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.
99 Reviews for The Don CeSar
Recommended by 98% of couples
32 User photos
Maude L. · Married on 02/20/2021
A dream wedding venue!
My husband jokes that he was always afraid of bringing me to the Don CeSar when venue hunting because he knew I’d fall in love and there’d be no other option. And well, that happened exactly. I’m not even sure where to start with this incredible venue – first, it’s just sheer beauty being a monumental pink castle sitting on the #1 beach in the U.S. It really doesn’t get better than that! From the moment we stepped foot inside, we were treated like absolute royalty and felt so special and well-respected. We first met with Charles Kaval and were then later paired with Nicole Johnson when we decided to move forward with the Don as our venue. Nicole and Charles both held our hands every step of the way and helped us make our big decisions. We opted for a brunch-wedding and had unique requests in terms of our food and drinks and without question, they always, always accommodated our requests. Nicole would invite us to every bridal expo, and welcomed us and our Confetti Events coordinator 2 months before the big day for our tasting. We had a BLAST – Nicole truly felt like a friend to us, and we just so enjoyed working with her. At the tasting, we met the chef who was also incredible. It seemed every single team member we met was just top-notch, so kind, and so excited for us. I can’t say enough amazing things about the Don’s staff. Week/day-of, Nicole made sure everything was prepared for us and that we felt comfortable and happy again, making us feel so important and valued. The day was just perfect, literally in every sense of the word. There’s not a single thing the Don didn’t do right and we felt as if we were living in our fairy tale. Amelia was our catering manager for the day and also just so, so sweet. She and her team made sure that my husband and I were never without food or drinks and personally catered to us for the entirety of the day. And to top it all off, when all of our guests left and my husband and I wanted to enjoy a special moment together, their team brought out 2 chairs for us at the edge of the terrace, and champagne glasses, so we could just enjoy what had just been the best day. I can honestly say I will miss our wedding-planning team at the Don, and we look forward to stopping in yearly for our anniversary (and more!). Thank you, Don CeSar, for the wedding and memories of a lifetime – we’ll always cherish our special time with you!Sent on 03/01/2021
Nick · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Amazing Wedding Experience at The Don CeSar
My wife and I were married at the Don CeSar on Oct 24th and it was incredible! We couldn't have been happier with everything. Nicole Johnson (Catering Sales Manager) coordinated everything for us and she was seriously amazing. Planning a wedding is always stressful but doing so during a pandemic made it even harder. Luckily we had Nicole to help us with everything along the way. She is extremely professional, responsive and a pleasure to work with. We couldn't have done it without her and we HIGHLY recommend the Don CeSar and Nicole Johnson!Sent on 11/03/2020
The Don CeSar's reply:Thank you for your review Nick! We are thrilled that you and your wife had such an incredible day.
Hannah B. · Getting married on 06/03/2021
Everything was perfect
I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I stumbled upon the Don CeSar as a potential venue for my small (32 guests) destination wedding. They had my date available, and the price was close enough to my budget, so I booked it! I don't even have the right words to explain how incredible my entire experience was at this hotel. I had the most amazing weekend. The coordinator and staff at the hotel were awesome. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else! The wedding was perfect in every way! It was worth every penny! If you are considering getting married here, DO IT!!!Sent on 03/12/2021
The Don CeSar Price Rates
$2,000.00 plus service charge and tax
Officiant ~ Photographer ~ Handheld Bouquet ~ Champagne Toast
Ceremony Packages Available: Monday – Friday | 9AM – 11AM
Restrictions Apply: All ceremonies take place at the Don CeSar Beach Swing with available start times 9am-
11am. Couple is required to book a minimum of two (2) room nights. Maximum of ten (10) guests for celebration.
Includes champagne toast following the ceremony at Beach Pavilion and 30-mins for additional beach
photography post-ceremony. Additional décor is not permitted. Only one (1) celebration is allowed per day and
based on availability. Must book two (2) weeks prior to desired dates.
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