Are you recently engaged and wondering where to get married in Orlando? The City Beautiful has no shortage of venues for weddings and vow renewals, whether you are only inviting those closest to you or a large crowd. It’s no wonder Orlando was recently named the best place to get married in the U.S.! When choosing where to tie the knot, people think of Disney’s Cinderella Castle or a ballroom reception at a local resort. While those venues make for beautiful weddings, our city has much more to offer for truly unique celebrations that show off our local style. Here are of our a few of our favorites. If you decide to have your special day at one of these local treasures, be sure to tag us in your pictures!
Pro tip: Take note of off-peak months and venues that offer discounts for weekday celebrations versus the standard weekend booking. Being flexible with your date will be well worth it when tallying up those vendor and venue costs.
An underrated yet stunning venue, the Maitland Art Center will provide an incredible backdrop for your occasion. This historical landmark is one of only 45 in the state of Florida, and one of only 10 that allow wedding ceremonies. There are four very different venues to choose from: Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, the Main Garden, Germaine Marvel Building, and the Cottage at Lake Lilly. For an intimate ceremony, you can reserve one of the venues for $220 to $1,100 (4-hour minimum). Wedding ceremony and reception packages are also available and start at $2,495. The venue can accommodate small affairs with up to 30 guests, as well as larger parties up to 150 depending on the venue selected.
Another historic venue, Casa Feliz has become an increasingly sought-after venue for weddings and vow renewal ceremonies. The venue can comfortably welcome up to 98 guests, and rental rates range from $1,600 to $2,975 depending on the day of the week and month. Choosing Casa Feliz has many advantages, some being the use of mahogany French Country Chairs for your ceremony and reception, use of Casa Feliz for your engagement photos, as well as the use of their cocktail and banquet tables. The venue accommodates indoor or outdoor ceremonies, as well as indoor or outdoor receptions, each one equally dazzling.
Quantum Leap Winery is the definition of a unique venue for a wedding or vow renewal. This beautiful winery makes you feel like you are somewhere far away, while still being close to Downtown Orlando and Winter Park. The Barrel Room is ideal for intimate affairs up to 35 guests, the Tasting Room welcomes up to 175 guests, and for an all-out party, the entire winery can be reserved for parties up to 400.
The Audubon Park Exchange Ballroom at East End Market, also known as the Apex, is located on the second floor of East End Market in Audubon Park. Featuring vaulted ceilings, custom woodwork, and gorgeous lighting, the space can accommodate up to 100 guests for either a ceremony or dinner reception. The outdoor courtyard can also be reserved for special events and holds up to 100 guests for either a ceremony or reception.
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For a stress-free ceremony, vow renewal or all-out affair in a scenic venue, The Acre is where you need to go. There are two packages available: Tying The Knot and The Garden Party. Tying The Knot is suited for larger celebrations, ranging from $3,000 for up to 50 guests to $5,000 for up to 250 guests (there is an additional charge of $500 on Saturdays and holidays). The Garden Party is perfect for a small, intimate ceremony with up to 20 guests. For $1,500, you’ll have the venue for 3 hours, chairs for your ceremony, a wedding officiant, and even a small wedding cake!
Regularly used as a venue for The Dinner Party Project events, 1010 West will surely take your guests’ breath away. Located behind a preserved early 1900’s storefront lies the alleyway that leads to this World War II airplane hangar. Entering the venue replicates a speakeasy vibe, building anticipation as guests enter the space. The interior has a rustic/industrial look, providing an experience not available at a typical wedding venue. Weekend prices start at $2,900 for 8 hours including market lighting, use of the kitchen area, and use of tables and 100 chairs. The venue’s capacity for guests is up to 250 seated and 300 cocktail style. Rentals are $1,600 on Wednesday or Thursday.
Feature image credit: Amalie Orrange Photography
Arlene Laboy is a photographer and writer, UCF alumna, and lover of all things local. A wife and a mother, Arlene shares her love for adventuring around Florida through her Instagram account, @arlenelaboyphoto. Find out more about Arlene here.