Picking a wedding venue is one of the first things you’ll do after you get over staring at your gorgeous engagement ring! In San Francisco we’re lucky to have so many awesome museums in the city, and they all make super cool backdrops for weddings. One of my faves is the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. This place is for you if you’re looking for an uber-chic location. Whether your guest list is 50 or 400, there’s a spot at the de Young that will work for you. (Actually they can host events with up to 2,000 guests, in case you’re planning a wedding the size of Kim and Kanye’s!)
There are a few spots to choose from. In the Harmon Observation Tower you get 360-degree panoramic views of the city. This is a great spot for a cocktail reception, it holds 150 guests for a standing reception. Or there are several different sized event spaces on the concourse level, like the Piazzoni Murals Room, which seats 130 guests. Another option is to have your ceremony in the sculpture garden, and then rent out the cafe for dinner and the terrace for dancing. If you’re going big, the most popular choice is Wisley Court, which holds 400 seated guests with room left for dancing! You can even rent out art exhibitions if it suits your style!
Of course as a photographer my favorite part of de Young weddings are all the great places for photo ops! The grand staircase is an amazing spot for bridal photos, and the architecture and light all throughout the museum are totally gorgeous!
They rent event space out for 4 hour blocks between 6:30pm and 1am, although daytime rental can be available sometimes during regular museum hours. Contact their event staff to make arrangements for your dream wedding!