All Things Wedding

The Best Wedding Venues in Miami

by Alexandra Wolf
July 2, 2020

Not only does this city boast a lively arts and nightlife scene, but also beautiful beaches and uniquely multicultural neighborhoods. The Magic City offers so many amazing activities and sights; it’s no wonder you’d want to host your wedding here! Greater Miami is a host to some incredible wedding venues, and everyone can find something perfect for them. Check out our top venue picks for every kind of dream Miami wedding: 

On the Beach Venues

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

This luxury resort on the exclusive barrier island of Key Biscayne is minutes from Miami, but feels like the Caribbean. A wide array of event spaces, activities, and amenities make the Ritz-Carlton the ideal spot for a destination wedding — without the jet lag. Framed by tall palms, the Grand Lawn overlooks the gorgeous Atlantic ocean for your ceremony. Or choose to dig your toes in the sand and exchange vows at the water’s edge. Then choose from a dazzling portfolio of ballrooms, outdoor, and intimate spaces for the celebration of a lifetime! Their staff can handle every detail, no matter how unique, and will bring in chefs skilled at any type of cuisine. Catering can be customized to accommodate kosher, Indian and other culinary or ceremonial traditions, and cakes are works of art designed by the in-house pastry team. Enjoy the secluded luxury of Key Biscayne, and create the perfect wedding destination at this Miami resort.

Aqualina Spa and Resort

This grand, luxury resort showers you with individualized service. If you have always dreamed of getting married on a sparkling sandy beach with the Atlantic Ocean serving as your “something blue,” then Acqualina is the perfect destination for your fairy-tale wedding. With over four acres of stunning beachfront space on which to create your ideal celebration, you’ll appreciate the expertise of the personal planner to help you realize your dreams. Enjoy the sand, the ocean, and lawn in one fabulous location, with breathtaking ocean views and amazing flora. Indoor options include multiple European-styled banquet rooms. The resort’s amenities turn your wedding into a destination. Indulge in some serious pampering at the spa, a round of golf, nearby fishing, or just relaxing in the waves at the event your friends and family will never forget!

Retro Venues

National Hotel

The retro style and elegance of the 1930s and 1940s marks every inch of this incredible venue, from the palm trees lining the 205-foot-long pool, to the Art Deco design throughout the hotel. Exchange vows oceanside, or at one of their scenic swimming areas, where you can also set up tables and chairs for a relaxed outdoor reception. Newly renovated accommodations, including rich hardwood furnishings and luxurious bathroom features, will pamper your up to 150 guests in style. Miami Beach’s longest infinity-edge pool will set the serene scene for your outdoor reception, and your guests will adore the legendary grace of the location!

The Historic Alfred I. duPont Building 

Say your vows in Miami’s only Art Deco skyscraper, exuding historic extravagance and opulence. Tie the knot under an intricately painted cypress ceiling, between polished stone pillars and delicately hand-wrought iron grating. Dance with your partner on marble flooring while the band plays a slow tune from the stage. Completed as a bank headquarters in 1939, this historic building’s striking original décor remains. Your wedding will be held on the Mezzanine Level, featuring two ballrooms and fabulous period details like bas relief elevator doors, hand-painted wood ceilings, and wall-to-wall marble floors. If that’s not enough for you, more historical features can be seamlessly incorporated into your event at your request. You and your (up to 350) guests can order their drinks at the intricately detailed brass teller windows, and pose in the round entrance to the Safety Deposit Vault — a unique frame for a wedding photo!

Intimate Venues

The Setai

This beautiful Asian-influenced Art Deco building is set beside the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, a serene and memorable stage for your wedding. You can hold your ceremony on the beach beneath arched palm trees, then move into one of their highly rated and gorgeous restaurants for a sit-down dinner or cocktail reception. Be embraced by a profound sense of peace, from the serenity of Asian-inspired surroundings to intuitive luxury and personalized service. With sumptuous decor and a range of services and amenities that will leave everyone feeling rejuvenated, The Setai is an amazing intimate wedding venue.

Curtiss Mansion

An aviation pioneer’s original home captures the spirit of 1920s Florida. Glenn Hammond Curtiss, who once set world records for motorcycle riding, rivaled the Wright Brothers and teamed with Alexander Graham Bell, made this 15,000-square-foot mansion his sanctuary. This Historic Pueblo-Mission Revival-style estate was initially influenced by the owner’s close ties to the Seminole tribe. Its restoration has strived for historic accuracy, retaining features like adobe walls and courtyard, and adding modern conveniences for your event. Multiple spaces are available for intimate indoor, outdoor, and courtyard receptions or ceremonies, which can be held in the lush shaded grove, in front of a romantic bridge or under the elegant stone archway. The distinctive architectural details, rich history, and verdant tropical landscaping make this mansion the perfect setting for the couple looking for an unforgettable and personalized historic experience. So why not say “I do” under a bower of old-growth trees overlooking a golf course…or host an outdoor reception on the terrace with views of the lovely grounds! 

Big Guest List Venues

Deering Estate

The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist and early preservationist. The picturesque front lawn is lined with royal palms and blessed with endless views of Biscayne Bay. From the beautiful wooden gate to the lush covered path and two historic houses, this 450-acre historical preserve offers unlimited photo opportunities. Dine and dance under the stars in the flagstone courtyard, which is bordered by manicured gardens and the site’s historical homes. Set up a large tent on the lawn for a grand affair. Add on the Stone House package, and you’ll enjoy special access to this captivating building. Your reception will invite guests to immerse themselves in the house’s history, art, and architecture — and admire the current exhibit — as they stroll through the first and second floors. Deering Estate also gives you the flexibility to bring in your own specially selected team of outside vendors, such as caterers, florists, and decorations, so you can customize and create the event you have always dreamed of!

Coral Gables Country Club

This 1924 gem creates a Mediterranean Riviera in nearby Coral Gables. With flourishes like archways and porticos, fountains, and waterfalls, this 40,000-square-foot property is stunning from every angle and provides lovely indoor and outdoor settings for your momentous ceremony and reception. Five event spaces can be used in combination for a spectacular celebration. The elegant Coral Grand Ballroom impresses with marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers, rich cherrywood floors, and a dazzling foyer. The Atrium Room includes its own wine cellar and overlooks a poolside patio oasis through glass walls. Designed by world-class chefs, the menu incorporates Italian, Asian, and Latin flavors — perfectly Miami! All wedding packages are customizable and include cocktail-hour hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course meal with cake or a dessert, a 5-hour open bar, and a tasting for the couple 60 days prior to the wedding. The icing on the cake is the complimentary 3-month membership to the Coral Gables Athletic Club!

Affordable Venues

The Palms Hotel and Spa

This hotel’s enviable location on the wide beach means you can exchange vows with the ocean as your backdrop. Whether you want to walk along the sand or feel the sea breezes cooling the Gazebo Lawn and Veranda Terrace, the beautiful Atlantic will surround you. Diverse reception options range from tropical lawns to elegant ballrooms, so you can mix and match your spaces. Choose cocktails in tropical gardens and dinner in the Royal Palm Ballroom, combining sleek mirrored columns with the charm of plantation shutters. Spend your first night married together in a beautiful oceanfront guest room. You and your guests can also choose to linger a while, and unwind with some pampering at the spa, a dip in their pool, a walk on the beach, and fabulous food ranging from fresh sushi to succulent barbecues.

Schnebly’s Redland Winery

Discover Schnebly’s, the Southernmost Winery in the United States. Taste a variety of exotic tropical fruit wines as you are surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you can imagine, with over thirty acres of tropical gardens overflowing with palm trees. With flavors like lychee, mango, and avocado wine, it’s hard to be disinterested. Ceremonies can be held in the Courtyard, where a paved aisle leads to a beautiful waterfall. Why not take on island charm for the reception, in your choice of two thatched-roof tiki huts? The Grand Tiki hosts larger parties, while the more intimate Waterfall Tiki overlooks the waterfall… and both venues treat guests to panoramic views of the entire campus! Artfully designed farm-to-table menus, unique house wines and brews, and an on-site event coordinator make your life easier when planning your amazing tropical wedding. 

Garden Venues

Samsara Gardens

Transport your guests to another time and place at this Balinese-inspired oasis. Waterfalls, koi ponds, and lush gardens will create an incredible atmosphere, both peaceful and exotic. Hold your reception at the edge of a quiet pond, with the jungle-like foliage as a natural amphitheater. When it’s time to dine, guests can relax under the stars and dance beneath a rustic, hand-carved wood pavilion. Your catering and coordination will be handled by the best in the business, and they’ll take care of everything, from intriguing, creative menus to innovative floral and event design.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

If you’ve always longed for an extravagant garden wedding, then this venue is a floral fantasy come to life. Say your vows among 83 beautiful acres of lush foliage, punctuated by gorgeous water features, a coral rock grotto, and staircases surrounding a beautiful lily pond. With more than 3,400 species on display, you and your guests will spy palms, cycads, orchids and so much more throughout the various gardens and exhibitions. You can bring in your own chosen team of vendors to fully customize and tailor this venue to your vision. When you host your wedding, you also give something back to nature: feel good knowing that your rental fee helps support this nonprofit’s mission of promoting the conservation, study, and enjoyment of tropical plants!