While some want sand and water views, other marrying couples want visuals and a pristine atmosphere. Most museums in the region are open to wedding parties and are ready to erect tents, serve food, and treat guests to views or art and rare objects. Here are a few that are ready to host your celebration:
New England Carousel Museum This Bristol, Conn., institution devoted to things that go round and round does host weddings. It’s $150 an hour for the space, which includes tables and chairs, a dance floor, and parking.
95 Riverside Ave., 860-585-5411, thecarouselmuseum.org
Museum of Fine Arts As you may have heard, the MFA has a gorgeous new wing. It’s possible to get married there, provided you give a $30,000 gift, which means you also become a patron member with access to openings, parties, and other special events. That 30 grand doesn’t include catering.
65 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org
Shelburne Museum This Shelburne, Vt., landmark offers a view of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Your guests can check out the eclectic mix of art, which ranges from circus images to Impressionist paintings. Site only, $1,000 to $7,500.
6000 Shelburne Road, 802-985-3346, shelburnemuseum.org
Currier Museum of Art More affordable is this Manchester, N.H., institution. It’s $1,000 to do a ceremony in the building, and $4,900 to $5,500 if you add the reception. Catering and rentals are extra. The price gets your guests into the special exhibitions, which include works by Picasso, Monet, and O’Keeffe.
150 Ash St., 603-669-6144, currier.org
Griffin Museum of Photography You can rent this entire Winchester museum for your wedding, including the outside, which is tent-ready. There’s also room for a bar. It’s $980 for seven hours. Catering and the works are extra.
67 Shore Road, 781-729-1158, griffinmuseum.org MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN