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.
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.
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.
156 Reviews for The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Sally D. · Married on 03/20/2021
The Sandbar and their staff were amazing!
Six months ago, we toured the venue at the Sandbar on Anna Maria and booked it that day for our beach wedding on 3/20/21. Everyone was amazing from Amanda to Shawn to Jess! They were all so helpful and answered every question without hesitation! Our wedding day went smoothly and was stress-free due to this awesome team! They even brought hors d'oeuvres down to the beach so the wedding party could enjoy them between pictures! The food was also amazing! I definitely recommend the Sandbar for your beach wedding!Sent on 03/28/2021
Michelle P. · Married on 01/11/2021
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
Allie · Married on 08/15/2020
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
Team of The Grand Pavilion at The Sandbar
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.
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.
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!
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..
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.
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