Best Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay

The St. Pete-Clearwater area is filled with special places for hosting a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.

A groom sweeps up his bride in front of the Don CeSar

The Don CeSar resort hosts more than 300 weddings a year.

Exchanging vows on a sugar-sand beach is just the start of the possibilities provided by a St. Pete-Clearwater wedding. Celebrate in the sculpture garden of a fine arts museum overlooking Tampa Bay or in a tropical paradise watching the sunset from the deck of a lighthouse on the Gulf of Mexico. The romantic choices are endless.

Luxurious Resort Weddings

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

The Don CeSar, built in 1928, has been described as a pink iced wedding cake set on a sugar-white sandy beach in St. Pete Beach, voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in the United States for 2021. 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 style, you can choose from a casual beach wedding or a lavish ballroom event.

 

The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg

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 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, 2018 and 2019, the Sandpearl Resort exudes barefoot elegance and approachable refinement. You can exchange your vows in stately ballrooms, elegant boardrooms, on the tranquil pool lawn or in a spot overlooking the Gulf of Mexico beach.

 

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

The beachside Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach makes any wedding special with its spectacular views and tranquil oceanfront setting. From a sunset ceremony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico to a grand ballroom affair for up to 600 guests, a range of wedding packages are available to create an event to remember.

 

JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

At the JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa in Clearwater Beach, your dream wedding or special occasion will become a stunning reality. Set on the exclusive southern end of one of the world's most famous beaches, your special day will come to life against a breathtaking backdrop of white sands and crystal clear water. Plus, the luxurious accommodations and amenities ensure your guests will appreciate every aspect of their visit.


 

Venues with a View

At one-of-a-kind event spaces on the water, views of sailboats, dolphins and spectacular sunsets make for a remarkable experience.

Tampa Bay Watch Lighthouse, Tierra Verde

The Tampa Bay Watch lighthouse in Tierra Verde provides panoramic vistas of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 150 guests can experience the balmy breezes on the lighthouse’s covered wraparound porch, which overlooks Fort De Soto Park and the barrier island of Shell Key. Dance the night away in the second-story party hall featuring golden bamboo floors and wall-to-wall windows. Another option: Stage a waterfront garden ceremony.

 

St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg

Floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto Tampa Bay are just the beginning of the conversation-starting features of the St. Petersburg Museum of History. A vintage airplane hangs over the glass-enclosed Flight One Pavilion, which seats up to 175 for cocktails and dancing. A peaceful garden behind the museum is another great spot to exchange vows in downtown St. Pete.

 

Clearwater Community Sailing Center, Clearwater

Spectacular views of Clearwater Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway define the airy Carlisle Room and Veranda at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center in Clearwater, perfect for both sunrise and sunset weddings. Up to 180 guests will marvel at views of passing boats and dancing lights. The sailing center is conveniently located across the street from Sand Key Park, which is popular for beachfront ceremonies.

 


Artful Elegance

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 two-story glass conservatory overlooking the water, Spanish-style gardens, a popular park at its front door, and the ability to accommodate parties ranging from intimate receptions to soirees for up to 350 people, it's no surprise the Museum of Fine Arts was named Martha Stewart’s top pick for wedding locations in Florida. The conservatory and adjoining outdoor terrace provide mesmerizing views of Tampa Bay, and elegant interior gardens feature sculptures, columns and vaulted ceilings. Guests will also enjoy the art galleries and the majestic banyan trees near the museum entrance.

 

NOVA 535, St. Petersburg

Old is new again in a historic building that has been transformed into a modern wedding venue. Contemporary art on red brick walls creates a chic and warm atmosphere, whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for 80 or lavish cocktails for 800. Part art gallery, part sophisticated lounge, the NOVA 535 features Brazilian hardwood floors and twin wrought-iron staircases. An outdoor courtyard lined in bamboo is another great setting.

 

Kapok Special Events Center & Garden, Clearwater

European statues and vintage crystal bring Old World 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 wander through gardens filled with Italian fountains, statuary and even a hidden lagoon. There are architectural delights to discover in every room, including the Regency Lounge’s golden pyramid ceiling and the opulent chandelier in the Grand Ballroom.


Traditional Charm

A wedding venue steeped in the past ensures enchanting photos.

Andrews Memorial Chapel, Dunedin

A landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the Victorian-era Andrews Memorial Chapel in charming Dunedin combines classical elegance and natural beauty. Couples of all faiths are welcome to exchange vows under a rare heart of pine ceiling. A red carpet center aisle is stunning for wedding ceremonies, and the chapel’s pews can be removed to host indoor receptions for up to 130 guests. Colorful gardens surrounding the chapel feature a jasmine-covered trellis and butterfly garden.

 

The Coliseum, St. Petersburg

The arched ceiling and twinkling lights of The Coliseum, a legendary Gatsby-era ballroom, make for a memorable first dance. The ballroom is spacious enough to accommodate large wedding parties of 250 to 2,000 guests but 10 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).


Gorgeous Gardens

Say your vows amid a setting of picturesque gardens as your backdrop.

Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

The beautiful Sunken Gardens is a tropical oasis that’s home to more than 50,000 exotic plants and birds, including the beloved and iconic pink flamingo. Daytime and evening wedding ceremonies offer a serene garden setting while celebrations can be hosted in the historic main building, offering a classic Florida setting for your special day.

 

Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo

The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo are made up of 100 acres that showcase the area’s gorgeous flora and fauna amid lush surroundings. The gardens include a Butterfly Garden, a Native Plant Garden, a Topiary Garden, a Tropical Garden and others, which make stunning surroundings for intimate wedding ceremonies.