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NOVA 535

NOVA 535 is ideal for couples who want a wedding venue with unique character. With texture from the brick walls and hardwood floors and state-of-the-art uplighting, its natural decor provides a WOW factor all on its own.

When you first enter the brick courtyard you’re encompassed by zen and private towering 30-foot tall bamboo garden. You’ll completely forget you’re right in the middle of downtown St. Pete. The 4,000 square foot outdoor space seats 300 and is the perfect ceremony backdrop or outdoor cocktail style reception for 500 guests.

Inside, the dark and moody two-story reception space features original 1920 clay brick walls, Brazilian hardwood floors, 16-foot ceilings, and exposed original rafters. The double wrought iron staircase makes for the perfect grand entrance.

What couples love most about NOVA 535 is the versatility of the venue. Although it has a modern and industrial feel, the open floor plan and charm of the venue can complement any style decor and seat 270 guests downstairs and 80 on the second-floor balcony.

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Hyde House

Located in the coveted Hyde Park Village neighborhood, Hyde House features luxurious finishes and a high-end design that appeals to Tampa Bay’s most discerning and trendsetting couples.

From the moment of arrival at this posh new wedding venue, guests will marvel at the opulent details, from the Gucci floral wallpaper within the custom-built banquette seating to the impressive farm tables, and midcentury furnishings accented with lush fabrics and eye-catching fixtures. The only thing more alluring than the interior space is the fabulous views of charming Hyde Park Village from the upstairs open-air terrace.

 

Urban Stillhouse

The Urban Stillhouse offers a luxurious, lodge-like atmosphere in the heart of Florida. The distillery décor is reminiscent of a mountain getaway in the middle of Florida and most times needs very little to no extras to elevate it The 16,000 square foot, all-inclusive restaurant, bourbon distillery, and wedding venue features a dark, romantic, far-from-Florida twist.


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.

Ceremonies take place on the rooftop deck, with 360-degree water views, and can be officiated by the ship’s captain.

 


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 ent 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.

 

Red Mesa Events

When we think of downtown St. Pete, we think of character, charm, and uniqueness, which is the embodiment of St. Petersburg wedding venue Red Mesa Events.

The event venue, originally the home of downtown St. Pete’s first fire station, was fully restored in 2017, while still preserving the original features of the historic building.

The three-story wedding venue features multiple wedding spaces: an open-air courtyard restaurant, Red Mesa Cantina, perfect for rehearsal dinners or bridal showers,

a renovated ballroom, open-air bar & lounge, and a rooftop deck featuring stunning views of downtown St. Pete.

When you walk into the La Florida Ballroom, you’ll immediately notice the historic charm with its original whitewashed exposed brick walls, yet the event space features a modern touch with two majestic chandeliers, a white marble bar, stunning herringbone wood floor, and large windows overlooking downtown St. Pete. The 1200-square-foot ballroom seats 120 guests in a formal dining setting or 175 for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

 

Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute offers a unique wedding venue setting with a balance of natural elements and stunning architecture. The building features prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture with mahogany beams and woodwork throughout, imported Italian marble floors, and gorgeous natural light.

The atrium-style lobby boasts expansive windows that span the length of the facade with views of the

reflecting pool and adjacent marina. With a space this naturally beautiful, decor can be simple or not necessary at all; the venue alone is striking. The adjoining outdoor patio features poolside benches, perfect for post-ceremony cocktails and views of the

sunset. Though it’s in the middle of the city, the property provides privacy for an intimate feel and features colorful landscape and flora, offering numerous backdrops for photos.

 

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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