Plan a Modern Wedding Reception in an Art Museum

Art museum wedding ideas

Art-loving couples, take note! You can celebrate that love at your reception by creating an entire artistic ambiance, but with a bold modern spin. Let these images and ideas we found spark your imagination for choosing a venue, decorating it museum style, serving gourmet dishes and drinks, and giving out artistic mementos of the occasion. Then, get ready to plan the exhibition of your lives, your wedding reception!

Let Our Inspiring Ideas Guide You!

Art museum wedding ideas that are modern from the wedding cake to venue to wedding gown

1 – For this type of theme, the venue is key. In fact, it could be your single most compelling decor element. So we suggest an actual art museum in your locality that allows functions like weddings! The striking Phoenix Art Museum shown here, for instance, offers itself as a unique wedding site. Just see the impact of modern artworks on display and envision how you can style your tables to play up the bold colors and strokes.

2 – Amidst all the visual aspects of a museum wedding, the bride must still be the central “work of art”! Choose a wedding dress with a definite wow factor. This all-white creation by Pronovias, found on Greer Loves, is a vision in ruffles and lace with a full, flowing skirt that’s sure to keep all eyes on the lady of the hour.

3 – When it comes to serving up the reception menu, the perfect starters would be bite-size appetizers with a definite gourmet flair. The added angle here, though, would be to choose those that are shapely or even “sculptural” to look at! Something like these tempura shrimp, blue cheese spring rolls, and vanilla shish taouk skewers we spotted on Haute Living. Presentation is key!

4 – The wedding cake is another key element in this theme. How fabulous is this Picasso-inspired cake featured on Bonnie Carter Photography? It’s attributed to Heather Barranco Dreamcakes, a treasure trove of stunning creations for weddings and more. You could have a similar effect with a cake customized in the style of your favorite artist!

5 – Speaking of sculptural, check out this amazing bow tie made out of colored guitar picks! This fab creation is by Nicholas Tee Ruiz, programs coordinator at the Museum of Modern Art, and is just one among dozens of bow ties, featured on Earth 911, that he’s fashioned out of a whole array of recycled and found objects. Might be just the thing for an artsy groom!

6 – Your guest book should be equally artsy, of course. A giant free-form ampersand, for instance, like this one handmade by etsy shop Back 40 Life would make a fun decor piece for guests to sign on. Or you could have a large blank canvas, pots of paint and several paintbrushes for a truly art-themed alternative guest book!

7 – To set the special ambiance for this wedding, create a welcome sign display showcasing a work of art. A poster by one of the modern masters, like Picasso, is definitely a striking choice—and surprisingly affordable, too! Visit sites like All to see the selection and choose one that matches your wedding motif (and your future home!).

8 – Escort cards to match your cake? Love this idea! Just take inspiration from these mini works of art transformed into tent cards by Kiss and Punch Designs for a couple who wed at the Balboa Park Museum of Art. They featured works by Picasso, Rockwell, Degas, and several other masters, plus the name of each guest. What a great keepsake, too!

9 – How to tie in your wedding’s signature drink? One easy way would be by color. With our inspiration images featuring lots of red, we’ve opted to suggest pomegranate martinis for their rich red hue (with a delicious recipe from One Martini at a Time)! But you could certainly serve up your own customized cocktails in blue, pink, or whatever color would complement your art museum decor.

Wondering where to look for art museums that do weddings? One of these might just be in your area or look one up online:

  1. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  2. Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha
  3. Milwaukee Art Museum
  4. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City
  5. McNay Art Museum in San Antonio
  6. Tacoma Art Museum
  7. The San Diego Museum of Art | Balboa Park
  8. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, CA

We Want to Hear From YOU!

Are you planning a wedding set in a museum? Leave a comment and let our readers know where in your hometown is a good location for a museum wedding!


  1. This is such a lovely compilation of ideas!

  2. Thanks for putting this together! I am planning an art museum wedding in my hometown of Detroit!

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