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Clearwater Beach is home to stunning Gulf Coast views and one of the best beaches in the country. Opal Sands Resort weddings bring all of this right to the front door of your wedding. Whether you prefer to be outdoors on the event lawn or the sea salon, or indoors in the ballroom, Opal Sands will provide a stunning backdrop for your special day. On top of that, this resort offers tons of special activities to relax and celebrate at the resort or steps away on the beach.

Check out my list of the Best Wedding Venues in Tampa, Florida to get inspired by more locations to have your wedding reception or ceremony. 

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 430 South Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Why I recommend Opal Sands Resort Weddings as a photographer

As a wedding photographer, my biggest recommendation is to get a venue that can house all parts of the day. Any travel I can reduce in the day will result in fewer headaches and more photos. Opal Sands weddings deliver on that. The next recommendation is to get a wedding venue that has a ton of natural light and unique locations fairly nearby or onsite for photographs. Every inch of this resort is beautiful, and I really don’t know if there’s a better location in Florida for sunsets than the ones at Clearwater Beach. There are so many things to love about this wedding venue for photography that the only thing I will say, is run don’t walk to book Opal Sands Resort.

How does Opal Sands Resort contribute to the unique atmosphere of a wedding?

The venue is the beating heart of a wedding, setting the stage for stories and memories to be created. With Opal Sands weddings, the seamless transition from the bridal suite to the vows under the sunset and the reception reduces stress. The ability to have getting ready, ceremony, and reception in one location not only saves money but also eases the burden of logistics, allowing guests to get comfortable in the celebration without worrying about getting from one location to the other. By having an Opal Sands Wedding, you’re going to reduce stress, and whatever stress remains… Well, there is a tiki bar on the beach for that.

The lobby at Opal Sands

Wedding Ceremony and reception locations at Opal Sands Resort

With panoramic views and an oceanfront property, an Opal Sands Resort wedding brings the tropical Florida scenery right to the forefront of your story.  This destination allows you to arrive for your special day, while they take care of the rest. Whether choosing the sea salon, the event lawn, or the Opal Ballroom, your day is sure to be one you will cherish for years to come.

Sea salon

This space offers breathtaking Gulf Coast views with its panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. It also features private balcony access, chandelier accents, and a pool for you and your guests to enjoy during your reception. Being the smallest of the three event spaces, accommodating up to 120 guests according to the Opal Sands website, this spot is perfect for a more intimate experience.

Space Specs

Max Capacity: 120 guests

event lawn

On the event lawn, you will have your ceremony or reception butting right up against the Gulf Coast. Your backdrop will also feature tropical palm trees, truly giving you stunning coastal views. According to Here Comes The Guide this spot can accommodate up to 250 guests for both ceremony and reception.

Space Specs

3366 sq ft.
Max Capacity: 250 guests

Opal Ballroom

The indoor ballroom is the biggest of the three spaces accommodating up to 500 guests according to Here Comes The Guide. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one-of-a-kind chandeliers, the Opal Ballroom brings a distinctly modern and elegant experience. The space can also be divided into three separate portions accommodating a distinct spot for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Space Specs

7650 sq ft.
Max Capacity: 500 guests

Clearwater Beach right off of the Sandbar at Opal Sands Resort

Amenities at Opal Sands Resort weddings in Clearwater

This oasis offers an all-inclusive experience allowing you to choose your menu, décor, excursions, and more all wrapped into one perfect wedding package.

The Sand Bar at Opal Sands Resort

Opal Sands Resort offers several different catering options for your reception, rehearsal dinner, and farewell dinner. You can choose your style from a buffet, multi-course dinners, hours d’oeuvres, and more. There also will be a professional catering manager to plan and prepare every step of the way.


Christopher Still was commissioned to give visitors a unique art experience while staying at the Opal Sands Resort. When walking around the resort you will notice unique sculptures, paintings, and more.

clearwater beach

Opal Sands is located just steps away from the beach offering endless entertainment options from kayak rentals, beach cabanas, or just grabbing a drink at their Sandbar Tiki Bar. They are also located just a few minutes away from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Pier 60.


There is plenty to find on-site at this resort from its fitness center to its full-service luxury spa. The fitness center is one of the few hotels in the area to feature Peloton Bikes. On the pool deck, you can enjoy private cabanas, poolside dining, live entertainment, and a Gulf Coast view. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, they also have on-site concierge staff to help you find more activities and things happening around the resort and around town.

group hotel rates

Room blocks are available at a special rate for you and your guests. Opal Sands resort has over 230 luxury guest rooms.


Audio/visual equipment is available for rental during your reception or ceremony.

What does a wedding cost at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach

Opal Stands Resort weddings start at around $2200 according to Here Comes The Guide. Package prices are also available to include a cocktail hour, open bar, catering, wedding cake, and more ranging from $158 to $190 a person. The average cost of a wedding with 100 guests is $27000-$40000. More detailed information can be found at

Couples Reviews of opal Sands Resort Weddings

If you’re thinking about booking with the Opal Sands for your wedding, do yourself a favor and just do it! Everything about my experience was a 1000/10. If you’re looking for a place with stunning views, the best wedding food you & your guests will ever have, and all-around amazing vibes then this is the perfect place! From the day we toured to our wedding day, Jenna and her team were BEYOND amazing. All of our guests had nothing but great things to say about the team at the Opal. Jenna’s communication, attention to detail, assistance, and hard work are seriously unbeatable!! We have received nothing but great compliments from our guests who stayed at the Opal and those we didn’t about the service, food, accommodations, and views. I honestly cannot recommend the Opal enough!! If I could relive my wedding I would book at the Opal 100x’s again. My husband and I will definitely be back for a getaway!

Mallory S – Weddingwire

We LOVED our wedding reception on the event lawn at Opal Sands! The evening weather was perfect in late October, and we had a beautiful backdrop of the gulf and sunset during our pictures, dinner, and first dance. Jenna was our site coordinator, and she was fantastic! She is knowledgeable, professional, great with email/phone/in-person communication, flexible, and a joy to work with. We cannot say enough about Jenna’s expertise! The catering service also was flexible with our menu changes, and we received many positive comments about the food throughout the night. We loved the entire team and venue!

Victoria H – WeddingWire

We had an amazing experience with Opal Sands for our 150 person wedding in January. I fell in love with the outdoor event lawn overlooking the water at sunset for our ceremony and cocktail hour and the venue team executed our wedding vision perfectly. We loved working with Alexis who was so responsive, thoughtful, and helpful in the months leading up to our wedding and on wedding day! The food got amazing reviews from all of our guests and the team was super accommodating to any special restrictions and requests. Would relive our wedding weekend at Opal Sands over and over again if I could – cannot wait to go back!

Amanda D – WeddingWire

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