The Don CeSar Hotel



St. Pete Beach The iconic “Pink Palace” hotel features 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, plus 277 guest rooms (including 36 suites), a variety of culinary experiences among their four restaurants, two resort-style pools, and an 11,000 square foot on-site spa, all nestled directly on the white sugar sands of St. Pete Beach.

The resort is popular for local couples and destination weddings alike. Be it a vacation or staycation, guests have an opportunity to immerse themselves in true Florida style as they enjoy the private beach, luxurious amenities, and local fare. Service is personal and attentive thanks to the Don CeSar’s family of staff, many of whom have been with the property for over 20 years.

Couples can choose from several ceremony and reception locations, including the Don’s exclusive beach with views of the Gulf of Mexico or the secluded courtyard with dramatic staircase backdrop, along with the newly renovated ballrooms and attached balconies.

The Ceremony:

The Don CeSar offers outdoor ceremony locations on the beach or in our Courtyard as well as indoors in our elegant, light-filled ballrooms. Our ceremony packages include the Event Space, an indoor weather backup location, White Folding Chairs, a Fruit-Infused Water Station, an Audio Package, and a Day-of Wedding Coordinator.

  • $3,500 (plus Administrative charge and sales tax)

The Cocktail Hour:

Each of our reception locations has an included cocktail hour space which includes Cocktail Tables, Chairs, and House Linen in White, Black, or Navy as well as any food and beverage set up.

  • Included in reception food and Beverage minimum.

The Reception:

The Don CeSar has a variety of recently renovated ballrooms to accommodate a variety of group sizes for the reception.

  • Up to 250 guests
  • Most wedding receptions are scheduled for 5 hours. The end time is Midnight on Friday and Saturday or 11:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Included in the food and beverage minimum for your reception are tables, chairs, house linens in white, black, and navy blue as well as china, flatware, glassware, and all food/beverage service equipment. We also have table numbers and votive candles available upon request.

Savings Tip: Consider the months of January, July, August, and September for reduced food and beverage minimum and special menu offerings.

The Food:

The Don CeSar offers a wide variety of unique menus and can customize a menu just for your special event. Food and beverage minimum varies per ballroom; the range of $8,000-32,000, with a $108/person average meal cost.

The Drink:

$52/person average beverage cost.

What couples love about the Don CeSar:

The Don CeSar Hotel, known affectionately as the Pink Palace, offers a storied past, beautiful architecture, striking color, and grandeur. The Don CeSar is an outstanding wedding venue because it exudes a class that meets a comfort vibe. We offer eight venue options, indoor and outdoor, with sweeping Gulf views. Couples often choose to make their wedding a multi-day event, hosting their rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and farewell brunch all at the hotel. Our beachfront ceremony location is ideal for couples looking to say their vows with toes in the sand and a gorgeous Gulf of Mexico sunset in the background. Additionally, we have a private Wedding Courtyard, giving couples the versatility of being married beachfront, but the Bride will still be able to wear her stilettos!

Don CeSar Reviews From Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

“We didn’t get to visit the Don CeSar in person before we booked our wedding, however, I had visited many years before as a child. It wasn’t until we saw some of their weddings featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay, that we started actually considering the space for our wedding day. Michael’s aunt had previously planned many corporate events there and she absolutely raved about it. The staff at the Don and the senior catering sales manager, Beth, go above and beyond for their couples. There wasn’t a single email or call that went unanswered, and the team worked efficiently to make sure everything we wanted, we got. Many of the venues we toured told us we wouldn’t be able to include my grandmother’s Brazilian brigadeiros as apart of the dessert table since she’d be making them, but Beth knew how important it was for my family and made it happen.” -Bruna and Michael | Multi-Cultural Gold and Emerald St. Pete Beach Wedding

“For the ease of planning, we wanted a venue that provided us with an excellent vendor list. We also liked the idea of having the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in the same building. We knew having everything in the same location would take the stress and cost out of planning for transportation. The Don CeSar was on the top of our list from the very beginning. My parents celebrated their honeymoon there when they were both 21-years-old. As a couple, we had also planned many staycations at The Don CeSar with some of our closest friends and family. I knew I did not want a beach wedding in the sand, and the garden ceremony location at the Don was the perfect alternative. Also, after seeing the beautiful two-tier ballroom, I was sold!” -Kellie and Rohit | Luxurious Beige and Pink Indian Fusion St. Pete Beach Wedding

“We selected The Don because it was where Paul and I stayed on our first trip together. Paul flew down to meet me, and we absolutely fell in love with the hotel and area. Our relationship got serious after that trip, and since then we have made multiple trips back to the Don! It became our special place, so it made sense to get married there. Beth Clark at The Don provided excellent service throughout the entire planning process. We truly cannot say enough great things about her. She made the whole planning process so enjoyable and assisted happily with the million requests we had. From all the details of the wedding itself to the room block and everything in between, Beth responded to every single request promptly, and always with a ‘Yes!’” -Roseann and Paul | Modern Tropical St. Pete Beach Destination Wedding


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Meet the Senior Catering Sales Manager:

Beth Clark has worked in the events industry for nearly 18 years and absolutely LOVES weddings! She strives to create a unique and custom experience for each of the couples she works with and to provide unmatched personalized customer service. She is originally a Georgia girl but loves living near the beach with her teenage son, Julian, and sweet rescue pup, Harper. Email Beth Clark or call 727-363-5042.

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(727) 360-1881
3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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