6 Best Wedding Venues in Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa is home to an abundance of unique wedding venues and hotels, with stunning water views, historic buildings and hotel ballrooms that can host over 1,000 wedding guests. Whether you want a modern, city vibe or a classic traditional space, here are our seven favorite downtown Tampa wedding venues.

The Vault

Chock-full of original art deco details revealing its former life as The Exchange National Bank of 1923, The Vault offers a unique event space with luxurious finishes and historic charm in the heart of downtown Tampa. The first bank to be built in Tampa, many of the neoclassical elements remain, including the floor-to-ceiling windows, intricate medallion details, and of course the bank vault of its namesake (often used as a cozy bar space or unique dessert room for events).

This sophisticated wedding venue is perfect for couples who seek timeless and classic design, a vibrant, bustling city feel, and all-inclusive convenience for their celebration. The fully-restored interior boasts 6,000 square feet of event space with 35-foot ceilings and a second-floor mezzanine level overlooking the reception and is ideal for groups up to 300 guests. Included in the rental fees are a bridal suite, tables, white Chiavari chairs, security personnel, restroom attendant, and a parking attendant. An adjacent private park is available to rent for intimate private ceremonies or cocktail hours. The Vault is walking distance to several public parks and churches, including Sacred Heart Catholic church.

The venue offers full-service in-house catering with vibrant selections courtesy of veteran Chef Gui Alinat. Menus can be customized to the couple, with specialty drinks uniquely created for each event, and include a private tasting to experience the first-class cuisine while working hand-in-hand with The Vault’s special events team.

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The Tampa Club

Located at the highest accessible point in the heart of downtown Tampa, The Tamp Club offers panoramic birds-eye-views of the city from the 42nd floor of the iconic Bank of America Plaza. Featuring multiple indoor ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, couples will be impressed with the sweeping views and elegant atmosphere, from the two-story grand staircase and blown glass chandelier to the private wine room and cozy lounge.

The Rotunda ceremony space can accommodate groups of 60 or fewer, while the Grand Ballroom can house up to 120 guests. Ceremonies include banquet chairs and a hospitality station for the couple and their guests.

The reception ballroom can accommodate groups of up to 150 seating or up to 225 for a cocktail reception. Wedding packages include hors d’oeuvres and a three-course plated meal with bar and champagne toast. The Tampa Club provides floor-length table linens, napkins, charger plates, Chiavari chairs, a dance floor, and even a dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure the day runs smoothly. Intimate wedding packages also available.

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Yacht StarShip

The Yacht StarShip brings a whole new meaning to cruising the Florida water with breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline, freshly prepared cuisine, and great entertainment making it the epitome of a Tampa Bay waterfront wedding venue.

With four luxury yachts available, an on-site event coordinator, in-house catering, DJ, and officiant, the Yacht StarShip offers an affordable all-inclusive wedding experience. With two locations, Clearwater Beach and downtown Tampa, this floating waterfront wedding venue provide your guests with the perfect Florida atmosphere. Ceremonies take place on the
rooftop deck, with 360-degree water views, and can be officiated by the ship’s captain. During cocktail hour and the reception, guests can cruise
around the Tampa Bay waterways making for amazing sunset wedding photos. Couples can rent a private room or charter the entire yacht for guest counts of 25-300 seated. (There is a food and beverage minimum for
a private yacht charter). The reception 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.

Being an all-inclusive venue makes planning easy. From fine dining options crafted from the Executive Chef to the largest Promenade Deck in Florida, hosting your wedding on the yacht is truly an unforgettable experience.

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Hilton Tampa Downtown

Situated in the heart of downtown, the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel features two separate ballrooms with amazing chandeliers to host 50 to 1,100 guests and an outdoor brick courtyard with a waterfall for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour. Wedding packages include champagne toasts for all guests, dance floor, votive candles and no cake-cutting fee.

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The Rialto

The Rialto Theatre, built in 1924, is a historic theatre conveniently located in the trendy Tampa Heights neighborhood, near downtown hotels and nightlife. The building is a blank canvas ready to be customized for each event and offers 4,500 square feet of event space. A large plaster proscenium arch that spans 30 feet offers a dramatic frame to an indoor ceremony or reception in the open theatre, which features 27-foot unobstructed ceilings.

Highlighting the best possible mix of vintage and modern, the unique wedding venue boasts original brick walls, a private vintage lounge for the wedding party, and a gallery that doubles as cocktail hour, boasting local artwork. Couples love the ability to customize the boutique venue by choosing their own vendors, including caterer, for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Couples can book their wedding and/or reception with the many flexible packages available, including weekend and weekday rentals. Select decor rental items are also available, including tables, chairs, draping, lighting, and more. All-inclusive packages are also available for elopements, micro weddings with under 10 guests, or mini weddings with under 50 guests. These comprehensive packages take the stress out of planning and include everything needed for a beautiful celebration, such as photography, coordination, floral decor, and options like a champagne toast, cocktail reception, entertainment, and dinner and bar service.

The Rialto is a woman-owned small business that employs green practices, including composting services on-site, paperless business operation, and solar power. It is the only solar-powered venue in all of Tampa Bay!

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J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

Just outside of downtown Tampa in Ybor City is one of the newest industrial-style wedding venues in the area. The J.C. Newman’s El Reloj Cigar Factory dates back to 1910 and boasts original architectural features updated with modern amenities. As the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker, this historic venue pays homage to Tampa’s reputation as the “Cigar City.”

The newly renovated venue offers three separate floors of event space, each with a distinct style to create a stunning backdrop for any special event, including wood floors, brick walls and lots of natural light.

Rentals are affordably priced between $3,000-$4,000 depending on the event day and time and include banquet tables, cocktail tables, and black modern chairs, as well as audiovisual equipment and on-site parking with security.

Couples can enhance their event experience with cigar rollers or access to the 1st-floor museum and factory store or 3rd-floor lounge and hand-rolling factory for only $500 additional each.

Marry Me Tampa Bay readers receive a free box of custom imprinted cigars.

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MEET THE EDITOR

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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