The Rusty Pelican... that's where I had my reception (I chose a church wedding)... But you can get married in a gazebo by the water if you want then have the reception inside... it's really pretty, and the price is WAY cheaper than on the beach!
My sisterinlaw had her wedding at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.. I wasn't there but guests said it was great! Good luck.. ;)
There are a lot of Country Clubs in and around the Tampa area that have great outdoor ceremony locations and amazing indoor reception areas. As you look at outdoor locations are you looking for a beach setting, a golf course, a wooded area, or list list of possibilities goes on? How many guests are you thinking?
If you are looking for a dockside setting with indoor reception a great location is Little Harbor Resort & Spa in Ruskin, FL. It is just about 20-30 minutes south of Tampa and located on Tampa Bay. They have a beautiful location and great food. There are also great country clubs I could recommend if that is the setting you are interested in. The Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel has great outdoor ceremony settings as well as lovely indoor reception areas. (I am attaching a photo from a recent wedding there). As Kristenbruce224 mentioned the Rusty Pelican is a nice choice.
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I think a great place in Tampa is the University of Tampa... Beautiful grounds along the river and great inddoor options...
You can also try the STraz Center ( Used to be the Performing Arts Center) Great tent overlooking the water and reception at Maestro's upstairs....
you Could also try the Westin at Harbour Island.. Again ceremony overlooking the water and reception indoors in several options...
All great places with water views for the ceremony ourdoors....
There is the palmetto club in lithia. Also the rusty pelican. We re having our wedding at the Avila golf and country club in Tampa. But there are several locations.
There is also USF - they have a great outdoor courtyard right next to the Gibbons Center, which is a wonderful space for tables and dancing.
Twinkeletoes08 is right about the Palmetto Club in Lithia. Another GREAT location! They have a lot of options and I believe give discounts depending on what day of the week you have your wedding. You can have the wedding outside on the lawn and the reception in their gorgeous ballroom.
Best of luck as you plan for your big day!
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My sister got married at the Rusty Pelican with an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. It was beautiful. I got married at the Westin Harbour Island but had both indoors due to the July heat. I have seen weddings there that had outdoor ceremonies though. Both places I would highly recommend.
Try Sunken Gardens in St Pete. They have exactly what you described.
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Good luck with your wedding plans!
I am a photographer in Tampa and got married 2 years ago at Tampa Palms. The ceremony was outside on the veranda (covered) overlooking the golf course and pond. We had the reception in the ballroom and no other parties are planned the same night as your wedding. There are about 20-25 rooms available for guests upstairs so my family and wedding party only had to walk upstairs after the night was over! Call Jeannelle Rossano at TP and tell her Jessica Herndon sent you. She is an amazing planner and I was 100% pleased!
I second the Palmetto Club. It's really beautiful! Hope you find your dream venue!
I would recommend Saddlebrook Resort and Spa. We had our wedding there and it was perfect! The ceremony was outside and we used one of the ball rooms for our reception. It was great!
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