Photo: Courtesy of the Ancient Spanish Monastery
Venue hunting doesn't need to start on South Beach. Set your sights in all directions from weddings on the water to historic homes in some of the most stunning gardens surrounding Miami.
Ancient Spanish Monastery (above)
You don't need to head all the way to Europe to find a historic Spanish setting for your wedding. Built in 1133 in northern Spain, the Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was dismantled and shipped off to the U.S. in 1925, taking almost two years and $20 million to put back together. Whether you're performing a civil or religious ceremony, this spot is sure to wow guests, with five areas to choose from outdoors and the 12th century Gothic building forming a picturesque backdrop for wedding photos. Read real brides' reviews here!
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The Bonnet House was born in the 1920s when a newlywed couple received the 35 acres as a wedding gift and decided to build their winter retreat here. It's fitting then that this historic home now makes for the ideal wedding venue, nestled on a natural barrier island tucked between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. Brides who want a bohemian yet Old-World feel will love the way the lit-up tents in the garden capture the same spirit as something out of The Great Gatsby. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Paradise Farms
Add an eco-conscious touch to your ceremony tying the knot in Paradise, a five-acre farm in nearby Homestead that's the organic producer of choice for many top restaurants in town. Walk down an aisle through the feng sui-style farm to the open-air gazebo, which can seat up to 100 for the ceremony. After your vows, throw the ultimate garden party reception with a three-course meal filled with Paradise Farms picks.
Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
An institution in Miami's oldest neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is also a favorite for weddings, with venues perfect for hosting sophisticated tea party bridal showers as well as sultry bachelorette parties. When it comes to the big day itself, the wedding and events manager will make sure all the details are fine-tuned so your ceremony runs smoothly. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
If you prefer boats to ballrooms, take your wedding on the water with a Saturday morning ceremony and reception on board the Norwegian Getaway. Celebrate in the 1950s-inspired Tropicana Room while the ship is sitting in part, disembarking and taking the party to the next destination before the cruise sets sails to St. Maarten in the afternoon.