Are you planning a micro wedding or intimate in Tampa, Florida? If so, you’re in the right place! Today I’m sharing my favorite small wedding venues in Tampa from the perspective of a wedding photographer.
Intimate Weddings & Elopements are in
Elopements and Intimate weddings have become so much more popular because of how things went in 2020. If you are narrowing down the guest count due to budget, social distancing, or you just honestly want less stress there’s nothing wrong with planning a wedding that isn’t packed with people. However, you don’t have to miss out on booking an iconic Tampa wedding venue just because you’re having a smaller celebration. From restaurants to hotels to outdoor spaces, there are incredible venue options for everyone!
Top Tampa Small Wedding Venues
Not sure how to narrow down your venue search? Here’s my guide (in no particular order) to the top small wedding venues in Tampa.
#1 Hotel Alba Tampa
This one is my guilty pleasure to be completely honest. I am personally obsessed with the design and feel of this hotel, and it’s great for out-of-town guests since it’s only a few moments from the airport. They have a ballroom or an outdoor space available for weddings. The hotel was fully renovated and comes with a complimentary honeymoon suite in their standard packages.
Micro-wedding packages for 2–49 guests start at $25 per person. Please contact the venue for more details.
Standard wedding packages for 50+ guests start at $158 per person, are fully customizable, and include:
- Complimentary Bay View King Guest Room for the night of the wedding (suite upgrades are available dependent on the F&B commitment)
- 5-hour open bar
- Tasting for up to four guests
- Sparkling wine toast
- Servers & bartenders
- Chairs, tables, linens, napkins, and candles
- Dance floor
- Discounted hotel room rates for wedding guests
- and MORE!
#2 Hyde House
Created by Station House exclusively for Hyde Park Village, Hyde House is a curated, gallery-style event and workspace. Located in the heart of the village in the newly constructed H Building, Hyde House has a modern & sophisticated style. Hyde House has amenities including a terrace overlooking the village, a large auditorium, and a kitchen. The lobby is a beautiful, intimate space with modern decor and casual seating sets. The front desk can be utilized as a satellite bar, welcome cocktail station, or favor table.
The Reception area can host a full-service bar or sitting area off the Veranda and Social Space.
- Maximum Capacity: 150-200 depending on rooms rented
- Hours: 6:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Veranda, Lobby, Social Space, 360 bar and all existing furniture, 4 Hour Reception, and 4 Hour Top Shelf Bar for $95 per person.
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#3 Armature Works
Armature Works is a fully restored mixed-use building that’s located in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood. With its unobstructed view of the Hillsborough River, the historic structure has been reinvented as a premier community destination with innovative eateries, Heights Public Market, and reimagined event spaces. Armature Works is definitely big enough to hold massive weddings but now offers those wanting small weddings some options. Smaller weddings are held on the rooftop or in the recently remodeled social hall. Prices for smaller weddings begin at $750 and go up from there depending on what you’d like included.
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CAVU is a flexible venue space, with an industrial feel in the architecture of its early 1900s construction. Located in downtown Tampa originally in 1921 CAVU was an automobile showroom and has since changed to an event space suited for small weddings all the way to 145-person weddings. Polished concrete floors, vaulted ceilings, original brick, and open rafters create an open and flexible space suitable for events for up to 250 guests.
for more info: https://cavutpa.com/info-rates
#5 The Oxford Exchange
The Oxford Exchange is a combination of a bookstore, a restaurant, and a wedding venue. It is an interesting mix of aesthetics being part industrial and part art deco. I would be lying if I didn’t say this was probably the most unique venue on this list. From the checkered floor pattern to the giant windows, this place would look amazing even with an iPhone 4e and your eyes closed, it’s that pretty. *That is not a suggestion not to have a bomb wedding photographer there, that would truly be a shame.
Minimum guest count: 50 max 200
#6 The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
As the largest natural history museum on the Gulf Coast, this awesome venue boasts a blend of vintage and modern architecture, as well as event spaces equipped for celebrations both grand and intimate. You can host a wedding under the stars in the charming Spanish-style Courtyard, where you’ll find a fountain and strings of fairy lights draped overhead. You can also use the planetarium lobby and theatre for an even more unique view. Those weddings going for the gold in terms of unique looks can also book the boardroom where one full wall provides an underwater view of the manatee rehabilitation habitat.
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#7 The Sarasota Modern
The Sarasota Modern, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a hotel wedding venue located in Sarasota, Florida. The Sarasota Modern is true to its name with beautiful modern decor. The ceremony sites are fairly small but perfect for weddings under 50 guests. The hotel packages include coordination, full tear down, food service, and transportation/valet.
#8 Red Mesa Events
What was once downtown St. Pete’s first fire station was recently fully remodeled into Red Mesa Events. The historic wedding venue features multiple floors of event spaces: an open-air courtyard restaurant, a renovated ballroom, an open-air bar and lounge, and a rooftop deck featuring stunning views of downtown St. Pete.
The venue’s intimate wedding package includes: a rooftop ceremony and cocktail hour with two hors d’oeuvres and one hour of an open bar. Guests will then head to the ballroom for a plated dinner with a choice of two items and a dessert bar. This package is available Thursdays and Sundays in June, July, and August.
With three different levels of event spaces, your guests will enjoy the change of scenery without having to travel, and the outdoor spaces allow fresh air and encourages social distancing.
Intimate wedding packages (including venue rental, dinner, dessert, and cocktails) start at $6,000 for 50 guests, with custom packages available.
#9 Nova 535
Nova 535 has a two-story event space with 16-foot ceilings, exposed rafters, clay brick walls, hardwood floors, and a double wrought iron staircase. While it’s not technically made only for small weddings this industrial-style venue can hold up to 250 people at a time. Nova 535 has an enclosed outdoor courtyard with a 30-foot tall bamboo garden for privacy while providing an intimate feeling with lots of fresh air. Inside you can fit up to 250 for dinner with more than enough room for distancing if need be.
#10 Bonus: The Beach
One thing florida doesn’t lack is incredible beaches. If you are planning an elopement or a small wedding, a beach permit and wedding planner might be the best alternative. A perfect sunset, white sand, secluded beach, tents, an excellent phototgrapher *cough me 😉 *cough* and friends and family are really all you need for the best beach wedding in Tampa. PS, planners are the unsung heroes of the wedding industry. For real, if there was only one way to reduce stress dramatically at a wedding it would be hiring an amazing wedding planner. I recommend Delaney over at Wilder Mind Events for just about any kind of wedding planning there is.
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