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Wedding at The Riggs Hotel in Washington D.C.

Your wedding will be a day you will remember and talk about for the rest of your life, so it should be everything you’ve ever imagined and more! If you’ve always envisioned an event with ornate, cosmopolitan glamor and timeless elegance, a wedding at The Riggs Hotel in Washington D.C. could be the perfect location for you. Whether imagining a spectacular rooftop reception or an intimate dinner, this extraordinary golden-age-era bank-turned-luxury-hotel offers unparalleled service and bespoke menus that you, your partner, and your guests will remember forever. 

About The Riggs DC Wedding Venue

Riggs Washington DC is not just any venue; its historical relevance to the area is a unique part of its charm. Built in 1891 as headquarters for Riggs National Bank, it became known as “The Bank of Presidents.” Today, Riggs Washington DC has been reimagined as a luxury destination for modern travelers with 181 rooms and suites, a chic cocktail bar (located in the bank’s original vault), and the elegant Café Riggs. 

Located in a beautiful, burgeoning neighborhood, the iconic, restored Riggs DC offers sweeping views of the city and a profound respect for the golden age of banking, as is evident in every detail of its refurbishment.  

Details of the Grounds

The true gem of Riggs DC is the Rooftop at Riggs, which sits atop the building like a crown. With 2,500 square feet of indoor space and a 1,500 square foot terrace, guests can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city through floor-to-ceiling glass windows that can slide to open up the space for even more fresh air and sky. When you have your wedding in this space, up to 120 of your closest friends and family will enjoy a private elevator to the roof and a standing cocktail reception before a seated banquet dinner. 

If you are considering a more intimate wedding, the spacious Riggs Suite can accommodate up to 25 guests. Once the boardroom of “the Bank of Presidents,” it is now the perfect space for an elegant gathering. It has a large seated table for up to 16 people, a wet bar, and lounge seating. 

Lastly, private and semi-private options are available for seated dinners of 20 – 30 people, both located within Café Riggs for an upscale, DC restaurant experience. 

As far as their overnight accommodations, each room at Riggs DC is unique and unexpected, “designed to evoke the thrill of opening a safety-deposit box – a playful nod to the building’s history as an iconic bank.” When you book your wedding at DC Riggs, your guests can enjoy access to a block of rooms at a specialty rate, and you’ll receive a complimentary suite on your wedding night. 

Photography Opportunities

With the spectacular restorations of this incredible historic venue, there is no shortage of breathtaking locations for photos throughout Riggs Washington DC. From pristinely restored architecture with high vaulted ceilings bathed in natural light to dramatic design choices like elegantly draped fabrics and bold light fixtures, the entire venue perfectly blends timeless, classic distinction and unique historic charm. Not to mention exterior architecture and unparalleled views of the DC city skyline that make for contemporary, chic portraits with an urban beauty unique to Riggs Washington DC.  

Wedding Details

The Riggs Washington DC team is committed to helping you coordinate the wedding of your dreams, down to the very last detail. They provide a banquet manager and events manager onsite the day of your wedding to assist with food service and hotel needs, though you will want to highly consider hiring your own independent wedding planner. 

While Riggs must provide all catering and beverages, their staff will help you create the perfect menu based on your preferences that you and your guests will remember long after the table settings have been cleared. They’ll provide a list of reputable preferred vendors they know and trust to execute the luxury services and products you expect when planning your perfect wedding. 

Riggs DC Wedding

An event at the Riggs Hotel in Washington D.C. can be anything and everything you want it to be. It would be my honor to help you capture every beautiful moment of your wedding day, so you can remember every detail you’ve worked so hard to create. 

Have any questions about putting together the timeless, elegant wedding of your dreams? Don’t hesitate to reach out – I’m happy to help! You could also check out the blog links below for more DC wedding venues and work from my portfolio. Then reach out today to chat about your dream wedding photos.

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