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Whether you’re beginning a new life together or renewing your vows, you’ll discover that Sarasota County provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding or honeymoon love story.


Every celebration should be worthy of the couple. In Sarasota County, it could be at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, with grand ballrooms just minutes from downtown, amongst green canopies of tall palm trees, magnificent live oaks and coastal mangroves, or best of all, along whitewashed shores featuring turquoise waters and stunning sunsets. Sarasota County has the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. Featuring 35 miles of coastline, outstanding amenities including waterfront resorts and cozy private rental homes, and easy access to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, there’s nothing Sarasota can’t accommodate. The Ringling Museum property offers several unique venues. The Museum of Art Courtyard provides a magnificent and romantic setting surrounded by ancient Greek, Roman and Baroque statues and accommodates up to 400 guests, while the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace and Bayfront, located along the Bayfront Promenade, is illuminated when the sun and stars set over Sarasota Bay. Hammocked between Sarasota’s humming streets and Sarasota Bay, harmony and serenity are found at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Couples often wed under the ancient, sprawling banyan trees or a sophisticated gazebo overlooking the inlet. Others choose to dine and dance at the Mansion or the Great Room by the bay. Siesta Beach catapulted into international stardom when awarded TripAdvisors’ Travelers’ Choice Award for Best Beach in North America and Dr. Beach named it the “#1 Beach in America.” Couples will not regret sinking their toes into Siesta’s satin-sewn crystal sand. After saying their “I do’s” on

the beach couples can take a short drive to several reception locations such as Michael’s On East, a local fine-dining establishment, or The Chart House, waterfront dining with impeccable service. Further down the coast is the 30-acre archeological estate, Historic Spanish Point. Reconstructed to its 1890’s glory, Mary’s Chapel seats 40 people in wooden pews. Those wishing to wed under the Florida sun are drawn to the neo-classic Pergola and Sunken Gardens sitting on the water, accompanied by the White Cottage with enough space for both parties have their own suites to prepare for the big day As you begin to plan your day, your way, note that venue permission and permits may be necessary for your destination wedding, so be sure to plan accordingly. Marriage licenses are needed and may be obtained at the Clerk of the Court Circuit Court, Marriage License Division of Sarasota County. There is a waiting period of three days after issuance, except for non-Florida residents. Start your wedding off right and reach out to Visit Sarasota County. We can help recommend vendors, secure room blocks and provide welcome bags and destination information for wedding guests, including TAG-approved and LGBTQ friendly hotels. Our goal is to help you save time and effort, so you can focus on what’s truly important! And, if you’re interested in sending your guests home, but hanging around for your honeymoon, consider this: Sarasota was recently ranked the #1 Affordable Honeymoon Spots in the US by Livability, and Travel Channel recently included Sarasota as a Top Florida Beach Honeymoon Destination!

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