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Weddings & Events

Celebrate Your Special Day in Our Tropical Paradise

In contrast to the rapid pace of the city outside its vine-covered walls, Sunken Gardens offers a tranquil garden atmosphere that creates space for connection, reflection, and community. Sunken Gardens offers a prime location for weddings, private parties, seminars, luncheons, retreats, and receptions hosted by corporations, organizations, or individuals. Events held at the Gardens offer guests a unique experience in a venue that’s conveniently located near hotels, shopping, museums, dining, and entertainment.

Since 1935, Sunken Gardens has been a sought-after setting for exchanging vows. Hundreds of flowering plants, lush tropical displays, and serene waterfalls create a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere in which to say, “I do.”

Garden wedding ceremonies are offered on the historic Wedding Lawn, North Lawn, or under a canopy of shade trees in the Oak Pavilion; celebrations can be hosted in the Garden Room—part of the historic main building.

Visit the Sunken Gardens Weddings Facebook to get ideas for your big day.

Daytime Ceremony

Sunday only
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Ceremony start time: 11 a.m.
  • Package Details:
  • Rehearsal
  • Chairs
  • One dressing room
  • Cost: $2,500

Evening Wedding Packages

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
4:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Gardens & Garden Room Package

  • Ceremony on North Lawn
  • Cocktail hour in Oak Pavilion
  • Reception in Garden Room
  • Capacity up to 176 Guests
  • Cost: $7,000

Oak Pavilion Package

  • Ceremony on North Lawn
  • Cocktail hour in Palm Plaza
  • Reception in Oak Pavilion
  • Capacity up to 72 Guests
  • Cost: $6,500

Garden Room Reception Package

  • Access to Oak Pavilion for Cocktail Hour
  • Reception in Garden Room
  • Cost: $5,000

Evening Tent Wedding Packages

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
4:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Gardenia Package

  • Wedding Lawn with 40’x80’ white tent
  • White chairs, round tables, banquet tables
  • House lights, dance floor, stage, generator for bands
  • Capacity up to 200 guests
  • Cost: $15,500

Royal Palm Package

  • Wedding Lawn with 40’x80’ white or clear tent
  • Pole draping options, chair options, round tables, banquet tables
  • Lights, dance floor, stage, generator for bands
  • Capacity for up to 200 guests
  • Cost: $25,500

Contract & Payment

The signed contract, half the rental fee (non-refundable) plus a $250 refundable damage deposit are required to reserve a date. The balance is due 30 days prior to the event. 5.5% sales tax is applicable on rental. Prices are subject to change. No prices are guaranteed until contract is signed. Holiday rates will apply.

The damage deposit will be retained for any clean-up or damage to the property.
All rental time frames include set-up, the event and clean-up.
Wedding rehearsals are included in the contract and are one hour maximum. Date and time of rehearsal will be arranged in advance by the venue.

Catering & Bar Services

You are required to select from the Sunken Gardens’ approved catering list. Caterers and rental companies must set up and break down within the contracted time. Caterers are required to pay a 15% service charge to Sunken Gardens. The fee is calculated by, and payable to the caterer by the client. No food other than the wedding cake is allowed unless provided by an approved caterer. 
Alcoholic beverages must be purchased through Sunken Gardens. Contact 727-892-5715.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Gardens, except in designated areas. Smoking is only permitted outside the Garden entry gate.


Self parking is complimentary in Sunken Gardens parking lot. Valet fees may apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the rental?
Space, chairs, and/or tables, parking, dressing room, rehearsal, two day of venue coordinators and one maintenance staff. Linens are not included.  

What if I need to cancel or change the date?
Only the damage deposit is refundable.

What is the back up policy for rain?
If you have rented the Garden Room, you may hold the ceremony within the reception set-up.

Are receptions allowed in the Gardens?
Yes, evening outdoor receptions with a tent on the Wedding Lawn are allowed. Weddings with a maximum guest count of 72 guests are allowed in the Oak Pavilion.

Are candles allowed?
Unity candles only are allowed in the Gardens, and candles in glass votives are allowed in the Garden Room. Battery operated candles allowed outdoors.

When may I decorate?
Within the contracted rental time, unless otherwise noted.

Are there any restrictions for decorating?
The following items will not be permitted when decorating the walls, floor, ceiling or stages: bolts, screws, nails, staples, scotch tape, electric tape, duct tape and glue. Crepe paper is not allowed. Glitter is not permitted on tables or floors. Sunken Gardens will not furnish ladders or linens for decorating.

In an effort to preserve the beauty and history of Sunken Gardens, the following items are prohibited at Sunken Gardens: 
Bird seed, confetti, fireworks, glitter, rice, sparklers, torches, or any open flames. Any item not listed must be pre-approved by management if being considered.

When can I arrive the day of?
For evening packages arrival can be at 3 p.m. Earlier arrival times must be arranged with Sunken Gardens in advance. Additional fees will apply.

Book Your Wedding OR EVENT

Call 727-551-3106 to book Sunken Gardens for a daytime or evening wedding or event.
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