November 23, 2021
Tying the knot along Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast? Congratulations! You’re spoiled for options in terms of choosing a Tampa area wedding venue. There are so many Tampa Bay wedding venues that you may be having trouble settling on a location.
That’s why, as seasoned Tampa wedding planners, we’ve created a convenient list of the 14 best wedding venues in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, FL. We’ve even broken them down into helpful categories so you can find the perfect venue for your special day!
Here are some of our picks for top wedding venues in the area, with some bonus facts for our favorites.
Though built in 1910 as a storage and maintenance facility for streetcars, the fully renovated Armature Works has since established itself as a fun and versatile venue for a wedding reception.
This 73,000 sq. ft. event space can easily be converted to suit a more rustic and laidback reception to something a little more theatrical and over-the-top. By having your wedding venue at Armature Works, you and your guests will also enjoy incredible views of the Hillsborough River and access to their award-winning catering options.
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To see an Alexa Kritis Events wedding here, check out Kourtney & Wade’s Armature Works wedding in the Social Hall and Gathering Room.
Current Hotel offers over 5,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space that can be used for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. This charming waterfront venue is located on the shore of Tampa Bay in Rocky Point, just a few minutes away from the Tampa Airport.
The convenience of having your wedding at Current Hotel doesn’t stop there. This venue is accessible, has wireless internet, dressing rooms, on-site accommodations, and can accommodate up to 150 guests. This place has a luxurious and sophisticated vibe that every couple is sure to adore.
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Orlo House is a historic mansion, built in 1882 by Orlo J. Spafford, the president of the Tampa National Bank. Today, Orlo House is a popular Tampa venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.
With this sophisticated venue, you have the option of having your ceremony/reception outdoors on the terrace or indoors in the ballroom, the latter of which can accommodate more guests. What truly sets Orlo House apart is the landscaped grounds. If you have your ceremony or reception outdoors, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the forest, meadow, and lovely green fields.
Since its founding in 2012, Oxford Exchange has hosted weddings for hundreds of couples. Located on 420 W Kennedy Boulevard, this European-inspired building is very recognizable. It’s a larger venue with enough room for a bookstore, restaurant, coffeehouse, and shop inside.
Over the years, Oxford Exchange has established a reputation for being a one-stop shop for private weddings. Their standout feature is definitely their professional in-house culinary team, which can cater your wedding with both food and beverage.
The Tampa Marriott on Water Street is a huge 43,229 sq. ft. event space with 19 event rooms to accommodate your guests. The Water Street Marriott is also home to Tampa’s largest ballroom event venue, which can host up to 2,000 guests.
That being said, this venue also offers smaller, more intimate spaces that can be used for a small wedding, rehearsal dinner, or a post-wedding brunch. The Water Street Marriott’s other standout qualities are their picturesque waterfront views of Tampa Bay and the customizable wedding menus from their talented catering team.
If you want a magical Tampa outdoor wedding, look no further than the Mision Lago Estate. This beautifully landscaped and well-maintained lakefront property sits on 20 acres in Thonotosassa, just 20 minutes from downtown Tampa.
The property is owned by June and Tom, a married couple that’s passionate about sharing their gorgeous property and their fully renovated 50 x 60-foot barn with newlyweds everywhere.
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Prepare to fall in love with Katie and Shane’s gorgeous wedding at Mision Lago Estate.
Since its founding in 1916, Palma Ceia has become Tampa’s premier golf and country club. This venue offers a classic southern vibe. It’s ideal for couples who want an outdoor wedding without going too far out into a rural area.
Palma Ceia is scenic and incredibly well maintained both indoors and outdoors. A major benefit to getting married at Palma Ceia is that they’re highly professional and have an exceptional and reliable staff.
Note that you must be a member or sponsored by a member to get married here.
Ready for some classic, sophisticated romance? You have to see Taylor & Steven’s January wedding at Palma Ceia.
The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is a high-end hotel on Coronado Drive. This inviting hotel offers amazing views of the Gulf shore, which helps create a tranquil setting for your big day. The Wyndham has flexible event spaces that can be altered to accommodate weddings with anywhere from 10 to 600 guests. This has made them a trusted venue for Southeast Asian weddings in particular.
The Wyndham offers both indoor and outdoor settings, overnight accommodations, full-service catering, and several wedding packages to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a quiet sunset ceremony or a big ballroom bash, the Wyndham can make it happen.
Opal Sands is a 17,000 sq. ft. resort on Clearwater Beach. It offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces, lovely rooms and suites for your guests, a great seafood restaurant, and a fun beachside tiki bar! This romantic venue boasts a large ballroom and a sizable event lawn, both of which can accommodate large weddings.
There are many benefits to having your wedding at Opal Sands, the foremost probably being the location itself. There are so many great activities for you and your guests to enjoy before and after the wedding, such as a visit to the Opal Spa or a relaxing day at the beach. This is a major reason why some couples opt to have both their wedding and their honeymoon here!
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The Tampa River Center is located in the scenic Julian B Lane Riverfront Park along the Hillsborough River. This building offers a 2,880 sq. ft. event room space, which can accommodate seated receptions for up to 200 guests.
The space is decorated with impeccable taste, featuring a variety of bistro and crescent tables, along with Chiavari chairs with cushions. It’s distinct for its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which reveal an incredible view of downtown Tampa. This venue has a very elegant feel and has been a solid choice for couples since its beginnings in 2018.
The Secret Garden at Paradise Spring is truly unique in comparison to the other venues on this list. When you book your wedding at the Secret Garden, you gain access to the entire property, including the Tuscan-style Paradise Spring Villa.
You have an incredible amount of freedom with this venue. It’s fully customizable in terms of lighting fixtures and decor. The venue is also very versatile, as it can comfortably accommodate both smaller intimate weddings and large events.
The Secret Garden’s owners purchased the property specifically for this purpose, as the estate has many natural qualities that lend itself to weddings. The most notable of these qualities is the stunning backdrop, which offers amazing photo opportunities. The Secret Garden’s four grand oaks and artesian spring make every wedding feel dream-like.
PRO-TIP: This is a mostly unstaffed venue. We highly encourage hiring a wedding planner who is experienced with this venue to help sort out all the details and make the most of the space.
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See what an experienced team can create at this magical venue, with Nicole and Jeremy’s outdoor wedding and tented reception at The Secret Garden. Full-service wedding planning and design by Alexa Kritis Events.
Enchanted by the idea of having your wedding in a 1920s era hotel? Then The Vinoy Renaissance on 5th Avenue could be absolutely perfect for you. This iconic hotel offers covered outdoor space, a gorgeous esplanade by the sea, an indoor event space, and a reception area, all of which can accommodate approximately 300 guests.
If you have 150 guests or fewer, you may want to consider having your ceremony and/or reception at The Vinoy’s off-site golf club just 5 miles away. The golf club has a lovely ballroom that’s more intimate and private. A wedding planner can easily arrange transportation for you and all of your guests.
Pro Tip: Want to make your Vinoy wedding truly unique? Consider a fully custom, tented reception at the outdoor esplanade. We’d be happy to help!
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Oh how we love the Vinoy. See how we transformed this venue with white florals, crystals, and sophisticated luxury for Sara and Billy’s wedding.
The Don CeSar is a historic Spanish-style venue located on Gulf Boulevard by St. Pete Beach. Referred to by many as “The Pink Palace” for its bright pink walls, this eye-catching hotel has been hosting weddings since 1928.
Being a beautiful beach resort, this venue is popular among destination clients and locals alike. Its stunning white beaches and majestic views of the sea serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day.
The Don CeSar has something to offer almost every couple, no matter your preferences. This includes beachside ceremonies, indoor ocean-view ballroom ceremonies, and two gorgeous courtyards for those who want to be outdoors but not directly in the sand. Their venues can accommodate 300 seated indoors and 250 outdoors.
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Do you wish you could find a venue that’s never been seen before? Consider a wedding on a private property, especially a space that is meaningful to you.
Alexa Kritis Events has extensive experience creating incredible wedding and party experiences, anywhere. We can arrange the logistics, rentals, tent, design, and more, to create the most unique Tampa-area wedding you can imagine.
We know choosing a wedding venue isn’t easy. There are so many things to take into consideration, including the location, the number of guests you need accommodated, and the overall vibe.
Having a wedding planner on your side will make every step of the process much easier and much more fun. You’re less likely to stress over details when you have an experienced professional to support you and offer valuable insights. If you’re looking for a wedding planner to help bring your dream wedding to life, we would absolutely love to hear from you. Contact us today for more details.
Not quite ready to commit to hiring a full-service wedding planner? Consider our short-term Venue Consulting service to help you find and book the best venue for you.
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