DC’s largest outdoor location for events is the perfect place for your wedding or other special occasion.  Have your ceremony at the Capitol Columns and a cocktail reception next to the Visitor Center’s koi pond, or host a meeting with your colleagues or customers that connects you with nature and each other. Please contact Natalie Thomas with MTG Hospitality for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Special occasion photography, individual and group portrait photography, and commercial and promotional photography all require a U.S. National Arboretum photography permit. According to the Arboretum’s photography permit FAQs, if your photography includes subjects, props, models or anything more than the natural and cultural resources of the National Arboretum, and if the specific purpose of your visit is to have a photoshoot, a permit is required.


Award Winning

The National Arboretum was named a “2023 Best of Weddings” award winner by The Knot. This award is given to the top 5% of wedding vendors in the United States, and is based on reviews and ratings from couples, families, and wedding guests.

Unique Venue

The Arboretum is not only the largest outdoor private events space in Washington, DC, it is considered the 4th most unique wedding venue in the United States by Brides and 12th most unique venue in Washington, DC by PartySlate. It also won the 2022 Planners Choice Awards for Most Unique Wedding Venue by Unique Venues.

Wedding Inspiration

Need inspiration for what your Arboretum wedding could look like? Check out weddings featured in articles from the Washingtonian and Bridal Musings to see how outdoor events at the Arboretum blend elegance with style.