(Closed) Help! Slacker Bride Desperately Seeking Miami Venue Advice

posted 12 years ago in Miami and South Florida
Post # 5
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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 # 7
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
739 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2021

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
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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 # 12
739 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
2 posts

Hi SouthBeachBride!!!

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
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

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!

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