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Venues in Washington, District Of Columbia,
(202) 626-7312
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4.9 out of 5
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    Anthony Maiorana

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  • A wedding at the American Institute of Architecture can be magical like it was for us. When my wife first saw it I think what drew her to it was a mixture of the outdoor/indoor space, the peaceful courtyard, and the fact that it is a well designed blank canvas to have a wedding. Our designer and planner Sugar Taylor took our design guidelines and just transformed AIA into a magical night that we will remember forever.

    Shannon McGuire

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  • This is such an amazing and unique venue right downtown in DC! The weather was perfect and we were able to take advantage of the courtyard area. There are so many opportunities with how you use this space, which was a great perk! Amy was so wonderful to work with and very flexible. We absolutely loved AIA and highly recommend it!

    Emily Olmsted

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  • Absolutely splendid and lovely

    Hana Haile-Mariam

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    5 out of 5
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  • The venue is beautiful - they have a large outdoor space and beautiful tall glass windows. We had a second day wedding party here and everything went seamlessly. It's sometimes hard to get a feel for the venue with a walk thru because it is a functioning work place, but the day of our event when we walked in our breath was taken away. The design of the building is gorgeous, so add some flowers and decor and the place is truly a stunner. It's also a great deal as the venue helps to provide tables and chairs & you have indoor and outdoor space for your use. Not to mention, Amy is super sweet and easy to work with. Definitely recommend for a wedding or special event !

    Emilia

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  • The AIA was the prefect reception venue for us. We loved that it had a large outdoor space as well as space inside, just in case a rain plan was needed. We ended up not needing one and had cocktail hour and dancing outside and dinner inside. There were 130 guests and it never felt cramped. It was also so helpful having access to their tables and chairs. Amy was amazing to work with. We live in NC so couldn't make it to DC too often for wedding planning, but Amy was always willing to meet with our vendors and show them the space in our absence. She also allowed us to drop items off earlier in the week which was a huge help. Everything was so beautiful and we would select this venue again in a heartbeat!

    Christi

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    5 out of 5
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  • As a special events planner, I have recommended this venue for weddings, corporate meetings and workshops, and non-profit signature events. The staff at the AIA is second to none. The events team is fantastic, so ready to help in any way they can. The security team is extremely helpful in giving direction and support. The rental rates are really competitive. The space is truly a hidden gem!

    Nikki

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    5 out of 5
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  • The AIA building in DC was the only venue we toured and we knew right away that it was made for us. The outdoor courtyard in front of the Octagon was amazing for our ceremony. We had initially hoped to have the cocktail hour and dancing outside as well, but we had to move those inside because of rain earlier in the day. Luckily, we were still able to keep the ceremony outside and it was truly magical. There's plenty of room indoors to fit at least 13 tables and a dance floor. The massive glass windows provided the most amazing natural light for photographs. And even though we couldn't have the dance floor outside, the windows made the space feel so open. Amy, who is the venue coordinator, was a pleasure to work with. She was so responsive and accommodating to all our needs. If you're looking for DC-area venues, please check out the AIA. We couldn't have asked for a better location for us.

    Anna

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  • AIA and Amy Medawar are the absolute best! We had our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception there in June 2017, and from the beginning Amy was a dream to work with. She met with us twice before we settled on the venue, and from there she was completely accommodating to all of our requests, big and small, and worked really well with all of our other vendors (Purple Onion is an awesome caterer for the space, as well!). All of our guests commented on how perfect the whole space was, mixing both modern and historic, and having the dance floor outside on the patio meant that pretty much everyone ended up dancing at some point. We were concerned that when we decided we really wanted to have our wedding in DC that we wouldn't be able to find a venue that fit what we wanted within our price range. AIA and Amy not only proved us wrong, but exceeded all of our expectations.

    Emily

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  • We cannot say enough good things about Amy and the American Institute of Architects where we held our wedding this (super hot) August. We wanted a venue that had indoor and outdoor space – the AIA has a beautiful brick and grass courtyard, plus multiple spaces inside. We were also delighted that the building is modern but has the brick wall and Octagon building visible, a sort of modern/historical contrast that we find to be cool. Because we knew the weather was going to be bad, we had everything inside with just a few cocktail tables set up outside. Inside on the first floor, we had the band in the corner behind the front desk with seating scattered about and a bar under the stairs; plus the card table (which turned into a dessert table) by the bottom of the stairs. We strung lights across the second floor balcony for added drama. We actually had our short ceremony on the stairs with our guests standing on the first floor - it worked! Upstairs, we had tables set for dinne... Read more

    Dawn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Anyone longing to have a DC wedding but not the DC budget should definitely book this venue. It was an AMAZING value for the price. Amy is the Planning Manager and she was extremely helpful with everything we needed from the venue for our June 18, 2016 wedding. Oh and by the way you get the ENTIRE venue!!! We were able to have our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at the one location, mind you it's literally around the corner from the White House. I just could not have picked a better place. I recommend this venue to anyone!!

    Ben

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    5 out of 5
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  • The AIA is an absolute hidden gem for DC weddings, and we had a great time working with Amy and the rest of the crew there. The space is absolutely beautiful indoors and out, convenient to several affordable hotels and the Metro, and offers a lot of flexibility. We had originally planned to hold our ceremony outdoors in the courtyard, along with cocktails and dancing, with dinner served indoors in the spacious lobby. The weather didn’t quite cooperate and we ended up moving everything inside, but it still looked great -- no one would have known that wasn’t the plan all along. With 140 guests, we had plenty of elbow room and everyone had a wonderful time.

    Stephanie

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  • The AIA was a dream wedding venue, and totally unique--right in the middle of the city so it has an unmistakable urban vibe, but with a beautiful and flexible outdoor space and a clean, modern indoor space. Amy is a gem to work with and the facility itself is an amazing canvas for creative event planning. I was a bit nervous about making the indoor area work for a rain plan as we had a huge guest list, but we settled on a plan I didn't mind and in the end we didn't need to use it. Instead, we hosted 270 wedding guests (!) in a ceremony on the Octagon House lawn, cocktail hour in the social gallery, and buffet dinner + dancing in the courtyard. It was a lot of people, but didn't feel cramped at all. Our guests raved about the venue and we're so glad we discovered it. The AIA gave us the space to have a memorable, one-of-a-kind wedding, and we can't imagine having gotten married anywhere else!

    Laura

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  • Amy and AIA were a lifesaver. Three weeks before our wedding, our reception venue told us they were CLOSING for 60+ days. We were left hanging with literally days to scramble and find a new venue. This is where Amy comes in! She took our call on a family vacation and spent time talking us through her venue so we could feel assured that this would be the perfect solution. I'd consider this venue a hidden gem of the city and we were so lucky it wasn't booked on our date. The courtyard is perfect in the fall--the trees were starting to change and the octagon house provided a great backdrop for our family photos. We hosted our cocktail hour outside, and AIA was very flexible with all the vendors we had. It is also a few blocks from other historic DC buildings, we were able to scoot away for couples photos around the neighborhood! We had our dinner inside, which we great with the glass backdrop looking into the courtyard and the spotlighting on the trees. It transforms into a totall... Read more

    Laura

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  • Location, location, location!!

    User6814402

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • The American Institute of Architects is a hidden gem. They event coordinator is extremely flexible and accommodating. You won't find a better value for a unique venue in Washington, DC. We couldn't have been happier with our wedding and I highly recommend the AIA.

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