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Have you heard about the National Union Building? No? Well, prepare yourself.

About the Venue

The National Union Building is located at 918 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20004 in the heart of Penn Quarter, near the old General Post Office, Patent Building, and Ford’s Theater, and a five minute walk from Chinatown. It was constructed in 1890 it was recognized by The National Register of Historic Places in 1990, a century later. It is also recognized by me as a wonderful wedding venue.

Here’s some more precise architectural terminology from their detailed website because that’s really not my area of expertise…

“The cast stone Romanesque facade has many beautiful details of this classical style: rustication, hierarchy of order in arches, and fluted pendants framing the building’s core where the original owners proudly displayed their name: National Union Building.”

There are a variety of unique spaces throughout the building’s multiple floors (which make for amazing photo locations), one of which might be perfect for your wedding. Some of these spaces are rustic or have “rustication” (I’ve never heard that word until I wrote this post).

If you’d like to learn more about having your wedding or wedding reception at the National Union Building, you can reach out to their helpful event team here.

National Union Building Wedding Cost

  • Saturday wedding packages for the National Union Building are $8,500.
  • Available spaces include the 6th Floor North Wing, 6th Floor South Wing, 5th Floor North, and Owlstone
  • The maximum seated guest count is 150.

They provide the venue, but you can use your own planner and select from one of their many awesome approved caterers.

Contact the event team for discounted Sunday rates.

There are comfortable couches for the guests to lounge on. Very comfortable. You sink into them and never want to get up again (until there’s cake). Speaking of cake (drool), you can see some of my absolute favorite bakers in my Best Vendors list.

You see? I told you the couch was comfortable. It’s nap-worthy. Honestly, everyone should take a nap at some point during the wedding reception.

There’s even some quiet space across the foyer (foy-yay) where guests can escape the loud music and enjoy some conversation. I’m not much of a dancing guy myself, so I always appreciate spaces like this.

Venue Contact Information

Does this sound like the perfect wedding venue for you? Do you need more information about National Union Building wedding pricing?

Reach out to their helpful event team here, shoot them an email at info@nationalunionbuilding.com, or give them a call at (202) 431-8516.


I’m Chris and I’m a Washington DC wedding photographer. My mission is to capture bold, modern, and distinctive photos for unconventional couples. I want to make you look epic, awesome, amazing, beautiful, and dapper – all the things you like and none of the things you don’t. Most importantly, I want to capture what makes you you.

If this sounds like you and your partner, I’d love to hear more about your dream wedding! Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at chris@chrisferenzi.com.

You can see the pricing and details for other Washington DC wedding venues here.

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