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  • Weddings: Frequently Asked Questions

    What does the venue rental fee of the Renaissance Court include?

    What does the venue rental fee of the Museum Cafe include?

    Are there any other fees associated with using the Museum?

    How is the Renaissance Court set up for a wedding reception?
    Your bar and cocktail hour will be set up on the first level of the Renaissance Court. Dinner service takes place on the balcony overlooking the majestic Renaissance Court.
    After dinner your guests may transition to the first level for dessert and dancing although the balcony remains open for the evening.
    For intimate weddings of sixty guests or less the 1st level of the Renaissance Court may be used for your entire reception.

    How is the Chapter House utilized?
    This historic space, as part of the Renaissance Court, may be used for your wedding ceremony or as additional cocktail seating for your reception in the Renaissance Court.

    What are the options for having a wedding ceremony on site?

    May we use the Museum venues for a ceremony only?
    Based on availability you may have a wedding ceremony only at the Museum. Pricing will depend on proximity and season.

    Do you offer any discounts?
    We offer a 10% discount off the venue rental fee for Friday and Sunday receptions of non-holiday weekends.

    What is the Museum's capacity?

    What hours are available to host our wedding?

    May we bring in our own caterer?
    The museum provides a list of approved caterers who have extensive experience with the Museum spaces. The caterer will provide all equipment required for servicing your dinner including linens and wait staff. All service arrangements are made directly with your caterer of choice from this list.

    Do you have a preferred vendor list?
    We offer a resource list to assist you with vendors who have worked here successfully. This acts as a guide but leaves you the option to select a professional of your own choosing.

    When may my vendors arrive for set up?
    Vendors may arrive up to two hours prior to the start of your event.

    How many events do you host in a day?
    We host only one wedding each day.

    Can you accommodate a live band as well as a DJ?
    You may bring in either a DJ or live band. Our 13' X 32' dance floor provides ample dancing space for your guests.

    How is alcohol handled at the museum?
    The Museum holds a full liquor license and will provide and service all beverages for your wedding. Outside alcohol may not be provided.

    Do you have decoration guidelines/restrictions?
    We will work with you for guidance in this area as your plans progress. Balloons are not permitted, nor is the use of confetti, rice, birdseed or sparklers. Nothing may be taped to the walls or artwork of the museum.

    What is your deposit and final payment policy?
    A $1500 deposit is required to reserve your wedding date. Final payment is due one week ahead.

    Where will our guests park?

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    Is the Museum handicap accessible?
    Yes, accessible entrances are located on Tuckerman Street via the Stoddard Garden Court and Salisbury Street entrance. All restrooms and the balcony level of the Renaissance Court are accessible via elevators.

    What hotels are nearby for our guests?
    The Hampton Inn and Suites and the Courtyard Marriott are located on Grove Street across from the Museum. Five other Worcester hotels are conveniently located 1-3 miles away.

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