Coolest Palm Beach Wedding Venues // A Photographer's Guide
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16/09/2019

Ah Palm Beach County, FL... The land of golf courses, polo clubs, beach resorts, boujee ballrooms and corporate venues with obscenely overpriced steak tartare. Not your scene? Yeah me either! But I do live here, and I have recently uncovered some pretty damn good alternatives to the typical "wedding-y" spots. So if you happen to be getting married in this neck of the woods, and are trying desperately to avoid the seemingly endless search results for barf-tastically outdated wedding venues, and instead are looking for something a little more creative, eclectic or dare I say "off beat", then this is the list for you!

 

As a traveling wedding photographer, I've seen all kinds of weird and amazing places to tie the proverbial knot... From the wild and rugged outdoors, backyard BBQ's, barns and warehouses, to modern takes on the traditional options like museums, gardens and historic sites. And believe me, Palm Beach County has it all! You just have to dig a little deeper, keep an open mind, and acknowledge that there are NO RULES to this whole wedding thing anymore... So why not swing for the fences and find a venue that truly reflects your style and story?

 

Whatever vibe you're going for... this is a great place to start! Enjoy the list!

 

Oh yeah, I also hope you enjoy browsing the scattered wedding photos throughout this post. If you want to see more, feel free to poke around my site, and regardless of where you're getting married, I'd love to hear your story and help you write the next chapter!

 

HOW TO USE THIS LIST

Ok, so this isn't a list of the most beautiful, or even popular South Florida wedding venues... IT IS however, a thoughtful look at some of palm beach county's most unique, special and understated event spaces. The idea is that you'll find a venue that initially speaks to you, and eventually inspires you to think more critically about making planning decisions that really celebrate your unique relationship. As every story begins with a time and place... A wedding always starts the perfect venue!

 

Amongst this list, you'll find some hidden gems, some old classics, some newer 'blank canvas' spaces -- and some that require a bit of imagination for all you dreamers out there. I've done my best to categorize them based on vibe, and I've offered a quick note on my personal thoughts for each.

 

Now, there are links to all venue websites... but I have to say, not all websites give you a good idea as to the style and space they have to offer. So narrow down your list and GO SEE the venues in person. Preferably with your spouse-to-be, and if you want my input or guidance at any stage in your planning journey, then please feel free to reach out HERE.

 

At the end of the list, there are a few more 'tried and true' options -- Beautiful venues that aren't necessarily mold breaking, but that do a wonderful job of catering to the specific needs of their couples. As well as some recommendations for hosting a wedding on private property (like Airbnb or friend/family member's place).

 

But for now... I hope you enjoy my list of the Coolest Palm Beach County Wedding Venues!

ECLECTIC & OFF BEAT

Elizabeth Ave Station - West Palm Beach Warehouse District http://thestationwpb.com/

One of my personal faves! Run by an awesome team of local creatives... these guys host rad parties monthly and the indoor/outdoor space is totally unique and malleable to your needs

 

Grandview Public Market - West Palm Beach Warehouse District https://www.grandviewpublic.com/

Indoor / outdoor upscale warehouse vibes. Colorful yet minimal enough to place your unique stamp on

 

Mathew's Brewery - Lake Worth https://mathewsbrewingcompany.com/

A spacious mural'd beer garden that feels private enough for any kind of shin-diggery! Awesome beer too

 

Kelsey Theatre - Lake Park https://www.thekelseytheater.com/

If you're musically inclined, this place has the stage, lighting and acoustics you need for a rockin wedding!

 

Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery - Lake Worth http://www.sd-farm.com/

Homely and rustic with true Florida feels. And killer hibiscus wine and kombucha

 

Museum 66 - Boynton Beach http://museum66.com/

Pinball machines, muscle cars and open warehouse vibes. Vroom Vroom

 

Ragtops Motorcars - West Palm Beach http://www.ragtopsmotorcars.com/home/

For you rockabillies and pinups out there. Throw it back to the 50's with this iconic palm beach scene

FARMS, BARNS & RANCHES

Who doesn't love a bit of buck wild farm action. This is (technically) the south after all 

 

Ever After Farms - Indiantown (Martin County) https://www.everafterfarms.com/

Totes worth the drive for this modern farm with loads of space and options!

 

Kai Kai Farms - Indiantown (Martin County) https://www.kaikaifarm.com/

Country fresh, great produce and close to nature

 

Luck Old Sun Ranch - Jupiter http://luckyoldsunranch.com/

Not often you see palm trees and barns on the same property. I dig it!

 

Swank Farms - Loxahatchee http://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com/

A killer open barn with loads of space and perfect lighting

 

Southern Palms Bed and Breakfast - Loxahatchee Groves http://southernpalmbandb.com/

I love the A-frame home and brick courtyard. Bees kept on site is a nice touch

 

 

FLO-MO (Florida Modern)

Rich Hippies House - West Palm Beach http://richhippies.co/the-rich-hippies-house

Proper intimate Spanish style villa with modern touches all over

 

Birthday Cake Castle - Lake Worth https://www.birthdaycakecastle.com/

Historic Floridian gem with a dash of scarface!

 

Emko Palm Beach - West Palm Beach https://www.emkopb.com/

Modern eclectic art inspired event space (it's like a mini Art Basel)

 

Norton Museum of Art - West Palm Beach https://www.norton.org/

Brand spanking new architectural marvel with beautiful grounds!

 

Lake Pavilion - West Palm Beach https://wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Lake-Pavillion/Welcome

Perfectly located modern blank canvas

 

Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen - West Palm Beach https://www.fernstreetwpb.com/

Clean white gallery space and graffiti'd courtyard

A NOD TO HISTORY

Ann Norton Scuplture Garden - West Palm Beach https://www.ansg.org/

A personal fave! Just a beautiful and inspiring place

 

Morikami Musem and Japanese Gardens - Boca Raton https://morikami.org/

Zen paradise! Historic, artfully manicured and spacious

 

Harriet Himmel Theatre - West Palm Beach https://www.rosemarysquarewpb.com/harriethimmeltheater/

Right downtown. As historic as you'll find in Palm Beach County

 

The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach https://www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/

Classic understated Florida

 

The Colony Hotel and Cabana - Delray Beach https://colonyflorida.com/

Vibrant Cuban style in downtown Delray!

 

Old School Square - Delray Beach https://oldschoolsquare.org/

That vintage basketball court reception space is everything!

 

WILD CARDS // I DARE YOU!

Bare with me... Things are gonna get weird for a minute, but trust me, these options would be all kinds of amazing!

 

Jupiter Skate Park - Jupiter https://www.jupiter.fl.us/629/Skate-Park

Bring your decks and your imagination! I don't even know if this is possible, but it would be bloody awesome if you could pull it off!

 

Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Jupiter https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/jonathan-dickinson-state-park

Native FL landscape, massive observation tower, cabin rentals, campfires, tiki covered reception space. You wouldn't have to twist my arm to shoot here!

 

Howleys - West Palm Beach https://sub-culture.org/

Not saying you'd get married here, but there's a nice park across the road... and if you're rolling with a small enough crew, this place is an epic feed

 

Dada - Delray Beach https://sub-culture.org/dada/

A culinary institution in Delray. The blueberry mojitos are life

 

Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge - Boynton Beach https://www.fws.gov/refuge/arm_loxahatchee/

Elope here in a canoe or fan boat! I promise you won't get chomped (probably)

 

Hotel Evernia - West Palm Beach https://hotelevernia.com/ 

Straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Also, pretty sure it's haunted

CASH TO SPLASH

I know I know, I said this list wasn't about the boujee side of palm beach county. But I had to mention these few ritzy classics - purely because they actually have insane photographic upside! So humor me for a minute (and start saving your pennies!)

 

The Breakers - Palm Beach https://www.thebreakers.com/

A step into a completely different world

 

Henry Morison Flager Musem - Palm Beach https://www.flaglermuseum.us/

In particular, the Flagler Kenan Pavilion is the stuff of dreams

 

The Brazilian Court - Palm Beach http://www.thebraziliancourt.com/

I don't even know what to say about this one. It's just nice

 

Society of the Four Arts - Palm Beach (duh) https://www.fourarts.org/

As far as gardens go, this is pretty shmick!

TRIED & TRUE

Not the most 'out of the box' venues around. But they damn sure know what they're doing... and most of them leave plenty of room for personalization (which is what it's all about after all)

 

Pelican Club - Jupiter https://www.lessings.com/corporate/weddings/venue/pelican-club

Gorgeous Jupiter inlet and lighthouse views

 

Sundy House - Delray Beach http://www.sundyhouse.com/

Lush gardens and classic key west style house

 

The Seagate Hotel and Spa / Beach Club - Delray Beach https://www.theseagatehotel.com/beach-club/

Elegant and tasteful - and literally the only beach venue on this list haha

 

Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse - Hillsboro http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org/

Not to be confused with Hillsborough Club - I literally mean the lighthouse (it's pretty cool)

PRIVATE RESIDENCES

As promised, here are a few tips for DIY'ing the hell out of your own private property wedding.

 

- Air Bnb! It's gold mine for nice big properties to host your wedding from prep to party! Just PLEASE double check that they allow events and pay the fees. It'll be worth it to have total control of the place from start to finish - unlike some stuffy venues!

 

- Food trucks for the win! If you're worried about catering, get with the times! Food trucks will have you and your crew stuffed and pickled for pennies on the dollar compared to the traditional caterers.

 

- Your rich uncle's sprawling acreage! Call in favors, bribe or even black mail people. Private property weddings are the best. Even if the house isn't amazing, if you have a big yard, get a Sperry tent or giant tipi and go nuts!

 

THE END

Thanks for reading!

 

I think that pretty much covers it, but if you know of any cool spots that I'm missing, Please hit me up so I can check em out!

 

I sincerely hope this was a helpful look into Palm Beach County Wedding Venues and considerations! And remember, where ever your wedding is going down, I'd love to help you remember it as accurately and beautifully as possible. So please feel free to check out more of my work, and contact me HERE!

 

 

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