Vow Exchanges at the Dixon

For those couples looking to host a small, intimate vow exchange, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens offers a vast collection of beautiful garden spaces.

From the small and intimate Formal Gardens to the shaded Woodland Gardens, and every leafy space in between, our grounds offer you a unique and lovely place to say “I do” in front of your closest family and friends.


  • Total time not to exceed 1 hour. 
  • The couple is given a choice of garden locations. Selection will vary based on the weather and garden projects (mowing, watering, etc.).
  • The group may have up to 15 people, including the couple and their officiant. Additional charges apply for guest lists over 15 people. 
  • The vow exchange must take place during museum hours. Any exceptions must be approved by the Rental Coordinator. 

Pricing & Availability

  • The total fee to reserve a garden space for a vow exchange is $275.00, including a required $125.00 Sponsor level membership, for one hour of time on property. No deposit is required. 
  • In the event of a cancellation, the full fee, except for the membership fee, will be refunded. 
  • Reservations are required and must be made at least three (3) days in advance. Payment must be made in advance and a signed agreement is required.
  • When making your reservation, please include the date, time, number of guests, and preferred garden location(s). 


  • The couple may choose from any of our six wedding ceremony locations:
    • Picnic Area
    • South Lawn Stage
    • South Lawn
    • Venus Allée
    • East Lawn
    • Whispering Bench Allée
  • The couple may use the Cutting Gardens, Council Ring, or other garden areas, pending approval by the Rental Coordinator.

Important Notes

  • Food and beverages are not allowed.
  • Music is allowed; musicians will count as part of the guest list. Music should be played at a reasonable volume.
  • The Dixon cannot provide chairs, a podium, or other equipment. Any items brought in by the client must have prior approval. 
  • The Dixon cannot guarantee a private space, i.e. we cannot prevent museum visitors from walking through or near your space. We will inform guests about a vow exchange when possible, and we may post a sign to encourage visitors to explore an area other than your location, if possible.
  • Group may use museum restrooms, but they do not have access to the galleries. 
  • In the case of inclement weather, we cannot provide an indoor space. The Residence Porch and small porch near the Stout Gallery are covered and either may be used as a vow exchange location.

For more information about Facility Rentals, click here.

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