Baltimore Museum of Industry Weddings are some of my favorites! Talk about a truly “Baltimore” wedding venue! With lots of local history, the BMI’s waterfront location with city skyline views, and so many options and backdrops for photos, is such a great option for Baltimore couples planning their wedding. The core of the museum building originally was an oyster cannery, which is the only surviving cannery building in Baltimore.
Some of the huge benefits of this venue include:
The exhibition galleries, including the Machine Shop and Cannery, Garment Loft, or Print Shop, are available to be opened for your guests during the first two hours of your event for an additional fee.
There are 4 locations on site that are available for wedding ceremonies on the Baltimore Museum of Industry campus. The Brick Patio, the Pavilion, the Point, and inside in front of the glass wall of windows.
The Brick Patio is immediately adjacent to the Decker Gallery, and offers the logistical ease of walking out the door of the building and down the aisle. You can have everyone sit on the upper level while you stand below in front of the gates to the dock, or you can have your immediate family sit on the lower level with you. You have the option to use the stairs or the ramp as the aisle. Pro Tip: either way, you will want to keep a center aisle clear for your photographer to have enough room to get a straight shot down the middle!
The pavilion can accommodate 300 seated guests or more for cocktail reception service; additional space is available on the adjoining waterfront point. Clear sides can be lowered during mildly inclement weather.
Cocktail Hour can be held on the brick patio or in the exhibit galleries, or both. I have seen caterers place an hors d’oeuvres station set up in the lobby and also in between the Garment Shop and the Print Shop. Bars are typically set up in the Automobile Exhibit and in front of the window wall. An outdoor bar is also set up if cocktail hour is mostly outside. In addition, a new trend I’m seeing is ‘pre-ceremony cocktails’, with a tub or canoe of canned/bottled beverages and small snacks for guests to enjoy while they wait for the ceremony to begin.
For your wedding reception in the Alonso G. Decker Gallery, you can place your dance floor and entertainment in a few different spots. Many of the weddings that I have photographed have the band or deejay in the corner, with the dance floor right in front of the windows. Some have opted to place the dance floor in the middle of the room, with tables on both sides. And others have opted to have the deejay or band to the side of the room, with the dance floor perpendicular to the windows wall.
The Decker Gallery can accommodate 300 guests for a seated event; 250 seated with space for a dance floor and food stations; or 500 for a cocktail reception service.
There are so many great outdoor spots for photos at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Some of my favorite spots including the BMI marquee sign, the metal sculpture, the tug boat & pier, the pavilion, the tall grasses, and of course the Domino Sugars Sign, which looks amazing lit up at night! The exhibits inside also lend themselves to great photo backdrops. The Garment loft, the Cannery, the Machine shop, the Movie Theater, and the Ice Cream Parlor/Pharmacy are some of my favorites, especially for wedding party photos!
For family portraits in inclement weather, the large gears in the lobby make for an on-theme backdrop.
One of my favorite aspects of couples getting married at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, is that you can commemorate the spot where you hosted your wedding! Personalized bricks are available for purchase, and make a great wedding gift as well. Different sized bricks and pavers are available – 8×4″, 8×8″, and 12×12″, with prices starting at $108. You can download the order form, here.
Absolutely Perfect 410.579.8777
Atlantic Caterers 410.254.6662
Ashling Catering – 443.332.6100 ext. 105
Classic Catering People 410.356.1666
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille 410.244.8686
Putting On The Ritz 301.725.4220
The H3irloom Food Group 443.869.5864
Zeffert & Gold Catering 410.944.4481
For more information, including date availability and rental rates, please contact Kelley at ke*******@th****.org or 410.727.4808 x132
The BMI celebrates marriage equality and welcomes all couples to consider the museum for their big day.
Directions to the Baltimore Museum of Industry: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230