Crystal Bridges is open Wed. through Mon. Reserve your free, timed tickets.

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Crystal Bridges is open Wed. through Mon. Reserve your free, timed tickets.

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Event Rentals Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony       Decorations       Food       Cake & Dessert       Alcohol & Beverage       Music & Dancing       Photography       Parking
Payment & Cancellation       Insurance

What are your wedding packages and what is included?

We offer all- inclusive packages or build your own wedding packages

Package Amenities include:

  • Crystal Bridges Chef for exclusive catering
  • Onsite Crystal Bridges coordinator
  • Menu development consultation
  • Complimentary food/beverage tasting
  • Customizable seating arrangements/room design
  • Bridal ready-room access
  • Exclusive private access to the museum’s art galleries
  • Access to our grounds and indoor common areas for one of a kind photography
  • House selection of tables and chairs
  • House selection of china, flatware, glassware
  • Party lighting
  • Service Staff
  • A/V tech and support
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Labor (set-up; break-down)
  • Cake cutting service
  • Preferred parking for Bridal Party

Are there other events scheduled on the same day?

  • We only book one event per day so that your big day is our sole focus

How long can I reserve the event space?

  • Our suggested timeframe is 6:00pm -11:30pm
  • After 11:30pm, or if your event extends past 6 hours, there will be an additional fee of $1000.00 per additional hour

What venues are included in your Wedding package?

  • Your choice of indoor or outdoor ceremony location
  • Your choice of indoor or outdoor cocktail reception locations
  • Your choice of reception location
  • Two Day-of ready spaces for the full day
  • Ready room for gifts and vendors
  • Private Gallery viewing for your whole group

Is there a bridal ready space?

  • Yes, your package includes two ready spaces you have access to all day

Is there a designated smoking area?

  • Yes, on our South Lawn, adjacent to the Great Hall

Is an outdoor area included for a cocktail reception?

  • Yes, you have multiple locations to choose from based on your reception location

Are your venues accessible for ADA guests?

  • Absolutely, all of our spaces are ADA accessible

Is there a secure area to store the wedding gifts?

  • Yes, we offer a ready room included in your wedding package

Do you have an onsite Wedding Coordinator?

  • We do provide an Event Manager from time of contract with us

Do I need an outside wedding planner?

  • You will need to hire a licensed, full service wedding designer for at least a month of service

 

Ceremony

Can the venue accommodate the ceremony?

  • Your choice of indoor or outdoor ceremony location is included in your wedding package

Do you provide the seating for the ceremony?

  • We do for indoor locations, if outside we can help rent chairs for you

Are you able to have a rehearsal at the venue and a rehearsal dinner?

  • Absolutely, we love showing off the museum

Can rose petals be strewn?

  • Yes, in select locations

 

Decorations

Are there decorating restrictions?

  • Please no confetti, glitter or open flame
  • Decorations, signage, and displays brought onto the property must be approved prior to arrival
  • Items may not be attached to any stationary wall, floor, window or ceiling with nails, staples, table or any other substance in order to prevent damage to the fine fixtures and furnishings

What decorations does the venue provide?

  • We provide all tables, chairs and tablescape, excluding linen and floral

 

Food

What are the different ways Crystal Bridges serves food?

  • We offer a variety of styles including plated service, buffet, family style and live action chef stations

Can we create a custom menu?

  • Yes, we love customizing menus based on your favorites!

Can we arrange for a meal tasting?

  • Absolutely! An onsite meal tasting and planning session is included in your package

Can we accommodate special diets?

  • Yes

Do you have to provide your own place cards?

  • Yes, that will be arranged with your Wedding Designer
  • Place cards identifying each guest’s names and choice of entrée will be required

Are there booster seats or high chairs available for children?

  • Yes, we welcome all ages!

 

Cake & Dessert

Do you bake cakes onsite?

  • Unfortunately that is the one portion of food we do not provide, although we do have some fabulous local pastry chefs

Is there a cake-cutting fee?

  • No, cake cutting is included with all events
  • Includes cutting, plates, flatware and service

 

Alcohol & Beverage

Does the venue provide the alcohol and bar service?

  • All Alcoholic Beverages in Event Venues must be purchased through the museum
  • Cash bars are subject to a $100 bar set-up fee

Do you offer Bar Packages and what is included?

  • We do offer per person all-inclusive bar packages

Do you provide a cash bar or an open bar?

  • We can provide a number of bar options, ranging from hosted bar, cash bar, beer & wine bar to all inclusive bar packages
  • You can create custom cocktails with our Beverage Manager

Is there a corkage fee?

  • $30 per bottle

 

Music & Dancing

Can we bring in a band or DJ?

  • Absolutely, we have a fabulous listing of local vendors

What does Crystal Bridges have for a sound system?

  • Our Great Hall is fully outfitted with party lighting, projection screen and microphones as well as a full time Audio Visual Technician

What time do you allow the music to play until?

  • 11:30pm is our event end time, though you can add-on additional party hours

 

Photography

Are there any photograph or video restrictions?

  • Flash photography is not permitted in exhibition gallery spaces
  • Commercial use of museum images/photography is not permitted without prior museum approval

What suggestions do you have for locations to photograph?

  • We have amazing locations for unique and one of a kind photography, we encourage you to choose your locations in advance and arrange with your Event Manager

 

Parking

Where do guests park and how many spots are available?

  • You have access to our entire Main Parking with over 175 spaces

Is there valet?

  • There is not a full time valet, though our Event Managers can source that for you if desired

Is there a cost to park?

  • No, parking is included in your package

What else is going on that night that may make it difficult for guests to park?

  • Since the museum closes at 6pm you have full access to all of the onsite parking

 

Payment & Cancellation

What is required for a deposit?

  • We ask for the venue rental fee to be paid to confirm your date
  • Second Payment: 14-days prior to your event for estimated catering and service
  • Final Payment: Any remaining items overages will be billed within 7 days following your event
  • A 20% Service Charge based on final food and beverage charges, as well as applicable sales tax, will be added to your final invoice

What is your cancellation policy?

  • 6 Months or less (180 days or less)                -0-
  • 6-9 Months (181-270 days)                     50% of Deposit
  • 9-12 Months (271-365 days)                    75% of Deposit
  • One year or more (366+ days)                100% of Deposit

When is my final guest count due:

  • A guaranteed guest count will be given to the museum 14 business days prior to your event
  • The guaranteed number of guests cannot be reduced after this time and the final count will be charged based on the final guarantee or actual number of guests; whichever is greater

 

Insurance

What are the insurance requirements for me and our vendors?

  • Insurance coverage of the following types will need to be provided 60 days out from the event date
    • Employer’s liability: $1,000,000
    • Commercial general liability for bodily injury, personal injury and property damages claims: $1,000,000