wedding planners, all of whom know the property and meet their expectations for quality.
If you end up booking with Mount Fair Vineyards, you’ll say your vows outdoors in the sprawling horse paddocks and fields, surrounded by nature and the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Heaven!
Capacity: 200 guests.
Located in the historic Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House is an 18th-century impressive stone house.
The name Carlyle House and Park comes from the extraordinary gardens that surround the house and provide the picturesque backdrop for your wedding.
You can say your “I dos” outdoors at the exquisite gazebo, and then dine in a beautiful tent on the grounds.
Notably, Carlyle House and Historic Park is part of NOVA Parks, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Cost: starting at $800.
Capacity: 175 guests.
The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Have you always dreamed of a waterfront wedding? The Boathouse at Sunday Park can certainly bring that dream to life!
The Ceremony Garden is situated in front of a stunning lake and can certainly create the beauty and magic you’re looking for, while the Garden Pavilion will provide the perfect enclosed reception venue.
The glass doors open up to a private deck overlooking the lake meaning your guests will enjoy the exquisite cuisine with waterfront views!
Capacity: 180 guests.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Gardens and beauty abound at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden!
Depending on the size of your wedding, there are many location options to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
The Bloemendaal House is a historic landmark with dazzling views of Lakeside Lake making it an excellent reception choice.
Grace Arents Gardens is a beautiful ceremony option with its center sundial and gazebo surrounded by beautiful roses and peonies during the blooming season.
There is also the serene Robins Tea House for a more intimate setting.
Capacity: 144 guests.
Since 1814, Pharsalia has been a working farm that sits upon DePriest Mountain of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This venue offers a customizable wedding experience allowing you to create a unique wedding with all of your desires.
The historic Pharsalia home, parlors, and porches all provide the setting needed to master that perfect countryside feeling.
Pharsalia is also a flower farm where you can buy spectacular blooms, or simply enjoy wandering through admiring the flowers.
Capacity: 200 guests.
48 Fields Farm
Choose 48 Fields Farm for an elegant barn wedding full of rustic charm.
The fantastic dairy barn is bright and modern looking on the outside and features woven wood Cathedral ceilings on the inside.
The decorative white lights twinkling inside the barn make you feel the magic of summer days catching fireflies, all while enjoying your family and friends in a charming setting.
48 Fields Farm prides itself on sincerity and hospitality, something everyone will appreciate!
Capacity: 145 guests.
A historic 20th-century mansion that has been impeccably restored, Hendry House is truly a hidden gem in Arlington.
19 acres of land consists of a tree canopy, an open meadow, and even an 1863 Civil War fort!
The red roof and partial red siding make the mansion pop with life and color, a welcoming look that will have guests feeling relaxed and happy in no time!
Choosing a tented reception will increase the number of guests you can invite if you so choose.
Capacity: 150 guests with the tent.