Romantic Settings

Four Central Florida locales that offer beautiful wedding venues.

Brick streets, moss-draped oaks, historic buildings, shimmering lakefronts—you can find all of these elements and more throughout downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Winter Garden and Lake County. Each locale provides plenty of picture-perfect settings for your big day.  


Downtown Orlando

Lake Eola Park
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The heart of the city is a great place to have a wedding ceremony or reception—downtown is easily accessible from any direction, lively nightlife is available for pre-wedding or post-reception celebrations, and there are many excellent venues for the event itself, making it an ideal location for couples who like to be in the center of all the action.

Orange County Regional History Museum
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The Ballroom at Church Street
Courtesy of Puff ’n Stuff

The amphitheater at Lake Eola Park with the iconic Lake Eola Fountain in the background, as well as the pretty red pagoda and the duck-motif Sperry Fountain, which dates back to 1912, are just a few of the park’s available wedding venues. You can even rent Lake Eola’s signature swan boats for your event. For more information, call: 407-246-4485.

Also downtown, the Orange County Regional History Center is a wonderful wedding site for history buffs. Here, couples can wed in the first floor atrium, the circa-1927 Courtroom B,
Grand Jury Room, Heritage Square Courtyard, Exhibition Gallery or even rent the entire venue. For more information, check:

The elegant Ballroom at Church Street was made for weddings, with its double grand staircases, stunning floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, romantic outdoor fountains and courtyards, and majestic ballrooms. Puff ’n Stuff Events & Catering is the exclusive booker for this venue, and the staff will set you up with far more than food, taking care of all the details that a memorable event demands. For more information, check:


Additional Victorian ambiance can be found at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne one of downtown Orlando’s historic gems. The Dr. Phillips House and the Norment-Parry Inn are 19th-century manses that now serve as part of the Courtyard’s complex of historic inns. Rounding out the Courtyard are the Southern-style I.W. Phillips House and the sleek Art Deco Welbourn Suites. Amid this quartet of buildings are lush, tropical-style gardens, brick pathways, a cherub-topped fountain and a classic gazebo. Antique-filled public rooms are ideal for indoor ceremonies and receptions, as well. For more information, check:

For those who prefer urbane and contemporary to historic charm, check out the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Events can be held indoors in the hotel’s Johann Strauss Ballroom, or in the fifth-floor entertainment venue. Outdoors, there is the rooftop Bohemian Garden, which features a permanent tented pavilion with a canopy of white bunting illuminated by wrought-iron chandeliers. For more information, check:



Winter Park

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Katie Crabb

Kraft Azalea Park

Central Park Rose Garden
Photos courtesty of City of Winter Park Communications Department

Winter Park If you’re considering Winter Park for your wedding locale, you’ll have plenty of lovely venues from which to choose. Sites include the Central Park Rose Garden, located at the south end of the 11-acre park, which is bordered on one side by Park Avenue—a real plus if you’re planning on an elegant dinner reception after an outdoor park ceremony. Park Avenue is lined with chic and casual restaurants offering indoor and outdoor dining. 

Casa Feliz, a rustic Spanish-style mansion designed by James Gamble Rogers II, was saved from the wrecking ball in 2000. After being relocated to a site near Park Avenue and restored, it became available for special events. The home boasts both groom’s and bride’s suites for getting ready on site before the ceremony; and weddings and receptions can be held outdoors on the front lawn or in the rear courtyard. Inside, the dining room, living room and library are available for small gatherings. For more information, check:

English Garden is a quaint little corner of Winter Park with lovely landscaping, a gazebo for ceremonies, a pavilion for dancing, and a cottage where the bridal party can prepare before the event. For more information, check:

Other popular venues include Kraft Azalea Park on Lake Maitland. Sunset weddings are especially popular at the Exedra, a Greek-style colonnaded structure near the lake. Couples can also opt for the Mead Garden Amphitheater; the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center; the Winter Park Country Club, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Winter Park Civic Center, the city’s newest venue; and the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, where the brick walls and wood siding are original features from its days as a train depot.





Winter Garden

The Garden Theatre
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Tanner Hall’s dock overlooking
Lake Apopka
Kelly Canova

Edgewater Hotel
Kelly Canova

Winter Garden Once a forgotten speck of a town in western Orange County, Winter Garden has undergone a renaissance and now its vibrant, charming downtown buzzes with restaurants and shops housed in historic buildings. The restored Garden Theatre is now a popular site for weddings, with its romantic Italian courtyard-style interior and “sky” spangled with electric stars that provide a stellar backdrop for center-stage nuptials. And the building’s retro-style outdoor marquee can announce the happy couple’s big event. The theater complex also includes the Roper Garden Building and its rooftop Green Sky Gardens and the Garden Ballroom. For more information, check: and

Down the street from the Garden Theatre and the Roper Garden Building is the historic Edgewater Hotel, which is equipped to not only host wedding guests overnight but also houses one of the best restaurants in town, Chef’s Table at the Edgewater. The restaurant has been recognized for its superior cuisine in a number of publications, including Orlando magazine, where it recently was voted “Best Restaurant” by the magazine’s readers. For more information, check:

Less than a mile from Winter Garden’s downtown district is Tanner Hall, located in Newton Park. In the main hall, floor-to-ceiling windows frame a view of the park’s landscaped grounds and Lake Apopka, an especially beautiful sight at sunset. There’s also a brick-floored covered patio and a lakeside gazebo for alfresco receptions. For smaller events, check out Little Hall next door, a cute-as-a-button building that boasts the same lake and park views as Tanner Hall. The gathering room features a brick fireplace and a screened porch. For more information, check:

If  you’re seeking a country club-style event, Winter Garden’s Stoneybrook West Golf Club has a new outdoor space with a pergola dedicated to wedding ceremonies, as well as a picturesque, golf-view patio for smaller events and a grand ballroom for large parties. For more information, check:



Lake County

Duncan House
Ashley McCormick Photography

Lake Receptions


Lakeside Inn
Olivia Marie Photography

The choices  throughout Lake County are numerous and varied, including Mount Dora’s 128-year-old Lakeside Inn (, where ceremonies can take place inside the historic inn or outdoors at the Victorian Tea Garden or Oaks Gazebo. From just about any vantage point, the waters of Lake Dora sparkle in the distance. Other lakefront locales to consider are Mount Dora Yacht Club (, which has a newly remodeled hall, and the Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast Inn (, the only Central Florida bed and breakfast inn with a AAA Four-Diamond rating, a distinction they’ve earned 17 years in a row. The Queen Anne-style inn has a variety of indoor and outdoor venues for weddings and receptions.

Mount Dora also has a facility that’s dedicated exclusively to hosting special events. Lake Receptions opened nine years ago with its own onsite kitchen and culinary staff to prepare options ranging from hors d’oeuvres to fully plated meals, and they offer complete wedding and reception planning services. Venues within the facility include ballrooms of various sizes and a covered outdoor garden, plus separate dressing areas for brides and grooms. For more information, check:

Across Lake Dora in Tavares, The Duncan House is a majestic, Classical Revival-style mansion built in 1926 that now hosts wedding parties as well as overnight guests. The traditional red brick façade with a columned portico is a beautiful setting for ceremonies and photos, as are the lakefront grounds and elegant interior rooms. The inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, check:

And you thought the biggest decision was deciding to get married; now you’ve got a real challenge on your hands. With so many remarkable corners of Central Florida to hold your ceremony and reception, which one will you choose? The good news is that there’s no bad decision here; no matter where you decide to tie the knot, you’ll be in a beautiful setting with the love of your life.



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