Unique Places to Say “I Do”
Navarre Beach and the charming communities surrounding it serve up venues for weddings, from intimate to opulent — casual beachy, country rustic, and elegant, too. Looking to plan a destination wedding that’s anything but cookie cutter? Here are a few recommendations:
Navarre Beach Marine Park
Nuptials held along Navarre Beach’s four miles of pristine shoreline, with the crystalline blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, ensures a memorable ceremony and stunning photos, especially during a spectacular sunset. You can hold a wedding on any part of Navarre Beach, whether right behind an expansive vacation rental home, in the Navarre Beach Marine Park, or along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, with its rustic landscape of dunes and sea grass. No permit or permission is required for weddings on Navarre Beach, however, wedding parties can reserve a beachside pavilion in both the Navarre Beach Marine Park and the Gulf Islands National Seashore (Opal Beach Area). Both are ideally suited for a quiet gathering of your guests before the wedding, as well as for small receptions or first dances after the ceremony. Below are contacts for the pavilions (which include nearby restrooms):
Navarre Beach Marine Park:
Call (850) 981-8888 or visit here
Gulf Islands National Seashore Opal Beach Pavilions:
Call (850) 934-2605 or visit here.
Photo Credit: Jon Mon Fish Imagery
Surrounded by ancient Florida pinelands, Coldwater Gardens — a 325-acre agro-tourism destination in historic Milton — provides a secluded, rural backdrop and serene atmosphere for weddings. Here couples can rent The Terrace for their nuptials or reception. This architectural beauty is especially stunning when lit by the soft glow of evening strand lights. The dining room seats up to 80, with multiple fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling views of a beautiful lawn overlooking the gardens. Guest accommodations include luxury glamping tents; the Tiny-House Cabana and the “honeymoon suite”; a Modern Treehouse that sits amid a draping magnolia canopy and offers a striking view of the evening sunsets. Recreational amenities include kayaking, canoeing along Coldwater Creek, and more.
For details, rates:
Coldwater Gardens, 7009 Creek Stone Road, Milton, FL 32570
Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill
If a lively party atmosphere is sought for the wedding day theme, Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill certainly fits the bill. For parties up to 75 guests, it offers casual, seated dinner and buffet menus to choose from, plus specialty cocktails are available. The restaurant staff will assist with arrangements for a beachfront wedding gazebo, cake, flowers, music and more. Couples can arrive at their dock in private watercraft and guests can enjoy rental watersports such as jet skis, sailboats, beach bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboarding and beach volleyball.
1451 Navarre Beach Cswy., Navarre Beach, FL 32566
Holland Farms. The Heaven’s Trail Event Barn in Milton is nestled in the backwoods of Holland Farms. This secluded, rustic venue is great for weddings and receptions. The 5,000-square-foot barn has a prep kitchen, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, and there is a large area for guest parking. Also available here is a farmhouse for the bridal party to use.
2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton, FL 32570
Navarre Wedding House and Wilson’s Beach Dream
Florida’s Most Relaxing Place offers a seemingly endless assortment of beachfront condos and vacation rental homes for wedding parties and guests. Navarre Wedding House and Wilson’s Beach Dream are just two. Couples can marry on the beach, just steps from the homes’ outdoor patios, decks and indoor entertainment areas.
Accommodations may be found through VRBO, AirBnB, or click here.