Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Fort Lauderdale



Tucked away in the historic district of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Park, the 1905 New River Inn is an ideal location for a vintage Southern-style wedding. Originally constructed by the area’s first successful contractors and operated until 1955, this gorgeous Inn – now an intriguing museum and home to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society – offers a versatile venue for romantic occasions! Say your vows before all of your closest friends and family beneath the charming white gazebo, sealing the deal with a kiss amid a cloister of mature trees. As your guests enjoy cocktails on the veranda, take tons of gorgeous wedding photos among some of the most significant and beautiful structures in the city! Once you have filled your future wedding album, dance the night away beneath an airy white canopy on the Inn’s front lawn. The open air tent will allow guests to mingle and dine while enjoying a cool breeze and the lush greenery of the museum’s grounds. This romantic outdoor space is also highly customizable, allowing each and every couple to personalize it to their own unique tastes!

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Museum/Gallery, Park/Garden, Plantation, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 50 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 50 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 2:00PM. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $2,100 for a ceremony and reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $500/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is estimated at between $10,527 and $20,051 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


BYO, Choose from List



Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Kitchen for prep only
Public garage

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Music must end by 11:00PM