Are you on the hunt for a distinct venue that already has some built in décor? Then it’s time to reframe your thinking and consider an artsy event space. It doesn’t matter if you want to do the bare minimum on the design front or you’re heavily invested in the art scene, an art gallery or museum can be an excellent and offbeat choice for your ceremony and/or reception. These venues in the heart of Brooklyn have just enough attitude to differentiate them from the scores of generic spaces out there, while having enough event know-how to make planning your party picture perfect.
You can’t mention art venues in this borough without mentioning this biggie. The site’s Beaux-Arts Courts, which can accommodate more than 600 guests for dinner, has insanely high ceilings, an eye-catching chandelier and a glass-tile floor with a geometric design that evokes 1920s glamour. The venue has another pavilion better suited for smaller guest counts that has a sleeker and more modern aesthetic. The venue is definitely in high demand, and with limited days available (events can only be held when the museum is closed to the public), you’ll want to hustle if you want to book your date.
Clover’s Fine Art Gallery
Ideal for more intimate affairs (50-60 people or less), the venue’s exposed brick breaks up the stark white walls typically associated with an art gallery. Guests will have access to the space’s rotating displays of artwork while drinking and mingling—their welcoming staff will have your nearest and dearest feeling right at home. Clover’s is also open to having outside catering, so if you’re dead set on a specific eatery, you won’t have to compromise.
We can’t get enough of this gallery, which is located in a recently renovated building ideal for a bride searching for an industrial vibe—think concrete columns and visible piping that will look amazing juxtaposed next to fancier garb and tons of flowers. The spacious venue’s many windows provide plenty of natural light for daytime affairs. The best part? The venue is right next to Brooklyn Bridge Park, a must for those skyline photos you’ve been dying for. Read real brides' reviews here!