The warm-weather town of St. Petersburg, Florida, aptly nicknamed the “Sunshine City”, is located in between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Crystal blue waters and white sand beaches mesmerize the newcomer. An abundance of yacht clubs, waterfront parks, gorgeous beachfront hotels, and award-winning restaurants line the coast. Visitors to the area will appreciate the cultural and historical richness, present in much of the area’s architecture and design. For those seeking a place to tie the knot, there is no shortage of beautiful wedding venues. Here are the top 25 wedding destinations that are sure to sweep any couple off their feet.
1.Tampa Bay Watch
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The 74 foot tall, ocean blue lighthouse rests on the waterfront. Two acres of lawn extend from the building down to the waterline; a scenic setting for the exchange of vows. The event space is designed with a classic “white and wood” feel. Large picture windows encase the space, capturing gorgeous views of the ocean. Seating can accommodate between 130-150 guests. A large sunset deck wraps around the banquet room, spanning a total of 1,900 square feet. The covered deck is equipped with whirling fans, and also has panoramic views of Tampa Bay. A prep kitchen and storage room are available for use. Couples are encouraged to choose from the lighthouse’s preferred list of caterers and vendors.
3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL, Phone: 727-867-8166
2.737 Event Venue
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The Lyceum building sits in front of Mirror Lake, a palm-lined pool of water. Built in the early 1900s, the building exhibits impeccable craftsmanship both inside and out. Beautifully carved crown moldings, refinished oak flooring, and dark emerald & gold carpeting give the space old world charm. Smooth white walls extend to a high ceiling, while an interior balconies provide an overlook. The bride and groom exchange vows on a polished platform, underneath an intricately designed, fifty-three foot domed ceiling. The reception area sparkles with chandeliers and era-inspired opulence. Catering and beverage packages are provided. Parking is available onsite.
737 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-821-1926
3.Bilmar Beach Resort
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Located in Treasure Island, this venue is all about white sands and turquoise blue waters. The perfect spot for a destination wedding, this hotel offers all-inclusive packaging. There are a few different entertainment areas to choose from, seating anywhere between 60-180 guests. A banquet area features sleek lines, cool tones, and a full bar. The ballroom features gold toned accents, a modern coffered ceiling, and plush carpeting. Couples may instead opt for the warm breeze of the covered patio, which overlooks the beach.The hotel offers full service catering and beverage options. As an added perk, special group rates and accommodations can be made.
10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL, Phone: 727-360-5531
Boasting 6,000 square feet of entertainment space, this venue can seat up to 325 guests. The hall creates a feeling of 1960s nostalgia, with its huge stage and high-gloss gymnasium style flooring. One can easily visualize concerts from that era; bands playing on the stage to rows of screaming teens. Couples have a lot of design freedom in this space, and the site furnishes event tables and chairs. A full sized kitchen and a full service bar are at disposal. All caterers and vendors must be chosen and organized by the “Do it yourself” style couple. Private dressing rooms are available to the bride and groom. Ample parking is available.
3600 76th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-345-8235
5.Driftwood Weddings & Events
An innovative group of wedding experts and vendors decided to team up, and now collectively offer wedding planning services, designed to make life easier for the bride and groom. The event group offers several different packages, which include everything from pre-wedding consultations to ‘day of’ event coordination. With over 30 years in the business, these professionals are plugged in to the wedding circuit, and can pair couples with the perfect vendors to suit their desires. Plus, among them there are caterers, audio visual specialists, DJs, and more. They also offer full beachside wedding production. A wedding arch, an officiant, and professional photography are included in every package. Add-ons include seating, florals, wedding cakes, and more.
939 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-231-5541
6.Florida Gulf Beach Weddings
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A trusted planner for beach wedding production, this reputable company has organized over 7,500 waterfront weddings to date. From elopements to large scale weddings, this team of experts delivers seamless coordination and exceptional attention to detail. The bride and groom may even preview each of the 17 preferred beaches, at the company’s website. Photos and detailed descriptions are provided for each venue, all of which are located in Tampa Bay or Destin. Several wedding packages are available. Each ceremony includes a bamboo wedding arch, an officiant, photography, and marriage licensing. Upgrades include a gazebo, specialty bridal aisle, florals, champagne toast, a tent reception, and live music.
6655 Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach, FL, Phone: 727-475-2272
7.Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
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Tropical breezes and a private beachfront make this a top choice for wedded bliss. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows beneath a seaside arbor, or in front of the gazebo. Indoor ceremonies can also be accommodated, should the couple prefer. A soft white ballroom features gold accents and delicate chandeliers. An abundance of windows allow in sunshine and gorgeous views of the Boca Ciega Bay.The elegance of the space requires nothing more than a few florals; it is simply perfection. Seating accommodates up to 250 guests. Full bar service, butler passed hor oeuvres, exquisite catering, and a professional banquet staff surpass expectation. An 18-hole championship golf course is one of the several club amenities to be enjoyed.
6000 Sun Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-906-4752
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Situated in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, this venue has an industrial feel. Sixteen-foot tall ceilings, Brazilian wood flooring, and original clay brick walls lined with vertical strands of lights, set the mood. Between the different entertainment areas, the venue seats a total of 500 guests, and accommodates 800 for cocktail hour. Couples may tie the knot in the main gallery, or perhaps choose that space for reception. An outdoor courtyard lined with bamboos, twinkling lights, and gold Chiavari chairs is a romantic setting for the exchange of vows. Couples choose their preferred caterer, while the venue allows access to its professional grade kitchen. Full bar service is provided. Suites are available to the bride and groom.
535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL, Phone: 949-873-6682
9.Postcard Inn on the Beach
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A playful waterfront inn, this venue delivers a variety of options. A grassy lawn, tropical foliage, and an aisle lined by palm trees is a sweet spot for the exchange of vows. Perhaps couples will prefer a white sand wedding, with gleaming gulf waters behind them. An outdoor tiki pavilion, lined with sparkling lights, seats up to 75 guests. Guests may prefer to dine al fresco in the garden, with lanterns hanging overhead. The Sunset Ballroom offers an indoor option, and seats 130 attendees. The room is designed with a neutral color palette and features retro lighting fixtures. As a special perk, the bride and groom enjoy complimentary use of a private beach cabana and a free night’s stay.
6300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 800-237-8918
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10.Poynter Event Space
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A gorgeous glass paneled skylight runs the entire length of the enormous grand hall, flooding the room with natural light. The greenhouse-like glass is supported by a network of beams, two stories high from the ground floor. Square shaped columns, rich mahogany wall panels, and marble tile add to the powerful feel of the room. Wall lengths of mile-high windows reveal the cool waters of an outdoor reflection pool, overlooking Bayboro Harbor. A courtyard with palms is a refreshing location to host a cocktail hour. For room capacity and wedding package information, couples may contact the venue. On-site parking is available.
801 3rd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-553-4712
11.Red Mesa Events
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A venue that gets it right, this modern Spanish-style space delivers the perfect warm weather wedding. The sleek third-story rooftop lounge showcases gorgeous views of downtown. Mediterranean inspired woodwork, bright white walls, rich mahogany decking, chic fans, and rattan pendant lights hang from open-air rafters. Jewel colored bottles of liquor gleam upon the thirty foot backlit bar. The space is perfect for a sunset ceremony. The downstairs ballroom has fishbone flooring, original white-washed brick walls, two large cascading chandeliers, and a marble bar. A formal dinner seats 100 guests, while a casual affair accommodates 150. In house caterers design fresh and eclectic fare, while handcrafted cocktails are sure to impress.
128 3rd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 855-294-5579
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Located in downtown St. Petersburg, this mouthwatering steakhouse hosts an impeccable reception. For intimately sized weddings, the Napa Room luxuriously seats 12 guests. Larger guest lists command the grand ballroom, which seats up to 250 attendees. The neutral color scheme of both rooms represents shades of taupe, silver, and black. A temperature controlled cellar houses exquisite wines, ready to pour. Craft cocktail experts ensure every bar drink is mixed to perfection, while the culinary team prepares a decadent reception dinner. Couples receive the full attention of the private events director, while planning and executing their big day. Audio-visual equipment and services are provided. Free parking and option for valet.
655 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-822-0999
13.St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House
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Built in 1946, this beach front clubhouse is a summer-sweet location to tie the knot. The bride and groom exchange vows with white sand underfoot, warm gulf breezes gently blowing. A stunning ocean-and-arbor backdrop, a few bright florals, and a whole lot of love is all that’s needed to create a magical wedding day. After ceremony, guests dine in the clubhouse. Banquet tables gather on the carpeted area of the room. A solid wood floor provides an excellent dance floor and entertainment area. The clubhouse features a full kitchen, perfect for the caterer of choice. A bar area is built into the main space. Between 80 and120 guests may be accommodated.
9300 West Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL, Phone: 727-363-9905
14.St. Petersburg Yacht Club
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A fixture in the community for over 100 years, this relaxed club values friendliness and warmth. Situated in the heart of a bustling arts community, this waterfront venue embodies the best of both worlds. Gorgeous views of the marina provide a gorgeous backdrop for those perfect wedding photos. Inside, a gold and navy color scheme inspire nautical elegance. Classic coffered ceilings remind attendees of an earlier era. Beautifully large windows draw in natural light. Crystal chandeliers sparkle overhead. A stage and dance floor are set for entertainment. Full catering services are available. The bride and groom would do well to choose a menu of sumptuous seafood fare. Couples may contact the club for package and occupancy details.
11 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-822-3873
15.St. Petersburg Women's Club
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A gathering place since 1924, this female owned-and-operated clubhouse promises a flawless and worry-free wedding. Couples say, “I Do”, in the grassy green garden, underneath the shade of tall trees. The building itself conjures up memory of Havana in the 1960s; it’s beautiful. The grand ballroom has sky-high ceilings, large picture windows, and a small balcony overlook. White walls, neutral-toned floral carpeting, and polished wood flooring give the space a classy, tropical feel. Ornate woodwork, a stage with champagne curtains, and twinkling strands of lights add to romance. A large foyer is perfect for cocktail hour, or photos of the lovely couple. An enormous kitchen is available for use. Club event staff provides set-up, clean-up, and so much more.
40 Snell Isle Boulevard Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-822-4982
16.St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
© St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
For couples with a lengthy guest list, this venue is an excellent selection. The hotel can seat 1,000 people in its grand ballroom, a location where anything is possible. A neutral palate, plush carpeting, and massive chandeliers set the tone for opulence. The ballrooms may be used for ceremony, reception, or both. A team of certified wedding planners with high-level training and experience assist in designing a flawless wedding. Décor, linens, florals, and lighting are coordinated to compliment the couple’s vision. Poolside ceremonies are also an option. Delicious catering and beverage packages are included. Perks include butler passed hor d’oeuvres, suites for the bride and groom, and three hours of open bar service. Traditional Indian weddings are executed impeccably.
12600 Roosevelt Boulevard North, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-572-7800
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17.St. Petersburg Museum of History
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The bride and groom may exchange vows waterfront, on the grassy lawn, under the canopy of the venue’s landmark tree. The “Flight One Gallery” located in the museum transforms beautifully into a reception space. A vintage model plane hangs from the two-story ceiling, while historic mementos adorn the walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off views of the Central Yacht Basin and famous Vinoy Hotel. The space accommodates 150 for dinner, 200 for cocktail and hor d’oeuvre style receptions. A dance floor, video wall screen set-up, and audio capabilities are provided. Event coordinators help to organize the day’s events and provide couples with a list of preferred vendors.
335 2nd Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-894-1052
The garden’s lush, tropical display of vibrant flowers and plants is simply remarkable. Cascading waterfalls invite serenity and romance. Couples may choose from three different settings located on the grounds. From grass lawns and towering palms, to an aged oak tree canopy, no place is better than another. A floral entwined pergola is available to any space. Between 80 and 200 people may be accommodated, depending on the setting. A tented outdoor reception under twinkling garden lights seats up to 200 guests for dinner. The indoor banquet hall features high wood ceilings, exposed metal beams, and seats a maximum of 176 attendees. Alcohol is furnished exclusively through the gardens. The bride and groom must provide their own caterer, planner, and linens.
1825 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-551-3102
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© Sunset Ballroom
Sunset Ballroom is set inside the Golf Club on the course of the Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. The Golf Club is an architectural wonder, styled after the Moorish and Spanish renaissance. The interior of this venue features twin sphinxes that serve as guards at the entrance, ornate ceilings, arched entranceways, and multiple chandeliers. This elegant ballroom also features a hardwood dance floor surrounded by intricately designed carpet, tables with crisp linens, and large pane windows offering sweeping views of the green fairways. The venue also offers an outdoor patio for ceremonies that features swaying palm trees, and is an ideal backdrop for wedding party photo-ops.
600 Snell Isle Boulevard Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-894-1000
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20.Sunset Beach House
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Couples on the hunt for the perfect destination wedding venue, need look no further. This intimate getaway conjures up images of a Hemmingway hideout, and sits directly upon the white sands of Treasure Island. A vacation rental complex, the property features five suites and sleeps 22 guests. A sizeable backyard buttresses up against warm gulf coast water, a perfect place for an outdoor reception following a beachside ceremony. The bride and groom can either decorate themselves or hire a wedding planner. Caterers are welcomed to utilize the kitchen. Various wedding packages are available, and many couples choose to spend their honeymoon at the rental, after their guests have left. Award winning restaurants and bars are a stroll away.
8584 West Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL, Phone: 727-423-3819
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21.The Club at Treasure Island
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Located on the waterfront, this stunning venue has gorgeous views of the Boca Ciega Bay. Together, the architecture and positioning of the building, resemble a scene out of Vienna. Polished boats gently bob up and down on the marina, offering a perfect setting for photos of the bride and groom. Couples exchange vows on the property’s large stone courtyard. The banquet hall seats up to 300 guests and has a dance floor. The room’s understated design and neutral color scheme offer flexibility in décor. An executive chef prepares a sumptuous menu. Perks include four hours of open bar service, pre-wedding suites for the bride and groom, and a champagne toast.
400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, FL, Phone: 727-367-4511
22.The Historic Manhattan Casino Event Hall
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One of St. Petersburg’s historic entertainment centers, this venue is a solid choice for the low-key couple. The main ballroom is designed simply. Wood flooring and a neutral color palette means that the space can be easily transformed to fit the couples’ taste. Although the space has a good amount of windows, its low ceilings and built in stage give a lounge-like appeal. A basement jazz or blues band would fit the culture of this hip location. Up to 300 guests may be accommodated. The event hall offers in-house catering and premier bar service. Free parking makes life easy on the big day.
642 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-256-1807
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23.The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
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A resplendent jewel on the downtown horizon, seeing this pink rose castle is a jaw-dropping experience. There are several historic ballrooms to choose from, the largest of which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The Grand Ballroom is a true fairytale setting, with soaring ceilings that arch overhead, and an enormous stage. Designed entirely of champagne hues, the ballroom features layers of luxurious drapery, silk linens, and a Chihuly chandelier. Up to 350 guests may be seated for dinner, more for a ceremony. Perhaps the couple prefers a lushly gardened terrace; the options are endless. The exquisite amenities and number of services provided by this resort will make the bride and groom feel like royalty.
501 5th Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-894-1000
24.Tide the Knot Beach Weddings
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Couples who want a beautiful waterside wedding for a fraction of the price, will love all that this event group has to offer. These self-proclaimed “sunset beach wedding specialists” have developed a fool-proof way of navigating the planning process. On their website, the team features photos and detailed descriptions of each preferred beach, making it easy for couples to choose their dream backdrop. The bride and groom can either utilize the website’s design tools to create a customized wedding package, or they can choose from a set of pre-set packages. Design elements include a variety of arbor materials and shapes, aisle styles, flowers, etcetera. Each wedding includes the services of a coordinator, an officiant, and a professional photographer.
6526 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-490-8005
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25.Watergarden Inn at the Bay
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Located in downtown St. Petersburg, this craftsman’s style home turned bed and breakfast, is a sweet little spot to host an intimate wedding. The bride and groom have the option to rent the entire inn, which has fourteen rooms and sleeps up to 34 guests. The event space can accommodate up to 100 attendees in total. Couples tie the knot in the garden lawn, surrounded by bright green palms and tropical foliage. A pool boasts 1,200 square feet of entertainment space, perfect for a refreshing cocktail hour. Caterers have access to the commercial grade kitchen. Parking can accommodate up to fifteen vehicles.
126 4th Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL, Phone: 727-822-1700
25 Best Wedding Venues in St. Petersburg, Florida
- Tampa Bay Watch, Photo: Tampa Bay Watch
- 737 Event Venue, Photo: Maksim Shebeko/stock.adobe.com
- Bilmar Beach Resort, Photo: Bilmar Beach Resort
- Doncedy Hall, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
- Driftwood Weddings & Events, Photo: satit/stock.adobe.com
- Florida Gulf Beach Weddings, Photo: Florida Gulf Beach Weddings
- Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club, Photo: Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
- Nova 535, Photo: Nova 535
- Postcard Inn on the Beach, Photo: Postcard Inn on the Beach
- Poynter Event Space, Photo: Poynter Event Space
- Red Mesa Events, Photo: Red Mesa Events
- Rococo Steak, Photo: Rococo Steak
- St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House, Photo: St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House
- St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Photo: St. Petersburg Yacht Club
- St. Petersburg Women's Club, Photo: St. Petersburg Women's Club
- St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, Photo: St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
- St. Petersburg Museum of History, Photo: St. Petersburg Museum of History
- Sunken Gardens, Photo: Lynn/stock.adobe.com
- Sunset Ballroom, Photo: Sunset Ballroom
- Sunset Beach House, Photo: Sunset Beach House
- The Club at Treasure Island, Photo: The Club at Treasure Island
- The Historic Manhattan Casino Event Hall, Photo: The Historic Manhattan Casino Event Hall
- The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, Photo: The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
- Tide the Knot Beach Weddings, Photo: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings
- Watergarden Inn at the Bay, Photo: Watergarden Inn at the Bay
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