(Brides)-There are so many stunning wedding venues to choose from, from classic ballrooms to rustic barns, lush gardens to bare lofts.
Each has their own appeal and speaks to a different style, meaning there’s a venue out there for every couple. If you’re craving a dramatic setting, built-in entertainment, and décor that can’t be beat, hosting your wedding at a stunning museum might be just what you’ve been looking for. Designed by incredible architects and boasting collections an art lover can only dream of, it’s the perfect way to give your wedding a serious sense of style, all while playing into your personalities.
We’ve rounded up five gorgeous museums from around the country, each of which is happy to host your wedding celebration. Take a peek!
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Above)
Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, this classically-styled stone structure boasts a collection of over 40,000 pieces from across the globe. It also has four beautiful event spaces to choose from, including the Beaux Arts-style Rozzelle Court, which can fit 250 guests for dinner, and the contemporary Lens 2 Room, with space for 96 seated guests and translucent walls that are illuminated as the evening progresses.
Just steps from the White House, the Renwick Gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art. The building itself (designed after the newest wing of the Louvre in Paris) is a National Historic Landmark, while the interior Grand Salon’s sleek finish is a beautiful contrast to the traditional architecture and ornate collection.
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Treat your guests to a piece of Old New York with a celebration at The Frick Collection. The collection was originally assembled by Henry Clay Frick, and is now displayed in what was his 5th Avenue home. Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, and Vermeer decorate the walls, all surrounding a Gilded Age interior courtyard with a central fountain beneath a glass ceiling. Seat 180 guests for dinner, or invite up to 260 to join you for cocktails in true 1920s style.
Aspen Art Museum
Situated just blocks from Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that features a rotating display of contemporary art from around the globe. Wrapped in elegant basket-woven wood, the building itself is a work of contemporary art. On the roof, the café is partially covered, with a portion of the space looking out onto the surrounding mountains and giving you a stunning backdrop for a wedding ceremony, no matter the season.
BARRY M. WINIKER
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The Art Institute of Chicago
Since its founding in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago has worked to compile a collection of over 300,000 pieces, ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary works. With spaces perfect for weddings large or small, from an ornate room featuring portions of the old Chicago Stock Exchange to the light-filled and modern Griffin Court, you’re sure to find a venue that suits your needs and your style.