This being prime wedding season and all, I attended my cousin Liz's nuptials this weekend and had a fabulous time. Besides feeling all of the joy and excitement about my cousin getting married, I also realized there are tons of possibilities for event venues along the waterfront.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, a Living Classrooms facility, gallery space, and museum where you can learn about African American maritime history, as well as the interesting lives of Frederick Douglass and Issac Meyers. The dinner was held on the third floor of the building, which featured art inspired by President Obama on the walls and a spacious balcony overlooking the harbor (including Harbor East, Tide Point, and Locust Point). The mix of local history, art, and waterfront views made for a perfect place to start off the weekend's festivities.
The wedding itself was held at one of my all-time favorite places in the city: the Baltimore Museum of Industry. I have been coming to the BMI since I was little kid, whether for field trips or their Fourth of July celebration my family used to attend every year. Now I go back occasionally for exhibits or parties, but it was great to attend an event on such a large scale. To have Baltimore's history (both commercial and industrial) be the backdrop for your wedding, party, banquet, reunion, or whatever is a truly unique experience.
Not to mention that during downtime at the event, you can peruse general stores, printing presses, model kitchens, and canneries of days gone by. Also, there's an exhibit, article, or advertisement (including one written by my grandfather) in every dusty nook and cranny in the place, so you would never run out of ways to be entertained. Plus, who wouldn't want a nearly to-scale model plane in the middle of their wedding reception? That's just too cool.