The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar

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About The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar is a slice of paradise on world-famous Anna Maria Island, Florida. This beachfront venue is an idyllic spot for a waterside wedding, complete with Gulf of Mexico views and the sugar sands for which Florida’s west coast is famous. The open-air, canopied space can hold 180 guests comfortably, allowing you to invite all the friends and family on your list while maintaining an intimate atmosphere.

Facilities and Capacity


The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers a variety of luxe locations, giving couples flexibility in their planning. Prior to the ceremony, the bridal party can relax in a plush getting-ready area in The Sandbar Restaurant. A beach ceremony on Florida’s sugar sands can be held in front of the restaurant, complete with an aisle, an arbor and chairs. Host your reception in the open-air pavilion’s covered event space. With room for 180 guests, this restaurant-adjacent space is a perfect way to enjoy the elements while also staying protected from them. Should inclement weather arise, The Sandbar offers a rain plan that maintains the beauty of a beach wedding, including weather screens to shield your guests while allowing them to remain beachside.

Services Offered


The team at The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar is dedicated to making each wedding a memorable one. Onsite planners offer a complimentary consultation to get you started on your journey to the aisle. This team of professionals will be by your side from start to finish, coordinating every detail for your big day. The venue also offers a signature gift: a sand ceremony with a glass heart filled with some of the same white sand on which you’ve just said your vows. Beach ceremonies also include an hour of photography, as well as an officiant and day-of coordinator. Chairs for up to 20 guests will be provided, with more available upon request. The space is also available for birthday parties, corporate events, family reunions, holiday parties and other special events.

Cuisine


The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers fresh ingredients and second-to-none service. From farm-to-fork produces to freshly-caught seafood, The Sandbar is committed to serving the highest quality foods in stellar presentations. During cocktail hour, there are four varieties of hors d’oeuvres to set the stage for an extensive buffet selection that couples can personalize to their own tastes. The Sandbar’s friendly bar staff will keep the cocktails flowing for up to four hours, and a celebratory champagne or non-alcoholic toast will capture the festivity of the evening.

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar is the quintessential “beachy” wedding venue, nestled on Anna Maria Island on Florida’s West Coast. White sand beaches, world-famous sunsets, and multiple event spaces make this venue ideal for couples looking to tie the knot in their own private piece of paradise.

The venue’s easy, breezy vibe makes it a serene spot in which to host a wedding. It’s easy to plan a fantasy wedding in such a picturesque locale. Sandbar Restaurant offers free wedding consultations to make sure clients are able to take advantage of all this spectacular setting has to offer. From a grand affair to a private elopement, Sandbar Restaurant offers a postcard perfect place to host any type of wedding celebration.

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156 Reviews for The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar

Recommended by 97% of couples


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

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  • Michelle

    Michelle P. · Married on 01/11/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Amazing and Impressive Venue

    From the start, The Sandbar at AMI was professional, helpful, flexible, reassuring, and took care of our special event with the upmost care. They were great at answering every question, sending information and pictures to help us prepare, and assisting us in making decisions that best met our personalities and safety during a pandemic. Even after a hurricane, they had everything put together without any evidence of the aftermath of the storm. Their staff were very helpful and attentive to our needs and our guests. Their efforts and attention to detail made our special day the most wonderful start of our marriage shared with those we love.

    Sent on 12/30/2020
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    Allie · Married on 08/15/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Truly the BEST!

    I cannot say enough good things about The Sandbar and Shawn! Their flexibility through the chaos of COVID was incredible. Shawn was attentive and kind through the entire process and we above and beyond to ensure our day went as smoothly as possible. I have not even mentioned that venue itself, the Sandbar is incredible and beautiful. An evening wedding allows you and your guests to see the STUNNING Anna Maria sunsets. I was so worried that we would feel "on display" with the bustling restaurant being so close. However, this could not have been further from the truth. You wouldn't have even noticed it was there unless you were searching for it. If I had it all to do over again, I would chose the Sandbar EVERY time.

    Sent on 10/13/2020

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The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 500.00
  • 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?
    $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Beach
    Restaurant
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle Markers
    Aisle Runners
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
    Tents
    Tent Accessories
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    October
    November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    July
    August
    September
    December

Team of The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar

Molly Powers

Molly Powers

Event Sales Manager

Molly has been a part of The Chiles Group and Anna Maria Island Venues since 1995. She has worked in every arena from busser, hostess, and prep cook to server, expediter, bartender, and manager. She officially began her Event Coordinating duties in 2017 and has been a part of over 3,500 events.

As a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Molly is a great addition to the team. She is creative, positive, organized, and a hopeless romantic.

Molly and her husband Justin met at the Beach House 24 years ago where she worked as a server, they later married at the Sandbar in 2005 and currently live in Parrish with their two kids and neurotic bull-mastiff named Clyde.

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Shawn Rhoton

Shawn Rhoton

Catering Sales Manager

Shawn has been with The Chiles Group since 2006. She became an assistant event coordinator in 2007 and Event Sales Manager in 2008 and has a long history of satisfying couples and groups that come to Anna Maria Island Venues. She is a highly motivated, detail orientated professional who thoroughly enjoys all aspects of event creation, planning, and execution. With more than 3,500 events from Weddings to Corporate events under her belt, you could say she’s got this down. In fact, Shawn and her husband James were married at one of our very own venues, The Beach House, back in 2006.

In her spare time Shawn enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and fur babies.

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Amanda Ruuska

Amanda Ruuska

Event Sales Coordinator

Amanda Ruska is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she worked as the Catering Sales Manager while studying to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Leisure Event Planning with a minor in Marketing. Amanda has worked for the Marriott Hotel Group and The Ritz-Carlton learning the hottest and newest tools for event planning. She recently brought her skills to The Chiles Group in April of 2019. Amanda is organized, punctual, upbeat, reliable, creative, open-minded, and goal-oriented and understands how important the planning process is to running a successful event.

Amanda is married to her husband Robby, loves her Yorkshire Terrior, Annie, and even carved out a section of her master closet for her fur baby!

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  • BLACK TIE DJs Wedding DJs

    Anna Marie Island is one of the most popular places in Florida for a beach wedding - thanks to the Sandbar!! A great staff and wonderful view makes it the perfect choice..

  • Island Photography Wedding Photographers

    If you are searching for a beautiful venue, with a beautiful beach, on a beautiful island, then look no further. The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island has it all. From a photographer's standpoint, it doesn't get any better. The Sandbar is located directly on the beach on the north end of Anna Maria Island. That part of our beach, with it's curving line to the north, lends itself to some truly spectacular sunsets. The food is amazing, and the staff is first class. Having your wedding here is more than an event, it's an experience that you will treasure for a llifetime.

  • Shooting Star Photography Wedding Photographers

    The Sandbar is part of The Chiles Group known for their commitment to Customer Service. Excellent location for large weddings or small family weddings. Regardless if you have 5 guests or 120 guests, Patti will make sure you get special treatment. Patti has worked for The Sandbar for over 10 yrs and will make sure to see every detail of your wedding goes perfect. Patti McKee and her staff are excellent at customer service with a great personality and will go out of her way to help you with all your needs. Alek & Sally Shooting Star Photography

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The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar for wedding events is known for:

  • Beach
  • Restaurant

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar for wedding events?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offer?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offer for wedding events?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar have available for wedding events?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Aisle Markers
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in professionalism.