Caroline and Peter's Wedding

Our wedding was great. I found it challenging planning a destination wedding particularly in Sarasota where the vendors didn't seem to be as organized and detail oriented as I would have liked but everyone had a great time and commented how stunning the location was.

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Vendors & Venues Reviews

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Ca d'Zan Mansion
Sarasota, FL
Reception Sites

The setting was stunning and the weather perfect in April. There is a possible rain backup location now to the right of the mansion.
There are a lot of difficulties/rules that you will have to deal with with this venue including a high price with extra fees tacked on to every vendor bill, they are a little disorganized and the event planner seems to change constantly so there is no consistency (they didn't even show up for our scheduled walk through), and various frustrating rules regarding ceremony and reception times. But it is stunning so if you can put with all of that the venue will be memorable for all.


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238492 l
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
238463 l
Sunday Lunch - Sarasota Polo Club
Sarasota, FL
Brunch/Lunch

This was a really fun thing to do for an after wedding brunch/meetup. We rented a tent which seemed good but there were lots of ants/flys etc. trying to come to the food and it was pretty far away from the action. If you have a small group I would just get a cooler and go to the main area and if you have a big group go for the club house which is more central.


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77167 l
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Sarasota, FL
Hotels/Accommodations
228048
Lido Beach Resort
Sarasota, Florida
Hotels/Accommodations

Two sets of guests stayed here. Their initial group rate was not comparable to the Hyatt and it took awhile to get a better rate. One set of our guests left after one night to move to a higher quality hotel. It does look pretty dated but at least is close to the beach.


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238609 l
!VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
Sarasota, Florida
Hotels/Accommodations

Even people that were looking to rent a home for a week had trouble finding anything.


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133736 l
Hyatt Regency Sarasota (Headquarter Hotel)
Sarasota, FL
Hotels/Accommodations

We used the Hyatt as our headquarter hotel and held our rehearsal dinner/cockatil party there. They were in a word DISORGANIZED and somewhat incompetent. We dropped off 35 welcome boxes for gifts which they insisted on dropping off to the rooms after check-in (for a fee). And they didn't drop any off on the first night. I questioned what happened and was told they were going to fix it and the same thing happened throughout the weekend. I know of two guests that never received them (despite asking for them) and we also had a no show at the hotel and they didn't return the box to us. When you are charging for something you would think it would be done right.
In terms of the rehearsal spot, we were supposed to have an outdoor casual party by the pool but a storm blew through so we had to change it to the boat house (which is kind of dark and grimy and if i knew this was going to be the outcome I would have planned it elsewhere). This was not their fault however, but we dealt with Sarp trying to plan the menu which was completely frustrating. He couldn't understand the desire to have variety but at a reduced quantity so that we didn't have enough of every selection to feed everyone. Idiotic. So in the end we had too much food and spent too much money on something that looked like crap. The quality of the food itself though was quite good so I am giving them the second star.


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122432 l
Marina Jack
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
238617 l
O'Leary's
Sarasota, Florida
Restaurants
133751 l
Mattison's City Grille
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
238620 l
Cork
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
238621 l
Tommy Bahama Cafe
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
156236 l
G WIZ Science Museum
Sarasota, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
188052 l
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Sarasota, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
273229 l
Kilwin's Chocolate & Ice Cream
Sarasota, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
54944 l
Busch Gardens
Tampa, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
238664 l
University Park Country Club
University Park, FL
Golf Courses
238665 l
Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood
Bradenton, FL
Golf Courses
238666 l
River Club Golf Course
Bradenton, FL
Golf Courses
238673 l
Bobby Jones Golf Club: Tee Time Information
Sarasota, FL
Golf Courses
238677 l
Lido Beach on Lido Key
Sarasota, FL
Beaches
238678 l
Siesta Beach
Sarasota, FL
Beaches
313611 l
Gilligan's Island Bar & Grill
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
160420 l
Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
156235 l
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
238685 l
Le Barge Tropical Cruises
Sarasota, FL
Cruises/On The Water
233623 l
Sarasota Bayfront Park
Sarasota, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
129554 l
Enterprise Sailing Chartered Inc
Sarasota, FL
Cruises/On The Water
238695 l
Flying Fish Fleet Deep Sea Fishing
Sarasota, FL
Cruises/On The Water
152530
Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota, FL
Attractions/Entertainment
189766 l
Prime Outlets At Ellenton
Ellenton, FL
Shopping
101297 l
International Plaza Mall
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Shopping
249001 l
St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, Florida
Attractions/Entertainment
128493 l
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, FL,
Attractions/Entertainment
180837 l
Orlando Premium Outlets
Orlando, FL
Shopping
257260 l
Selva Grill
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
158869 l
The Gator Club
Sarasota, FL
Bars/Nightife
257262 l
Ivory Lounge
Sarasota, FL
Bars/Nightife
257263 l
Five O'Clock Club
Sarasota, FL
Bars/Nightife
156249 l
Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
257265 l
Pattigeorge's Restaurant
Longboat Key, FL
Restaurants
257851 l
Owen's Fish Camp
Sarasota, FL
Restaurants
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Ramada Sarasota Waterfront
Sarasota, FL
Hotels/Accommodations

Completely sketchy. Don't trust the pamphlet that they email to you. Don't stay here. I was dropping a friend off who booked there (sadly) and a crazy woman came lunging from the street and tried to get in our car. That's the kind of area this hotel is in. Not sure where the waterfront is.


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