Wedding Venues: Site Specific
Play up your wedding party with these décor ideas and styling hacks.
Wedding at the Historic Dubsdread.
In the grand scheme of wedding planning, choosing the venue is the easy part. It’s the details that can get overwhelming. The best way to avoid overthinking it (and going down a Pinterest rabbit hole) is to look at where you’re holding the reception. You’ve already decided this is the place to throw the bash of your life, so why nIn the grand scheme of wedding planning, choosing the venue is the easy part. It’s the details that can get overwhelming. The best way to avoid overthinking it (and going down a Pinterest rabbit hole) is to look at where you’re holding the reception. You’ve already decided this is the place to throw the bash of your life, so why not use it as your party inspiration too? Here are a few of our favorite spots along with décor ideas. Happy planning!ot use it as your party inspiration too? Here are a few of our favorite spots along with décor ideas. Happy planning!
Winter Park Racquet Club
Tucked away in a quaint neighborhood filled with brick, tree-lined streets is the Winter Park Racquet Club. Between the clubhouse’s vintage Florida feel and the sprawling waterfront with views of Lake Maitland, it offers a classic setting for a lakeside soirée. With indoor and outdoor options, guests can dine and dance in the mahogany dining room or out on the pool patio that can be illuminated with twinkling string lights. Play off the club’s Americana atmosphere and infuse your reception with a preppy touch. Dress up standard white tablecloths with navy- and white-striped runners, bright floral arrangements and white lanterns. Carry through with the theme on your cake, with a striped design that matches your table runners and a floral accent for color. If exposed wooden tables are more your vibe, drape garlands of greenery down the center and add pops of color with brightly hued tapered candles. Give a personal touch to the table with embroidered napkins. Lettermade in Winter Park offers a variety of colors, prints and custom designs, including wedding crests or monograms (shoplettermade.com). Then take advantage of the club’s grassy lawn and encourage some friendly competition with yard games. From customized cornhole boards to a friendly game of croquet with a vintage set, choose activities that your guests can enjoy during cocktail hour or after dinner. For a dreamy end to your evening, have everyone launch glowing Chinese wish lanterns into the sky as they send you off.
2111 Via Tuscany
Winter Park, FL 32789
Winter Park Farmer's Market
Although this downtown Winter Park staple is known for its weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market, it’s also a great option if you’re looking for a space that says “rustic charm.” Originally built as a train depot, the brick infrastructure offers an outdoor patio can that be used for a ceremony or cocktail hour along with an interior area that can seat up to 140 guests. The interior’s combination of exposed brick, wooden beams and sliding barn doors serves as an incredible backdrop for dinner and dancing. Embrace its chic country aesthetic with accent pieces from RW Style (rwstyle.com) like a hammered metal “Love” sign displayed near the guest book or a retro wagon to hold guest favors. For a fresh take on mason jars, use tin containers and metal watering cans to display flowers and treats. When it’s time for dessert, go for a berry-covered cake to pay homage to the venue’s function as a farmers’ market. For a clever finishing touch, show off your personality with an out-of-the-box cake topper, like Polaroid pictures of the two of you. It makes cutting the cake a little sweeter.
200 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
For the couple wanting a big city feel, look no further than Thornton Park’s The MEZZ, located on the second floor of The Sanctuary residential building. From the floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows to its unique, customizable LED lighting and modern furnishings and details, the 7,000-square-foot space is ideal for a contemporary evening event. As soon as guests exit the elevator, they’re greeted by the lobby’s bold black-and-white-patterned wallpaper—which also serves as a great background for photos. Consider using a sleek color palette inside the main room, opting for shades of graphite gray, black and silver to mirror its urban edge. For the tables, try metallic tablecloths paired with silver plates and flatware, then add a pop of color with a floral detail set on top of the napkin. Place gunmetal hurricane lanterns (available from Revel, therevelco.com) along with a sparkling card box (chairaffairrentals.com) on cocktail tables or by the bar. For floral arrangements, keep it neutral with lots of white blooms. The MEZZ also offers a state-of-the-art sound system, so it’s easy for your DJ or band to keep guests rocking all night long. Another way to ensure the dance floor is the focal point of the room is by showcasing the wedding cake nearby. Try an eye-catching, blinged-out design like this one from Sprinkles Custom Cakes (sprinklescakes.net) or offer a dessert bar with cake pops and chocolates to satisfy your guests.
100 S. Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
Set among giant oak trees and the rolling greens of the golf course, Dubsdread in College Park offers an inviting country club atmosphere for your big day. Originally built in 1924, it exudes character through its original stone fireplace, pine floors and exposed wooden beams. With the club’s ballroom, Florida Room (a smaller area that can be used for ceremonies or cocktail hours) and outdoor brick courtyard, there is space for parties of all sizes—up to 250 for seated dinners and up to 600 for cocktail party setups. Create a fun contrast by playing pinks, yellows and golds off Dubsdread’s warm interior. Think sophisticated tea party: amber water glasses (yourrunwaycollection.com) paired with heirloom pink-and-white china patterns (chairaffairrentals.com) and utensils tied with white ribbon. Cheery floral arrangements in old-fashioned teapots can double as table markers. For signage, repurpose vintage frames and use them to display everything from the seating chart assignments to the signature cocktail menu. Finally, end the night on a sweet note with a dainty dessert option: Le Macaron in Winter Park (lemacaron-us.com) designs colorful dessert towers, which is a chic alternative to the classic, tiered wedding cake.
549 W. Par St.
Orlando, FL 32804
Harry P. Leu Gardens
If you want to say “I do” surrounded by family, friends and breathtakingly beautiful scenery, consider holding your celebration at Harry P. Leu Gardens. The 50-acre property is brimming with everything from camellias to azaleas to tropical vines to bamboo, and it boasts four party locations—the rose garden, the floral clock, the landing and the Leu House Museum lawn. No matter if you’re a bohemian or more traditional bride, the botanical setting lends itself to a chic tropical motif. Floral arrangements using palm fronds and bright flowers, like these styled by Rachael Kasie Designs (rkdweddings.com), can be used at place settings, to create sky-high centerpieces or can be tethered to the sides of chairs. Then arrange emerald vases (yourrunwaycollection.com) that come in a variety of different sizes and shapes to display individual buds. Carry the lush green theme into your drinkware selection and choose festive stemless glasses (like this palm pattern from Winter Park’s The Grove, thegrovewp.com) for wine or repurpose them to hold straws or cocktail napkins. For an easy—and Instagram-friendly—DIY touch, local planner Lora Ritzie Wardman suggests making escort cards by attaching paper leaf-shaped tags to real oranges. Another way to infuse a tropical flair is with party favors. Give your guests a garden-inspired gift like mini succulents planted in brightly painted pots.
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
There are a lot of perks that come along with planning a hotel wedding: Everything from the catering and service to the furniture and lighting is taken care of. But possibly the biggest benefit is it provides instant atmosphere for your affair. Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Grand Ballroom is an elegant, fairytale-like setting for an elegant, high-end fête. Its soaring ceilings and crystal chandeliers call for glorious floral arrangements and golden candelabras (orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com). Your guests can sip champagne and be served by white-gloved waiters. The hotel’s chef meets with the bride and groom before their big day to select the menu for the wedding. Consider serving these culinary creations on fine china with gilded details set atop golden chargers. Ornate picture frames from A Chair Affair (chairaffairrentals.com) are a refined way to number the tables, and they can also be used throughout the room to display your wedding hashtag—or to show off vintage photos from your parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days. Whether you decide to have a sweetheart table or sit with your wedding party, upgrade your seating with a pair of statement-making white and gold chairs from RW Style (rwstyle.com). Finally, display your refined taste with a jaw-dropping, decadent white cake like this one from Anna Cakes (annacakes.com). Decorate it to match your floral theme, wrap it in a silk white bow, or incorporate a lace-like texture inspired by your wedding gown.
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821