Awe, inspire, and enlighten guests with a wedding at THEMUSEUM
THEMUSEUM, a beautiful venue with distinctive architecture and eclectic, contemporary elegance, is the new kid on the wedding scene. Its powerfully transformative space is turning the heads of creative couples and inspiring exciting, unforgettable events. Through word of mouth it is quickly gaining momentum as both a ceremony and wedding facility, and has the potential to become a go-to for brides on the hunt for something completely different.
Now on at THEMUSEUM: your wedding
THEMUSEUM in Kitchener originally opened fourteen years ago as The Children’s Museum. In 2010, it rebranded to offer exhibits for all ages, becoming a cultural hub and an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo culture. It has new adult programs and interactive children’s exhibits, and it joins forces with other arts and cultural centres in the area to produce fun, educational events and festivals.
One of the most exciting things about THEMUSEUM is its magical transformation into a wedding venue: when THEMUSEUM closes it’s doors to their daily visitors, the event team works diligently to set up your wedding at record speed. And then you have the entire museum to yourself; a museum just for you and the people you love.
Different, elegant, beautiful
THEMUSEUM is not your typical banquet hall. “We are different. THEMUSEUM offers a non-traditional, off the cuff atmosphere while still remaining beautiful, simple, and elegant.” Because it is a new wedding venue, “THEMUSEUM isn’t saturated in the wedding market and it’s unlikely one of your friends had their wedding here,” THEMUSEUM points out.
The main event space is the Grand Atrium located on the main floor. It is a stately room with ceilings 55 feet high, and a slight industrial feel. Its vibrant colours, circle motif, and large skylight overhead makes for room unlike any other in the Waterloo region.
Jessica, who got happily married in September 2017 at THEMUSEUM, fell in love with the venue “because it’s a unique, non-traditional venue in a great location.” The couple took all of their photos “within walking distance of THEMUSEUM (The Walper, some of the back alleys, Victoria Park)” and they “stayed literally right across the street at the Walper on [their] wedding night.”
Creativity and exploration
THEMUSEUM aims to provide brides with a blank canvas and the opportunity to execute their own remarkable vision. THEMUSEUM says they want to help brides create anything they can imagine; the more creative the idea, the better. The staff enjoys doing things differently, and there are lots of floor plan options to reinvent the space. Also, the Grand Atrium has a natural décor that won’t compete with new additions.
Some brides choose a minimalistic, streamlined look, with simple centrepieces and linens that allow the natural beauty of the Atrium to shine through. Others use fabric draping and lighting to create a glamorous show-stopper. THEMUSEUM has held some wonderful contemporary cocktail receptions and more traditional seated dinners in the space.
THEMUSEUM offers additional packages that other venues can’t, such as exploration time for your guests to enjoy all the exhibitions. “The Hour of Exploration was a really neat option that we took advantage of,” Andrea, a former bride at THEMUSEUM says. “We paid a bit extra to give our guests an hour to explore THEMUSEUM and its exhibits. This worked out perfectly, as it gave our guests something additional to do during the cocktail reception. It also doubled as a gift to our guests.”
Andrea used everything she could at the THEMUSEUM to add brilliant little details to her event. “We were able to customize the marquee on the second floor to include our names and a Thank You to our guests. The large screen on the main floor has rear projection and worked perfectly for our slide show. The TVs at the front of THEMUSEUM could display any image that we wanted,” she says. “All of these things contributed to a wedding that was far from cookie-cutter.”
THEMUSEUM’s unique features inspired some wonderful ideas for her Andrea’s wedding. “We had a Monopoly Board seating chart, and we included crossword puzzles on the back of our programs – of course the questions were all about the bride and groom. We also used Skip-Bo cards for our table numbers. These things probably wouldn’t have worked in a more traditional venue, but THEMUSEUM was such a fun space that we wanted to just embrace it and add that element of fun to our wedding.”
Andrea says that THEMUSEUM has that sought-after wow factor. “I have a feeling that once more people find out about THEMUSEUM, it will be booked solid with weddings.”
The rental of the Grand Atrium, for ceremony and reception, or reception only, is $3,500. This includes a 6-hour period; each additional hour beyond that is $250. The fee to use the Atrium for the ceremony only is $1,000.
Included in these fees are:
• Onsite staff to take care of set-up and tear down.
• Flexible floor plans.
• Use of the Reception Desk, which can be used as a space to greet guests as they arrive.
• Full use of the fridge and sink area located on the lower floor.
• Audio equipment (THEMUSEUM’s sound system and microphone, a projector that can project onto a large white screen, a podium, an onsite laptop, a TV, iPod and DVD player, and WiFi).
• Selected tables and chairs (there is also more furniture and décor options available at additional costs).
Additional Cost Packages include options such as lighting ($250), an Hour of Exploration ($350 for one hour to roam THEMUSEUM), staging (cost varies, and more.
Andrea found that she was able to stick to her budget with the options that THEMUSEUM provided for her. She made use of the tables and chairs that THEMUSEUM had on hand, rather than paying to rent them. She also appreciated that THEMUSEUM had a list of preferred caterers to choose from, which made it possible to find one with the right price tag. Finally, she took advantage of the option THEMUSEUM gave her to obtain a Special Occasion Permit and purchase alcohol herself. “The money we saved by stocking our own bar more than made up for the rental fee of THEMUSEUM,” she says.
Details, details, details
• Including rental and additional packages, the average bride spends approximately $4,000 on a wedding at THEMUSEUM.
• A 50% deposit is required to book, along with a $250 damage deposit, and a credit card number that can be kept on file.
• Generally couples book six months to a year ahead, but if you have less notice and the date is still available, THEMUSEUM will make it happen!
The best way to contact THEMUSEUM is via email through the form below 🙂 The event team will reply within 24 business hours. Once you are in contact, a walk-through can be scheduled and you can begin planning your wedding! FYI: Special Event Coordinators are typically available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, but are happy to work with your schedule. Visit their website at http://www.themuseum.ca.