Post # 1
My fiance and I have been engaged for well over a year, but since we took a year off to travel, we are just now starting to plan. And when I say "just starting to," I mean that I half-heartedly gaze at wedding Web sites for a few minutes each day, decide planning a wedding is vaguely terrifying, and then drop it. I am so incredibly thrilled to be marrying my wonderful fiance, but the whole planning an actual wedding thing. . . I don’t know if I am cut out for it.
So. . . I need help! And you people seem to know everything! We are looking for a Miami venue–small, interesting, beautiful, near the water if possible–you know, perfect. The Botanic Gardens? A cool historic house or art deco hotel? Help!
We’ve only lived here for two months, so I am not very familiar with the city. Any venue advice you brilliant ladies have would be so very, very appreciated.
Thank you thank you!
Post # 3
i’m not too too familiar with miami but The Vizcaya Museum is GORGEOUS!
The Venetial Pool is also unique:
Post # 4
Oh, Vizcaya is so insanely lovely–that is actually the only place I’ve really investigated, so great minds think alike! Tragically, the site fee is $13,000. (What? I know.) But the Venetian Pool does look really pretty–I will look into it! Thanks so much for the suggestions!
Post # 5
Hi. We’re getting married in South Beach Miami next month. I would be more than happy to let you know the vendors I am using for everything. I have enjoyed the whole wedding planner so much and have thoroughly researched Miami the best I can from England where we live. We are only having a small wedding, just 15 family members so our venue would probably be too small, but I have other ideas I could pass on. How many people does the venue need to hold. We are having our ceremony in the Tides hotel on Ocean Drive, but I have seen some beautiful pictures of weddings at the National on Collins.
Post # 6
Thank you so, so much for your info offer–I just sent you a private message with my email. (And congratulations, too–I think SoBe is a beautiful place to get married!)
I hope you have a great weekend, and thanks again!
Post # 7
Please check out "Red Fish Grill" in Mattheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. I really wanted this place for a bridal shower…it is on the water overlooking Biscayne Bay. The entire restaurant is rented out for weddings up to 180 people. The reastaurant opens up/out to a large terrace overlooking the water on 3 sides. The minimum is 60 people so that nixed it for our small bridal shower. The food is delicious and the pictures by the water, on the small private beach are awesome!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
I second barbarita… mainly because Red Fish Grill is my venue! :o)
It’s a lovely limestone building right on Biscayne Bay with amazing views of the Miami skyline, which at night is especially beautiful. Plus, there’s no shortage on parking. What really sold us, though, is how much is included in the deal (guests have a choice of three delicious entrees, beer/wine bar and champagne toast included, etc.) and you can choose to have the ceremony there at no additional charge. From what I’ve heard, the manager and staff are extremely helpful when it comes to set-up and decoration… which makes less for me to stress over!
Another choice that might fit your criteria would be the Coco Plum Woman’s Club.
Fairchild Gardens, Vizcaya and the Deering Estate were all on my wish list until I actually started looking into prices. Talk about reality check!
Enjoy your special day, wherever it may be! :o)
Post # 9
i live in sobe too.
There are a ton of cute little hotels to get married at. Hop in your car and drive around- The Betsy Ross was jsut renovated and looks AMAZING.
I’VE seen private events at Barton G’s restaurant too.
I used to dream about getting married at the NATIONAL hotel and have a super art deco glam small wedding. The Raleigh is beautiful too, maybe you could rent their penthouse, get married on the balcony and reception inside- i’ve been in there, it would make for a fun setting.
The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. What about Jungle Island? (too crazy?)
Theres a few fashion studios that rent out for parties too- like Blink Studios.
Post # 10
I’m up in West Palm but we also looked into getting married down near Miami for a while.
I know someone mentioned the Deering which meets all of your requirements but it’s a little pricey! The Ancient Spanish Monastery is gorgeous but not really near water, that’s in North Miami.
If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary or Art Deco inspired, then South Beach is definitely the place to do it, but if you’re looking for something more laid back and casual Florida there are a couple places in Ft. Lauderdale that are nice.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of options! Good luck!
Post # 11
You people are geniuses! Thank you, thank you for all of the suggestions!
I am currently obsessed with Grass Restaurant and Lounge in the design district–my FI and I are having dinner there this weekend to see if we like the food, but the place itself is so beautiful and their prices are not too insane.
I also have a call in to Red Fish Grill–it is so, so pretty! And I love that we could possibly do the ceremony there, too. Thanks for reccommending it.
craftypants, thanks for feeling my pain about the insane expense of those beautiful venues–esp. Vizcaya! SoBe girls, I LOVE all the hotels around here, but they are all just proving to be tragically expensive. I’ll keep looking, though.
Mostly, thank you all so much for the input–I am not feeling as panicked at the prospect of planning a wedding as I was before I got all of this good advice. 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
You’re welcome! If you need any other tips or suggestions from a local, send me a message. I’d be happy to help out a fellow Bee! ;o)
Post # 13
I am friends with a few people who work at the W South Beach, and HIGHLY recommend this space as your wedding venue. It seems that you are looking for a unique venue, which is why I suggest the W… I have been to all of the W Hotels in New York, and the brand itself is different than any of the hotel/catering convention venues that I have come across.
The hotel is on the Ocean, so you can have a Beach Front Ceremony, or a reception in the grand ballroom… there are plenty of options to choose from, since the hotel has a lot of unique feature.
I am actually good friends with the Catering Manager there, Amber, and she is GREAT! She has a ton of experience with the South Beach market, and is hysterical… definitely makes the process fun and not stressful at all. The entire catering and sales team is just great to work with, very creative, attentive, and have young, fresh visions for events!
The W in South Beach is actually BRAND NEW, currently wrapping up construction, and as of now is scheduled to open on June 2nd, so I believe this would be in time for your wedding.
Amber’s email is [email protected]. Of course you can reach her at their general number, which I Googled – 305-938-3000… I would check out the W, it may be exactly what you are looking for!
Post # 14
The best list of Miami venues are on this list here http://new.bestmiamiweddings.com/wedding-venues-locations/. I think the ones that best fit your description would be the Botanical Gardens or maybe even the Spanish Monestary. But this list will definitaly have what you are looking for!