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Reception
$975 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$20 per person
Reception
$975 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
Bar service
$20 per person

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About

The Virginia Aquarium Marine & Science Center is a museum wedding venue located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with configurations and space to accommodate parties of all sizes.

Host a rehearsal dinner at the Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, celebrate the wedding ceremony on the Outside Marsh Deck or have a reception that overlooks Owls Creek. Afterwards, guests can explore sharks, sea turtles, or any of the other hundreds of amazing animals.

Facilities and Capacity

The unique spaces at the Aquarium provide an aura of sophistication and excitement to any event. Rent one space, or rent the entire Main Building and amaze up to 1,200 guests!

  • The McLeskey Promenade Room features a wall of dazzling floor to ceiling windows that overlook Owls Creek. It is perfect for a wedding, wedding rehearsal, or family gathering for up to 120 guests seated around a dancing area, with additional guests accommodated for a standing reception.
  • The Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, located adjacent to the Promenade Room, accommodates up to 50 guests for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.
  • The Restless Planet Gallery is perfect for an intimate dinner, and features the enthralling Red Sea Tunnel aquarium.

Cuisine

Sodexo is the exclusive caterer for the Aquarium, and offers menu choices from a formal dinner to a casual buffet. With options for cash bars, consumption bars, and open bars, couples can customize their special day to their liking.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$975

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$975

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Museum
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Chairs
Photo booth
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
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Reviews of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

4.3 out of 5 rating
4.3 out of 5 rating
9 Reviews
85% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    3.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.4 out of 5 rating
Krystal
Krystal Sent on 01/21/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Come True

Everyone we encountered throughout the planning process and day of were absolutely amazing! Very professional staff and the guests loved the venue!
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Jessica Sent on 06/07/2012
5 out of 5 rating
The Aquarium was a wonderful spot to have a reception. We wanted a family friendly wedding and that is what we got. Even the adults loved watching the sharks and sea turtles and petting the sting rays. The food was great and the service went off without a problem. Stacey and Cecilia were even flexible enough to change the plans of our wedding a few times until we were happy with the way the event went. This is a perfect place for anyone who wants a fun location with more than just a dance floor.
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Kendahl Sent on 05/01/2015
4.8 out of 5 rating
We wanted a nice simple but fun wedding with just family and close friends but when family is actually pretty big its hard to find a place at a decent price...The aquarium did it for us. They are taking care of everything but the cake and decorations and pretty much all we have to do is show up.
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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center frequently asked questions

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
The space offered by Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Waterfront
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is recommended by 85% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.4 in quality of service, 4.4 in flexibility, 4.4 in value, 4.3 in professionalism and 3.7 in average response time.

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