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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.

Services Offered
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.

  • Woman-owned

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Historic Building

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Uncovered Outdoor

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Bridal Shower
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Rehearsal Dinner

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Clean Up
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Brooke Married on 10/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

My over all experience was perfect and magical.

This venue is beyond perfect and beautiful. We just had our wedding there on October 23,2023 and it was magical. The staff there is super sweet and always willing to work with you. They have a full kitchen to use as well as a bridal suite with a bathroom in it and a grooms suite. Plenty of parking, a cute little bar area for the bartender, plenty of chairs and tables, high tops, a cake table, and my most favorite a sweetheart table. The garden area is beautiful with the flowery tree that has falling flowers onto the ground and the inside area is gorgeous with the chandeliers and lighting behind their white curtains. They also have a wall outside on the front that has the name of the place in huge letters that is perfect for a picture.
Kelly D. Married on 03/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Wonderful!!

This is a fantabulous venue!!!!! Not only is it beautiful but the entire staff is absolutely wonderful! I had a few hiccups, as we all do, but Becky and Lyttie were always there to help. And Lyttie was fantastic on the day of the ceremony!!! I couldn't recommend this venue more highly.
Hannah L. Married on 07/30/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever

Highly recommend!! The staff at Venue 650 made sure our day was the best day! They were always available any time we had questions.
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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