Jacksonville is nestled in the northeast region of Florida, where the St. John’s River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Jax, as the locals call it, is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Known primarily for its beaches, championship golf courses, and PGA Tour headquarters, it has otherwise flown under the tourist radar. Recently, it’s garnered attention for its culinary scene, architecture, and art and design scene, and couples planning to wed in Jacksonville can take advantage of these trends when searching for the perfect venue and caterer for their wedding day.
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927 Events is the ultimate quirky space for couples who don’t take themselves too seriously. Perfect for casual and whimsical wedding receptions, 927 Events has 10,000 square feet of space on two floors, enough room for a seated dinner reception for 150 guests or dinner and dancing for 125. The one-of-a-kind décor features exposed brick walls, wood floors, loft-style windows, buffet and bar space, contemporary artwork, advertising memorabilia, antiques, custom motorcycles, and playful sculptures. The space can be customized to couples’ tastes. Professional onsite catering can accommodate special requests like Kosher, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
927 West Forsyth, St. Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-655-6603
2.Aetna Riverfront Weddings & Events
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Located in the Aetna Building on the Southbank of St. John’s River, this wedding venue offers superb views of downtown Jacksonville. The second-floor dining room has emerald marble columns, natural marble walls and floors, high ceilings with skylights, and large windows with unobstructed views of the well-manicured grounds and city skyline. Couples planning an outdoor wedding can take advantage of the mature trees and lush foliage, beautiful flower gardens, and a traditional gazebo on the riverfront grounds. Aetna Riverfront Weddings & Events offers catering, bar service, entertainment, photography, and other wedding planning services. Catering options include mid-morning brunch, stand-up reception, dinner buffet, plated dinner, and bridal tasting.
841 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-591-9591
3.Beaches Museum & History Park
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For the couple with their hearts set on a chapel wedding, Beaches Museum Chapel, also known as St. Paul’s by the Sea, is a heritage chapel serving the beach community since 1887. The little white chapel with its bell tower and antique bell can accommodate wedding ceremonies of up to 140 guests. The chapel is situated in History Park, three blocks from the ocean, and its 1,700-square-foot space features fixed pew seating and air-conditioning. Couples can host their reception at the Beaches Museum and take one-of-a-kind outdoor wedding photos in History Park. This venue has earned Premier Vendor status from Premier Bride.
381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Phone: 904-241-5657
4.Bowing Oaks Plantation
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Bowing Oaks Plantation is an ideal indoor/outdoor wedding ceremony and reception venue for a stylish country wedding. Couples can exchange vows in the covered ceremony pavilion, or say “I do” beneath a sprawling, ancient oak tree. The bridal party can prepare in the Dogwood Room, a dressing room featuring nine makeup stations, a private bathroom, and a wet bar. The groom’s crew can make preparations and relax in the Billiard Room with leather sofas, an 80” flat-screen television, and a pool table. After the ceremony, a pre-reception cocktail hour can be hosted on the expansive covered porch. Receptions in the dazzling Oak Ballroom accommodate up to 200 guests.
7743 Alphons Street, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-600-5172
5.Casa Marina Hotel and Resort
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The refined beachside Casa Marina Hotel and Resort has been hosting weddings since 1925. The Spanish-Mediterranean white stucco resort hotel has a long history of distinguished and celebrity guests. Classic, elegant, beach, and romantic weddings are good fits for this location. Ceremonies and receptions can be accommodated indoors or outdoors. The glamorous indoor venue has a neutral color palette, wood and beam ceiling, antique chandeliers, lots of light, and a ceremony stage for an all-purpose ceremony and reception space. The outdoor space features a beautiful, ocean-facing patio plaza for both ceremony and reception. This venue has received accolades from Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Premier Bride. More Things to Do in Jacksonville FL
691 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Phone: 904-270-0025
6.Cedar Bay Retreat
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Cedar Bay Retreat is a riverfront outdoor wedding venue that caters to country and rustically themed weddings. The venue is located on three wooded acres on the north bank of Cedar Bay, a fish and wildlife estuary. Tall trees draped in Spanish moss provide a natural backdrop to the outdoor patio ceremony and reception space. Wedding space rental includes tables and chairs for 100 guests, use of the kitchen, lighting, fountains, some decorations, limited use of a sound system, and a few other wedding amenities. The religious organization that owns the venue adheres to strict Orthodox Christian beliefs, which may preclude some couples from choosing this option.
1030 Baisden Road, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-434-0144
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Beach brides can stop looking; this is the ideal venue for a small, romantic beach wedding. Couples can choose from three ceremony venues, the quaint Beaches Museum Chapel, picturesque Jacksonville Beach, or Tuscan-inspired Casa Bella Village outdoor courtyard. Coastal Occasions offers venue packages that include catering, flowers, bar service, desserts, music, some event décor, photography, and ceremony space on the beach or in their garden patio. Separately, they offer wedding planning packages at three levels of service, depending upon how much the couple wants to do on their own. Weddings can accommodate 50 to 100 guests at both the ceremony and the reception.
510 Shetter Avenue, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Phone: 904-887-8240
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8.Cummer Museum of Art
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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the ideal place for an elegant wedding. Couples will appreciate the variety of venues at this museum on the banks of St. John’s River. For a small indoor wedding, the Hixon Auditorium is equipped with movable seating, a screen, and a stage; it seats 64 guests for a plated dinner. Uible Loggia seats 80 and overlooks the gardens, and Terry Gallery, with sweeping views and soaring ceilings, seats 220 guests or 160 with a dance floor. Outdoors, the upper tier gardens accommodate 60 guests with a dance floor and 80 without, and lower tier gardens are for ceremonies only, accommodating 200 seated guests.
829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-356-6857
9.Deercreek County Club
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Deercreek Country Club is a colonial-style venue sitting on a stunning 18-hole golf course. The traditional banquet room is a good choice for couples hosting a rustic or vintage wedding reception. The space provides expansive views of the golf course, and couples can choose to have an outdoor ceremony followed by an indoor reception, or have both the ceremony and reception outdoors. The country club staff are seasoned experts when it comes to wedding receptions, providing superb culinary options and professional service. Indoor ceremonies and/or receptions can accommodate 150 guests, whereas outdoors, the maximum number of ceremony guests is 200, and reception guests is 350.
7816 McLaurin Road North, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-363-1604
10.Diamond D Ranch, Inc
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For the quintessential country wedding, the Diamond D Ranch hits every mark. Outdoor ceremonies are nestled in a grove of mature trees with rows of bench-style seating in front of a rustic miniature chapel. A double-door façade placed at the back of the seating area offers the bride a grand entrance, and the couple a blissful exit. The nearby reception area revolves around a large covered barn-style pavilion. Under the pavilion, miniature lights are strung among the rafters from a centerpiece chandelier. Tiny lights wrap around support posts and sheer white curtains frame pavilion entrances. Large weddings can spill out into the surrounding grassy area, with room to set up numerous extra tables. The venue is fronted by a zigzag split-rail fence.
5903-1 Solomon Road, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-289-9331
11.Friday Musicale, Inc
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Friday Musicale is located in the historic Riverside community, a 126-year-old establishment that offers couples two distinct and unique wedding venues. The auditorium is a 1930s Colonial Revival-style space that was completely rebuilt in 1998, featuring white walls and glistening hardwood floors. Its large foyer leads into the grand auditorium, showcasing a performance stage with 24-foot projection screen, two grand pianos, and a premier sound system. Adjacent to the auditorium is the second venue, L’Engle Hall, the perfect space for smaller, more intimate weddings. It features the same simple style, a dance floor, a lectern with microphone, and a baby grand piano.
650 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-355-7584
12.Jacksonville Zoo and Garden
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The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden offers their gardens at Trout River Plaza, a partially walled botanical garden, to couples who yearn for a majestic outdoor wedding. Within the space are 13 lush garden beds with living Grecian-style columns emerging from them, topped with large vases overflowing with flowers. The planted trellis, colorful flowers, fragrant vines, various large shade trees, and themed lights add an ethereal beauty to the plaza. In the center of the area is a celebratory fountain surrounded by pebble mosaic paving, showcasing the different animals from the Trout River. The beauty of the plaza is only heightened by the awe-inspiring views of the Trout River.
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-757-4463
13.Kaluby’s Banquet Ballroom
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Kaluby’s Banquet Ballroom is an elegant and modern space of 2,500 square feet featuring cream walls and glimmering hardwood floors. It is the ideal locale for couples who want to design their dream wedding, as the ballroom is completely transformable to fit any style, theme, color, or concept. Within the venue is a mahogany bar and kitchen, oversized wall mirrors, overhead nightclub laser lighting, banquet chairs, and guest and buffet tables. They offer each couple an expert event coordinator to work with on every aspect of the wedding, including giving them access to their preferred vendors list.
8221 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-508-3045
14.Mandarin Garden Club
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The Mandarin Garden Club is the ideal locale for couples who want complete control of their wedding design, from the colors and catering to the entertainment and floral arrangements. This charming private club boasts a historic exterior with a modern, well-maintained interior featuring concrete flooring, light-colored walls, and an adjacent kitchen area. The space can accommodate up to 150 people within its 2,300 square feet, and is equipped with 29 tables and 110 padded folding chairs. Several windows line the walls, allowing in plenty of natural light, and beautiful white draperies dip from the ceiling, giving the space an elegant ambiance.
2892 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-268-1192
15.Omni Jacksonville Hotel
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Located just a few feet away from the glittering waterways of downtown Jacksonville’s Riverwalk is one of the most elegant wedding venues in the city, the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. The opulent hotel works as a full-service wedding experience with expert staff catering to each couple’s needs, from the rehearsal dinner to the farewell brunch. There are several wedding venues throughout this AAA Four Diamond hotel, accommodating anywhere from 10 to 600 guests. Among the venue selections are the stunning Florida Ballroom, the largest venue featuring 16-foot vaulted ceilings, and the fourth-floor rooftop pool deck, which overlooks the St. John’s River.
245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-355-6664
16.Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club
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The Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club is connected to the Intracoastal Waterway and built around a freshwater yacht basin, offering guests a premier wedding destination. Its 1,000 acres consist of giant live oaks and native marsh and woodlands surrounding the Mark McCumber Royal Course. The venue offers several indoor and outdoor spaces, including the main ballroom, Harbour View, Queen’s Parlour, King’s Tavern, the Boardroom, and the outdoor patio. Their main ballroom is the grandest of the event rooms, accommodating up to 180 guests and featuring French doors that open onto a beautiful sweeping veranda and patio that overlook the course and marina.
1131 Queens Harbour Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-220-2118
17.Ramona Pavilion Ballroom
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Couples who want to host a lavish rustic wedding needn’t look any further than the Ramona Pavilion Ballroom. The exterior is bound to captivate guests with its unique wing-shaped roof made of Canadian oak with over 100 feet of Canadian pine beams, and boasting a height of more than 40 feet. The large floor-to-ceiling glass windows that surround the building only add to its one-of-a-kind splendor. Ramona’s 8,000 square feet of interior space can accommodate up to 1,100 guests and features a floating maple floor and a 65-foot-wide stage. The venue also includes an outdoor oasis with a magnificent scenic pond, fountain, and arbor, ideal for an ethereal ceremony.
7166 Ramona Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-695-0978
18.River City Brewing Company
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River City Brewing Company is a leading riverfront restaurant on the Southbank of downtown Jacksonville. This is the ideal venue for couples who want to host an elegant and romantic wedding with sweeping views of the majestic St. John’s River and downtown skyline. They feature two opulently stunning banquet rooms decorated with delicate European antiquities – the Bridge Room and the Acosta Ballroom. The Bridge Room can accommodate up to 125 guests and offers spectacular views of the Main Street Bridge, cityscape, and St John’s River. The Acosta Ballroom can house up to 300 guests and provides magnificent views of the river, the Acosta Bridge, and the Riverside area.
835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-398-2299
19.San Marco Preservation Hall
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The San Marco Preservation Hall is a historic landmark that was constructed in 1888 as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In 1994 it was moved to Fletcher Park and completely renovated, and it now serves as the perfect venue for couples who want a classically elegant wedding ceremony. The building’s interior was entirely built using dark pine bead board and pine flooring, offering a warm and inviting ambiance. The completely open space features arched windows lining the walls and a dramatically designed arched ceiling with romantic lighting. The hall is also equipped with a small kitchen for catering purposes and can easily accommodate up to 80 guests.
1652 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, Phone: 904-396-4734
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The Sheraton Hotel in Jacksonville is an excellent venue for couples who want a one-stop-shop wedding with help from a dedicated wedding specialist to assist in everything from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. They provide intimate event spaces for weddings of any size and feature customizable menus and complementary or upgraded perks. Their ballroom space has a contemporary, almost futuristic look to it with its grayscale décor with pops of vibrant blue, and can easily accommodate up to 200 guests. Their Bold City Grill is the ideal place for the rehearsal dinner, boasting granite-topped tables, dark wood, cream décor, and large windows overlooking picturesque scenery.
10605 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-564-4772
21.The Garden Club of Jacksonville
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The Garden Club of Jacksonville was inspired by the gardens of Europe and was created as a space for women to gather in order to add more beautiful spaces to Jacksonville. While it still serves as a meeting place for the Garden Club, it is also open to couples who want a classic wedding in a magnificent setting. The main building’s exterior features a stunning red brick façade with giant white columns, while its interior club room and ballroom feature soaring ceilings with twinkling chandeliers, grand windows, and tiled flooring. The surrounding garden is ideal for an outdoor ceremony boasting leafy trees, manicured lawns, and delicately designed shrubbery.
1005 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-355-4224
22.The Keeler Property
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The Keeler Property is a private 40-acre country estate in a delightful rural area of Jacksonville, an ideal locale for charmingly rustic wedding ceremonies and receptions. This picturesque pastoral estate features a 9,500-square-foot barn, which can easily accommodate up to 300 guests, and the only covered bridge in the city. Both of these wedding venues are minimally decorated, allowing each couple to completely transform the spaces into their chosen theme, style, and coloring. The area is surrounded by soaring stately trees, lush greenery, and white picket fences. The Keeler Property is also equipped with expert staff, who work with each couple to perfectly tailor their wedding and organize their vendors.
17255 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-574-4040
23.The Museum and Gardens
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Couples who want a venue that seamlessly incorporates both form and function should check out the Museum and Gardens in Jacksonville. This singular event space is exquisitely designed with a modern style in mind, featuring five distinct locations. The lobby is a monochromatic gallery space, great for intimate weddings. The galleries boasts stunning artwork, crisp white walls, and designer lighting, ideal for lavish weddings. For an elegant venue, the Waterfall Room is it with stately columns and a romantic lounge-style ambiance. The Black and White Room is better suited for unique affairs. Lastly, the gardens provide couples an enchanting outdoor oasis for a picturesque ceremony.
4160 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-398-7060
24.The River Club
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The River Club is an upscale venue that provides opulently designed spaces and superior all-inclusive services. They offer three distinct event rooms, all of which boast picturesque and panoramic views of St. John’s River and the downtown Jacksonville skyline. The River Ballroom, Florida Ballroom, and Ortega Room all feature elegantly designed interiors with an interesting mix of cream and silver scale coloring, floor-to-ceiling windows, and breathtaking artwork. Each couple works closely with an experienced wedding planner to custom-design the menu, floral arrangements, and room setup. They also provide fully trained black-tie event staff, entertainment referrals, and equipment rentals.
1 Independent Drive Suite 3500, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-354-1111
25.The Riverside House
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Located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Riverside neighborhood is the Riverside House, a historic facility and former church. It is a perfect venue for affordable yet traditional weddings. The building features an auditorium, reception hall with attached kitchen, and bridal suite, making it a one-stop-shop for wedding planning. The auditorium is a stunningly elegant space equipped with soaring ceilings with golden chandeliers and decorated with cream walls, white cushioned seating, a raised hardwood floor stage, balcony seating, and a grand center aisle. The Reception Hall is a little more understated with a simplistic style, cream walls, hardwood floors, and white-paneled windows.
2165 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL, Phone: 904-387-9927
25 Best Jacksonville Wedding Venues
- 927 Events, Photo: Courtesy of rostov777 - Fotolia.com
- Aetna Riverfront Weddings & Events, Photo: Courtesy of Vibe Images - Fotolia.com
- Beaches Museum & History Park, Photo: Beaches Museum & History Park
- Bowing Oaks Plantation, Photo: Bowing Oaks Plantation
- Casa Marina Hotel and Resort, Photo: Courtesy of iiievgeniy - Fotolia.com
- Cedar Bay Retreat, Photo: Courtesy of iiievgeniy - Fotolia.com
- Coastal Occasions, Photo: Coastal Occasions
- Cummer Museum of Art, Photo: Cummer Museum of Art
- Deercreek County Club, Photo: Deercreek County Club
- Diamond D Ranch, Inc, Photo: Courtesy of Andrii Oleksiienko - Fotolia.com
- Friday Musicale, Inc, Photo: Friday Musicale, Inc
- Jacksonville Zoo and Garden, Photo: Courtesy of elena ilchenko - Fotolia.com
- Kaluby’s Banquet Ballroom, Photo: Kaluby’s Banquet Ballroom
- Mandarin Garden Club, Photo: Mandarin Garden Club
- Omni Jacksonville Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of sonyachny - Fotolia.com
- Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club, Photo: Courtesy of ruslan_shramko - Fotolia.com
- Ramona Pavilion Ballroom, Photo: Ramona Pavilion Ballroom
- River City Brewing Company, Photo: River City Brewing Company
- San Marco Preservation Hall, Photo: San Marco Preservation Hall
- Sheraton Jacksonville, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- The Garden Club of Jacksonville, Photo: The Garden Club of Jacksonville
- The Keeler Property, Photo: The Keeler Property
- The Museum and Gardens, Photo: The Museum and Gardens
- The River Club, Photo: Courtesy of dmitrymoi - Fotolia.com
- The Riverside House, Photo: The Riverside House
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