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Creative Events and Wondrous Weddings Abound at the Nevada Museum of Art

Apr 04, 2019 05:13PM ● By Natasha Bourlin

The entry to the Nevada Museum of Art invites visitors into its spectacular space.

Long a destination known for hosting spectacular events, the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) is a go-to for locals and visitors alike. Within the architecturally striking structure are multiple spaces fitting for nearly any festivity. Its crowning jewel, however, is the extraordinary 4,800-square-foot Nightingale Sky Room boasting sweeping vistas of both the mountains and cityscape, plus a multitude of options for all occasions.

Up to 1,000 revelers can span the NMA’s expansive and artistically driven area for corporate events, meetings, conferences or parties…including the biggest day of all for many, weddings. Designing the Sky Room, award-winning architect Will Bruder was creatively inspired by the nearby Black Rock Desert and the many social events the world-renowned venue hosts.

Voted venue of the year in 2018 by the Reno Tahoe Chapter of the National Association of Catering & Events (NACE), Nevada Museum of Art Director of Special Events and Sales Nisha Hallert is the visionary behind the many extraordinary happenings the Sky Room sets the stage for.

With more than 17 years of event planning expertise, Reno-native Hallert knows how to throw a party. Using her lengthy event design training and experience in floral design, she’s brought to life everything from intimate gatherings and 600-person galas to VIP events for the likes of former President Bill Clinton. For the past seven years, her talents have been an enormous asset to the museum and the many happenings it hosts there, including receptions for international artists and high-end parties for Nevada’s state officials. In 2014, she and her team even won a national NACE award for Best Social Event Production of the Year.

“I can see from the beginning to the end what everything is going to look, feel and taste like,” Hallert shares. “I like to tell stories through my events . . . Because of the canvas of the museum and all the galleries we have, we can tell different stories for each client and really get to know them.”

At the NMA, anything is possible. No two events will ever be alike either, as, thanks to the regularly rotating exhibits, the background is constantly changing. With their expert planning team and multitude of resources, every aspect is thoroughly thought out and taken care of, whether its being held in the Sky Room or throughout the entire museum.

Weddings in particular are inimitable at the NMA. Planning one can simultaneously be the most exciting and stressful time of their lives for the betrothed. Here, Hallert and her team can alleviate much of the planning anxiety.

During a Sky Room ceremony, food is catered by Liberty Food and Wine Exchange with renowned Chef Mark Estee at the helm, the couple merely needing to share their wishes while Estee and Hallert bring them to delectable fruition.

State-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities and exquisite, themed décor create the mood for guests. From the Sky Room, an idyllic backdrop offers picturesque photo opportunities, particularly at sunset. The room can hold up to 250 people when seated and offers both an indoor atrium and outdoor area, so weather is never a concern.

Skilled local vendors are engaged and coordinated by Hallert’s team for lighting, decorations and linens. A solid wood dance floor Hallert dubs “a masterpiece” is installed, adding another beautiful visual element to the room’s exceptional acoustics.

Museum event planners specialize in infusing a sentimental piece of the couple into the celebration. Say the couple wanted to get married in Tahiti but asking family and friends to travel to a far-off, exotic destination just wasn’t feasible. A tropical setting can be designed so guests are nearly basking on the beach, but in downtown Reno.

Perhaps they have a theme in mind, or a family recipe they’d like recreated. Here, creativity has no bounds. Moulin Rouge masquerade ball? Done, replete with a can-can troupe from San Francisco. Want a steampunk-themed celebration where Burning Man meets the future? No problem.

Booking the Sky Room nine months out minimum is optimal, with preferences like time of year and weekend versus weekday ceremonies coming into play.

Hallert shares five things to consider based on her extensive expertise when seeking a venue for the big day:

1. Reach out to a professional wedding planner prior to searching for venues. They can help narrow down your selections and help you navigate the ins and outs of wedding planning. Wedding planners already have the established relationships with local venues and other wedding professionals. A great resource to help you find a wedding planner is

2. Choose a venue that has a “Plan B” option in case of inclement weather, smoke, wind etc. If you are dreaming of an outdoor ceremony, make sure the venue can accommodate the ceremony indoors just in case.

3. When looking at locations, find out what is included. She recommends booking a full-service venue that includes the tables, chairs, linens, set up and tear down of the space. This allows couples to enjoy their day without worrying about if and when the tables will be set, linens will arrive and who will stay to clean up. You spend so much time planning your day, make sure you enjoy it.

4. Consider the location of the venue. Choosing a venue that is easily accessible to an airport, hotel accommodations and transportation will help alleviate stress for guests attending your wedding and make it more enjoyable for everyone.

5. Know your budget and estimated guest count. A wedding planner will help you work on your budget and also narrow down options based on guest capacity. It’s very important to know your budget before spending days or months visiting venues. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a venue and realizing it is out of your price range, or too small or too big to accommodate your wedding.

When seeking out the perfect space for a memorable wedding—or any event—the Nevada Museum of Art can provide the perfect canvas, any time of year.