Five Florida Museums To Get Married In

With their history, unique architecture, gorgeous grounds, and myriad interesting objects and artifacts for your guests to enjoy, museums are ideal when it comes to hosting a wedding. Plus, having your wedding at a museum can give your friends and family a chance to experience a subject matter you’re passionate about, from history to art and beyond. Happily for Florida couples, the Sunshine State is home to many. Here are five museums around the state that make for the perfect wedding setting.

Ca d' Zan at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida by Hunter Ryan Photo | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo


Flagler Museum, Palm Beach

Flagler Museum by Michelle March | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Michelle March

Completed in 1902, Henry Morrison Flagler’s residence, known as Whitehall, is an example of Beaux-Arts architecture that many esteemed national publications have deemed more spectacular than any found in Europe. Fittingly, the 75-room estate, which is replete with marble floors and crystal chandeliers, was a gift from Flagler to his own bride.


Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ca d' Zan at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida by Hunter Ryan Photo | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo

Much like his productions, the former home of circus magnate John Ringling and his beloved bride, Mable, is an over-the-top mecca of opulence and showmanship. Named Ca’ d’Zan, which means “House of John” in a Venetian dialect, the house is located on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and features a chevron-patterned marble terrace that sits directly atop the water in Sarasota, plus a wealth of colorful furnishings, fine art, and opulent Venetian Gothic architecture.


Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, by Kallima Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Kallima Photography

When you get married at St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Arts, your wedding will go down in history along with art works and artifacts spanning 5,000 years of civilization. Its modern architecture and soaring ceilings make for an ultra-elegant backdrop.


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Wedding by PS Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by PS Photography

This Italian Renaissance-style venue and National Historic Landmark was once the winter home of American industrialist James Deering. The property accommodates a variety of weddings and wedding-related events. Receptions with 100 guests or more can be held on its terraces, which overlook Biscayne Bay and Vizcaya’s historic gardens.


Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West, Photo by Kate Bentley | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Kate Bentley

Lovebirds who also love literature can tie the knot at Ernest Hemingway’s beloved Key West home, which is surrounded by palm trees and has all the requisites for an eye-popping photo album—beautiful gardens, a picturesque swimming pool, and romantic, wrought-iron balconies.

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