A Night at the Frazier Museum

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Choosing a venue is often one of the most daunting tasks a bride faces prior to her wedding day.  At Frazier History Museum, the choice is made easier with an accommodating staff and multiple ceremony and reception locations.  Join us in our conversation with Julie Kruer, Facility Rentals Manager at the Frazier History Museum, as we learn more about how they can make your wedding day a day that you will cherish forever.

Kentucky Bride Magazine: It’s not every day that one comes across a world-class history museum in Kentucky.  What was the inspiration for The Frazier History Museum?

Julie Kruer: The Frazier Museum was founded by Owsley Brown Frazier and opened its doors for the first time in 2004. Mr. Frazier was a philanthropist who gave many gifts to many organizations that changed Louisville for the better.  His personal passions were history and education, so the Museum was his most personal gift to the city of Louisville.

KBM: The Museum is not only the permanent residence of many Royal Armouries artifacts, but it houses many other permanent collections as well.  Tell us about some of these collections.

JK: The second floor of the Museum houses many artifacts that tell the story of America’s history.  Some of these include Daniel Boone’s Family Bible, Geronimo’s Bow and Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick.”

KBM: Which of these is your personal favorite?

JK: Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick” is my personal favorite.  It’s an iconic piece of American history, and it’s pretty cool that it is under the same roof where I come to work every day.

 

KBM: According to your website, under “Rentals: Plan Your Wedding”, the most popular wedding package for brides is a ceremony on the Rooftop Garden accompanied by an indoor reception in either the Fourth Floor Loft or the First Floor Great Hall.  What are some other popular combinations amongst brides?

JK: Another popular combination of spaces you can rent in the Museum are doing the main reception event in our Fourth Floor Loft with a separate cocktail hour in either our First Floor Great Hall or on the Rooftop Garden.  If your ceremony is at another location, the cocktail hour is a great way to entertain guests with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music while they are waiting for the bride and groom to arrive.

KBM: Do most brides typically choose to host both the wedding and the reception at Frazier History Museum?

JK: Yes, many of our clients choose to do their ceremony and reception both at the Museum. In addition to the convenience of having your ceremony and reception in one space, we also offer the ability to have an outdoor wedding venue with a great, indoor back-up space, just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. We can set up a separate ceremony space within the Fourth Floor Loft space that still offers a full ceremony set up – chairs with a center aisle for up to 240 guests.  It’s a great back-up option that puts our brides’ minds at ease.

KBM: What is included in the rental of The Frazier History Museum for a wedding ceremony?

JK: We include all of the tables and chairs with set-up, housekeeping staff, security staff, having a Frazier coordinator present for the duration of the event, a sound system with wireless microphones and a professional sound technician, two separate dressing rooms for 2 ½ hours before the wedding and time for a ceremony rehearsal.

KBM: What about for a wedding reception?

JK: For a reception, we include all of the tables and chairs with set-up, housekeeping staff, security staff and having a Frazier coordinator present for the duration of the event.

KBM: You all are extremely accommodating, providing things like a security staff and a sound technician with wedding ceremony and reception rental.  In what other ways do you try to accommodate the bride and other members of the wedding party?

JK: Customer service is always our first priority.  We try to go above and beyond to provide the client with smoothest, most enjoyable event experience possible.  We do weddings every weekend, but we realize how important each and every one is to each individual client.

KBM: Do you have dressing rooms available for the wedding party? Also, what other areas of preparation are available for wedding vendors such as the caterer?

JK: We do have two separate dressing rooms that are available for 2 ½ hours before the ceremony begins.  We have a warming kitchen available for the caterers’ use.

KBM:  The Frazier History Museum hosts other events. Besides weddings, what other events do you most commonly host?

JK: You name it, we host it.  Proms, corporate events, fundraisers, business meetings and private events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions, just to name a few.

KBM: Hosting weddings can be extremely challenging, but also very rewarding.  To you, what is the most rewarding part of hosting weddings?

JK: The most rewarding part of hosting weddings for us is the end of the night when the client thanks us for a great experience. It’s very rewarding to have been a positive part of such an important day in someone’s life.

KBM: Please give us a few words of advice to educate and inspire our brides, two of our main goals at Kentucky Bride Magazine.

JK: If you host your event at an experienced venue like the Frazier Museum and are working with other wedding professionals, family and friends that are helping to execute your vision, trust that everything will come together the way you have planned and remember to take time to savor the moment.  Once the day arrives, you’ll blink and it’ll be over, so don’t forget to enjoy it!

If you would like to see more of The Frazier History Museum, a photo shoot, "History Museum & Visual Art Marry," appears in the Summer 2013 issue.  Check out a couple of the photographs from this shoot below.

The Frazier History Museum website can be found by clicking here.

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Photo Credit: Lang Thomas Photography, openField Photography, Todd Pellowe, Kory Johnson Photography, Natalia Bishop Photography