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Four Non-traditional Venues in South Florida


The wedding venue you select will significantly influence the tone of the celebration, the simplicity with which you arrange your wedding. Choose the incorrect size, and you will encounter problems with planning and implementation. Choose the ideal setting, and you will have the ceremony of your dreams. Fortunately, you have a variety of traditional and non-traditional wedding venues to choose from. Regrettably, there’s only one of you and so many unique wedding ceremony locations to choose from.

Four Non-traditional Venues in South Florida

For most, when you think of South Florida, you think of our beautiful beaches or grand ballrooms. However, if this is not the setting you dream of…no worries!  We have many unique, non-traditional wedding venues that may fit your theme. Before you surf the web in quest of that one-of-a-kind wedding reception venues, here are four non-traditional wedding venues to consider.

Ancient Spanish Monastery

Have a traditional wedding in this recreated 12th-century monastery in South Florida’s chapel or grounds. The Cloisters, or curved hallways that enclose the gardens, at the Ancient Spanish Monastery organize receptions. The property is located in North Miami Beach and is surrounded by approximately Twenty acres of Spanish oak trees, Banyan trees, and various subtropical plants. All of the trees help contribute to the property’s tranquil ambiance. Chapel weddings also include an organist and either a pipe organ or a transportable keyboard player to add a unique touch to the event.

Exchange vows in a historic monastery or a rose-filled Renaissance garden. Florida’s varied wedding locations range from breezy, laid-back private island weddings to opulent ballrooms for smaller or spectacular festivities. These one-of-a-kind locations are a crucial source of motivation for the big day.

Funky Buddha Brewery

Simply put, Funky Buddha is one of the most unique venues in South Florida to host your wedding, vow renewal, or celebratory reception. Hosting an event at Funky Buddha Brewery provides a story- a unique insight into a locally made and cherished product. This venue is part of the very fabric of South Florida culture. As you celebrate and dine, guests can gain insight into the beer-making process, from milling the grain to putting the cap on each bottle.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL is elegant, cozy, rustic, and romantic, with picturesque lighting and natural elements. The brewery featuring reclaimed wood and exposed brick can accommodate parties and celebrations from small to large, for beer lovers of all kinds. Every inch of your brewery wedding day experience will be as meticulously crafted as our beer.

Secret Gardens Miami

Secret Gardens Miami is a breathtaking property located in Homestead, FL. Situated in the Redlands agricultural area of Miami, this private, romantic retreat is perfect for your ultimate dream event. The 6-acre property, including Villa Laguna at Secret Gardens Miami, is flush with tropical foliage, flowing waterfalls, and crystal clear lagoons, designed to mirror South Florida’s rich ecological landscape. Enter through Secret Gardens Miami’s stone archway and walk down a palm tree-lined path to be transported to a tranquil paradise, an idyllic setting to celebrate your special day.

Secret Gardens Miami offers various packages to fit your vision. All packages come with multiple open-air locations to choose from — all perfect for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception — along with a bridal suite to get ready in. A man cave is available in some packages (don’t worry about sneak peeks – they are in different areas on the property!). An outdoor ballroom, complete with chandeliers and draping fabrics, is also available as a reception area.

Catering & More!

The venue has an extensive list of preferred catering partners to help you find the delicious meal that best suits your tastes. The staff also provides a list of recommended businesses for everything — from florists to valet services to DJs and lighting. There is also an event manager on-site to coordinate with vendors and help make sure the day runs smoothly.

As one of the top wedding venues in South Florida, Secret Gardens Miami is a beautiful, scenic location. The thriving landscape and natural coral rocks spawn an atmosphere that captures an element of an abandoned Florida past, consisting of lush green vegetation and flowing lagoons. Our blissful ambiance and serene setting is unlike anything you have seen in South Florida. Secret Gardens Miami … Paradise Found

Dash Stables Ranch

Dash Stables Ranch is a venue located in Southwest Ranches with 10 acres of diverse landscapes and gardens. The romantic setting of the barn area is truly out of the ordinary for any event. Sitting on the 10-acre property is a beautiful white barn. The rustic yet modern building boasts a trendy aesthetic. Upon entering, guests are met with warm wood sliding doors. The sightly feature also offers a great backdrop for taking photographs. The interior of the barn provides a spot to hold ceremonies and lively receptions.

Alternatively, couples can also choose to exchange vows outside on the vast lawn space. There are also eye-catching walkways and gazebos that exude romance and elegance. The outside areas can be personalized with decor, chairs, and more to create a whimsical setting. Diners and dancing can ensue either indoors or outdoors. Event tents may be set up to provide shelter from the elements while still being able to enjoy the natural landscape. To leave guests impressed, the spaces can be fully decorated with twinkle lights, flowers, and more.

Country Themed Wedding Venue

The barn also offers a great canvas for executing country-themed weddings completed with hay bales and antique items. Old-fashioned decor helps create a marvelous contrast between the architecturally chic features. The on-site staff is also available to help organize and plan every detail to ensure couples experience their dream wedding. They work to create harmony by blending the different styles with the majestic landscape. Dash Stables Ranch also has a cottage available for wedding parties to use to get ready. The charming house comes fully equipped with mirrors and sofas to make getting dressed a seamless and relaxing experience.

There you have it, four non-traditional South Florida venues.  I don’t know about you but I like the way this blog came out. I didn’t showcase any in Palm Beach, so next time I will.

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