Photo: Courtesy of The Temple House
Just because you're not a ballroom kind of bride doesn't mean you're out of options in Miami. Stand out from the crowd with a ceremony that your guests will be talking about for years to come. Whether you opt for Mediterranean-inspired lagoons, Asian floating gardens, or soirées fit for a sports star, these unique Miami wedding venues are anything but ordinary.
The Temple House
The backdrop for music videos and celebrity-hosted parties (One Direction shot their "Best Song Ever" video here), The Temple House was built back in 1933 as the largest single-family residence in South Beach. Architect L. Murray Dixon, the man behind landmarks like The Raleigh and The Tides, created this Art Deco masterpiece. In the 40s, the home was converted into a temple before reopening in the 2000s — as an award-winning venue with 25-foot-high ceilings and a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces that can hold anywhere from six to 600 guests. Read real brides' reviews here!
Swish and Swing Rooftop at W South Beach
After making things official, celebrate celebrity-style on the SWISH and SWING courts at W South Beach, regulation-size tennis and basketball courts that transform into a rooftop venue like no other in town. This hotspot boasts sweeping views of the Atlantic just over the horizon with room for parties of up to 150.
The 1920s lagoons carved out of coral rock are a romantic series of tucked-away grottos that back in the day served as a society scene with orchestras performing down on the pool floor. Brides can capture vintage vibes — with a modern day wedding — right in front of the picture-perfect waterfalls. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Setai, Miami Beach
Walk along the water in catwalk fashion in the most zen-like of places — along the courtyard platform in The Setai's serenity pond. Up to 120 guests can watch the couple say "I do" before the scene transforms into an intimate reception under the setting sun or stars.
Perfect for parties of anywhere from 25 to 500, take your wedding on the water — exchanging vows on board the 170-foot Lady Windridge private yacht. The Miami skyline will serve as your backdrop while you receive the royal treatment by the ship's crew; they handle everything from the ceremony to the reception, which includes a chef prepping your dinner menu of choice on-site. Read real brides' reviews here!
Just off the courtyard at Thompson Miami Beach lies a remnant of throwback Havana, Cuba that serves as a whimsical Old World setting. At the 1930s historic beachfront 1930s House, mixologists can whip up your namesake craft cocktail of the night from the hacienda-style bar while parties of up to 100 mix and mingle over celeb chef Michelle Bernstein's tapas selections. There are two areas for celebrations: an indoor lounge or a bohemian-style garden. For a more formal setting, set up a long table next to the limestone fireplace — lit up only by candlelight and chandelier overhead.