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Weddings at Manatee Village Historical Park

Make your own history...

Nestled under a canopy of native oak trees, our lovely 1887 Church brings a simple romance and charm to your special day. With a variety of settings, our grounds are versatile enough for every style of celebration. Whether traditional or nontraditional, religious or secular, classic or themed, there are many possibilities for your cherished event. 

Guests can stroll along brick paths as they make their way to the 1887 Church and get a feel for a by-gone era. Newly wedded couples can get photos in the Courthouse or on the Settler's House porch swing, throw the bouquet from the second floor balcony of the Wiggins Store, and make their exit down the brick road that used to be Manatee Avenue.

Be our guest and make your own history! Our Special Events Coordinator and Security Attendant will be on hand to ensure your special day in Manatee Village runs smoothly. It is our sincere wish that you make wonderful memories to cherish for years to come.


Ready to Schedule?

Once you have looked over our locations and information below, contact us through email by clicking here.

Due to COVID-19, we have made the following changes to our wedding reservation procedures:

  • First Come First Served:

Dates are still scheduled on a first come first served basis.

  • Our Available Dates:

Let us know what day or dates are best! We'll check our schedule so you know upfront. We will offer other dates or request an alternative date if we are closed or an event is already scheduled (additionally, we do not hold weddings/private rentals on Holidays and their associated weekends).

  • Wedding Size:

Please be mindful of current safety recommendations such as group sizes, etc. The total number of people at the site needs to include the bride/groom, bridal party, and families of the bride/groom as well as staff members, please take this into consideration when planning your wedding and before sending invitations.

  • We Will Contact You:

Once scheduled and confirmed, we will contact you every 30 days to confirm your date. We request that you contact us if you no longer want to hold that date​.

  • Payment:

Payment is no longer required to hold your date but must be paid in full 30-60 days in advance (instead, we will contact you every month leading up to your date and continue holding it for you with your confirmation).

  • Refunds:

No refunds within 30 days of your date. Our refund process takes time, we would need more than 30 days' notice of your cancellation.

  • Our  COVID-19 Guidelines:

We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule your wedding date based on our interpretation of COVID-19 guidelines from the state and county. We may operate differently from other museums because we are part of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller.

  • Congratulations!

We are so happy you are considering us! Please email any questions, your date(s), and contact information to our email

Thank you for reading our reservation procedures, our locations and info packet (below).​ As a museum, we have rules that other sites might not. Additionally, COVID-19 has added necessary changes and we want to do our best in keeping our visitors safe. We look forward to your email!


Locations Available

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Gazebo & Courtyard

  • Beautiful Old Florida gazebo shaded by oak trees and Spanish moss

  • Picnic tables seat 60

  • Capacity: 100

1887 Old Meeting House Church

  • Beautiful stained glass windows, old-fashioned wall sconces.

  • Altar and original 1887 pews

  • Two ready-rooms

  • Piano

  • Bluetooth-enabled stereo speaker

  • Air conditioning

  • Capacity: 125

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1860 Courthouse

  • Manatee County's first courthouse​

  • The oldest building in Manatee Village and the oldest remaining building built as a courthouse in the entire state of Florida

  • Capacity: 25


Amenities include...

  • Parking for 40 cars

  • Optional additional parking

  • Driveway at Wiggins Store
    (Old Manatee Avenue brick road)

  • Security attendant

  • Facility coordinator who will be on-hand to answer questions and make the buildings of your choice available.

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Information Packet & More

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Check out our Pinterest boards for decoration ideas and more photos of our buildings and past weddings:

We've got some rules for you! Don't worry, our Pinterest photos feature approved decorations and we can always assist you with ideas or approved alternatives! Download an information packet here: MVHP Wedding Information Packet.pdf

As of September 17, 2018, our new price package includes a 1.5 hour rehearsal and a 3 hour ceremony. We will no longer host receptions as part of our preservation efforts. Our current pricing, in total and including tax and potentially refundable security deposit, is about $1,023. This is subject to change.

Feel free to contact us at or by phone (941) 749-7165.


Fee Schedule

The wedding package includes 90 minutes for a rehearsal and a total of three hours on your wedding day. Pricing:

  • Booking fee: $675 plus tax

  • Security deposit: $300

To book your wedding, you must make an appointment to fill out Manatee Village's wedding application in person with Manatee Village staff. Half of the booking fee plus the security deposit will be due. The remainder of the fees are due at least 30 days in advance of the rehearsal date.

**Prices subject to change