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How to Best Utilize the Venue Spaces at the Lightner Museum For Your Wedding

Choosing a wedding venue is often the first planning step for couples on the road to “I do,” with flexibility as a key factor in that decision. At the Lightner Museum, couples love all of the location options they can use to provide unique experiences throughout the evening for their guests. In this blog, we’re sharing how to utilize the different venue spaces for your wedding at the Lightner Museum!


1. The Historic Pool


The pride and joy of the Lightner Museum is the Historic Pool! Located on the lowest level of our main event space, the Historic Pool was once the largest indoor swimming pool in the world. Now the Historic Pool is one of the most versatile wedding venue spaces.


The Historic Pool makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Vaulted ceilings and antique details create a dramatic sense of grandeur. The space is so beautiful that very little decor is necessary – most couples choose to add a simple pipe and drape backdrop and lighting that can easily be repurposed for the wedding reception. There’s plenty of space too; the maximum capacity is 275 guests for a seated ceremony!


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When hosting a wedding ceremony in one of our alternative venue spaces within the museum, the Historic Pool can be used as a location for your cocktail hour. Several couples have added lounge furniture to the Pool that can also be utilized later in the evening when the dancing starts.


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Are you hosting an intimate wedding? For a guest count under 110, you can host your dinner in the Pool itself!


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Regardless of where you choose to begin the day, your guests will find their perfect dance floor in the deep end! How many couples get to say that they had a “pool party” on their wedding day?!


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2. Mezzanine


Head up the twin grand staircases in the Historic Pool and enter the Mezzanine level. Most often used as a location for dinner service, the Mezzanine can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated banquet–with room for cake and a buffet. For weddings over 250 guests, you can also combine the Mezzanine and Historic Pool to provide banquet seating for up to 350 guests. The Mezzanine can also be utilized for cocktail hour for up to 300 guests, and can be a great indoor/outdoor option when combined with the Outdoor Terrace.


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3. Outdoor Terrace


Begin or end your evening on the Outdoor Terrace. From ceremonies and cocktail hours, or most popularly, the Grand Exit, the Outdoor Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the Florida weather.


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Outdoor Cocktail Hour at Lightner Museum St Augustine
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4. Grand Lobby and Side Courtyards


Are you looking for a completely different vibe for your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour at the Lightner Museum? The Grand Lobby, located near City Hall on the North side of the building, could be the perfect spot. With its mosaic tile flooring, crystal chandeliers, and beautiful arched windows, the Lobby is a stunning backdrop for ceremonies with a guest count under 175. Or, add a bar and some high top tables and host a cocktail hour for up to 225. The sister courtyards just off of the Lobby are the perfect place for your guests to take their cocktails and get some fresh air!


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5. The Central Courtyard


Did you know the Central Courtyard at the Lightner Museum is actually a part of City Hall? If you are looking for an intimate ceremony for under 100 guests, our team can assist you with securing a City of St. Augustine permit along with your reservation of the Museum.


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The Courtyard also makes for an enchanting Grand Entrance for parties up to 300 guests, and a romantic location for couples photos later in the night! Winter weddings can get some amazing shots with the palm trees all decked out for St. Augustine’s famous “Nights of Lights.”


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Not only are the venue spaces versatile and unique, but the venue itself offers endless locations for photos. Speak to a member of our team about the photo opportunities in the historic museum, which includes the Ballroom Gallery, original Russian baths, and more. By booking the Lightner Museum, you’ve gained a one-stop, all-access pass to the most picturesque locations in all of St. Augustine!


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If you haven’t done so already, we recommend that you also check out our floor plans for the Historic Pool, Mezzanine, and Terrace, and the Grand Lobby and Outdoor Courtyards.


There are so many unique venue spaces within the Lightner Museum for your wedding or special event. Our on-site team, as well as your expert vendors, are here to make the planning easier!


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