Wedding Venues in Jacksonville, FL
Built in 1938 as facility for filming underwater movie scenes and newsreels, Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers a fun environment with a bit of zany history. Really – how many people can say they said “I do” in the spot where the Tarzan movies of the 1940s and 1955’s camp classic Revenge of the Creature were filmed? The oceanfront facility offers wedding packages ranging from 10-guest afternoon elopements to large, four-hour starlit celebrations. Your ceremony will be held on a deck with a sweeping view of the blue-green hued Atlantic Ocean waters and your guests will get a quick show by Marineland’s resident dolphins.
Voted the “Most Romantic Place for Photos” in the Jacksonville area by area photographers, Orange Park’s 27-acre Club Continental was built in 1923 as the winter home of Caleb Johnson, heir to the Palmolive Soap Company. Today, it’s a luxe resort with an intimate boutique hotel, private dining and tennis club and special event facility nestled on the banks of the St. Johns River. Marry in the Old World Mediterranean-styled mansion’s garden room or on the riverfront lawn beneath towering, sixty-foot tall live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Club Continental can accommodate large weddings or quiet elopements and the bed-and-breakfast style rooms are as romantic as it gets.
Little girls dream of finding their Prince Charming and marrying in a faraway fairytale-like castle. Well, for brides in the St. Augusine area, a proper castle is practically right next door. A bit of a roadside curiosity, Castle Otttis (no, that extra "t" isn't a typo) was created as an artistic impression of a 1,000-year-old Irish castle. It has no electricity or glass in any of the 88 window openings, leaving the interior open to the elements. What it does have, however, is medieval-style glory. The castle, built by hand by just three individuals, features eight dramatic staircases, an altar, pulpit, Bishop's chair, choir loft and pews, as well as spiritual and historic symbolism throughout the stone, cypress and Southern heart pine interior. Fit for a queen, indeed.
Once a vacation hotspot for the nation’s elite, including silent film stars who frequented the area for work and play during Jacksonville’s heyday as the “Winter Film Capital of the World,” the Casa Marina is a top choice for the bride who wants a touch of mystery and glamour for her wedding. Famous and infamous guests rumored to have slept in one of the historic hotel’s 22 rooms include mob boss Al Capone, movie star Jean Harlow and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. Wedding ceremonies typically are held beneath the stars in the open-air courtyard with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, and receptions in the adjoining dining room.
Are you or your fiancé the bookish type? Downtown Jacksonville’s Main Library is a perfect place for a matrimonial meeting of the minds. Built in 2005 as part of a sweeping citywide infrastructure improvement plan, the library is the state’s largest, boasting more than 300,000 square feet. The grand staircase lends opportunity for dramatic photography and leads to the third-floor Atrium, a beautiful open space perfect for ceremonies and receptions. But on a beautiful day, the spot favored by brides is the second-floor Lovett Courtyard, an open-air space with an affecting view of the Jacksonville city skyline. It’s ideal for weddings and receptions for up to 250 people.