The Mead Center for American Theater

Washington DC



Nestled along the waterfront in the historic Southwest neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Mead Center for American Theater offers a unique blend of breathtaking views, stunning architecture, theatrical history, and world-class hospitality. For unconventional couples, a wedding ceremony or reception at the Mead Center for American Theater is a theatrical event you’ll never forget. The striking, yet intimate Kogod Cradle is a stunning setting in which to say, “I do.” The intimate, oval-shaped theater features wooden basket-weaved walls in lush eggplant colors, making it a truly unique space for your ceremony. After the ceremony, guests can mingle and sip on cocktails at the Rooftop Terrace! As the sun goes down, enjoy the magnificent views of the waterfront while dining in the Molly Smith Study or Grand Lobby. Spacious, contemporary, and enclosed by a towering 56’ glass wall, the Mead center sets a dramatic tone for the most important event of your lives.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Modern


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 10:00AM. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $5,125 to $10,200 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The reception fee includes the room rental for a cocktail hour space. The rental fee ranges from $850 to $3,000 for a ceremony. The ceremony fee includes a production fee. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $350/hr. Please inquire with venue wedding coordinator for more details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Mead Center for American Theater is estimated at between $13,014 and $25,026 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Outdoor lighting
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Valet or public parking for a fee

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight
No fog, bubbles, balloons, confetti, rice, dry ice, seeds, flower petals, glitter, etc.
The Mead Center has a private parking garage and parking may be arranged at $20/car