The Rusty Pelican is a Tampa-based tropical wedding venue that offers a classic atmosphere and waterfront ballrooms. Set directly on Tampa Bay, the space has breathtaking scenic views and picture-perfect backdrops for coastal celebrations.Your guests will be enchanted by the sophisticated design, local marine life and the soothing sound of crashing waves.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can choose from multiple ballrooms at The Rusty Pelican. The Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 250 guests, is the largest ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows, family and friends can take in the spectacular view of the water. Both the Pelican Room and Coral Room can comfortably fit up to 100 guests, complete with front row seats to a beautiful tropical sunset. For more intimate weddings, the Bay Room offers a stunning fireplace and stained-glass windows for 50 guests. The Tampa Room can also host up to 50 guests and has its own private entrance. Outside, the Wedding Gazebo has a private waterfront, garden setting for stunning outdoor ceremonies for up to 250 guests.
The Rusty Pelican offers various wedding-related services. These include:
An array of menus are available to please your palate. Their extraordinary dining experience is casual yet elegant, ensuring that your day is memorable. Meals can be served as buffet, hors d’oeuvres, plated and stations.
The Rusty Pelican will gladly host all of your celebrations including:
In 1978, the coastal wedding venue was founded. It has a reputation for being a popular landmark and exotic escape for both locals and tourists.
Centrally located in the Rocky Point District of Tampa, The Rusty Pelican is just minutes from Tampa International Airport and in close proximity to many hotels and multiple tourist attractions.
322 Reviews for The Rusty Pelican
Recommended by 92% of couples
36 User photos
Sam Goodyear · Married on 02/15/2020
Our wedding was absolutely perfect!
Our wedding was absolutely perfect! Jill and Savannah made sure it looked perfect. The catering team with Carlos was amazing. The food was perfect. I loved that we had a quiet moment before entering with the guests. All of our guest had a great time and told us the place and food was amazing. We chose our DJ Frank Lebano from their preferred vendor list and he had everyone on the dance floor. He is in a class of his own! Professional and detailed!Sent on 02/25/2020
Pooja Sinha · Married on 11/14/2020
The place was absolutely gorgeous. They have fantastic views from the rooms. Savannah is extremely helpful with every little thing you need.Sent on 11/23/2020
Thomas Sanders · Married on 07/18/2020
So far great for wedding
2 years afo I took my girlfriend there for her birthday dinner it was awesome. It was then I noted a wedding venue available there.Sent on 06/09/2020
Two years later it came to mind after proposing marriage. I looked at other places but most were poor responsive. Jill reached out to me immediately and offered a package that is almost perfect for our needs.
The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent from our experience so it should be a great place for a smalk intimate elegant wedding.
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Alessi Bakery has been celebrating making beautiful wedding cakes for Rusty Pelican couples for over 5 years. The Rusty Pelican provides couples the perfect romantic setting on the water. Mixed with a great location, experience and attention to detail they excel in making your event fabulous!
One of the best waterfront venues for your wedding and reception--Don and Jill are both great people to work with for all your needs and wishes. I heartily endorse them Joe Braccio Spcollege
The Rusty Pelican is such a gorgeous facility for any type of event in the Tampa area. The view is spectacular, the people are wonderful, and the food is delicious. We love working with the Rusty Pelican and love the location!