Best Beach Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay
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8 Best Beach Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay

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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 country club celebration, or rooftop ceremony with sweeping water views, these 8 wedding venues are our top picks for a Tampa Bay beach wedding.

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach offers multiple outdoor ceremony sites, including beachfront stretches of sand or open-air balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, along with two newly renovated ballrooms, making it a versatile venue for intimate destination weddings, as well as larger events.

Couples can choose to exchange vows along the picturesque sand-and-surf backdrop of famed Clearwater Beach, America’s Best Beach, according to TripAdvisor 2019. Or for those who don’t want their toes in the sand, the 16th-floor Sky Terrace boasts nearly 360-degree views of the ocean and Intracoastal, where over 200 of your closest family and friends can watch you say “I do” while enjoying panoramic scenery.  Reception options include three chic ballroom 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, a four-hour unlimited bar, champagne toast, plated dinner or buffet, special room rates for guests, and a complimentary hotel night for the couple.

MMTB Readers can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for the length of their stay.

Offer available for new bookings only

Tradewinds Island Resorts

Sitting on over 40 acres in St. Pete Beach, the TradeWinds Island Resorts offers several indoor and outdoor options that can accommodate weddings of all sizes, from an intimate ceremony on the beach to a grand ballroom celebration with up to 600 guests. Surrounded by lush greenery and fountains, the garden courtyard is a popular choice for couples who want an outdoor ceremony with a touch of elegance. For couples who prefer an indoor celebration, a variety of ballrooms are available, which can accommodate 50-600 guests and features elegant décor, crystal chandeliers, and a built-in dance floor. The TradeWinds Island Resorts also offers several open-air terraces, which offer breathtaking views of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.

With a plethora of event spaces available, couples can host multiple special events, from rehearsal dinners and wedding showers, to bachelor and bachelorette festivities, and even post-wedding brunches, all at the same property while still offering a variety of settings for guests. The resort offers over 700 rooms and villas that blend classic coastal charm with modern amenities. In addition to the comfortable rooms, TradeWinds offers a wide range of on-site activities and dining options that your guests will love. From watersports to unlimited rays, there’s something for everyone. The resort is also conveniently located near downtown St. Pete attractions, making it easy for your guests to explore the area. 

Isla Del Sol Yacht & 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 charming gazebo allows for an intimate 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.

With only one wedding held on property at a time, Isla Del Sol will make sure that your wedding is one of a kind as you indulge in pampered private club service and unmatched culinary delights. 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.

MMTB readers receive $500 off the non-member rental usage fee. 

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Secluded on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, The Resort at Longboat Key Club spans 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront with authentic Old Florida boardwalks. Just minutes from Sarasota, the expansive property offers seven unique and beautiful outdoor ceremony sites and three indoor event spaces.

The island’s white powdery beach features crystal clear aquamarine waters that make for a stunning ceremony backdrop. Other outdoor areas include a manicured lawn, 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!

The Don CeSar

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 landmark hotel offers multiple breathtaking ceremony backdrops, including uninterrupted spans of sugary sand along the glistening ocean, for a truly Florida feel. Couples may choose additional ceremony and cocktail spaces including lush gardenscapes and courtyards, as well as elegant ballroom reception spaces featuring historical architecture and stunning water or city views.

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’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.

MMTB readers receive a complimentary menu tasting*, a discounted guest room rate for the couple, and a bridal getting ready room.
*For events of $10,000++ or more.

The West Events

The West Events is an unrivaled event space offering its guests a modern, industrial-chic venue in the heart of its iconic, Old Florida location in Madeira Beach. As the premiere wedding venue in the area, The West Events offers couples the ability to pick their own vendors from some of Tampa Bay’s best or take advantage of the All Inclusive Packages! Mere steps away from white-sand beaches, The West Events provides clients with a non-traditional backdrop of raw brick walls and polished concrete floors and the freedom to transform this blank canvas into the Instagram-inspired, Pinterest-planned venue of your dreams. Choose your own vendors or hit the easy button with packages that include everything from planning, catering, bar, floral, dessert, entertainment, and more…

With over 5,000 sqft of indoor space and 2,000 sqft of outdoor courtyard space, The West Events can host smaller/intimate weddings as well as larger soireés. The entire venue is a blank canvas for your design, enabling you to curate any theme you wish. The floor plan is open and airy, allowing spaces to be both large and small. Whether your celebration is intimate or grandiose, The West Events is able to accommodate a space for your needs. There is a capacity of 250 for standing events and 175 for seated occasions. In addition to the inside areas that are available, there is also an outdoor courtyard that is attached to the indoor/outdoor bar. Self-parking is available on-site, while valet is encouraged for guests with larger headcounts.

The versatility of the venue allows for couples to utilize the entire venue for the ceremony and reception.  Only steps away from the venue, many couples choose to say ‘I do’ with their feet in the sand.  The Blue Ribbon rooms is primarily utilized for large indoor ceremonies or receptions with ample room for a dance floor.  For couples looking for either a buffet or food stations,  dining service can be set up in the West Wing, giving ample space in the main room for dining and dancing.  The courtyard may also be used long after cocktail hour, allowing guests to enjoy the sunset and sea breeze (you can often hear the ocean from the courtyard).  The main bar area is a few steps away from the main room, giving guests yet another area to mingle and celebrate.

MMTB readers receive a free neon sign valued up to $250 prior to signing a contract with the venue
May not be combined with other offers

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 beach wedding it showcases the best of what Florida has to offer. Couples can choose to host their celebrations directly on the award-winning beach, or they can choose the waterfront 10,000 square foot covered outdoor Sandpiper Deck, or the interior 20,000 square foot 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 can accommodate up to 650 guests and is ideal for vacationing out-of-towners 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.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is the newest AAA 4- Diamond resort lining the scenic Gulf shore. Inspired by the white sands and azure waters of one of America’s best beaches, this modern and chic resort is inspired by coastal views and features the largest ballroom on the beach at 22,000 square feet, which can host up to 500 guests. With 18-foot high ceilings, modern
touches, integrated color-changing lighting, and chandeliers throughout, the Dunes ballroom can be divided to accommodate
weddings of all sizes. Guests can flow in from an outdoor poolside Palm Lawn ceremony (which accommodates up to 100 guests) to the luxurious 5,000 square foot open foyer perfect for cocktail hour. For couples looking for a more intimate setting, The Pelican Ballroom seats up to 100 guests, and features a private outdoor terrace with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed beach wedding or black-tie affair, the Wyndham Grand can transform your wedding day into a weekend getaway for your guests with 343 rooms, including floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of the Gulf or Intracoastal Waterway. After relaxing at the full-service spa which includes a couples room, relaxation lounges, eucalyptus steam rooms, massages, and nail services, guests can refuel at the coffee bar, sip drinks at the poolside grille, indulge at the upscale Asian fusion restaurant Ocean Hai, and have a late-night snack through room service.

Wedding packages start at $156++/pp for a plated dinner and $168++/pp for a buffet, including a 4-hour bar, hors d’oeuvres, wedding cake, and champagne toast.

MMTB Readers receive a complimentary menu tasting* and a complimentary suite for the wedding couple on the night of the wedding.
*For events of $7,500++ or more.

About the Author

Anna Coats

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 talk show Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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