Wedding Venue Wednesday: The Rusty Pelican

It’s time for Wedding Venue Wednesday, our Special Moments Event Planning feature showcasing local wedding venues.

We love to highlight local venues that are a little out of the way are unique, or offer spectacular value and service. This month’s Wedding Venue Wednesday selection hits all three marks!


The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican 

2425 Rocky Point Drive

Tampa, FL 33607


The Rusty Pelican is an adorable wedding venue located off the coast of Tampa on the shores of Old Tampa Bay. Its waterfront location offers beautiful backdrops for wedding ceremonies and reception, not to mention spectacular sunsets.

Established in 1978, The Rusty Pelican offers several incredible options for rehearsal dinners and weddings for up to 200 guests with dancing or a more intimate celebration.

And, they’ve just recently completed some updates and renovations!


Weddings at The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican checks many boxes. It offers a waterfront Wedding Gazebo for those who choose to exchange their wedding vows on site.

Bride and groom next to the Wedding Gazebo at The Rusty Pelican Tampa

The waterfront location offers you some spectacular backdrops for wedding portraits! They have outdoor patios, which are an excellent option for your cocktail hour, and the ballrooms have incredible floor-to-ceiling windows!

Bride and groom at sunset before their wedding reception at The Rusty Pelican in Tampa

They offer various Wedding Catering Package options with different inclusions and bar packages. You can easily upgrade your hors d’oeuvres or entrees add on a carving item of an interactive station. And their food and service are outstanding!


Choosing A Space For Your Wedding

The Rusty Pelican’s Grand Ballroom accommodates approximately 200 guests with a nice dance floor and magnificent views.

The Pelican Room is ideal for smaller weddings, accommodating 100 guests with dancing and the same incredible views.

E;egant wedding reception in The Pelican Ballroom at The Rusty Pelican in Tampa

And the Tampa, Coral, or Bay Rooms are smaller spaces that can work for cocktail hour, intimate weddings, or rehearsal dinners. Additionally, they often host post-wedding brunches and wedding showers too!

It’s easy to see why The Rusty Pelican is one of our Special Moments Event Planning’s Wedding Venue Wednesday picks. They are a fantastic option for a Tampa Bay wedding with great views!



Christina and Brandon’s wedding images by Kristen Marie Photography. You’ll see their wedding featured down the road on our Special Moments Event Planning blog.

Featured Image by Cornelia Zaiss Photography from Samantha and Matt’s beautiful wedding at The Rusty Pelican featured on our blog and Marry Me Tampa Bay!


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