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The Ultimate Honeymoon

For those seeking romance & adventure, Europe has unmistakable allure… The first step in planning your honeymoon is deciding on your perfect destination. This may sound obvious, but many couples find this a difficult decision. Some want a honeymoon that is pure relaxation and romance. They might be looking at an all-inclusive resort in the […]

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Fad or Trend?

Photo booths are all the rage at weddings… Every weekend, someone tells us, “I have never seen this before, what a wonderful idea!” It may be new for them, but those who attend weddings more frequently express the same, if not more, enthusiasm when they see one of our photo booths. Many wedding regulars now […]

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Finding Your Match

Our essential tips for finding the perfect caterer… Eeny Meeny Miny Mo… catch a vendor by the toe! Choosing a vendor, especially a caterer, can be tricky business. There are so many variations from company to company. Some charge hors d’oeuvres by the piece and some by the number of guests. Some of us say […]

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Time for Soft and Warm Decor

By including soft touches, your guests will sense the warmth of your love… Fall and Winter Weddings “The word” is, as we get into this year’s fall and winter weddings, with regard to flowers and decor, no centerpiece or bridal bouquet will be complete without peeks of unusual greens. Soft vines, ivy geranium leaves, dusty […]

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Planning Your Ceremony Music

Choosing the music for your wedding ceremony should not be a daunting chore. It boils down to finding the right musicians and using a simple formula. Where to Search Your first inquiry should be to the event planner where you will hold your ceremony. They have approved vendor lists and all the players have been […]

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University Park Country Club

University Park Country Club, one of Sarasota’s premier locations for weddings and private celebrations is located just a few short miles from I-75 and the new University Town Center Mall on University Parkway. Close enough to enjoy world-class accommodations, shopping and leisure activities yet far enough removed that you and your guests will feel as […]

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Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club

Think Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club for your wedding or event! Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, located in the heart of Palmer Ranch, and is the premier member-owned golf community that is open to the public. Stoneybrook features dining and golf specials as well as packages for special events.  The clubhouse is a picturesque location […]

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South Gate Center

South Gate Center, a spectacular mid-century modern building designed by well-known architect Victor Lundy of the Sarasota School of Architecture is designated as a historic site by Sarasota County and sits on five private acres on the shady banks of Philippi Creek, just off South Gate Circle at Tuttle Avenue and Siesta Drive. Two expansive […]

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Sandbar and BeachHouse Restaurant

If your dream wedding includes walking down the isle with your toes in sugar, white sand on a beach caressed with azure waters colored by a spectacular sunset, then dancing the night away under the stars with palm trees swaying on light tropical breezes then you have found the perfect place for your destination ceremony. […]

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River Wilderness Country Club

River Wilderness Country Club is tucked away amidst the moss covered oaks and peaceful country setting. Step inside the grand foyer and welcome your guests to the hospitality and warmth that only the River Wilderness staff can offer. You can relax, knowing your special day isn’t just special to you, its special to them. The […]

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Ramada Venice Resort

Begin your happily ever after with a Ramada Venice Resort Wedding. Whether you imagine a small intimate ceremony or a grand reception, the Ramada can accommodate your dream wedding all under one roof. Just a short distance away, you can create the sunset beach wedding you’ve envisioned your entire life or choose to host your […]

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Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom & Catering

Pier 22 is a casual fine dining restaurant in Downtown Bradenton located on the Manatee River and the historic Memorial Pier. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Pier 22 offers breathtaking waterfront and marina views, elegant ballrooms plus a river side terrace and patio. With six unique indoor private rooms and five outdoor waterfront […]

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Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast

Come experience the romance and old Florida luxury at its finest. Plan your wedding in this wonderfully restored circa 1913 residence listed in the “National Register of Historic Places”. Imagine this incredible two-story structure, on the river, representing Old Florida’s charm, creating warmth and coziness as the backdrop for the perfect event. With six luxurious […]

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Palm Aire Country Club

Palm Aire Country Club understands planning a wedding can be a bit overwhelming. Whether you envision an intimate ceremony on the lawn, a formal or casual affair, large or small, the experienced wedding planners can give you the freedom to simply sit back and enjoy your day. It is a full service ceremony/reception venue that […]

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Ophelia’s on the Bay

Ophelia’s on the Bay provides an unforgettable wedding venue on South Siesta Key nestled right on Little Sarasota Bay, minutes from Turtle and Siesta Beach. Offering bay front ceremonies as well as receptions, Ophelia’s on the Bay is the perfect location for romantic waterside weddings. The adoring public agrees voting Ophelia’s on the Bay “Most […]

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Mattison’s Forty-One & Mattison’s Bayside

Dreaming of a waterfront wedding? Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel is the perfect venue and caterer. Located directly on Sarasota Bay, Mattison’s Bayside is an indoor and outdoor waterfront location with indoor seating of up to 350 guests in the Grand Foyer, which opens up to the outdoor terrace and Bayfront lawn accommodating an […]

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Manasota Beach Club

The Manasota Beach Club is the beautiful wedding destination with a private clubhouse and cottages right in the middle of 25 beachfront acres on Manasota Key. Your ceremony can take place under a fabulous oak canopy or even right on the beach with the reception overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Executive Chef, Jeff Dzierzak has […]

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Laurel Oak Country Club

Laurel Oak Country Club where nature and elegance create the perfect setting for your special event.   An exceptional culinary team and professional event planners handle the details so you can enjoy the day. Inviting A private covered entrance leads directly to the reception area.  The main room can hold small intimate gatherings or large events […]

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Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club

Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club provides a perfect setting for any wedding celebration from 10 to 240. The elegant 4,200 square-foot Grand Ballroom is designed with tasteful chandeliers, richly colored carpet and a balcony that overlooks the golf course, nature preserve and fountain-filled lakes.  The luxurious bridal suite provides a place to relax before […]

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IMG Academies Golf Club

Events at IMG Academies Golf Club have developed a reputation of excellence in the catering industry. The spectacular clubhouse with stunning, wide open views of Sarasota Bay, includes the Riviera Room, Coronado Room and Grille Room for special events up to 325 guests. Whether you decide on an elaborate dinner, lunch or a simple brunch, […]

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Gulf Drive Café and Tiki

Gulf Drive Café and Tiki is located on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico on quaint Anna Maria Island. With two fabulous beachfront venues, you can be married with your toes in the sand. The Tiki Hut is a reception venue that is perfectly suited for groups of 50 guests or more.  […]

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The Francis

Downtown Sarasota’s newest boutique special events and weddings venue brings an entirely new concept to downtown Sarasota and Florida’s Gulf Coast. Available year round for special events and weddings for 10 to 250 people. This stylish, multi-function space offers creative and innovative cuisine from a top-notch culinary team that artfully blends inspiring food and ambiance […]

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Englewood Event Center

The Englewood Event Center, becoming known as “The EEC”, is quickly becoming “The Location” for Receptions and Banquets south of Sarasota and north of Ft. Meyers.  A premier facility, its 7500 square foot main room features a 24×28 foot stage large enough to accommodate any type of entertainer from a one man DJ to a […]

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Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park

This historic Italian Renaissance home on the shores of the Phillippi Creek is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in Phillippi Estate Park.  The Mansion was built in 1916 and is the ideal site for a traditional wedding and reception. The Mansion overlooks Phillippi Creek and is bordered by graceful […]

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Bradenton Yacht Club

Located on the scenic Manatee River, the Bradenton Yacht Club features 6 acres of paradise.  Enjoy picture perfect sunsets while watching dolphins play in the sparkling water. The Clubhouse boasts many amenities for your event –  a charming gazebo is the ideal spot for your ceremony or outdoor cocktail gathering, while the elegantly appointed ballroom […]

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Blu Mangrove Grill

Blu Mangrove Grill, located on the Mantee River, is the perfect spot for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. Inside or outside, Blu Mangrove Grill can do it all! Their top chief will customize the perfect menu for your special day. They offer an intimate private room to host a dinner that comfortably seats up to […]

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Blu Que Island Grill

The Blu Que Island Grill is just steps away from the number one rated white sandy beach on Siesta Key. It is the perfect location for a small intimate, casual beach wedding reception. Imagine…getting married on the beach, with a fabulous party to follow at the Blu Que. Or maybe if you have a large […]

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Bird Key Yacht Club

The newly renovated Bird Key Yacht Club offers the most spectacular panoramic view of the Sarasota skyline. The club can graciously accommodate 200 guests. A dance floor and band stage can be installed, providing the flexibility to design the room to your specifications. The club’s expansive windows allow your guests to enjoy breathtaking views across […]

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Bentley’s Boutique Hotel

Bentley’s Boutique Hotel is an experience where cutting-edge style, a chic & contemporary approach and exceptional quality meets everyday affordability. It is a place where vibrant energy meets cool, unassuming design. Enjoy comfortable bedrooms, relaxing pool areas, buzzing bars and a restaurant; a new vibe that’s sleek, sophisticated and trendy. Bentley’s makes every wedding special.  […]

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24 TwentyOne Event Center

If you are looking for a venue that is affordably priced, simply beautiful and with a staff standing by to help with all your needs, look no further, you just found the spot. With seating for up to 175 guests, a dance floor, catering and a la carte packages available, the 24TwentyOne is the hot […]

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Location, Location, Location

From weddings with toes in the sand at sunset to a church wedding with all the pomp and circumstance, finding the right venues to fit your needs can be quite a challenge. However, it is the first thing that needs to be decided. It will dictate everything to follow; time, date, rentals, theme, décor and […]

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To Do Lists | The bridal party’s responsibilites

After years of planning weddings, the most common dilemma for the bride and groom is  “Who does and who Pays for What”. In the past, traditionally, the bride’s family would pay for the bulk of the wedding expenses. But times have shifted and the burden is not all on the brides family, the grooms family […]

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