Jan. 17, 2018
In the St. Pete/Clearwater area is there is no shortage of special places for staging a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.
Exchanging vows on a sandy beach is just one of the many romantic possibilities provided by St. Petersburg/Clearwater as wedding venue options. Whether you choose to celebrate in the sculpture garden of a fine arts museum overlooking Tampa Bay or make your commitment to each other in a tropical paradise watching the sunset from a deck, the possibilities are endless.
Venues with a View
At these one-of-a-kind event spaces on the water, the views of sailboats, dolphins and spectacular sunsets make for a remarkable wedding backdrop. They make superb settings for the most amazing photographs.
Tampa Bay Watch Lighthouse, Tierra Verde
The Tampa Bay Watch lighthouse provides panoramic views of Tampa Bay and of the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 150 guests are able to enjoy the balmy breezes on the lighthouse’s covered wraparound porch, which overlooks historic Fort De Soto and the barrier island of Shell Key. Then guests can dance the night away in the second-story party hall with its golden bamboo floors and massive wall-to-wall windows. Another option would be to stage a waterfront ceremony in garden surroundings.
St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to look out over Tampa Bay and these are just the beginning of the conversation-starting features of the St. Petersburg Museum of History. A vintage airplane hangs over the glass-enclosed First Airline Pavilion, which seats as many as 175 for cocktails and dancing. A peaceful garden behind the museum is another great spot to exchange your vows.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center, Clearwater
Spectacular views of Clearwater Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway define the spacious and light Carlisle Room and Veranda at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center and is a perfect venue perfect for both sunrise and sunset weddings. Up to 180 guests can be accommodated and will be able to marvel at views of passing boats and dancing lights. The sailing center is conveniently situated right across the street from Sand Key Park, which is popular for beachfront ceremonies.
The vibrant arts scene in St. Pete/Clearwater is your canvas for a uniquely sophisticated wedding celebration.
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
With a fairy tale two-story glass conservatory overlooking the water, perfectly manicured Spanish-style gardens, a popular park at its front door, and the ability to accommodate parties ranging from small intimate groups to soirees for up to 350 people, it's no surprise the Museum of Fine Arts was named Martha Stewart’s top wedding location in Florida. The conservatory and outdoor terrace offer breath-taking views of Tampa Bay, and its elegant interior gardens feature sculptures, columns and vaulted ceilings. Guests will also be able to take in the pieces on offer in the art galleries and the majestic banyan trees near to the entrance of the museum.
NOVA 535, St. Petersburg
This historic building has been modernized into a wedding venue. Contemporary art on red brick walls creates a chic atmosphere, whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for 80 guests or an extravagant evening of cocktails for 800. This part art gallery, part upmarket lounge, the NOVA 535 features Brazilian hardwood floors and twin wrought-iron staircases to dazzle. If this is not enough for you, there is an outdoor courtyard lined with bamboo offering another great setting.
Kapok Special Events Center & Garden, Clearwater
European statues and vintage crystal bring an Old World charm and stylish sense of grandeur to the Kapok Special Events Center & Garden, a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor wedding venue. As many as 1,000 guests can mingle fashionably in the gardens filled with Italian fountains, a statuary, and even a fanciful lagoon. There are architectural delights to be discovered in every room and all make for an exquisite setting.
If you are considering your photographs, remember that a wedding venue steeped in the history of the past usually ensures the most enchanting photos.
Andrews Memorial Chapel, Dunedin
In this Victorian-era Andrews Memorial Chapel, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, classical elegance complements natural beauty. Multi-denominational couples are all welcome to exchange vows under a pine ceiling. A red dramatic center aisle carpet is impressive and will make any couple feel like royalty for wedding ceremonies, and the chapel’s pews can be removed to host indoor receptions for up to 130 guests. Pictures taken in the colorful gardens which frame the chapel will not disappoint and the sweet-smelling jasmine-covered trellis and butterfly garden is enchanting to the senses.
The Coliseum, St. Petersburg
This is a legendary Gatsby-type ballroom setting. The arched ceiling and twinkling lights of The Coliseum make for a memorable first dance. The ballroom is spacious enough to accommodate large wedding parties of 250 to as many as 2,000 guests but ten private alcoves offer intimate spaces alongside the dance floor. This venue is one of two vintage options run by the City of St. Petersburg--the second is the tropical Sunken Gardens.
Luxurious Resort Weddings
There is a whole range to choose from: from early 20th-century gems to grand beachside dames, the majestic resorts of St. Pete/Clearwater are rife with glamour and elegance.
The Don Cesar, St. Pete Beach
This is a palace which was built in 1928. It has been described as a ‘pink iced wedding cake set on a sugar-white sandy beach’ - St. Pete Beach, voted TripAdvisor's No. 3 Beach in the U.S. for 2017. The eight-story resort hosts more than 300 weddings a year for as few as two people or as many as 250 guests. Depending on your choice of style, you can choose from a casual beach wedding or a more lavish ballroom event.
Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Located in downtown St. Petersburg, the Vinoy is a 1920s Mediterranean Revival hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. Perched next to Vinoy Park on the waters of Tampa Bay, the Vinoy overlooks the historic downtown. Weddings are held in several ballrooms, as well as in an outdoor Tea Garden.
Sandpearl Resort. Clearwater Beach
Situated on the beautiful shores of Clearwater Beach, which routinely lands among TripAdvisor's top five beaches in the U.S., taking the top spot in 2016 and No. 4 in 2017 along with USA Today's "Best Beach Town in Florida" in 2013, the Sandpearl exudes barefoot elegance mixed with classic refinement. You can exchange your vows in stately ballrooms, elegant boardrooms, on the tranquil pool lawn or with your toes in the sand in a spot overlooking the Gulf of Mexico beach.