A museum is more than a location that houses art and special exhibits. Did you know that many San Diego museums are also popular weddings venues? It's true! After hours, when the day's guests return home, a museum can transform into a unique and eclectic wedding space. Your attendees will be amazed at your stylish and creative wedding venue. And in a lot of cases, you won't have to change all that much! Add some ambient lighting, and a minimalist wedding theme, and the museum is styled up and ready.
Advantages Of Museum Wedding Venues
Museums are fun and interesting wedding venues because they create experiences for your guests. Stepping inside of your amazing event space, they are immersed in art, history, classic cars, or any number of wonders. This transports your attendees into an environment that is completely different from everyday life. They have no choice but to be impressed by the curios and artifacts on display. It automatically sets the tone for your wedding, with the promise of a night to remember.
As mentioned, a museum can make for an incredible wedding venue just the way it is. There is no need to go overboard on the theme or decor. In fact, a tropical wedding theme at the Museum of Man would seem out of place, for example.
If you are going to have a theme, lean into something that matches the ambiance of the venue. As one idea, you could have a bold Pop-Art wedding at the San Diego Museum of Art. Or name your reception tables after classic literary characters at the San Diego Central Library. This way, your theme matches the surroundings and is faithful to the spirit of the museum. It will make for a richer guest experience.
Making The Wedding Venue Your Own
Since you don't have to go crazy with the wedding theme, you can make the venue uniquely yours in other ways. For example, bring on a talented lighting designer who can elevate the space into something suitable for a night party. It is unbelievable how much impact dramatic lighting will have on large museum room. It will change the room from the public space seen during the day into a hip and stylish night event space. So definitely put care and attention into the lighting design!
Also, you can embrace the museum wedding concept in other ways. For example, try to match your invitations to the venue, so guests are given a glimpse of what to expect. If your wedding will be at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you can use a subtle animal print in the invitation design. Or if your reception will be held at Birch Aquarium, tie in a sea glass theme into your cards. This will set the tone for your museum wedding early on, months before the event date itself.
Finally, it could be helpful to bring on a coordinator or event designer. This person or team will help execute those extra touches that make the event uniquely yours. It's possible that your museum venue will have an in-house person on staff who handles some of the event management. If so, you'll want to get clarification about this person's role before hiring your own.
If the venue does not have a person onsite, we highly recommend having your own coordinator. Especially if the museum does not hold many events or weddings, you will need someone on your side to keep everything organized. It will make all the difference in how smoothly the day runs.
Museum Wedding Photography
As you are planning all of the above, you will also want to book your San Diego Wedding Photographers. It's very important to look for a studio of specialists like ours who commonly photograph non-traditional wedding venues. This is because it's extra challenging to capture amazing photographs in an event space that is not routinely used for weddings. The lighting conditions are different, as are the room configurations. There are a lot of extra factors to consider that we always plan for in our preparation.
As well, museums change exhibits and room layouts all the time. So you'll want to ensure that your wedding photographers do extra location scouting before your event. This way, they are extremely familiar and comfortable with the exact room conditions that will exist. Otherwise, they will show up unprepared. This will never happen with our wedding photography team, as we always set ourselves up for success leading up to your wedding.
Whenever the museum location allows, we will also do a fun and creative photo shoot with the two of you as a couple. This will take place on the wedding day. During a quiet moment, we will go to a part of the museum that is separate from the wedding event, and capture you in your wedding attire. If permitted, we even may be granted access to a behind-the-scenes location or private exhibit! The result will be stunning and stylized museum wedding photos that you will enjoy for years to come. And of course, if there happen to be museum guests onsite, they will love seeing you all dressed up and walking around!