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Guidelines for Weddings and Wedding Photographs

The building is often considered as a location for weddings or wedding photographs. However, because the Capitol is a public building, private activities such as these must follow guidelines and provide advance notice.

The Nebraska State Capitol is a beautiful architectural masterpiece.  Because the capitol is a public building with hourly guided tours, those interested in being married or taking photographs in the capitol should provide advance notice and follow guidelines established for weddings and wedding photography. Failure to provide advance notice may result in the wedding party being unable to use the capitol or a delay in access to public spaces. If several private groups are present, those private groups providing advance notice will be given priority for use of a space.  Activities of government have priority over all private activities. Tours and the visiting public have priority for use of the capitol and private events such as weddings or photography cannot block public access or interfere with the tour or public enjoyment of the building.

Weddings must take place during public hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and are limited to one hour or less time in the Capitol. Weddings groups are limited to 50 people or less, including the bride, groom and attendants. No equipment (chairs, decorations, etc.) may be brought in and none will be provided. No candles or alcohol allowed in the Capitol.  Please see the wedding guidelines for a complete list.

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Wedding photography must take place during public hours, and is limited to one hour or less time inside the capitol. Wedding photography cannot block public access to any area, hallway or corridor. Groups taking photographs cannot move signs or benches, or open and close windows in the capitol.  No props or equipment other than the camera and reflector umbrellas may be brought into the capitol. Please see wedding photography guidelines for a complete list.

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Historic Rooms

The architect who designed the Nebraska State Capitol was Bertram Goodhue. The thematic program of the Capitol was developed by Dr. Hartley Burr Alexander. Sculptor for the Capitol was Lee Lawrie, and Hildreth Meiere designed all the floor and ceiling mosaics. The building was constructed over a ten year period in four building phases. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1932. Total cost of the building was just under $10 million.

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Capitol quick facts

  • Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
  • The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
  • There are 15 floors above ground.
  • The building is 400 feet tall.
  • It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
  • It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.

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