Pensacola Wedding Venues
Pensacola Bay Area Wedding Venues
by Cheri Pope, “Your Pensacola Beach Wedding Specialist”
Pensacola Beach and the Pensacola Bay Area offer a variety of wedding venues, from beachy to historic, from intimate to grand – if you thought your destination wedding venue here had to be at a beach wedding venue (although that is what we are most famous for) you are in for a surprise!
Below are just a few wedding venues and reception venues to choose from:
• Seville Quarter. Seville’s facilities have seven rooms and two courtyards with a New Orleans flair. In-house perks include catering and entertainment. Can accommodate 35 to 1,000 guests. A Seville bus can transport guests from hotel to and from the facility. An antique fire truck can transport the bride and groom.
• Pensacola Museum of Art. Originally the City Jail, the Spanish Revival building was constructed in 1906. Three large open galleries on the second floor and two galleries downstairs are available. For a seated dinner, the museum can accommodate up to 150 people, and for a standing event, 200. The site is equipped with a PA system for music, and DJs and acoustic bands are allowed. Brides and grooms bring in their own caterers, and a small kitchen is available for food preparation. Rental price includes 24 tables and 200 chairs. An active-duty military discount is available.
• Polonza Bistro. Named after what early Spanish explorers called Pensacola Bay, Polonza is a restaurant that can accommodate events with up to 75 guests.
• Pensacola Cultural Center.. This historic brick building sits on Main Street, Pensacola. Home to the Pensacola Little Theatre. Site has three rooms for events and can accommodate as many as 400 people. It is also home to Portabello Market, which offers both on- and off-site catering. Clients can bring in any vendor, including caterers. Tables and chairs with free setup and breakdown are included in the rental price. Onsite security.
• Old Christ Church. A beacon of historic preservation, the church is one of the oldest surviving church buildings in Florida and has served as an Episcopal Church, public library and museum. It features Norman Gothic arches, Venetian windows, and early stained-glass artistry. Ceremonies are typically scheduled at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
• Museum of Commerce. Inside this brick turn-of-the-century warehouse is a reconstructed 1890s-era streetscape. Quaint shops feature toys, hardware, music and leather goods, and climb on board the trolley that once travelled to North Hill. A collection of horse-drawn buggies is part of this nostalgic recreation of yesteryear’s commerce. The cost is $1,000 plus tax for 8 hours, and a certificate of liability insurance is required. Tables and chairs included for as many as 200 people. Available after 3 p.m. on weekdays, in afternoon on Saturdays, and any time on Sundays.
• Barkley House. One of the oldest masonry houses in Florida and the last remaining early 19th-century example of a High House in Pensacola, the Barkley House was built by George Barkley in 1825 from bricks salvaged from Pensacola’s British fortifications. Guests can experience a coastal sunset on the wrap-around porch that overlooks Pensacola Bay. The cost is $1,000 plus tax for 8 hours, and a certificate of liability insurance is required. Tables and chairs are included for as many as 200 people. The house is available after 3 p.m. on weekdays and any time on weekends.
• Fountain Park. This picturesque park, just below Seville Square, overlooks Pensacola Bay. The cost is $100 plus tax for as many as 100 people, $250 plus tax for as many as 200 people, and $500 for large events. Renters must provide equipment such as tents, tables and chairs. Park rented for an entire day.
• The Palafox House. Adorned with chandeliers, original brick walls and windows overlooking tree-lined downtown Pensacola, Palafox House is a 4,000-square-foot event space in a historic building. The venue can accommodate more than 125 seated guests or more than 200 standing guests. A smaller adjacent room features a built-in bar and reception area. Across the street is Martin Luther King Plaza, a site for tented events. People booking The Palafox House have the option of using caterers from The Great Southern Restaurant Group — The Fish House or Jackson’s Steakhouse — or can bring in their own approved, licensed/insured caterer. The Fish House, overlooking the Deck Bar and Pensacola Bay, has private rooms that can accommodate a variety of events, including meetings, luncheons and dinners. Great Southern Restaurant’s other event venues include Atlas Oyster House and the Lee House.
• The Pensacola Lighthouse. Naval Air Station Pensacola. Consider an intimate ceremony at the top of the tower overlooking the beautiful Gulf Coast or rent the lighthouse grounds with beach access for small or medium-sized weddings and receptions.
• Scenic Hills Country Club, 8891 Burning Tree Road, Pensacola. A golf course setting for weddings and other events. The Scenic Hills clubhouse is designed to have an intimate feel, and it is located in North Pensacola. It holds up to 350 guests. The venue can provide all set-up, linens, an AV system, a dance floor, cleanup and catering. Details: 850-476-0380.
• Simply Southern. Located in Historic Milton. Home and garden accessories and wedding/reception venue. Garden setting can accommodate weddings, showers and other events up to 50 guests.
• Tiger Point Golf Club. Overlooks a golf course, the Intercoastal Waterway and Pensacola Beach. The clubhouse can serve up to 200. Perfect for wedding and recpetion.