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Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center of Winter Park

Winter Park , FL
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1050 West Morse Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32789 US (map)

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The Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center is one of Central Florida's most popular wedding and reception venues. A gorgeous lakefront location is perfect for wedding ceremonies with the... Read more
The Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center is one of Central Florida's most popular wedding and reception venues. A gorgeous lakefront location is perfect for wedding ceremonies with the reception hall right inside that features a beautiful 35' teak cathedral ceiling. Bring in your favorite caterer. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1986
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
220
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1600
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Moira
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
The Winter Park Civic Center was an excellent choice to have both our ceremony and reception. The venue was beautiful and perfectly suited for 120 guests (could have fit more and would have been fine with less guests too). Everyone at the Civic Center was extremely helpful in making sure all of my wedding dreams came true and took extra care with the little details. We were able to use our own caterer and provide our own alcohol, which were two huge pluses. I've heard nothing but rave reviews from our guests. I highly recommend the Civic Center as your wedding location.
The Winter Park Civic Center was an excellent choice to have both our ceremony and reception. The venue was beautiful and Read more...
The Winter Park Civic Center was an excellent choice to have both our ceremony and reception. The venue was beautiful and perfectly suited for 120 guests (could have fit more and would have been fine with less guests too). Everyone at the Civic Center was extremely helpful in making sure all of my wedding dreams came true and took extra care with the little details. We were able to use our own caterer and provide our own alcohol, which were two huge pluses. I've heard nothing but rave reviews from our guests. I highly recommend the Civic Center as your wedding location. Read less
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Jennie
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our venue and reception at this location. The day of our wedding we had the venue from 10-midnight, which was perfect. We were able to bring in our own vendors and liquor as well. The staff is very friendly and the outside scenery is beautiful.
We had our venue and reception at this location. The day of our wedding we had the venue from 10-midnight, which was Read more...
We had our venue and reception at this location. The day of our wedding we had the venue from 10-midnight, which was perfect. We were able to bring in our own vendors and liquor as well. The staff is very friendly and the outside scenery is beautiful. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/9/2013
4.0/5.0
I was completely sold on this venue the second I saw the patio and arch. The arch is beautiful and the greenery that's behind it is lush (at least during November). On the day of, the staff had the tables set up and ready for the planners to work on. Anytime we had questions or needed advice, we could always get in touch with someone. They actually returned our calls if we left a voicemail! For the most part, they were professional with us (the booking/office staff was wonderful). If you're on a budget, this place is a score. It's in the heart of Winter Park and a great value to rent. There are extra rooms that you can also rent out that they let us use for free (just for getting ready and storage) which was very nice of them. Where they lack the most was in flexibility. You cannot pay extra to get in earlier on the day of and you have A LOT of strict rules that you have to follow. If you do book this venue, I recommend you look at their rules & regulations before you start deciding on decor. It could use a good updating, but if you have enough up lighting and fun decor, it hides the aged interior. For the most part, this was a great venue!
**I would suggest that the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center provide renters with a guide that provides us with more information on what we can and can't do (almost like Q&A for renters). We had to constantly ask questions about what we could and could not do.**
I was completely sold on this venue the second I saw the patio and arch. The arch is beautiful and the greenery that's Read more...
I was completely sold on this venue the second I saw the patio and arch. The arch is beautiful and the greenery that's behind it is lush (at least during November). On the day of, the staff had the tables set up and ready for the planners to work on. Anytime we had questions or needed advice, we could always get in touch with someone. They actually returned our calls if we left a voicemail! For the most part, they were professional with us (the booking/office staff was wonderful). If you're on a budget, this place is a score. It's in the heart of Winter Park and a great value to rent. There are extra rooms that you can also rent out that they let us use for free (just for getting ready and storage) which was very nice of them. Where they lack the most was in flexibility. You cannot pay extra to get in earlier on the day of and you have A LOT of strict rules that you have to follow. If you do book this venue, I recommend you look at their rules & regulations before you start deciding on decor. It could use a good updating, but if you have enough up lighting and fun decor, it hides the aged interior. For the most part, this was a great venue!
**I would suggest that the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center provide renters with a guide that provides us with more information on what we can and can't do (almost like Q&A for renters). We had to constantly ask questions about what we could and could not do.** Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception at the Winter Park Civic Center and I was very pleased with this venue! I heard about it from a friend and I just loved the lake and park outside for a ceremony back drop. When you go and visit the venue, the reception room may not look as stunning as some - but trust me, once you get your linens and lighting and decor in there it looks just as amazing as venues with twice it's pricetag. Janet, my POC, was always SO quick to reply to my emails and questions - she was very helpful.

The other thing that we loved about the Civic Center is that you can bring your own alcohol in which cuts down drastically on your costs... you can always choose any vendors you want instead of being forced to choose from a preferred list. When you rent the Civic Center for your wedding - it is your venue from 11am to midnight with no other events going on there that day.

I am thrilled we decided to go with the Civic Center as our venue - it looked absolutely beautiful and was a great choice for brides who like flexibility.
We had our ceremony and reception at the Winter Park Civic Center and I was very pleased with this venue! I heard about it Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception at the Winter Park Civic Center and I was very pleased with this venue! I heard about it from a friend and I just loved the lake and park outside for a ceremony back drop. When you go and visit the venue, the reception room may not look as stunning as some - but trust me, once you get your linens and lighting and decor in there it looks just as amazing as venues with twice it's pricetag. Janet, my POC, was always SO quick to reply to my emails and questions - she was very helpful.

The other thing that we loved about the Civic Center is that you can bring your own alcohol in which cuts down drastically on your costs... you can always choose any vendors you want instead of being forced to choose from a preferred list. When you rent the Civic Center for your wedding - it is your venue from 11am to midnight with no other events going on there that day.

I am thrilled we decided to go with the Civic Center as our venue - it looked absolutely beautiful and was a great choice for brides who like flexibility. Read less
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AnnMarie
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
This venue is such a good price and so beautiful. We chose to have both our ceremony and reception here and I absolutely loved how it turned out. The space is so pretty that there is hardly any need to do a ton of decorating. The park is great for kids to play outside and the patio is a great place to take photos of the family. Cindy Giles, the chief of Recreation Facilities, was extremely communicative and very prompt with questions. We were planning the wedding from Minnesota so it was such a blessing to have her answer so quickly to all my emails. She sent me photos of what the patio looked like when there were changes and made sure that I had everything I needed. I felt so taken care of! If you're looking for a beautiful reception or ceremony for a great price, please consider the Winter Park Civic Center!
This venue is such a good price and so beautiful. We chose to have both our ceremony and reception here and I absolutely Read more...
This venue is such a good price and so beautiful. We chose to have both our ceremony and reception here and I absolutely loved how it turned out. The space is so pretty that there is hardly any need to do a ton of decorating. The park is great for kids to play outside and the patio is a great place to take photos of the family. Cindy Giles, the chief of Recreation Facilities, was extremely communicative and very prompt with questions. We were planning the wedding from Minnesota so it was such a blessing to have her answer so quickly to all my emails. She sent me photos of what the patio looked like when there were changes and made sure that I had everything I needed. I felt so taken care of! If you're looking for a beautiful reception or ceremony for a great price, please consider the Winter Park Civic Center! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Out of all of the venues we considered for our wedding, we chose the Winter Park Civic Center (WPCC). We loved the look of both the inside and outside spaces; we ended up using the outside terrace area for our ceremony and the main ballroom plus rooms D & E for our reception (we fit about 150 people plus a dance floor, the buffet tables, and a bar in the space). The ballroom has gorgeous vaulted ceilings and seemed very roomy because of it. Our contacts at the WPCC were Cindy and Janet, who were accommodating and pleasant to work with. We also chose the WPCC because of the flexibility they allowed us in choosing our own caterer, DJ, and other vendors.
Out of all of the venues we considered for our wedding, we chose the Winter Park Civic Center (WPCC). We loved the look of Read more...
Out of all of the venues we considered for our wedding, we chose the Winter Park Civic Center (WPCC). We loved the look of both the inside and outside spaces; we ended up using the outside terrace area for our ceremony and the main ballroom plus rooms D & E for our reception (we fit about 150 people plus a dance floor, the buffet tables, and a bar in the space). The ballroom has gorgeous vaulted ceilings and seemed very roomy because of it. Our contacts at the WPCC were Cindy and Janet, who were accommodating and pleasant to work with. We also chose the WPCC because of the flexibility they allowed us in choosing our own caterer, DJ, and other vendors. Read less
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Joe
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved our wedding here. We had the ceremony at the bridge, and the reception inside. Luckily it was a great day out, but if it did rain, they would have done the ceremony inside as a back up plan. Everyone had a great time, the place looked beutiful and it was great having the ceremony and reception at the same place. You should at least go look at it if you're still hunting.
We loved our wedding here. We had the ceremony at the bridge, and the reception inside. Luckily it was a great day out, Read more...
We loved our wedding here. We had the ceremony at the bridge, and the reception inside. Luckily it was a great day out, but if it did rain, they would have done the ceremony inside as a back up plan. Everyone had a great time, the place looked beutiful and it was great having the ceremony and reception at the same place. You should at least go look at it if you're still hunting. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Cindy was very helpful. This is a great all in one venue, especially if you are looking for a blank slate to make your own.
Cindy was very helpful. This is a great all in one venue, especially if you are looking for a blank slate to make your Read more...
Cindy was very helpful. This is a great all in one venue, especially if you are looking for a blank slate to make your own. Read less
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tiffanie
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
If you live in the central fl area...HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE!! I had previously reserved Mead Gardens...but after seeing th WPCC i was sold it had everything you need for your ceremony and reception. they provided and set up the white ceremony chairs outside in the back either on the patio, under tree or in front of bridge. we had our ceremony in front of the bridge the lake is a beautiful back drop for the pictures. Cindy and JR are fantastic i think i emailed Cindy everyday lol but she responded to every single question i had. even if it had nothing to do with the place itself. she helped with my floorplan and she reassured me everything will be fine!
If you live in the central fl area...HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE!! I had previously reserved Mead Gardens...but after seeing th Read more...
If you live in the central fl area...HAVE YOUR WEDDING HERE!! I had previously reserved Mead Gardens...but after seeing th WPCC i was sold it had everything you need for your ceremony and reception. they provided and set up the white ceremony chairs outside in the back either on the patio, under tree or in front of bridge. we had our ceremony in front of the bridge the lake is a beautiful back drop for the pictures. Cindy and JR are fantastic i think i emailed Cindy everyday lol but she responded to every single question i had. even if it had nothing to do with the place itself. she helped with my floorplan and she reassured me everything will be fine! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.8/5.0
Love love love this place! The staff was great, the venue was beautiful. I got married in July outside under that beautiful tree and it was amazing my friends thought it was a bad idea because it would've been hot, but the wind and rain gods were with me that day. It was a picture prefect day. The tree made for nice picture and because it was so beautiful it really didn't need much decorations.
Love love love this place! The staff was great, the venue was beautiful. I got married in July outside under that Read more...
Love love love this place! The staff was great, the venue was beautiful. I got married in July outside under that beautiful tree and it was amazing my friends thought it was a bad idea because it would've been hot, but the wind and rain gods were with me that day. It was a picture prefect day. The tree made for nice picture and because it was so beautiful it really didn't need much decorations. Read less
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