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Top 10 Texas Museums for Weddings

10 Texas museums that are as great for weddings as they are for class trips.

Photo: D. Jones Photography

The Modern Art Museum

If you're planning a contemporary wedding, check out The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The reception space is surrounded by glass walls and overlooks the reflecting pond -- the perfect background for your dance floor or for a cocktail hour with a lounge vibe. It also offers in-house catering and gallery access, so your guests can check out art while they sip champagne. (817) 738-9215, TheModern.org

The McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio has been hosting weddings for years, so you're in good hands! Tie the knot in the presence of paintings by Picasso, Monet, van Gogh and more -- or get hitched near the gazebo and fishpond or the stunning Koehler Fountain. For your reception, choose from their many modern, indoor spaces, all with connecting cocktail hour spots. McNay has a list of approved caterers. (210) 805-1782, McNayArt.org

The Grace Museum

Tall buildings surround the rooftop terrace and courtyard at The Grace Museum in Abilene, which have space for 100 and 200 guests, respectively. Inside it's just as appealing: The Historic Ballroom is full of character with gold-topped aqua columns. A retro-themed wedding would fit right in here. Bring your own caterer! (325) 673-4587, TheGraceMuseum.org

The Railroad and Heritage Museum

With soaring ceilings and dark-wood paneling, the main event hall at Temple's Railroad and Heritage Museum looks like an old train station and holds 230 guests. Before dinner, exchange vows in the garden gazebo. Bonus: You can arrange a tour of the history exhibits during your reception. Pick any caterer you wish! (254) 298-5167, RRHM.org

The Meadows Museum

For an intimate, upscale reception, check out Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Artwork decorates the walls of the oval-shaped Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall, which seats 110. Choose from the museum's list of approved caterers. You must become a museum member to have a wedding there, but even with that fee, the cost is comparable to other sites. (214) 768-4771, SMU.edu/meadows/museum

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Talk about built-in décor: At The Houston Museum of Natural Science in Houston, up to 300 guests can mingle among towering dinosaur skeletons in the Hall of Paleontology. Choose from four exclusive caterers for the meal. For your ceremony, get married in the Cockrell Butterfly Center lobby, where giant butterflies hanging overhead mean you can skip the altar arrangements. (713) 639-4772, HMNS.org

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Embrace nature at The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Hey, you'll save money on flowers -- the two-acre Native Plant Garden is full of flowers and birds! Or give guests a bird's-eye view of your ceremony at the amphitheater with limestone stadium seating. Indoor spaces, like Laughlin Hall which seats 72 guests, have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods. Choose your own caterer. (972) 562-5566, HeardMuseum.org

The Czech Center Museum

Sparkling chandeliers dangle above the wedding spaces at the Czech Center Museum in Houston. Reserve the gallery for a ceremony with a vintage vibe, and then celebrate in the Prague Hall, an airy ballroom which seats 250 guests. The museum has its own list of approved caterers, so you can choose the one that best fits your tastes. (713) 528-2060, CzechCenter.org

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

Talk about no-fuss: The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is located right in Austin, has in-house catering and comes with its very own collection of sculptures so you need little additional décor. A lush landscape with trees, ponds and waterfalls makes for a natural setting perfect for your ceremony, cocktail hour or photo ops. The covered reception terrace fits 200. (512) 445-5582, UmlaufSculpture.org

The Witte Museum of South Texas

The Witte Museum of South Texas History, Culture and Natural Science in San Antonio holds 1,500 people, making it an ideal option for Texas-sized guest lists (don't worry -- it won't look empty if you don't fill the place!). Have your ceremony in the "tree house" (okay, it's actually a rooftop, but the view is just as great), go more traditional with a garden wedding or make it a fiesta in their Spanish-style courtyard. There's a kitchen for your own caterer to use. (210) 357-1866, WitteMuseum.org

-- Nirvanna Lildharrie