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Venue 650 is a historic wedding venue located in Winter Haven, Florida that was originally home to The Florida Chief newspaper, dating back to 1911. While it boasts plenty of charm, the venue also boasts the convenience of being near the big cities of Tampa and Orlando and all the activities and entertainment they have to offer. You and your wedding party will truly find plenty to learn about and do in this space.
Facilities and Capacity
Venue 650 is quite versatile and can easily accommodate different wedding party sizes and styles. In fact, the decor is pretty neutral, making it an ideal backdrop for you to personalize. Many of the spaces feature warm touches such as brick walls, concrete floors, and exposed ceilings. Overall, the style is quite industrial chic. Couples will find the open floor plan ready to comfortably accommodate up to 400 of their loved ones. If you are interested in exchanging your vows outdoors, the is a garden site available, which features an old-world style. If you and your loved ones need a place to relax and hang out in between events, there is a Lounge area which has views of the garden. There are also private and separate dressing rooms—the Brides Boutique and the Grooms Den—for the wedding parties to get ready in.
Couples are welcome to plan and host all stages of their wedding at Venue 650 including the bridal shower, engagement party, and rehearsal dinner. Elopements are welcomed as well. The team is more than happy to assist with both set up and clean up. They can also provide you with tables and chairs for you to use on your big day. For your convenience, the venue does offer wheelchair access and parking.
This venue boasts quite the unique history. Back in 1911, M.M. “Dad” Lee founded his newspaper, The Florida Chief. Even through unforeseen events and natural disasters, this newspaper remained strong. It was in this building that the newspaper was birthed and grew strong in the community. Even though eventually the newspaper was sold and the name was changed, this venue still retains its ties to the past and celebrates the success of Lee’s paper. Today, this venue is pleased to be able to open its doors to couples seeking a unique and history-filled site to exchange their vows.
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My over all experience was perfect and magical.
Best Day Ever
The venue is absolutely stunning! Little decorations needed because the venue is stunning on its own.
We could not have had such an easy day without the staff during the planning process and on our wedding day!
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We love working with Venue 650! The newest venue in Winter Haven is absolutely the best!
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