Located in downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is an unforgettable wedding venue. The historic space is home to covered, open-air ceremony options, framed by lush greenery and well-kept seasonal landscaping. With elegant spaces surrounded by two acres of privately owned gardens, couples will have beautiful backdrops for their ceremony and reception, or their bridal shower, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner.
Facilities and Capacity
When couples host their wedding at this facility, they will have access to the entire two acre garden, museum entry, security, private parking, and wheelchair access. Wedding ceremonies can be held in one of two covered, open-air places. The intimate Scarbrough Garden is full of seasonal plantings and blooms, and the ceremony can be held on a large brick terrace bordered by a green lattice pavilion. Surrounded by a citrus grove and natural gardens, the Assembly Room located in the North Garden is ideal for a larger wedding, capable of seating up to 340 people. Limited stage lighting and a sound system are also equipped. The North Garden itself encompasses five different gardens, and features a maple grove, a vine-covered pergola, and a belvedere, and is spacious enough to accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time. To get wedding-ready, bridal parties are welcome to use the Green Room, a bridal suite with a private bathroom and shower.
While Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum can provide couples with a preferred list of vendors, they allow other outside vendors on the premises. While there is no in-house catering, an attached support facility houses a catering room, and features stainless steel prep tables, a sink, and a refrigerator. The venue holds a liquor license, and supplies an open bar with bartenders for weddings. Alcoholic libations such as house and specialty beer, wine, and liquor can be selected, in addition to a champagne toast and signature drink.
The main house on site is the Scarbrough House, which acts as a museum for a collection of ship models, paintings, and other maritime antiques. Built in 1819, it was constructed for one of the owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. After acting as a residence, it became a public school until it was abandoned for a brief time. The building was restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation in the 1970s, then restored again in 1996 by the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
Recommended by 98% of couples
Lindsay · Married on 05/12/2018
Ships of the Sea was the perfect venue for our Savannah wedding! Regan was a delight to work with, and by the end of the process, she felt like a friend. The grounds are gorgeous, and there is something for everyone; the gardens and the Scarbrough House filled with history, the pergola and tree grove perfect for cocktail hour, and the more modern reception space. Our guests loved exploring this venue. There are gorgeous areas around every turn...your photos will be amazing!
Megan · Married on 10/20/2017
Ships of the Sea was the perfect venue for us. Debbie was very helpful with advice, quick responses to emails, and helping to make our wedding day seamless.
Katie · Married on 10/14/2017
We are THRILLED we chose Ships of the Sea as our venue. They were so accommodating, and Debbie is a pleasure to work with. We were planning a destination, as we live in NY, and they made it easy for us to get everything done.
We had multiple requests for personal details we wanted to add, and Debbie handle every curve ball we threw at her. She helped us find musicians and a wedding planner. And every time I emailed her with multiple (sometimes random) questions, she answered them fully.
The venue is stunning, and all of our guests complimented us on how beautiful it is. We barely needed ceremony or cocktail decorations, as the space is wonderful as is.
I highly recommend ships as your wedding venue! You will not be disappointed.
Beautiful Venue, Great people and one of the hidden gems in Savannah if you ask me!
Ships of the Sea is truly one of our favourite venues. They offer such different outdoor spaces within one facility. The Scarborough Garden is so quaint and lovely, the Pergola area perfect for butler passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, and then the Atrium is beautifully different for your dinner. All the event staff at Ships are just wonderful to work with.
Fabulous event site