15 Amazing Gainesville Wedding Venues

Are you recently engaged and looking to get married in Gainesville? Then look no further! 

There are plenty of amazing wedding venues in Gainesville able to accommodate from the smallest to the largest of wedding parties and each comes with their own unique take on what a wedding can look like – so you’re bound to find something to fit your style and budget.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming so to make things easier for you, we have put together a list of 15 of the most amazing wedding venues that Gainesville has to offer:

Marry Me Minimonies

If a small and intimate wedding is what you’ve been dreaming of then look no further than Marry Me Minimonies. The only venue in Gainesville that specializes in micro weddings and mini ceremonies. 

The ceremonies take place in the beautiful wedding studio and you can choose between either just the ceremony/reception or both! Catering for up to 30 guests, Marry Me Minimonies prizes itself on creating small intimate weddings where the focus is solely on you.

They also offer beautiful elopement packages for those of you just looking to tie the knot without all of the extra fuss but who don’t want the coldness of the local courthouse!

The Historic Thomas Center

The Historic Thomas Center is a cultural center that houses many special events from galleries to weddings. A beloved local gem, why not consider this for your wedding? Catering for up to 175 people in gorgeous surroundings, this venue is perfect for those looking for a small to medium sized event.

The centre boasts a picturesque veranda, overlooking the beautiful garden, fountains and flowers which is the perfect place to welcome guests and offer cocktails.

You then have the choice of holding your ceremony in the West Garden in front of the fountain or Turtle Court which features a dreamy Romeo and Juliet style balcony – picture-perfect for those wedding day snaps.

Kanapaha Presbyterian Church

If you’re looking for a more traditional church wedding venue, then why not consider Kanapaha Presbyterian Church. This 150 year old historic chapel is a stunning venue that can accommodate up to 125 guests.

Beautiful and traditional stained glass windows and high ceilings make this a spacious and stunning place to hold your traditional wedding ceremony. A short walk from the ceremony room is the Hall in which your wedding reception can be held.

The Hall offers a setting not unlike that of a banquet hall and with complete flexibility with decor you can create the perfect wedding for you.

The Depot Event Space

If you have your heart set on a rustic and unique wedding venue then The Depot Event Space may be worth considering. A versatile space, The Depot can cater for a seated buffet style reception of 60 guests, a cocktail style reception of up to 80 guests and a gravel garden package which can accommodate up to 150 seated guests!

Full service catering is available but you can also bring in outside caterers if you have something specific in mind for your special day.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art offers a beautiful and unique space that can be completely adapted to meet the needs of your wedding ceremony and reception. The rental spaces are beautifully decorated with some of the museum’s amazing artworks and you have the option of adding on packages for tours of the art galleries and outdoor gardens.

You will have to agree that the art museum is the perfect setting for both the traditional and non traditional alike and the event space can cater for parties both large and small.

Hippodrome Theatre 

The Hippodrome is one of Gainesville’s most romantic spots, with a tonne of historic charm and modern touches to make your event truly one of a kind. The theatre itself has an elegant and stylish lower level which will provide a great venue for your nuptials, and it’s priced reasonably too! 

The Hippodrome also has a non restrictive vendor policy which can be hard to find, especially when the venue is as special as this one. So if you’re looking for a premier wedding venue, keep the Hippodrome Theatre in mind.

Sweetwater Branch Inn

Offering wedding spaces both indoor and out, Sweetwater Branch Inn is a venue that provides plenty of choice and can guarantee to find a space that works for you. 

Dating back as far as 1895, the Mckenzie House, one of the available spaces at Sweetwater Branch Inn, is a beautifully restored Victorian-era mansion and could be the perfect place for you to say “I do”.

Bright and spacious, the adjoining Mckenzie Hall, can hold up to 175 guests and has stunning glass doors that overlook the vibrant gardens, and with a courtyard decorated in twinkling lights, you cannot deny there will be magic in the air if you choose this venue for your dream day.

Flow space

Looks may be deceiving with this next one, but as Gainesville’s newest wedding destination we couldn’t leave it out!

Yoga studio by day, this expansive space can be transformed into the most intimate of weddings, With original plank floorboard and sliding barn doors that leads into a beautiful backyard space – the only limit with this venue is your imagination!

Gainesville Country Club

If that classic country club wedding is something you’re looking for then Gainesville Country Club really has it all. Space for 275 guests, an 18 hol golf course, olympic size pool and tennis courts you can be sure your guests will enjoy the elegance of this venue.

The elegant ballroom is where you will find the main event space and it comes with new carpeting, chandeliers and tables and chairs for the event. The country club also offers a wide range of private services that help your big day go off without a hitch.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

With a maximum capacity of up to 540 guests and with rooms they can rent out, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center is a great option for those who will have family and friends that will be travelling far and will need a place to stay over! 

By providing your very own planner and creating a customized wedding package especially for you, you are guaranteed to have the big wedding of your dreams – surrounded by all of your loved ones.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 62 acre, picturesque wedding venue that has both indoor and outdoor spaces available for events. Allowing for up to 150 guests, you can all take in the beauty of the gardens which contain plants from all over the world!

The gardens feature a large, idyllic body of water, besides which you are welcomed to exchange your vows and not only this but provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos!

As part of the rental fee you are granted access to the grounds for your rehearsal and are given exclusive use of your event space for the duration of your event.

The Wooly

The Wooly is a trendy and distinct venue in which you can choose to hold your wedding. Catering for up 150 people for a buffeted dinner or 400 for a cocktail reception, The Wooly is the perfect venue if you’re just looking for a good time.

Situated in the heart of downtown Gainesville and with a variety of craft beers, cocktails and wines this is a great option for anyone looking for a less formal affair with more of that ‘party feel’.

Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel and Conference Center

If you’re looking for a versatile wedding venue, the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel and Conference Center is a great option. Accommodating up to 270 guests (350 if in theatre layout) the venue boasts two separate ballrooms and two smaller, more intimate spaces, providing you with a great option no matter what your special day may look like!

Baughman Center

Nestled in the heart of the University of Florida’s campus the Baughman Center welcomes couples of any culture or faith to be joined together in matrimony even if they have no affiliation to the university!

Named the third most beautiful building in the entire state of Florida (by the American Institute of Architects no less!) It is easy to see why many choose the Baughman Centre to say “I do”.

Hotel Indigo Gainesville-Celebration Pointe

Another versatile option for couples is the Hotel Indigo Gainesville-Celebration Pointe. A boutique hotel, this venue sits within a vibrant community, providing a chance for your guests to experience authentic local culture, modern design, not to mention providing your event with an intimate service. 

Accommodating up to 180 guests the ballroom can be split into three, separate rooms should you wish to have multiple spaces and can also accommodate for outdoor ceremonies too!


As you can see, there are many different venues to choose from when looking to get married in Gainesville and it can definitely get overwhelming if you don’t know what you are looking for. We truly hope this list has helped narrow some options down, and made your wedding planning just that little bit easier.