Florida Ballrooms that Aren't Boring

These Florida ballrooms are anything but ordinary.
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Jaclyn Saumell
by Jaclyn Saumell

The Ballroom at Church Street

225 S. Garland Ave.,Orlando;

(407) 420-9091;TheBallroomatChurchStreet.com

With more than 10,000square feet of space, the sprawling Ballroom at Church Street can house up to 450seated and dancing guests for the Victorian-inspired wedding of your dreams.Host your cocktail hour in the atrium (which boasts floor-to-ceiling stained-glasswindows) before retreating to the grand ballroom, featuring intricatechandeliers and mahogany wood detailing, for a customized black-tie event.

The Biltmore Hotel

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL;

(305) 913-3105; BiltmoreHotel.com

Surrounded by more than 150 acres of greenery, The Biltmore's luxe Mediterranean architecture and ballrooms offer the perfect romantic backdrop for both your ceremony and reception. There's no need to add much decor, since the hotel's elegant chandeliers, hand-painted ceilings and impressive cathedral arches already set the scene for your special day. Once you settle on a space, the venue's event-design team is there to provide a list of trusted vendors, including the best in flowers, cakes, lighting and linens.

The Breakers

1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL;

(561) 659-8415; TheBreakers.com

With a mixture of European elegance, Roman artistry and beachside fun, this hotel can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests for a night to remember. Fifteen-foot windows in The Circle room provide stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, while Renaissance-style paintings and a grand Venetian chandelier provide a sense of Italian ambience from overhead. Not convinced? Choose from one of the hotel's other 11 breathtaking spaces, such as the beautiful Magnolia Room, the gilded Gold Room, and the regal Mediterranean Ballroom.

Boca Raton Resort and Club

501 East Camino Real, BocaRaton, FL;

(888) 543-1277;BocaResort.com

Spread across 356 acres,this romantic resort comes equipped with several ballrooms as well as a privatebeach and garden to house your special day. The Cathedral Room's stained-glasswindows and gold-leaf-accented pillars add just the right amount of art decoflair to the space, while the Royal Palm Ballroom offers rows upon rows ofelegant chandeliers along with a cozy fireplace your wedding guests will love.

Goodwood Museum and Gardens

1600 Miccosukee Road,Tallahassee, FL;

(850) 877-4202;GoodwoodMuseum.org

Rustic beams, exposed-woodwalls and industrial lighting lend a laid-back feel to this 19th-centuryvenue in the heart of historic Tallahassee. Surrounded by acres of lush land,this natural, unique space offers the room you need without all the formaldetails. Have a tucked-away reception for up to 200 guests that no one willsoon forget.

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL;

(561) 655-2833; FlaglerMuseum.us

Searching for a unique reception space full of 19th-century flair? This 75-room historic Florida mansion will take your guests back in time, thanks to four grand formal spaces: the Grand Hall, the West Room, the Flagler Kenan Pavilion and the cocktail-hour-ready courtyard. With unparalleled panoramic views of Lake Worth and an impressive glass ceiling, the Pavilion is the perfect open area for big celebrations. Looking for more of a Mediterranean vibe? The museum's dramatic West Room features 27-foot vaulted ceilings, intricately tiled floors and a view of the West Palm Beach skyline. If you're still not sold, try the 4,800-square-foot beaux arts–style Grand Hall, complete with a striking double staircase and gilded ceiling art.

Kapok Special Events Center andGardens

923 N. McMullen BoothRoad, Clearwater, FL;

(727) 725-8733;KapokSpecialEvents.com

Surrounded by lush gardens,elegant white statues and fountains, you and your guests will enjoy a night ofEuropean grandeur at this venue in the heart of Clearwater. Say "I do" under asuccession of golden arches in the Florida Room Chapel before being whisked intothe picturesque Grand Ballroom for a reception that you and your loved ones willremember for a lifetime.

Lightner Museum

75 King Street, St.Augustine, FL;

(904) 824-2874;LightnerMuseum.org

Antiques from America'sGilded Age will be on display as you and your guests celebrate in St. Augustine'shistoric district. Have the reception in the recently restored ballroom on thevenue's third floor, or take the party to the Alcazar Hotel's former indoor swimmingpool, a supremely unique space that can easily house up to 300 people. The lobbyisn't off-limits either—the open area is available for intimate ceremonieslimited to 100 or fewer wedding guests.

Pavilion Grille

301 Yamato Road, BocaRaton, FL;

(561) 912-0000;PavilionGrille.com

Ditch the idea of atraditional ballroom for this unique tropical-inspired atrium. Complete with fountains,palm trees, and a 2,000-square-foot canopied dance floor, this memorablesetting can accommodate 240 guests for a night of dinner, dancing and all-outcelebration.

The Treasury on the Plaza

24 Cathedral Place #111, St. Augustine, FL;

(904) 217-0077; TreasuryonthePlaza.com

Walk through a circular vault door and you will find out why this historic St. Augustine find is definitely worth the extra security. Stately white columns line the way for a grand reception, while marble floors lend an overall formal feel. And with approximately 6,000 square feet of space, you'll have plenty of room for 250 seated guests.

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