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Wedding Venues

Have Starry Skies at Your Fernbank Museum Wedding in GA!

Are you looking for an ultimately unique wedding location? Museum weddings provide history and nature lovers alike with stunning venues that genuinely speak to the couples as a person. A Fernbank Museum wedding may be the perfect option for you if you’re into starry skies and dinosaurs! 

About A Fernbank Museum Wedding

Officially opening in 1992, Fernbank Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Fernbank Museum is one of Atlanta’s most iconic and popular cultural attractions, home to the world’s most enormous dinosaurs. Fernbank Museum also features Atlanta’s largest movie screen and one of the most extensive assemblages of urban Piedmont Forest in the United States. At Fernbank Museum, science comes to life through immersive programming and unparalleled experiences that inspire a more significant appreciation of this planet and its inhabitants.

Fernbank Museum continues its environmental legacy of 80 years to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational task to inspire life-long learning of natural history. The museum’s ultimate mission is to ignite a passion for science, nature, and human culture through exploration and discovery. Fernbank Museum is a truly remarkable resource and would make for a highly unique and unforgettable wedding!

bride and groom kissing while their bridal party walks around them with a dinosaur in the background at a fernbank museum wedding

Details of the Grounds

Fernbank Museum offers a unique character with various settings ranging from intimate to grand. Fernbank Museum also offers incredible features, such as the world’s largest dinosaurs, limestone fossil floors, and a twinkling Star Gallery! They have a professional staff dedicated to helping you plan a successful and unforgettable event for up to 2,500 guests. Fernbank Museum has a handful of available spaces for events.

The Great Hall 

The Great Hall provides a look into natural woodlands from the Terrace and a stunning glass ceiling 86 feet above the giant dinosaurs, with dramatic lighting setting the mood. When renting the Great Hall, you can use it after 6 PM, and the rental includes the use of the Stephensen Hall. It can host 400 guests for a seated dinner and 600 for a standing reception.

reception table view at a fernbank museum wedding

The Fernbank Café & The Star Gallery

Another venue, The Fernbank Café, provides an enclosed, intimate setting. The Fernbank Café is a modern room featuring a panoramic window view into the neighboring woodlands and white columns. The Fernbank Café can host up to 100 guests for a seated dinner and 125 for a standing reception. As one of the most unique event spaces in Atlanta, the Star Gallery is a stunning oval room with dramatic mood lighting. It features a fiber optic ceiling showcasing the night sky’s constellations. This space offers a spectacular setting for dinner, cocktails, and various set-ups. The Star Gallery, available for events after 6 PM, can accommodate 100 guests for a seated dinner and 120 for a standing reception.

Bride and groom first look at a fernbank museum wedding

The Stephensen Hall & The Dinosaur Plaza

The Stephensen Hall features dramatic two-story columns and arching, floor-to-ceiling windows, which keep Fernbank Museum’s beautiful grounds within view. The hall can accommodate up to 350 for a reception. One of the more unique Fernbank Museum wedding venues is the Dinosaur Plaza. The Dinosaur Plaza offers an outdoor location for your event featuring gorgeous landscaping and a dinosaur fountain, ideally suited for a charming cocktail hour or ceremony. The Dinosaur Plaza can host up to 250 guests for a standing reception or 150 for a ceremony. This will be an excellent venue if you love dinosaurs!

Fossils of a dinosaur in the middle of a reception

The Terrace & The Conference Rooms

Then there is Fernbank’s Terrace, which allows you to add an open-air experience to your event. With a view of the Fernbank Forest perimeter, the Terrace lets you take in the beauty of Atlanta’s temperate seasons while relishing the museum’s unique natural atmosphere. The Terrace can host up to 250 guests for a standing reception or 150 for a ceremony. Fernbank Museum also offers Conference Rooms for event rental, which you can rent separately or together. The conference rooms, collectively 836 square feet, can seat 10 to 100 guests depending on set-up. The rooms are adjustable according to your preference, using 6’ rectangular tables or 48” round tables and chairs. The rental of the room includes these tables and chairs.

Reception details at a fernbank museum wedding

The Auditorium 

Suppose you’re looking for a staged ceremony. In that case, Fernbank’s Auditorium is also available for event rental. It features cushioned seats, excellent acoustics, a 20’ x20’ built-in screen, a stage with hardwood floors, and a projection booth. Audiovisual equipment such as a podium, microphones, and sound system are included. The Auditorium seats 171 people. Any of these venues would make for an unforgettable Fernbank Museum wedding and experience for both you and your guests!

white dog with flowers around their collar with the bride

Photography Opportunities

Photography opportunities are endless in a truly remarkable venue like this! My choice of image would be a superb wedding party portrait in front of the dinosaurs! The Star Gallery would have a unique backdrop to offer, as well as a lovely moody setting! The Terrace would be great for naturally lit shots, with tons of greenery in the background, making for the perfect timeless portrait image. Each venue within the museum has an array of unique spots that you can only find here. A Fernbank Museum wedding offers an excellent place to explore and get the not-so-traditional photography session!

bride and groom standing at the bottom of a spiral staircase at a fernbank museum wedding

Wedding Details

Fernbank Museum includes a few things with wedding rentals, such as audiovisual equipment and full beverage services for your event. There is a choice of three bar set-up options: a hosted bar based on hourly prices per person, a hosted bar based on consumption, or a credit card bar. You may also choose between a full bar, which includes liquor, beer, and wine, or a limited bar which includes beer and wine, with both options including non-alcoholic beverages.

Fernbank Museum does require one bartender for every 75 guests and one barback for every bartender. You can also request martinis, cordials, specialty beers, wine, and liquor! Fernbank Museum has a list of approved caterers you can choose from as well. Those caterers include Proof of the Pudding, Dennis Dean Catering, LowCountry Catering, Affairs to Remember, and Bold American Events. 

details of bridemaids bouquets

Fernbank Museum Wedding

This one-of-a-kind location has so much to offer, from its many venues to its unique display features! Besides the drink package, everything is customized to you and your vision, so it looks like it’s time to start planning your Fernbank Museum wedding today!

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