Best of Columbus Weddings Winner: Columbus Museum of Art

CMA took first place in the Reception, Museum/Gallery and Reception, Contemporary/Modern categories.

Brooke Preston
Columbus Museum of Art

It’s easy to understand why readers loved receptions at the Columbus Museum of Art; the venue’s endlessly elegant versatility vaulted it to the top of two related categories. One would be hard-pressed to find more creative flair or visual drama than at this vibrant and iconic Columbus cultural institution.

CMA offers a number of indoor and outdoor spaces for both ceremonies and receptions, each more breathtaking than the last. For instance, couples might choose to be married under world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture, Isola di San Giacomo in Palude, and the skylights of the Derby Court, which can accommodate up to 200 guests seated theater-style. Those seeking a manicured outdoor environs might opt for the Patricia Jurgensen Sculpture Garden, which can accommodate a ceremony of up to 225.

Columbus Museum of Art

For the reception, the Schottenstein Property Group Pavilion is the obvious choice. Its modern design, light wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows create a perfectly contemporary, neutral backdrop for events with guests up to 250. This rental includes use of the museum’s Atrium—perfect for cocktail hour. Those with an even larger guest list and seeking that “wow factor” can opt to rent the entire museum; while this option includes guest access to all special exhibitions galleries, all eyes will be on the couple.

However, the museum offers far more than an artistic aesthetic. The museum’s central location makes for a quick and easy trip to and from Downtown hotels and attractions, with plenty of on-site parking. Each wedding package is carefully tailored and designed to minimize stress and maximize available amenities. An on-site event manager, A/V package, bridal/hospitality suite and more are included with rental packages. CMA’s celebrated executive chef, Laura Richmond, oversees in-house catering, though couples may also choose from a list of approved local caterers. Every detail works in concert to make each wedding CMA hosts a truly memorable masterpiece.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus