Recommended by 97%
Jenny · Married on 03/04/2017
This place is a hidden gem! If you are looking for the "old Florida" charm for your wedding, this is the most gorgeous setting I've ever laid my eyes on. Gilly Francis was such a delight to work with from day one. She was very helpful with sending vendor lists, gave us tips and ideas and was there on the big day to make sure everything ran smoothly. The weather was perfect that day and we couldn't ask for more for a wedding ceremony. If we could we would have planned to have both our ceremony and reception there because it was so beautiful! This venue is also perfect for so many photo options. Thank you Gilly!!
User4533845 · 2+ years ago
This is by far the most beautiful venue in/near Sarasota, FL for an outdoor wedding and/or reception. Their on-site coordinator Gilly Francis is a joy to work with, and the exclusive caterer Michael's on East is the absolute best in Sarasota. The historic home on the property, the trees draped with Spanish moss, the Roman-style stage, and the sunset over the water provide endless combinations of gorgeous backdrops for your photos and of course, add to the joy of your experience. It is best for between 75 - 175 guests. We booked almost a year in advance for our Nov. 1st wedding. Visit first -- you will not be disappointed!
User2208184 · 2+ years ago
What a beautiful location. It was serendipitous that we found this venue but I know it was meant to be. The setting is absolutely stunning. We wanted a venue where we could be on the water but also be able to tent our reception. Bay Preserve has that Old Florida feeling with breathtaking oak trees, a beautiful, historic brick mansion and the private feeling of being on your own estate. Gilly was such a pleasure to work with and was accommodating to all of our requests. We were so lucky to have found Bay Preserve!!
Traci · Married on 10/22/2011
The Bay Preserve at Osprey was the perfect place for our wedding reception. We set up a large tent outside the main house, with cocktails and a steel drum band out back on the patio. It was absolutely beautiful! The bridal party boated up to the site and pulled up to the boat house, where many of our guests were awaiting our arrival.
The property is huge- we had 270+ guests- and plenty of room for more.
We loved the staff at the Bay Preserve- they let us set-up and store our decorations in the house a couple of days before the wedding. They helped put our wedding together and made sure that we had everything we needed! They were very responsive and excited to have a wedding on site!
They even provided a golf cart to help move our guests around the site that had trouble walking in the grass.
All in all- a great experience and a lovely place to have a dream wedding on the water. Highly recommend!!
Jessica · Married on 11/12/2016
When we started to look for a wedding venue the only thing we knew is that we wanted both the ceremony and reception to be outside. This was actually the first venue that we checked out, but didn't have to look any further! Bay Preserve at Osprey is the perfect location if you're looking for an outdoor venue that has that old Florida style. It combines the best of both worlds since it's by the water, but has a large lawn with huge oak trees. The house on the property is also beautiful and makes for great pictures. I can't say enough for how beautiful the property is!
Gilly Francis and Michael's on the East were also great to work with! Gilly was very professional and guided us throughout the entire process and on the day of. Michael's on the East was incredible as well. Phil is easy going and makes the process as simple as possible. We received countless compliments on the food, it was amazing! The bartenders and staff were ON IT the entire night. As a bride you worry (constantly) of what could possibly go wrong, but everything went flawlessly working with these two.
We had around 115 guests and fit everyone comfortably at tables behind the main house. The setting was gorgeous with the sun setting over the bay and market lights at night. I highly recommend Bay Preserve and Michael's on the East!
Stephanie · Married on 04/12/2014
This venue was the perfect setting for our wedding! It is beyond words. Absolutely gorgeous and amazing. We had our ceremony on the lawn beside the house under the huge oak tree overlooking the bay, the cocktail hour in the atrium area (or as the staff calls it, "the pool deck" - apparently, it used to be a pool area), and the reception in the back of the house. The tables were set up on the lawn, the band set up next to the patio area and the patio was the dance floor. We had a small wedding - 82 guests - so it was very intimate. We could not have picked a better venue for our day - it really was magical :)
My only gripe would be that they use an exclusive vendor that provides catering AND all of the rentals (tables, chairs, linen, place settings, lighting) and valet. The exclusive vendor is great, but pricey, and you are at their mercy and can't shop around for better deals, especially on the rentals. Valet is required for 50 or more guests - we had a shuttle service, and I believe about 2 people actually drove, but we still had to pay for 2 valet attendants.
On the other hand, there was a benefit to having an exclusive vendor - it made the vendor selection process a little easier because I didn't have to search for a caterer or for a rental provider!
Amy · Married on 11/12/2011
It is a beautiful mansion and lawn on the bay. The tent and lighting made it look magical. They were clear on the deposit, half of $7500, up front, the rest a week before. We had no issues.