Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
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$$$ – Moderate
Backyard, Ballroom, Museum, Historic Venue, Loft, Park, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment
This place is such a great venue! It features a lush bamboo garden with lights strung overhead, perfect for the ceremony or cocktail hour and pictures. The interior is two stories, high ceilings, gorgeous exposed brick. Choose your own lighting to set the mood you desire! They also have a brilliant in-house DJ (DJ Jaey) who is organized and is willing to take suggestions from the wedding party and incorporate them beautifully into your reception. But the best part? THE STAFF. You may or may not know this yet, but your wedding day will be hectic and you'll be pulled in a million directions and you WILL forget to eat (or you just won't be able to make it to the food!). The Nova staff checked in with us many times asking us if we needed drinks or food or anything else. Guys, this is SO IMPORTANT. Trust me when I tell you that very venue doesn't do this. The bottom line is that Nova is fantastic and I if I had it to do over, I would choose Nova again.
Pros: • Ceremony and reception in one place • Amazing staff, including an outstanding DJ (DJ JAEY) and event planner (Ruby) • Beautiful bamboo surrounded courtyard • Allow outside catering and food trucks • Minimal decorations needed • Ideal downtown St. Pete location • Parking was no problem • Excellent bathrooms and changing rooms • Great for a set it and forget it wedding Cons: • Our rehearsal reservation got booked by another event • Must use their bars/drink packages which are not cheap Nova 535 was absolutely perfect the day of our wedding. We started our day getting ready in the upstairs changing rooms drinking mimosas. We then took pictures in the courtyard and in front of the murals across the street. We had a very simple ceremony in the courtyard with 115 guests and afterward we all moved inside to where our outside catering served appetizers during a cocktail hour. Everyone then moved downstairs to the main area which Nova had set up for brunch and dancing. We were able to bring in a food truck for desert which was awesome. In total we had 5 hours at the venue, with a 3 hour drink package that worked out well. The unexpected highlight was DJ JAEY. He was kind, professional and played a perfect blend of our music and music that got the crowd up and dancing. Our only problem with the entire experience was the rehearsal. We were thrilled when a month out we were able to book the venue for an hour to do our rehearsal. A week before the wedding we got a request to move the rehearsal back an hour because Nova wanted to book another event that night during our reservation. We said no but Nova booked the other event anyway and we did our rehearsal in the courtyard as the other event was setting up and guests were arriving. Fortunately for us we had as simple of a ceremony as it gets and the rain stayed away so we didn’t need the inside area for rehearsal.
The staff at Nova 535 went above and beyond for our wedding to be the most magical day of our lives! Everything was seamless with Nova's help, and family raved over the uniqueness of the venue! I brought bins of props and decorations to be used and the wedding coordinator Melissa took everything off my hands and made the event just as I imagined! Even more amazing was her packing things up and everyone helping at the end of the night. My husband is a musician and Nova was very accommodating with their sound system and lights as he sang a song for me. They were also very accommodating with the few handicap family members who needed use of the elevator with an escort. It truly was a dream come true to be married at Nova. As soon as we saw the place we fell in love with the atmosphere and Nova really helped make it happen for us!
The venue space was beautiful and spacious. I could not have asked for a better space to have my wedding, and at a great price too! But, for the price I still had a few issues that really made my wedding planning quite difficult and stressful. The original wedding coordinator that we had expressed to us that she would be 100% available to us on our wedding day... that was not the case. The coordinator was pregnant and gave birth about a month before our wedding. I asked to confirm that she would be there a few times and we were assured that she would be there. I didn't trust it so I went out of my way to hire another coordinator. Thank goodness I did because the week before our wedding we found out that she would not actually be at the wedding because she was on maternity leave. Of course Nova still provided another day of coordinator and she was awesome. Melissa was very organized and she seemed to have it all together! I give her a million thumbs up! Luckily I was able to meet with Melissa twice before the wedding to go over things with her. Between her an my outside coordinator, they both got the job done. Another Issue I had (pre-Melissa) was that when we put our deposit down for the event space, we were told that we could bring our own things to the wedding (of course) and we would have to bring them back home with us when all was said and done. That is great, except for the fact that the vendors are not allowed in until just three hours before the event. That makes things pretty difficult when your wedding is off-site in a church about 30-minutes away. Knowing this a year ahead of time, I asked the owner of there was any way that we could bring our things any sooner. The answer when we placed our deposit was yes (of course). He even said that if there wasn't an event the day before we could start bringing things and looking around the day before. A few weeks before the wedding the answer was much different. NO ONE was willing to take my personal items from me to set them up at my wedding. I was willing to do it all myself, especially being that there was not an event the night before. No one was willing to let me do that either. This is where my other coordinator came in handy. She was able to bring my items for me and set them up the way I wanted it to be. I just think it is sad that I legitimately had to spend almost $500 on another coordinator just for peace of mind (and then ultimately to bring and set up my personal items). Honestly, If I could do it over again, I would have just hired a wedding planner to plan my whole wedding from top to bottom. I worked with so many people that it ultimately became a huge, confusing mess.
Seriously the most beautiful venue I have ever seen! I went to an event there with my Pure Romance business and I was Blown Away by the venue!!
Probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The inside is Gorgeous and the outside is absolutely STUNNING! The Staff is incredible and just the ambiance of the whole place is astounding! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 If I wasn't already married, I would get married here FOR SURE! I recommend it to all of my friends!
Nova is a beautiful and unique venue for a wedding. Having been born in Florida I always assumed I was going to have a beach wedding, but as we started looking at venues I started to lean toward a 20's/Gatsby theme. I couldn't be happier with the way everything turned out. The bamboo garden is beautiful and was perfect for the ceremony. The inside, with its exposed brick and old hardwood floors definitely lends itself to the 20's. The venue really is a photographer's dream and because of the way it is decorated, it really doesn't need much in the way of decor. Ruby, our original planner, was quick to respond when we had questions and is very sweet, but because of unforeseen circumstances was unable to attend the wedding itself. She passed all of my information on to Melissa who took over seamlessly. My guests all raved about how wonderful and professional Melissa was. Nova'S DJ, Jaey, was wonderful!! We procrastinated a little when it came down to choosing some of the music and Jaey walked us through everything and made wonderful suggestions. He was awesome to work with! We couldn't be happier that we chose Nova!
Get married here! We are so glad we did! They were wonderful to work with and made the whole process so seamless. They even fielded my 100 questions a day leading up to the event without batting an eye. My guests were raving about the venue all night. They're wonderful!
Unique spaceReviewed on 10/07/2015
Nova 535 is a gorgeous venue for all occasions. Unfortunately, due to personal issues I was not able to use the venue on my originally planned date. I was greatly upset when I had to inform the venue of this as I was ecstatic to use this amazing venue. It was the perfect venue for our wedding day. Sadly, due to the contract obligations we were unable to change the date. Nova 535 fulfilled all contractual obligations to a tee, BUT to work with our extenuating circumstances Mr. Novilla went beyond the contract to help us. I appreciated his willingness to do so... Ruby, the coordinator we had was amazing to work with and I would highly recommend her. She was in constant contact with us and was quick to respond when we had a question or issues. She was even willing to do last minute changes if we wanted to use the venue anyways on the originally planned day for different occasion. I'm sure everything would have been wonderfully perfect and ran super smoothly if we were able to use the venue on the originally planned.
A wonderful staff makes for a wonderful weddingReviewed on 4/22/2015 Stephanie P
We recently had our wedding here and I can honestly say NOVA is the best place to get married in the Tampa Bay area. The venue is amazing; tall ceilings, exposed brick, bamboo garden, theatre lightening. It’s a breathtaking space and Michael has paid attention to all of the details! Melissa the event coordinator and Jaey the DJ are a great team and played a huge part in the success of our wedding. If you get the opportunity to work with them you will not be disappointed. This team is passionate about what they do and it makes a difference. We wanted to use a smaller catering company, this was one of the few spaces that allowed outside catering. Also, the venue provided a lot of decorations that we were able to use. I LOVED their “stay local” vibe and tried to use vendors that were in the area. The whole experience was fantastic. I would recommend this place to anyone. Thank you Team NOVA for making our wedding day so special.
Nothing short of amazing!Reviewed on 4/21/2014 Ashley B
It may not look like much from the outside but do not pass this place! I knew the second we walked in that this is where I was getting married! It is such a unique atmosphere that you will not find anywhere else. All of the art is left on display so there is no need for decorating. We got the package that included a dj which was really nice. I can't say enough good things about the staff. We were always in constant contact and had an answer for every question I could possibly ask. Our day of coordinator, Ruby, was fabulous! She was everywhere! She kept things running smooth and kept people in line so I didn't have to! If I had to get married all over again I would pick Nova 100 times over!
I Had a Beautiful WeddingReviewed on 1/24/2014 Rhiannon R
I loved the unique space that NOVA offers and was very pleased with the final outcome of the wedding. The drapery and lighting they offered added a lovely ambiance. The only issue I was not completely please with was that not everything was set up when we arrived by our on site coordinator and I, as the bride, had to run around a bit and change some things and help. ALso,we had 3 hours of open bar and two hours of cash and there seemed to be several mix ups with charging people at wrong times and only opeing one small end of the large bar downstairs. But other than that, I loved every minute of our wedding and it was beautiful, fun, eclectic and so unique. This space is perfect if you want something not completely traditional and with modern and artistic flair. We loved the staircases, the bamboo garden, the loft bar area for the coctail hour and the cleanliness of everything. And the house DJ, DJ Jaey, is such a pleasure to work with and seems as excited about your event as you are and does exactly what you ask. Thank you again for helping make our wedding a success.
Exquisite and unique VenueReviewed on 11/13/2013 Lauren N
What a beautiful and eclectic venue! We only had our reception here. This place is definitely for a couple that does not want the "ballroom at a hotel" or "country club" type venue. Don't let the outside fool you, this place is a diamond in the rough. The staff are professional and on top of it! Along with the staff, the owner also goes WELL out of his way during the planning process and the day of to ensure everyone, especially the bride and groom, are happy and well taken care of. Our glasses were never empty! Another major plus is that the DJ booth is up on the 2nd floor overlooking the dance floor and main room. It definitely helps (especially when you have an awesome DJ) when he can see the mood and what everyone is doing to keep the party moving all night! We have been getting rave reviews about what a unique venue it is and about the entire experience! The only gripe would be that this venue is a bit pricey; however, for the most part you get what you pay for. We are SOOOO happy we chose the Nova for our reception venue! It surpassed all of our wildest wedding dreams!!!
Breathtaking VenueReviewed on 11/06/2013 Melissa J
One of the most picturesque locations to hold a wedding in the Tampa area. Communication with NOVA was difficult due to high turn over of staff. Growing pains did impair customer service and communication but in the end they pulled of one amazing wedding. Out Event Coordinator Ruby was truly a gem. Ruby was always organized and professional and she single-handedly kept our event moving. Everyone who had a chance to meet her complemented how well she operated the entire event. Ruby came into the picture only a short time before our wedding but she implemented our plans with grace. I can honestly say that if we were ever to need an event coordinator down the road, Ruby would be my first call. I could never thank her enough for her part in making out day special. All of the staff from set up to tear down were very nice and very helpful with anything we requested or needed. The bartenders were amazing. They were on the ball the entire night. No one had to wait for any drinks and they were very friendly. We heard great things from all of our guests who were frequent visitors to the bar that they never had to say a word and their drink was waiting and cold.
Amazing!Reviewed on 6/13/2013 Mary A
I would have given them 5 stars but, they were a little pricey on the bar packages. That is what drove the cost way up. My husband's family likes to drink, so an open bar was necessary! The staff is beyond amazing and overly helpful. They really made the day what it was. Melissa and Andrea were the whole entire reason our day came to fruition. I thank them from the bottom of my heart! P.S. all of our guests were commenting on the beauty of the venue.
Stunning VenueReviewed on 2/25/2013 Kymburley P
Nova is one of the most beautiful venues in St. Pete, Fl. We had our ceremony in the gorgeous outdoor bamboo courtyard, and our reception inside this stunning space. The decor was exactly as we had discussed in the planning meetings, the wedding ran on a tight timeline although it felt effortless, and everyone is still talking about what a beautiful and wonderful time they had at our wedding a month later. Nova's courteous and professional staff were amazing, attentive, and kept everything running like a well oiled machine. We had a magical night thanks to all of your at Nova. Thank you so much for all the incredible memories!
Amazing for weddings!Reviewed on 12/19/2012 Alisha M
The team at NOVA made sure my wedding day was not just a night to remember but everything I hoped it would be. With all of my questions, concerns, and neuroses.. they never missed a beat! Everyone in my family was floored by how amazing and on top of everything they were. The venue was stunning in every way and I think I got no less than 50-60 compliments on it! I highly recommend NOVA as a wedding venue - it is such a unique and warm space - world's apart from the impersonal feel of a hotel ballroom. I couldn't have been happier.
Unforgettable NightReviewed on 12/10/2012 Irma M
The folks at NOVA gave us an unforgettable night. They followed every instruction I gave and were very attentive the day of the wedding. Wish we could have had a bit more interaction prior to the big day, but they handled everything perfectly. My favorite thing was the space. Front top to bottom, this place is great! I loved the bar (they even let my husband be a guest bartender) and the dance floor (along with lights and acoustics) was perfection! I'd also recommend DJ Jaey. He met with us to discuss music selection a few weeks prior and he couldn't have done a better job. I want to get married again and have him as my DJ. I give NOVA 5 stars because they made me feel like the biggest star and most special bride ever.
Perfect for the Lively and Youthful CoupleReviewed on 11/20/2012 Samantha H
Originally I was looking to select a venue that was a "castle-like" structure and very elegant. After looking at several sites and searching online, a friend recommended that I check out Nova 535. When my fiancé, mom, and I visited the venue, we were sooo impressed by the cleanliness, willingness to fill requests of the bride/groom, friendliness of the staff... it was a diamond in the rough. The ability to adjust the lighting to my theme, opportunity to use a well-experienced DJ, confidence in a full day wedding coordinator that assisted with anything we needed (even before we asked)... down to the touch free bathroom features -- everything was so well-planned and you can expect the finest quality and commitment by all. Because this venue is so well taken care of, I was able to spend less on decor because it was simply unnecessary. All of our guests RAVED about how awesome, open, and FUN this event was... I have no doubt that it is greatly related to the fact that we chose NOVA 535 as our site. Highly recommend that you visit this venue to see if it's the perfect match for your special day as it was ours.
What can I say!?!Reviewed on 11/12/2012 Carrie C
We recently had our wedding at Nova. From the moment we started planning with our provided wedding coordinator, we felt totally secure with our decision. Melissa was awesome to work with, and made sure everything was taken care of for our big day! Donna initially was the person to show us the beautiful interior and exterior of Nova, and made us feel very comfortable in our choice. Everything is taken care of for you, from floorplan to furniture set up for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Julie was also key in making sure our day ran smoothly (she even aided in helping me to remove my veil!). Jason, David, and Pete.. best bar service! I am extremely happy that we decided to use Nova 535 as our ceremony and reception venue. We've heard nothing but good things from our guests at the wedding. Excellent service and a killer atmosphere ... nothing compares to Nova!!
The perfect modern space!Reviewed on 11/04/2012 Caroline K
NOVA 535 was the perfect venue of my Oct wedding, my dream venue in fact!I had found NOVA and knew it was our prefect venue before my husband even purposed. The bamboo garden is beautiful and the indoor reception space is beyond amazing! The whole NOVA team was a pleasure to work with. Donna was great, extremely helpful, was able to get everything within our budget, and was always quick to respond to every email or call. Kristin was professional and did a great job of bringing everything together and making the night go smoothly. I quality of service and all that is included at NOVA made the wedding planning process much easier. I couldn't have been happier.
Can't Touch This!Reviewed on 10/10/2012 Lauren K
I had looked a DOZENS of wedding venues and was losing hope - the second I walked into NOVA to check it out, I knew immediately it was THE place. Our wedding at NOVA was on 7.7.12 - I can't even express how perfect everything was, thanks to the help of Donna and especially Melissa, who is amazing. The help in planning was invaluable and I can't thank her enough for fielding my every question (and there were millions, believe me) and helping to make sure everything went perfectly. I am from NJ so that made is especially hard and Melissa was very accommodating to meet with me whenever I was in town and made the whole process seem easy. NOVA is by far the most modern, unique, FUN place to have a wedding and I can't count how many compliments we got on the venue and how it was the most fun and different wedding anyone has ever been to. My husband and I are not the traditional type, so NOVA was perfect for us. Everything from the in-house DJ (who was so personable and willing to play every song I asked for, no problems) to the bathrooms (which are awesome, don't laugh we all know a clean bathroom is a must) is great. Even when I was having issues with our caterer, Melissa was there to help out and make sure I had no worries. I wish I could get married again so I could relive that night, which wouldn't have been the same anywhere else. As any of you married folks now, you will forever compare any wedding you ever go to again to your wedding, and I honestly don't think that any other will ever compare, thanks to NOVA.
Our Wedding @ NOVAReviewed on 9/28/2012 Ashley C
I got so many compliments on NOVA, they were so easy to work with and made my day memorable
Happy BrideReviewed on 6/02/2012 Sarah D
I thought Nova 535 was an amazing place. It was beautiful. I had no regrets with choosing Nova 535 for my wedding reception. It was everything I had dreamt of and more. !! All the guest that were there, told me it was the absolute favorite reception. That's everything looked so beautiful ! I would not have change a thing. I'm a very happy bride. Thank you nova for all your help and making my day so special. Something I will cherish forever.
Perfect VenueReviewed on 5/29/2012 Hannah J
We had our wedding reception at NOVA 535 on April 13th. The help that we received from Donna, Melissa, and Jennifer was amazing. The venue provided such a great experience for everyone. The atmosphere that NOVA 535 provides for your wedding guarantees a great night. If you can have your wedding here I would highly recommend it.