Museums are designed to make artwork shine on display, and for brides that want to impress their guests on the big day, Miami has a variety of locales to do just that. Miami's museums offer brides a blank canvas when it comes to creating a wedding space that plays to each couple's personal style and taste. Bayfront views, Art Deco décor, and stained glass windows are just the start when it comes to choosing a dreamy museum locale in Miami, all just minutes from the beach.
Can't decide whether to tie the knot in a garden or gallery? Pérez Art Museum Miami delicately balances the two, giving brides a range of options from the natural—vertical gardens hanging on the alfresco terrace—to a more modern setting inside the industrial-inspired gallery space. Want to throw in a water element as well? Take the after party out to the bay with golf courts whisking your guests from the museum to the foot of a luxury yacht.
Art Basel regulars will recognize the sprawling lawn in front of the Bass Museum, which plays host to a number of public art installations during the annual art extravaganza. The former Miami Beach Library and Art Center on Collins Avenue transformed into a contemporary art museum in the '60s and more recently completed a two-year renovation. The museum reopened in late-October 2017 with refreshed spaces for brides to celebrate post-ceremony. Sip champagne under the stars with parties of up to 300 on the Arthur and Alice Adams Terrace or host a sit-down dinner for 80 at the cafe—with views looking out at Collins.
The Jewish Museum not only features an exhibit highlighting 250 years of Florida's Jewish history, but it also sits in a historic 1929 synagogue that was the first on Miami Beach. Done up with a copper dome, marble bimah (or podium), and 80 stained glass windows, the museum is one of the beach's best-kept secrets when it comes to stunning Art Deco-inspired wedding venues. Jewish couples can incorporate their faith into more than the ceremony, with round table receptions and Kosher cuisine for up to 150—all while being surrounded by Jewish artwork. Or, enjoy a cocktail party (for 300) while standing underneath luxurious Art Deco chandeliers.
Tucked away on Washington Avenue in the Art Deco District, The Wolfsonian is not your typical museum. For starters, it's housed in a revamped Mediterranean Revival building from the 1920s. The artwork goes beyond a defined genre, with a collection spanning everything from rare books and furniture to ceramics. The pieces are made up of 180,000 objects starting from the Industrial Revolution in the 1850s all the way to the 1950s. Couples after an Old World feel can host a seated dinner for up to 80 or cocktails for up to 180 in the entry hall which boasts an elegant high-vaulted ceiling, ornamental stonework, and a fountain—perfect for photo ops!
Throw a reception to remember in the Sculpture Garden, transforming the courtyard between HistoryMiami and the Main Public Library into a full-on fete taking on a wedding theme that's highlighted by the space's Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and marble fountains—all right in the heart of Downtown Miami.