Mellon Auditorium

Washington DC



For the couple that wants to host a truly magnificent event in a piece of American history, the Mellon Auditorium is the obvious choice for your wedding. The façade of the building is truly spectacular; six colossal fluted Roman Doric columns rise 62 feet 6 inches above the base to create the auditorium’s portico. Wedding photos taken in the portico will have the classically elegant backdrop to your portraits that you have always dreamed of. The grandeur of the building’s exterior is matched by its interior. Limestone-finished walls and piers define the space and frame views of the east and west staircases, the lobby, and the breathtaking auditorium beyond. The Mellon Auditorium, and the various grand rooms within, come together to create the breathtaking fairytale wedding rarely seen outside of the movies. Hold your ceremony in the Great Hall beset by limestone pillars under an intricate decorative ceiling. Guests will be absolutely awestruck watching you exchange vows against the stunning backdrop. Move into the sleek, classic lobby for cocktail hour while the Great Hall is transformed into a festive space for your lavish reception.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ballrooms, Outdoor


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 1,000 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 1,000 guests

Time Restrictions

Client will receive 14 hours of access to the venue between the hours of 8:00am-2:00am. Anything outside of this timeframe, or over 14 hours, will be billed as a surcharge hour at $1,375.00/hr

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $19,750.00 for up to 599 guests and increases to $20,250.00 for 600-1000 attendees. A ceremony and reception includes 14 hours of rental time including set up and clean up time. This fee includes security and support costs, floor protection, and janitorial services for the duration of your event. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $1,375.00/hr. Please inquire with venue for specific catering details. All caterers are required by the health department to have a catering tent if posted outside. The venue will charge a security fee of $600 for the usage of any extra exterior door and for the use of the 3rd floor.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Mellon Auditorium is estimated at between $44,345 and $53,453 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Podium and/or stage
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Parking can be arranged
Pricing also includes an onsite HVAC engineer and janitorial staff for the duration of your event

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 2:00AM