DC Wedding Venue: The International Spy Museum

I truly love the chance to step inside a new venue and to see how much work went into its creation. The International Spy Museum has closed its doors on its F. Street location and is now moved into it’s new home at 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, DC.

My company had the chance to design a wedding in a venue that is not yet open to the general public.

When you arrive at the International Spy Museum you immediately notice that it is the only impressive building in the plaza. Its exterior commands your attention yet leaves you with the curiosity to know what is just beyond its doors.

The museum itself is 140,000 square feet of space. This gives the DC venue the chance to offer educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multi-function event space with sweeping views of DC. While in the event space those views cover The Wharf DC, the Washington Monument, downtown DC, and the capitol building.

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DC Venue: The International Spy Museum for Weddings

This DC wedding venue has tons of options for any couple looking for their wedding venue. With two key floors, I know for sure that any couple would fall in love immediately.

The 7th floor has 7,122sq ft of event space. You are surrounded by floor to ceiling glass that is treated to keep you from overheating. The event space can be broken down into three sections based on what part of DC you want to view. I highly recommend booking all three sections.

The 8th floor is the rooftop terrace which has 5,219 sq ft of event space with beautiful views. What I like about this DC rooftop event space is the green initiative that the Spy Museum has taken on. This would be perfect for cocktail hour or for couples who want an outdoor ceremony or reception.

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My DC Wedding Planning Advice

For any couple that is hosting a wedding at the Spy Museum I recommend, at minimum, that you rent the 7th floor. The 7th floor has the capability to host your cocktail hour in one part of the ballroom. You can host your reception dinner in the middle ballroom with dacing in view of the capitol in the last ballroom. There are so many configurations that you can come up with because you have so much space.

You can easily host 250-350 guests in this space with dancing. The full capacity for a reception only is about 480. If 480 is your guest count and you desire a cocktail hour and dancing, I recommend adding on the rooftop terrace.

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What I do love about the venue are the amenities.

Exterior Amenities

  • Underground and street parking

  • Walking distance from other museums and the National Mall

  • Close to the metro station

  • Access to the L’Enfant underground food court

  • Directly off I-395

Interior Event Amenities

  • The venue comes with chiavari chairs

  • Tables are complimentary and include rectangle, rounds and cocktail tables

  • The perimeter of the ceiling has multicolored lighting options.

  • Each ballroom has it’s own projector and screen

  • Extra large catering pantry

  • Three high-tech elevators to quickly get guests to the event spaces

  • Beautiful lighting fixtures and bathrooms

  • Shades for each window

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What I love about any venue especially DC venues are the ones who allows the outside in. So many venues lack windows which makes the room super dark and increases the budget because you have to secure lighting. You won’t find that the Spy Museum.

If you are seeking help to plan your wedding at the Spy Museum, let us help. Click here to learn more. To host an event at the International Spy Museum click here to check for availability.

Design work seen above

Architectural Photographer: Ron Blunt

Planner and Lead Designer: Andrew Roby Events

Florist: Bella Fiori Floral Design

Sofas: Vintage by Design

Linen/Stemware/China/Flatware: DC Rental

Dance floor and Lighting: The LightSource Company

Bar: AFR Events