The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café is a waterfront-wedding venue located in Bradenton Beach, Florida. Exchange vows with your feet in the white-sand beach while gazing out onto the true blue hue of the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape of this venue creates the ultimate backdrop for any wedding event or photograph. This venue offers multiple spaces to gather family and friends for a ceremony and reception of your dreams.
Facilities and Capacity
The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café accommodates beautiful wedding events along the coast of Anna Maria Island. Gather for a rehearsal dinner at the Gulf Drive Patio that can fit up to 40 guests. This is an ideal space if weather issues arise, as available curtains cover the expansive window openings. On sunny days, enjoy the view of the beach and water from the comfort of this space. The Gulf Drive Café Restaurant Inside Dining Room accommodates up to 50 guests. A colorful seascape chalk mural is part of the original 1980s building and adds a striking backdrop to any event celebrated in this space. Larger gatherings of up to 150 people are suited for the Sunset Tiki. Customize the layout of this open-air space with surrounding wood architecture. Enjoy the view of the white-sand beach and Gulf of Mexico along with access to a private beach and the Sea Star Sands equipped with seven small tiki huts. The Seaside Tiki is a space for an intimate gathering and the picture-perfect location is right on the white-sand beach. An extended wooden table within the Seaside Tiki fits 25 people. To accommodate up to 50 people, pair the Seaside Tiki with the Seaside Sixties to gather up to 50 guests. The Seaside Sixties alone offers room for up to 30 people in a semi-private area of the restaurant.
This venue provides five ceremony packages along with décor packages for both ceremonies and receptions. Possible event items include altar/arches, audio equipment, centerpieces, chairs, chair covers, tables, a dance floor, décor and lighting. An event coordinator collaborates with you to ensure each part of your wedding event is planned to fit your vision. The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café provides full-service catering with multiple menu options. Host a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, elopement, ceremony or reception, each offering the following services:
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Rachel · Married on 11/24/2018
If you are looking for a FLAWLESS day, look no further!
Sunset Weddings at Gulf Drive Cafe was an absolute dream wedding venue! Stefanie and McKenna made our day exceptionally special and made sure that my husband or I never lifted a finger. They made EVERYTHING happen and because of that, it still feels like a fairytale. When I first started looking for venues, I was lost in a sea of decisions (no pun intended), but as soon as my then fiancé and I met Stefanie and toured Gulf Drive cafe we knew we had found our venue! Stefanie and McKenna go through every single detail with you to make sure everything is perfect—what I really loved was that if I couldn’t decide what I wanted or some other little detail, they gave advice and helped us come to decisions based on our vision. I cannot say enough about how amazing this venue and the ladies that helped make our dream wedding a reality were! If you are looking for a local Florida feel w/gorgeous sunsets and amazing people, look no further!!Sent on 12/30/2018
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Derek Nash · Married on 12/29/2018
Informal Beach Wedding
We had a small (35 people) informal wedding and reception at the Gulf Drive Cafe that turned out great. The location looked great, food was very tasty, the staff was very attentive and everything went to plan. The only slight negative to the whole night was keeping oblivious wandering beach goers out of our sunset wedding pictures, but that was not their fault. Designate a few beach attendants to help.
Marybeth Herrick · Married on 12/14/2018
Better than we could have ever dreamed!
We loved everything about having our wedding at The Gulf Drive Café and Tiki with the Sunset Weddings staff. We had a long engagement and booked this venue about a year and a half out from our wedding date but Stefanie never made us feel like we weren’t a priority because our wedding was far away when we reached out with questions. Because it was destination, we knew it was going to take extra effort planning and the Sunset Wedding staff was incredibly accommodating with quick response emails, Skype meetings, and being flexible when we were able to make trips to have meetings in person. Now to the good stuff, I am a perfectionist designer so I needed to be pretty hands on with everything and I’m sure that can get annoying but I never ever was treated that way. Stefanie welcomed all my ideas with open arms and we worked exceptionally well together. As the date got closer, the weather was looking scarier and scarier. We communicated our plan b and brainstormed different ways to keep it magical and it honestly turned out perfect regardless of what the weather was doing. I had all the faith in the world that Stefanie and McKenna would be able to pull off absolutely anything, and they did. They listened to our vision of all the handmade decorations and where they should go and when we showed up to the venue, I cried because they did such an incredible job setting everything up. Those two girls will have a special place in my heart forever! The backdrop of the beautiful beach with the large tiki hut and mini tiki’s is unmatched. We also did the caribbean taco bar as our dinner and people were raving about how unique, fun and delicious it was. If you’re a big fan of the beach, working with people that genuinely care about you and making your day perfect, I HIGHLY recommend getting married here, you won’t be disappointed!!!Sent on 12/31/2018
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Newly remodeled beach venue for ceremonies & receptions!