Downtown St. Pete – 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.
As you enter NOVA’s beautifully lit private courtyard you’re encompassed by a 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 industrial 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.
Outdoor Brick and Bamboo Garden Courtyard: Private, enclosed brick 4,000 sq. ft. courtyard surrounded by bamboo trees for a seclusive, unique setting.
Inside Gallery Event Space: Features 16′ red brick walls and hardwood floors with incredible lighting, sound, and video systems built-in and ready to go.
The Cocktail Hour:
Cocktail hour is available in either the indoor or outdoor spaces.
NOVA 535 offers both indoor and outdoor options for your reception, with the two-story indoor event space being the most popular. NOVA 535 features original 1920 clay brick walls, Brazilian hardwood floors, and 16-foot ceilings with exposed original rafters.
- 200 dining inside with large dance floor, 260 dining inside with no dance floor (plus room for 80 more guests upstairs), 450 dining inside and out, 500 cocktails inside 800 inside and out
- Lighting, sound, and DJ available
Venue rental fee includes: Two getting-ready suites, free convenient parking, tables, modern black chairs, designer couches and lanterns with oil candles, and vases for decorating. Three hours of setup and one hour of breakdown, and one-hour ceremony rehearsal.
The Food & Drink:
NOVA 535 has an extensive list of preferred caterers and food trucks for couples to choose from.
NOVA 535 provides bar service, no outside beverages are allowed.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: $595/hour
Thursday, Friday, Sunday: $995/hour
Saturday, Holidays: $1,195/hour
*venue rental only, plus 7% tax, see below for complete pricing info
Special Offer for Marry Me Tampa Bay Readers:
$500 bar credit when you mention Marry Me Tampa Bay at the time of booking.
April was born and raised in St. Pete, Florida. Graduating with a degree in Hotel, Tourism, and Event Management from New York University, she worked as the event coordinator for NYU Law School for 5 years. After then working as the Assistant Director of Events for the Harold Pratt House, a beautiful 2-story 1920s townhouse mansion on Park Avenue, she relocated back home in January 2020. April is obsessed with anything rose gold (which includes rosé wine), and loves being a part of her client’s own love story. April is also CMP certified.
NOVA 535 Unique Event Space Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:
Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.
Industrial Dusty Blue Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
When searching for a wedding venue, I really wanted a unique place that had a brick industrial look and could comfortably fit all of our guests. I wanted a venue that was memorable and had as much included as possible, such as table, chairs, linens, etc. I was also looking for a venue that was flexible with food vendors. NOVA 535 was able to provide all of this and more.
We knew that we wanted NOVA 535 as our venue right after our very first tour. They had plenty of space, and the venue is gorgeous! I knew that I would not have to worry about having too many decorations because the space is beautiful on its own. NOVA 535 also has staff that assists with the day of operations. I did not have a wedding planner, so this was a huge asset to ensure the day ran smoothly. NOVA 535’s staff was so easy to work with and was always very responsive to all of our questions. Our wedding day ran seamlessly, and a huge part of that is because of NOVA 535’s awesome staff.
Modern, Tropical Green and Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
The first consideration we had when looking for a wedding venue was that we were allowed to use our own caterer. When we started wedding planning, I worked for Ruth's Chris Steak House and knew that we wanted to have their sizzling steak on our wedding day. The second thing we looked for was A/C for the reception. We didn't want to have to tent an area or worry about sweating in the Florida heat.
NOVA 535 came as a top suggestion from our catering manager. The moment we opened the gate to the courtyard, we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Having the bamboo background for our ceremony photos was beautiful, and the exposed brick inside was perfect. Not only was the venue gorgeous, but our coordinator, Ruby, also provided amazing service through the planning process. On our initial site visit, Ruby provided us with a custom quote on everything we would need to make it happen. She was quick to return calls, emails, and set us up for success. Stephany, our day-of coordinator, was fantastic. She helped with setup, coordinating wedding parties, and keeping everything flowing according to plan. As an event planner myself, I always look at the minor details, and they did not miss a beat.
Classic Black and White Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
Simple! I did not want to deal with decorations, and I wanted a venue that had the atmosphere already built in it.
NOVA 535 was actually the first venue I looked at, and I was completely hooked! The service was absolutely amazing. April was by far the best customer service I have ever had in my life.
Elegant Sage Green and Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
I wanted it to be as all-inclusive as possible. I wanted to have as many components of the wedding in one place and not have to juggle and coordinate different vendors. NOVA 535 was exactly that.
When I first walked into the courtyard, I fell in love with all the bamboo and greenery. I could instantly see our ceremony happening there. Then when we walked in and talked with April, and she showed me all the details included in the price, it made it very easy to move forward. NOVA had so much to offer that we didn't have to decorate too much. The staff was incredible, and the communication from day one until the wedding day was spot on. NOVA went above and beyond to make the day run smoothly and had the smaller details that made it unique to us! We could tell they know how to handle weddings and large weddings at the rehearsal.
Dark and Moody Goth-Inspired Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
We looked for a venue that had both indoor and outdoor options. We also looked for a venue that matched our personal style and wouldn’t feel too big or empty.
We really loved the look of NOVA 535 inside and out! We loved working with them, and their flexibility with our cover band request was truly wonderful. The staff was very nice and surprisingly offered a lot of words of support and encouragement the moments before we walked down the aisle!
Whimsical Jewel-Toned Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
We looked for ambiance, the flexibility of a venue to ensure all of our unique needs were met as well as a place that demonstrated an LGBTQ safe space.
We chose NOVA 535 because they checked all of our boxes in making sure our wedding met our unique style and requests. NOVA 535 was not only able to meet but exceeded our expectations due to their client-first approach. We couldn't have been happier with how our wedding day turned out. They made the entire planning process easy, and they were very detailed oriented.