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St. Augustine is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and romantic destinations to celebrate a wedding. As the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine offers couples a truly unique setting to exchange vows, surrounded by centuries-old architecture, gardens, and waterfront views. From historic museums and grand estates to modern event spaces and scenic golf clubs, this charming city has an impressive list of wedding venue options to suit every couple’s vision.

As a destination wedding photographer with over 8 years of experience capturing celebrations across Florida, I’m excited to share my expertise on the top wedding venues in St. Augustine to help couples find the perfect setting for their big day.

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The Best Wedding Venues in St Augustine

These St Augustine wedding venues have been added to this list for standing out in decor, opportunity for photographs, and having pretty amazing Google reviews from past couples. If I missed one and you think it should be added, leave a comment and I’ll set up a tour to photograph it!

The Lightner Museum

75 King St, St. Augustine, FL

Housed in a breathtaking Gilded Age hotel, the Lightner Museum provides a truly unique and elegant setting for weddings. This stunning Spanish Renaissance-style building, dating back to 1888, features ornate interiors, sweeping staircases, and lush courtyards – creating a fairytale-like atmosphere for your special day. Whether you envision an intimate ceremony in the Music Room or a grand reception in the Alcazar Ballroom, the Lightner Museum’s timeless charm is sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

For more information:

Style: Historic, Elegant
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Pricing: $$$
Phone: (904) 824-2874

St. Augustine Lighthouse

81 Lighthouse Ave, St. Augustine, FL

As historic wedding venue, this lighthouse and museum makes for such a unique and picturesque wedding venue. Imagine exchanging vows with the iconic lighthouse tower as your backdrop, then partying the night away under the stars on the grounds. The whole property just has this wonderfully romantic, coastal vibe. And your guests will love exploring the museum and climbing to the top of the lighthouse during cocktail hour. It’s an unforgettable setting that celebrates St. Augustine’s rich maritime history.

For more information:

Style: Outdoor, Historic
Capacity: Up to 150 guests
Pricing: $$
Phone: (904) 829-0745

The Treasury on the Plaza

24 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL

The Lightner Museum is housed inside this totally breathtaking old hotel from the Gilded Age, and let me tell you, it makes for one incredibly unique and elegant wedding venue. This place is straight-up stunning – we’re talking a Spanish Renaissance-style building that dates back to 1888, with the most ornate interiors you’ve ever seen, sweeping staircases, and these lush courtyards that give it a total fairytale vibe. Whether you picture doing an intimate ceremony in the Music Room or going all-out with a grand reception in the Alcazar Ballroom, the Lightner Museum’s timeless charm is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you and all your guests. It’s just such a jaw-droppingly beautiful setting for tying the knot.

For more information:

Style: Historic, Elegant
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Pricing: $$$$
Phone: (904) 824-6000

Castillo De San Marcos

1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL

This 17th-century Spanish stone fortress is the crown jewel of St. Augustine’s historic sites, and it also happens to be an incredible wedding venue. Couples can say their “I do’s” against the stunning backdrop of the Castillo’s coquina walls and turrets, creating an atmosphere straight out of a storybook. The grounds offer multiple ceremony and reception sites, from the scenic parklands to the impressive entry courtyard. Hosting your big day at the Castillo De San Marcos is a surefire way to give your guests an unforgettable experience steeped in St. Augustine’s rich colonial history. Plus, the photo opportunities are out of this world.

For more information:

Style: Historic, Scenic Capacity: Up to 300 guests Pricing: $$$ Phone: (904) 829-6506

9 Aviles

9 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL

9 Aviles is tucked right into the heart of St. Augustine’s adorable historic district, and let me tell you, this place has got some serious style. It used to be an old warehouse, but they’ve totally transformed it into this super sleek and modern event space with an awesome industrial-chic vibe. Think exposed brick walls, smooth concrete floors, and tons of natural light flooding the whole place. Couples can say their “I dos” in the cozy little Courtyard, then celebrate with all their loved ones in the huge main event space. 9 Aviles has just got this really unique, flexible aesthetic that makes it perfect for couples who want a contemporary twist on a classic St. Augustine wedding. It’s the ideal spot if you’re looking to stray a little bit from the typical historic venue vibes.

For more information:

Style: Industrial, Modern
Capacity: Up to 200 guests
Pricing: $$$
Phone: (904) 217-0404

The Peña-Peck House – Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine

143 St George St, St. Augustine, FL

Step back in time at the Peña-Peck House – this place is seriously enchanting. It’s this beautifully preserved 19th-century landmark that’s now run by the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine, and let me tell you, it makes for the most serene and romantic setting for an intimate wedding. The gardens are perfectly manicured, there’s this adorable little gazebo, and the interiors have this elegant, gracious vibe that just transports you to a bygone era. Couples can say their “I dos” surrounded by all the lush foliage and the property’s really unique architectural details – it creates this totally timeless, unforgettable wedding experience. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that’s just dripping in history and old-world charm, the Peña-Peck House is definitely worth checking out.

For more information:

Style: Historic, Garden
Capacity: Up to 100 guests
Pricing: $$
Phone: (904) 829-5064

Grand Ponce Events & Weddings at Flagler College

74 King St, St. Augustine, FL

If you really want to go all-out with a grand, historic wedding, you’ve gotta check out the Grand Ponce Events & Weddings venue over at Flagler College. This place is housed right inside the college’s iconic Ponce de León Hall, and it is just straight-up stunning. We’re talking soaring ceilings, intricate Tiffany stained-glass windows, and this whole Spanish Renaissance-style grandeur happening. Couples can choose from all sorts of awesome ceremony and reception sites, like the breathtaking Rotunda, the super serene Courtyard, and the elegant Solarium. With its unmatched beauty and rich history, the Grand Ponce is hands-down one of the most unique and impressive wedding venues you’ll find in St. Augustine. It’s the perfect setting if you want to really go big and make your special day feel like something out of a fairytale.

For more information:

Style: Historic, Elegant
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Pricing: $$$$
Phone: (904) 819-6461

The Assembly Room at Art ‘n Motion

77 Bridge St, St. Augustine, FL

This place is seriously cool – it used to be an old auto shop, but they’ve turned it into this super stylish, modern event space. Perfect if you’re going for an industrial-chic vibe for your wedding. The high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and polished concrete floors give it such a sleek, trendy look. And the natural light streaming in is just gorgeous. Couples can use the whole space for their ceremony and reception, or mix it up and use different areas. Either way, The Assembly Room at Art ‘n Motion is a unique, one-of-a-kind spot to tie the knot.

For more information:

Style: Industrial, Modern
Capacity: Up to 200 guests
Pricing: $$
Phone: (904) 325-5599

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

95 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL

This hotel is the definition of luxury. We’re talking elegant, Mediterranean-inspired architecture, high-end amenities, and that quintessential St. Augustine charm. Couples can say their vows in the lush courtyard or the grand ballroom, then celebrate with an unforgettable reception. The Casa Monica team really rolls out the red carpet to make your wedding day extra special. Plus, with the resort’s prime downtown location, your guests will be right in the heart of all the action.

For more information:

Style: Luxury, Historic
Capacity: Up to 300 guests
Pricing: $$$$
Phone: (904) 827-1888

Hotels in St Augustine for wedding guests

  1. Casa Monica Resort & Spa 

    This place is straight-up luxurious, with elegant rooms and amenities right in the heart of downtown St. Augustine. Perfect for wedding guests who want to feel like royalty.
  2. The St. Francis Inn 

    Such a charming, boutique bed and breakfast with this super romantic, old-world vibe. Great option for wedding guests who want that cozy, historic St. Augustine experience.
  3. Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront 

    Can’t beat the location on the bayfront, and the views are absolutely stunning. Awesome choice for wedding guests who want to be close to all the action.
  4. Marriott Courtyard St. Augustine Beach 

    Right on the beach, so wedding guests can soak up that coastal, relaxing vibe. Super modern and comfortable, too.
  5. Hampton Inn & Suites St. Augustine-Vilano Beach 

    Just a quick drive from downtown and Vilano Beach – a great home base for wedding guests exploring the area.
  6. Old City House Inn & Restaurant 

    Quaint, historic inn with cool individually decorated rooms and an awesome on-site restaurant. Fun option for the wedding party or out-of-town guests.
  7. Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel 

    Upscale hotel that blends modern amenities with that classic 17th-century St. Augustine architecture. Perfect for wedding guests who want a little luxury.
  8. Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Augustine-King’s Head 

    Roomy suites with tons of amenities, just minutes from all the top sights. Great for wedding guests who need a little extra space.
  9. St. George Inn 

    Charming, boutique hotel right on the beautiful St. George Street in the heart of downtown. Unbeatable location for wedding guests.

Saint Augustine Venues Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a St Augustine Beach wedding permit?

Yes, you typically need a permit for a wedding on Saint Augustine Beach. The requirements can vary depending on the specific location and the size of your event. Here are some general steps to follow:

  1. Contact the Saint Augustine Beach City Hall or the appropriate local government office: They can provide detailed information about the permitting process.
  2. Submit an application: This usually involves filling out a form with details about your wedding, such as the date, time, number of guests, and any special requirements you might have.
  3. Pay any required fees: Weddings with less than 99 guests will be charged a $100 fee, and weddings above 100 guests will also be charged a $300 bond. If you are renting St Johns County Pier Pavilion and/or Promenade you do not have to pay the application fee, only the bond.
  4. Comply with local regulations: Make sure to follow any rules or guidelines provided by the local authorities, which might include restrictions on the use of certain areas, noise levels, and cleanup responsibilities.

    Weddings can only occur south of A Street or in Commercial Zones north of A Street (on the beach directly east of Pier Park, hotels, bed & breakfasts, or licensed beachfront vacation rental properties).

Is Saint Augustine a good location for destination weddings?

Absolutely, the architecture in the Saint Augustine combined with the tropical beaches, local history, and things you can do in St Augustine like shopping on Saint George Street, Scenic boat tours, or hiking through Anastasia State Park.

What is the closest airport to Saint Augustine?

The nearest major airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which is approximately 50 miles north of Saint Augustine. Jacksonville International Airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights, making it a convenient option for travelers.

Who can officiate a wedding in Saint Augustine?

In Saint Augustine, Florida, the following individuals are authorized to officiate weddings:

  1. Judges: Any judge or retired judge from the state of Florida can officiate a wedding.
  2. Clerks of the Court: A clerk of the circuit court or a deputy clerk of the circuit court can officiate a wedding.
  3. Ordained Ministers and Religious Leaders: Any ordained minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious official who has the authority to perform marriages according to the practices of their religious denomination can officiate a wedding.
  4. Notaries Public: Florida notaries public are authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies.

If you have a specific person in mind to officiate your wedding, ensure they meet the legal requirements and are properly authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of Florida. 

What are the all-inclusive wedding options in Saint Augustine?

There are many venues to choose from but 9 Aviles, Treasury on the Plaza, and the Lightner Museum all have all-inclusive options to choose from.

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