Miami Wedding Venues for Couples Who Know What They Want

From warm weather year round, white sand beaches, and a tropical feel to rich culture, historical significance, and the lap of luxury – Miami has something to offer all couples searching for the wedding venue of their dreams. One unique feature to the Miami wedding scene is a venue that allows you to choose your own vendors is pretty hard to come by. For brides and grooms looking for a unique experience with personal touches, open vendor venues are a perfect option. Whether you’ve found the perfect florist, DJ, or caterer (we’d like to recommend food trucks for a super cool culinary celebration) – these venues allow you to work with whoever you want to accomplish your bridal vision.

 

1. Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Located in the heart of South Beach, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a hidden oasis. This tropical venue includes 3 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens in addition to luxurious indoor spaces. At the heart of the Botanical Gardens is a 100 year old Banyan tree – a symbol of rich spiritual and historical significance for many south Asian cultures. This venue is extremely romantic and exudes magical and whimsical vibes. With such a spectacular natural background, you’ll probably be able to save on florals too – an added bonus!

2. 1111 Lincoln Road

Perched on the 7th floor of this complex, 1111 offers a highly customizable aesthetic amid its dramatic architectural style. Floor to ceiling windows, covered patios, and uncovered rooftop-esque spaces ensure that you will have fantastic views of either Miami Beach or the Downtown Skyline no matter where you decide to set up your ceremony or reception in the 25,000 square foot space. 1111 offers beautiful lighting options that decorate the primarily concrete space after the sun has set. While this venue leans toward eclectic and modern, a wide variety of furniture and decor offerings can help you achieve many different looks. One thing is to be certain – your wedding at 1111 will be one of a kind!

3. Cinco Farms

Cinco Farms is perfect for couples looking for a rustic and laid back venue. Unlike many venues in the Miami Area, this venue offers ample privacy on their 5 acre property. With over 1000 pieces of decor available at no additional cost, weddings at Cinco Farms ooze with bohemian and vintage touches. Slightly removed from downtown, you’ll be able to enjoy an evening under the stars or under

the thousands of twinkle lights sparkling throughout the property. This refined take on a barn-style wedding venue is rare in South Florida and could be perfect for your big day!

4. MAPS backlot

MAPS Backlot is exactly that – the backlot of a production studio. A major benefit of MAPS is that this venue quite literally knows how to put on a show! With clients from QG to Cosmopolitan, you’ll certainly feel like a star on your big day. This venue has a very industrial and contemporary feel with corrugated steel accents, raw bulbs, and stained concrete walls.The space is truly distinctive and will create a wedding celebration that will be both fun and unforgettable.

5. Deering Estates

Exuding classic elegance, Deering Estate is a waterfront wedding venue nestled on beautifully kept grounds with a historic main house. Royal palm trees line the views of the Biscayne Bay, a stunning backdrop for ceremonies and photographs. The main house is full of romance and 

refinement. Couples can host their weddings either on the lawn amongst lush gardens or in the Great Hall. This regal room is decked out with crystal chandeliers, a stately fireplace, and marble floors. Deering Estate is perfect for traditional couples looking to keep it classy.

 

6. The Curtis Mansion

Built in 1925, The Curtiss Mansion was the home of Glenn Hammond Curtiss – “The Father of Aviation”. The mansion was recently restored to its original splendor and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With distinctive Mission Revival architectural details, a rich history, and tropical landscaping, it is the perfect setting for any engaged couple looking for an unforgettable and personalized experience.

Our Favorite Wedding Venues in the Rocky Mountains

Wedding season is quickly approaching! wether you got engaged on Valentine’s day or are a few years out from planning your special day these venues offer the best the rocky mountain has to offer (including the option to have food trucks)!

Bread Bar

Bread Bar

  • Bread Bar is the venue of your Tumblr aesthetic dreams! An hour away from Denver, this quaint venue is an operational bar in Silver Plume, CO that is available to host events. Perfect for intimate celebrations, guests can entertain on the back porch or elect for a tent rental on the property for a sit down dinner. You can’t beat this ambiance!
    • Photo cred Darla Dines

Freight 

Freight

  • If you love history and rustic charm, Freight is the venue for you! This train depot was built in 1884 in Leadville, CO and has since been updated into a wedding venue that is pet friendly – yep, your pups can join the festivities! With gorgeous mountain views only steps away, Freight embodies everything you love about small mountain towns!
    • Photo cred Freight

Piney River Ranch

Piney River Ranch

  • Dreaming of a picturesque lakefront mountain backdrop for your wedding? Ding ding! Piney River Ranch is the winner for you! Nestled outside of Vail, CO, this breathtaking ranch is a fairy-tale location for your mountain wedding! And maybe you’ll be as lucky as us, and have a moose attend your event!
    • Photo cred Piney River Ranch

Blackstone River Ranch

Blackstone Rivers Ranch

  • Only forty minutes outside of Denver, Blackstone Rivers Ranch feels like a secluded paradise in Idaho Springs, CO. A charming outdoor area with a fire pit is steps away from the ceremony site next to a babbling brook. This quaint venue is a wonderful place to tie the knot – and dance the night away!
    • Photo cred Roe Photography

Velveteen

Velveteen

  • The Velveteen is freshly opened so we have not had a chance to visit yet but this is maybe our most anticipated new venue in Colorado! While Salida, CO is known for its outdoor adventure culture, this hip new spot embodies retro vibes perfect for your mod intimate wedding or elopement after party! 
  •  Photo cred velveteen

Top Of The Pines

Top Of The Pines

  • Top of the Pines offers perhaps the most stunning 360 degree views for an outdoor event. Close to Ouray, Ridgway, and Telluride, CO, this 175-acre wilderness open space features all the hiking activities your heart desires – and disc golf! Camp onsite or stay in town but this gorgeous space is a destination worth the trip.
    • Photo cred top of the pines

Mountain Wedding Garden

Mountain Wedding Garden

This charming Crested Butte venue is a romantic option for laid-back couples. If you want the sweetest ceremony garden with breathtaking views of the Elk Mountains, Mountain Wedding Garden is your first  wedding choice!

La Joya Dulce

La Joya Dulce

  • Dreaming of a weekend wedding in Steamboat Springs, CO? La Joya Dulce is a scenic ranch with beautiful ceremony sites, rustic barn or modern pavilion reception areas, horses for photo ops, AND a 1939 Jaguar SS Convertible. 
    • Photo cred  la joya dulce

Three Peaks Ranch

Three Peaks Ranch

  • Three Peaks Ranch is the perfect blend of modern industrial space and scenic ranch vibes. With farmhouse cabins available, this Westcliffe, CO venue is a great option for a weekend wedding getaway! 
    • Photo cred three peaks ranch

Challenges Continue in 2021 for the Food Truck Industry

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Supply chain issues and hiring challenges are hot topics right now, but do you know how they affect food trucks? Food truck owners hoped for an easier year after 2020’s pandemic, but supply issues, food shortages, unpredictable gas availability and pricing, and hiring complications have led to a whole new set of challenges.

Here’s the Short Version

The U.S is currently having supply and demand issues; essentially there are more buyers than there are goods to buy. This imbalance and other economic factors of the past year have led to the largest inflation rate in over 13 years, causing businesses to struggle yet again.

Poultry is Getting Pricey

You may have heard that Starbucks is running low on flavored syrup or that Disneyland ran out of their coveted churros, but did you know there’s a nationwide chicken shortage? This is a real issue for chicken-centric trucks and restaurants who are grappling between taking a hit to their business or raising their prices.

The cost of poultry has doubled in the past year due to many factors, including a reduced supply after the winter storm in Texas (a major chicken producing state), an increase in chicken delivery due to the “chicken sandwich war”, and the labor shortage reaching farmers. Chicken is just one example of countless food supply issues trucks are currently facing.

Gas Prices & Mobile Businesses  

We’ve all seen gas prices fluctuate and your local stations cover their pumps in the last few months. As you can imagine this is a huge problem for mobile businesses. Trucks have complained about driving around their cities looking for available gas while in a rush to get to their shifts on time.

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Hiring is Impossible

Along with supply chain issues and food shortages, hiring and retaining workers has become increasingly more difficult. According to experts, staffing problems are due to the food industry competing for a smaller pool of workers, as job seekers are looking for remote work, dealing with childcare disruptions, and other pandemic-based factors. In a recent survey, food service workers listed their top three reasons why they’d consider leaving their jobs as low wages and tips, COVID-19 anxiety, and customer hostility.

Here’s What the Trucks Have to Say

  • “8 years in and this is the worst I’ve seen it.” – Chuey Fu’s (regarding hiring in 2021)
  • Our cost of chicken has doubled in the last year!” – Killik’s Kitchen
  • It’s been especially hard as the venues are back to 100% capacity so volume is going up.” – Deja Roux Cajun and Soul
  • “The nature of our needs is tough enough as it but there is zero response when we put the word out to fill positions on all available platforms.”Solsage Food Truck
  • Hiring is impossible!”Just a Buck Truck

How Can I Help?

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the service industry? Economic experts are unsure, but hopeful for a year on the mend. In the meantime, we all can do our part to help out. Remember to buy from and support your local food trucks. Tipping generously is always appreciated, both financially and psychologically. Please be kind when a food truck runs out of a menu option or has to cancel at the last minute. These entrepreneurs are doing their best amidst unprecedented challenges and we at Truckster are here to help find fill-ins whenever we can.