Experience garden romance at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. Here you’ll find beautiful gardens for ceremonies along with a sophisticated museum space and a historic home for receptions.
Garden Romance at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
The Glen Burnie House and its seven acres of gardens are part of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, located just minutes from Winchester’s historic district. The home dates back to the late 1700’s and the museum’s benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr., along with his partner R. Lee Taylor, created the formal gardens in the 1950’s. Given the home’s history, the museum welcomes LGBTQ weddings.
Most couples choose the museum because they want a garden ceremony. Popular spots include the Rose Garden, Pink Pavilion & Fountain Courtyard, an Asian-influenced green space and the tranquil Water Garden. There’s also the Knoll with Columns as well as The Grand Alee’ for larger events. Because of irrigation systems, tenting is not allowed in the gardens. However, you can install a 40’x80′ tent on the Great Lawn.
The Glen Burnie House provides an intimate indoor space for sit down weddings of 50 and cocktail receptions of up to 125. In addition to the formal drawing room and library, couples also have use of the bridal suite, the adjacent terrace and all Glen Burnie gardens.
Gracious Gardens, Sophisticated Space
Since Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate, it’s important to have a Plan B. For an extra $250, guarantee an indoor space at the museum for inclement weather. Call it wedding venue insurance. Or hold a ceremony in the gardens and then use the museum for cocktail hour and the reception. It’s all about flexibility at MSV.
MSV’s Reception Hall is a beautiful indoor option for smaller weddings. You can also expand the space by tenting the adjacent patio. For a larger affair, consider a “mix and mingle” wedding on the museum’s first floor. Use the staircase and lobby for a ceremony. Host cocktails in the hallways, featuring local artwork, and then spread out into the reception hall. Ask about opening the museum’s galleries for your guests’ enjoyment.
Customized Weddings at MSV
With so many options, Special Events Manager Catherine Bogaty will help customize just the right ceremony and reception. Wedding rentals include up to six hours of event time, rehearsal the day before, and pre- and post-event photography time. After all, you’ll want to capture those formal as well as first look photos in the gorgeous gardens.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offers discounted rates for intimate ceremonies and elopements, small Sunday bookings, and weekday weddings. Larger events must be scheduled after the museum closes.
MSV also partners with The George Washington Hotel on weddings. Couples marry in the gardens and take photos while guests head over to the hotel for cocktail time, then join the party for a ballroom reception.
Complete your custom garden wedding with your choice of caterer. You can also bring your own alcohol, provided you have a one-day ABC license. And because MSV is a member of Shenandoah Wedding Professionals, Catherine is happy to provide local referrals to complete your day.