Intimate Rental Events

Dumbarton House offers a setting that is stately, charming, and elegant for private events ranging from corporate luncheons, meetings, and concerts to intimate elopements and large receptions. Whether entering through the grand foyer or mingling in the tranquil gardens, Dumbarton House serves as an unforgettable backdrop for your event.

For the remainder of 2020, Dumbarton House’s grounds can safely accommodate 50 individuals per event if the District of Columbia is in phases 2 or 3 in its ReOpen DC plan. Our verdant gardens are an ideal outdoor setting for intimate gatherings, including elopements and microweddings.

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Lavender Event Package

  • 1/2 hour on property
  • 10 guests or fewer
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, East Park for standing ceremony
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • No food or drink permitted
  • Cost: $150, plus $100 refundable security deposit

Azalea Event Package

  • 1 hour on property
  • 10 guests or fewer
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, or East Park for seated ceremony
  • Up to 10 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • No food or drink permitted
  • Cost: $300, plus $100 refundable security deposit

Lilac Event Package

  • 2 hours on property
  • 20 guests or fewer
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, or East Park for seated ceremony
  • Up to 20 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • Drinks and hor d’oeuvres permitted
    • Drop off catering or self-provided only
    • Renter or caterer must provide liquor license
  • 1 rectangular table, 1 cocktail table, and white linens provided
  • Cost: $600, plus $100 refundable security deposit

Dogwood Event Package

  • 3 hours on property
  • 25 guests or fewer
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, or East Park for seated ceremony
  • Up to 25 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • Drinks and hor d’oeuvres permitted
    • Drop off catering or self-provided only
    • Renter or caterer must provide liquor license
  • 2 rectangular tables, 2 cocktail tables, and white linens provided
  • Cost: $1,000, plus $100 refundable security deposit

Crepe Myrtle Event Package

  • 4 hours on property
  • 30 guests or fewer
  • Grand entrance through first floor of Dumbarton House
    • Only available after 3:00pm
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, or East Park for seated ceremony
  • Up to 30 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • Drinks and hor d’oeuvres permitted
    • Drop off catering or self-provided only
    • Renter or caterer must provide liquor license
  • 2 rectangular tables, 3 cocktail tables, and white linens provided
  • Cost: $3,000, plus $1,000 refundable security deposit

Magnolia Event Package

  • 5 hours on property
  • 35 guests or fewer
  • Grand entrance through first floor of Dumbarton House
    • Only available after 3:00pm
  • Choice of North Garden, Lower Courtyard, or East Park for seated ceremony
  • Up to 35 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • Drinks and hor d’oeuvres permitted
    • Drop off catering or self-provided only
    • Renter or caterer must provide liquor license
  • 2 rectangular tables, 4 cocktail tables, and white linens provided
  • Cost: $4,000, plus $1,000 refundable security deposit

Tulip Poplar Event Package

  • 6 hours on the property
  • 40 guests or fewer
  • Grand entrance through first floor of Dumbarton House
    • Only available after 3:00pm
  • North Garden for seated ceremony
  • Up to 40 chairs provided
  • Alternative rain location for ceremony in tented Upper Terrace
  • Lower Courtyard for seated dinner
    • Renter must secure a tent and lighting in the Lower Courtyard  through Sugarplum Tent Company
    • Caterer to provide seating
  • Drinks, hor d’oeuvres, seated dinner permitted
    • Limited catering only (food cannot be prepared onsite)
    • Renter or caterer must provide liquor license
  • Cost: $5,000, plus $1,000 refundable security deposit

Booking Information

Events with 25 guests or fewer can be scheduled after 9:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Events with more than 25 guests can be can be scheduled after 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and after 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Interested in booking for a larger event? Rental fees for 2021-2022 weddings are $900 per hour and include entire use of the venue (Museum, North Garden, Upper Terrace, Lower Courtyard, Belle Vue Room, and East Park). In addition to guest time, 3 hours are required for vendor set up and break down. Tenting, catering, tables, chairs and additional event services are not included in our rental fee. Non-profit rates are available.

Please note: Dumbarton House will not be able to accommodate its full capacity (200 guests) until the District of Columbia reaches phase 4 in its ReOpen DC plan.

To discuss your event, please contact the Rental Events Coordinator.

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