Central Florida is widely known for theme parks and hotels, but it is also home to the most romantic LGBTQ-friendly wedding venues in the state of Florida. The region offers some of the most picturesque wedding sites encompassing glamorous, artistic, historic, chic, and whimsical Florida wedding landscapes.
13245 Lake Bryan Drive. Orlando, FL 32821
Draped in palm and cypress trees and located on a private “beach front” of Lake Bryan, Paradise Cove is one of the most romantic wedding venues in all of Central Florida – and it’s LGBTQ-friendly, too! Paradise Cove gives you all of the Florida feels located amongst the tourist district of Central Florida. This outdoor venue offers a ceremony space perfectly positioned overlooking the lake, a cocktail hour on the patio with a tiki bar, and a reception just steps away in a coastal-style wooden pavilion. The property has lush tropical vibes and the best part – you can “walk down the aisle” by arriving on a speed boat. What!?
The Paradise Voice was also won the 2016 and 2019 Watermark Wave Awards as a Favorite LBGTQ-Friendly Wedding Venue in Central Florida.
Dr. Phillips Art Center
445 S. Magnolia Avenue Orlando, FL 32801
Although more urban than romantic, the Dr. Phillips Art Center is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando and offers numerous stunning ceremony and reception options. A popular LGBTQ destination for arts and culture, the Dr. Phillips Art Center is also a perfect wedding venue. The industrial canvas of the building can be transformed to the taste and style of any couple.
If you are craving romance and views, the DeVos Family Room is our recommended reception space. The room is has three glass window walls and an option to open the glass walls up to highlight the downtown Orlando skyline. The balcony is another option for the wedding ceremony. You’ll love the views of Downtown Orlando. If you are looking for a venue with panoramic skyline views, customizable modern space and fashion forward photos, this is your place.
Four Seasons Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32836
The Four Seasons Resort in Orlando is a private residential space within the Walt Disney World® Resort. Surrounded by genuine Florida elements and enhanced with luxury touches, the Four Seasons provides the backdrop for a perfect wedding experience. If you are looking for wedding ambience that combines elegant and glamorous design with natural lighting and gorgeous outdoor foliage, then you are looking for the Four Seasons.
Glittering chandeliers are the centerpiece of The Grand Ballroom. And the Palm Ballroom highlights the natural beauty of Florida. Four Seasons Orlando provides modern and enchanting photo backdrops all throughout the property. Couples wanting an outdoor atmosphere with the comfort of an indoor environment plus resort inclusions – look no further.
The Howey Mansion
Situated in the rolling hills of Lake County with almost 100 years of history, the Howey Mansion is a historical and architectural gem in the small town of Howey-in-the-Hills. This majestic mansion boasts 20 rooms and sits on 15 scenic acres. If you’re looking for a Beauty and the Beast vibe, this is the perfect venue for your Central Florida wedding.
Designed in Mediterranean Revival style, the Howey Mansion is rustic and stunning. Guests are greeted by wrought iron gates, a lengthy horseshoe-shaped drive, and rose stucco walls. The entrance to the mansion extends two full stories and leads you inside with a wide elegant curving stone stairway. Complete with a magnificent foyer, three fireplaces, ballroom-sized drawing room, and a prohibition room, this venue is rich with architectural details and gives couples stunning indoor and outdoor photo opps.
300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
The Alfond Inn is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of one of Central Florida’s most prestigious cities, Winter Park. It features the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. The collection is meant to “evoke one’s critical thinking, literacy, language, appreciation of other cultures and traditions, and amplifying one’s perspective.”
Host your wedding event in one of many artfully created spaces, including the conservatory, lush courtyard, and ballroom. The conservatory features a soaring glass domed ceiling perfect for a ceremony. The courtyard overlooking the hotel is a magnificent segue into cocktail hour for fresh air while your guests are mingling. End the evening inside the elegant Park Ave Ballroom and complete the affair with a sparkler exit in the courtyard stairs.
Hilton Bonnnett Creek
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is nestled on a 482-acre nature preserve with views of Disney World. This resort connects to its sister hotel, Waldorf Astoria Orlando. At Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, guests enjoy modern decor and casual comforts.
For a picturesque and romantic wedding setting, we recommend Signature Island for your ceremony. This lush outdoor venue requires minimal décor due to its natural beauty and golf course views. Host the wedding reception inside one of their modern ballrooms, which one is up to your personal preference. Bonnet Creek Ballroom offers black out ceilings with chandeliers that give the room a starlight effect while the Floridian Ballroom features round crystal hanging chandeliers.
Plan Your LGBTQ Wedding in Central Florida
Whether you’re dreaming of lush landscapes or an urban setting to create your romantic wedding experience, Central Florida has it all, with many LGBTQ-friendly venues and accommodations.
For more Florida wedding planning tips, visit our gay Florida wedding guide. Also make sure to check our our Destination Wedding Packing List so you don’t forget to pack those most important romantic wedding items.
Written by The Florida Comeback
Four hospitality professionals with a combined 45 years of creating unique experiences, showing you how to safely comeback to your fave Florida experiences.
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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.