THE BEST OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUES IN SOFLO
It’s no secret that planning a wedding is extremely stressful and time-consuming. It can become even more tedious when you’re planning one in the middle of a pandemic. However, no need to fear, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor wedding venues for your socially-distanced, open-air wedding dreams.
Key Largo Lighthouse is a service that offers customizable wedding packages and beautiful Key Largo beach venues. One of the best, Coral Beach, is absolutely gorgeous with a private beach house estate that can be rented out fully to accommodate you, your partner, and your guests. Coral Beach offers privacy on its secluded shore, complete with swaying palm trees, sparkling waters, tranquil garden areas, and more. The area can fit up to 300 guests and bar services and wedding vendors are offered if you wish to enlist them. The on-site lodging can accommodate up to 24 guests with 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. Perfection.
VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS
Vizcaya is certainly one of the most magical places in all of Miami. The massive 1916 mansion that was once home to James Deering can be described as a castle of sorts and the Italian Renaissance gardens and ancient architecture add an extra layer of fairy tale ambiance. When you rent Vizcaya out during the evening, it can accommodate up to 500 guests. The evening hours are between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. The area provided for the wedding provides access to the inner courtyard, outside terraces, and gardens. The base rental fee is $12,500 for Friday–Sunday and Tuesdays or $7,500 for Monday–Wednesday and Thursdays.
W SOUTH BEACH
W South Beach is one of the more well-known hotels in the popular tourist destination of SoBe. The hotel is dazzling and they aim to make your wedding perfect with seven event rooms, three maximum breakout rooms, over 14,500 sq. ft. of event space, and a maximum capacity of almost 500 people in certain venues. There are ballrooms, baroque gardens, beaches, and indoor and outdoor wedding venues to impress your guests. A highlight of W South Beach is their Whatever/Whenever® team, which offer personalized wedding assistance. Their expert catering staff can also help the planning process go a lot smoother.
THE ANCIENT SPANISH MONASTERY
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
The Ancient Spanish Monastery is an authentic 12th-century monastery that was shipped to the United States in the 1920s and then reassembled in the ‘60s. It’s absolutely stunning with the option of either a chapel or garden wedding. There’s three different chapels to choose from. The Main Chapel can hold up to 150 guests and fees include an organist and pipe organ. If a garden wedding is more up your alley, the monastery’s formal garden is flawless. It has over 20 acres of rare palms, Spanish oaks, cycads, banyans, flowering trees, and more. There are five outdoor spaces for your wedding, which can accommodate up to 300 guests!
The Biltmore Hotel is one of South Florida’s most famous landmarks. Renowned for its historic charm and Mediterranean architecture, the hotel boasts elegant ballrooms with grand architectural ornaments, as well as a terrace, back lawn, courtyard, fountain, and other venues for your big day. The reception will be equally picturesque with options like the medieval-inspired Danielson Gallery, the lavish Country Club Ballroom complete with elegant chandeliers and columns, and others. The Biltmore’s wedding team promises personalized service and luxury resort amenities. There’s also the Biltmore Event Design team that will help you create your dream wedding every step of the way!
Samsara Gardens is a hidden gem in Miami. This exotic botanical oasis is Balinese-inspired with towering, shady trees hovering over the venue, koi ponds filled with lily pads, tons of bright flowers, rustic pavilions, and waterfalls. A flat rate includes an off-duty officer for six hours of the event, a Bridal Suite, luxury A/C bathrooms, valet for 150 guests, and capacity for 200 guests. Their in-house team of South Florida’s top event professionals will also be on-site to help you nail each detail of your wedding. They have event packages that span event design, floral decor, catering, furniture, and entertainment and coordination.
THE DUPONT BUILDING
If larger than life is how you would describe your ideal wedding, this might be the venue for you. The interior of the building includes elaborate brass work, marble floors, hand-wrought ornamentation, and hand-painted ceilings. There are also two ballrooms and 22,000 square feet lined with Tennessee marble for you and your guests to explore. If that’s not enough, you can also order a drink from a bartender who’s working behind a 1930s hand-wrought bank teller window and then sip it in the original bank vault. The best part might be the unrestricted hours, available so you can have an all-night party, Miami style.
THE BATH CLUB
The Bath Club is Miami Beach’s oldest membership club and was recently reimagined by Apicii. The 1920s estate includes over 3 acres of secluded, white sand beaches; and 26,000 square feet of newly reinvigorated event space. You will certainly feel as if you’re in a different era as you enter The Bath Club’s bougainvillea-filled courtyard and historic rooms. There are plenty of venues within the property to choose for your wedding like The Grand Ballroom, with high ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, and floor to ceiling windows; or the Historic Ballroom Courtyard Terrace, which is a tree-lined, colorful outdoor oasis that will wow your guests.
THE RITZ CARLTON BAL HARBOUR
Set against a magnificent backdrop of ocean views, clear skies and crashing waves, you and your partner will feel as in love as ever celebrating at the Ritz- Carlton Bal Harbour. Venues are offered for both the ceremony and the reception, each providing a different experience. For the ceremony, consider Water’s Edge, a 900 sq. ft. grassy space surrounded by palms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Haulover Beach. The wedding advisors and experts will help you each step of the way to plan the best night of your life. There are also wedding packages to help the eventful day go even smoother!
Estancia Culinaria is a magnificent farm in Homestead that is family-owned and known for hosting lovely events. It encompasses 15 acres and is an oasis of calm complimented by an “old world” wooden farmhouse, horse paddocks, coral rock chapel, more than 800 trees, and serene walking trails. The farm is so secluded and private that you have to request a visit on the website to receive their address! Nonetheless, numerous weddings have been hosted here and the pictures show happy couples and stunning backdrops. If you’re looking for a relaxed, rustic, country-style wedding, this is the best venue to make those dreams come true!
By Selene Rivera