Walk amongst the dinosaurs. Photo by Rebecca Ames Photography

At the Museum of Life and Science, we strive to bring wonder-filled moments to each visitor. It is our pleasure to do the same for each attendee of your private event. We are so excited to join you on the journey towards your special day and wait to see what wonderful moments await!

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Intimate moments in the Treehouses. Photo by Xan’s Eye Photography

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am the rentals & events assistant manager for weddings at the Museum of Life and Science. I love the Museum so much that I not only run the weddings there but I also had my own wedding there as well! As someone who has experience on both sides of Museum wedding planning, my strongest recommendation is to take advantage of the add-ons and extra services that your venue offers. They are typically already designed to fit the venue theme and space and they make your wedding even more memorable and unique. The Museum of Life and Science offers many add-on options including liquid nitrogen margaritas, insect encounters, butterfly releases and many more.

When I got married at the Museum, I chose to add the animal encounter because I am a trained animal handler and I knew it would leave guests with a one-of-a-kind memory. Let’s be honest, not every wedding you go to has chinchillas, ball pythons, and geckos! Take advantage of these opportunities to make your wedding stand out and let it reflect you and your relationship. I got to include animals and my husband got to include light sabers. (Compromise is also key…)

Add a pop of color to make your wedding unique. Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

Intimate Wedding Ceremony in the Butterfly House Conservatory. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Q: What’s your title/position in your business? 

A: Rachel Jennings, Rentals & Events Assistant Manager – Weddings

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

A: I run the weddings at the Museum and I also got married at the Museum! Experiencing both sides of the weddings industry at the Museum has helped me gain a wider perspective to help our couples create their unique wedding.

Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list? 

A: We just started offering split venue micro wedding packages where our couples can have their ceremonies in other exhibits around our campus, and I can’t wait for someone to select the Dinosaur Trail as their ceremony space!

Q: Tell us about your favorite elopement! 

A: My favorite micro weddings are the ones where couples select add-ons like liquid nitrogen margaritas, insect encounters, or butterfly releases. These really add a science museum feel to any wedding or event and they leave guests speechless with memories to take home forever. I love being able to provide those unique experiences.

A micro wedding may have fewer guests, but just as much love! Photo by Sean True Photography
“My now-husband and I had planned our August 2020 wedding at a different venue but had to downsize our guest list and change our plans considerably due to COVID-19. We had frequented After Hours events at the Museum in the past and were thrilled when we came across their Intimate Wonder packages for up to 20 people. Rachel was so helpful and flexible in pivoting nearly everything about our wedding and really felt like a friend through the whole crazy process. It was so easy to create a perfect wedding plan using the all-inclusive package options even though we only started planning two months before the big day. We were even able to add on access to Museum spaces other than our ceremony/reception location (the butterfly house lawn and tent) to get some unique photos of the two of us! We were the first event the Museum hosted after their re-opening and the evening ran like clockwork. Everything was gorgeous, the staff moved us to the rain plan quickly when it was needed, and the food and cake were absolutely delicious! We highly recommend the Intimate Wonder package for anyone looking for a unique venue and super easy coordination with amazing vendors at an affordable price for an intimate group of family and friends.” -Jordan & Michael 8/8/2020

Our micro weddings are out of this world! Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

We partner with Guglhupf Bakery and Tre Bella Flowers for your beautiful cakes and flowers for the couple. Photo by Sean True Photography