Unique Wedding Venues
Unique Wedding Venues Traditional weddings aren’t…
Live your Florida’s love story at these venues filled with history and art.
The Palm Beaches have a storied past that dates back to before Henry Flagler brought the East Coast Railway to West Palm Beach in 1894. The boom to the area that came with the railway led to an incredible variety of venues that are still available for your wedding and reception. If you’re looking to celebrate your big day surrounded by local history or with vintage flair, look no further than these incredible historic and artistic wedding venues in The Palm Beaches.
The Addison in Boca Raton is a perfect blend of beautiful architecture and history. Designed by famed architect Addison Mizner in 1926, this outstanding venue offers a glimpse into Old World Florida and the glitzy 1920s. Host a ceremony under the shade of the 100-year-old Banyan trees, enjoy a reception in one of beautiful event spaces and truly be a part of Florida history.
The former West Palm Beach residence of Ann Weaver Norton has been turned into the incomparable Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Listed under the National Register of Historic Places, it was designed by Maurice Fatio in 1925 and features a collection of over 100 works, including nine monumental sculptures by the artist. The luscious tropical gardens are ideal for an intimate, outdoor wedding under the stars.
The Boynton Woman’s Club is a hidden gem of a venue. It was designed by Addison Mizner, built from 1925 to 1926, and has served the community ever since. From a hurricane shelter to Red Cross/USO center to cultural center, this venue holds an immense amount of local history. Weddings can utilize the whole building for ceremony and reception, allowing guests to enjoy the steeped history of the space.
When Henry Flagler extended the East Coast Railway to The Palm Beaches, he quickly realized those visitors needed a place to stay. He built the Palm Beach Inn (officially renamed The Breakers in 1901) along the oceanfront of Palm Beach in 1896 and it’s become a premier oceanfront resort in the United States. This one-of-a-kind venue is filled with history and glamour. If you want a world-class experience with top-notch service for your wedding day, look no further than The Breakers.
Built in 1902, Whitehall served as Henry Morrison Flagler’s winter home on the shores of the Intracoastal. It’s been meticulously restored in all of its Gilded Age glory and stands as a testament to Flagler’s vision to put Palm Beach on the map. The grounds and venue are perfect for a wedding celebration. The Flagler Kenan Pavilion is home to Flagler’s private railcar No. 91 and also boasts panoramic views of the Intracoastal and West Palm Beach skyline for some incredible sunsets.
The iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was built in 1860 and is one of the oldest structures in Palm Beach County. At the base of the steps to the lighthouse is a beautiful deck and gazebo shaded by an almost 80-year-old ficus tree that overlooks the sparkling water of Jupiter Inlet. It’s historic, picturesque and easily recognizable with that red exterior, making it a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony.
The Lake Worth Casino Building was opened in 1922 and included slot machines until the mid-1930s, when the city outlawed gambling. In order to remain true to that history, they decided to keep “Casino” in the name after recent renovations. The event space is on the top floor and has spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal. You can even opt for a ceremony in the sand of Lake Worth Beach.
Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art was the first art institution in South Florida. The core of the collection was amassed as private pieces for the Norton Family and the museum has been adding ever since. After the renovation in 2019, it quickly became a favorite for weddings in West Palm Beach. With indoor and outdoor spaces filled with memorable art, you’re bound to find the perfect spot for your celebration.
Few know that in 1904, a group of pioneering farmers from Miyazu, Japan came to the area to form the Yamato Farming Colony, thanks to a subsidiary of Flagler’s East Coast Railway. The colony didn’t last but the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach pays tribute to that historical connection between South Florida and Japan. When you set foot on the grounds, you feel transported to Japan itself. With cascading waterfalls, bamboo-lined pathways and Japanese-style bridges, it’s unlike any venue in the area.
Delray Beach’s first mayor, John Sundy, built this Victorian, Queen Anne-style house in 1902 as his family home, and it stayed in the family for nearly 80 years. It’s the oldest house in Delray Beach and has been beautifully restored to a serene and whimsical venue, surrounded by an acre of tropical gardens filled with meandering paths and romantic gazebos. Sundy House is perfect for couples looking for a garden-style venue with a lot of history.
Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. In 1985, it changed its name to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Centrally located among the shops and restaurants of Mizner Park, the museum features two incredible spaces that are dream venues for art lovers. The Grand Hall features a massive painting, “Mantegna’s Edge” by Al Held, which makes for a bold and colorful backdrop. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden houses some of the museum’s most impressive sculptures in a tranquil space. For a special artistic treat, ask about including access to the museum’s special and permanent exhibits in your wedding.
The Palm Beaches’ oldest and largest botanical garden, Mounts Botanical Garden is a 14-acre urban oasis in West Palm Beach filled with 25 carefully curated display gardens of tropical and subtropical native and exotic species, sometimes accented by rotating art exhibits and installations. Couples are welcome to choose their wedding location from among three gorgeous locales: the cozy Gazebo Garden featuring a seating area bordered by flowers, the airy Great Lawn overlooking Lake Orth and the colorful Rainbow Garden featuring an array of shrubs, trees, and annuals.
There are some incredible, historic wedding venues in The Palm Beaches. Whether you like the water, gardens or art, you’re certain to find the perfect historical spot for you and your fiancé to say, “I do.”
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