The Personal Experience
The couples who chose our National Historic Place for their wedding have a keen interest in history and provenance. Their curiosity about Florida’s finest example of luxurious 19th century architecture attracts them to the mansion for one of our history or Christmas tours. They are overwhelmed by the story and beauty of the home and know this is where they must get married. Built as Florida's most modern and elegant mansion in 1886 by John B. Stetson, the famed hatmaker, the Stetson Mansion is an architectural masterpiece embellished with rich details including 16 different intricate parquet floor patterns and the 10,000 panes of antique window glass. For this reason we do not offer wedding site tours. The couples who show the most excitement about the beautiful rare 19th century details on the tour end up having the most memorable celebrations and these same couples show the most respect for the grand estate.
Our brides step down the grand staircase once graced by the Queen of England, Countess of Portugal and First Lady of the United States. Florida's First Luxury Estate sits on 3 private gated acres and has been enhanced with a multi-million dollar restoration and complete update to today's standards and style. The only grand "Gilded Age" mansion ever built in Florida is filled with every original opulent detail and means this private estate offers photo opportunities unsurpassed anywhere in Central Florida.
The Perfect Day
"My coordinator and I planned the most perfect day which reflected my own personal style. The estate is a versatile backdrop for any imagined event from the elegance of the "Gilded Age" mansion, the country charm of the grand front porch and gazebo to the stunning redwood equestrian carriage house doors. Our small ceremony was perfect in the shaded meditation garden that always has a comfortable cooler temperature." AW
You and your guests will join the exclusive list of presidents and royalty who have celebrated in this glamorous estate. Let your "happily ever after" begin at the Stetson Mansion Estate.
The Stetson Mansion Estate is primarily available for outdoor weddings with tenting and usually is capped at @125. Besides the eight romantic outside areas there are two inside areas that can accommodate small ceremonies, dinners or destination weddings. All events over 26 people are held outside.
How Much Does a wedding cost?
The average wedding in Central Florida costs $25,000, but thanks to WIO, no comparable venue offers the dramatic savings of our all inclusive packages detailed below our rental rates. You might desire to select only certain services from the packages. The complete package defines value and freedom. You never have to worry about finding professional vendors or a coordinator to help you fulfill your vision. You are not required to buy our packages.
Wedding Venue Rates
Outdoor Ceremony and Reception 1-100
The Stetson Mansion Estate grounds and gardens
Dressing cottage for the bride
Bridal Party access to Mansion for photography*
Night time lighting of the Mansion and the Meditation Garden
Three beautiful indoor restrooms
10 hour rental ~ 4.5 hours event time
3.5 hour set-up time
2 hour break-down
*Please note that the main rooms of the Mansion are closed while Christmas decorations are being installed between mid Sept to around the first or second week of Nov. The interior of the Mansion is decorated for Christmas between Nov 15 and Jan 15. Mansion walk through for guests before reception -available for an additional nominal fee.
All equipment is rented from SES. Chair rentals: Resin $4 or Chiavari $6 per chair with pad, 3 colors are available. Tables with poly linen and napkins $25 per table. Bar $75. Led Property Floods $40 each. Tenting for up to 100 people $2400. Additional rental fee if a larger tent is required.
We offer five preferred caterers. Each serve delicious cuisine and have menus that fit all desires and many budgets. Preferred Caterers: Arthur's, Aunt C., Byte, John Michael and Puff'n Stuff. Non preferred caterers are welcome and must be approved. There is a $500 fee for non preferred caterers to use our facility. The caterer pays this fee.
Complete seated lunch buffet from $21. Dinner $31 - $66+ per person depending on caterer. Plated prices have additional fees.
Liquor ~ You can provide your own to give you a huge savings on your celebration or you can inquire rates from our caterers. Fee for bartender and set ups if serving any liquor.
Add 6.5% tax for rental, equipment and catering. Caterers usually add $18-20% gratuity.
Again, you do not need to purchase our packages. They are only a guide for comparison. You may select your own vendors except for the tent, tables and chairs.
Your guests will also have the optional opportunity to walk through the stunning Stetson Mansion on their way to your outdoor reception so they too can experience the grandeur of this National Historic Place.
SAMPLE FOR 100 GUESTS $18,195 (BY WIO)
You do not have to buy our packages. You may select your own vendors.
WIO of orlando has negotiated prices with popular and professional Orlando vendors to provide a great value that includes: Venue Rental, Dinner-Buffet Catering Package, Officiant, All Weather Reception Tent, Tables, Chiavari Style Chairs, All Linens, Floral Package (includes Guest Table Centerpieces, Personal Floral and Ceremony Decor), DJ Services, Photographer, Tuxedo for Groom, Limousine Service and Co-ordinator for both Rehearsal and the Day Of.
SAMPLE FOR 50 GUESTS $9,995 (BY WIO)
Venue Rental, Reception Tent, Tables, White Folding Chairs, all Linens, Buffet Catering Package and Coordinator for both Rehearsal and the Day Of.
The above packages are offered by WIO and catered by John Michael's Events. Bar setups, bartender(s), equipment, mixers and alcohol are not included but may be added for a reasonable fee. You may wish to supply your own alcohol for a large savings (all alcohol must be served by a licensed and insured bartender).
You might also be interested in wedding insurance in case you do not order a tent.
Prices as of March 9, 2018. Subject to change without notice. If you would like to go just to our pricing please click Wedding Pricing.