There’s high probability that you already think of Tampa Bay as a prime vacation destination, and for good reason. There’s abundant sunshine, sandy beaches, and lots of family-friendly entertainment to boot, but did you know it’s also perfect for weddings? The Tampa Bay area especially is good for tying the knot, and the reasons why go way beyond the glorious weather.

Here’s a few reasons to get hitched in Tampa Bay:

The Venues!
After the dress, the venue is perhaps the next most important item on the wedding checklist. People dream of where and how they’ll say “I Do,” all their lives, so the significance of location is not lost on us. Regardless of what type of venue you’re looking for, Tampa Bay has options to suit your vision. Whether you need an elegant ballroom with dazzling chandeliers or an outdoor space with fresh flowers and sunlight, your perfect fit can be found in Tampa. You can take your pick from standalone venues like Hummingbird Gardens, The Vault, The Salvador Dali Museum and even The Florida Aquarium!

The Hotels!
In addition to those venues, Tampa is also home to lots of Hilton hotels that offer amazing wedding packages. Neither you nor your guests will have to worry about a commute or getting lost because of bad directions. Take the Hilton Tampa Downtown, for example. Their wedding package comes with both indoor and outdoor space options, a private ceremony rehearsal and even ceremony coordination, so the lucky couple isn’t bogged down with last-minute decisions on the big day! The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, with its picturesque views and location within the Carillon Nature Reserve, is also a great choice for soon-to-be newlyweds. Their wedding package comes with everything you need to make the day as special as possible: event spaces, ceremony and rehearsal dinner coordination, and even a specially-curated dinner menu put together by a team of seasoned professionals. Lastly, Hilton also sweetens the deal by offering special rates and room blocks, for your party and guests.

The Beaches!
Tampa is also great if your ideal wedding requires sunscreen in place of shoes. If you’re planning to walk down an aisle made of sand, there’s nearby St. Petersburg and Clearwater that’s full of great beaches. There’s Caladesi Island State Park, which is more private and only accessible via private boat or ferry; there’s the popular Clearwater Beach, which is an award-winning beach rated by TripAdvisor, provides just enough action and excitement to keep the day fun; and then there’s Honeymoon Island State Park, which should be a shoe-in if you’re into wordplay and/or want to keep things easy and literal for the post-wedding activities. Then, there’s also both the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa and the DoubleTree Beach Resort on North Redington Beach, which also make ideal locations for a destination beach wedding.

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