BRIDES Florida: The Most Elegant Villa Venues for a Miami Wedding

Updated 07/01/15

Whether you're looking for a low-key hideaway or an over-the-top mansion blow out, these glamorous villa venues set on private islands and in tucked-away gardens are the perfect spots to tie the knot in Miami style.

European elegance, low hedges and formal maze gardens — not to mention a mansion right on Biscayne Bay — are just a few reasons why Vizcaya continues to top brides' lists. The waterfront, Italian Renaissance-inspired villa can accommodate up to 1,000 people spread throughout the grounds and gardens, so your guests will have plenty of spots to mix and mingle in the courtyards, terraces and right on the moon-shaped bay looking out to the mermaid carvings on the floating stone barge.

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The former Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive is an opulent villa venue that's everything you'd expect from the Italian designer. While your guests may not be able to swim in the Versace-designed, 54-ft. Thousand Mosaic pool (outlined in 24-karat gold), the spot — which has a capacity of just under 300 guests — makes for an ideal reception or dinner. If this isn't extravagant enough, we've heard some brides have even had live flamingos parading in the pool.

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Brides looking for a Cinderella-esque backdrop will feel like they're entering a fairytale at the lantern-lit, 700-capacity Cruz Building. Make an entrance coming down the brass and marble staircase or sit under the stars on one of the al fresco terraces overlooking Coconut Grove. If you want a truly elaborate affair, make use of all three floors by throwing everything from the ceremony to the cocktail reception to the dinner in the hidden alcoves and beautiful stained-glass window ballroom inspired by the Tuscan countryside.

Built in an area known as "Millionaire's Row" in 1930s Miami, this one-time winter residence has been transformed into a romantic tropical backdrop perfect for brides looking to capture a taste of Old World Miami. With its Spanish arches, open courtyards and gardens flowing with oaks and bougainvillea, the 300-guest-capacity mansion is great for a Gatsby-style soirée complete with white tents surrounded by the natural Florida landscape.

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If it's exclusivity you're after, throw the ultimate private island wedding at the Vanderbilt Mansion on Fisher Island, which has a capacity of up to 150 guests. The 216-acre island is set just off Miami Beach and only reachable via boat, which ensures that you and your guests will arrive in style to the stunning 1920s Mediterranean mansion with the Miami skyline and Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop.

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