Pets are family, and we get that. So when you imagine your Tampa Bay wedding day, it’s hard to picture such a special moment without your best friend at your side! Including your pet in your wedding can seem like a challenging, stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be! Making sure you choose the right venue (and hire the right help) can make all the difference!
Whether they’re going to be the ring bearer, the flower girl or simply be in your portraits, your pet needs to be happy and comfortable and have a designated handler the day of your wedding. Understanding your wedding venue’s rules is crucial, since some won’t allow pets on the premises.
Luckily, finding a pet-friendly Tampa Bay wedding venue isn’t as hard as you think. In fact, you’ll probably find it difficult to narrow down the options! We’ve enlisted the expertise of wedding pet planners Fairytail Pet Care to share their favorite wedding venues to work with. Not only do these locations welcome pets, but they love them and go out of their way to accommodate their needs!
This space is such a charming and unique spot. Their courtyard is magical and while your pet would be perfectly content spending the entire time here, they are allowed inside to relax in the air conditioning as well!
The Straz gives you the best of both worlds: the drama of a theatrical setting along with beautiful waterfront views! Your pup will enjoy getting some exercise along the Tampa Riverwalk, and then meet you in one of their dressing rooms to help you get ready for the big day!
This wouldn’t be a list of pet-friendly venues without this beautiful, lakefront barn, which has its own animals on property! This picturesque location is so much fun to explore, especially with your pet! It offers gorgeous views, a fun environment and comfortable bridal and groom cabins perfect for relaxing before the ceremony!
Rustic, The Barn at Crescent Lake Wedding | Darin Crofton Photography
If you want a venue different from anything else that you’ve seen, this historical building located in the heart of Ybor may be exactly what you’re looking for! The city is so pet-friendly that your best friend will have the best time hitting the town before their big wedding debut.
Bohemian Chic CL Space Wedding | Indianapolens and Sarah-Beth Photography
This venue offers so many beautiful event spaces to choose from: views overlooking the bay, lush gardens and of course, the amazing banyan trees at Straub Park. Your pet will absolutely love sniffing around the park and walking along the water before the wedding!
Elegant Blue and White Museum of Fine Arts Wedding | Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Elegant, charming and sophisticated, Cross Creek Ranch provides the perfect ambience for any style wedding. Even better is that they love when their couples include their furry family members in the festivities! Exploring this beautiful ranch is the perfect way for your pet to get rid of any wedding day jitters.
To say that this hotel is simply pet-friendly is an understatement. The Don CeSar not only allows pets in the hotel and on the beach, but they adore their furry guests. They even offer a special pet room service menu and dog massages by a professional canine massage therapist. If you’re looking to not only include your pet in your wedding and also pamper them, this venue is the paw-fect choice!
Ilana Mobley and Kelly Maronpot have been best friends since they were thirteen. They met in middle school and instantly bonded over their love for animals. They founded their company, FairyTail Pet Care, after graduating from Florida State University and starting their careers with Hilton Hotels. It was during their time there that they realized this need for couples getting married that really spoke to them. Couples wanted to include their pets in their special day, but it was just too stressful! Caring for animals is second nature to Ilana and Kelly, so combining this with their hospitality background made for the perfect business concept! They take care of every last detail so that your best friend doesn’t miss out on your special day!