We run into this a lot. Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island are largely dominated by private condos and small restaurants, so it can be difficult to find space for that many people. You might try looking about an hour north in the St Pete Beach area. (We actually service all of the above areas, so I'm not trying to pull you away, just sharing my experience).
The Don Cesar (high-end & expensive), Tradewinds, & Sirata (mid-range prices) come to mind as "all-in-one" (beach, hotel, & catering) venues, as does Bayside Banquets (www.floridabeachweddingreceptions.com) for just the reception.
Hope that helps!
I wanted to get married on siesta but couldn't find a place for my 150 guests either so I am getting married at the Hilton on Longboat just a few miles away, rates we reasonable and we can do the reception right on the beach! good luck and congrats!!
Hi there. I have just gone through an extensive search and decision making process planning my wedding in Sarasota (from New York) so I have tons of information on just about everything imaginable. Siesta Key was very difficult so if you are willing to move to Lido Beach area you could use Lido Beach Resort or Longboat Key Club. The latter is much more expensive but beautiful. Alternatively, if you are looking for something more casual you could do something on Lido beach and a reception at Tommy Bahama's in St. Armands - their upstairs was open air so still had a nice feeling and the food was good. The further you go down Longboat the better your options. There were two sister/brother type locations that were very casual and on the beach but could be done up nicely. If you're intersted in that I can find the names and info at home.
Not sure if that is helpful...
Nrouen- Thank you for the info!
Caroline- Wow! Thank you for the info. My fiance has a big family and were working with a limited budget. Your suggestions are great! We are trying to avoid doing it at a hotel because the food choices (and food quality) are usually limited. If you know of the other locations, I would love their names. Again, thank you!
Hi, as wedding planners we would suggest either the Lido Key Beach resort
or the Hilton on Longboat Key. You must think about ample parking for your guests and vendors. Both venues are great and you could have a tented reception.
Our powder white beach resort is the ideal location for your ceremony and reception as we can accommadate up to 180 guests!If you would like to have your cocktail hour outdoors, the Alcove is the perfect semi private area with a great view of the pools and our beach. The other option would be to have your cocktail hour in our lovely Sunset Terrace, on the 8th floor of our south tower. This room has a breathtaking view of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Following the cocktail reception, your dinner and dancing would be in our Royal Palm Ballroom located across the hall from the Sunset Terrace.
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Great news! For any other ladies having the same problem, we found a couple of places that might be perfect.
The one we are leaning toward is Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki. ( www.gulfdrivetiki.com ) They have a new tiki pavilion on the beach that will seat 150 and the ceremony can be just steps away.
Other options are Sharky's on the Pier in Venice. ( www.sharkysonthepier.com/ ) and Stump Pass Grill in Englewood.(www.stumppassgrille.com/ ).
Wish me luck!!!
The other properties I was thinking of are a little further up closer to Anna Maria Island. I visited the SandaBar and the BeachHouse and the people were great. It is definitely more of a casual vibe but they can do it up nicely and were organized for larger weddings so might be worth a try. Here is the link to all three of their properties. http://www.groupersandwich.com/
Hi, you are correct! Siesta Key does not have any locations that would be able to accommodate your size reception, I am sorry to say. I just had a couple that was married at the private Midnight Cove Condominiums and rented the Southgate Community Center just off the island on Siesta Drive.
Try Ophelias on the Bay restaurant and see how many people they hold.
Did you have any luck? We're looking for a venue as well - I live here and have been to a couple wedding showcases with little luck. 100 guests is the largest I've been able to find! I need at least 150...
you are right, there is nothing on Siesta key for your size wedding as wedding planners we would guide you more north to Lido Key , Longboat or south to Venice, Casey key and Manasota Key or Nokomis beach you are looking at the same gulf, same skies almost the same sand. We have very budget friendly country clubs for receptions which can easily hold your size wedding.
Your Sunweddings team
I'd really like to stay on Siesta, as I live here. I didn't know if the 100 person limit on Siesta Dunes was negotiable. Or if I could put down flooring behind the Island House, as both have been recommended. Or have you ever worked on the deck at the Banana Bay Club? I've also heard about the Sanderling Club? I have a few friends who are members and it came highly recommended?
Definitely check out Ophelia's on the Bay - the food is excellent!
It is not on Siesta Key, but I would also recommend checking out Michael's on East -http://michaelsoneastcatering.com/weddings.html
if you have your ceremony on Siesta Key why don't you go down and party and dine at Paul "Mattison's 41" which is 7 min. away from the beach, ample parking exquisite food and service, you can have your DJ there as well and use the indoor outdoor facilities.
We have nothing but high reviews from all our clients you simply can't beat this great place!!!
good luck, your
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