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Wedding Series: Best Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay

Posted at 1:39 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 11:25:53-05

One of the firsts steps in planning your special day is picking a venue. Thankfully for us, Tampa Bay has a beautiful selection of wedding locations to choose from!

Narrowing down to our top 9 was a difficult task, so we got some help from Tampa Bay wedding expert Anna Coats, owner and editor of Marry Me Tampa Bay.

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Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Address: 400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater

Capacity: up to 500 guests

Get married on a private beachfront location at Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Choose from four reception locations: Sandpiper Deck, Flamingo Deck, Water’s Edge Ballroom or Grand Ballroom.

According to Coats, the decks have undergone a renovation for an even fresher feel.

Prices vary from low season (July – September) to high season is (October – June). All food and beverage must be provided by the hotel.

Hotel will provide on-premise parking for one vehicle per guest room, plus a complimentary one-night stay for the newlyweds.

Take a look at their wedding brochure here.

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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Address: 301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach

Capacity: up to 220 guests

If you’re looking for extraordinary views of the Gulf of Mexico for the backdrop of your wedding, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is your place.

The hotel offers 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. Choose from 6 different indoor and outdoor venues for your ceremony/reception, including getting married right on Clearwater Beach.

For anyone looking for a beach feel without being on the sand, the Sky Terrace is a great venue option—located 16 stories above Clearwater Beach, it provides breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Discounted guestroom rates are available for you and your guests, as well as a complimentary guestroom with champagne for the newlyweds on the wedding night.

And when you celebrate your special day at Hyatt hotels or resort locations worldwide, earn free nights for your honeymoon.

Check out their brochure for curated menu options and additional wedding information.

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Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events

Addresses: 25 Causeway Boulevard Slip #55, Clearwater & 603 Channelside Dr, Tampa

Capacity: up to 600 guests

Nothing quite says “Florida” like getting married on a boat.

Yacht Starship offers Florida’s largest fleet of wedding yachts, and it has the distinction of being America’s first three diamond rated dining yacht by AAA.

Set sail and enjoy the perfect blend of breathtaking views, freshly prepared cuisine and great entertainment for your wedding ceremony and reception. Choose from four different ships based on wedding size.

All package options include consultation with wedding coordinator, one-hour ceremony rehearsal, disc jockey, seated or buffet wedding menu, coffee and iced tea, champagne toast, cake cutting and service, table cloths and napkins, ceremony music, service charge and marine fees.

Take a look at their charter kit for package options.

Docking locations are offered in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs, but keep in mind relocation and docking fees may apply.

St. Petersburg

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The Don CeSar

Address: 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach

Capacity: up to 250 guests

Over a centuries-worth of weddings have been held at the Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach.

The Don CeSar has 38,000 square feet of wedding and event spaces to use on your special day. Have your ceremony in the courtyard overlooking the tropical gardens or on the beach as you listen to the waves from the Gulf of Mexico.

Choose from 6 reception venues, including both indoor and outdoor locations. Check out venue options here.

Experienced planners will help you with every detail, from the rehearsal dinner to the farewell brunch. Additional services include on site décor and coordination, customized menu options and planning, valet parking, shuttle service and more.

Special hotel room rates are available for the wedding party, where you can enjoy panoramic views of St. Pete Beach.

According to Marry Me Tampa Bay, you can receive a reduced food and beverage minimum and special menu offerings if you get married at The Don CeSar in January, July, August or September.

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Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club

Address: 6000 Sun Blvd, St. Petersburg

Capacity: up to 250 for reception

Isla Del Sol offers panoramic views of Boca Ciega Bay. Get married on their glittering private beach with a gazebo or ask for an indoor venue overlooking the bay.

Take advantage of a gorgeous wrap-around bar and lounge area that’s perfect for cocktail hour, and enjoy exclusive private access to the Grand Ballroom overlooking Boca Ciega Bay for your reception.

Isla Del Sol’s wedding packages include country club catered food and beverage, passed hors d’oeuvres, linens, china, glassware, flatware, champagne toast, vendor referral assistance and help from an experienced event specialist.

You can get a 10%-15% discount on reception packages in Late June-September/Weekday (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, all year), according to Marry Me Tampa Bay


Nova 535

Address: 535 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg

Capacity: up to 300 for ceremonies | up to 490 for seated dinner inside and out

This 100-year-old historic venue is located in Downtown St. Pete.

There are four gorgeous spaces for you to use: Upstairs, Downstairs, Courtyard and private suites to get ready. Only one event is hosted at a time, so you don’t have to worry about sharing the venue space.

Outside caterers are welcome, and wedding rehearsals are included with venue rental.

See the full pricing guide here.

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The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Address: 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

Capacity: Up to 400 for the ceremony

The Vinoy in Downtown St. Pete has 60, 505 square feet of total event space to utilize, located right on the water overlooking the marina.

Your ceremony can take place in the Tea Garden, which provides a tranquil outdoor setting, or at the Esplanade, which has spectacular views of the bay. Choose from indoor and outdoor reception venues depending on the size of your wedding.

Trained wedding planners will help you coordinate your big day. Take advantage of their wedding cake services or choose your own cake vendor (however a cake-cutting fee will apply). You can take a look at their wedding package options here.

If guests decide to stay at the hotel, spacious accommodations with scenic waterfront views are available.

Mention the Vow to Get Away Promotion when you submit your wedding request and you can earn triple Marriott Rewards points for every dollar spent.


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Armature Works

Address: 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa

Capacity: Up to 550 for reception

Armature Works is not only a popular hangout spot in the Tampa Heights neighborhood, but also an excellent choice for a wedding venue.

Have your reception in The Gathering (includes two 9′ × 16′ LED video walls plus The Courtyard can be used for additional outdoor space) or the Theatre (a more intimate space that historically was a bar and stage-equipped performance space used by the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) street car workers to wind down after a long day of work).

Exposed brick and hard wood floors paired with stunning views of the Hillsborough River and Downtown Tampa’s skyline add to the ambiance.

Armature Works also offers intimate wedding package options for up to 50 guests.

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The Vault

Address: 611 N Franklin St, Tampa

Capacity: up to 300 for cocktail receptions | up to 200 for seated dinners

This historical, neo-classical building located in Downtown Tampa’s Arts District was constructed in 1919 as the Exchange National Bank, and still has the historic walk-in vault as a part of its 6,000 square foot interior rental space.

According to Coats, some couples use the vault for their photo booth or cake display.

Floor to ceiling window walls offer stunning views of the Tampa Bay skyline, and guests can utilize the second-floor mezzanine to overlook the open gallery below.

There is also a charming private park to accommodate your cocktail party before or after your main event.

The Vault boasts spectacular wedding menus and customer service with extra attention to detail. If you decide to have your wedding at home or another location, their profession events team is available for hire to make your special day phenomenal.

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