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The Tidal Basin in Washington DC opened in 1918 and they used to let people swim in it. There's your fun fact for the day!

Most people are familiar with the Tidal Basin. One of my favorite memorials, the Jefferson, borders it. However, not many people know that you can obtain a permit to have your wedding on the Jefferson Memorial lawn.


Wedding ceremonies up to 200 people are allowed on the west lawn of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin near East Basin Drive for up to two hours. I recommend evening weddings because otherwise there's harsh overhead sun shining down on an area which doesn't have much shade.

A permit is necessary to hold your wedding here. You can see the regulations at the National Park Service Permit website.


This unique venue will definitely be a venue for guests to remember.

Here you can see some more wedding photos at the Jefferson Memorial.

I'm Chris and 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 chat! Please reach out to me regarding availably and pricing. You can also e-mail me at