Located in Florida’s panhandle, Panama City is a gorgeous place known for its sugar white sands and stunningly turquoise waters. It’s a no brainer when it comes to choosing a destination for a wedding, with countless beach venues that allow couples to say their vows in the sand, beneath a swaying palm tree, or even underwater. Reception venues are just as beautiful, as the resorts, restaurants, and event centers of Panama City are well equipped with spacious outdoor terraces overlooking the water, elegant ballrooms that can host hundreds or even thousands of people, and other unique spaces, each of which will speak to a different couple’s sense of self as a representation of their love.
30A Venue is part of the 30Avenue mall complex in Panama City. It’s got tall tropical palms lit by string lights and gorgeous fountains that send up synchronized dancing jets of water. The loft, where weddings and events take place, is lined with huge windows and balconies, which overlook the central courtyard, and inside, there is more than ten thousand square feet of space for dining and partying the night away. The Loft at 30A Venue is a perfect blank canvas for couples who want to build their dream wedding from the ground up, with lots of opportunity to be creative with set up, decorations, lighting, and other aspects of the wedding.
174 WaterColor Way, Suite 103, PMB 114 | Santa Rosa Beach, Fl 32459, Phone: 850-231-0102
DIY weddings are in, and at Aerie Lane, a DIY Craft Bar, couples can put together some truly unique and gorgeous details to help make their wedding a success. Aerie Lane has a beautiful venue space; couples can get married and celebrate their nuptials on the waterfront, with lovely white fairy lights and paper lanterns strung above the tables to lend the scene a whimsical, romantic atmosphere, and a colorful selection of linens and centerpieces to really make the set up unique. Aerie Lane offers a kitchen for caterers as well as bridal suites where wedding party members can primp and get dressed and drink mimosas to get ready for the big day.
436 McKenzie Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: 850-257-5866
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On the shores of the Gulf, where sugar white sands and gemstone-toned waters are some of the most beautiful in the world, lies Carillon Beach, which is stunningly beautiful even amongst all that stunning beauty. Carillon Weddings is a highly sought after venue organization that represents some of the most gorgeous beach properties in the private community of Carillon Beach, and allows couples the opportunity to celebrate the happiest day of their lives in some truly beautiful places. Couples can celebrate their nuptials barefoot on the beach, with the sun glistening on the waters of the Gulf behind them, before enjoying a reception on picturesque The Village Green, or in the airy Meeting House.
109 Village Way, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, Phone: 850-231-0007
4.Coastal Beach Weddings
There’s a reason beach weddings are a popular classic—they’re awesome. The sun shining down on the wedding party and guests, their bare feet in the sand as the happy couple says, “I do,” and the soft and comforting sound of the waves lapping against the shore behind them all combine for an incredible atmosphere of tranquility and romance. Coastal Beach Weddings offers several unique packages to help couples plan their perfect beach wedding in Panama City, each of which include a photographer, officiant, and a wedding planner. Even more amenities and a la carte options can be added, such as a videographer, flowers, or decor.
701 Mallory Dr, Panama City, FL 32405, Phone: 850-691-7855
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Elopepcb offers an array of versatile and inclusive wedding packages, each specially designed to give the couple as much or as little as they are looking for. First, there’s the Quick Elope package, which can include just the officiant or an added photographer as well. Then, there’s the Basic Elope Package, which adds touches like a rose bouquet, a custom mini wedding cake, complimentary bottle of champagne, and a bamboo arch hung and decorated with white chiffon. Elopepcb can also add a sand ceremony to any wedding booked with them at no extra charge. Despite the name, Elopepcb is happy to help couples with weddings of all sizes, whether that means an intimate ceremony with just the two of them, or a large event with all their loved ones at their side.
6.Emerald View Resorts
When it comes to planning a wedding in Panama City, the beautiful beaches and glimmering waters of the Gulf do most of the work, but Emerald View Resorts is happy to help when it comes to taking care of the rest. This wonderful resort offers guest accommodations for weddings in rooms that are nothing short of luxury. The banquet hall facility on site is tricked out with state of the art equipment, and can be arranged to accommodate up to 90 people for a sit down reception. Outdoor receptions can also be accommodated. Ceremonies, of course, take place on the beach. Wedding packages are completely open to customization, and can include catering, accommodations, and even extra events like rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches.
11800 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, Phone: 850-249-1244
7.Forever Together Beach Weddings
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Picture a soft, cool ocean breeze tugging gently at the colorful chiffon that adorns the chairs and the pergola where the ceremony takes place, with a blue sky and even bluer water as a backdrop. Perhaps the sun is setting over the water, casting long rays of colorful, golden light over the wedding party, heating the white sand to a comfortable warmth. At Forever Together Beach Weddings, the staff knows exactly how to achieve the perfect beach wedding ceremony, down to every last detail. They work closely with couples, with a line of communication that is always open, to craft the perfect wedding, one that is entirely unique and their own.
8.Laketown Wharf Resort
The meeting and event space at Laketown Wharf Resort is the largest in Panama City, at 28 thousand square feet, and a traditional dinner wedding reception can be set up to accommodate 80 tables, and up to 640 guests. The event center has a concession area, men’s and women’s bathrooms, a small green room, and a lobby. It is versatile enough to be set up in a nearly infinite combination of ways, with ample room for a large dance floor and whatever kind of entertainment couples can dream up. Laketown Wharf Resort also offers plenty of spacious, comfortable suites and condos from 1-3 bedrooms, where the wedding party and guests can stay before and after the festivities.
9902 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, Phone: 855-861-5757
9.Marina Civic Center
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Marina Civic Center has several amazing and unique spaces available for weddings and receptions. First, there’s the theater, where couples who enjoy being in the limelight can get up on stage and say their “I dos” in front of a crowd. Then there are the gallery rooms, of which there are three. The two larger ones can accommodate up to 100 each, and the smaller gallery has room for 80. Nearby, the Center for the Arts is yet another venue option, owned and operated by Marina Civic Center, and it has some beautiful spaces for ceremonies and receptions as well. Renting a space from Marina Civic Center is affordable and fair, and couples can bring in their own vendors to this blank canvas in order to craft their dream wedding.
8 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: 850-763-4696
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10.One Thirty One Events by Trigo
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The event space at One Thirty One looks like a long, wide gallery hallway, with exposed brick walls and lofty, high ceilings hung with chandeliers and lit bright by skylights that let the sun stream in during the day. It can be arranged a number of ways for an elegant, unforgettable event. The historic building has three thousand square feet of event space, making it perfect for wedding receptions of up to 150 guests. Wedding packages include tables and chairs, linens, flatware, and glassware, as well as a full staff to run the event and see to it that every need is met. One Thirty One has a preferred caterer and is happy to help couples create a custom menu for their big day.
131 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: 850-691-6273
11.Panama City Weddings
A breathtakingly beautiful wedding on the sugar sands of the beach doesn’t have to break the bank, and Panama City Weddings is there to guide couples when it comes to making every dream come true for their special day, at a much more affordable price than many of their competitors. Panama City Weddings comes armed with their veritable arsenal of wedding planners, photographers, and vendors, all of whom are tried and trusted. Their wedding packages are unique and all inclusive, ranging from the intimate elopement or vow renewal package to the Barefoot in Paradise package or the Sandcastle Package, which includes details like photos and videography, themed decorations, a sound system, flowers, a custom 3-tier cake, and more.
12.Panama Country Club
The lush green of the golf course at Panama Country Club is perfect for a wedding, and the clubhouse, with its floor to ceiling windows, the patio that wraps around the building, and elegant setup options, is just as grand. Couples will enjoy the beautiful view of North Bay from the venue, framed by gorgeous old oak trees that make a perfect spot to watch the sunset from. Weddings that are hosted at Panama Country Club can take advantage of the full service catering options as well as the full bar. Event packages can be catered to weddings of all sizes, and the venue is open and welcoming to anyone, regardless of whether they are a member of Panama Country Club.
100 Country Club Dr, Lynn Haven, FL 32444, Phone: 850-265-3055
After saying “I do” in front of family, friends, and loved ones on a gorgeous beach overlooking the glittering gemstone waters of the Gulf of Mexico, couples can enjoy the party of their lives at the reception. Resort Collection has over fifty thousand square feet of event space available for rental at their collection of luxury beach resorts. They can customize packages to include as much or as little as the couple wants for their wedding as well as for other wedding-related events like the bachelor(ette) parties, rehearsal dinner, and more. Their wide array of resort options means that they can perfectly curate weddings of any size, theme, and requirements.
11212 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, Phone: 855-512-3843
Imagine tying the knot under a chic driftwood arch, barefoot in the sand, with the sound of the waves in the background, and while loved ones dry their eyes from their seats on the beach. At Runaway Island, the reception that follows will be held in a large, beachy space, with an industrial ambience mixed with more romantic touches like string lights and natural wood details. The space is airy and open, with an indoor and outdoor area so guests can take a break from all the dancing and go outside to enjoy the starlit sky. Their catering menu includes many beachy, seafood centric dishes as well as some other delicious entrees, appetizers, and more, and it can be customized for each event.
14521 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, Phone: 850-634-4884
15.Seahaven Beach Resort
Destination weddings can be stressful, with extra details like travel to worry about, and the concern that couples won’t be able to see or control any of the details before their event. But at Seahaven Beach Resort, they try to take away as much of that stress as they possibly can, with services so couples don’t need to drive all over town in preparation, and by helping with every last detail, from the layout, reception, and all the arrangements, all while keeping in mind each couple’s individual tastes and vision for their wedding. Seahaven Beach Resort has a gorgeous beachfront area for ceremonies with a bamboo arbor, and a banquet center that can accommodate over 200 guests. Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant Catering can take care of all the food, and guests can rest easy with group discounts at the resort’s hotels.
15191 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, Phone: 888-607-0006
16.Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
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It can be extremely difficult to find a venue that will host a larger wedding, but at Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort, the largest venue space has the capacity to hold up to 1600 guests. This beautiful resort has plenty of other capabilities, such as a pavilion and beautiful green lawn for outdoor weddings as well as two gorgeous ballrooms for indoor weddings. It is also home to the only wedding venue in all of Panama City Beach that offers couples the opportunity to land in style at their wedding via helicopter. Weddings at Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort are each planned by a capable and experienced event coordinator who will help couples see to every last detail.
4114 Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, Phone: 850-236-6000
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17.Shores of Panama
Shores of Panama not only hosts weddings and wedding parties, but specializes in them, so couples who book with Shores of Panama can rest assured that they are in the best hands. Smaller weddings of up to 75 guests will find a lovely space in the Vista Room, which has a beautiful view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, and larger parties of up to 200 will feel right at home in the elegant Del Mar event space. Guests who don’t want to go home after the festivities have ended will even receive special group rates when they book a room for the event at Shores of Panama.
9900 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, Phone: 888-402-5155
18.St Andrew Bay Yacht Club
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At Saint Andrews Bay Yacht Club, members can enjoy a huge variety of benefits, but using the space for a wedding reception is also a perk that non-members can take full advantage of. The beautiful waterfront space is long docks that are perfect for romantic wedding photos, and a lovely green lawn that can be set up with comfy seating arrangements so guests can enjoy themselves and socialize. Wedding receptions can be held outdoors, in a breezy covered tent with open sides and a gorgeous view, or in an indoor space for inclement weather or a more traditional, elegant look. Everything from hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and drinks can be lovingly catered by the team on staff for a wonderful night of celebration.
218 Bunkers Cove Rd, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: 850-769-2453
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19.The Boardwalk Beach Hotel
From the sand beneath bare feet to the sun reflecting off the jewel-toned waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beach weddings exude romance from start to finish. The Boardwalk Beach Hotel has the facilities, staff, and know-how to pull off an incredible romantic and unforgettable wedding, using not only the natural beauty of the beach and the venue but also the years of experience under the staff’s belts and the personal preferences of every individual couple who gets married there. Couples can choose from five separate venues, ranging from a beachfront gazebo or large private beach to a gorgeous covered pavilion, open air waterfront deck, or traditional ballroom. Boardwalk Beach Hotel can accommodate small weddings of 60 and under all the way up to huge parties of 3,000.
9600 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, Phone: 850-234-3484
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20.The Palms Conference Center
The Palms Conference Center is a perfect venue for a budget wedding, with an inclusive rental fee that includes not just the space itself but also any and all tables and chairs needed for the event, which come skirted with linens. An on site event planner can help couples determine what they need for their special day, and The Palms Conference Center’s open vendor policy means that couples can choose their own caterer, florist, entertainment, and other vendors for the perfect day. The conference center allows alcohol but does not provide it, so couples can provide drinks for their guests or host a casual BYOB wedding.
9201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, Phone: 850-249-5615
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21.The Shrimp Boat
The Shrimp Boat is a popular and delicious seafood restaurant located directly on the waterfront, with incredible views overlooking the Gulf and an amazingly central location close to lots of accommodations and attractions in Panama City. Their menu focuses on seafood, steak, and more, with a reputation for being absolutely delicious. The Shrimp Boat can create a custom catering menu for couples who want their food at their wedding, and they can also host wedding receptions in their gorgeous dining room, with tall windows overlooking the waterfront and plenty of room for guests. The Shrimp Boat will take care of all the food, drink, and setup details, as well as staffing, meaning couples don’t have to worry about it.
1201 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, Phone: 850-785-8706
22.The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness
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The Wedding Shop isn’t just a venue, but a one stop shop that helps couples curate the perfect dream wedding that adheres to their every whim and fancy. Their small, intimate venue is chic and elegant, and is perfect for walk-in weddings or planned elopements, but for larger weddings, The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness also has a large collection of items for rent, from arches and pergolas for the ceremony to chairs and dance floors for the reception. Planning a wedding requires so many small details that can add up to be overwhelming, like centerpieces, aisle markers, cake stands, and more, and transporting those items can become even more of a headache in a destination wedding. The Wedding Shop aims to remove some of the pressure by renting these items so couples don’t have to concern themselves.
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Beachside has a team of trained experts who know everything there is to know about beach weddings, and they put their knowledge to great use when planning the perfect beach wedding for their clients. Couples can opt for an intimate beach elopement ceremony under a romantic arch, or a larger event with up to 50 of their friends and families gathered. Those looking for a truly unique experience might even want to opt for an underwater SCUBA wedding ceremony. Equipment and a minister are included in this unique event, and wedding guests will be able to listen in on the vows and ceremony through a speaker, from above the surface on dry land.
23 Best Wedding Venues in Panama City
- 30A Venue, Photo: Kim/stock.adobe.com
- Aerie Lane, Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- Carillon Weddings, Photo: Carillon Weddings
- Coastal Beach Weddings, Photo: seksanpk/stock.adobe.com
- Elopepcb, Photo: Marina Andrejchenko/stock.adobe.com
- Emerald View Resorts, Photo: sframe/stock.adobe.com
- Forever Together Beach Weddings, Photo: Mila Supinskaya/stock.adobe.com
- Laketown Wharf Resort, Photo: ampyang/stock.adobe.com
- Marina Civic Center, Photo: Es sarawuth/stock.adobe.com
- One Thirty One Events by Trigo, Photo: One Thirty One Events by Trigo
- Panama City Weddings, Photo: chachanit/stock.adobe.com
- Panama Country Club, Photo: ri?/stock.adobe.com
- Resort Collection, Photo: EpicStockMedia/stock.adobe.com
- Runaway Island, Photo: kireewongfoto/stock.adobe.com
- Seahaven Beach Resort, Photo: jujik/stock.adobe.com
- Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Photo: Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
- Shores of Panama, Photo: goodluz/stock.adobe.com
- St Andrew Bay Yacht Club, Photo: St Andrew Bay Yacht Club
- The Boardwalk Beach Hotel, Photo: frolova_elena/stock.adobe.com
- The Palms Conference Center, Photo: MNStudio/stock.adobe.com
- The Shrimp Boat, Photo: ctvvelve/stock.adobe.com
- The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness, Photo: The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness
- Weddings Beachside, Photo: Alena Yakusheva/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Ruth P. Peterkin/stock.adobe.com