City of Alexandria, VA
Page updated May 14, 2012 3:10 PM
Weddings at The Lyceum
Please email the Rentals Coordinator if you would like to receive an information package.
There is a short list of caterers included in that information packet. These are simply caterers who have worked here and know the layout. You are free to use absolutely any caterer that you want. Also, you can have a friend or relative do your catering for your wedding reception at The Lyceum, if you so desire.
The entire second floor of The Lyceum is a large hall (28' x 58') decorated in the Greek Revival style of the 1840's---dusty rose colored draperies and valences, tall, narrow mullioned windows, high ceiling, a Greek frieze going around the top of the walls, and armchairs for your guests, done in upholstery to match the draperies. The walls are off-white, and the carpeting is a burgundy pattern. We refer to this as "the Lecture Hall", as that was its original name when The Lyceum was built in 1839.
We can accommodate 90 people at a sit-down reception, and 140 at a buffet style reception. Receptions should end by 11 PM so that caterers can do their clean up and be out by midnight.
You can have a DJ or band, and can hire a dance floor to be brought in, if you want. Candles are permitted, as is red wine.
Tables and Chairs
We have many rectangular tables, and we will set them and the chairs up where you want. Our rectangular tables are 3' x 6', and also 3' x 8'. We have enough to accommodate any size group. We also have 140 upholstered armchairs for your guests to sit in, which work fine at the tables. If you want round tables they would have to be rented from an equipment rental company. Our caterer's kitchen is on the second floor, adjacent to the Lecture Hall. This kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer, a large sink, a hand sink, a microwave oven, garbage disposal, counter space, and lots of floor space. We do not have a conventional stove. Caterers also do a lot with chafing dishes that they roll in on carts, which is why the floor space is helpful.
Use of the Entrance Hall
After 5 PM, our large and attractive 1st floor entrance hall is available for your guests, where you can set up a table and/or bar. There is no charge for this.
We strongly encourage you to come by and look our historic facility over. Please call before coming to ensure that the Lecture Hall is available to be seen when you arrive, as we are quite busy, and someone else might be using it at the very time that you come by.
If you have any questions please email me or telephone me at 703-746-4994.
Thanks for considering The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, for your wedding and wedding reception.
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