Wellen Park to host Wedding Expo event at Solis Hall Sept. 16

VENICE, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2023) – Wellen Park is hosting its first Wedding Expo at Solis Hall, the region’s newest waterfront venue for weddings, community celebrations, business meetings, milestones and just-because events, in Downtown Wellen on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Wedding Expo will feature more than 20 local vendors in the wedding industry to help couples plan their big day.  

Interested guests can register to attend one of two sessions taking place 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased online in advance at Attendance is limited to 80 people per session.

The Wedding Expo will give those soon-to-be-married a chance to mix and mingle with a curated selection of local wedding industry vendors, including photographers, videographers, musicians, florists, decor rentals, wedding planners, bridal boutiques, men’s wedding attire, bakeries, hair and make-up artists, calligraphy and stationary providers, and more. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Solis Hall’s indoor and outdoor venue spaces, while sampling passed hors d’oeuvres from The Banyan House, Downtown Wellen’s flagship waterfront restaurant and exclusive Solis Hall caterer. Throughout the expo, attendees will have an opportunity to receive special giveaways and exclusive discounts. By attending the Wedding Expo, guests will receive automatic entry into a raffle drawing for various prizes.

Now available for rent, Solis Hall is nestled along downtown’s 80-acre Grand Lake. The 4,400-square-foot event venue features soaring 25-foot ceilings, an outdoor stage overlooking the Great Lawn, and more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor gathering areas, porches and patios along the water.

“Solis Hall is a one-of-a-kind venue surrounded by live oaks, a grand lake, and never-ending sunshine, offering the perfect backdrop for a couple’s special day,” said Christine Masney, vice president of marketing at Wellen Park. “It’s an elegant and versatile space that can feel both comfortable and casual, as well as refined and formal. Our Wedding Expo will be a fantastic opportunity for couples to explore the venue while meeting with vendors to help you plan the perfect wedding.”

Solis Hall was inspired by New Urbanism town halls in Florida. Its exterior has a gable roof, sloping walls and an all-glass entry beneath an arbor. Most of Solis Hall’s interior space is dedicated to a main hall, illuminated by expanses of windows and glass doors visually and physically opening to lakefront outdoor areas.

“The natural light is unbelievable,” Masney said. “It’s a wonderful place for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. With all-white walls, bright natural lighting from the floor-to-ceiling windows, copper outdoor light fixtures, and polished concrete flooring, this venue is a nod to dreamy simplicity that creates the perfect flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. We have a lot of interest from wedding planners and newly engaged couples.”

As a multifunctional venue, Solis Hall and neighboring alfresco spaces can be booked individually or together. The adjoining Canopy Green, an enchanting and romantic lakefront destination, offers seating under relocated live oak trees.

The green is tucked between Solis Hall and The Banyan House. The restaurant provides the convenience of on-site food and cocktail preparation, an extensive menu of elegant catering options for events of all sizes, a large lakefront bar and outdoor patios.

For information and to submit a rental inquiry for Solis Hall, visit


About Downtown Wellen

Downtown Wellen is the region’s newest social and gathering spot, offering restaurants, boutiques, beauty services, and medical and professional offices. The downtown’s thoughtfully designed spaces create unique outdoor experiences – from intimate parks, a natural playground and a living room shaded by a decades-old relocated live oak tree to larger gathering spaces like the Great Lawn for community festivals, markets, celebrations and events, and the lakefront fountain and splashpad. Solis Hall features an outdoor stage, a lakefront patio and an easy flow from inside spaces to neighboring alfresco areas.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown emphasizes heartfelt connections to community and nature and celebrates a waterfront vibe with the 80-acre Grand Lake providing a scenic backdrop and opportunities for fishing and paddle sports. Visitors can enjoy time on the water and along downtown’s 3-mile lakefront trail with on-site bicycle, e-bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals at Kind Vibes Outfitters.

Also open is The Yard, offering a playful outdoor environment with a dining area, games and activities, and ultra-casual food and beverage choices served counter style from retrofitted shipping containers. The Yard features gourmet ballpark favorites from Atlanta Braves-affiliated Pop Dawgs and New England-style seafood at Claw & Co.

Located at 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice, Downtown Wellen can be accessed directly from Preto Boulevard and U.S. 41, just west of South River Road. A future downtown entry directly from U.S. 41 and Wellen Park Boulevard is currently under construction.

Learn more about Downtown Wellen and access a complete list of businesses at

About Wellen Park

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firm RCLCO, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a bundled golf and country club community, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums. Rental options offer one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes, an apartment community for active adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care.

Wellen Park is close to top-ranked beaches and the area’s many attractions.

To learn more about Downtown Wellen and living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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