Jacksonville Wedding Reception:
What could be more unforgettable than saying your I Do's before a riverboat captain as you and your guests cruise along Jacksonville's St. John's River? River Cruises operates two authentic paddlewheel boats, the Lady St. Johns and the Annabelle Lee, with two party decks and wedding officiant services. For those with caviar tastes, the crew of the Jacksonville Princess II will serve your prime rib and champagne on their state-of-the-art motor yacht, and top it off with a junior suite at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.
Jacksonville Wedding Reception - on land!
If a seaside wedding makes your stomach flip-flop, Huguenot Memorial Park is one of the city's most-loved spaces and offers a sunny outdoor setting for wedding ceremonies. A few miles away, the Garden Club of Jacksonville is a soothing oasis with fountains, manicured gardens and a main ballroom that seats 350. Another coveted Jacksonville wedding reception venue is Friday Musicale, a stately colonial-style music hall that seats 250 and is especially beautiful during the Christmas holidays when the foyer is decked with firs and other decorations. Or you can party like the DuPonts and the Vanderbilts at the storied Epping Forest Yacht Club, a turn-of-the-century mansion with English gardens and a private marina.
Jacksonville Wedding Reception - on the course!
Golfing is a popular past-time in Jacksonville and a myriad of country clubs such as Deercreek, Deerwood, Hidden Hills and the Jacksonville Golf Club and Resort combine upscale banquet facilities with sweeping views of the back 18. In nearby Orange Park, the historic Winterbourne Inn provides white pillars, a scenic patio, oak trees and "Steel Magnolia"-style charm with views of the river.
If beachside views make your heart flutter, consider Jacksonville Beach's Spanish, red-roof tiled Casa Marina or the modern One Ocean Resort. The Cabana Beach Club facility at the plush Sawgrass Marriott Golf Club and Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach is another hot destination, or you can rent a banquet room at the regal Mayport Naval Base. Marine Land's "Dream Dolphin Weddings" packages allow you to pledge your vows on the banks of the dolphin habitat and then party with your guests alongside the pool as your finny friends splash, play and pose for photos in the background.