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Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535
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NOVA 535 Unique Event Space

What We Love About NOVA 535 Unique Event Space

LGBTQIA-Friendly
Pet-Friendly

Downtown St. Pete – NOVA 535 is ideal for couples who want a wedding venue with unique character. With texture from the brick walls and rare Brazilian Cumaru hardwood floors and state-of-the-art up-lighting, 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 250 and is the perfect ceremony backdrop or outdoor cocktail style reception for 300 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. And don’t forget our TEN clean, spacious and luxurious Restroom Suites!

Our custom built “My NOVA Event” planning and event management system helps you relax, resting assured that while we do all the hard work, so you can have all the fun!

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About Our Venue

490 seated for dinner inside and out
260 seated dinner downstairs
80 seated dinner upstairs
150 seated dinner outside courtyard

775 for cocktails inside and out
300 cocktails outside
475 cocktails inside
350 downstairs
125 upstairs

4 Spaces. All For You.

[1] DOWNSTAIRS

220 seated with dance floor
260 seated dinner
300 seated theater style
350 cocktails
Original 1920 Clay Brick Walls
Brazilian Hardwood Floors
16-foot ceilings with original wood rafters

[2] OUTSIDE

Private, Brick and Bamboo Courtyard
150 seated for dinner
250 seated theater/ceremonies
300 cocktails
Real Clay Antique Bricks
Beautifully Lit, Tropical 30 foot tall Bamboo
Room for 3 Food Trucks

[3] UPSTAIRS

[3.1] UPSTAIRS: LOUNGE

80 seated dinner
125 cocktails
Bar and Lounge Area

[3.2] UPSTAIRS: OUTDOOR BALCONY

Beautiful views of Bamboo Courtyard
Large Party Space
Smoking and Cocktails Area

[3.3] UPSTAIRS: DJ BOOTH

Floats over Main Gallery
Plug and Play
DJ brings mixer and music, we got the rest
[4] SUITES

Private access to outside
Sparkling Clean
“Top 10 Best Restrooms in the USA”

[4.1] GET READY SUITE
2 private restrooms
makeup lighting and mirrors
sinks, couch, dress hangers

[4.2] SUPERNOVA SUITE
Italian Travertine shower bathroom
Plenty of mirrors and make-up lighting
Separate HDTV and Sound System

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What Couples Love About Our Venue

  • The unique texture and non-ballroom look of a historic 1920 building with all of the modern comforts and conveniences featuring hardwood floors, brick walls, twin wrought iron staircases to the VIP loft, private balcony, and SpeakEasy private entrance. Multiple rooms to explore and enjoy. SUPERNOVA bridal suite.
  • Private lush bamboo courtyard perfect for St. Pete wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties.
  • Ten world-class restroom suites and getting-ready rooms.
  • State-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video systems.
  • Flexible catering options: multiple catering options, not just one like at hotels and most other venues.
  • Exclusivity: we only perform one event at a time…YOURS!

Associations & Awards

“Best Place for a Wedding“
“Best Swanky Events Space”
“Best Place to Get Married”
“Brides Choice Awards“
“St. Petersburg Beautification Award”
“Best Holiday Party Venue“
“Top 10 Best Restrooms in the U.S.A.“
“Best Blank Canvas“
“America’s 65 Highest-Rated Wedding Venues“
“Couples Choice Awards”

Pricing & Packages

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: $695/hour

Friday: $995/hour

Saturday, Holidays: $1,295/hour

*venue rental only, plus 7% tax, see below for complete pricing info

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The Ceremony


Outdoor Brick and Bamboo Garden Courtyard: Private, spacious, enclosed 4,000 square foot antique brick courtyard surrounded by massive bamboo trees for a seclusive, unique setting.

Inside Gallery Event Space: Features 16 foot tall red brick walls and Brazilian Cumaru hardwood floors with incredible lighting, sound, and video systems built-in and ready to go.

The Cocktail Hour


NOVA 535 offers a delightful cocktail hour UPSTAIRS inside the VIP lounge or head OUTSIDE to our private, spacious, lush brick and bamboo courtyard!

The Reception


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, 250 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 (for up to 200 guests), 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.

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The Food & Drink


NOVA 535 offers ENDLESS FOOD MENU OPTIONS via our extensive preferred catering list, plus up to 3 food trucks fit in our courtyard.

NOVA 535 provides full liquor bar service. All beverages must be provided by NOVA.

Location

535 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

Meet the Team

April

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.

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April Sherwin | NOVA 535 Sales and Event Manager

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.

  • There were a few must-haves with the venue. We wanted to be the only event happening in the space and have a mix of indoor and outdoor. We also wanted things not to be too feminine and loved NOVA 535’s rod iron and exposed brick as it felt more masculine for two guys getting married. Most importantly, no carpet, and NOVA hit all the marks. We loved the outdoor space lined in bamboo. Both the inside and outside had red brick with rod iron, which gave it a historic and masculine vibe while also feeling elegant. The lighting at night is gorgeous, and they have a “Big Ass Fan” above their dance floor.

    – Jake and Mike |
  • We chose NOVA 535 specifically because they brought our vision to life, and it itself did not require a ton of extra decor. It’s beautiful on its own!

    NOVA is a modern industrial space with both indoor and outdoor space to be able to have both our ceremony and reception there.

    – Emily and Greg |
  • We looked for a place that had New Year’s Eve availability and that would allow us to have a late-night wedding. Our wedding began at 7:30 p.m. and went on until 1 a.m. We also knew our wedding would be a formal event, so we needed a venue that fit the elegant New Year’s Eve theme. Finding a wedding venue that had an outdoor and indoor space was important to us, which ended up saving our wedding day as it poured all day, and we had to move our planned outdoor ceremony inside. We looked for an open space that would make the venue feel big as we planned a guest list of over 100 people. We also looked for a venue that was dog friendly as we incorporated our dogs into our wedding day.

    From the day we went on a venue tour at NOVA 535, we were sold. NOVA was our dream wedding venue as it has so many locations for different parts of the day all in one. All of the staff were amazing and very responsive. They were quick to answer any questions and helped us brainstorm ways to make our wedding unique to us. We chose NOVA because it allowed us to have our ceremony outdoors, under the lights, and then move inside for the reception for a more glamorous feel. Unfortunately, it did rain on our wedding day, but NOVA was quick to be able to move our ceremony inside, which was equally as beautiful! We loved that NOVA allowed us to have our wedding into the new year, so we were able to countdown together.

    – Carly and Zach |
  • “NOVA 535 was the only place we visited for a wedding venue and soon as we stepped through the doors, we instantly knew that we HAD to get married here. The brick walls, wrought iron staircases, art work, wood floors, exposed ceiling with a huge fan, it was everything we loved and more! Everyone kept talking about how amazing this different venue site was. Michael and Ruby of NOVA 535 were absolutely amazing; they went above and beyond my expectations. They would bend over backwards to make sure that your day was perfect and you got everything you wanted for your special day.”

    – Abby and Randy |
  • “We wanted something intimate and romantic. NOVA 535 was a complete package. The bamboo courtyard and the brick walls were exceptional! From the day that we had our tour up to our wedding day, they never disappointed us. Ruby was our day-of coordinator and she did an awesome job. All the staff members were very professional. We were so amazed about how everything turned out!”

    – Glenne and Jordan |
  • “We wanted a space where the building itself could serve as decoration and could help create the backdrop to the event. NOVA 535 was perfect. The renovated space with the exposed brick walls and the height of the venue was a big draw. The adjacent courtyard was also a plus because it was private and not a far walk to the reception. With the venue having a lot of character already built in, we built upon and took cues from what was there to create our own unique setting for our event. It was also great that there was catering and dressing rooms for us to use. The service at NOVA was great. They made sure we understood all that was going to happen and helped us make last minute changes because of the weather. Their list of vendors also gave us a great starting point.”

    – Jessica and Jacob |

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