The Birchwood is a hotel wedding venue located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Owner Chuck Prather named this venue to honor his father, who once developed a neighborhood by the same name. The venue was constructed in 1924 and has since been renovated. This modern yet notable building features a large mural of a birch forest.
Facilities and Capacity
The Birchwood offers five different indoor and uncovered outdoor event spaces that can be used for a wedding ceremony, reception, wedding shower, engagement party, and/or rehearsal dinner. Couples can host up to 200 guests at the venue. The Grand Ballroom offers 4,000 square feet of space that you can use to take your wedding above and beyond. Enjoy enchanted views of Tampa Bay, Beach Drive, and downtown St. Petersburg. The venue also has two private rooms and a garden space which is great for smaller, more intimate weddings or events. This garden is an outdoor space with beautiful shrubbery, a waterfall, and hanging lights to create a romantic mood for the wedding.
Couples getting married at The Birchwood have full access to event items such as audio equipment, chairs, dance floor, drapery, furniture, lighting, and tables. Wedding event services offered include the following:
The Birchwood features a bar in their Grand Ballroom. This bar adds a touch of elegance to really impress and thrill your guests. The venue also has a full catering kitchen that serves high-quality food with great service. The typical dishes this caterer makes are made of local and organic ingredients that are cooked fresh in the kitchen. Couples can expect to have a fresh and hot dinner at their event, as food is taken straight from the oven and served immediately. Wedding bar services offered include the following:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Davina · Married on 03/31/2018
When we first started planning our wedding we thought that downtown St. Pete would be the ideal location for a wedding due to its walkability, numerous restaurants and bars, museums and beautiful waterfront. When we started looking at reception venues, I found out that The Birchwood had a ballroom. We had been to Birch & Vine and The Canopy so we knew this could be a good option. When we toured the ballroom, we instantly fell in love with the classic feel of the décor, the large windows and the private balcony that overlooks the bay. Over the next year, we had such a positive experience working with Mary, Leja, Heather, Tim and Rebecka. They were quick to respond anytime I had questions and let us see the ballroom on two subsequent dates when our parents were visiting. The food tasting was one of our favorite parts of wedding planning – they gave us champagne and even printed custom menus for us which was a nice touch. Our wedding weekend was amazing. Our family and guests occupied nearly the entire hotel (which is only 18 rooms) and the hotel staff was always willing to accommodate us with anything we needed. The bridal suite was beautiful and perfect for getting ready. The event staff did such a great job setting up the ballroom for our reception – I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked. Heather had appetizers and champagne waiting for us when we arrived. The entrees were delicious (we had filet and snapper) and many guests told us it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. The reception was seamless and our guests really enjoyed the space, whether hanging out by the bar, dancing or spending time on the balcony. We reserved cabanas at The Canopy for the after party, which was super convenient and a lot of fun for us and our guests. Thank you to the entire Birchwood team for giving us the perfect wedding and memories that we will cherish forever!Sent on 04/26/2018
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Marita Sunnarborg · Getting married on 08/04/2020
Rehearsal Dinner Venue
Not only is the Birchwood ballroom a beautiful venue but the staff is outstanding! We had our son's rehearsal dinner in the ballroom and the staff and food were fantastic! The terrace is a bonus!Sent on 04/24/2019
Emily Zuckerman · Married on 07/20/2019
The Birchwood was amazing! A huge storm came through during our ceremony and for pictures afterwards, and they did everything possible to make things work for us. They even brought food to our room since we missed cocktail hour. Heather was so great to work with! She made things so easy and answered any questions I had quickly. She was very professional and personable.Sent on 07/23/2019
My pictures came out beautifully even with the huge storm. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a wedding that can be done all in the same building. I am so happy that we had our wedding here!!