January 23, 2019

MTG’s Guide to Wedding Planning at the Congressional Club

The Congressional Club was designed for social events like weddings. Steeped in the District’s and the nation’s history, the Club offers a variety of rooms and settings for the ceremony and the reception. MTG has compiled a brief room-by-room guide to help couples navigate the club as they plan their Congressional wedding day.


The ballroom . There are two great options for room set-up; both take advantage of the room’s spectacular details.

Ceremony facing the American Coat of Arms

The mantle is perfect for floral installations. With this orientation, the couple will enter from the double imperial staircase and walk directly down the aisle. And if the family chooses to use the Steinway piano, this is the perfect floorplan to take full advantage of the music and the acoustics in the tall ceiling.


Ceremony taking place at the top of the Imperial staircase

Guests will face the top of the stairway facing the original Waterford chandelier and crest of the US Capitol. This option uses the architectural features as the backdrop for stunning photos.


Once the ceremony is complete, guests can move downstairs for the cocktail hour. Purple Onion will set the room for the dinner reception and the DJ will get the music ready.


Cocktail Hour

The first floor reception rooms are perfect for the cocktail hour, whether the ceremony is held in the ballroom or guests are arriving at the Congressional Club after vows at another location. Typically, the bar is set up in the Hawaiian room. Some couples choose to have a musical trio in the opposite corner. Guest can move throughout the first floor, enjoying passed hors oeuvres.


Dinner Reception

The Ballroom can accommodate 200 guests seated in rounds, with a small dance floor. Below are suggested layouts. The alcove room is perfect for a bar set up and tables can be broken down to expand the dance floor.


Some out-of-the-Box Options

Ceremony on the first floor

A recent celebration was an engagement ceremony in the First Ladies Room. For couples looking for a very intimate or casual ceremony, the first floor reception rooms could be a great option.


All Cocktails All the Time

Cocktail Hour is everyone’s favorite part of the meal, let’s all just admit it.  Use the full space for all six hours! Tons of passed hors d’oeuvres, fun food stations, a bar downstairs and a bar upstairs. Seating throughout, with an oversized dance floor in the ballroom!


Joey Bordelonh www.joeybordelon.com

Bryan Dozier Photography http://www.bryandozier.com/weddings

Kelly Hornberger Photography kellyhornberger.com/

Plume Photography http://www.plume-photography.com/

Kir2Ben www.kir2ben.com

Marissa Burns marissadimino.com

Rachel E.H. Photography www.rachelehphotography.com