Venue and Courtyard

What is included with our exclusive venue rental:

Tables, Chairs, Clear Glass Votive Lanterns and Oil Candles: NOVA 535 Inventory

Can we use outside vendors for our event? YES. You may use any licensed and insured professional for your event, except for the Bar and Beverages which is run by NOVA. So feel free to use your own professional caterer, planner, Wedding DJ, Officiant and so on. Or choose one of NOVA’s proven pros fro our Preferred Vendors List.

Are you ADA Accessible? YES

Can you provide live music and entertainment? YES. We welcome and can provide most all types of entertainers – musicians, singers, performers, etc.

Do you carry hazard insurance? YES.  

Liquor Liability insurance and Hazard Insurance? YES

Do you have a liquor license? YES. NOVA 535 has a full liquor license and can also sell bottles to go.

Do you allow outside beverages? NO outside beverages, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, may be brought in.

Do you have a Business License? YES

Do you have a Health Certificate? YES

Do you have a kitchen on-site? YES. NOVA 535 is equipped with a modern catering kitchen, consisting of Commercial Ice Machine, Large Convection Oven, Commercial Coffee Makers, Dishwashers, Multiple Prep Areas, 3-Comp Sinks and easy load/unload alley access. Remember you can choose any licensed and insured caterer.

Do you have HDTVs? YES. We have multiple HDTVs perfect for watching videos, films, cable TV, sports, YouTube, etc. and for playing video games, streaming the internet.

Do you have High-Speed Wireless? YES

Do you have linens? YES You rent any type of linens you desire from NOVA.

Do you have on-site catering? We allow catering flexibility so you can use any professional licensed and insured caterer. We share our full preferred vendor list after booking with NOVA 535, and we are always recommending  Puff n Stuff Catering

Do you have Plates or Silverware? The are provided through your caterer, or rented from NOVA, your choice.

Do you offer Outdoor Facilities? YES 4,000 sq. ft gorgeous Brick and Bamboo courtyard and our Upstairs VIP Balcony where you can enjoy a quiet conversation or maybe a cigar and cognac

Do You Offer Tours of NOVA? YES by appointment after you have reviewed our pricing and virtual tour to ensure that NOVA fits your desired look and budget, then go here to Schedule a Tour of NOVA 535

Do you provide a written contract? YES

Does NOVA host more than one event at a time? NO. There is only one one event that happens at a time so we are solely focused upon you and your guests. There are no strangers or uninvited guests milling about as with hotels and most venues. Here at NOVA it’s all about you and your guests.

Has NOVA 535 won any awards? YES. We are proud of the lengthy list of awards we’ve won.

How do I get to your venue? We are located just off the interstate (EXIT 23) at: 535 Dr M. L. King Jr. Street North St. Pete, FL 33701 Parking and Directions

Parking? YES. We offer FREE parking across the street (6pm to 6am and all day Saturday and Sunday) in two lots, FREE street parking, plus you can purchase our valet service for during your event.

How large is NOVA 535? 7,000 sq. ft inside and an additional 4,000 sq.ft outside.

How many guests can NOVA 535 seat? Seating for up to 350 guests dining inside. Seating for up to 450 Dining inside & out. 350 Seated for meetings, awards parties, ceremonies or film screenings 500 Cocktails inside. 800 Cocktails inside & outside. Intimate Dining in our Upstairs VIP for up to 80 guests.

What floor plan options are available? We have hundreds and hundreds of unique floor plan options to meet your needs.

How many Restrooms / Get-Ready Rooms does NOVA have? TEN, yes TEN nationally award winning restroom SUITES – voted TOP TEN in the USA – out of 5,000,000 restrooms.

Is NOVA available for wedding ceremonies? YES.

Is Outside Catering permitted at NOVA? YES. All food MUST be provided by a licensed & insured vendor.

May we decorate NOVA 535? YES. NOVA 535 is a gorgeous, unique and magnificently finished venue that must be seen in person to truly appreciate. Most of our clients find little to no decorating is necessary other than flowers, centerpieces and candles. Any decorating that requires technical skills or ladder climbing and such must be done by a licensed and insured vendor. Hire your own or team NOVA, your choice. We do NOT allow any smoke/fog/sparklers inside and the use of sand/glitter/tiny granular objects may incur an additional fee. ** Rent our spacious courtyard and safely enjoy smoke/fog/sparklers outside.

May we hang things from the ceiling rafters? YES. Inquire more about our hanging item fees. Lightweight items can be hung by properly licensed and insured vendors – subject to NOVA’s approval, or by Team NOVA.

What forms of payment do you accept? We accept checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex & online payments.

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What is your payment policy?

PAYMENT OPTION #1    (20% first payment, then monthly payments) NOVA requires a 20% (of the total due) NONREFUNDABLE PAYMENT to book your event. We then calculate your remaining payments by divide the remaining 80% balance over the remaining months until 30-days prior to your event when your final nonrefundable payment is due in full. Example: Your event is $10,000. Initial nonrefundable payment is $2,000 with an $8,000 balance. Then we calculate the number of months until the “30-Day Prior To Your Even Date”. Let’s say your 30-Day Prior to Event Date is 10 months away. So $8,000 divided by 10 = $800 per month payment. We set up an automatic billing system (we can accept checks but are trying to be as GREEN as possible so please help us) that deducts your monthly payments. Easy easy, one less thing to worry about.

PAYMENT OPTION #2     ( 5 x 20% ) NOVA requires a 20% (of the total due) NONREFUNDABLE PAYMENT to book your event. We calculate Five equal payments of 20% with the final 20% due on or before 30-days prior to your event. Example: Your event is $10,000. Initial nonrefundable payment is $2,000 with an $8,000 balance. $10,000 divided by 5 = $2,000 So you have four remaining payments of $2,000 after you’ve paid your initial 20%. We set up an automatic billing system (we can accept checks but are trying to be as GREEN as possible so please help us help mother earth) that deducts your 4 payments. Easy easy, one less thing to worry about. ALL payments are NONREFUNDABLE. Final payment due 30 days prior to your event.

What forms of payment do you accept? We accept checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex & online payments.

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What kind of sound, lighting and video capabilities do you offer? PROFESSIONAL MODERN SYSTEMS NOVA 535 comes fully equipped with professional grade, custom designed ‘big-boy” sound, lighting, dance & video systems excellent for parties and corporate presentations alike. Microphones also available. Our DJ booth is a custom-made floating world-class steel & glass masterpiece.

What makes NOVA 535 so special? NOVA 535 Unique Event Space was designed with a single purpose, to WOW and DELIGHT every guest we connect with. This has resulted in NOVA 535 being voted Best Place to Get Married, Best Swanky Event Space, Best Holiday Party Venue, Best Blank Canvas, America’s Best Restrooms – Top 10 (plus so many other awards) along with hundreds of 5 STAR reviews, a further testament to our continuous improvement philosophy. We started with an incredible building built in 1920, stripped away all of the nonsense that had built up over the decades, assembled an All-Star design and construction team, then spent 3 years and $3,000,000 blending the charms of 1920 with the comforts and conveniences of 2020 into the regions most beautiful, unique, flexible and favorite event venue – NOVA 535 Unique Event Space.

What type of art do you showcase? NOVA 535 showcases a cohesive collection of bride friendly art. The artwork remains hanging during all events, however, we do allow one art piece to be temporarily removed during an event. To move more than one piece requires an additional removal, storage and rehanging fee of $95 / piece.

What’s the SUPERNOVA Suite? Our exclusive, private and secure SUPERNOVA SUITE is perfect as a Bridal Suite or as a Green-Room for you high-rolling VIPs. Think of a luxurious International Hotel Room. Accouterments include the 50″ HDTV and professional surround sound system – just plug in your iPod and enjoy your favorite music – and our spacious bath with shower, wrapped in gorgeous Italian travertine and granite. The plush and cozy Moroccan style sitting/sleeping room offers comfy audio/visual entertainment and somewhere to put up your feet and rest for awhile.

When can guests arrive? Doors open to the public and guests at the Stated  Event Start Time.

When is you final headcount due? Final headcount is due no later than 30 days prior to your event date.

Why are your restrooms so great? Each restroom offers a full length custom mirror, solid wood doors, piped-in music, touch-less fixtures, gorgeous Italian Marble and custom granite trim, coat/purse hooks, a place for your drink, double-insulated for your relaxed privacy, makeup lighting, and comfortable spaciousness for your enjoyment. For weddings these spacious restroom suites are available for the bride & her bride’s maids and the groom and his groomsmen for 3 hours prior to their wedding for ‘get-ready’ time.