When Mother Nature is playing nice, it’s wonderful to spend time outdoors, enjoying just about anything. And it’s the dream of many a bride (and groom!) to hold outdoor ceremonies for their wedding. Whether it’s an intimate wedding with their closest 50 friends or if all 300 invited said “Heck YES we’re coming to Florida for a much needed vacation, err your wedding”, then having an ceremony outdoors is delightfully tempting. But the looming question of concern is always – What if it rains??Beautiful courtyard ceremonies at NOVA 535. OPTIONAL Bamboo Archway shown. Photo by Molliner Photography
Beautiful courtyard ceremonies at historic wedding venue NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete, Florida with OPTIONAL Bamboo Archway shown. Photos by Brandi Morris.
Even with high tech weather forecasting, we just can never be certain until the big day. Here in the Sunshine State, and even better, here in Sunny St. Petersburg Florida – where it’s almost illegal for the sun not to shine every day – we still don’t know for sure until day of (though mostly it’s gorgeous outside)! And this uncertainty can drive brides, families, clients and planners a bit crazy. So what is a bride or planner to do? Well lucky for everyone, historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, here in Downtown St. Pete was built with this in mind. NOVA 535 is St. Pete’s best reviewed, most awarded venue; with private, unique events and the delighting of guests as the sole focus of NOVA’s existence.
The Tampa Bay area had plenty of hotels for the typical Florida beachfront wedding and grand ballrooms for the paisley carpet and chandelier seeking client. The region needed a 3rd option – a true event space built with enormous flexibility and lots of charm. Hmmm, think Charms of the 1920s with the Conveniences of 2020. Well NOVA 535 offers a stunning indoor main gallery with 16 foot tall ceilings, with 1920 made red clay block walls (think large red bricks) and an incredible Brazilian hardwood flooring that provides a great place to dance no matter where you’re standing. A breathtakingly gorgeous and versatile space for ceremonies, parties and so much more. Plus almost 100 years of building history and architecture to enjoy!
But the lure of the outdoor ceremony is strong and compelling. It’s the “What if it rains?” question that nags everyone. At NOVA 535, clients and their guests get the best of both worlds. If the weather is nice then you stick with plan A and host the ceremony outside. If Mother Nature sends over Plan B, then the solution is quick and easy, just walk inside and keep the event going. Yes in the last, wow, almost 8 years (NOVA 535 opened February 2009 and has hosted over 1,000 successful events), a handful of clients had rain come, uninvited, to their ceremony. So everyone proceeded with Plan B and just walked inside and wedding day didn’t miss a beat.
If you want to be as sure as possible that your big day will be 5 Star Fabulous, then take a peek at what other brides and clients are saying about NOVA 535. If you, your soulmate, planner or parents are searching for the flexibility of a truly unique event space (NOVA was awarded Best Blank Canvas) with the option for your ceremony AND reception to be held all at one location, then get started here or call / text NOVA 535 at 949-873-6682. And of course Congratulations to you all!