Why The Town of New Smyrna Beach is Hands Down The Most Magical Place to Host Your Wedding

Looking for an exciting town to host your wedding?  Do you want to give your guests a one-of-a kind experience?  Come to New Smyrna Beach, Florida - it is the absolute perfect mix of charming beach town, rustic country and sunny oceanside.  

It really doesn't get any better than this stunning oceanside town, a place that boasts small town charm with big city flavors.   

We get it, all of your friends book out the same venues for their wedding, it is tough to plan something unique when you have already been to wedding after wedding at the same old places.  Well, we have something really special here. 

IDEA: Incorporate all that the city has to offer into your story and wedding by including the storytelling in your invites, your engagement photos, and your wedding website by sharing with your guests why you chose New Smyrna Beach, they will love the reason behind it and feel even more a part of the story.  

We are giving you ALL the reasons why New Smyrna Beach is THE perfect little place to get married in.

Grab a cozy coffee, your notebook and cuddle up for some great ideas!

Check out these awesome facts:

  1. New Smyrna Beach is one of only 3 place in Florida where you can drive on the beach (grab your beach gear and load it up!)
  2. This city has the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. It is home to more than 400 species of birds, dolphins, manatees, alligators, turtles, and more.
  3. So much history! It is known as the second oldest city in Florida and celebrated its 250th birthday in 2018
  4. Authentic. There are no chain restaurants on New Smyrna’s beachside. Everything is locally owned and operated by the locals, and they are incredible!
  5. Adorable chickens.  Come spot the resident roosters. 

Alright, lets dig into the good stuff. 

The Eats:

Two words: award winning.  If you are a foodie and really love and appreciate the time, thought, and creativity that goes into creating an award winning restaurant then NSB is the town for you! 

Highly Recommended: Hands down my favorite must-experience restaurant is The Garlic Restaurant & Blu Bar.  I can't decide what I love more; the thousands of indoor and outdoor twinkle lights, the quirky decor, the oversized outdoor clay oven where they sizzle up their legendary steaks and pizza, the live music, the wine selection or the magical ambiance - but either way I am so happy they exist! 

We also happen to be obsessed with Norwoods Restaurant and Treehouse.... yes we said that right.  A restaurant that has a treehouse in the trees where you can dine Alfresco with a full bar and the twinkle lights.


Another local favorite The Grille at Riverview on the Intracoastal.  Watch the boats drift by while dining on local seafood. 

Riverview Grille

All of these restaurants are available for your rehearsal dinner too! 

Treat yourself to afternoon high tea at LaAbilie’s Tea Room and Bistro. You’ll easily spot the tearoom from the street as it’s located in a historic inn-like building that alludes to old Florida charm. Time travel back to proper days and dine on scones, finger sandwiches, and more in the bistro’s vintage setting…

Nestled in a tropical garden is Riverpark Terrace, this stunning restaurant not only has incredible fresh food, but the ambiance is truly wonderful! 

Other favorites near the beach: The Breakers for casual fare with an Atlantic view, The Beacon for down-home breakfast, hand dipped ice cream at Treats on the Beach or find saltwater taffy, homemade chocolates and other goodies at Beachside Candy Co., "beach-inspired Tex-Mex" at Clancy's Cantina, and fresh pizza, serious java, and wine selections at Third Wave Café & Wine Bar. You'll find plenty of local shops tucked along Flagler, as well.


IDEA: Including a gift package in the rooms of arriving guests is super special.  Adding in a little treat  to a local restaurant is even better.  Immerse your guests in the exciting flavors of this Old Florida city.  

 The Hotspots

Take an afternoon and meander down Flagler Avenue; this street is lined with dozens of beautiful shops and restaurant and dumps you right onto a pearly white sandy beach.  Listen to the waves while sipping fresh cappuccinos.  Not into coffee?  Try GoJuice - They have juicy healthy fresh pressed juices and Acai Bowls

Shop Canal Street 

Charming is the only way I know how to explain Canal Street, and it is right around the corner from The Grand Ol' Barn and just a few blocks west of the mighty sparkling Intracoastal waterway.  Thanks to our thriving agricultural and artist community we have a famers market that is a must-visit.


PRO TIP: Stop at Island Roasters Coffee Company before grabbing some paddle boards and exploring the Intracoastal.  

Drive on The Beach

Don't worry about finding parking, unpacking all of your beach gear, dragging it blocks to the beach and setting it all up.  Simply drive on the beach and enjoy! Drive all the way down to the Jetty and watch world famous surfers shred the waves. 

The Bed and Breakfasts

The Inn on The Avenue

A spectacular bed and breakfast inn located beachside on Flagler Avenue. This “old French country-style” cottage, containing seven charming rooms is famous for their make your own pancakes tables.  Such a fun experience! 

Photo by Ring Fine Art

The Anchor Inn Bed and Breakfast

Get a real feel of the town at The Anchor Inn B&B  with a home cooked breakfast, fresh cookies & choice beer or wine at Check-in, and complementary  soda's in the room fridge

The Photo Op's

The Grand Ol' Barn has a ton of photo opportunities both indoor and outdoor!  but we would be remiss if we didn't let our couples in on every perfect photo opp spot for photos in our town. 

Riverside park

We don't know what we love more about this spot, the sailboats, the gorgeous bridge in the background, the pretty landscaping.  It is all gorgeous and makes for some stunning photo opportunities. 


Photo: weddingphotographybyv

Old Fort Park

115 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach

This site is perfect for beautiful unique photos like under a beautiful canopy of oak trees. This location is a mysterious 55’ x 86’ coquina foundation boasting walls five-and-a-half feet thick is the focus of this park. Some claim it was a Spanish fort predating St. Augustine. Others believe this was founder Andrew Turnbull’s town mansion.  Either way we love it, and it is TRUE old Florida Style. 

Smyrna Dunes Park

2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach

The waves, the dunes, the breeze. This location is drop dead gorgeous.  There are way too many photo opp areas to list but we know one thing for sure, your photos will be stunning. 

Photo by https://cornerhousephotography.com


PRO TIP: have photos taken at sunset for that gorgeous warm glow 

Now that you are armed with all the amazing experiences of the town, here are some ideas on how to implement them! 

Idea 1: Create your invites out of our gorgeous custom hand drawn barn image.  

Idea 2: Create gift packs for arriving guests and include a map of New Smyrna with all the best restaurants and shops so guests can explore while they are here!

Idea 3: Make New Smyrna Beach the place you come to every year for a mini weekend getaway as a part of a tradition to keep the romance alive. 

Idea 4: Have beachside Candy Co. Make chocolate favors in the shape of Citrus Blossoms! 

Idea 5: Take your engagement photos in all of the beautiful spots the NSB has to offer

I hope this was a helpful guide for you!  I absolutely loved creating it.  It took about 5 hours of research to find the best of the best.  We are PROUD of our city!