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We held our wedding reception at the Waterworks and it was fabulous! The venue is so beautiful and interesting that you barely need any decorations and it worked wonderfully for our cocktail style reception. We got so many compliments from our guests about the venue and honestly the ambiance was even better than I imagined. We also rented the upstairs room and had movies playing for the kids, which I think they really enjoyed (when they weren't out dancing!)The staff are also great, we had a horrible experience with the caterer we had booked and with Christine's help were able to get another caterer with only 10 days until the wedding (and it was the busiest wedding weekend in June.) She was responding to my emails late at night and really worked some magic to make sure we had a reliable caterer the day of (Tastings Caterers, highly recommended!) I was having panic attacks about our catering situation and the staff at the Waterworks really helped our day turn out better than we imagined.Overall, if you're looking for a unique wedding venue that's not your average hotel ballroom I highly recommend the Waterworks.

5.0/5.0
Kristin, Wedding Date: 06/20/2015

About

The Waterworks Museum provides a unique backdrop to your extraordinary day, with its cathedral ceilings, Gilded Age architecture, and three steam-pump powered engines. The space allows for the option of a ceremony outside on the front steps or inside with one of our spectacular engines, reminiscent of the Titanic era, as the background. 

Both our Overlook Gallery space, overlooking the Great Engines Hall, and the Great Engines Hall itself allow for cocktails and reception to follow the ceremony. Every wedding is custom and adheres to your vision.

At no added cost, our Event Manager, assigned to you post-contract, becomes your pseudo-wedding planner and works with you and one of our 6 preferred caterers to make this a stress-free and incredible experience.

Details

Venue Type
Historic, Museum
Capacity
150
Event Venue - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Eclectic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
What event services do you offer?
Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound
What event items are available?
Altar/Arches, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chair Covers, Chairs, Decor, Lighting, Photobooth, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access
Business Info
What types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Engagement Parties, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies

12 Reviews

4.8/5.0
 
5.0/5.0
Judy, Wedding Date: 09/03/2016
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

If you're looking for an unusual but beautiful venue, this place is it. Our wedding started at 5:30 when it was still light and ended about 10:30, and the visual appeal of the museum just became more romantic as the evening went on. The place is beautifully lit so it's very atmospheric. The staff were great and made everything run so smoothly. They made some excellent recommendations for caterers and we used one of them and were extremely happy with them. The museum were very helpful and accommodating with all the questions we had and made sure our day was a day to remember. We didn't have to think about a thing the day of the wedding. The best compliment I can give the staff is that we hardly knew they were there and it all went off without a hitch.

Services Used: Event Venue

5.0/5.0
Anthony, Wedding Date: 04/09/2016
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

This was the first venue we looked at, and we immediately knew it was where we were going to get married. Working with Christine and Rebecca was so easy. We felt like they were friends of ours by the end of the night. They answered all our questions along the way and helped make sure the night was the best night of our lives. The museum was gorgeous and all our guests were in awe of it. It was such a unique and one of a kind space to have our wedding. We had the ceremony on the front stairs and then had the double doors open and the wedding party and guests entered through there. We do highly recommend having uplighting done. It added that extra wow factor to an already amazing space. We will never forget this magical night at a magical venue.

Services Used: Event Venue

5.0/5.0
Anne, Wedding Date: 10/31/2015
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

We booked two years early, shortly before the venue price nearly doubled. However, even at the current price, it would have been well worth it. The venue is a distinct space, and all of the guests loved it. Our wedding had a Doctor Who theme, so the architecture and machines fit perfectly with the theme.

When we booked, we worked primarily with Christine, who was an absolute delight--incredibly flexible, enthusiastic, and genuinely excited about our vision. Later in the process, our event manager was Chris, who was also great to work with. They were very accommodating of our more out-there requests, and kept everything running smoothl

Services Used: Event Venue

5.0/5.0
Kristin, Wedding Date: 06/20/2015
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

We held our wedding reception at the Waterworks and it was fabulous! The venue is so beautiful and interesting that you barely need any decorations and it worked wonderfully for our cocktail style reception. We got so many compliments from our guests about the venue and honestly the ambiance was even better than I imagined. We also rented the upstairs room and had movies playing for the kids, which I think they really enjoyed (when they weren't out dancing!)

The staff are also great, we had a horrible experience with the caterer we had booked and with Christine's help were able to get another caterer with only 10 days until the wedding (and it was the busiest wedding weekend in June.) She was responding to my emails late at night and really worked some magic to make sure we had a reliable caterer the day of (Tastings Caterers, highly recommended!) I was having panic attacks about our catering situation and the staff at the Waterworks really helped our day turn out better than we imagined.

Overall, if you're looking for a unique wedding venue that's not your average hotel ballroom I highly recommend the Waterworks.

Services Used: Event Venue

Deals

Current Promotion
15% discount off the base rental fee for December 1–23, 2017 or March 15–31, 2018 bookings.
Deal #WW8fb2aa4d9017f5a9

Events

Gingerbread Open House
When
Dec 2, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (1 day event)
Gingerbread Celebration at the Waterworks December 2, 2017 10am-5pm Come stroll the Great Engines Hall while enjoying the sights and sounds of a Victorian holiday celebration at our first ever December Open House. Decorate gingerbread cookies courtesy of Verrill Farm, or sample the new gingerbread bar from Clif Bar & Co. Learn more about the history of steam engine technology with our wonderful docents. More treats and surprises for the day. Check out the schedule on our website. Join us at the Museum for this special event on Saturday, December 2 from 10am to 5pm. Free and open to the public. Donations to support the Museum are welcome! Parking at the museum is limited. Please carpool, bike, or use the T (the museum is a short walk from the Reservoir & Cleveland Circle stops on the Green Line), if possible.

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