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But just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to settle for a venue that's subpar to your illustrious big day visions. Miami has plenty of places to throw a party that will exceed your expectations, not your price range. Some of the below offer all-inclusive packages, while others simply provide a gorgeous backdrop for your post-nuptial affairs. By no means is it a definitive list, as affordable venues abound in Miami, however we believe these to be some of the most naturally attractive, yet affordable, venues in town that, in reality, don't need much more than a good DJ, a great crowd, and a little lifelong love.
Woman's Club of Coconut Grove
The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove was built in 1921 and, like most historical South Florida landmarks, is constructed partially of limestone, with a wraparound veranda filled with stylish lounge furniture. Besides some serious historical credibility (Coconut Grove is, after all, one of Miami's oldest neighborhoods), the real draw here is The Woman's Club's all-inclusive package. It's $155 per person, and literally everything is included: your DJ, a wedding cake, entreés, a five hour premium bar with a welcome drinks, and decor like LED lighting inside and outside and floral arrangements for the tables. The cap for the wedding is 150 guests.The venue fee is waved if you choose this package, which caters to a maximum of 150 guests. [Photo: Moriah Cuda Photography]
The Walton House
Picture a charming English cottage in a lush tropical setting, where flamingos, macaws, swans, and even monkeys can join your guest list, and you're picturing the historic Walton House. Built in 1917 by W.K. Walton, the property features a five-acre botanical garden, a coral rock swimming pool with a cascading waterfall, and a large Indonesian-style Chickee hut with a deck leading out into a swan-filled lagoon. Surprisingly the venue, which has been featured in Italian Vogue and on the cover of Self Magazine, is also one of South Florida's most affordable. For $6,500 on Saturdays and $6,000 on any other day of the week (plus tax), you'll have access to this beautiful property for seven hours of nuptial bliss, not to mention the bridal suite as of 9am. Food, drink, and diversions aren't included, however the Walton House has a lengthy list of vendors you could work with, like Inspired Events and PCS Events, where complete packages start at around $85 per person, and includes a DJ, bar service, cake, flowers, and food. [Photos: Beca C. Photography]
Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort
If you're looking for a beach wedding on a budget, avoid South Beach at all costs. Instead, reserve a spot on the sand at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles, where a beach ceremony will start at $800, and a reception will run you $69 per person. This includes two hours of open bar, a three-course menu, and a customized wedding cake, but if you want to keep the party going a little longer, opt for Newport's more inclusive package. For $98 (which is still significantly less than other Miami beachfront properties), you get a four-course dinner, five hours of open bar, and a customized wedding cake. [Photo: Nami Dadlani]
The Cooper Estate
If the Walton House was a charming english cottage, then consider The Cooper Estate its warm and rustic cousin. This venue features three acres of lush greenery and even a grotto, plus the main focus: a spacious native limestone manor with beautiful vaulted ceilings, a medieval chandelier, and dramatic wooden elements around. The entire venue, plus the bridal cottage, can be yours for $7,500 over the weekend, which includes site management, planning and design, cleanup, and staffing. There are three choices for meals: a Brazilian barbecue menu ($75 per person), a buffet ($65 per person), or a dinner served by butlers ($50 per person). Tack on an open bar ($35 per person) and you're looking at quite the memorable (and affordable) reception. [Photo: The Cooper Estate]
Red Fish Grill
During Miami's low season (July 1st through September 30th), the cost of hosting your wedding reception at Red Fish Grill will range from $14,000 on a Sunday night to $16,000 on a Friday night, and then $18,000 on a Saturday (add $2,000 to each during high season), but consider this: it's all-inclusive. For five hours you and up to 140 guests can twirl under the Miami moonlight in an historic limestone cottage with a perfect view of Mattheson Hammock's manmade atoll pool. A prix fix menu, beer, and wine are included, as are tables, chairs, silverware, and linens, but you'll have to bring your own liquor and dessert. [Photo: Kallima Photography]
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
Shipped to the U.S. from Europe by William Randolph Hearst (yes, the William Randolph Hearst), the Ancient Spanish Monastery is one of Miami's most iconic, well-known wedding venues and, surprisingly, this 880-year-old medieval landmark is pretty affordable if you can keep the cost of your external vendors down. Unlike most venues on this list, the Spanish Monastery can accommodate large receptions of up to 300 people for $4000 to $4500 for three hours.The reception will last for three hours, however you can tack on time for $500 per each additional hour. You can host your cocktail hour prior to your reception here for $800 and get married in one of its gothic-style chapels for $1000 to $4000. [Photos: Evan Rich Photography]