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The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne blends the richness of a grand venue with the charm of smaller sanctuaries scattered across the grounds. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is conveniently located in downtown Orlando, Florida, yet is privately tucked away from the bustling city. For couples visualizing an intimate wedding, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne offers lovely spaces, lush gardens and captivating skyline views of Lake Lucerne.
At The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, couples enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor locations for the ceremony and reception of their dreams. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne also hosts rehearsal dinners. Partners choose from the following spaces on the property to celebrate their wedding day.
I.W. Phillips House. The relaxed yet elegant I.W. Phillips House is idyllic for couples with a smaller number of guests. Have your ceremony on the porch steps and your reception on the wraparound porch. Host your cocktail hour in the courtyard, with twinkle lights providing a whimsical feel. I.W. Phillips House can seat a total of 85 guests with 20 guests in the back Gold Room, 34 guests on the veranda, 12 guests on the gardens and 19 guests in the reception area.
Dr. Phillips House. The opulent grandeur of Dr. Phillips House is ideal for a more sizable guest list. Have a romantic ceremony at the gazebo and your cocktail hour on the beautiful gardens then head to the main house for your reception. Dr. Phillips House can seat a total of 130 guests with 98 guests between its three dining rooms, 16 guests on the veranda and informal seating for 16 guests in the living room.
What You Should Know
Weddings at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne are a four-hour event, which includes both the ceremony and reception or the reception only. Additional two hours will be given for setup and another hour for cleanup. An added charge applies if you want to extend the event for a half hour or full hour.
You can reserve a date at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne for no charge for five days. After that, you can move forward with a contract and you’ll be given an additional 10 days to decide and make an initial payment. Another payment is due 90 days before your wedding day. Final payment is based on your estimated guest count and is due 30 days before your wedding day. Final guest count must be given 10 days before your wedding day.
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne requires a minimum of 60 guests for weddings held on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. A lower minimum is required on other days. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne allows you to have a lower guest count but the package price remains the same.
Outdoor areas at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne are uncovered so indoor spaces are available as backup options. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne has a preferred list of vendors but can accommodate outside vendors as well. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne requires you to choose a caterer from their list of catering options.
All wedding packages of The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne include a one-hour wedding rehearsal. Couples who wish to treat themselves, the wedding party, their family or guests to an extra-special experience can choose from a number of perks:
- Honeymoon suite accommodations for bride and groom on wedding night
- Groom’s room for a rental fee of up to three hours before the ceremony
- Special room rates for guests
- Customizable menu and reduced price for children
- A short distance away to local attractions such as Universal Orlando, Sea World Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort and downtown Orlando’s shops, restaurants and nightlife
From the Vendor
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne
Downtown Orlando's best kept secret. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is a romantic 30 room inn, creating a unique ambience for your unforgettable day. From the casual elegance of the I.W. Phillips House to the opulent grandeur of the Dr. Phillips Mansion, two distinct venues host weddings and recepti
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Everything was amazingReviewed on 4/19/2014 Jennifer A
They helped make our wedding amazing. They did a great job.
Wonderful VenueReviewed on 3/14/2014 Deborah G
This was a great place to hold a wedding. It was beautiful and staff was very helpful.
Perfect venueReviewed on 1/03/2014 Rebecca M
All of our family came in from out of town so having everyone stay in one place was perfect. Angie was great working with us and helping us make all of our family happy. Although the venue is in downtown Orlando, it feels like your secluded.
We are so glad we chose The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne for our wedding venue! Rafael was very kind, attentive, and detail oriented as he navigated my many, many questions. We chose the Dr. Phillips House for our ceremony and reception. Even though it rained on our wedding day, our day was still perfect with the rain plan indoors. They went above and beyond making sure the space was ready for our vendors to come in and set up! We rented the Turret Room for the two nights surrounding our wedding day and it was beautiful and clean! I would recommend this space to any bride, just make sure that you also hire a day of coordinator and good catering team! :)
I love the venue photos, the lights, the intimate details. We booked the guys getting ready room and were not told it was only for 2 hours, they gave us the room at 1pm, but our wedding was not until 530pm. I feel like that was the biggest waste of extra money ever. It was a rushed - GET OUT and we were trying to actually get ready for first look...It was hard to snap back from having to deal wit that. I still loved the photos, but the staff were not very communicative and sometimes did not return emails for a week or more.
I was so stressed trying to find the perfect wedding venue. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne had everything we wanted and needed for our 70 person wedding. The staff was quick to respond to all of my emails. The bridal party and myself stayed the night prior to the wedding in the Dr. Phillips room and was able to have our hair and makeup stylist doll us up in the room. The room was huge, the gazebo was beautiful, and the lights made the venue something out of a fairy tale!
We had an great experience with The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne as our venue. We were married at the Dr. Phillips House and had a group of about 60. There was definitely room for many more, but we enjoyed the intimacy and uniqueness of the setting. Angie was very responsive to contact and any changes we made. The team member onsite the day of the wedding were very personable, helpful and worked well with other embers of the team to create a beautiful event.
AMAZING!!!Reviewed on 10/28/2015 Jessica T
We paid about $7,000 for 80 guests. This included beer and wine! There was an addition charge to add the full bar, which we did do. But no venue includes beer and wine..that was amazing!!! Angie, our point of contact, was INCREDIBLE! Always available and super responsive, we never had a hiccup planning our event. There was an option to add valet for $200 which our guests adored..their parking is a little difficult so I would highly encourage this upgrade. The space is beautiful, the furniture is beautiful, the gardens are beautiful, the fountains are beautiful...the entire venue is wonderful!! I wish I lived there :)
The Perfect Place for a Wedding!Reviewed on 10/15/2015 Nancy N
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is an ideal location for a wedding (ceremony and reception)! We loved the charm, the history and the unique features this venue had to offer. The location is perfect in Orlando, centered in downtown and easy for everyone to get to. The staff are very friendly and great to work with. We had Angie help us and she is amazing, very responsive and patient with me with all of my questions. The venue itself is stunning, it has a charm all in its own and very little decor is needed. We got married in October, it was warm but no rain. At night the lights strung up in the courtyard were so pretty. If you are looking for a venue that is unique, this is a great place to pursue. They have great wedding packages and are affordable, they make it very easy on you! We were so pleased from start to finish and loved this venue! The venue is an active bed and breakfast, so bonus we got to stay in an amazing suite the evening of our wedding! The room was huge! Beautiful decor, very clean and comfortable accommodations.
It is 3:44 AM as I write this. I'm convinced the walls and floors are made of cardboard. What I can only imagine is one of the wedding after parties is happening above us. After a call to the front desk the music stopped, but the stomping and slamming doors have not. I am about to place another call. So, if you want a quiet place to get some rest, look elsewhere. Don't let my sacrifice be in vein.
This place is amazing! My husband and I got married here on May 2nd and it could not have been anymore perfect. Working with Angie was great, she was so helpful. The catering company was amazing and the bartenders was good as well. Having our out of town guests staying here as well was great! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a venue.
Amazing venue!Reviewed on 5/29/2015 Christi H
This venue is BEAUTIFUL!!! Catering and the bar comes with the price and my guests loved the atmosphere. Gardens are naturally gorgeous with existing lighting. Perfect place to get married!
BeautifulReviewed on 3/21/2015 Diana C
When my husband and I came across this venue in downtown Orlando we knew it was the perfect choice. Not only is it beautiful but it is the perfect size for an intimate wedding. We had a headcount of 94 and it was the perfect size for the space; we were able to interact with everyone and dint feel crowded. The vintage feel of the building in conjunction with the beautiful gardens/courtyard make a beautiful backdrop for ceremony and photographs. The courtyard is already lit with strings of lights on the trees and overhead to make the perfect dance floor. Also, it is only 2-3 miles from downtown Orlando, allowing you to easily continue your wedding celebration after the reception. So pleased with this venue, it was everything we hoped it would be. As my photographer said, "our own secret garden" =)
The best location for a weddingReviewed on 1/28/2015 Amanda B
My mother-in-law suggested we check out this location for our December wedding. We walked up to the I.W. House and fell in love. The small secluded courtyard facing the house steps was quiet (the 408 normal traffic sounds were not heard) and whimsical (all of the lighting strung through the trees was gorgeous). We wanted an inside/outside wedding and this location had that in spades. The ceremony was held on the porch steps, cocktail hour in the courtyard, and the reception was inside and on the wrap around porch. We had access to the whole space the whole night, so our friends and family had plenty of space. The staff was amazing to work with, very knowledgeable and willing to answer 1000 questions. The required food vendors we chose from were very nice and had a wide range of options to choose from. The cost of the location includes quite a bit. And of course there are "upgrades" available. We had just under 100 guests and "upgraded" to the mid-level drink package. If you had a small wedding (60 people is the starting amount there) it could be much less $$ than what we paid. My suggestion for the Bride: If you choose this location get a room (or two if your maids are staying with you for your last night of singledom) at the Art Deco the night before. If possible have your hair/make up team meet you there to get ready for the wedding. The room I had was "perfect" according to my Hair/make up team for lighting and space. Also it allowed for a lot of lead time between getting to the venue and remembering if anything was forgotten - the groom (or anyone else) would have the ability to bring anything the day of the wedding.
Everything I wantedReviewed on 1/18/2015 Sara D
This venue was perfect. It was the first venue I visited and I knew right away that I wanted to get married here. My guests kept commenting on how beautiful it was. I would recommend it to any bride.
Wonderful and uniqueReviewed on 12/19/2014 Michelle D
My husband and I toured only 3 venues, we made up our minds before we even left the Courtyard. We had our ceremony and reception at Dr. Phillips House, and it turned out so beautiful. I have always been a big fan of ballroom weddings, so I'm sure you can imagine this didn't exactly fit that mold. The Courtyard was so different and fit our personalities so well, I am so glad with the choice we made. The staff was VERY accommodating to our needs and went above and beyond their call, the venue is beautiful, and the guests absolutely loved it. The price we paid I found to be very reasonable to make our dreams come true. If you are on the fence and not sure, trust me this place is worth it!
I Loved my Venue!Reviewed on 12/16/2014 Naomi E
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne was truly a picturesque place for my wedding. They were able to accommodate my 120 guests and the price can't be beat! We had our ceremony outside in the gazebo, the dinner in the main house and the reception in the garden! The only problem I had was that some rules & regulations were sent to me just months before the wedding causing me to have to change the centerpieces last minute. (They do not allow open candles in the house). Overall we had a wonderful experience at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne!
Perfect Choice!Reviewed on 9/30/2014 Julie M
We were extremely happy with our decision to pick The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne for our wedding reception venue. We held our reception at the Dr. Phillips House and had great weather for an indoor/outdoor reception. It's Florida so we had a rain plan and it was nice to know that we would have been comfortable inside if the weather had not cooperated. The location was great because it offered the advantages of being downtown (great skyline shots on Lake Lucerne, plenty of hotels and amenities within walking distance, central location) but still offered a private seclusion and easy parking for our guests. Angie was a pleasure to work with and we had no trouble getting access to the facility with our planner or making small changes like adding an hour to the reservation time. We had a nice stay and our guests did too (everyone loved the breakfast).
Perfect location for a beautiful weddingReviewed on 9/30/2014 Alexandra F
Our March 2014 wedding at Lake Lucerne was absolutely wonderful. The first time we toured the venue we knew this was the place for us. We wanted to have a quiet evening wedding with an outside ceremony but have the option of moving inside if the weather was unpleasant. As it turned out the weather was perfect, and the courtyard was gorgeous as the sun went down. There are so many gorgeous little nooks and hideaways that photograph well. I had expected to be overwhelmed and stressed out from all the little details needing to be done for the set up on our wedding day, but the courtyard staff as well as the catering team (chosen from a list provided) were amazing and I ended up not having to do a thing that day. It was much less stressful than I expected! It was a wonderful evening and I would definitely recommend the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne to any brides looking for a venue.
Like a garden wedding in FlorenceReviewed on 9/30/2014 Jennifer M
My fiancée proposed on a sacred mountain in Italy. We felt like finding a venue for the wedding that could match that experience would be impossible, but the moment we saw The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne we knew it was going to be perfect and it was. The staff was beyond pleasant and professional and went out of their way to please us despite the countless calls from my mother on rearranging guest rooms. The wedding package was in our budget and Angie’s experience directed us to the perfect vendors to match our personalities. The garden setting at night with all the twinkle lights replicated our stay in Italy and the entire event was as beautiful as we had imagined. We will absolutely return to the Courtyard and highly recommend it to everyone!
PERFECT VENUEReviewed on 9/29/2014 lydenis m
The courtyard was the perfect venue for our intimate wedding. The entire staff was wonderful to work with and willing to accomodate us with any extra requests we had. We could not be happier with the way everything turned out. Huge thank you to angie and her staff for everything.
Perfect Wedding VenueReviewed on 9/27/2014 Amber F
We had 85 guests at our Indian-fusion wedding in June 2014. What we really liked when we first encountered the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne was it's natural beauty. Beyond that, the Courtyard provides a list of preferred vendors that helps you get started. We used some of their preferred vendors and some others not on the list. All of the vendors we met with that they recommended were fantastic! The staff at the Courtyard is also really helpful and responsive. Not to mention that it is a very affordable venue! You do have to pick one of their preferred caterers but there are 5 to choose from and they are all really good. Overall, we are extremely happy with our wedding venue and wouldn't have had our wedding any other place!
Amazing experience!!Reviewed on 9/26/2014 Elizabeth P
Before finding The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, we looked at a number of different venues. One of the main things that drew us to The Courtyard was that we were able to do absolutely everything in one, beautiful location. Our ceremony, reception, and fantastic bridal suite were all there. There are two historic homes to choose from, and we picked the I.W. Phillips House. In addition to the well appointed inside, the outside boasts classic fountains, statues, a dancing area canopied with trees and hanging lights, and an old Florida porch where we stood for our vows. The catering options were plentiful, and the staff was fantastic. The room where we stayed was perfect. Although our ceremony was outside, there's always a contingency to move things indoors in case of bad weather, to the gorgeous antique dining room and parlor. We sincerely couldn't have been happier with our wedding!
Romantic Highly RecomendedReviewed on 9/26/2014 John W
From the moment we toured the I.W. Phillips house we knew this was the place for us. Nothing compared to the romantic look and feel along with choices of venues that the Courtyard for our perfect evening. From that point we knew that was our place. Angie Vargas was great at guiding us through the process and made sure everything was easy and flawless. The compliments were never ending comparing our wedding to weddings that cost 4 times the price. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne offers multiple options for catering and D.J. service included in the price. We chose Meiner's Catering whose menu was out of this world. The elegant setup with our colors and our centerpieces turned out magnificent. We chose the Carved Beef Brisket and Florentine Chicken as a main dish along with two choices of great appetizers. We actually changed to that menu during the tasting which was amazing. Go into the tasting with an open mind and flexibility to be surprised. Orlando's Got Talent was our DJ choice and Bruce took great care of us. We went with the Photo Booth along with up lighting. Both are highly recommended and inexpensive. It made the reception, pictures, and memories amazing! Now for the most important. The wedding was perfect! From the procession to the last dance we could not have asked for more. The memories will last a lifetime. We had our own officiant, our own photographer with pictures after, dinner and dancing all at the Courtyard. The I.W. Phillips house was romantic, elegant and sophisticated. Afterwards, we were able to wisk away up to the beautiful honeymoon suite while the caterers cleaned up afterwards. The suite was amazing and the caterers also left a plate for us to enjoy. The bed was built for a King and Queen, along with the hot tub and for a night we were royalty. Breakfast was wonderful with choices of egg, sausage, bacon, beverages and baked goods. We highly recommend and know you will be as impressed as we were. It is a perfect place for such an important day! The website is very accurate along with the pictures. The Courtyard by Lake Lucerne has facilities for every style and taste and we know you will not be disappointed! Thank you so much to the staff, Angie, Bruce and the Meiner's staff for making our perfect wedding a reality!
Amazing location and serviceReviewed on 9/25/2014 Amanda S
We had our wedding in May at the Dr. Phillips House and everything turned out amazing. Angie was so easy to work with throughout the entire process. The location is great with lake views, accessible parking and the venue itself is gorgeous. Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is such a great value for everything you get. I would highly recommend this venue to anybody!