6 historic Ybor Metropolis venues be a part of forces for a marriage tour

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6 historic Ybor City venues join forces for a wedding tour

Finding the perfect local wedding venue can be just a tram ride away.

At least that is the aim of Tie the Knot Ybor.

The opening event, scheduled for Sunday, will help guests tour six historic wedding venues in Ybor City in one day. Budding brides and grooms can hop to any location aboard a trolley, chat with vendors, view placemats and invitations up close, and even try a piece of cake.

“We want people to be in each of [the venues] and feel like you’re at a wedding party, ”said Cristal Lastra, vice president of sales and marketing at JC Newman Cigar Company.

JC Newman Cigar Company recently completed renovations and turned several rooms in the cigar factory into potential wedding destinations. The organization reached out to Ybor City’s other historic venues to band together, and Tie the Knot Ybor was born.

“There really is something for everyone in Ybor City,” said Lastra. “It’s the most historic, and it’s beautiful, and we want people to be aware of that.”

Hotel Haya is one of six wedding venues participating in Tie the Knot Ybor. [ Courtesy of Tie the Knot Ybor ]

The tour also includes stops at the Cuban Club, Italian Club, Centro Asturiano, Ybor City Museum, and Hotel Haya. A $ 10 ticket provides guests with refreshments at the venues, two drink tickets and a gift bag, and trolley rides between the function rooms. Over 70 local photographers, caterers, florists, DJs and other providers will be stationed in the venues. Guests can also enter to win a $ 5,000 honeymoon cruise courtesy of Expedia Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.

The event comes at an important time for the participating venues and wedding providers. The wedding industry is still trying to recover from a devastating period.

“We have suffered some pretty significant losses at venues due to the pandemic,” said Lastra. “Many have postponed, but many have not.”

As a precaution against the coronavirus, unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks. The starting points for the guests were also staggered in order to avoid overcrowding of the event locations.

Each room has different vibes and functions, said Patrick Manteiga, president of the Cuban Club Foundation. He hopes the attendees will find the right place for them during the event.

“We wanted to sell Ybor as a whole as a good wedding venue,” he said. “You can have a church wedding, you can have your reception in one of the clubs, you can have the rehearsal dinner there the night before.”

When you go

Tie The Knot Ybor takes place on Sunday, August 22, from 11am to 4pm at six historic venues in Ybor City. The tram runs every 25 minutes. Tickets are $ 10 and can be purchased at www.tietheknotybor.com.