Picking a venue is a piece of work, but what if your venue was a piece of work (artwork, that is)? For a classy and cultured destination-wedding getaway, consider a sculpture garden for your wedding venue. Big, looming structures make gorgeous photo-op backdrops, while keeping guests entertained during cocktail hour and beyond. And long, sprawling greens offer an ideal outdoor wedding alternative, creating a spacious venue that goes beyond a yard or beach. These inspired wedding venues will help you get your art on, boasting arrays of outdoor installations and picturesque natural scenery to boot.
What to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue
Storm King Art Center: New Windsor, New York
New York City has long been a mecca for art lovers hoping to tie the knot in a gallery or museum. Now, just an hour north of the city, there's a new venue in the mix that combines art with a stunning natural setting. This expansive outdoor museum, with one of the largest contemporary collections in the country, is hosting weddings for the first time in its 56-year history. Up to 250 guests can witness your open-air vows atop Museum Hill, which offers sweeping views of the bucolic property; smaller groups (up to 60) can use the flagstone patio. Fresh Company provides the catering; expect bright, seasonal dishes like braised chicken with fennel, green olives, and lemon.
Top Photo Op: Storm King has been home to many large scale works by Mark di Suvero, like Beethoven's Quartet (above), over the years.
The Details: Weddings between April and November, excluding October; membership required (fees typically from $2,500); venue rental from $500 to $10,000, stormking.org.
Olympic Sculpture Park: Seattle, Washington
If only all former industrial sites looked like this scenic waterfront park, complete with vistas of the Olympic Mountains. Couples can exchange vows in a tree-lined amphitheater before moving into the PACCAR Pavilion for a seated reception for up to 140. Its floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that the outdoors—and the stunning natural light—are never far from view. An exclusive partnership with Taste Events means your menu will consist of all local ingredients.
Top Photo Op: Strike a pose in front of Alexander Calder's The Eagle (left), a few hundred feet from Puget Sound.
The Details: Venue rental from $1,000 during regular hours, or $4,000 after hours, seattleartmuseum.org.
Laumeier Sculpture Park: St. Louis, Missouri
Picking your ceremony location is no easy feat at this 105-acre space 20 minutes from the Gateway Arch. Among the seven stunning venue options: the intimate and romantic Leaf Pavilion, for parties of up to 100, and the Way Field, where there's room for 500 people to gather by Alexander Liberman’s monumental piece made of 18 steel oil tanks. The futuristic all-white Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center gallery debuted last year and has quickly become the go-to spot for sit-down dinners and dancing.
Top Photo Op: For a colorful backdrop, there's Tony Rosenthal's House of the Minotaur (right).
The Details: Venue rental from $650, laumeier.org.
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum: Lincoln, Massachusetts
It's hard to resist a place where you can exchange vows in front of two huge hearts (courtesy of artist Jim Dine). That's just one of more than 60 outdoor works on view at this modern art center, located 30 minutes west of Boston. Couples can host tented events on the main lawn, but if an indoor party is preferred, there's the Dewey Family Gallery; a terrace just off the lobby offers views of Flints Pond.
Top Photo Op: Lincoln (left), by DeWitt Godfrey, a 150-foot-long series of attached steel circles. We like to think it represents a long life together.
The Details: From $7,800, plus $1,500 for an outdoor tented event, decordova.org.