8 Florida State Parks for Your Wedding
By Kara Franker
Dreaming of having a Florida state park wedding? Say “I do” with beautiful natural surroundings as your backdrop at one of these destinations. There’s a park to suit any size and style of celebration.
1. Coconut Grove
Some locations look like they were designed for Florida state park weddings. Take the Barnacle Historic State Park in Miami. Overlooking the bay the Barnacle House is the oldest in home Miami-Dade County and creates a stately scene. Rent the 53-foot pavilion and host up to 150 guests.
A masterpiece of blooming architecture no florist is necessary for unions at the historical Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park so you’ll save time and money. The park’s most-requested wedding spot is the reflecting pool by the lake. The charming Gardener’s Cottage holds 50 diners with the option of additional lawn seating for overflow.
3. Spring Hill
Get married where mermaids swim! Weeki Wachee Springs State Park located just north of Tampa Bay offers an eclectic setting. The staff can help with everything including use of a reception hall and finding catering.
A stellar occasion starts at Forest Capital Museum State Park amid the Moon Tree. This conversation piece was grown from seeds that were rocketed to the moon in 1974. The pavillion can accomodate up to 200 guests.
5. Wakulla Springs
Home to one of the largest freshwater springs in the world and a lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is a natural pick for a romantic wedding. Instead of a carriage ride, plan a riverboat cruise along the river. The park is just 20-minutes from the state’s Capital City.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, near Gainesville, features fresh-water springs, pavilions and reception areas. Nearby at Fanning Springs, a rustic gazebo overlooks the legendary Suwannee River. Homosassa’s “Garden of the Springs” accommodates 200 guests.
7. Key West
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is much-loved by beach brides for its scalloped shoreline and easy, Key West atmosphere. The park offers four ceremony sites with water views. You can even host private after-hours receptions at Cayo Hueso Café, located on the beachfront.
8. The Beach
Undoubtedly the most popular spots for Florida marriage festivities, the beach allows for a laid back exchange. Honeymoon Island in Dunedin and Lovers Key near Fort Myers are popular state parks. St. Andrews State Park in Panama City also provides a gorgeous sandy setting.