The Lightner Museum only hosts one event per day in the Historic Pool, Mezzanine and Outdoor Terrace, so dates do book up very quickly. Saturdays during peak months can book up more than a year and a half in advance! Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss availability for your event.
Yes! Our rates at Lightner Museum vary depending on how far in advance that you book with us. Short-term bookings (bookings less than a year in advance) are eligible for discounted rates. Fridays and Sundays are also considered off-peak days of the week. Rates on these days of the week are lower than our peak Saturday rates. Please contact us for additional details and availability.
Lightner Museum has created a wonderful preferred vendor list, which includes some of the best event experts in the St. Augustine, Northeast Florida, and Central Florida regions (see our Approved Vendor List.) We do require that you hire an outside Event Coordinator from this list for at least “Day Of” planning services, as well as one of the approved caterers. All other vendors on the list are not required. However, we do require that all vendors provide proof of insurance and two letters of recommendation (preferably from another venue) if they have not worked at the Lightner Museum prior to your event.
Clients are required to obtain a certificate of liability insurance showing limits of $1,000,000, for bodily injury and property damage, naming The Grand Ballroom at Cathedral Place, LLC as additional insured. Unless the client chooses to secure this liability policy on their own, the events team will secure the policy in the client’s name for a fee of $175.00.
For the safety and security of your event, and to ensure that your event remains private, we do request that a member of the St. Augustine Police Department is on site during your event. Pricing for their services is a separate cost from your venue rental. Our team will arrange this on your behalf prior your event date.
We do have minimal restrictions to ensure that we maintain the beauty, history, and safety of our magnificent premises. Décor cannot be adhered to walls, floor, ceilings or columns. Balloons, open flame*, smoke machines, sparklers, glitter, confetti, birdseed and animals (including live birds) are not permitted inside the building. (*Candles must be enclosed in a votive or holder.)
Yes! The stunning Historic Pool is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. Your ceremony booking also includes rehearsal time. Most rehearsals occur the day before your event. We try to be as flexible as possible depending on our event schedule and secure your rehearsal time at 45 days out.