Wedding Receptions at VMFA

McGlothlin Wing

The intimate elegance of the Pauley Center, the classical warmth of the Marble Hall, the spectacular soaring architecture of the Cochrane Atrium, and the contemporary chic of Amuse Restaurant – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers every bride a venue that celebrates their unique style.

Our staff will coordinate every aspect of your reception from first dance to grand departure. Contact us at specialevents@vmfa.museum or 804.340.1590.
How many guests can VMFA accommodate for a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner?
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has several special event spaces to choose from, providing a unique experience for small or large gatherings. VMFA consists of a 13 acre campus with two buildings (the main museum and the Pauley Center) and a Sculpture Garden which offer a wide range of settings, from formal and classical to dramatic and contemporary. Our experienced staff will be happy to walk you through these spaces, providing both expert guidance and helpful suggestions.

The Pauley Center (designed to replicate the White House in Washington, DC.) is across the Lora Robins Sculpture Garden from the main museum. It contains an elegant dining room, large formal event room, and opens to a slate terrace in the Sculpture Garden.

The main museum, designed by London architect Rick Mather, combines the timeless beauty of the Marble Hall with the impressive views and contemporary openness of the Cochrane Atrium, considered the heart of the newly transformed VMFA. The Cochrane Atrium includes several works of art and views into the Sculpture Garden and reflecting pool, while the Marble Hall contains soaring three-story columns and views into the galleries of priceless art.

What are the costs associated with these spaces? 
Our usage fees are based on a four-hour event. Additional time is available by paying for Security costs (as indicated below). The usage fees are as follows:

Pauley Center ($2,500)
The intimate elegance of the Pauley Center provides a historic backdrop to a reception for up to 250 guests or a seated dinner for up to 70 guests. Tenting the terrace increases the reception capacity to 400 guests. Additional Security will be required for more than 4 hours of use, at a cost of $750 per hour.

Marble Hall ($3,500)
The classical warmth of the Marble Hall is comfortable for a reception of 600 or a seated dinner for 250. Additional Security will be required for more than 4 hours of use, at a cost of $750 per hour.

Cochrane Atrium ($7,500)
The soaring architecture of the Cochrane Atrium can host a standing reception up to 800 guests or a seated dinner for up to 300 guests. Additional Security will be required for more than 4 hours of use, at a cost of $750 per hour.

What does the usage fee cover?
Our usage fees are based on four-hour events and include tables and chairs, set-up and clean-up, VMFA linens, china, glass and silver, housekeeping services, security, and the assistance of our Special Events Coordinator.

Is catering provided by VMFA?
Yes, VMFA has a full-service catering operation with a retail ABC license for alcoholic drinks and service. Our Special Events Coordinator can help you create the menu that fits your style and budget. Food and beverage costs may vary depending on menu and bar selections. Applicable taxes and service charges will be explained and applied.

May I bring my own wedding cake?
Of course! And, you will want to select a florist, photographer, and entertainment. Our Special Events Coordinator will be delighted to make vendor recommendations if you wish.

How are the bars handled?
A compete bar set-up is provided by VMFA. Alcoholic beverages are billed by actual consumption.

Will there be a contact person on-site during my event?
A Special Events Coordinator will be present for your entire event, where she and the service staff will greet your guests and guide you through your introduction, first dance, toasts, cake cutting and finally, your grand exit.