UPDATED: Here Are the Gathering Restrictions for Weddings Right Now in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Read this before finalizing your guest list.

Photograph by E. Losinio Photography

Last week, citing an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations, Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced that the state would ease the restrictions on social gatherings, among other events. The new order—effective today, April 1—caps weddings and other gatherings at 50 people indoors, and 100 people outside. Prior to the announcement, Northam had capped social gatherings at 10 people inside and 25 outdoors.

The announcement follows changes to gathering limits in Maryland and DC. On March 12, Maryland’s venue restrictions increased to 50 percent of their capacity for both indoor and outdoor wedding venues (with masking, social distancing, and other safety measures in place). Maryland had also previously capped social gatherings at 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.

In DC, mayor Muriel Bowser updated the gathering restrictions for the District on April 5, allowing effective May 1, weddings and special events to host indoors and outdoors at 25 percent of venue capacity, requiring a waiver for attendance great than 250. Bowser had earlier updated the restrictions on outdoor gatherings only on March 22, limiting them to 50 people (observing social distancing), and had left the indoor-gathering cap at 10, with the offer to reassess in April.

TL; DR? Here are the capacity limits for weddings right now—as always in the pandemic, the situation is fluid:

  • DC: 25 percent of indoor or outdoor venue capacity, with a waiver required for more than 250 effective May 1; prior to May 1, 50 people outdoor and 10 indoor.
  • Maryland: 50 percent of indoor or outdoor venue capacity
  • Virginia: 50 people inside; 100 people outside



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Amy Moeller
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.