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The Best Gainesville Wedding Venues

Gainesville, Florida has so many wonderful venues to host your wedding ceremony or reception. However, the number of great options can be a tad overwhelming. That's where we come in! We created a list of some of the best wedding venues in Gainesville and the surrounding areas and included a little bit about what makes each event unique and the style of wedding that fits best in these spaces.


Sweetwater Branch Inn

Photo Credit: Adrienne Fletcher Photography

Venue Style: Historic Home & Garden

Perfect for: Romantic garden weddings, classic weddings, BoHo Weddings

Venue Highlights: We love this venue so much. Sweetwater Branch Inn is a historic victorian-era house that features gorgeous garden spaces for your ceremony and cocktail hour. The interior reception space is decorated in neutral colors that go well with most wedding decor. For some really magical wedding photos, be sure to take some photos under the market lights in the garden at night. Another perk is that Sweetwater Branch Inn offers in-house catering for your big day, and their food is always so yummy!


Sweetwater Branch Inn Website



Baughman Center

Photo Credit: Lisa Goodwin Photography

Venue Style: Chapel-style contemplation space on UF's campus

Perfect for: All wedding styles

Venue Highlights: This is one of the most popular ceremony spaces in Gainesville. Located on the UF campus on the shores of Lake Alice, the Baughman Center features sweeping floor to ceiling windows on all sides, bringing the outdoors inside. The space is beautiful on its own so minimal decorations are needed (yay for your budget!). The grounds around the Baughman Center are perfect for group photos after the ceremony, and Lake Alice makes backdrop for first look photos as well.


Baughman Center Website


Thomas Center

Venue Style: Historic Home

Perfect for: Classic Weddings, Vintage Weddings, Romantic Weddings, European Style Weddings

Venue Highlights: The historic Thomas Center is the perfect location for couples who appreciate historic European style. The courtyard or fountain area provide a beautiful location for your ceremony. The reception space is inside the historic home and has great architectural personality with an interior balcony overlooking the hall and skylights for some natural light.


Thomas Center Website


Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club

Venue Style: Golf & Country Club

Perfect for: Classic Weddings, Romantic Weddings

Venue Highlights: The historic Thomas Center is the perfect location for couples who appreciate historic European style. The courtyard or fountain area provide a beautiful location for your ceremony. The reception space is inside the historic home and has great architectural personality with an interior balcony overlooking the hall and skylights for some natural light.


Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club Website



Florida Museum of Natural History

Photo Credit: Lisa Goodwin Photography

Venue Style: Modern Science Museum

Perfect for: Modern style weddings, Non-traditional weddings

Venue Highlights: The Florida Museum of Natural History is the perfect venue for a unique guest experience! Guests can enjoy the Liver Butterfly Rainforest as part of your cocktail hour as the museum exhibits during the reception. The Denny Gallery features mammoth fossils that can be lit with custom colors to match your wedding.


Florida Museum of Natural History Website


Harn Museum


Venue Style: Modern Art Museum

Perfect for: Modern style weddings, Non-traditional weddings, Classic Weddings

Venue Highlights: The Harn Museum is the perfect wedding venue for the artsy couple. Guest can enjoy the art on display in your reception spaces as well as docent led tours of other galleries. The spaces available for rent feature large windows and neutral palettes so your wedding decor will look great in the space!


Harn Mueseum Website



Just outside of Gainesville

Santa Fe River Ranch

Santa Fe River Ranch | Photo Credits: SGP Photography, The Reflections Studio

Venue Style: Upscale Rustic Barn Venue

Perfect for: Rustic weddings

Venue Highlights: Santa Fe River Ranch is such a versatile rustic wedding venue! This property offers multiple ceremony sites from open air ceremonies under a soaring oak tree to a covered ceremony in the barn. Their barn reception space is upscale and features flowing drapes, a large chandelier, a balcony and spiral staircases. An added perk is that their vintage bridal lodge is included in your rental of the space, so you have a beautiful (and close by) space to get ready.


Santa Fe River Ranch Website


Valley View at SFRR

Valley View at SFRR | Photo Credits: SGP Photography

Venue Style: Upscale Modern Venue in a natural setting

Perfect for: Classic Weddings, Romantic Weddings, Garden Style Weddings, Rustic weddings

Venue Highlights: Valley View at Santa Fe River Ranch is one of the newest venues in the Gainesville area and it was designed specifically for weddings, so they thought of everything. From spacious Bridal and Grooms suites, to balcony view and pond-side ceremony locations, to gorgeous upscale reception spaces, this venue has it all. The team at Valley View is dedicated to providing an excellent client experience, and they also offer decor rentals and vendor sourcing to help make your planning experience stress free!


Valley View Website



C Bar Ranch

Photo Credits: Ivey Pictures, CWP Photography

Venue Style: Upscale Barn Venue

Perfect for: Rustic Weddings

Venue Highlights: C Bar Ranch is a gorgeous barn venue located just outside of Gainesville. Couples can have their ceremony in front of a beautiful pond or under nearby oak trees. The property also offers spacious bridal suite and grooms suite for getting ready. A plethora of rustic decor is available for rent through the venue as well!

C Bar Ranch Website


West Light Farm

Photo Credit: Hundreds of Moments

Venue Style: Barn & Farm Venue

Perfect for: Rustic Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Woodsy Weddings

Venue Highlights: West Light Farm is loctated on 42 acres of rolling hills and forests near High Springs. Couples can host their ceremony under a cascading Southern Oak or their Hidden Rock Hollow in the forest. The open air pole barn is perfect for a relaxed reception with market lighting located throughout the space.


West Light Farm Website