Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Weddings
Available for exclusive rental 365 days a year, the Mellon Auditorium is Washington DC’s premiere event venue for seated dinners, conferences, receptions, product launches, branding events and weddings. The following rates apply to corporate, non-profit and social events. US Federal Agencies, please contact the Mellon Auditorium for government rates and inclusions.
We recommend all couples interested in hosting their wedding at the Mellon Auditorium read Weddings: Frequently Asked Questions.
For pricing specific to your event, please contact the AWMA management office.
Mellon Auditorium Standard Rental Fees
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Q: What are your capacities for weddings and wedding receptions?
A: The building best accommodates events with 200-500 guests. If you are doing ceremony and reception, 200-400 is the best range. If you are holding only a reception, 200-600 guests are fine.
Q: How much does it cost to rent the Mellon Auditorium?
A: Many events at the Mellon cost approximately $18,750 for the building rental and building support costs. This is based on 14 hours of access time, including your load-in and load-out access hours, which must fall between 8 a.m. and and 2 a.m. to avoid incurring surcharge fees. Most weddings use 12-noon to 2 a.m. with their reception ending at 11 p.m. Please refer to our price listing for exact prices.
Q: What is included in the building rental fee and support costs?
A: The fees listed above include rental of the building, security guards (required), a building engineer, on-site staff for the entire event from load-in through load-out, and a cleaning person for the restrooms during your event.
Q: Do I need a catering tent, and what is that cost or additional fee?
A: You are required by the Health Department to have a catering tent if your caterer (kitchen) will be set up outside. The Mellon Auditorium has a $600.00 security fee for usage of this exterior door in addition to the rental cost of the tent.