Marion County, in which Ocala resides, is known as the horse capital of the world for its record number of horse farms. The farms, pine trees and heritage oaks offer picturesque landscapes for weddings with a backdrop of the Florida horse country, championship golf courses, and sprawling estate lawns. Meanwhile, historic downtown Ocala is experiencing a revitalization, and offers several unique venues with early twentieth century charm.
1.BG Ocala Ranch
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Florida’s BG Ocala Ranch is a luxury horse ranch located north of Orlando. Horses graze on the spacious lawns throughout the property, and guests may enjoy trail riding on horseback or mountain biking. Luxury accommodations include a three-bedroom Southern farmhouse, an eight bedroom home, and three studio cottages. Each are elegantly designed with Italian stone flooring, leather couches and luxury linens. A concierge staff assists in designing unforgettable custom wedding packages steeped in luxury and the natural landscape of Florida’s horse country.
11800 South Highway 475, Ocala, FL 34480, Phone: 325-245-7779
2.Canaan Event Estates
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Canaan Event Estates is a property management company that offers luxury private estate homes for event rentals in central Florida. Unique properties in the Canaan portfolio range from contemporary villas with resort-style pools, to classic estate homes with sprawling outdoor spaces. Homes include accommodations for up to 15 guests, and are appropriate for weddings and receptions of up to 150 guests. Wedding packages conveniently offer everything from cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, and receptions to the wedding cake, ceremony officiant and day-of coordinator. Custom packages are available and an experienced concierge works with each guest to ensure their dreams become reality.
3.Center for Spiritual Living Ocala
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Ocala’s Center for Spiritual Living is a diverse, inclusive community teaching values based community living in Central Florida. The center integrates spirituality with science, philosophy and psychology. Public events are ongoing, and include guided meditations, signing bowl listening sessions, yoga and pot-luck brunches on Sundays. The Spiritual Living Center is available for weddings in a serene outdoor garden with classic white gazebo, indoors in their worship space, or both. There is a full kitchen on site and guests are welcome to bring their own food and caterers. If needed, the Center can provide an officiant.
1009 NE 28th Ave., Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-629-3897
4.Cherished Moments Weddings
Valerie Tony, owner of Cherished Moments Weddings is an ordained minster and wedding planner serving the Ocala, Florida region. She has been officiating and planning weddings for over 8 years. Her events include intimate ceremonies with the bride and groom only, extravagant receptions for hundreds, and everything in between. While she can host and plan at any location, Cherished Moments has special relationships with Tuscawilla Park, which offers several scenic outdoor locations for small ceremonies. Landscapes at the park include a large pond, lawns shaded with large oak trees, an old train station, and several spaces defined with outdoor sculpture.
3651 NE 15th Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34470, Phone: 352-789-8852
5.The Country Club of Ocala
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The Country Club of Ocala is a golf club in a private and gated community offering flexible event space for both members and non members. A 4,000 square foot ballroom can be expanded into the adjacent covered outdoor patio. The clubhouse offers expansive golf course views from every room. Planning services from expert wedding coordinators include catering worthy of black tie events, décor and lighting, music and ceremony design. Both ceremonies and receptions may be held indoors or out. Outdoor ceremony locations include the grand waterfall, surrounded by expansive fairway greens, and the 18th island green, accessed by a small wooden bridge that crosses a duck pond.
6823 Southeast 12th Circle, Ocala, Florida 34480, Phone: 352-237-6644
6.Crystal Ballroom Ocala
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The Crystal Ballroom is among Florida’s most popular wedding and event venues, with over one dozen locations, including Ocala. The venue accommodates both indoor and outdoor events against the stunning Central Florida landscape. Wedding planning professionals work with brides to help them choose from a variety of décor packages, or to create a custom design. Flexible space may be split into ceremony pavilions and reception halls, cocktail areas and lounges, or dance floors and is transformed by drapery, chandeliers, can canopies. A range of event packages are available at several different price points, and can be all-inclusive, or clients may bring in their own vendors.
25 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 407-757-2975
7.Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
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The Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian club is a private country club and equestrian center open to both members and others for weddings and events. The Clubhouse offers both intimate small spaces, and a grand ballroom for events of varying sizes. Add-ons include a private space for the bride to get ready, as well as spa services for the bride and her wedding party. Several indoor and outdoor venues are available, as well as accommodations for out of town guests. A professional wedding planner works with each couple to plan the details of the day, or a full weekend including rehearsal dinners, luncheons and a round of golf.
8300 NW 31st Lane Road, Ocala, FL 34482, Phone: 352-402-4376
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The Ocala Hilton in the Marion Horse County is situated on a picturesque six acres. The hotel boasts a heated outdoor pool, grass-lined grazing area for horses shaded by oak trees, yoga classes, live music and horse and carriage rides. Over 40,000 square feet of indoor or outdoor event space makes the Hilton Ocala suitable for parties of up to 700 attendees. Wedding packages include a dramatic horse and carriage entrance, a choice of two outdoor ceremony locations, and a private hospitality room for the bridal party. Menu options run the gamut from cocktail receptions with a Farmer’s Market display of meats, fruits and cheeses, to multi-course seated dinners suitable for black tie events. The 196-room hotel offers special overnight rates for wedding guests.
3600 Southwest 36th Ave, Ocala, FL, 34474, Phone: 352-854-1400
9.Ocala Golf Club
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The Ocala Golf Club is the top rated municipal golf course in the Ocala area. Outdoor ceremony space offers a scenic backdrop of expansive grassy lawns shaded by large oak trees. The Club boats a newly renovated banquet hall with panoramic views that overlook the historic golf greens. Weddings may be catered by the Golf Club, or outside vendors can make use of the large commercial kitchen. In addition to the banquet hall, there is a smaller grill dining room and a conference room for meetings. Reviewers rave about the friendly staff, who goes above and beyond to ensure each event offers exceptional value to the guests.
3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470, Phone: 352-401-6917
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10.Plantation Park Events
Plantation Park Events is located at the Bellemoor Plantation, a private estate in Ocala, on a multi-acre property with pine and oak trees, ponds and a waterfall. A swing under the trees, a dock extending into the pond, a gazebo and expanses green lawns decorated with a bronze horse sculpture make perfect locations for photographs. While not an indoor venue, the white plantation-style home serves as the perfect location for the bride and her wedding party to prepare before the ceremony and reception. Parties of any size may be accommodated in tented pavilions among the 44 acres. There is ample parking space, and Plantation Park Events provide planning services as well as a bonded wedding officiant at no extra charge.
3585 SE 107th Pl, Ocala, FL 34480, Phone: 352-553-8595
11.Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park is among the most beloved Florida landscapes, and has been a public natural area since the 1800’s. The park is home to one of the world’s largest artesian springs and offers glass bottomed boat tours, canoe and kayaking on the crystal clear waters. The perfect outdoor location, ceremonies may be hosted at one of several pavilions, the lawn, deck or garden. The park also offers two indoor venues for weddings, the Twin Oaks Mansion, a southern-style plantation with an open air stage, and the Paradise Ballroom, a spacious reception room with floor to ceiling windows. Full service catering is available.
5656 Silver Springs Road, Ocala, FL 34488, Phone: 352-261-5840
12.Stone Creek Golf Club
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Stone Creek Golf Club is among the most respected facilities in Central Florida. Weddings enjoy the backdrop of a world class golf course and a luxuriously appointed clubhouse. Outdoor ceremony space overlooks a large pond with waterfall. The indoor banquet hall offers a fireplace, barn-door style entrance and separate bar area for cocktail receptions. The 187-acre property is surrounded on all sides by the lush rolling landscape of Central Florida. Events can accommodate up to 125 guests. Full service catering is available. Professional coordinators work with clients to ensure all their needs are met and dreams are realized.
9676 SW 62ND Loop, Ocala, FL 34481, Phone: 352-854-1272
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The Ocala Ballroom is a unique indoor event space in Ocala’s historic downtown, occupying a space listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the old Marion Hotel. The building dates back to 1927 and retains much of the old school charm with dark wood accents, carved woodwork detailing, and a large classic chandelier. The hotel was among the most elegant in Ocala for several decades, and was sold to a private owner in 1966. The venue provides a list of recommended vendors for catering, lighting and décor, music and photography. Up to 200 parking spaces are available. Smaller events may make use of the ballroom’s café and bar spaces.
108 N Magnolia Ave #104, Ocala, FL 34475, Phone: 352-509-6315
12 Best Wedding Venues in Ocala, FL
- BG Ocala Ranch, Photo: BG Ocala Ranch
- Canaan Event Estates, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Center for Spiritual Living Ocala, Photo: Center for Spiritual Living Ocala
- Cherished Moments Weddings, Photo: saksit/stock.adobe.com
- The Country Club of Ocala, Photo: The Country Club of Ocala
- Crystal Ballroom Ocala, Photo: Crystal Ballroom Ocala
- Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Photo: Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
- Hilton Ocala, Photo: Hilton Ocala
- Ocala Golf Club, Photo: Ocala Golf Club
- Plantation Park Events, Photo: Denys/stock.adobe.com
- Silver Springs State Park, Photo: Silver Springs State Park
- Stone Creek Golf Club, Photo: Stone Creek Golf Club
- Ocala Ballroom, Photo: Ocala Ballroom
- Cover Photo: Denys/stock.adobe.com