Summer of Love: Top 10 Wedding Venues in Sarasota

Sarasota wedding venues,Siesta Key,Beach wedding,Wedding flowersSummer wedding season is fast approaching, and for many blushing brides-to-be the Gulf Coast is truly a dream wedding destination. From casually elegant beach ceremonies to the opulent surroundings of a historical mansion, the stunning array of venues make Sarasota and the surrounding area the perfect place to say “I do”. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 wedding venues in our area, making the search for a beautiful backdrop a piece of (wedding) cake! :

Sandbar Anna Maria Island

Photo courtesy sandbar.groupersandwich.com

Photo courtesy sandbar.groupersandwich.com

A beachfront restaurant located on gorgeous Anna Maria Island, The Sandbar has been awarded “Best of the Best for Ceremony and Reception Site on the West Coast of Florida” by “The Knot” wedding magazine for the past six consecutive years. With some of the most spectacular sunset views in the area and a charming island atmosphere, the venue is the perfect choice for the bride-and-groom to-be who desire a relaxed, romantic ceremony. For more information, visit The Sandbar website.


Powel-Crosley Estate,Wedding,Sarasota

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Powel-Crosley Estate

Built in 1929 and on the National Register of Historic Places, this Mediterranean-Revival style Bayfront mansion is the epitome of grandeur. Featuring a breathtaking circular tower and elegant carriage house, this venue provides a stunning setting for your ceremony. While filled with a romantic sense of history, the mansion is graced with excellent modern amenities, perfectly set to host a stylish reception. More information can be found HERE.

Marie-Selby Botanical Gardens

The Marie Selby Botanical gardens provides a gorgeous natural setting for weddings. A dedicated research facility and event venue, it is located on the shoreline of Sarasota Bay. The gardens themselves were built on the property of a former estate, which stretches 7 acres along the bay and is filled with tropical and exotic plant species. This unique venue permits weddings to be held anywhere on the grounds, so picture yourself exchanging your vows at the Gazebo overlooking the Hudson Bayou, before celebrating with your guests in the elegant Great Room. Visit the Selby Gardens website for further information.

Marie Selby Gardens, Wedding, Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Photo courtsey selby.org

Crescent beach, Siesta Key

Crescent Beach, Wedding, Siesta Key

Crescent Beach – Photo courtesy sandpetalweddings.com

Just a short walk south of Siesta beach sits Crescent beach, a tranquil, more private setting for a beautiful beach ceremony. The same powder white sand and sparkling waters of Siesta can be found here, amid a secluded ambiance. Many resorts on Crescent beach host gorgeous beach ceremonies and have facilities to hold your reception, or alternatively beach gazebos can be set up for your post-ceremony jubilations. Visit the Siesta Key Chamber website to find out more about the venues available.

The Ringling Museum of Art

The renowned Ringling Museum offers truly opulent surroundings for your wedding. Couples can choose from the splendor and luxury of the  Ca’ d’Zan mansion, the romantic history of the art museum courtyard or the unique charm of the circus museum, really tailoring the experience to their personal style. With architecture reminiscent of the Venetian Gothic and Roman eras, the grandeur of this versatile venue is sure to astound your guests and make for an unforgettable wedding day. Package information can be found on the Ringling Museum’s website 

The Ringling Museum,Weddings,Sarasota

The Ringling Museum – Photo courtsey ringling.org

Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice

The Plantation Golf & Country Club is located in the pristine Gulf Coast community of Venice. A member-owned private club, the grand clubhouse and quaint “old Florida” ambiance creates a memorable setting for your ceremony and reception. Special features include a dramatic covered bridge walkway, lighted fountain and lush tropical landscaping, creating a wonderfully peaceful backdrop. The Plantation Golf & Country Club has previously been voted “Best Private Country Club” and “Best Banquet Facilities” in the Herald Tribune Readers Choice Awards. Visit the dedicated Plantation Golf & Country Club wedding website for more information.

Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice, Wedding

Plantation Golf & Country Club – Photo courtesy plantationgcc.com

Riverhouse, Bradenton, Weddings, Sarasota

The Riverhouse – Photo courtesy sarasotamagazine.com

Riverhouse, Bradenton

Set by the grand Manatee River in Palmetto, The Riverhouse is an elegant waterfront dining establishment and marina. Wedding ceremonies and receptions take place on one of the three floors overlooking the sparkling water and beyond. Visit the Riverhouse website for additional information.

South Florida Museum, Wedding, Sarasota

South Florida Museum – Photo courtesy southfloridamuseum.org

South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum in Bradenton is the Gulf Coast’s largest natural and cultural history museum. A premier wedding venue, the museum boasts a gorgeous Spanish Plaza, reminiscent of a 16th century Spanish town center, and a chapel replica with stained glass windows and marble flooring. Couples hiring this private space also enjoy an underwater view of the Manatee aquarium. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

 Phillippi Estate Park

Filled with a rich sense of ancient history, The Phillipi Estate Park dates back to prehistoric civilizations. In 1916, architects from Chicago were commissioned to build a grand Italian Renaissance inspired mansion, which currently serves as the venue for beautiful weddings. A unique setting, the mansion captures a sense of classic luxury with contemporary style. Further information can be found HERE.

Phillipi Estate Park, Weddings, Sarasota

Phillippi Estate Park – Photo courtesy scgov.net


Van Wezel, Sarasota, Weddings

The Van Wezel – Photo courtesy meloteca.com

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

One of Sarasota’s most celebrated landmarks, The Van Wezel hosts world-class concerts and theater performances, and offers an exciting setting for a memorable wedding day. The modern architecture and tropical landscaping blends perfectly with the artistic ambiance, while stunning views of Sarasota Bay provides an unforgettable backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Rental information can be found on the Van Wezel’s website. 

Have you been to any other amazing wedding venues in or around Sarasota? Let us know in the comments section! 

  • User Gravatar new york wedding location
    May 27th, 2013

    Wow! these wedding venues are amazing. The locations are beautiful.

  • User Gravatar downtown la wedding venues
    June 25th, 2013

    Yeah great venues which makes me amazed. I am just looking for downtown la wedding venues for my brothers wedding. Any recommendation?

  • User Gravatar Lily
    August 8th, 2013

    I would have loved to have been married in the botanical garden location. My husband and I ended up choosing a PA retreat center on the east coast. It was close to New York so we were happy.

  • User Gravatar Carol Aviles
    November 16th, 2013

    My son and his fiance both from this area looked all over and then found this place and fell in love. Thought it might be good to add to your list of areas around Sarasota and Bradenton.
    Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast

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