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The Best LGBTQ+ Wedding Vendors in Tampa

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Everyone dreams of their wedding day. With almost 170,000 weddings in Florida, this is certainly a popular spot to get hitched and make your big day perfect. 

Of course, as an LGBTQ+ couple, this brings up a whole new set of considerations. It adds an entire set of questions to ask and concerns during an already stressful time.

Don’t worry though. We’ve got your back here at OutCoast.com and have compiled a list of the best LGBTQ+ wedding vendors in Tampa. 

What to Ask Before Booking a Vendor for Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

An LGBTQ+ wedding has a very similar story as any other couple’s wedding, but there are major points that need to be clarified before you decide on a vendor.

While most couples will need to ask the typical questions, you also need to be upfront about this being an LGBTQ+ event for an LGBTQ+ couple that will be getting married. No one should be blindsided by that information on the big day.

The world will one day be a place where no one will bat an eye at this endeavor but, for now, you want to make sure you’re not setting yourself, or anyone else, up for any kind of disappointment, anger, or embarrassment on what should be the best day of your life. 

You want to make sure you’re using equality-minded wedding professionals. 

Here are the most important questions you should ask any vendor before hiring them.

Do Your Research Before You Walk in The Door

Before you walk into an appointment with any vendor, do thorough research. If you’re looking for a photographer, look through their online portfolio. Are couples of all kinds represented there? 

Most vendors that are allies will make a claim as such on their website or provide a section about how they are ok with LGBTQ+ couples. It’s best to work with people who are either LGBTQ+ themselves or are proud to be allies rather than it ending up an issue later on in the process.

By doing research beforehand you can avoid hurt feelings, disappointment, and wasted time down the line. Which, in the instance of a wedding, can mean big bucks saved by being able to do everything in a timely fashion.

Do You Have Any Experience With LGBTQ+ Weddings? 

Listen carefully to the response. While most vendors want your business and will probably say yes you don’t want to hear any hesitation in this response. 

If you’re going to spend money with them they should be super pumped about your upcoming nuptials. 

This is not the time to pick someone on the fence about their feelings when it comes to gay marriage.

Do You Require a Deposit and What’s Your Cancellation Policy?

This is a good one for any vendor of any event. You’ll want to be aware not only of their deposit policy but also how far in advance you can cancel.

While everyone wants things to go well there’s always a chance you figure out down the road that it’s not a good fit. However, this decision doesn’t have to bankrupt you.

How Do You Feel About LGBTQ+ Weddings?

Let the vendor know that you chose to meet with them because they claimed to be gay-friendly. Grill them a little about it.

There’s a difference between some buzzwords on a website and them being all-in on making you feel special and honored on your wedding day.

Top LGBTQ+ Wedding Vendors in Tampa

Since this can be a broad topic we have broken the vendors up into type. These LGBTQ+ wedding vendors in Tampa are located in various locations around. the Bay Area. And most are willing to travel anywhere along the corridor or around the state.

Catering

Chef on The Bay

Address: 100 Hampton Rd. Suite 176, Clearwater, Florida

Phone: (727) 286-8131

Chef Charlie offers spectacular 5-star level catering for affordable prices. They offer services all over the Tampa/St. Pete area

Pasta Chef Catering

Address:  14720 Turtle Creek Circle, Lutz, Florida

Phone: (813) 895-4298

Contact Michael at Pasta Chef to treat yourself to high-quality dishes and wow your guests affordably. They serve the Greater Tampa Bay area.

Bakery

Valhalla Bakery St. Pete

Address: 2462 Central Ave, St. Petersburg

Phone: (727)-954-4792

Valhalla Bakery in St. Petersburg specializes in crafting simple yet stunning wedding cakes. They are made exclusively with buttercream and vegan ingredients, ensuring every bite is a guilt-free indulgence for couples and guests alike.

Their commitment to both ethical ingredients and artistic excellence results in unforgettable cakes that celebrate love in every delicious slice.

Venues

The Birchwood

Address: 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida

Phone: (727) 896-1080

The Birchwood is a gem on the beautiful stretch of Downtown St. Petersburg known as Beach Drive. Overlooking the beautiful Straub Park, The Birchwood offers a quaint sophistication with a Grand Ballroom. 

It’s ceiling-high windows, spectacular balcony, and enchanting views set this venue apart for any couple.

Contact the special events team and let them show you how amazing your event can be.

Le Meridien Tampa Hotel

Address: 601 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 221-9555

Celebrate your vows and express the unique individuality of your relationship at Le Méridien Tampa. 

This hotel offers a chic and timeless design. Couple that with their dedicated and passionate service and you have a winning combo that is sure to make your day magical.

Tampa’s artistic and creative side is filtered into all of their extraordinary event spaces. Original and one-of-a-kind art is displayed throughout the hotel providing your guests with an experience that is truly once in a lifetime.

Contact their events team to see how they can help your dreams come true.

Celebrate Your Wedding in Tampa

There is no more beautiful place to start your new adventure than in Florida.

We hope this list of the best LGBTQ+ wedding vendors gives you a great jumping-off point as you book the wedding of your dreams.

Check out our celebrate section for more party ideas and fun.

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**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

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 and beyond, 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.

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