We are so excited about our impending wedding season we have decided kick it off with our Venue Showcase series, where we will periodically showcase exceptional venues on our blog! We know that there are so many fantastic venues for you to choose from. We want to help you by highlighting the best wedding venues of the Gulf Coast!
-CASEY CAMPBELL | UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA HISTORIC TRUST
What makes the Museum of Commerce unique or special?
“The look! It’s unlike any other venue in Pensacola. The museum interior is a reconstructed 1890s era downtown Pensacola streetscape. It’s a great venue for couples who love the idea of outdoor weddings but don’t want to worry about inclement weather on the big day, and for those who are looking for something really different. The space is always a hit with guests due to its visual interest and incorporation of Pensacola history.”
What is the history of the Museum of Commerce?
“Built at the turn of the 19th century, the Museum of Commerce was once a commercial warehouse that was serviced by the L&N railroad. The large doors on the north side of the building, now used for the bride and groom’s big send off, were once adjacent to secondary railroad tracks and would have been used for loading and unloading goods.”
Do you have venue tips for future brides?
“Don’t worry about having too many decorations! The recreated storefronts provide a unique backdrop for events and all that’s really needed are centerpieces for the tables. Centerpieces don’t have to be flowers either—think about using old books, lanterns, vintage cameras, weathered wood, etc. to give the wedding an added feeling of nostalgia. If a couple is looking to totally transform the space, bistro lighting is the way to go! It will give the museum more of an outdoor block party look.”
What is your favorite wedding memory at the Museum of Commerce?
“One of the most beautiful weddings I can remember was an Indian wedding. The tables were covered with many different sari fabrics, the storefronts were draped with marigold strands, and the sweetheart table was under a fabric canopy that gave the bride and groom a little bit of privacy during the reception. The color palette incorporated gold and lush jewel tones, which is not something I ever thought would have matched the museum’s interior, but it looked fantastic and was truly memorable.”
How can brides connect with the Museum of Commerce?
“The best way to start the reservation process is to call or email me to set up an appointment for a venue walk through. It helps if I can meet couples in person because every wedding is different. The more I know about a couple and what they envision for their wedding, the better able I am to provide them with suggestions on the best ways utilize the museum and make the most of their wedding day.”
SHANA + BRAD