If you are anything like me, you love weddings that break from the norm and the traditional format. This post comes with the desire to present couples in the Tallahassee area with nontraditional and affordable options for couples who like natural settings.

One of the best things about Tallahassee is the large number of parks in the area that are for the most part well taken care of.  In the midst of the Gaines Street Revitalization Projects lies the Doug Burnette Park, which actually has a long and interesting history that you can read about here. Although it is on the busy Gaines Street, the noise is relatively minimal now that it has been reduced to two lanes and on the weekends there would be no state worker traffic either.


For the couple looking for a no-fuss venue with great built in atmosphere and no-cost flowers, then this is a great option! There are several places that would make a good ceremony spot and if your guest list is small there is no need for chairs.  Your guests can simply circle around you or better yet sit on the ground picnic style.  I can imagine some great pictures!

Do you want to go completely out of the box? Consider having the reception at the park as well by hiring local food trucks that can use the city’s food truck park right across the street and provide your guests with great options or even prepackaged picnic lunches.

This idea is a simple and low-cost option with a big impact. And it allows for such a personalized day!  If you are interested in using the park, visit the city’s website for the application. We will be featuring more of these parks as well in our venue spotlights.  If you are outside of the Tallahassee area, check out the park’s in your city.  You may just find your perfect location!

In a few week,  I will present a design board for a Florida Fall picnic style wedding that would bring all of these ideas together.