Outside the Wedding Box: Unconventional Weddings in The Palm Beaches

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, these seven sites pack a picturesque punch — and are only found here in this 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

Travel around the world 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.

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 Eco-Enchanted

FPL's Manatee Lagoon
FPL's Manatee Lagoon overlooking the waterfront

There’s nothing like seeing a manatee up close and in its natural habitat, and during manatee season (Nov. 15 - March 30), there’s one venue in The Palm Beaches that specializes in manatee viewing. Located on the Lake Worth Lagoon in West Palm Beach, Manatee Lagoon, a Florida Power & Light eco-discovery center, provides views of the water, Palm Beach island and, if the timing is right, manatees! Choose from five different spaces for your nuptials: the landscaped south lawn, the waterfront veranda, the main room, the exhibit space or under the magnificent banyan tree.

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.

For the Retro-Inspired

National Croquet Center
The well-appointed clubhouse of the National Croquet Center

Want your wedding to feel like “having a party in your own mansion”? The National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach is the world’s largest destination dedicated to the ground-billiards game with roots in 17th-century aristocracy. The picturesque veranda and candlelit dining room are gorgeous vintage backdrops for outdoor or indoor weddings and receptions. Plan to pose with croquet mallets for unique photo ops, or arrange for your guests to play croquet during cocktail hour.

For the Baseball Fans

Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
An aerial view of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

The Spring Training home to two Major League Baseball teams, Jupiter’s Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is also an epic venue for couples that want their weddings to hit it out of the park. Hold your ceremony directly on the field, where MLB stars have competed, and use the 35-foot video board to project larger-than-life images, while enjoying new photo ops in the players’ bullpens, dugouts and clubhouses.

For the Equestrians

With its vast stretches of manicured greens, the International Polo Club Palm Beach in the Village of Wellington makes for a stunning wedding locale. The club can integrate equestrian themes into ceremonies and receptions, while offering luxurious décor and catering. You can even arrange for polo players and ponies to come to the field and meet guests.
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