The barrier island of Santa Rosa runs between the coastline and the Gulf of Mexico, creating the bay of Pensacola, the western-most city of the Florida panhandle. Best known for its emerald green waters and picturesque bay views, this waterfront town is rich with history. Culturally rich and scenic, the area is robust with superb wedding venues. Here are our Top 25 Picks for the best places to get hitched in Pensacola.
1.5eleven Palafox Event Hosting
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Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, this award winning venue is both rustic and refined. Large, gorgeously framed picture windows flood the banquet room with natural light. Soft Chantilly cream walls, white-washed brick, and deeply stained wood flooring provide an elegant backdrop. The space features a large built-in bar, and a full kitchen is available for use. Outside, a lushly planted courtyard with brick pavers is a romantic locale for the exchange of vows, or perhaps an evening cocktail hour. A grassy lawn large enough to house a tent pavilion, provides a great option to host an al fresco dinner reception. The event site furnishes an exceptional roster of required vendors.
511 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-637-1044
Perched atop the Pensacola Bay, this historic “high house” was constructed circa 1825. A cozy maze of parlors with original wood flooring, exposed rafters and brick fireplaces, help to preserve the craftsman cottage feel of the house. A wide wrap around porch is a charming location for a post-nuptial cocktail hour, under cover. Bright green grass and tall palms adorn the grounds. Spectacular views of the bay add to romance. There is no shortage of gorgeous ceremony locations on site. Up to 200 guests may be hosted for a dinner reception dinner. The bride and groom are required to choose from the establishment’s list of vendors. Tables and chairs are included in the rental price.
410 South Florida Blanca Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-595-5985
3.Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel
Situated downtown, this hotel balances old world charm and modern conveniences. There are eight entertainment areas to choose from, which can accommodate both large and small weddings. The grand ballroom, which seats up to 300 guests, features a neutral color palate of champagne and bronze hues. Ivory linens, romantic lighting options, and a large dance floor structure the space. An onsite wedding coordinator assists the bride and groom with every detail. The design of the onsite restaurant and lounge is exquisite. Plush furniture, vintage chandeliers and fixtures, stained glass, and naval aviation memorabilia create a unique experience. Additional perks offered by the hotel include exceptional service, a pool, and airport shuttle service.
200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-433-3336
4.Fusion Grill at Osceola
Located on a sprawling green golf course, this venue offers no shortage of scenic ceremony locales. The single story, A-frame style building lends itself to soaring ceiling heights. Windows reach all the way up to the roofline, showing off expansive views of the course. Exposed beams and square shaped lanterns hang overhead, giving the space a rustic appeal. The hall is painted a soft white hue and features stone accent walls throughout. An enormous stone fireplace offers an additional backdrop for a romantic ceremony or reception dinner. The space can seat 140 guests, or 200 guests for a cocktail hour. A covered patio extends off of the room. Full catering and bar service are available onsite.
300 Tonawanda Drive, Pensacola, Florida, Phone: 850-332-5073
5.Hemingway's Island Grill
A romantic waterfront wedding location, this venue buttes up to the bay. Polished boats bob on the water’s surface and lengthy docks stretch out to sea. The pristine beachfront is the perfect spot for a white sand ceremony. Each level of the crisply painted two-story building is lined with open-air windows. A patio extends off of the second story, and a rooftop entertainment space tops the establishment. A glowing interior and twinkling rooftop strands of lights create a magnificent sight at night. Inside, earthy mixed-wood design elements, white columns wrapped in nautical roping, and wicker and bamboo seating inspire a tropical feel. An island style bar and grill make catering a breeze. An event coordinator is available.
400 Quietwater Beach Road, Suite 16, Pensacola Beach, FL, Phone: 850-934-4747
6.Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport - Medical Center
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For couples who want to keep it simple, this smaller sized hotel offers six flexible banquet spaces from which to choose. Each room features contemporary décor, in a neutral color palate. The ballroom, which is the largest space, seats up to 200 guests. Located just one mile away from the airport, the venue provides an easy option for guests flying in. An onsite restaurant and bar are equipped to fulfill all catering needs, and a professionally trained catering staff delivers excellent service. Amenities include a pool, fitness room, in-room mini refrigerators, and complimentary breakfast packages. The hotel’s onsite event planner may be contacted for additional information.
1144 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-479-8900
7.Hilton Pensacola Beach
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Located on 5-acres, this island resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The pool deck pergola can host a ceremony of 120 guests, while the green grass landing next to the pool accommodates 300 guests. A third outdoor ceremony location seats 125 on the lawn, with ocean views. There is an abundance of chandelier laden ballroom options, seating between 70-400 guests. Hors d’oeuvre and plated dinner options are selected from a menu of regionally inspired dishes, featuring locally sourced produce and seafood. Wedding packages are designed to fit every style and budget. The hotel’s onsite wedding planner and event staff execute the big day from start to finish. The bride and groom enjoy a complimentary stay on wedding night.
12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL, Phone: 850-916-2999
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Situated in the historic district, this boutique hotel promises to deliver the finest experience that southern hospitality has to offer. The craftsman style estate has a teal exterior and wide wrap-around porch. An intimate dining room and a large living room provide a warm setting for cocktails or a small sit-down reception. Flawlessly polished flooring, recessed ceilings, a white marble fireplace, and rows of tall windows adorn the space. The courtyard is a sweet locale for the exchange of vows, with enough room for an outdoor tent pavilion. Seating accommodates between 10-275 guests. An onsite event planner ensures wedding day precision, while the applauded culinary team curates a food and wine menu to please the most discerning of palates.
400 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-912-8770
9.Live Oak Plantation
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Stretching across 22 acres of farmland, this venue offers an idyllic setting for outdoor weddings. Rolling green grasses, tall oaks, and a pecan orchard paint the land. Couples exchange vows in the Cathedral of Oaks. Afterwards, guests enjoy a reception dinner at the lakeside terrace, garden lights twinkling overhead. For indoor dinner receptions a large banquet hall is available, seating 180 guests. Old brick, exposed beams, and a mahogany bar create a rustic appeal. Venetian chandeliers add refinement. A covered veranda overlooks Lake Blue heron. Extensive wedding planning assistance is provided, and couples choose from a list of pre-approved vendors. The bride and groom may charter a helicopter, vintage car, or horse drawn carriage to make their grand entrance.
7874 Beulah Road, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-449-2100
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10.Margaritaville Beach Hotel
A playful, island-style wedding location, this hotel is the perfect choice for the laid back couple. The bride and groom exchange nuptials with white sand underfoot and emerald views of the Gulf of Mexico. When it comes to the reception dinner, there is no shortage of lively options. The banquet room seats 80 people, has gorgeous ocean views, and accesses the lanai. For a more relaxed vibe, couples can reserve the entire beach bar, which hosts up to 200 guests. Should they prefer a warm breeze, outdoor receptions can also be accommodated. Onsite catering and menu design are available. A wedding specialist may assist in planning and day-of festivities.
165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL, Phone: 850-916-9755
11.Mustin Beach Officers Club, NASP
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Located bayfront, this colonial style building houses a number of elegant and adaptable entertainment spaces. Couples may choose to exchange vows on the ceremony lawn overlooking the water, or in the grand ballroom. The ballroom is breathtaking, with 80-foot vaulted ceilings, a double staircase, and shimmering chandeliers. Seating up to 300 guests, this space also has a built-in dance floor and elevated stage. The dining room has panoramic views of the bay, features beautiful craftsmanship, and has opulent carpeting. Up to 130 guests may be accommodated. Two more intimately sized rooms are available. A cocktail hour may be hosted in the grand foyer, or perhaps in the lounge surrounded by aviation memorabilia. Full bar service and hearty menu options available.
450 Radford Boulevard, Building 253, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-452-2137
12.New World Landing
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Nestled downtown, this boutique inn and wedding venue is brimming with culture and cuisine. There are seven entertainment spaces to choose from, seating between 50 guests to 700 guests in the grand ballroom. The rooms feature a neutral color palette, deeply hued carpeting, delicate ceiling drapery, and strand lighting. A dance floor and full audio visual capabilities are included. The venue also features a sweetly sized courtyard seating 60 guests; perfect for an intimate cocktail hour or ceremony. What stands out most about this venue is the food. Greek and gulf inspired seafood dishes, lamb, and choice-cut meats are the centerpieces of an exceptionally creative menu. Other perks include free parking and a bridal suite.
600 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-434-7736
13.Palafox Wharf WATERFRONT Reception Venue
Built in 1880, this historic waterfront location has both a coastal and classic feel. The bride and groom exchange vows on the outdoor green, overlooking the harbor and its long stretching pier. An outdoor deck seats 88 for an intimate reception dinner or cocktail hour. For larger soirées, a clear-roofed tent pavilion dripping with chandeliers and twinkling strands of lights, seats up to 350 attendees. The interior is spacious with rich mahogany flooring, wood wall panels, brick, and plantation style shutters. High ceilings, large skylights, and marina views create the backdrop. Seating can accommodate up to 144 guests, or 250 cocktail guests. A list of preferred caterers is available. Couples may choose a grand entry or exit by boat.
617 S. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-748-5102
14.Pensacola Country Club
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Set upon expansive golf course green, this legendary country club is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. Couples say, “I do” waterfront under the large live oak, or beneath an arbor. Breathtaking views of the grounds and the glowing club mansion encourage an outdoor reception under the stars. The brick exterior of the property features sprawling balconies supported by gorgeous columns of white stone, which create covered verandas below. Inside, the décor is elegant and sophisticated. A delicate color palette of ivory and cream fills the space. Crown molding, pillars, a marble fireplace, and chandeliers add to opulence. There are two banquet spaces, seating up to 200 guests. Events are customized to taste. Exquisite catering and beverage services supplied.
1500 Bayshore Drive, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-455-7364
15.Pensacola Improv Event Center
Couples on the search for simplicity will love the all-inclusivity of this wedding venue. The onsite wedding coordinators are experienced in all aspects of wedding planning and production. From menu creation, to décor, to day-of scheduling logistics – they have it covered. The interior is simple, with wood flooring and a cream color palette. Drapery, lighting, linens, centerpieces, and decorations are furnished by the venue. Full catering is available. The menu features casual cuisine. The venue may also book its preferred bar service company, upon request. In-house DJ services are provided. Event set-up and clean up allow for a stress-free ceremony and reception.
375 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-332-5974
16.Pensacola Yacht Club
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Located on the Bayou Chico, this yacht club lends a nautical feel to nuptial exchange. The building’s exterior presents with white wood planks and royal blue awnings. Marina views romantically capture the bob of polished boats upon the bay. Ceremony may be held outdoors on the private patio or the waterfront lawn. A well-structured, open air tent pavilion features a clear roof and twinkling strands of lights; a perfect option for dinner under the stars. There are two ballrooms available. Panoramic bay views, recessed lighting, sophisticated carpeting, and classical furniture structure the spaces. Event specialists assist with menu planning, event design, and service referrals. Impeccable service promises smooth sailing on the big day. Maximum capacity is 400 guests.
1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-433-8804
17.Scenic Hills Country Club
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Situated a few minutes inland from the gulf, this club has all-inclusive appeal. Rolling green fairways lined with pines and dotted with palms display a plethora of scenic ceremony backdrops. The open-air pavilion sports a wood roof and ceiling fans, with views of the 18th hole. Couples may choose to wed in the pavilion or host an al fresco dinner in the space. Indoors, the banquet hall is designed with a contemporary feel and neutral colors. Plush carpeting features burgundy and gold tones. Domed pendant lights hang from recessed ceilings. A wall of windows shows off views of the course. The club offers a steakhouse and seafood style menu. Onsite wedding coordination is provided. Event capacity is 200, seated.
8891 Burning Tree Road, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-476-0380
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One of Pensacola’s premier entertainment venues, this locale has a European tavern, type of feel. There are seven event spaces to choose from, each with Earthy appeal. Wood, brick, and stone alternate in prominence throughout the spaces. A gold tin ceiling, stained glass, and red velvet add old world charm. In another area, an exposed A-frame roof reveals beaming and several large skylights. A lush outdoor courtyard houses a brick fountain, perfect for an intimate ceremony or cocktail hour. Food and beverage menu planning services are provided. An event manager may assist in coordinating in the following services: florals, décor, wedding cake, DJ, and audio visual needs.
130 East Government Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-434-6211
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Located above corridor of downtown Pensacola, this second-story wedding venue boasts lively views of the city below. There are three intimately sized event spaces, which overlap to accommodate up to 100 guests. A balcony overlooks Palafox Street, while the romantic garden terrace overlooks Main Street. Each outdoor space seats 30 guests. Indoors, an open kitchen event space provides a rustic dining area, with cozy seating options for up to 40 attendees. Original wood flooring, brick walls, and exposed white-wash rafters lend themselves to historic charm. Several tall windows wash the room in soft, natural light. The venue’s expert team of chefs delivers an unparalleled epicurean experience. Wines are handpicked and paired to perfection. Onsite parking is available.
407-D South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-438-7857
20.The Fish House
A casual, fisherman’s wharf style eatery, this bayfront locale is for the laid back, food-forward couple. Award winning chefs have crafted a catering menu that drips with mouthwatering, southern style seafood dishes. Grits, crostini’s, croquettes, cakes, tar tars, filets, and glazes delight the taste buds again and again. Signature drinks refresh the palate between each tantalizing bite. There are two private event rooms available. The bride and groom may also choose to host a reception on the enormous, multilevel deck. Seating at the venue can accommodate up to 500 guests. There are an ample number of parking lots in the vicinity, adding to ease. Offsite catering is also available.
600 South Barracks Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-470-0003
21.The Garden Center (Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.)
Situated in East Hill, this wedding venue is for the ‘do-it-yourself’ bride and groom. The single-story, colonial style property is nestled in the wood, surrounded by tall pines and manicured lawn. A brick façade, front entrance columns, and a good sized patio are features of the home. Inside, the banquet room is simple. Neutral walls, polished concrete flooring, and expansive French doors structure the space. A large catering kitchen is available for use. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, and set-up services are available. Seating can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests, 350 standing. The event space comes with audio visual capabilities and a built-in stage.
1850 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-432-6095
22.The Palafox House
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Originally constructed in 1912, this venue is one of the historic district’s architectural gems. The building boasts twenty-foot ceilings and two stories of windows, drawing in panoramic views of the tree lined park. Wood plank ceilings, brick walls, square columns painted in noire, and polished concrete flooring create an industrial feel. Wrought iron chandeliers add to charm. A large chalkboard hangs over the built-in bar, a perfect place to display the wedding announcement. Seating can accommodate up to 125 for dinner, and 175 guests standing. The renowned Great Southern Catering group crafts a delicious reception dinner menu. Wedding planning and coordination services are provided.
196 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-433-9450
23.Tiger Point Golf Club
Nestled along the shores of the Santa Rosa Sound, this gold course venue is sweetened by Gulf breezes and gorgeous shoreline views. Couples may choose to exchange nuptials in a garden ceremony surrounded by majestic oaks, or at one of the many other picturesque locations. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated outdoors. The pavilion features sweeping views of velvety green fairways and tranquil ponds; a perfect option for a reception dinner. Indoors, the ballroom seats up to 126 guests. The space is chicly designed, with large windows offering panoramic views of the course and its shimmering waterways. A gourmet catering team assists in menu design. Full bar service and a preferred list of vendors is available.
1255 Country Club Road, Gulf Breeze, FL, Phone: 850-932-1333
24.University of West Florida
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There are three entertainments areas available on campus, with a customizable menu of amenity options. The green lawn area may be used for ceremony or reception, seating up to 304 guests. Indoors, a dramatic staircase leads to a lobby area outside of the main ballroom, which seats 250 guests. The auditorium seats 169 attendees and is equipped with a large stage. Finally, the lounge area intimately accommodates 72 guests. Several floor-length windows reveal green campus views. Each room is designed modestly, with sleek lines and tasteful carpeting. Full audio visual capabilities and staffing are available, as well as lighting and décor options. A dance floor is provided. Set-up and clean-up services are provided. Onsite catering is available.
11000 University Parkway, Building 22, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-474-2583
25.V. Paul's Italian Ristorante
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Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, this Italian restaurant is known for its delicious and hearty cuisine. The private entertainment space is cozy in size, seating up to 130 wedding guests. White walls, polished concrete flooring, shiny noire columns, and a blacked-out ceiling structure the space. A large wrought iron chandelier and strands of market lights warm the room. The bride and groom may also choose to reserve the two wine cellars, each seating 30 attendees. Tasteful Chiavari-style seating, linens, and flatware are provided at no additional cost. Décor and floral arrangements are available for purchase. Couples may choose to add in private bar services and a chef-hosted pasta station.
29 Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL, Phone: 850-466-5855
25 Best Wedding Venues in Pensacola, Florida
- 5eleven Palafox Event Hosting, Photo: 5eleven Palafox Event Hosting
- Barkley House, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel, Photo: malkovkosta/stock.adobe.com
- Fusion Grill at Osceola, Photo: wandee007/stock.adobe.com
- Hemingway's Island Grill, Photo: Martijn/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport - Medical Center, Photo: Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport / Medical Center
- Hilton Pensacola Beach, Photo: Hilton Pensacola Beach
- Lee House, Photo: dashamuller/stock.adobe.com
- Live Oak Plantation, Photo: Andrii Oleksiienko/stock.adobe.com
- Margaritaville Beach Hotel, Photo: alex.pin/stock.adobe.com
- Mustin Beach Officers Club, NASP, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- New World Landing, Photo: Maksim Shebeko/stock.adobe.com
- Palafox Wharf WATERFRONT Reception Venue, Photo: Nadtochiy/stock.adobe.com
- Pensacola Country Club, Photo: ViDi Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Pensacola Improv Event Center, Photo: pyrozenko13/stock.adobe.com
- Pensacola Yacht Club, Photo: Pensacola Yacht Club
- Scenic Hills Country Club, Photo: Scenic Hills Country Club
- Seville Quarter, Photo: Seville Quarter
- So Gourmet, Photo: So Gourmet
- The Fish House, Photo: Nadtochiy/stock.adobe.com
- The Garden Center (Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.), Photo: Olga/stock.adobe.com
- The Palafox House, Photo: The Palafox House
- Tiger Point Golf Club, Photo: ksyusha_yanovich/stock.adobe.com
- University of West Florida, Photo: University of West Florida
- V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, Photo: V. Paul's Italian Ristorante
- Cover Photo: zulman/stock.adobe.com