The Don CeSar

3400 Gulf Blvd., Saint Petersburg, FL 33706 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Don CeSar

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless internet
  • Lighting/sound


Cuisine
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:

  • Buffet
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Stations
  • Servers
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Bartenders
  • Signature drink


Accommodation
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.

Other Facilities
To enhance your wedding day, the venue has additional facilities. These include:

  • Bridal suite
  • On-site parking
  • Valet parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Spa


Other Services
The Don CeSar is willing to host all of your wedding-related events. These gatherings include:

  • Bridal shower
  • Ceremony
  • Engagement party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Farewell brunch


Location
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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83 Reviews for The Don CeSar

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Cathy · Married on 02/16/2019

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    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

    The Don CeSar's reply:

    Cathy,
    Thank You so much for the wonderful kind words and for choosing our beloved Pink Palace! . It was such a pleasure working with you.
    all the best to you, Emily and Michael!
    -Heidi
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    Leeann Diamond · Married on 10/20/2018

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    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.
      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.

    Sent on 02/27/2019

    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!!

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The Don CeSar FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 3,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 2,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 50.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 10
  • Describe your venue: Ballroom, Beach, Garden, Historic Building, Hotel, Resort, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? March, April, May, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, June, July, August, September

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • DeArruda Weddings
    DeArruda Weddings Wedding Officiants

    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.

  • Joe Braccio
    Joe Braccio Wedding Musicians

    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

Map

  • 3400 Gulf Blvd. Saint Petersburg, FL, 33706 See on map
    727-755-0806 (Phone number)

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