The Lightner Museum only hosts one event per day in its beautiful Historic Pool and Mezzanine, so dates do book up very quickly. Saturdays during peak months can book up more than a year and a half in advance! Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss availability for your event.
Yes! Our rates at Lightner Museum vary depending on how far in advance that you book with us. Short-term bookings (bookings a year or less in advance) are eligible for discounted rates. Fridays and Sundays are also considered off-peak days of the week. Rates on these days of the week are lower than our peak Saturday rates. Please contact us for additional details and availability.
Lightner Museum has created a wonderful preferred vendor list, which includes some of the best event experts in the St. Augustine, Northeast Florida, and Central Florida regions (see our Approved Vendor List.) We do require that you hire an outside Event Coordinator from this list for at least “Day Of” planning services, as well as one of the approved caterers. All other vendors on the list are not required. However, we do require that all vendors provide proof of insurance and two letters of recommendation (preferably from another venue) if they have not worked at the Lightner Museum prior to your event.
Clients are required to provide a certificate of liability insurance showing limits of $1,000,000 for bodily injury and property damage, naming the Lightner Museum as additional insured. Please contact a member of our team and we are happy to provide resources for securing this insurance.
For the safety and security of your event, and to ensure that your event remains private, we do require that an off-duty member of the St. Augustine Police Department is on site during your event.
We do have minimal restrictions to ensure that we maintain the beauty, history, and safety of our magnificent premises. Décor cannot be adhered to walls, floor, ceilings or columns. Balloons, open flame*, smoke machines, sparklers, glitter, confetti, birdseed and animals (including live birds) are not permitted inside the building. (*Candles must be enclosed in a votive or holder.)
Lightner Museum requires a $500 damage deposit to be held by check the month prior to the event date. This deposit is refundable after passing a venue inspection at the conclusion of your event.
Yes! We have several beautiful locations available for your wedding ceremony, including our elegant Historic Pool, magnificent Grand Lobby, and picturesque Central Courtyard. Your ceremony booking includes rehearsal time. Most rehearsals occur in the late afternoon on the day before your event. We try to be as flexible as possible depending on our event schedule.