Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Average Base Cost: $32,000
The average base cost for a Vizcaya Museum and Gardens wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a 6-hour Saturday Ceremony & Evening Reception using $100/pp for food and beverage. Entertainment, furniture, tents, additional decorations and rentals, DJ, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand and includes tax and gratuity.
*Prices subject to change
How it Breaks Down
While Vizcaya also offers use of the property for daytime ceremonies at a price of $1,500 for up to 25 guests and $25 for each additional guests, they do not allow chairs, runners, or other ceremony decor (except a hand-held Chuppah). This write-up is for an evening rental of Vizcaya only.
Facility Rental Fee:
The base fee for evening rentals applies to 125 guests between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Further fees apply for additional guests and/or extended hours:
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday: $12,500
- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: $7,500
- For each guest over 125 but under 500: $25
- For each guest over 500 but under 1000: $35
- For each additional hour between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.: $1,500
Catering and Rental Equipment Permits:
All facility rental clients are required to obtain a Catering and/or Rental Equipment Permit, which will be included in the contract. Permit fees are as follows:
- 1–200 Guests:
Catering and Rental Equipment Permit: $375
- 201–500 Guests:
Catering and Rental Equipment Permit: $525
- 501–1000 Guests:
Catering and Rental Equipment Permit: $750
All permit fees are non-refundable.
Vizcaya recommends hiring police officers for larger events (300+ guests) for traffic control and pedestrian crossing on South Miami Avenue. Vizcaya will retain Miami-Dade police officers at sole cost to you for $100/hour each (four hour minimum).
In case of inclement weather, you may rent a tent to cover the East Terrace overlooking the Barge and Biscayne Bay. For events with 400 or more guests, rental of a 33’ x 180’ tent is required regardless of weather. The tent prices break down as follows:
Food and Beverage: A licensed caterer must be used, however you are allowed to bring in any vendor you like. Tip: Look for a caterer that doesn’t insist on providing the alcohol so you can purchase it and pay them for bartenders and setups only.
Party On! Events can go until 1:00 a.m. Music is encouraged to be “lowered” past 11 p.m. since the museum is in a residential neighborhood.
What’s Included? Nothing. You (or your caterer) must bring in everything else.
Space Type: Mostly Outside (The inner courtyard is covered, but the terraces and gardens are not).
Size: The inner courtyard can hold 100 people, and the outside (East Terrace) can accommodate up to 300 people.
Food Service Type: Your choice
Bridal Suite: Brides have to use the restroom for a dressing room.
Parking: Vizcaya’s parking lot can accommodate up to 125 cars. You may hire valet for additional vehicles.
How Will Grandma Get There? The museum is a 5-minute drive from hotels in Coconut Grove and Brickell, and about 15 minutes (with traffic) to Miami Beach. Out-of-town guests can easily take cabs to these location.
Vizcaya was built by industrialist James Deering, and he used the mansion as his winter home from 1916-1925. Deering wanted the house to mimic the look of an Italian Estate that had stood for 400 years…and it really does. The 50-acres that villa sits on are expansive and gorgeous, like something you would see in old-world Italy or France. The most beautiful thing about the house is that it sits right on the bay, and has an amazing stone terrace that looks out to it. Inside, there are over 70 rooms that are preserved with original furnishings (the majority of these rooms are roped off, and would be for your event as well.) The inner courtyard is covered, so if you are worried about rain you would have to tent the terrace.
Woman Getting Married Says
Having grown up in Miami, I’m very familiar with just how spectacular this place is. It’s location on the bay is stunning, and I think it might be one of the most beautiful places in Miami, period. The venue rental fee is obviously very expensive considering it doesn’t include anything such as tables, chairs, etc. However, the fact that you can bring in your own caterers and vendors is a huge plus.
This will allow you to offset the venue rental fees at least a bit by being able to shop around for the best caterers and vendors in your price range. All-in-all, considering the immaculate grounds of the property combined with the ability to bring in your own vendors, I love this as an option if you have the budget.