One of the first steps in planning your special day is choosing a venue. Thankfully, Tampa Bay has a lovely selection of wedding venues to choose from!

It was a tough job to stick to our top 9, so we got help from Tampa Bay wedding expert Anna Coats, owner and editor of Marry Me Tampa Bay.

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Clear water

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Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Address: 400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater

Capacity: up to 500 guests

Get married in a private beach location at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Choose from four reception locations: Sandpiper Deck, Flamingo Deck, Water’s Edge Ballroom or Grand Ballroom.

According to Coats, the decks have been renovated for an even fresher feel.

The prices vary from the low season (July – September) to the high season (October – June). All food and drinks must be provided by the hotel.

The hotel offers parking spaces for one vehicle per room as well as a free night for the newlyweds.

Check out their wedding brochure here.

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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Address: 301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach

Capacity: up to 220 guests

If you’re looking for exceptional views of the Gulf of Mexico against the backdrop of your wedding, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is the place for you.

The hotel offers 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Choose from 6 different indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony / reception, including the wedding right on Clearwater Beach.

For anyone looking for a beach feel without being in the sand, the Sky Terrace is a great venue option. Located 16 stories above Clearwater Beach, it offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway.

For you and your guests you will receive discounted room rates as well as a free guest room with champagne for the newlyweds on their wedding night.

And when you celebrate your special day at Hyatt hotels or resorts around the world, earn free nights for your honeymoon.

Check out the brochure for curated menu options and additional wedding information.

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Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events

Addresses: 25 Causeway Boulevard Slip # 55, Clearwater & 603 Channelside Dr, Tampa

Capacity: up to 600 guests

Nothing says as much about Florida as getting married on a boat.

The Starship yacht features Florida’s largest fleet of wedding yachts and is the first American yacht to be awarded three AAA diamonds.

Set sail and enjoy the perfect blend of breathtaking views, freshly cooked cuisine and great entertainment for your wedding ceremony and reception. Choose from four different ships depending on your wedding size.

All package options include consultation with the wedding coordinator, one hour ceremony rehearsal, disc jockey, sitting or buffet wedding menu, coffee and iced tea, champagne toast, cake cutting and service, tablecloths and napkins, ceremonial music, service fee, and sea fees.

Take a look at the charter kit for package options.

Docking locations are offered in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Tarpon Springs. Note, however, that moving and docking fees may apply.

St. Petersburg

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The Don CeSar

Address: 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach

Capacity: up to 250 guests

Weddings were held at the Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach for over a century.

The Don CeSar has 38,000 square meters of wedding and event space that you can use on your special day. Have your ceremony in the courtyard overlooking the tropical gardens or on the beach while listening to the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Choose from 6 reception locations, including indoor and outdoor areas. Find out more about the venues here.

Experienced planners will help you with every detail, from rehearsal meals to farewell brunch. Additional services include on-site decor and coordination, customized menu options and planning, valet parking, shuttle service, and more.

Special hotel room rates are available for the wedding reception where you can enjoy panoramic views of St. Pete Beach.

According to Marry Me Tampa Bay, if you get married at Don CeSar in January, July, August, or September, get a discounted minimum food and drink offer and special menu deals.

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Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club

Address: 6000 Sun Blvd, St. Petersburg

Capacity: up to 250 for reception

Isla Del Sol offers panoramic views of Boca Ciega Bay. Get married on their glistening private beach with a gazebo or ask for an indoor area overlooking the bay.

Take advantage of a beautiful wraparound bar and lounge area perfect for a cocktail hour, and for your reception enjoy exclusive private access to the Grand Ballroom overlooking Boca Ciega Bay.

Isla Del Sol wedding packages include country club food and drink, entrees, linens, china, glassware, cutlery, champagne toast, vendor referral assistance, and the help of an experienced events specialist.

According to Marry Me Tampa Bay, receive a 10% to 15% discount on reception packages at the end of June-September / weekday (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, all year round)

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Nova 535

Address: 535 Dr. MLK Jr. St N, St. Petersburg

Capacity: up to 300 for ceremonies | up to 490 for both indoor and outdoor dining

This 100 year old historic venue is located in downtown St. Pete.

There are four beautiful rooms that you can use: upper floor, lower floor, courtyard and private suites to get ready. They only host one event at a time, so you don’t have to worry about sharing the venue.

External caterers are welcome and wedding rehearsals are included in the rental price.

You can find the full pricing guide here.

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The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Address: 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg

Capacity: Up to 400 for the ceremony

The Vinoy in downtown St. Pete has 60,505 square feet of event space and is located on the waterfront with views of the marina.

Your ceremony can take place in the tea garden, which provides a serene outdoor setting, or on the esplanade, which offers spectacular views of the bay. Depending on the size of your wedding, choose between indoor and outdoor reception locations.

Trained wedding planners will help you coordinate your big day. Use the wedding cake service or choose your own cake seller (there is a cake cutting fee, however). Here you can view the options for the wedding package.

If you choose to stay at the hotel, you will have spacious accommodations with great views of the water.

Mention the promise to get away when you submit your wedding inquiry and you can earn triple Marriott Rewards points for every dollar you spend.

Tampa

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Anchor work

Address: 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa

Capacity: Up to 550 for reception

In addition to being a popular meeting place in the Tampa Heights neighborhood, Armature Works is an excellent choice for a wedding venue.

Have your reception at The Gathering (includes two 9 ‘× 16’ LED video walls and The Courtyard can be used as additional outdoor space) or the theater (a more intimate space that has historically been a bar and a stage-equipped performance space that from the tram workers of the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) supposed to unwind after a long day of work).

Exposed brick and hardwood floors paired with breathtaking views of the Hillsborough River and the downtown Tampa skyline add to the ambience.

Armature Works also offers intimate wedding package options for up to 50 guests.

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The bunker

Address: 611 N Franklin St, Tampa

Capacity: up to 300 for cocktail receptions | up to 200 for seated dinners

This historic neoclassical building in the Arts District of downtown Tampa was built in 1919 as the Exchange National Bank and still has the historic walk-in vault as part of its 6,000 square foot indoor rental space.

According to Coats, some couples use the vault for their photo booth or cake display.

The floor-to-ceiling window walls offer breathtaking views of the Tampa Bay skyline. Guests can take advantage of the mezzanine on the second floor to overlook the open gallery below.

There is also a charming private park to host your cocktail party before or after your main event.

The Vault offers spectacular wedding menus and customer service with special attention to detail. If you choose to have a home or other wedding venue, the team can hire the professional events team to make your special day phenomenal.

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