The Poynter Institute

Downtown St. Pete – The Poynter Institute is a modern architectural gem, featuring rich mahogany, granite, and keystone details along the waterfront in downtown St. Pete.


The Poynter Institute Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

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Tall Gold Flower Stand | Green Folding Chair Seating Inspiration | Dark Wood Wedding Reception | Fuchsia and Gold Acrylic Table Numbers | Tampa Bay Venue Poynter Institute

Vibrant Jewel-Toned Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Poynter Institute

We invited 150 people, so we needed a large capacity. I'm a plant lover, so my original preference was for a garden venue, but my mother had been to The Poynter Institute and convinced us to check it out. I remember coming back and telling her, ‘you were right; we kind of loved it.'

The Great Hall is just beautiful, and the rich, orangey wood was right up my alley. The courtyard is gorgeous, and I bought purple, orange, and teal pillows for the benches to make it comfortable and inviting. Ultimately it had everything we wanted and was super reasonably priced, too!

The reflecting pool area was a cool bonus, and I was thrilled that people used it. Once the night cooled down, we threw open the doors, and half the party went outside while a refreshing breeze embraced the dance floor. Ultimately, it had everything we wanted and was reasonably priced, too!

-Alex and Julian
Modern Minimal Wedding Reception Decor, White Tables and Gold Chiavari Chairs with Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | St. Pete Wedding Venue Poynter Institute

Minimalist White and Green Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Poynter Institute

We quickly realized that we were looking for a reception venue that would allow us to bring any vendor of our choice, was close to the church, and would offer us ample event time.

The Poynter Institute checked all of our boxes! We were able to have the venue space for eight hours, and we had the ability to design every aspect of our wedding. We instantly visualized our wedding reception as soon as we stepped into the gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired venue.

We are so happy that we chose the Poynter Institute as our reception venue. The venue was versatile offering many different areas for cocktail hour and dinner. Our guests appreciated that there was free parking, and how close it was to the downtown St. Pete area, and we enjoyed working with their event manager, Andrew, to plan our event. He was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole process.

-Midori and Andrew