11 Best Tampa Bay Wedding Venues for a Waterfront Ceremony

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Home to some of the best wedding venues in Florida, the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area hosts a variety of event venues with stunning waterfront backdrops. Whether you’re looking for a “toes in the sand” beach wedding, private yacht, or rooftop ceremony with sweeping water views, these 11 wedding venues are our top picks for a waterfront Tampa Bay wedding.

11 Best Tampa Bay Wedding Venues for a Waterfront Ceremony

The Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa is a newly renovated modern-nautical hotel featuring a private dock, pool deck, and 7,000 square feet of banquet space for up to 100 wedding guests. What makes this boutique hotel really shine is its ceremony pier which extends out over Old Tampa Bay, making it more than a waterfront wedding venue, it’s an overwater event space!

This boutique hotel is the epitome of a Florida wedding venue space with ample outdoor space for cocktail hour and continuous water views that flow into the light and airy Harborview Ballroom which features floor-to-ceiling windows. With 275 hotel rooms, an on-site chef and catering, and located literally minutes from the Tampa International Airport, The Godfrey is ideal for destination weddings or local couples with out-of-town guests.

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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach offers multiple outdoor balcony ceremony sites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and two newly renovated ballrooms, making it a versatile venue for intimate destination weddings, as well as larger events.

With its 16th floor Sky Terrace boasting near 360-degree views of the ocean and intracoastal, over 200 of your closest family and friends can watch you say “I do” while enjoying panoramic scenery of Clearwater Beach, America’s Best Beach according to TripAdvisor 2019.  Or couples can choose to exchange vows with their toes in the sand, against an ocean backdrop. Reception options include three chic ballrooms spaces with unique features like private terraces, high ceilings, modern chandeliers, and unobstructed views.

The property is ideal for destination weddings or out-of-town guests, with 287 hotel rooms, 256 of which are suites that include full kitchens. Hyatt Regency all-inclusive wedding packages include a dance floor, floor-length table linens, chairs, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a custom wedding cake, four-hour unlimited bar, champagne toast, plated dinner or buffet, special room rates for guests, and a complimentary hotel night for the couple.

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MMTB readers receive a 10% reception discount on select dates.
(Available to new bookings only)


The Hotel Zamora

The Hotel Zamora is a Mediterranean-style boutique hotel on St. Pete Beach. With panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from their two private rooftop ceremony and reception spaces and a Spanish-influenced design, groups enjoy a unique experience in a tropical garden-like setting. 

The waterfront pier and newly renovated ballroom offer additional backdrop options for a completely customized experience. The chef prepared menu is 100% customizable and crafted with a Mediterranean flair fitting of the property. On-site accommodations allow guests to enjoy the boutique hotel’s resort amenities, such as bicycles, kayaks, fishing poles, and boat slips, turning your wedding weekend into a mini-vacation.

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Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club

Located near St. Pete Beach, Isla del Sol Yacht and Country Club is a secluded venue overlooking Boca Ciega Bay with a private beachfront, providing an exclusive tropical environment. The neutral paved walkway to the gazebo allows for a beach wedding without having to walk in the sand. Couples can enjoy a romantic sail from the marina while guests partake in a poolside cocktail hour, or for an unforgettable wedding exit. The Boca Ciega Ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views of the water for up to 250 guests.

The details in this waterfront wedding venue are endless, with an oversized dance floor, certified wedding planner, complimentary wedding cake cutting and serving, and custom-designed chef-driven menu courtesy of an award-winning culinary team under the direction of an Executive Chef who has over 30 years of experience in the catering/restaurant industry.

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The Don CeSar Hotel

Serving up almost 100 years of luxurious hospitality, The legendary Don CeSar Hotel is the perfect setting to create oceanfront memories for up to 300 guests. The iconic “Pink Palace” hotel features 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, plus 277 guest rooms (including 36 suites), a variety of culinary experiences among their four restaurants, two resort-style pools, and an 11,000 square foot onsite spa, all nestled directly on the white sugar sands of St. Pete Beach.

The Don CeSar offers multiple breathtaking ceremony backdrops, from lush gardenscapes to white-sand beaches, as well as elegant ballroom reception spaces featuring historical architecture and stunning water or city views. The Don’s award-winning culinary team offers coastal-inspired cuisine infused with locally-sourced ingredients for their customized menus. All
wedding packages include a 4-hour open bar, cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast.

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MMTB readers receive a special summer menu package with reduced food and beverage minimums and discounted pricing for events booked June 2021 through September 2021.


The Resort at Long Boat Key Club

Just minutes from Sarasota, the Resort at Longboat Key Club offers multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces spanning their 400+ acre property of lush lawns and pristine beach. The venue offers seven unique and beautiful ceremony sites and three indoor event spaces. The outdoor areas feature
manicured lawn, sandy beach, charming marina, and Italian courtyard settings with space for up to 300+ guests. The indoor ballrooms can hold up to 250 people or 500 guests for a tented reception. Wedding packages include a open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, sparkling toast, dinner, customized cake, and dance floor.

The property boasts newly renovated on-site accommodations with resort amenities including miles of white-sand beach, a heated gulf-front pool and Jacuzzi, five on-site restaurants and lounges, and in-suite dining, a 291-slip, deepwater marina, sailing and boating charters, watersports, paddleboards and kayak rentals, beach tennis and volleyball, yoga, and a 9.5-mile island path for biking or jogging; it’s ideal for a destination Florida wedding!

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Westshore Yacht Club

Located in a waterfront gated community in South Tampa, the Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club features a picturesque marina and open views of Old Tampa Bay. The private club features a poolside patio popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, or reception under the bistro lights. This ample space accommodates up to 250 for a seated dinner or up
to 400 for a cocktail-style reception.

The newly renovated Bistro Room offers a fresh indoor space with waterfront views for groups of 100 or less, and provides a backup ceremony
locale in case of inclement weather. The upscale club offers in-house catering and bar packages, has ample space for getting ready, and
on-site parking.

Custom options are available to suit each event, such as specialty linens and charger plates, a white or bamboo ceremony arch, audio-visual equipment, and even a sparkler send-off at the end of the evening. A day-of coordinator is also available for an additional fee.

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Beso Del Sol

Located on the waterfront Intracoastal of Dunedin, Beso Del Sol is a hidden gem for couples looking for an intimate waterfront ceremony overlooking Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. Its private pier, with included bamboo trellis, is the perfect backdrop for a sunset ceremony. The two-story open loft ballroom is filled with natural light and offers neutral decor, iron staircase, wood floors, and elegant chandeliers.

The hotel offers 80 guest rooms plus a 4,000 square foot penthouse, with complimentary bicycles, fishing rods, boat slips, two waterfront pools, a hot tub, and a tiki bar, conveniently located minutes from the charming downtown district known for local breweries, delicious dining, and unique retail. With rental rates around $1,000 it’s one of the area’s most affordable waterfront wedding venues!

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Yacht StarShip

The Yacht Starship, Florida’s largest fleet of private wedding yachts, is one of the most unique waterfront venues in Tampa Bay. Chartered cruises dock in downtown Tampa or Clearwater Beach, then set sail into open waters for an ever-changing water view.

The rooftop deck offers gorgeous sunset ceremonies officiated by the ship’s Captain, or magical stargazing from an outdoor dance floor. The private dining rooms offers semi-private or private reception space where all tables are surrounded by windows allowing guests to catch every minute of our stunning Florida sunsets and night-time cityscape as the day transitions into night.

With four luxury yachts available, an on-site event coordinator, in house catering, DJ, and officiant, the Yacht Starship offers an affordable and stress-free all-inclusive wedding experience for couples seeking an event for up to 250 guests.

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Hilton Clearwater Beach

Located in the heart of Clearwater Beach next to the famed Pier 60, the Hilton Clearwater Beach is one of the area’s few hotels offering private beachfront walk-out access along a 10 acre stretch of sand. With a multi-million dollar renovation just completed and multiple locations for a waterfront wedding it showcases the best of what Florida has to offer. Couples can choose to host their celebrations on the beach, on the 10,000 square foot covered outdoor terrace, or the interior Grand Ballroom.

The Hilton is a full-service wedding venue including a day-of coordinator, officiant, rehearsal, ceremony music, getting ready room, and a complimentary one-night stay on your wedding night as part of its
ceremony fee. Wedding packages include four hours of premium open bar, four hors d’oeuvre selections, a 3-course meal, champagne toast, and custom-designed wedding cake.

The oceanfront hotel is ideal for vacationing out-of-town guests as it features Hibiscus Spa rated #1 on TripAdvisor and offers on-site
hair/makeup, beachside heated pools, cabanas, an on-site gourmet Mexican restaurant, The Spotted Donkey, and an on-site, full-service Starbucks.

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Postcard Inn

This vintage-inspired hotel located on St. Pete Beach offers chic surfer style with a multitude of stylish event spaces.  Couples with up to 250 guests may choose from the whimsical Courtyard Garden featuring lush landscape and market lighting, or the oceanfront Tiki Pavilion offering stunning sunset views or beach bonfire merriment. 

For intimate weddings, the Florida Room is an industrial-chic event space for up to 50 guests that looks toward the fire pit in the garden. The space
includes fully functional garage doors that create a unique indoor atmosphere, while the newest space, The Beach House, is conveniently located on the hotel’s lobby level and features white-washed walls and a built-in bar for 75 guests.

The boutique hotel offers excellent competitive pricing with inhouse catering options packed with diverse culinary and beverage selections encompassing delicious tropical cuisine and traditional favorites.

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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