When it comes to wedding spots in Florida, most people tend to go in one of two directions: the beach or the theme parks. But not you — you’re looking for something really special! A unique destination that’s a little trendy, a little unknown — and 100% perfect for starting your new life together. But how will you ever find it? Let us help! Here are 11 of the best (but still semi-secret) Central Florida wedding venues the locals are excited about:
1. The Balcony — Downtown Orlando, FL
A real head-turner, The Balcony is a trendy, 10,000-square-foot outdoor/indoor event space that bridges the gap between the iconic SunTrust Towers in downtown. It may be just 11 floors up, but you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world — one with cool breezes, twinkling lights and the distant sounds of the city below. Visit Website.
2. The Ballroom at Church Street — Downtown Orlando, FL
Tucked into Orlando’s historic Church Street Station, every aspect of this ballroom and terrace exudes vintage charm — from the stately columns and original brick, to the colorful stained glass and intricate ironwork. Make time stand still on your big day, supported by some of the city’s best caterers and event planners! Visit Website.
3. The Acre Orlando — Orlando, FL
An unexpected haven in the heart of one of the business districts, this property both surprises and delights all who enter. Ideal for outdoor ceremonies and celebrations, The Acre features an open-air dance floor, field dining setup, romantic string lights, optional fire pit, and several ivy-draped structures for stunning photographs. Visit Website.
4. Encore Resort — Reunion, FL
At this contemporary resort, indoor/outdoor settings pair perfectly with luxurious amenities for the wedding of your dreams! An elegant private dining room can host up to 50 guests, while the airy third-floor terrace provides seating for 80 or standing room for up to 150. For a memorable twist, consider treating everyone to spa services, or planning an elaborate shower, rehearsal dinner or farewell breakfast. Visit Website.
5. Farmers Market — Winter Park, FL
Rustic charm and old-world character join forces to make this retired train depot a must-consider wedding location in Central Florida. Offering 2,800 square feet for dining, dancing and more, the Farmer’s Market creates a dream-like setting with its exposed brick walls, high wood ceilings, steel beams and sliding barn-style doors. Visit Website.
6. Casa Feliz — Winter Park, FL
The beauty of the historic Robert Bruce Barbour House — also known as Casa Feliz — cannot be overstated. A carefully restored red brick Spanish farmhouse, it’s best known for its classy robin’s egg blue shutters, stately courtyard and well-manicured gardens, as well as an exceptional event team keen on personalizing your experience! Visit Website.
7. Orlando Science Center — Winter Park, FL
For a truly unique option that’s sure to keep your guests talking for years, the Orlando Science Center can host your ceremony and reception! Indoors beside your favorite exhibit, or outdoors on a perfectly-lit terrace or beside a sparkling lake, the choices are almost limitless as you write the next chapter of your love story. Visit Website.
8. Highland Manor — Apopka, FL
The stuff of southern fairytales, this secluded estate offers a picturesque backdrop for your big day, complete with centuries-old oak trees, a lush green lawn and rolling hills. Guests can mingle on the verandah and dance the night away in a cozy ballroom that includes an attached hall and built-in bar. Visit Website.
9. 3M Ranch & Event Center — Bithlo, FL
There’s no better definition of “rustic elegance” than the up-and-coming 3M Ranch nestled on the outskirts of Orlando. With several open-air venues to choose from for your ceremony, the centerpiece of this 200-acre property is its oversized barn that can be customized to accommodate receptions of up to 400 guests! Visit Website.
10. Syndonie Mansion — Zellwood, FL
Built in 1904, Syndonie Mansion features incredible gardens, unique sculptures, intricate ironwork, and world-class Mediterranean-style craftsmanship. Whether your dream wedding includes classical or whimsical elements, the rich history and lure of its vine-covered building are enough to capture anyone’s imagination. Visit Website.
11. The Club at Eaglebrooke — Lakeland, FL
Set against a beautiful lake backdrop, this country club makes the ideal place for your contemporary ceremony — particularly at sunset. Exchange vows amidst warm Florida breezes before posing for those perfect wedding party photos on the lush green. Finally, head inside to share a delicious meal and dance the night away! Visit Website.
Looking for a place that all of your friends and family will want to stay before, during or after your big day? Our private vacation home rentals at Encore Resort at Reunion in Central Florida make it convenient for everyone to remain close while still having their own personal space. Plus, we are only 20 minutes from the theme parks and just over an hour from the beach — so while your wedding may be held elsewhere, your guests can still enjoy the perks of an Orlando destination wedding! Contact us for more details.