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8 Best Outdoor, Lush Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay isn't just beaches, we also have a vast variety of wedding venues with lush outdoor settings that showcase the Sunshine state's beautiful natural surroundings and blooming flora. From perfectly manicured golf courses to nature-filled pastures, discover the Best Outdoor, Lush Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay.

Covington Farm

Peaceful and serene, Covington Farm is Old Florida at its finest.

The family-owned, working horse farm is located on 75 rolling green acres and features lush pastures lined with mature, mossy oak trees, two sparkling lakes, and a 12,000 square-foot chandelier-filled iconic white barn venue that seats up to 275 guests and offers air-conditioning and heat.

Guests are instantly transported to the feeling of the North Georgia Mountains, although it's just north of Tampa Bay and minutes from local lodging, area VRBOs, and Airbnb locations.

Couples have multiple outdoor wedding ceremony sites to choose from, including a lake view backdrop
or underneath the towering oak trees. Lending to the natural surroundings, couples have access to purebred horses, mini horses, and an adorable donkey (who loves being in photos), along with lush grassy pastures, hayfields, and majestic lakeside trees.

The grand barn reception space is adorned with a grand crystal chandelier and eight vintage chandeliers suspended over an enormous dance floor.

Teachers and any first responders receive a $500 discount

Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club

For couples looking for a private club to host their wedding weekend, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club features a Grand Ballroom with 11′ ceilings, 25 boutique hotel rooms, and multiple wedding sites. This beautiful private golf and country club is tucked away in New Tampa with five different event spaces and incredible natural views.

The outdoor ceremony location, The Palms Verandah, overlooks a beautiful waterway, the lush golf course, and a pristine nature preserve with a picturesque water fountain backdrop. The covered space includes a brick-lined ceremony aisle, curved archways, white columns, and white folding chairs providing a grand outdoor venue with elegant touches.

Inside, the Grand Ballroom boasts 11-foot tray ceilings and French doors and windows, filling the room with natural light for up to 240 guests. With 25 on-site furnished suites complete with private balconies and picturesque views, guests can enjoy a weekend of activities including golf, tennis, and relaxing by the pool.

MMTB readers receive a complimentary upgrade to the hotel's Master Suite.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Spread out over 410 acres, The Resort at Longboat Key Club offers seven unique and beautiful ceremony sites and three indoor
event spaces. The outdoor areas feature lawn, beach, marina, and courtyard settings with space for up to 300+ guests, while the
indoor ballrooms can hold up to 250 people or 500 guests for a tented reception. With miles of private white-sand beach, a
heated gulf-front pool and Jacuzzi, five on-site restaurants and lounges, a 291-slip, deep-water marina, sailing and boating charters, watersports, and a 9.5-mile island path for biking or jogging (bicycles included), The Resort at Longboat Key Club is ideal for a destination wedding or staycation, giving your guests a true resort experience!

MMTB readers receive a 10% discount on select dates

Mill Pond Estate

Mill Pond Estate features four wedding ceremony and reception spaces, each with its own unique feel for couples looking to
incorporate Florida’s natural beauty into their wedding day. The all-inclusive venue includes catering and a full-service floral studio that specializes in luxurious, natural, garden-style floral designs and installations.

Couples can choose from three nature-immersed ceremony locations: The Flower Garden (an intimate location for up to 50 guests that boasts winding paths through flower beds), The Lilly Pond (where up to 150 guests are surrounded by weeping bottle brush trees and calming water), and The Broken Oak (perfect for vows with up to 150 of your loved ones under the whimsical branches of a centuries-old oak tree.)

Create stunning, artistic wedding portraits with multiple outdoor backdrops at picturesque locations throughout the 18-acre property. Host your reception under a grand sailcloth tent or be immersed below the starlit sky at The Grand Meadow as you party the night away surrounded by stunning natural vistas gilded with dazzling wildflowers The property is truly a blank slate so that your personal style can shine.

Simpson Lakes

This family-owned wedding venue is the perfect mix of classic, modern, and romantic with a touch of southern charm. They offer gorgeous spaces for weddings of any size and can easily accommodate up to 300 guests!

Couples can choose from two ceremony locations: the Oakside spot, complete with cobblestone tiles and glowing light posts under the canopy of sprawling oak trees draped in Spanish moss, or the Lakeside spot, which is between the two lakes, featuring an organically shaped island outfitted with beautiful railing, cobblestone pavers, and lush landscaping. The shaded cocktail patio features a stunning, custom-built pergola that stretches across the entire back half of the venue. It is outfitted with a custom bar and hanging Edison lights to give it the perfect amount of charm.

Extra large windows along the East side of Grand Room reception space boast panoramic views of the 120-acre property and its beautiful ancient oaks, open pastures, and crystal lakes.

The Concession Golf Club

The Concession Golf Club offers a pristine landscape set on a 520-acre Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with a nature-rich design that features 150-foot pine trees and 200-year-old oaks. The club, located in the prestigious Lakewood Ranch, offers multiple outdoor and ballroom options in a private setting. The expansive lawn, with lush greenery, features a stone and wood pergola surrounded by manicured topiaries creating the perfect ceremony altar backdrop and seats up to 350 guests.

The outdoor patio is ideal for cocktail hour or al fresco dinner party with a fire pit overlooking the greens. The multiple ballrooms feature classic architectural details and is adjacent to the patio, making it perfect for dancing under a canopy of bistro lights.

With convenient on-site lodging and restaurant, Concession Golf Club boasts a two-story, eight-bedroom lodge, four-bedroom cottages, and the cozier casitas for your wedding party, family, and guests making for an inclusive event weekend.

Mision Lago Ranch

Only 20 minutes from downtown Tampa, Mision Lago Estate, is a luxury all-inclusive venue complete with a celebrity chef kitchen, breathtaking views, immaculate landscape, and an unparalleled level of hospitality. The 20-acre lakefront property tucked away on enchanting Lake Thonotosassa provides an elegant and elevated rustic ranch setting, complete with five secluded event spaces with numerous choices for indoor and outdoor events.

Couples can choose from several ceremony backdrops, including lake views, vineyards, and The Enchanted Forest. The ever-green turf in the courtyard is perfect for hosting a ceremony or cocktail hour, surrounded by Sycamore trees, bistro lights, and a Koi pond with a waterfall. The large barn is ideal for receptions and includes traditional and farm tables and antler chandeliers.

Cross Creek Ranch

Cross Creek Ranch offers all-inclusive wedding packages with a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces perfect for couples looking for rustic, Southern charm. This Tampa Bay venue offers a lush ceremony site surrounded by gardens and towering ancient oak trees.

The Enchanted Forest can host up to 150 guests beneath the shade of towering oak trees, while The Secret Garden's landscape encompasses the space within a lush green surround for an intimate setting. Couples can also tie the knot in front of the majestic moss-clad branches of The Oak Tree.

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