POLL: My Wedding Venue Might Have Nude Art…

posted 2 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Thoughts on Nudity at Art Center as Wedding Venue
    Meh, I don't see the big deal. : (46 votes)
    54 %
    I kind of see the deal, but there's not much you can do. : (25 votes)
    29 %
    HUGE deal, worth forfeiting the deposit over. : (13 votes)
    15 %
    Other. : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I wouldn’t be comfortable with that kind of art at my wedding, but that’s because I know my family. And if there is a chance that it would be around for my wedding, personally I’d forfeit the $200 (not really that much in the wider scheme of things) if it meant not looking at orgies and spread-eagled women. But yeah, that’s just me and my family. Everyone is different!

    Post # 3
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Generally I wouldn’t think it was a big deal. In fact, I would generally assume that any art musuem would have nudes. It might be a little weird if it was super erotic stuff instead of your classic naked lady laying on a couch kind of thing, but it’d probably be fine. Give guests something to talk about. Hehehe. But seriously, nowhere near bad enough to consider moving venues. Though, this is coming from a girl who was a nude art model in college! So do what youu’re comofrtable with!

    Post # 4
    5533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    To me there is a pretty huge difference in nude art like Michaelanglo’s David or Venus de Milo and (realist?) paintings of an orgy. My family and friends would NOT enjoy having erotic art around and to me it would just be awkward. There are tasteful ways to do nude. It doesnt sound like these are. I would lose the $200 and find something else. 

    Post # 5
    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    There’s a big difference between nude art and erotic art.  Not all nude art is erotic.   Without seeing the pieces, it’s difficult for any of us to tell you if we think it’s “too much” to have displayed at a wedding. 

    Perhaps you can speak with the gallery manager and ask what type of collection will be up on your wedding date?  If it’s the manager’s art on the wall, he’ll be able to tell you what he’s currently working on and what he expects to be on the walls.

    Post # 6
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It’s an art center, and nude or erotic art is not pornography. It’s art. If an adult can’t accept that art can portray any and all of the human experience, which includes sex and nudity, then I think that’s his or her issue.

    Really, if you don’t say anything about it your guests may well not even notice, and I’m no photography expert, but based on my own photos, I’m pretty sure that unless the subject is only like 5 feet or less from the art, it’s simpler to have the art out of focus anyways.

    It sounds like a beautiful and affordable venue, I second PPs about the idea of asking the manager as if from a perspective of idle curiosity, and I think it would be good to ask your coworker how her guests reacted and if she has her photos back yet how they turned out, but really, I think it’ll be totally fine 🙂

    Post # 7
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    MissCoupon:  Consider what the pictures would look like photographed vs. painted. If it makes you feel uncomfortable it will probably make your guests feel uncomfortable as well. It’s not unreasonable to at least ask if the paintings could be covered for a few hours. Surely the manager realizes this is a wedding and the decor should reflect the formality of the event. Idk maybe I’m just a prude. One of my worst memories from college is sketching the same live nude model with his gray pubes and wrinkly balls for a week straight. Yuck!

    Post # 8
    3649 posts
    Sugar bee

    It’s sounds like the manager is just trying to show-off his work, in more ways than one. Although I think it’s an excellent excuse to have an adult-only wedding, the art on the walls may be all your guests are talking about, for years. If in doubt, cancel; the deposit isn’t a huge loss.


    Post # 9
    7915 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    at first when you just said nudes I was thinking nbd who cares. But orgies and spread eagle… If it was really explicit that would embaress me. I’d go check out the exhibition for yourself and ask how long it’ll be up.

    Post # 10
    481 posts
    Helper bee

    MissCoupon:  Eh, I don’t see the issue. Nearly all museums have nude art, so I’m not sure why anyone would clutch their pearls and get upset.

    Post # 11
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    i’m into contemporary art, so it wouldn’t bother me.  I definitely would get weird reactions from some family and probably my husband as well, but it wouldn’t bother me.  Most musuems have their exhibits planned way in advanced.  I would look at their website, on a calendar, or even just ask what the exhibit will be during the wedding, and research the artists to see what kind of stuff they do.  If you aren’t comfortable with it, then just pull.  200 dollars isn’t a huge deposit and probably every bride wastes that much in expenses they don’t end up using for the wedding anyways.  

    Post # 12
    2107 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    i think that’s the risk you take having your wedding in an art gallery. You just gotta assume there’ll be nudes.

    Post # 13
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    It would be a deal breaker for me. We actually decided against an art gallery we looked at because there was nude art that couldn’t be covered up. It didn’t bother me personally, but I wasn’t comfortable to have that in front of our conservative families.

    Post # 14
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    This wouldn’t bother me.. I mean unless the nudes are strung throughout the building, you can always ask your photographer to try not to take pictures of them.

    My family wouldn’t care about nude pictures as long as they were art, and not erotic.

    Post # 15
    2169 posts
    Buzzing bee

    MissCoupon:  I don’t see anything wrong or offensive about inquiring about the type of collection that they’re planning to have up on your wedding day.

    I recently went to a wedding at an art gallery, and I cannot remember what type of art was up. I was too busy enjoying my food, talking to other guests, and dancing.

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