A Historic Key West Wedding Location

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique and historic property was home to one of America’s most honored and respected authors, Ernst Hemingway.  The grounds of the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum provides lush, beautifully landscaped gardens, perfect for both intimate ceremonies and grand soirees.  The home itself provides a majestic backdrop for photo opportunities as well as adds a historical ambiance to any event.  Guests will be enchanted while dancing under the stars while dining and drinking tropical drinks, reminiscent of Ernest and Pauline’s soirees, which entertained the like of fellow artists, novelists, poets and socialites such as F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The home’s current famous residents are the more than 40 whimsical cats, many of which are polydactyl (containing six toes), and are descendants of Hemingway’s original cat, Snowball.

Asa Tift originally built the home in 1851, but it wasn’t until 1931 that Ernest and his second wife, Pauline, moved into the abandoned estate.  They lived here for over 10 years and during his time on the island, the home and the surrounding community provided inspiration and solace to Hemingway.  Many of the rooms even contain original furnishings and it is still the single largest residential property on the island of Key West.

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is the perfect historical and tropical venue, allowing guests the opportunity to step back in time and host a one-of-a-kind event. The venue offers several options for both ceremony and reception venues, including the pool area, the gardens and the home’s main lawn. Whether it is an intimate gathering for 2 or a celebration of 300 of your closest friends and family, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is the perfect island venue.

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Wedding Space Details

This legendary property provides the perfect setting for any party or event, no matter how intimate or grandiose.

  • Intimate Daytime Wedding Packages for up to 30 guests
  • Customized Evening Wedding Packages for up to 300 guests
  • Both Daytime & Evening Rates
  • In addition, the home can be opened for private tours for you and your guests.
  • Preferred Vendor List
  • Personalized Planning Assistance available
  • Colors: green, gold, cream, rich mahogany wood (the perfect palette for any tropical wedding color scheme)
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The area around the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is know as Old Town, and it is where the majority of the famous bars, restaurants and shops reside.  It is within walking distance to the beaches and the Southernmost Point, as well as Mallory Square, home to the nightly Sunset Celebration.  There are also a handful of inns and guesthouses, as well as resorts and vacation homes within walking distance.

Rehearsal Dinner/Brunch Locations:

Around the Ernest Hemingway House & Museum, you will find many well-known restaurants, such as Blue Heaven, Santiago’s Bodega, and The Rooftop Cafe, all ideal spots for Rehearsal Dinners.  Blue Heaven is most famous for their brunch, but go early and be prepared to wait…it’s worth it!  Other neighborhood locales include The Six-Toed Cat, perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch and named for the museum’s favorites residents, as well as Better Than Sex, where decadent desserts and unique drinks are what make this place a must-stop!

Offsite Ceremony Locations:

St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Old Stone Church


Ernest Hemingway House

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purple green destination weddingContact:

Dave Gonzales, Projects Director


Written by: Kelly Fowler of Just Save the Date Events

Photographs by Blueye Images Photography and Studio Julie Photography

Event planning by Kate Bentley Events

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