Historic Spanish Point is a vintage wedding venue located in Tampa, Florida. Its 30 acres overlooks Little Sarasota Bay with sweeping views, formal gardens, a quaint chapel, historic homes, and lush Florida foliage that presents a welcoming environment for couples, their families, and their guests. With several venue locations throughout the site, flexible vendor policies, and views any photographer would dream of, they will help you make dreams for your wedding day come true.
Facilities and Capacity
Historic Spanish Point offers both indoor and outdoor venue options for a ceremony and reception surrounded by natural splendor and old Florida charm. Couples have the opportunity to make their wedding exactly the way they envision by using all of the possibilities that Historic Spanish Point has to offer. Intimate weddings can be held in Mary’s Chapel with seating for up to 40 guests, while more grand ceremonies are held at the formal gardens that can seat up to 150 guests. These ceremonies often utilize the stunning pergola and sunken gardens.
Historic Spanish Point offers a shuttle as well as many event rentals for your special day. They can provide tables, chairs, tents, and lighting to create the wedding atmosphere you have always dreamed of.
Historic Spanish Point is an archaeological, historical, and environmental museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. The homestead was established in 1867 by John Greene Webb and his family. The lavish historical garden was later built in 1912 by Mrs. Potter Palmer, a Chicago socialite who came to Sarasota to establish a Winter estate. The private, not-for-profit organization and the museum opened in 1982.
Historic Spanish Point is a significant environmental site, and its location on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay offers the unique opportunity to view different habitats as well as plant and tree combinations. Native plants representing over 50 percent of the species found in the county can be enjoyed along the nature trails and boardwalks, including a pristine mangrove shoreline.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Allyson Haskell · Married on 04/27/2019
First off, no matter who you are talking to EVERY SINGLE PERSON HERE IS NICE and professional and is happy. Whether it is the coordinator, a volunteer, the gift shop clerk-everyone is fantastic.Sent on 05/19/2019
We got ready here and had our wedding ceremony here, and let me tell you- they know what they are doing.
We had our service during public hours-but we never would have known anyone else was on the property but us. They did a wonderful job blocking off areas we were using, and making sure we were top priority that day.
They also made sure any guests we had that had trouble walking, were properly escorted to our ceremony site.
The actual site is GORGEOUS. We spent over an hour taking photos after our ceremony. This is the perfect location if you want a bunch of wedding pictures.
Keep in mind you HAVE to buy a season pass if you are going to have your wedding here. It's really not expensive, and trust me you will want it. We visited many times before our wedding to see where we wanted our photos taken, Also, you can walk your dog on the property which is lovely.
But overall-beautiful. Everyone is kind and helpful and knows what they are doing. They made our day absolutely perfect!
Lindsay · Married on 02/23/2019
This was the only venue we visited. From the get go Heather was quick to respond and extremely helpful. We used the White Cottage and Sunken Gardens and it was gorgeous. Heather was accomodating throughout. We were able to get ready on site which made it easy and stress free.Sent on 02/23/2019
Melissa · Married on 11/10/2018
I didn’t know what to expect at a historical preservation, but from the moment we set foot on the grounds of Historic Spanish Point, I knew I’d be returning on my wedding day. If you're in search of a vintage, Old Florida style wedding, this venue is for you. The grounds offered too many beautiful locations to take photos that we had to narrow it down to 5 locations, which was still one too many. Our guests and vendors had so much fun with this hidden gem.Sent on 01/27/2013
The Sunken Garden venue is particularly unique and gorgeous and the staff is incredibly friendly, but neither hold a candle to the venue's event coordinator Gilly Francis. She is a friendly warrior who kept us calm, cheerful and more importantly organized and on time. She graciously took us on a tour of the grounds, not once, not twice, but three times. First was our initial tour to see the entire grounds, the second was to go over lighting details in the reception area, and the last time was for a detailed walkthrough with our photographers. She kept everything running smoothly and kept watch over each vendor and each guest ensuring a successful and joyous occasion. Gilly was a guardian angel, always with a smile on her face, making our families and friends feel most welcome.
Our only disappointment was that she was, of course, working and could not fully join in on the celebration. Gilly is a treasure for which Historic Spanish Point should be exceedingly grateful.
The Historic Spanish Point provides so many beautiful options for photography, it makes my job easy! Whether you are looking for lush, old Florida scenery and authentic historic structures, or clean and modern natural backdrops, Spanish Point has it all. Romance is truly around every winding path. Everyone who works there is such a dream to work with, accommodating nearly every request for your occasion.
Beautiful location for your wedding! You won't be disappointed
Charming little chapel in the woods is a beautiful spot for a wedding or vow renewal.