(Closed) Reception venues for the budget bride!

posted 11 years ago in Florida – West Coast Florida
Post # 3
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

What about any area “attractions?”  I would look “outside the box” in your area, ideas like museums, art galleries, parks or also restaurants for a small group seem to work for some people.  Think about what “feeling” you want your wedding to have.   If you like email me, and I will help you look!  🙂 Rhonda

Post # 4
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve heard that some people choose a favorite restaurant when they are having a small wedding.  Maybe even one near a beach?  Here is a resource page I found for you regarding the Tampa Florida area.  Good luck! 🙂

Banquet Hall Rentals

So that we can maintain the quality of our buildings and keep our maintenance costs as low as possible, we ask your cooperation in adhering to the Department’s Rules & Regulations. All rules and regulations will be strictly enforced.

To check the availability of the Ragan Park Community Center or the Seminole Garden Center, use the calendars located on to the right. To make a reservation, you must call (813-274-8518) or visit the Reservation Office.

Ragan  Park Community Center (Info) 1200 E. Lake Ave. (Map) Tampa, FL 33605

Ragan Park is located one mile from the heart of Ybor City in the historic Ybor Heights neighborhood. The Ragan Park Community Center has been a gathering place for many weddings, parties and celebrations for more than sixty years

Ragan Park’s multipurpose room offers a spectacular view & gathering place for your guests to mingle and enjoy. The flexible room arrangements offer opportunities ranging from intimate dining to business presentations.


Seminole Garden Center (Info) 5810 Central Ave. (Map) Tampa, FL 33604

Hidden among majestic oaks in the heart of Seminole Heights this center offers you and your guests nature’s splendor and peacefulness to make this the perfect setting for a romantic wedding, special gathering, business meeting or corporate retreat.

Make your next event a most memorable experience for you and your guests at the Seminole Garden Center.

Other Community Centers You Can Rent

Other Rentable Centers and Buildings

View Community Center Rental Rate Sheet

American Legion Center 106 E. Sligh Ave. • 33604 231-5275
George Bartholomew Center 8608 N. 12th St. • 33604 931-2109
New Tampa Center Center 170302 Commerce Park Blvd. • 33647 975-2794

Barksdale Senior Center 1801 N. Lincoln St. •  33607 348-1180
Grant Park Center 3724 N. 54th St. • 33619 622-1910
Oak Park Community Center 5400 E. 14th Ave. • 33619 622-1904

Copeland Community Center 11001 N. 15th St. •  33612 975-2743
Highland Pines Center 4505 E. 21st Ave. • 33605 630-3925
Port Tampa Center 4702 W. McCoy St. • 33616 832-1215

Cordelia Hunt Center 4810 N. Himes Ave. •  33614 348-1172
Jackson Heights NFL/YET Center 3310 E. Lake Ave. • 33610 242-5346
Rey Park Center 2301 N. Howard Ave. • 33607 259-1673

Cuscaden Community Center 2900 N. 15th St. • 33605 242-5311
Kate Jackson Center 821 S Rome Ave. • 33606 259-1704
Robles Park Center 3305 N. Avon Ave. • 33603 274-7877

Cyrus Green Center 2101 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • 33610 242-5350
Kid Mason Center 1101 N. Jefferson Ave. • 33602 274-8366
Temple Crest Center 8116 N. 37th Ave. • 33604 989-7606

DeSoto Center 2617 E. Corrinne St.• 33605 242-5307
Kwane Doster Center 7506 S. Morton St. • 33616 832-1202
Wayne Papy Center 6925 N. Florida Ave. • 33604 231-5273

Fair Oaks Center 5019 N. 34th St.•  33610 231-5277
Loretta Ingraham Center 1615 N. Hubert St. • 33607 348-1175
Williams Park Center 4362 E. Osborne Ave. • 33610 635-3482

Forest Hills Center 724 W. 109th Ave. •  33612 931-2105
Dr. Martin Luther King Center 2200 N. Oregon Ave. • 33607 259-1667
Woodland Terrace Center 6410 N. 32nd St. • 33610 231-5211

If you can’t find a facility here, you can also link to Hillsborough County  Facility Rental


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Post # 5
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

I dont know if it’s any help, but my wife and I got married right in the park at West Park Village, and had our reception at Catch Twenty-Three.  Super inexpensive, and it turned out beautifully.

We had about 65 guests.

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Post # 7
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

we got married at the peninsula inn and spa in gulfport fl. it was awesome! it’s a cute little historic inn with 11 rooms, they all have a different theme. we had it outside. we had about 90 people but it’s a really small place and would probably be perfect for the amount of people you have. we paid $35 per person for apps and a buffet, and didn’t have to pay any other type of fee for renting the place. they also made a beautiful croquembouche for the cake (the chef is french and amazing!), but of course that cost more. they were very helpful the day of and put everything up for us and got everything ready.

Post # 8
8 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I dont know your budget but we are getting married at The Event factory. We going to put a deposit down this saturday. This place is All-includisve (includes photo, food, video, chapel, reception, centerpiences, DJ, they even have a favor for your guests.) Its a one stop shop. Check it out. Its decorated beautifully in the fairytale theme. theeventfactory.com 

Post # 9
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re more than likely having our ceremony and reception at The Sandbar down in Anna Maria. I’ve only seen tons of photos, and read lots of reviews, but our big day will also be on a very tight budget with around 50 people.  As another bee had mentioned restaurants… this venue is exactly that. But from what I’ve seen online I’m nearly convinced, and once it’s time for us to make that decision, we will be going down there to visit first.  Good luck on your search… keep us posted on what you find!!!

Post # 10
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@Michael Jayce:  lovely photos!!! i tried finding your location online… is it really close to Tampa International????  

Post # 11
1291 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@ms_english07:Hey there! There is a site located in Tampa call The Rusty Pelican. They have wedding packages that start at like 42.50 pp all the way up to 100+ pp. The venue is waterfront and they can have ceremonies in a gazebo that is waterfront as well. Most of their rooms have ocean front views and they have an onsite coordinator that helps with everything. Their packages come with a cake, chair covers, chair bows, assorted tables,limo service, and for an additional $500 they can have your ceremony too. 

My BF and I are planning and saving up for a wedding there. It is like, my dream 🙂

Also StarShip Yacht performs ceremonies and offers receptions right here off of Channelside. 

Good luck planning!

Post # 13
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have checked out about every location available in Tampa be it online, or visitng a location by word of mouth. I’m on a limited budget set by both my fiance and I. We have finally decided on the American Legion Hall on Kennedy Blvd for the reception site. The hall holds up to 170, has a great dance floor, a great staff, and offers byob! I’m pulling off a wedding for 100+ with a budget of 4-5k. The hall rental is $95.00 an hour with 2 hours given for setup time for free. A cleanup fee for the hall is $75.00. You are free to use the building, your own catering, and as I mentioned above bring your own liquor! This place is not the most over the top hall by any means, but it is very nice and affordable to alot of brides who don’t have 25k to spend on a wedding.


Post # 14
22 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

We found Club Renaissance in Sun City Center. (Just south of Tampa)

It is soo affordable. Plates are $36-$49 pp.

And it is absolutely gorgeous.

Post # 15
17 posts

We are getting married(ceremony and Reception) at Center Place in Brandon its a small art gallery this is the website for anyone interested:http://www.centerplacebrandon.org/

Post # 16
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

my reception is at the Columbia Restaurant & we are paying $22 a person (its a lunch reception) check there!! its beautiful!!


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