Union Station opened in 1908 as a passenger railway station, where it served as a place of arrival and departure for military service members, U.S. and world leaders, and more. The building retained its Beaux Arts architecture through a massive restoration in 1988, and now incorporates a number of versatile event spaces for medium- and large-scale weddings in Washington, D.C. Whether a wedding couple expects fewer than two hundred guests, or in excess of two thousand, Union Station can accommodate them in a truly unique atmosphere that perfectly blends historic significance with modern appeal.
Union Station offers Washington, D.C. couples four separate venues to choose from for their wedding celebration. The Presidential Suite, accommodating up to 160 for a seated dinner, is also an ideal space for a cocktail reception, offers adjacent outdoor space, and is rich in history and grandeur. The Columbus Club’s classic style and artistry are well-loved for wedding ceremonies and for receptions of up to 200 seated guests. For much larger events, the East Hall is a natural choice, wowing up to 450 seated guests with its dramatic raised ceiling and extraordinary architectural details - it’s no wonder it’s so popular for presidential inaugurations and other important social events! And, for the most massive of weddings, nothing but the Main Hall will do. Inspired by Rome’s Baths of Diocletian, with vaulted, gold-leaf ceilings and white marble floors, this one-of-a-kind space is a true icon among Washington, D.C. event venues, and one of the very largest: up to 2200 guests can be seated for dinner, while 4000 revelers can enjoy a cocktail reception! Union Station’s events staff are happy to guide wedding couples through their planning process, connecting them with preferred wedding professionals and the perfect space for their big day.