Western New York is full of interesting, non-traditional reception venues and the Buffalo Museum of Science (BMS) tops the list. Dramatic and diverse, and full of opportunities for engagement and exploration, BMS is an extraordinary place to invite guests to celebrate your wedding. Think dinner with the dinosaurs and pop-up photo booths – no props required!

The Buffalo Museum of Science is a dazzling venue that inspires curiosity and playfulness in guests of all ages, and you don’t have to be a science buff to appreciate the exhibits.

“The Buffalo Museum of Science is a unique, yet classic space to host a wedding reception,” said Steve Guagliardi, Catering Sales & Event Planning Manager, Rich’s Catering & Special Events. “With access to the entire museum, guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’ouevres while exploring the exhibits.”

With an abundance of vibrant, interactive displays, the work of decorating and entertaining guests during this portion of the event is done for you! Grab a drink and mingle with your guests as you move throughout the museum, and don’t forget to take a few selfies with inhabitants of the rainforest, African savanna, American prairie, arctic and coastal waters of the Pacific.

Nothing will draw the attention of your guests like a 15-foot Mastodon. Seymour, one of the largest members of the BMS family, is a fixture in Hamlin Hall. This majestic and mystical creature creates a picture-perfect backdrop for your head table or sweetheart table.

“Just because you’re in a science museum doesn’t mean you have to get creative with your décor,” said Steve. “Traditional florals and décor add elegance to the space and complement the stunning architecture of the museum.”

However, if you’re up for it, Rich’s has seen a number of guests embrace a science theme to highlight the venue. Here are a few fun ways to geek-out your BMS wedding:

  • Celebrate your chemistry by using the periodic table of elements as table numbers.
  • Offer signature drinks or champagne toasts in test tubes (complete with warning labels).
  • Use dinosaur figurines as cake toppers.
  • Choose a non-floral centerpiece featuring molecular elements, or use test tubes and beakers to hold single stems and greenery.
  • Send guests on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum during cocktail hour. Place instant cameras at the destination points for a fun and customized guest book.
  • Consider a metallic color scheme emphasizing natural elements like copper, gold and silver.

With a variety of exhibit halls and entertaining spaces throughout the museum, BMS is ideal for small, intimate weddings or large gatherings up to 300 guests. But don’t wait, enviable venues like the Buffalo Museum of Science book early. BMS accepts bookings up to one year in advance of your wedding date and must be scheduled around temporary exhibits.

To schedule a wedding consultation with Rich’s, call 716.217.1593.

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