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Planning a Museum Wedding

If you are currently in the market for gorgeous, dreamy, hassle-free, and unique wedding venue, then look no further than a museum. Museum weddings help a wedding day to stand out because museums are truly distinctive. Imagine posing for photos on a one of a kind grand staircase and hosting your cocktail reception in a specially isolated area that is surrounded by stunning views of art; what’s not to love? Museum weddings can really give your guests something to talk about long after the wedding is over.

The Cost of Planning a Museum Wedding

As more couples look to differentiate their wedding ceremonies and receptions from all the others, unique spaces such as museums, have hosts of benefits that could provide cost savings. For instance, since museums are already grand in opulence, couples do not have to financially budget for costly décor or floral displays. The wealth of luxury décor available provides perfect backdrops, which is always good news for your wedding budget.

Most museums will also offer their own event coordinators. Some even go as far as providing an exclusive caterer that specializes in handling weddings or milestone events effortlessly. When you hold your event at a museum, you can be sure that all the details will be handled with care just like museum curators handle the artifacts held within the walls.

Considerations When Planning a Museum Wedding

Pick a location

Picking a location that is centrally located is fundamental so that your guests can easily attend your wedding. Visit the various museums’ websites in your area to determine if the style and theme in mind can be achieved. Some of the popular museum locations for weddings include the Museum of Natural History, the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Virginia, the Chicago History Museum, and the following:

  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Long Beach Museum of Art
  • Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts
  • The Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Junipero Serra Museum, San Diego, California
  • Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, New Castle County, Delaware
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota
  • The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Your choice of lighting, even in museums, can make all the difference in the world. Keep your lighting in mind when conducting tours of the various establishments so that you can figure out the best segment in the museum to hold your event.

Ask about museum wedding contracts

Renting a museum for your wedding will obviously involve a great amount of paperwork such as vendor contracts. It is important to go through the fine print of all the contracts that you come across to avoid complications later in the wedding planning process.

Don’t forget the liability insurance

Liability insurance is essential if you are holding your wedding in a venue such as a park, private estate, museum, or a historical mansion. Many venues will also require you to purchase a host liquor liability or liquor liability that extends coverage if you are planning on serving alcohol.

Better yet, inquire about wedding cancellation insurance. Cancellation/postponement insurance can provide coverage for certain deposits, listed in the policy, in the event of a necessary wedding cancellation or postponement. For example, if the venue suddenly goes out of business and is inaccessible, or sudden illness prevents the honorees, parents, grandparents, or children of honorees from attending, or an honoree is unexpectedly called to duty, this coverage can reimburse you for the deposits lost.


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