Outside the Wedding Box

We love the ballrooms, the churches, the time-honored traditions and formalities ... but we know it isn’t for everyone. Here are suggestions for out-of-the-box weddings in South Florida.

For brides and grooms looking to exchange vows in The Palm Beaches against backdrops they won’t find anywhere else, these 7 sites pack a picturesque punch—and are only found here in our tropical paradise.

Planning your special day? Be sure to order or download a copy of our Wedding and Honeymoon Guide.

For the Zen Seekers


Photo courtesy of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Turn Japanese for your ceremony and reception by hosting them at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, an oasis of Japanese culture and flora. A koi pond, along with occasional cameos from iguanas, wetland birds and rabbits, place brides and grooms in a lush, cultivated escape from urban bustle. Some couples have even chosen to stage an Eastern wedding complete with Taiko drummers, Japanese bridal wear and Asian cuisine.

For the Wild-Lifers


Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Zoo

It’s not often your wedding images can be photo-bombed by a sloth. But just about anything’s possible at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, where exotic species are within view—and earshot—of your wild and wooly reception. The zoo offers three locations for its ceremonies: in front of its sky-high fountain, among its Mayan Ruins or in its Tropics Café.

For the Gallery Gazers

Designing a wedding backdrop is its own art form, but why not let The Palm Beaches’ stellar museums do some of the work for you? At the Boca Raton Museum of Art, you might enjoy your first dance across from masterpieces by Warhol, Dali or Chagall—or pose with friends and family in front of a room-size mural. Choose from the indoor Grand Hall space to the Sculpture Garden, with its moonlit ambiance and light breeze.

For the Flower-Powerful


Photo courtesy of Mounts Botanical Garden

Mounts Botanical Garden is a subtropical sanctuary of native flora and fauna, and its 20 interconnected gardens provide the ultimate green wedding. Kiss the bride under the shade of the Begonia Garden, tickle your senses in the Rose and Fragrance Garden, or cavort with friendly swallowtails in the Butterfly Garden.

For the History Buffs


Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Weddings are a historic occasion, so consider the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, whose storied existence dates back to 1860. Couples wed on the deck at the base of the steps leading to the lighthouse, which serves as a towering backdrop for stunning photography. A museum, gazebo and lush vegetation complete the waterfront surroundings.

For the Water Lovers


Lake Pavilion.  Photo courtesy City of West Palm Beach.

The Lake Pavilion along the West Palm Beach waterfront has floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking water on all sides. Opportunities for picturesque ceremonies abound, with couples choosing to wed on the nearby docks, the Pavilion’s Great Lawn and “The Palm,” a signature platform with dynamic water features. The indoor reception venue, which seats 175, has no vendor restrictions, making the Lake Pavilion a blank slate for the most imaginative wedding designer.

For the Organically Inclined


Swank Farm

If farms conjure images of mud, livestock and tractors, then you haven’t visited Swank Farm. In its 15 years, the Loxahatchee destination has expanded to produce 350 varieties of organic and hydroponic produce on its 20-acre site. Receptions take place in the recently built, 300-person barn structure.
 
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