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 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 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 4 hours.
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 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-$38,000, with a $136/person average meal cost.
$64/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 comforting 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
“We really wanted to nail our beach vision and making sure there were views of the beach from the reception area was something we knew we wanted from the start. The Don CeSar was amazing and accommodating throughout the whole process and Heidi, the catering sales manager, was a big reason we chose The Don! She was great!” – Lea and Brandon
“A place that held so many of our great memories and reflected our personalities. We both love the beach, and The Don CeSar was one of our favorite places to spend time relaxing by the water.
The Don CeSar came with a reputation of amazing customer service based on all of the online reviews. We were specifically contacted by Beth Clark, Senior Catering Sales Manager, to help make our dream wedding come to life. The service at The Don was honestly better than we could have imagined. The whole process was smooth and the customer service absolutely spectacular. Beth was such a huge part of piecing our wedding together and she was so helpful in coordinating the whole process. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get married there and would specifically recommend Beth, who was absolutely fantastic from start to finish!” – Hillary and John | Romantic Blue and White St. Pete Beach Wedding
Director of Catering Sales
Charles Kaval is the Director of Catering Sales at The Don CeSar. Working within the realm of the wedding world for over 25 years in several different locations along the East Coast, he truly enjoys taking the wedding vision from the bridal couple and creating that experience on their special night. He is a recent transplant from New York City and loves being part of this very vibrant and exciting city of St Petersburg.
Event Sales Manager
Nicole Johnson has been working in hotels for 10 years and within the weddings realm for over 7 years along the East Coast. Nicole has earned a wealth of knowledge from a diverse background of geographic locations and cultural weddings. Nicole stumbled into hospitality in 2012 when she packed up her car and moved from Connecticut to Florida for a change of scenery. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and weddings quickly became her passion. She takes pride in making sure that every couple feels that their vision, wants and needs are being heard and communicated into the wedding of their dreams. Nicole is a big believer in ‘not one size fits all’ and understands that each wedding is a special event that is a unique love story and different from every other. When Nicole is not planning weddings, she spends her free time with her 2-year-old son, Greyson, and Russian Blue cat, Theodore. While you can normally find her salsa dancing or doing flips in the gym, she’s taking it easy these days with one on the way due in April 2022.
Event Sales Manager
With over 9 years of experience with weddings, Kasey Bussell has a commitment and passion to helping guide couples in transforming the tropical wedding of their dreams into a reality. I began my career in Corporate Communications and Events, then the live entertainment industry for over 10 years, and found my true calling in weddings. I am recognized for being very detail-oriented, responsive, and calming for the pre-wedding nerves that undoubtedly arise, and have a passion for all things weddings. If you are looking for a team of professionals to ensure every detail is covered where the food and service are outstanding, a venue that is beautiful, historical, and iconic, and memories that last a lifetime, this is without a doubt the place for you!
3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706