With beautiful weather almost all year round, it’s no wonder brides and grooms turn to outdoor venues in Greater Fort Lauderdale for their big day. Whether you’re in search of a garden party, beach bash, or elegant soiree, you’ll find every type of wedding venue to suit your nuptials.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens includes a sprawling garden teeming with orchids and hibiscus. The estate was a wedding gift to Hugh Taylor Birch’s daughter, Helen, and her husband, artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919. When Helen died, Barlett remarried and his second wife, Evelyn Fortune Lilly, turned the winter home into the artist's haven it is today with their original paintings and sculptures. Couples can say “I do” at a number of spots on the property, including on the shores of a lily-pad strewn pond with the estate’s signature swan or the terra cotta fountain courtyard.
900 N. Birch Road in Fort Lauderdale
Parkland Golf & Country Club
Get that feel of Italy for your wedding without ever taking out your passport. Tuscany has arrived in South Florida at the Parkland Golf & Country Club, fit with elegant bridges, fountains, and cypress trees dotting the manicured property. Couples can exchange vows out on the greens, before a bubbling fountain, or standing beneath the club’s romantic stone archway.
10001 Old Club Road in Parkland
Living Sculpture Sanctuary
Engulf your wedding in peace and tranquility at this South Florida gem, opened in 2016 by a couple who built the sanctuary out of their love of nature. Living Sculpture Sanctuary features bonsai gardens, an orchid forest, trails, and a zen lounge that can suit anything from a garden party to a boho-inspired gathering. Stand-out features include the wood fireplace, medieval stonework wall, and a trinity of waterfalls.
2800 S. Flamingo Road in Davie
Hillsboro Beach Lighthouse
Add nautical flair to your beach nuptials by saying your vows under the gaze of the Hillsboro Beach Lighthouse dating back to 1906. Upon arrival, invite your guests to kick off their shoes and get their toes in the sand for a seaside ceremony. The festivities can continue outside with tours of the lighthouse and a seated dinner at tables surrounding the black-and-white structure that for decades helped sailors find their way to shore.
907 Hillsboro Mile in Hillsboro Beach
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Sea yourself at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, situated on ¼ mile of private beach. The full-service resort offers over 25,000 square feet of breathtaking oceanfront event space, custom catering and personalized service. Tie the knot in a private ceremony right on the sand before hosting your reception or cocktail hour on the expansive outdoor terrace. You will find everything you need to have the wedding of your dreams.
3030 Holiday Drive in Fort Lauderdale
Built in 1901, the two-story historic Stranahan House overlooks the New River, greeting yachts and riverboats motoring by. Named for Frank and Ivy Stranahan, the couple was one of the first white settlers in the city. Frank was the postmaster for the area—his post office on the property is a darling photo opp!—and Ivy served as the first beloved teacher in the area and to Seminole children. Guests can partake in a docent-led tour of the home during cocktail hour, or take in the view of the river on the newly installed dock.
335 SE Sixth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale
Yet another locale founded by a South Florida couple, Floyd L. and Jane Wray incorporated Flamingo Gardens in 1927 in their mission to preserve native flora. The property boasts more than 3,000 tropical and subtropical plants—including the largest tree in the state! Multiple spots on the 60 acres can serve as a backdrop for a ceremony, from the Victorian gazebo or towering oak trees dripping in Spanish moss to a majestic banyan tree and garden areas of your choosing.
3750 S. Flamingo Road in Davie
B Ocean Resort
Start your forever with the sound of waves caressing the shore and seagulls flying overhead at B Ocean Resort’s private beach—not an option available just anywhere in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Couples can not only “B Wed” on the sand, but the beach accommodates the ceremony as well as a wedding reception of up to 300 guests.
1140 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale
Dash Stables Ranch
Greater Fort Lauderdale has diversity in setting, including country living further west. Embrace a rustic barn wedding at Dash Stables Ranch fit with farmhouse accessories set on 10 acres of gardens and fields. Think barrels, white fencing, horseshoes, wooden signs, stables, iron-wrought gazebos, and a chic cottage for the bridal party to prepare for the big day.
4660 Volunteer Road in Southwest Ranches
Old Davie School
In the early days of South Florida, Old Davie School opened its doors in 1918 to 90 students—the bottom floor of the museum features restored 1920s classrooms. To tie the knot, couples can stare into each other’s eyes within the school’s arched amphitheater with guests sheltered under the shade of Jambolyn plum trees. After the first kiss, move to the patio’s Seminole Chickee hut for drinks and hors d'oeuvres before heading inside for dinner and dancing!
6650 Griffin Road in Davie