From Santa Barbara to Washington, D.C. Museums & Historic Properties Are Magical with Restrictions



A couple of days ago we met with a newly engaged couple, both engineers, to tour the Museum. We had an enjoyable time chatting about their relationship and how they finally got to the moment he dropped to his knees to pop the question.  We spent a few hours going over every detail from the list of questions they had developed in their “Things To Do Wedding Book Planner.”

One of the areas that we discussed at length was the actual spaces and what they could and couldn’t do in each area.  They both had really grandiose ideas and were committed to invest in the appropriate vendors to realize their dream wedding celebration.

However, when you are considering a historic building or a museum, there are generally a lot of rules and regulations that may impact your dreams.  Not all of your dreams can be implemented in these restricted environments.

Please also note that it is critical to hire designers and vendors that are accustomed to working in the locations you are considering. Your initial inquiry or consult with the property representative will outline any exclusive vendors and any facility constraints all of which are normally written in your contract. If not, make certain it is included.

Far too often couples are so busy trying to realize their dream for their special day that they aren’t ready and sometimes not willing to accept the numerous limitations in these types of restricted environments.  Just keep in mind that if your vendor does not adhere to your contract, you could very well be liable for what may seem to be a small infraction. But, then again, isn’t that why you will purchase at least $1,000,000,000 in liability insurance?!

Marsha Reeves-Jews

Marsha Jews is the Editor-At-Large(USA) for World Bride Magazine and the founder of Marsha Jews & Company a full service marketing, business development, Wedding/Events/ Conference planning & management; and communications company. Marsha Jews is the Founder/CEO of
and the former Founder/Curator of the Herbert Bearman Art Gallery & Director of Events & Weddings at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.
Marsha was Project Director on two community technology development grants: Harlem Renaissance 2K1 and NY-OneNet at the Institute of Learning Technologies and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University, New York.
As President/COO/Associate Publisher at Career Communications Group Marsha managed Black Engineer/Hispanic and Information Technology Magazines; the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference and was Co-Founder of the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference; Black Family and LaFamilia Technology Awareness Week(s).
The former Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland; presenting Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II and AileyCamp and Director of Advertising for the 125-year-old Afro-American Newspaper, Inc.
Marsha was Vice President of Operations for the Marine Corps League Exhibit Company, and was the first black woman to produce the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition and Awards Gala a program of the United States Marine Corps, Capitol Marines and the Marine Corps League, while simultaneously the Director of Advertising for the Amphibious Warfare Review Magazine.
Marsha is active in the community; former board member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and was the first Black Trustee to chair their Annual Gala; Commissioner- Maryland Public Television Commission; Founding board member of the Maryland Association for Nonprofit Organizations; former trustee for the College of Notre Dame and the Maryland Institute College of Art; Trustee at the Enoch Pratt Library, and has won numerous awards; Co‐Author in Incredible Business and is an avid volunteer and speaker.

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