5 Picture-Perfect Museum Wedding Venues
These new revamped spaces are meant for a wedding.
Finding the perfect wedding venue—you know, one that fits your capacity needs, speaks to you as a couple, and is available on your ideal date—is no small task. Once you add in any additional requirements, like the ability to visit the space again or that it must be unexpected and unique, then you may be hunting for quite some time. If any of these must-haves sound familiar, then consider swapping vows at a museum. From halls hung with works by the masters to minimalist spaces that shine on their own, we found five new or revamped shrines to the arts that are bound to make any wedding picture-perfect.
You don't have to be the most artsy couple in the world to say "I do" in a museum. In fact, there's an art space on our list for every type of bride and groom. Consider yourself a romantic? The Contemporary Austin, resplendent with Old-World charm and lush gardens, might just be the place for you. Are you known for being a bit more modern? You'll love the sleek lines—not to mention the Warhol's—at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. And if you've always envisioned a more classic reception space, then consider the Philadelphia Museum of Art (we bet you'll love its pillar-lined entrance!).
Read on to see for yourself!
Opened at the end of 2016, Faena Forum is the hip new spot in Miami Beach's Faena District. The event space celebrates art, sculpture, dance, theater, carnival, and, occasionally, an unforgettable wedding. The forum can be configured to fit any size group, but for the most intimate ceremony, get married in the circle-shaped, rose-gold amphitheater, where you'll be surrounded (literally) by loved ones. Catering is done in-house, with support from the restaurants at next-door Faena Hotel—another art-filled spot where guests can sleep in Alan Faena–designed rooms and admire Damien Hirst's gilded mammoth sculpture on the beachfront grounds.
Top Tip: Serve the rose-hued Faena Spritz (made with vodka, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, rose water, and hibiscus) for a pretty, fizzy signature cocktail.
Price for venue rental upon request,
The Contemporary Austin
A modern-art museum in two parts, the Contemporary Austin offers weddings at both its Laguna Gloria site (which feels romantic and old-worldly) and the revamped Jones Center in downtown Austin, which underwent a $3 million renovation in 2016. For storybook romance, opt for Laguna Gloria's Italian-style villa and formal gardens, with seating for 150 guests and views across Lake Austin. Or be one of the first couples to marry on the new roof deck of the Jones Center. With panoramic views of the city, it's an elegant backdrop for a modern, urban ceremony.
Top Tip: Host your after-party and have guests stay at Austin's newest hotel, South Congress, less than two miles from the Jones Center.
Venue rental from $1,780,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philly couples know that a photo of the Rocky pose atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is considered a must-get shot. Now the museum offers the chance for couples to marry or have receptions there, too. The vast Great Stair Hall offers the grandest gatherings for groups of up to 300, with soaring ceilings and Augustus Saint-Gaudens's 14-foot Diana statue front and center. For something less formal, the Art Deco Perelman Building has a private terrace and a skylighted atrium that doubles as a dance floor, while the separate Rodin Museum is best for small ceremonies, set up for alfresco dinners for up to 60 guests surrounded by sculptures by the French master.
Top tip: For a local sweet treat, exclusive caterers Starr Events can organize an ice cream stand from Philly favorites Little Baby's Ice Cream.
Weddings and receptions from $7,500,
National Blues Museum
New to the Gateway City, this 23,000-square-foot ode to blues music—and St. Louis's role in it—is ideal for music-loving couples. For groups of up to 100, combine vows and cocktail hour in the long street side gallery space, then move to the light-flooded Lumière Place Legends Room for food by local grill masters like Sugarfire Smokehouse. And for the music? The museum staff is happy to recommend St. Louis blues group favorites like Marsha Evans and the Coalition and Boo Boo Davis.
Top tip: For the ultimate memento of the day, record your own blues album in the museum's studio.
Venue rental from $3,000,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Say "I do" in the presence of Warhol, Flavin, and Matisse at SFMOMA—still the hottest culture ticket in the Bay Area since reopening in May 2016 after a three-year expansion. The six event spaces are available for evening celebrations, whether you want a huge banquet (400 for dinner) overlooking Richard Serra's Sequence in the Schwab Hall, or cocktail hour in the indoor/outdoor Sculpture Garden. Don't miss a couple's portrait by the Calder sculptures and group shots at the spectacular 30-foot-tall living wall on the Sculpture Terrace.
Top tip: Treat your guests to a private viewing of the gallery floors—available for an extra fee—until 10 P.M.
Venue rental from $14,000,