A Guide to Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue for Your Romantic Wedding in Florida


July 28, 2022

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Romantic Wedding Vow Renewal Bride and Groom at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami Florida

Plymouth Congregational Church by Michelle March Photography

Finding a romantic wedding venue in Florida is the first step in designing your dream wedding.  There is something so romantic about a venue rich in history and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Oftentimes, finding the perfect venue is the easiest way to set the mood for your wedding and wedding day portraits. When planning a destination wedding, this is also a great way to introduce your guests to the area and provide an unforgettable guest experience.

When looking for the perfect venue for your romantic wedding, here are five things you need to know.

1 Know Your Wedding Style

Your venue should match the formality and the mood of your personal wedding style. This includes your love and appreciation for details you want to highlight on your wedding day, as well as what you’d like to wear. If you love lace and glamour, a chateau may be ideal for you; if you love organic and natural details, a vineyard or garden would be great. The venue sets the stage for your wedding celebration and will also set the mood for your ceremony and reception. You can use the venue as inspiration for so many other details, including your menu, guests’ dress code and even favors for your guests. We love finding locations in Florida that evoke European landscapes, such as Bella Collina and the Ancient Spanish Monastery.

2 Know Your Guest Count

Before you start your search for the perfect romantic wedding venue, you need to know how many guests you’re having at your wedding. If you are planning an intimate wedding, the setting should be cozy and enhance the experience. There’s nothing more awkward than having a reception for 40 guests in a space that accommodates 400 or wanting to host 200 guests and realizing the maximum number of guests allowed at your dream venue is limited to 100. It’s also important to know that some venues require a ‘site fee’ for the use of their property, especially if it’s a historic venue. This fee is in addition to the costs for catering and services that may also be provided by the venue.

Romantic Bride Portrait Ancient Spanish Monastery in Florida

Ancient Spanish Monastery by Michelle March Photography

3 Know What You Love

We love matching our couples with the perfect romantic wedding venue, especially those hidden gems that are rich in architectural details or have a great story. Take the time to reflect on places you’ve visited together that you both love. Your wedding should reflect your love for each other while telling your love story, whether it’s a shared appreciation for a favorite destination, culture, or passion. We love the stories behind Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Ringling Museum just a few hours away in Sarasota, Fl.

4 Know Your Privacy Preference

Many of our favorite romantic wedding venues are historic public sites that remain open to the public during your ceremony. This includes historic landmark sites and museums, but also private grounds on some estates. If you want to host an exclusive and private event, ask about whether the public will have access to the site during your wedding when making your selection for the right romantic wedding venue.

Vizcaya Miami Museum and Garden Wedding Location

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami by Chelsey Boatwright

5 Know Your Portrait Style 

We love using a gorgeous romantic wedding venue as the location for both the ceremony and reception. This allows more time for beautifully styled wedding portraits and less time for guests to transfer between sites, which results in a relaxed mood for your celebration. Think about your ideal setting for your wedding day portraits when deciding if you should use the same or different locations.

Where would you like to have your portraits taken? Would you like to have a religious or non-denominational ceremony? Are there any requirements for your ceremony setup that restrict your location?  What would be the perfect backdrop and setting for your ceremony? 

There are many venues in South Florida that offer a gorgeous outdoor location for your ceremony and beautiful options for an elegant reception indoors.  This includes the Deering Estate and Biltmore Hotel (shown below).

Biltmore Miami Hotel Wedding Portrait

Biltmore Hotel Miami by Starfish Studios

Have you found the perfect romantic wedding venue yet? Contact us today to set up a consultation and design your dream wedding.

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