Planning a wedding is a large undertaking no matter the location. You and your fiancé will be sorting your guest list, selecting a venue, and finalizing décor items – and at the end of it all you’ll have a beautiful celebration to share with your friends and family. And although we could regale you with lists of wonderful Washington DC wedding venues, or Washington DC wedding photographers (Or dresses. We’re all about the dresses.), today we’ve got a different subject in mind. Whether you’re an area local or a destination planner, it’s always nice to have something up your sleeve for those out-of-town guests: a travel agenda.

First, the National Mall. Home to some of the most iconic memorials in the nation, the National Mall is more than simply a collection of statues – it’s, in the terms of its original designer, a “Grand Avenue,” a pedestrian parkway, and the heart of the nation’s capital. It’s also the perfect place to spend a day (cherry blossom season is best, but we’ll take it any time of year) and home to monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, World War II and Vietnam memorials, and, off in the distance, the Jefferson Memorial, plus several others worth wandering through. Like we said, you could easily spend an entire day exploring this place. Bonus: the White House is only a couple blocks away.

Once you’ve exhausted your historic and political adventures, we’ve got a few other places in mind. The Smithsonian Institution's museums are impressive, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is a must for book lovers – the library is home to the largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed work, as well as a number of rare, ancient, books. Casual explorers will want to spend time in Old Town Alexandria. A historic neighborhood, the charming waterfront setting has a vibrant arts scene and a multitude of boutique shops and savory restaurants. Bittersweet Café is the perfect place to grab a quick and tasty meal on the go.

P.S. Don’t forget to use the best planning tools around – our wedding websites are perfect for communicating with your guests and sharing the details of your wedding day and registry.