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Wedding Ceremonies at the Lighthouse

           


The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is pleased to offer a designated area of its beautiful historic grounds for smaller, intimate wedding ceremonies consisting of 50 guests or less. Choosing such a unique site for your ceremony will provide a dramatic and lasting memory for you and your guests to cherish forever. 


The Ponce De Leon Light Station is one of the last, complete, and authentic lighthouse facilities remaining in the nation, and is one of only ten light stations in the country to have earned the prestigious designation of National Historic Landmark. Standing at a soaring 175-feet, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the State's tallest beacon and the perfect backdrop for a small intimate wedding ceremony.

Since its founding in 1972, the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association has been committed to the preservation and dissemination of the social and maritime history associated with the Light Station, and to educate the public about its important role in national, state, and local history since its completion in 1887. Open to the public year round, the site is now home to numerous lighthouses, maritime, and regional history exhibits including one of the largest collections of rare Fresnel lenses in the world. 

Having the honor and distinction of being designated a National Historic Landmark; the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is truly a unique and memorable place to hold a wedding ceremony. However, because of its very designation as a landmark, there are rules and regulations that might prove prohibitive for some wedding ceremonies, and yet not hinder others at all. We apologize to those we cannot accommodate, and congratulate those who can plan a picture perfect wedding ceremony here on the Lighthouse grounds. 


Things to Know about Planning Your Lighthouse Wedding

Location:

Ceremonies of up to 30 minutes in duration may be performed in a designated open grassy area in view of the Lighthouse during regular hours of operation. This location has been selected to provide the wedding party and their guests with the maximum amount of semi-privacy and seclusion possible. Without exception, the Lighthouse, exhibits and historic buildings will be open to the general public at the time of the ceremony. After the ceremony, photographs may be taken throughout the grounds with the understanding that the public may not be prevented from the use of any museum location, or asked to step aside in order for photographs to be taken. 

Cost:

The cost to have a wedding ceremony at the Lighthouse is a non- refundable $500 donation, plus the regular admission costs of $6.95 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $1.95 per child (ages 11 and under). Infants and toddlers (ages 0-2) are admitted free of charge with paying adult. Please note that this admission fee only includes access to and the use of the Lighthouse grounds.  If you need an officiant, we have a volunteer available who is an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church; dressed in 1930's era lighthouse keeper's uniform for a fee of $50.  Please let us know at the time of reservation if an officiant is needed so we may check with our volunteer's availability. 

An additional $250 refundable security deposit is required at the time of reservation in the event that the ceremony exceeds the established one hour time limit. Events exceeding this one hour time frame will be charged $250 for each additional 30-minute block. 

Lighthouse Museum Hours of Operation: 

Fall, Winter, and Spring Hours of Operation
(Day after Labor Day through Day before Memorial Day)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:00)

Summer Hours of Operation
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)
10:00 am to 9:00 pm (last admission at 8:00)


Ceremonies should be scheduled so that they are completed one hour prior to closing time.

Rain Policy: 

In the event of rain, the ceremony may be rescheduled.  A rain date should be planned to confirm availability; and also a rain plan in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms if rescheduling is not an option.  

Guests: 

The maximum number of wedding guests may not exceed 50.  Special exceptions may be considered.  Excluded from the number of guests are the wedding party and the person performing the ceremony. 

Rules and Regulations: 

Because of its National Historic Landmark Designation, it is asked of all wedding parties to please respect the pristine condition and integrity of the Lighthouse grounds, and to adhere to certain terms and conditions as follows:

  • No large structures, decorations, backpacks, water bottles, beverages or food permitted. No smoking or alcohol on the grounds. No confetti, bird seed, rice, or other materials can be thrown on the grounds.
  • Music is allowed appropriate to the event and the Lighthouse grounds, and is subject to review of the Ponce Inlet Preservation Association.   
  • Staff reserves the right to inspect any packages, equipment or bags brought onto the Lighthouse grounds. 
  • The applicant will be liable for any cost incurred as a result of damage to the Historic Site by any guest, or wedding party member. 
  • Guest admissions must be paid prior to the day of the ceremony.
  • Guests, excluding the wedding party, may be required to wear wrist bands.

Contact Information:

Individuals wishing to learn more about scheduling a wedding at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse are encouraged to contact Karen Huffman via email at khuffman@ponceinlet.org or by phone at (386) 761-1821 ext 10, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. 

You may also download a lighthouse wedding information packet and registration form by selecting the link below.