Updated: May 10
There are so many beautiful options for Sarasota wedding venues on the water! Here are a few of our favorites that provide stunning scenery for your ceremony and reception. If you're looking for beachfront, downtown water views, or even oceanfront with no sand, check out our top Sarasota wedding venues!
The Powel Crosley Estate
The Powel Crosley Estate is located in a prime spot at the edge of Sarasota Bay. This Mediterranean-inspired estate holds lots of charm as well as a getting ready space for the couple. With lots of flexibility, you can have your Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, and Reception outdoors on the lawn, patio facing the mansion, surrounding the bayside pavilion, or even inside the charming home. Not to mention the countless photo-op locations!
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - Downtown Sarasota
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens located right around the corner from gorgeous Downtown Sarasota has endless options, views, and of course stunning natural elegance. This tropical urban oasis provides two different location options for your celebration. One side offering lush landscaped space with a Pavilion for Ceremony and a Reception beneath the live oaks, banyans, and palms. The other organic space has breathtaking bayfront historic views with Ceremony in front of a gorgeous oak tree and Reception within their contemporary indoor space. Who wouldn't want to get married in a living museum?!
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens -Historic Spanish Point
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point is a very unique space! With a 30-acre bayfront oasis surrounded by Florida tropical foliage, your guests will love this setting. Not only is there a getting ready space for couples, but also lots of flexible vendor guidelines. Whether you choose to get married beneath the oak tree or in front of the lush pergola, your romantic celebration has breathtaking 360 degree views!
Bay Preserve at Osprey
Bay Preserve at Osprey is a gorgeous waterfront sanctuary with an open al fresco style space. The historic home and majestic oaks create a stunning scene for your wedding day! All of the natural beauty makes for the perfect space for your personality and unique style to shine. End the night dancing away under the bistro lights on the bayfront terrace!
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
The Resort at Longboat Key Club has endless options for your big day making it one of the best locations for destination weddings! This resort is not only the most gorgeous getaway for your guests to vacation while they celebrate you, but also a blank canvas to showcase your personality and style. Here you can get toes in the sand, elegance indoors, golf course scenery, beautiful marina backdrops, mangrove lush landscaping, and everything in between. To top it all off, the team, food, and beverage is top notch!
The Ringling is an absolute favorite for weddings and events in the Sarasota area. With exceptional architecture, breathtaking waterfront views, beautiful tropical nature, and magnificent history, this venue is uniquely exquisite. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art also known as The Courtyard is one of the options. In this space your guests will be surrounded by the most extraordinary replicas of ancient statues, stunning art galleries, perfectly groomed lawns, and of course the most elegant and romantic atmosphere. In between all locations are countless banyans, rose gardens, and lush natural grounds. Located directly along the Bayfront Promenade, the Ca' d'Zan mansion is truly spectacular. The design and framework of this building gives a fairytale backdrop to your celebration that your guests will never forget!
New College of Florida - College Hall | Charles Ringling Mansion
With one of the best and widest views of the gulf, New College of Florida College Hall is a historic, charming, and stunning venue. Also known as the Charles Ringling Mansion, this setting along the Bayfront Promenade offers romantic space inside with lots of extraordinary beauty as well as a full open lawn encompassing a blank slate for your imagination to run free. Although there isn't a getting ready space onsite, it has some of the most flexible rules and guidelines for a historic venue.
The Ritz-Carlton - Downtown
The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is located in the heart of Downtown surrounded by picturesque views, perfect for your tropical wedding. This romantic location offers lawn space for outdoor Ceremonies and Receptions as well as a sophisticated and sleek ballroom space for you to dance the night away. If you are looking for that stunning waterfront view while being surrounded by the gorgeous city, than this is the setting for you!
The Ritz-Carlton - Beach Club
The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club located in Lido Key offers not only gulf-front, but also poolside views for your celebration. With a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, you can utilize the terrace, lawn, and 2nd floor patio however you like for your day with the in-house delicious cuisine and beverages!
Zota Beach Resort
The Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key provides a secluded romantic setting on the Gulf of Mexico. Nestled on the crisp white sand beaches in the Florida keys, this location is perfect for your destination wedding. Look no further if you want to get your toes in the sand on your special day!