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Has anyone used the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel in St. Pete?

August 12, 2017 8:09:24 pm

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Emptyprofileicon chelsea calvello Wedding date: August 06, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Hello
Im a destination bride from england and trying to plan a wedding in st. pete florida, just wondering if anyone has suggestions for venue or has used the vinoy hotel? we are looking at that as our top choice. Thanks for the advice!
chelsea

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Emptyprofileicon dorothy engler Wedding date: July 08, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 10, 2010 8:35:40 pm

Hi!

My daughter is getting married in St. Petersburg next July. We looked at the Vinoy, and it is beautiful! She decided on the Don Cesar in St. Pete.
Have you looked at the Don yet? It is absolutely gorgeous, and it's right on the beach. The food is excellent there, and they have been very helpful.
Dorothy

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Emptyprofileicon chelsea calvello Wedding date: August 06, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 10, 2010 8:46:26 pm

Hi! thank you for responding, yes ive looked at the don, its my other choice im trying to decide between! I think the don was a little more expensive and since im having a wedding destination week and we are having the wedding on a wed, the vinoy have offered greater discounts for a weekday wedding. If you could let me know options for flowers, photographers, and music you go for that would be very helpful! thanks again

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Emptyprofileicon dorothy engler Wedding date: July 08, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 12:15:43 am

Hi Chelsea,
We are going to use "Celebrations of Tampa". They do the photography, video and D.J. Try to look on their website. We aren't sure about the flowers. Someone suggested to me Sharen's Flowers & Gifts on Treasure Island, Fl. for the flowers. We haven't checked with any other florists yet. The Vinoy is a beautiful place for a wedding. The Don Cesar and the Vinoy are both so expensive! How did you decide on St. Pete, Fl.? When is your wedding? We're from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My daughter wanted to get married in Fl., and St. Pete was the area that they liked best for their wedding. She's getting married on July 8, 2011.

Dorothy

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Emptyprofileicon chelsea calvello Wedding date: August 06, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 12:26:32 am

I havent checked on music or flowers yet! but i choose st pete because i went to the university of south florida and was in tampa for 5 years, my fiance and i met in tampa and decided that is where we want to get married and for our families (my family is from NY and his is in England) to meet there for a destination week! We re gettin married august 11, the vinoy is expensive but they were willing to work on prices due to the weekday wedding! it saved us a lot of money, the don cesar on the other hand didnt budge much on prices! So i think we re going to go with the vinoy! Is she having alot of family come, or is it a smaller wedding?hopefully we can help each other with the plans, i am planning on visiting florida in jan to get more ideas with florists,dj, and photo! ive also been in contact with a bride who had a wedding at the vinoy and she had a great video made that i would like to do as well.

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Emptyprofileicon dorothy engler Wedding date: July 08, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 12:56:17 am

Hi! Natalie is probably going to have around 60-75 people. Are you going to have a large wedding? We looked at the Vinoy, but didn't check prices because Natalie wanted to be a venue that was on the beach. She originally wanted to get married in May. Nikki (the wedding planner at the Don) told us that the minimum that we would have to meet was about $17,000. The price dropped drastically in July. The minimum that we have to spend is $7,000. I know that we will go over that, but I hope that it won't reach $17,000!! Are you getting married at the Vinoy, or in a church? Natalie wanted to get married on the beach, but we are Catholic, and the priests won't marry you on the beach. (I think that is a crazy rule). She is getting married at the St. Jude Cathedral in St. Pete. Natalie and Eric are planning to go to Fl. in Jan., or Feb., too. There are still a lot of loose ends! Do you know who David Tutera is? He is the wedding planner that is on My Fair weddings, and does weddings for the celebrities. Natalie and I were so excited...we got to meet him a few weeks ago...He has so many great ideas for weddings!! I sure wish that he could do Natalie's wedding... We did get a lot of ideas from him, though.

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Emptyprofileicon chelsea calvello Wedding date: August 06, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 1:03:15 am

Well tell natalie i said congrats from one bride to another!! its so exciting,my mom is doing so much for me as well, she is so excited! I just found my dress last week. Maybe ill have to email the don again, 7,000 is what im at for the vinoy too, so the prices sound about the same. I would like to get married in a church, but wasnt sure if anyone would marry a couple thats not part of the church without counseling. i hope i wont reach 17,000 either! we re hopeing 12,000 max with our flights and hotels and all. I looked in april and may as well, but my fiance is in the army and gets scheduled time off in aug. Im worried about the heat! but well have to deal with it!. Yes i know who david tutera is, how exciting!!! Ill email the don and see what they can come up with but im pretty happy with the vinoy, they also gave us a much cheaper hotel room rate for guests!

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Emptyprofileicon dorothy engler Wedding date: July 08, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 1:29:40 am

I will tell Natalie...and congrats to you, too!! Maybe you should stay with the Vinoy because you seem very happy with it! Natalie & Eric are going to stay at the Don for a few days. Me, my hubby, older daughter, son-in-law and my two grandchildren aren't staying at the Don. It's just way too expensive for us. I don't remember what it was..but..the Don didn't give us a very good rate. We rented a three bedroom house, with a pool...and it is close to the beach. Natalie and eric had to go to their priest in Pittsburgh, and there is paperwork that he has to send down to St. Jude's. When they go down to Fl. this winter they are going to meet with the priest there...but he doesn't have to counsel them...it's all done here. I'm getting really tired...but I'll write you in the morning and tell you how we got to meet David Tutera and spend time with him. Talk to you soon....
Dorothy

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Emptyprofileicon Chelsey and Kyle Wedding date: June 05, 2010

October 11, 2010 8:55:43 am

I got married in St. Pete back in June and we had GREAT experiences with both our ceremony (Museum of Fine Arts) and reception (Nova 535 Lounge) venues. If you are looking for some more creative and interesting venues, I would check those out!

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Emptyprofileicon Linda Santa-Ruiz

October 11, 2010 9:22:15 am

Hi Chelsea, I work for the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront which is in downtown St. Pete. It is near the Vinoy. We specialize in weddings, rehearsal dinner and other social events.

We offer 333 guest rooms with 24 suites included and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space. We have a beautiful ballroom where we host most of our weddings. If you are interested in receiving a package, please email me at linda.santa-ruiz@hilton.com. I would love to meet with you and your fiance to tour the property. I look forwar to speaking with you. I can be reached directly at 727-825-7018. The website to the hotel is www.stpetersburg.hilton.com.

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117836 Carla Stehman

October 11, 2010 12:11:44 pm

Hi Chelsea, Congratulations on your engagement!! It sounds like you have had a lot of great ideas given to you so far. The Vinoy is definitely a beautiful place for both a wedding and reception. The service there has always been fantastic. The Don Cesar is another fantastic choice as mentioned by a couple of people here. If you are looking for something right on the beach you might want to check out The Grand Plaza. They do beautiful weddings and the food has always been good, plus the prices are usually a little more reasonable than The Vinoy or the Don Ceasar.

There are some great florists in and around St. Pete. Nini Massey from Beyond Floral is fantastic! http://beyondfloral.com/ We also love working with Carter's in St. Pete - http://cartersflorist.com/weddings.php

When it comes to DJ's I did a wedding yesterday with DJ Felix and he is wonderful! http://djfelixentertainment.com/ We also love working with DJ by CJ they keep the dance party going. http://djbycj.com/ You should also check out Grant Hemond - their DJ Doug Decker is fantastic! http://granthemond.com/

If you are not able to get married in a local St. Pete church, Stehman Photography offers special two-in-one photographer and officiant packages. Please feel free to e-mail me at carlastehmanphotography@gmail.com I would love to help where I can and give you information on any local vendors I can.

Best of luck and Happy Planning.

Sincerely,
Carla
~ Stehman Photography
www.stehmanphotography.com
"Capturing Memories to Last a Lifetime"

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201611 Jillian McKinney Wedding date: April 09, 2010 St Pete Beach, FL, USA

October 11, 2010 12:49:37 pm

Hi Chelsea! Whoa, all the way from England, that is awesome! I bet you are so excited, it sounds like what you are planning is going to be really special.

The Vinoy is such a beautiful choice. It was one of my top places, but their prices were just too high for my budget. We ended up renting a house on the beach and had it for an entire week. We got a caterer to come in with the food so it was a little more intimate than a big hotel, but I did come down to FL before the wedding and check out quite a few places before making a final decision. It sounds like you are already set in your mind on the Vinoy so I say go for it!!

As you are looking for vendors make sure to set up meetings with them during your visit. See if your top choice of photographer will do a free engagement session for you while you are in town. That is the best way to get comfortable with them before your wedding and get some really cool photos to include in your save the dates or invitations. It also gives you a good opportunity to see what their style is like.

We got our flowers from Carter's Florists and they were beautiful! They have a great pricing structure that makes it possible to fit beautiful florals into your budget and gives you exactly what you want. I would love to help you out wherever i can. I know how hard it is to plan a wedding from so far away. just send me an e-mail to Jillsgarden4910@gmail.com I usually check it a few times a week. I hope that helps, Chelsea!!!

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Emptyprofileicon Kim and Matt Wedding date: February 28, 2009

October 11, 2010 4:32:40 pm

my stepsister used the vinoy and it was a very nice event. pretty expensive, though. unfortunately, since you are a destination bride, you won't really have time to do all the legwork and coordinating. using the vinoy's services would be wonderful if you can afford it!!!
best wishes!

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192952 Rev. Virginia Bishop

October 11, 2010 11:09:01 pm

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I will be actually officiating a wedding there this coming Saturday, so I can let you know how things go. I will also be posting photos etc., on my blog http://TampaBayAreaWeddings.blogspot.com so that you will be able to get a look at how it is when it is set up. I believe it is a wonderful place, but will have more information after Saturday. Hope this will be helpful. Blessings,
Rev. Virginia Bishop
LovingUnity.com

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192952 Rev. Virginia Bishop

October 11, 2010 11:12:10 pm

The other beautiful areas are Davis Island Garden Club, the Sandpearl, Tradewinds, and the DonCesar, you may want to look at all of those. So many places, it is just so beautiful here, you can't go wrong.
Blessings,
Rev. Virginia Bishop
LovingUnity.com

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Emptyprofileicon Desirae Hirschman

January 13, 2011 8:40:11 pm

The Vinoy is beautiful! I am a local florist here is St.Pete and do alot of weddings for the Vinoy... you wont be disapointed.... If you need any help finding vendors please call or e-mail me. Lou's Florist...727-367-1921
My name is Desirae and good luck with the wedding!

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192952 Rev. Virginia Bishop

January 13, 2011 11:47:18 pm

The Vinoy is magnificent! I officiated a wedding there, and it is featured on my wedding blog so you can see photos of the tea garden and the genera wedding area and how it was set up. I enjoyed it, it was very intimate and peaceful. Have a look. http://lovingunity.blogspot.com It is in an area that would be great for guests to have a variety of activities in addition to attending the wedding. Hope this helps. Blessings!

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