Based in St. Pete Beach, The Don CeSar is a coastal hotel wedding venue that serves the greater Tampa region. From the tropical courtyard to their beachside pavilions, the venue is out of an elegant nautical dream. Their legendary Pink Palace also sits on the Gulf of Mexico, providing a breathtaking backdrop since 1928. The beachfront wedding venue welcomes celebrations both big and small.
Facilities and Capacity
The DonCeSar has 10 amazing spaces that can host up to 250 guests. They provide rehearsal dinner spaces, beachfront and outdoor ceremony venues and elegant indoor and outdoor reception areas. To enjoy waterfront elegance, say your vows in The Courtyard or The Beach. Sophisticated receptions can be held in the King Charles Ballroom, a space with stunning beach views, or the Grand Ballroom, a lavish room with decorative details. More private affairs can also be hosted in the North and South Terrace Ballrooms, Beach Pavilion, Buena Vista Ballroom or Del Prado Ballroom.
The team of experts is ready to design the destination beach wedding of your dreams. They provide detailed and sophisticated services through the following offerings:
At The Don CeSar, couples can enjoy a fully customized menu and a personalized “Marry Me Cocktail” that tells your unique story. Your imagination is the team’s only limit. Serving styles and catering services include:
The venue offers special room rates for wedding parties. Guests can choose from 277 seaside rooms, including 36 suites. Each room is designed and inspired by the soothing colors and textures of the beach.
To enhance your wedding day, the venue has additional facilities. These include:
The Don CeSar is willing to host all of your wedding-related events. These gatherings include:
Tampa International Airport is 29 minutes away, while St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is 22 minutes away. Downtown St. Petersburg is a 13-minute drive away. Nearby, guests can enjoy Shell Key Preserve, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and Lazarillo Park.
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Cathy · Married on 02/16/2019
Beautiful wedding at the Don Cesar!
My daughter was married at the Don Cesar on 2/16/19 . Our coordinator at the Don was Heidi Thixton. Heidi was so great to work with. She is professional, calming , detail oriented and super responsive. I knew that everything would be perfect on the big day. The courtyard provided a perfect backdrop for the ceremony and everyone commented on the delicious food served in the North Terrace. The waitstaff was helpful, courteous and professional. Everything flowed smoothly. Just a beautiful venue that is worth the investment!Sent on 02/25/2019
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Leeann Diamond · Married on 10/20/2018
The wedding I always dreamed of
Enchanting, breathtaking, amazing...words do not do justice to the whole experience that is The Don Cesar. From the moment The Pink Palace comes into view, day or night, it takes your breath away and it doesn't stop there. We have stayed a quick overnight, a few weekend trips, and we had the pleasure to stay a week, each and every visit the staff went above and beyond to welcome and customize our stays.Sent on 02/27/2019
Truly deserving of a special mention is the Senior Sales Manager, Beth. She stepped out of her role on so many occasions and made herself available for each and every question I had, no matter how big or small, as I took on the task of planning my own wedding. Honestly I can't even say that I planned it, I really feel like she held my hand and guided me at every step. From catering and ceremony site, to room selections and room blocks, she was there with budget friendly advise and suggestions. There was a small hic-up with one of my outside vendors and Beth stepped into action (again) coming to the rescue to make my perfect wedding vision come together, even throwing in a surprise that she knew I had wanted so much and I had not thought possible.
Also deserving of a mention is the salon and spa. The girls and I were pampered like princess's and I haven't ever felt more beautiful than I did on my day. They worked with me via phone and email working out details, who, what, when, and yes even where. Beverly, from the salon, and I sent photos back and forth of hair and makeup ideas to be sure that her team would be able to achieve the look I wanted; I was tickled when she actually showed up with her team to work on my hair.
The luxury in the rooms, the cleanliness, the fitness room, are all top notch. The shops, the pools, the views, all unparalleled. THE FOOD....I mean wow, Friday night at the Rowe Bar, Saturday afternoon at the pool cafe, a quick treat at the ice-cream shop, and the Sunday buffet...it doesn't matter where you go on site it's all fit for royalty. If you like history be sure to check out the wall of history and the books available in the gift shops you will not be disappointed!!
Every single visit the team has taken guest recognition and satisfaction to the next level, making accommodations and the little (and BIG) extras to make us feel special.
Thank you to everyone at The Don so much for everything...we look forward to our next visit.
The Don CeSar's reply:Thank you so much Leeann! It was an absolute pleasure working with you and Jeff and I am so happy to know that we surpassed all of your expectations! We can't wait to celebrate with you all over again this October when you return to The Pink Palace to celebrate your anniversary!!
Jennifer · Married on 09/26/2018
I don't know where to start. The entire experience was AMAZING, from our initial visit with Heidi Thixton to our walk down the aisle only 2.5 months later. We started with 25-30 people and ended up with 65. Heidi accommodated all of my changes and indecision along the way and never flinched. She was incredibly patient and responsive, even the day I sent 10+ emails about the linens :) The hotel itself was spectacular - every single thing you would expect of a luxury hotel and so.much.more. We felt like royalty from the moment we arrived and our guests commented that they knew they were about to be part of something special as they made the walk to the South Terrace. We chose The Don Cesar for the memories-of-a-lifetime that we knew only a venue like this could provide and we were not disappointed. We're already looking forward to coming back for our 1st anniversary!Sent on 10/07/2018
The Don CeSar's reply:Jennifer and Steven,
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The charm of the "Pink Lady" is unsurpassed. But the historic hotel, the sugar sand beach, and gentle gulf breezes would be just another beach resort if it weren't for the amazing staff. I've had the pleasure of working with the catering and event professionals who conduct every wedding as if it was for their own family! I am honored to be a preferred vendor at this word class resort. And you will experience the joy of knowing that everything will be just right when your wedding is hosted at this jewel on Florida's Gulf Coast.
The Don Cesar is the Pinnacle of all Events Facilities in the Tampabay area. They are staffed by highly professional personnel who go the extra mile for their clients in all areas. I have been privileged to have played there for over 25 years and have witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm their clients have had for the Venue. ---Joe Braccio Spcollege and Eckerd college adjunct Professor